With the 2021 NFL Draft being just over eight weeks away, a lot can and will happen before the Jacksonville Jaguars goes on the clock. Teams will not know which players will be available in the open market until March 17th, and it is very likely that the Jags will sign at least a couple of free agents to fill their needs. In the meantime, here’s a full first-round mock draft
With the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select:
Pick 1 – QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
This should surprise no one. Every expert and mock draft have Trevor Lawrence as the top pick, and probably every NFL fan has him as the Jaguars’ choice also. This Jacksonville team needed a franchise quarterback for two decades and they finally get their guy.
Pick 2 – New York Jets: QB Zach Wilson, BYU
With two picks in the first round, the New York Jets are looking to fill needs, and they have quite a few holes. Whether the Jets pick Wilson here is going to depend on if they believe Sam Darnold is their franchise quarterback. If he is, look for them to go after one of the top guys at either cornerback, defensive end, or wide receiver.
Luckily, all three positions are deep this year so they’ll get a quality player at 23, and another one with their second-round pick, the 34th overall. At number two, cornerback Caleb Farley and wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase are both possibilities for the Jets. Also, if they stick with Darnold, look for them to trade down. The Philadelphia Eagles could make a move up.
Round 1, pick 3 – Miami Dolphins: WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
The Miami Dolphins got their quarterback last year so they’ll be looking for a linebacker or wide receiver this year. With a second pick in the first round, Ja’Marr Chase is the pick here.
Round 1, pick 4 – Atlanta Falcons: LB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
Matt Ryan is 34 years old and still playing at a high level, so look for the Atlanta Falcons to get the best player at a position of need. They need a defensive end, but this spot is a little high for the position this year. They might look for a trade partner, and the Carolina Panthers might want to jump ahead of Philadelphia to get their quarterback. If Atlanta stays at number four, Surtain is the pick.
Round 1, pick 5 – Cincinnati Bengals: OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
The Cincinnati Bengal’s biggest need is to protect franchise quarterback Joe Burrow. If Trevor Lawrence is the biggest “no-brainer” in this year’s draft, Penei Sewell is the second one on the list.