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The NFL and College football seasons are going by quickly and fans now have an idea of which teams will be picking where, and who they might target. The NFL draft, as of now, is lead by the New York Jets who are currently 0-9. The draft is still a ways away, but we can now predict where the NFL’s future may end up.
New York Jets – 1st pick
The New York Jets currently have the first pick in the NFL draft. There is one player that stands out amongst the rest, Trevor Lawrence. The Clemson product is arguably one of the best prospects ever. Lawrence hasn’t lost a regular-season game with Clemson as the starter. Before being diagnosed with COVID-19, Lawrence was the favorite to win the Heisman trophy.
QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
Jacksonville Jaguars – 2nd pick
The Jaguars are in need of a quarterback that can get D.J. Chark Jr. the ball. Justin Fields is the perfect option in Jacksonville. Fields is mobile and he will be able to open up plays for players like Chark Jr. and Laviska Shenault Jr. The Jaguars will be able to open up the playbook more and try out some different formations with Fields under center.
QB Justin Fields, Ohio State
Washington Football Team – 3rd pick
It will be hard for Washington to pass up on a quarterback here, but when you have arguably the best offensive lineman prospect in recent memory, on the board, you have to take him. Penei Sewell, from Oregon, could be an anchor for a NFL team’s offensive line for the foreseeable future. If it weren’t for the Jaguars and Jets being in need of a quarterback, Sewell could be the top player selected.
OT Penei Sewell, Oregon
Dallas Cowboys – 4th pick
The Dallas Cowboys are in urgent need of help on the defensive side of the football, especially in the secondary. One cornerback stands out amongst the rest, Patrick Surtain II. Surtain II is the best defensive back in the 2021 NFL draft. With this upgrade to the secondary, the Cowboys defensive will improve, but they will have to add other pieces elsewhere.
CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama
Los Angeles Chargers – 5th pick
The Chargers could go in many different directions with this pick, wide receiver, cornerback, and linebacker. Cornerback Shaun Wade, from Ohio State, would be the smartest pick here. Wade will help improve this Chargers secondary who just happens to lose games very closely. The addition of Wade will be an immediate upgrade on the defense.
CB Shaun Wade, Ohio State
Miami Dolphins (via. Houston Texans) – 6th pick
The Miami Dolphins currently have the 6th overall pick in the draft thanks to the Houston Texans. The Dolphins acquired the pick in the Laremy Tunsil trade that also sent Kenny Stills to Houston. The Dolphins do have DeVante Parker at wide receiver, however, Ja’Marr Chase is on the board. Chase is arguably the best wide receiver prospect in the draft. While current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, Joe Burrow, was enrolled at LSU, Chase shined. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and players started to opt-out, Chase was one of them. With the season off, Chase’s health shouldn’t be a concern.
WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU
Cincinnati Bengals – 7th pick
Cincinnati could also go in many directions with their pick. Defensive lineman Carlos Dunlap was traded and Geno Atkins is getting up there in age. Gregory Rousseau would be a solid pick for the Bengals. Rousseau would be an upgrade at defensive end and could put pressure on the quarterbacks of the AFC constantly. Defensive tackle D.J. Reader and Rousseau could make for a scary Bengals defensive line.
EDGE Gregory Rousseau, Miami (FL)
New York Giants – 8th pick
The Giant’s defense has been much better this season, but could use some more help at the linebacker position. Micah Parsons would be a perfect fit in New York. The Giants need help on the offensive line, but Parsons would be the smart pick here.
LB Micah Parsons, Penn State
Carolina Panthers – 9th pick
With the 8th pick in the draft the Panthers could look to improve the offense. Last year, the Panthers focused their draft on the defensive side of the football. One position on the offense that the Panthers can upgrade at is tight end. Kyle Pitts, from Florida, has been on a roll this season for the Gators. Pitts has 24 receptions on the season, with 8 of them being touchdowns. Pitts will make for another solid weapon for current Panthers quarterback, Teddy Bridgewater.
TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
Atlanta Falcons – 10th pick
Atlanta could draft a player on either side of the football, but with Matt Ryan, it might be time to look for a younger quarterback. BYU quarterback, Zach Wilson, has taken the college football world by storm. He can make any throw on the football field. Although, he doesn’t always play against the best talent, Wilson should be able to make the jump to the NFL.
QB Zach Wilson, BYU
Denver Broncos – 11th pick
The Denver Broncos could use another inside linebacker. Dylan Moses could be their guy at 11. Moses does carry a serious injury concern, but if Moses is available at 11, the Broncos should scoop him up. Moses would be a great addition to the inside linebacker position with A.J. Johnson and Josey Jewell.
LB Dylan Moses, Alabama
San Francisco 49ers – 12th pick
CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech
Detroit Lions – 13th pick
DT Marvin Wilson, Florida State
Minnesota Vikings – 14th pick
OG Wyatt Davis, Ohio State
New England Patriots – 15th pick
QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
Chicago Bears – 16th pick
WR Rondale Moore, Purdue
Cleveland Browns – 17th pick
DT Jaylen Twyman, Pittsburgh
Tennessee Titans – 18th pick
S Jevon Holland, Oregon
Philadelphia Eagles – 19th pick
WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
Arizona Cardinals – 20th pick
OC Creed Humphery, Oklahoma
New York Jets (via. Seattle Seahawks) – 21st pick
RB Travis Etienne, Clemson
Miami Dolphins – 22nd pick
EDGE Quincy Roche, Miami (FL)
Indianapolis Colts – 23rd pick
WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama
Baltimore Ravens – 24th pick
OG Trey Smith, Tennessee
Jacksonville Jaguars – 25th pick
TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
Las Vegas Raiders – 26th pick
DT Christian Barmore, Alabama
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 27th pick
OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
Buffalo Bills – 28th pick
OT Samuel Cosmi, Texas
Green Bay Packers – 29th pick
WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
Kansas City Chiefs – 30th pick
EDGE Carlos Basham Jr, Wake Forest
New Orleans Saints – 31st pick
WR Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
Pittsburgh Steelers – 32nd pick
QB Kyle Trask, Florida