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Charlie's 2021 NFL Mock Draft version 20
Published at 8/3/2020 11:12:01 PM

Charlie's 2021 NFL Mock Draft version 20

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Round 1

Picks 1-16
1. Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback, Clemson

Following the 2020 season, the Jaguars could be looking for a new franchise quarterback if Gardner Minshew doesn't prove to be the starter of the future. I think Jacksonville could bottom out next year with the team quitting on disliked head coach Doug Marrone. Marrone and general manager Dave Caldwell should already have been replaced, but the team's ownership is loyal to a fault. Considering Caldwell drafted Luke Joeckel, Blake Bortles and Dante Fowler as top-three picks, he should have been fired a long time ago.
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In 2019, Lawrence completed 66 percent of his passes for 3,665 yards with 36 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also ran for 563 yards and nine touchdowns while leading Clemson back to the National Championship Game. Lawrence showed further development as a passer and as a team leader. The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder has a good arm, developed poise, and play-making ability. Lawrence makes good decisions while distributing the ball well to his phenomenal supporting cast. Unless Lawrence gets injured, he should be a top-of-the-draft prospect. <br> <br>

Lawrence took college football by storm as a freshman in 2018, compiling a flawless season that culminated with him ripping Alabama's defense comprised of NFL talent to win another National Championship for Clemson. Lawrence completed 65 percent of his passes for 3,280 yards with 30 touchdowns and four interceptions on the year. The scary part about Lawrence looked like he was just scratching the surface and has the upside to get better as he gains experience.

2. Panthers: Justin Fields, Quarterback, Ohio State

The best thing for the Panthers might be to bottom out in 2020 and land a top-two pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. That would allow them to get a quarterback of the future with Trevor Lawrence or Justin Fields. However, they have some serious firepower on their offense and a talented young front seven on defense. Thus, they have to hope that there is a deep quarterback class with 3-5 worthy first-rounders. <br> <br>

Fields (6-3, 223) was one of the top recruits in the nation along with Trevor Lawrence. Fields started off his career at Georgia before transferring to Ohio State. In Fields' one season at Georgia, he was 27-of-39 for 328 yards with four touchdowns passing and four touchdowns rushing. He took over as the Buckeyes' starting quarterback in 2019 following Dwayne Haskins' departure for the NFL and dominated. Fields completed 67 percent of his passes on the year for 3,273 yards with 41 touchdowns and three interceptions. He also ran for 484 yards and 10 scores. <br> <br>

Fields has a dynamic skill set with natural passing ability and is a dangerous runner. In speaking with some team sources, we agreed he looks like a bigger Deshaun Watson. Fields has a good skill set with a live arm and an ability to do damage with his feet.
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3. Redskins: Penei Sewell, Offensive Tackle, Oregon

The Redskins grab a franchise left tackle for Dwayne Haskins.
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Sewell (6-6, 325) had a dominant junior season as the blind-side protector for Justin Herbert. With his good size, length, quickness, and athleticism, Sewell has a nice skill set that could end up making him one of the top prospects for the 2021 NFL Draft. For his excellent junior season, Sewell won the Outland Trophy and was the Pac-12 co-offensive player of the year. Sewell was a shutdown pass protector as a sophomore in 2018, not allowing a sack in over 926 snaps. He only was credited with allowing seven pressures and two hits all season. Sewell broke into the starting lineup as a freshman and played well, so he already has produced two good seasons of tape for the NFL.

4. Chargers: Gregory Rousseau, Defensive End, Miami

The Chargers just paid Joey Bosa a massive contract and have Melvin Ingram in the last year of his deal. Considering the team paid Bosa so much, Los Angeles could use a cheap and effective rusher across from him. Taking one in the first round would give the Chargers a cheap, but talented complement to Bosa for five years. Rousseau and Bosa could be tremendous together. <br> <br>

Rousseau (6-6, 260) was one of the best edge defenders in college football during his redshirt freshman season. For his breakout 2019, he notched 15.5 sacks with two forced fumbles and 54 tackles. Rousseau has an excellent skill set with upside to develop. His sack numbers may decline as a redshirt sophomore and/or junior with double teams and scheming, but he could become a more developed player in the years to come.
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5. Bears: Ja'Marr Chase, Wide Receiver, LSU

The Bears have Allen Robinson entering free agency after this season, so replacing him will be a critical need if Robinson is not re-signed.
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Chase (6-1, 200) enjoyed a breakout 2019 season and was a source of big plays for the Tigers' offense. On the year, the sophomore averaged 21.2 yards per reception with 84 catches for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was the No. 1 receiver for the Tigers' offense, showing off game-breaking speed with quality route-running and yards-after-the-catch ability. Chase was the best wide receiver in college football in 2019, and there wasn't a close second. As a freshman, he had 23 catches for 313 yards with three scores.

6. Dolphins: Carlos Basham, 3-4 Defensive End, Wake Forest

The Dolphins grab a lead edge rusher for their defense.
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Basham (6-5, 275) showed a big improvement from his sophomore to junior season, going from 4.5 sacks in 2018 to 11 in 2019. His run defense remained steady with 64 tackles as a sophomore and 57 as a junior. In his breakout redshirt junior year, Basham also had three forced fumbles and three passes batted. He has good size size for the NFL in terms of height and weight. Basham is faster and more athletic than one would expect. With his skill set, he has upside for the next level.

7. Bengals: Alex Leatherwood, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

The Bengals need more offensive line talent to protect Joe Burrow. Jonah Williams is very versatile, so he could be moved around the line. Thus, drafting a tackle could give them bookend tackles or upgrade the edge and interior protection.
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Leatherwood (6-6, 322) played well for Alabama in 2019, showing that he has a first-round skill set of size, quickness and athleticism. Leatherwood could be even better in 2020 due to his increased experience. In his first season, Leatherwood rotated into the game and replaced an injured Jonah Williams at left tackle to help Alabama win another National Championship. As a sophomore, he started at right guard for the Crimson Tide.

8. Browns: Micah Parsons, Linebacker, Penn State

The Browns have some young starters at linebacker with 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 next year. <br> <br>

Parsons collected 109 tackles with five sacks, four forced fumbles and five passes defended in 2019. He was always around the ball and produced some splash plays for Penn State. Parsons broke into the starting lineup as a true freshman in 2018 and showed that he has lot of upside to develop into an intriguing player. On the year, he totaled 83 tackles with five for a loss, 1.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. Parsons (6-3, 245) has good size, speed and instincts.
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9. Jets: Shaun Wade, Cornerback, Ohio State

The Jets could use a No. 1 corner for their defense.
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Wade totaled 25 tackles with eight passes broken up, an interception and two sacks in 2019. He made some impressive plays for the Buckeyes and was a bigger presence than the numbers indicate. During the fall, I reported that team sources said they believed Wade was likely to go back to Ohio State for 2020, which is what happened. <br> <br>

Wade (6-1, 194) has a good skill set to develop with a ton of upside. He had a strong debut for the Buckeyes in 2018, totaling 31 tackles, three interceptions, seven passes defended and one forced fumble on the year. Even though Wade has the size to line up on the outside, Ohio State played him mostly at slot cornerback in 2018 and 2019, and he did well there. <br> <br>

With Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette having moved on to the NFL, Wade could move to the outside in 2020, and that would help his draft grade if he plays well there, as it would demonstrate the versatility to be effective at numerous spots in coverage. Wade also played some safety for the Buckeyes. The Jacksonville, Florida product missed the 2017 season because of abdominal surgery.

10. Cardinals: Sam Cosmi, Offensive Tackle, Texas

Marcus Gilbert and Kelvin Beachem are short-term contributors. Josh Jones could be moved inside to guard and protecting Kyler Murray will be critical for Arizona.
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Team sources like Cosmi and think he is a better prospect than Connor Williams was at Texas. They feel Cosmi is raw and needs development, but athletically, he is an interesting prospect. Cosmi (6-6, 295) needs to play more and get stronger for the NFL. Team sources felt he should go back to school if he wanted to be a secure first-round pick in his draft class, and Cosmi wisely decided to return to Austin for 2020. As a redshirt freshman, Cosmi earned a starting spot at right tackle for the Longhorns and had an impressive debut. He did a good job in pass protection, showing some length and athleticism on the edge.

11. Lions: Walker Little, Offensive Tackle, Stanford

The Lions may not re-sign Taylor Decker, but even if they do, they could use more talent on the right side.
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Little was playing well overall against Northwestern in the 2019 season-opener, but late in the fourth quarter, he had to be helped off the field after suffering a dislocated knee. Little's injury was a season-ender, and he decided to return to Stanford for his senior year. <br> <br>

Little was impressive as a freshman starter at left tackle for Stanford. The 6-foot-7, 304-pounder did an effective job in run blocking and helped Bryce Love to a huge 2017 season. Little was solid as a sophomore, protecting K.J. Costello and opening holes in the ground game. Little has good length, strength and recoverability. With some nastiness and physicality, he is a plus run blocker for a left tackle and will punish pass rushers as well.

12. Patriots: Trey Lance, Quarterback, North Dakota State

Unless Cam Newton returns to his old form, the Patriots will need a long-term starter to build around.
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The 2019 season was Lance's first year of playing time, and he produced a huge year, completing 67 percent of his passes for 2,786 yards with 28 touchdowns and zero interceptions. Lance is listed at 6-foot-3, 221 pounds, and sources say he has a good skill set of physical tools. Scouts say they need to see more from Lance and are wary of a 1-year wonder situation, so Lance needs to have another big season to be a top quarterback prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft.

13. Dolphins: Jevon Holland, Safety, Oregon

The Dolphins could use a long-term difference-maker at safety. Here's a free safety who can cover.
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Holland (6-1, 200) was a playmaker for the Ducks over the past two seasons, putting together fabulous ball production. As a freshman, he had 42 tackles with five interceptions and eight passes broken up. In 2019, he had 66 tackles with four interceptions and four passes batted. <br> <br>

Holland's instincts and ball skills have made him a dangerous threat to snatch interceptions and break up passes downfield. He could stand to get stronger to tackle in the NFL, but he had respectable tackle totals over his freshman and sophomore seasons. If Holland can stay consistent with his ball production, he will have plenty of NFL teams hoping to land him in the 2021 NFL Draft.
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14. Jaguars: Patrick Surtain II, Cornerback, Alabama

Jacksonville drafted C.J. Henderson, but their other cornerbacks are still a big weakness. Here's an upgrade to go across from Henderson.
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As a sophomore in 2019, Surtain had 42 tackles with two interceptions, three forced fumbles and eight passes broken up. The 6-foot-2, 203-pounder is a big corner who brings speed and athleticism to go with his size. He was the rare freshman defensive back to see the field under Nick Saban, and in 2018, Surtain contributed 28 tackles with an interception and seven passes defended. He moved to the "star" position for 2019, which is a critical nickel corner/safety role in Alabama's defense. Surtain is a great fit for that position, like Minkah Fitzpatrick was in past years. Surtain is the son of former Miami Dolphins corner and three-time Pro Bowler Patrick Surtain.

15. Giants: DeVonta Smith, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Giants grab a weapon for Daniel Jones.
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Smith had a tremendous junior season for Alabama, recording 68 receptions for 1,256 yards with 14 touchdowns. He showed off excellent hands, route-running, and the ability to pick up yards after the catch. He had 42 catches for 693 yards and six scores in 2018. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder should take on a bigger role in 2020 with Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs having moved on to the NFL.

16. Raiders: Dylan Moses, Inside Linebacker, Alabama

The Raiders gave serious consideration to taking Patrick Queen in the 2020 NFL Draft, but ended up selecting Damon Arnette. Las Vegas could look for a linebacker upgrade next year. <br> <br>

Alabama has been a factory for linebacker talent, and Moses (6-3, 233) will keep that tradition alive for the 2021 NFL Draft, if he can stay healthy. Team sources were really excited about seeing him in 2019, but a torn ACL in training camp ended his season before it started. Some sources thought that if Moses had entered the 2020 NFL Draft, he still would have been an early-rounder despite the injury. They were very impressed with his performance in 2018 when he recorded 86 tackles, 10 for a loss, 3.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one pass batted while rotating with other linebackers.

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