2021 NFL Draft: Full first-round mock draft with Bucs adding offense
By Rob Leeds
Here is our first full mock draft for the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Mock draft season is finally upon us, and the NFL world is fully turning towards the 2021 NFL Draft as the next primary focus. The Buccaneers are looking to retain their glory from the unique 2020 season, while the rest of the NFL is focused on recreating their success.
The following are the projections based on each team’s needs in the NFL relative to which prospect is available.
This is the biggest no-brainer ever. Everyone and their mother knows that Lawrence is going to be the new face of the franchise in Jacksonville. The Jags have a clear choice on the best quarterback in the class, and they have no business looking anywhere else.
Zach Wilson is starting to garner some traction in this spot as the “Patrick Mahomes” of this class, but every member of the Jacksonville staff should be fired if they pass up Lawrence like this.
The Jets have a new head coach who wants to set the team up in his own image. Sam Darnold needs a change of scenery badly, and passing on a prospect as highly-touted as Wilson could start any coach off in hot water before they really get started.
The Jets should be able to recoup some picks for Darnold, but they will need to move before the draft if they want to keep any leverage.