The Panthers have already won too many games in 2020 to land Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields, but eventually they need a new franchise quarterback to replace Cam Newton. Teddy Bridgewater is a competent starter, but may not be championship-caliber signal-caller.
Shough (6-5, 221) has a good skill set with size, arm strength, and some athleticism. In 2020, he has completed 66 percent of his passes for 873 yards with eight touchdowns and two interceptions. Shough has the upside to be a breakout performer in 2021.
The Redskins need a No. 1 corner for Ron Rivera's defense.
Stingley has totaled 20 tackles, a forced fumble, and a pass broken up so far this year, but he has also been banged up. Even though LSU had a returning corner who was highly touted in Kristian Fulton, Stingley took over as the Tigers' No. 1 corner during his freshman season. Stingley was phenomenal, shutting down receivers and making big plays for the LSU defense. He showed excellent instincts, size, ball skills, and cover ability. His six interceptions and 15 passes broken up in 2019 were superb production, but it really incredible considering he was a freshman. Stingley (6-1, 190) has the ability to end up being a top cornerback prospect for the 2022 NFL Draft.
3.Jacksonville Jaguars:Logan Brown, OT, Wisconsin
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/27): Justin Fields, QB and Shaun Wade, CB
Luke Joeckel was an epic bust for the Jaguars. If they had taken Lane Johnson instead, they would not have needed to draft Cam Robinson and/or Jawaan Taylor. As it stands, Robinson is entering free agency after the 2020 season. He may not be worth re-signing to a long-term extension, depending on how this year works out. Thus, offensive tackle need could be pressing again in Jacksonville.
The 6-foot-6, 310-pounder has a lot of upside to develop with the Badgers. From a school known for offensive line talent, Brown could be a riser leading up to his draft class.
4.Cincinnati Bengals:Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/27): Penei Sewell, OT
The Bengals need more youth on the inside of their defensive line.
Nixon has been very good for Iowa this season, recording four sacks, 28 tackles, a forced fumble and an interception. Nixon totaled 29 tackles and three sacks in his first season of playing time for Iowa. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound junior is breaking out this season.
Ross is out for the 2020 season due to a spinal condition that requires surgery. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder played well for Clemson in 2019, although the offense spread the ball around to a variety of play-makers. He totaled 66 receptions for 865 yards and eight touchdowns in 2019. Ross broke out in 2018, showing off a freakish skill set alongside size and speed. While Clemson spread the ball out as well that season, Ross made the most of his receptions, totaling 1,000 yards and nine touchdowns on 46 receptions for an average of 21.7 yards per catch. Ross is brimming with upside and looks like he has high first-round potential if his spinal condition allows him to play.
6.Denver Broncos:Drake Jackson, , USC
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/27): Sam Cosmi, OT
By the time of the 2022 NFL Draft, Denver could be looking for an edge rusher replacement or understudy for Von Miller.
In 2020, Jackson has played well with 10 tackles, two sacks and an interception. Jackson (6-4, 275) had an impressive debut for the Trojans in 2019. He showed some pass-rush potential with a quality set of size and speed. With his skill set, Jackson has the upside to improve his production as he gains more experience.
Previous Mock Selections: 10/31-Eric Stokes, CB
7.Los Angeles Chargers:Jaelen Phillips, DE, Miami
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/27): Alex Leatherwood, OT
By the 2022 NFL Draft, the Chargers will need some youth at edge rusher to replace Melvin Ingram.
The Hurricanes were dealt a serious blow when star defensive end Gregory Rousseau decided to skip the 2020 season. Miami gave Rousseau's number to Jaelen Phillipsm and he does done a nice job of continuing the disruptive presence coming from No. 15. Team sources have said that Phillips has impressed them and they see upside with the junior. Thus far in 2020, he has 37 tackles with five sacks, an interception, and three passes defended. He started out at UCLA before transferring to Miami. Phillips has a good skill set and is a prospect to watch.
Previous Mock Selections: 10/31-Kayvon Thibodeaux, 3-4OLB
10/3-Kaiir Elam, CB
8.Cleveland Browns:George Karlaftis, DE, Purdue
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/27): Paris Ford, S
The Browns have some young starters at linebacker, having invested a trio of mid-round picks. If those youngsters don't step up for Cleveland this season, the organization could be in the market for linebacker upgrades by the time of the 2022 NFL Draft.
In 2020, Karlaftis has four tackles and two sacks while missing time with a leg injury. He broke out for the Boilermakers in 2019, totaling 7.5 sacks with 54 tackles in his debut. The 6-foot-4, 265-pounder has the upside to get better.
9.New York Jets:Kyle Hamilton, S, Notre Dame
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/27): Trevor Lawrence, QB and DeVonta Smith, WR
The Jets could use a replacement for Jamal Adams.
In 2020, Hamilton has 39 tackles and five passes broken up. He put together an excellent freshman season for Notre Dame, showing good ball skills with four interceptions and six passes broken up to go along with 41 tackles. On top of Hamilton (6-4, 216) playing well, he has a skill set with upside alongside very good height and length for the position. If Hamilton can continue to develop his coverage skills and run-defense tackling, he could be high riser for his draft class.
10.Arizona Cardinals:Zach Harrison, 3-4OLB, Ohio State
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/27): Patrick Surtain, CB
Before too long, the Cardinals may need a replacement for Chandler Jones.
Harrison has seven tackles, 1.5 sacks and two passes batted so far in 2020. The 6-foot-6, 255-pounder was a top recruit because he has a great skill set, which he flashed as a freshman in 2019 when he recorded 3.5 sacks and 24 tackles as a backup. Harrison showed the potential to emerge as an impactful defensive end during his sophomore year and beyond. Now that Chase Young is in the NFL, Harrison could break out for the Buckeyes.
11.Detroit Lions:Kedon Slovis, QB, USC
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/27): Christian Barmore, DT
The Lions may have think of Matthew Stafford's replacement before too long.
Slovis has completed 71 percent of his passes this season for 970 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He had an excellent freshman season for USC in 2019, completing 72 percent of his passes for 3,502 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Slovis showed a quality arm with accuracy and impressive poise. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder needs to maintain big production due to his lack of elite size for the NFL.
Previous Mock Selections: 10/31-Jadon Haselwood, WR
12.New England Patriots:John Metchie III, , Alabama
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/27): Kyle Pitts, TE
The Patriots could use more receiving weapons from the 2022 NFL Draft.
Metchie has been phenomenal in 2020, producing some huge plays for the Alabama offense. Thus far, he has averaged 21 yards per reception with 535 yards on 25 catches with four touchdowns. Metchie (6-0, 195) could produce a massive 2020 with Jaylen Waddle out for the year and defenses focused on DeVonta Smith.
Previous Mock Selections: 10/31-Jalen Wydermyer, TE
10/3-George Pickens, WR
13.Houston Texans:Brenton Cox, OLB, Florida
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/27): None
Considering the age and play of Whitney Mercilus and J.J. Watt, the Texans could consider some young edge-rushing talent.
Cox has 28 tackles with three sacks and a pass broken up in 2020, but has played better than the numbers indicate. Cox is said to have a great skill set with size, speed and athleticism off the edge. As the replacement for Jonathan Greenard, Cox could break out this season for Florida. He has a lot of ability to become an early-round prospect.
14.Los Angeles Rams:Evan Neal, G/OT, Alabama
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/27): None
The Rams need a long-term replacement for Andrew Whitworth.
Neal (6-7, 360) is a massive blocker who started at left guard as a freshman. He has the size and length to kick out to tackle and could be the Crimson Tide's replacement for Alex Leatherwood at left tackle in 2021.
Thibodeaux has 14 tackles and a pass batted. Thibodeaux (6-5, 242) had a superb freshman season for the Ducks, doing an excellent job of getting after the quarterback and totaling nine sacks, 35 tackles, a forced fumble and three passes batted. As a sophomore and junior, it would help Thibodeaux to gain more strength as he will need more weight to hold up as a run defender and to shed blocks from NFL offensive linemen. He has plenty of time to add weight and get stronger over the next year.
2021 NFL Mock Draft Pick (as of 11/27): Aidan Hutchinson, DE
The Raiders could use a third corner to pair with Trayvon Mullen and Damon Arnette.
Elam has played well this season, recording 29 tackles, two interceptions, and nine passes broken up to this point. The 6-foot-1, 187-pounder was fantastic as a freshman, flashing serious ball skills even though he had a part-time role.
Elam has good height and length with quickness. He could stand to fill out his frame, but considering he is only a true sophomore, he has plenty of time to do it. With his skill set and upside, he could explode.