Welcome to the second annual MFANS mock draft. Each of our members had 2-3 that they chose to pick for. To clarify the picks, this is what we would do, not necessarily what we believe is going to happen. There were a couple trades and surprising picks, but we hope you guys enjoy it.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
GM Comments: Nothing unexpected, it’s been known Lawrence was going to be 1st overall since his freshman year at Clemson.
- New York Jets: Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
GM Comments: THE MOST CONSISTENT THROWER OF THE FOOTBALL IN THE UNIVERSE.
- San Francisco 49ers: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
GM Comments: Fields entered the year as the QB2 and I still believe he is, even after down games against Northwestern and Indiana. At Ohio State, Fields led his team to two playoffs, including an all-time great performance against Clemson this past year. He’s athletic, accurate and has a big arm – everything that you would want in an NFL quarterback. Regarding narratives about his reads, per PFF, Fields’ grade of throwing past his 1st read since 2019 was 90.6, first among draft eligible quarterbacks this year.
- Denver via Atlanta: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
GM Comments: Zach Wilson stays in the Rocky Mountains. Although he is a little shorter than Elway would like at 6 ‘2’’ , Wilson is a top 2 caliber QB prospect and giving up the future 1st is well worth it. The Broncos are a ready-team that can compete now with competent QB play. Wilson is set up for success with a solid OL, defense and great weapons with Sutton, Jeudy, and Fant. Wilson’s accuracy and arm talent are both great, so if his pocket presence can develop soon look for the Broncos to be contenders very soon.
- Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
GM Comments: Ja’Marr Chase is not reunited with his former LSU QB, and the Bengals take Sewell in this scenario. Whether or not he plays tackle or guard is still in the air, but the Bengals offensive line instantly becomes better with Sewell in the lineup than without.
- Miami Dolphins: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
GM Comments: A unique receiving talent, Pitts will be a huge asset for a decent Dolphins team that needs to give last year’s first round pick, Tua Tagavailoa, all the help he can get at skill positions. With a strong defense and a bright young head coach in Brian Flores, this team is well-positioned to compete in a surprisingly competitive AFC East.
- Detroit Lions: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
GM Comments: The Lions right now have an average offensive line with a good left tackle, developing left guard, and great center. However the right side of the offensive line is weak and the best way to get next year’s rookie quarterback situated is to protect him so that he doesn’t have to go through what Burrow and Herbert just did last year. In comes Rashawn Slater, who handled Chase Young really well in 2019 before opting out of the 2020 season. His PFF grade of 90.0 makes it tough to pass up as he only allowed 5 pressures in 355 blocking snaps. Slater will hopefully be able to play right guard or right tackle for the Lions for a long time to come.
- Kansas City via Carolina JaMarr Chase, WR, LSU
GM Comments: The trade up to 8 was certainly bold and the Chiefs are going to give up depth as a consequence but this splash move to land one of the best WR prospects of the past decade will be well worth it if Chase pans out. Chase dominated NFL CBs in the SEC as a true sophomore in his last season at LSU and he will fit the Chiefs’ offense perfectly. The Chiefs severe lack of a third or fourth option when defenses take away Hill and Kelce was exposed in the playoffs and now with Chase on the team Reid and Mahomes should be set to have the best offense in the league for years to come.
- Atlanta via Denver: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
GM Comments: The Falcons complete their Alabama WR trio by taking an absolute stud in Jaylen Waddle. After making a complete recovery from a hip injury, Jaylen Waddle is ready to contribute to a revived Falcons offense who with new Head Coach Arthur Smith are ready to make a final run at a super bowl with Matt Ryan and Julio Jones.
- Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
GM Comments: Patrick Surtain II is the best corner in this draft and the Cowboys bolster their secondary by taking him at 10. By forming an Alabama CB duo with Surtain and Trevon Diggs, the Cowboys defense will improve to give Dak Prescott much needed help.
- New York Giants: Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama
GM Comments: The reigning Heisman Trophy winner is undoubtedly the best pick available. While there are concerns about his slight frame, Smith’s speed and skill set will pair well with the size and bulk of the Giants’ key free agent acquisition, Kenny Golladay. Factoring in pieces like Sterling Shepard, Darius Slater, and Evan Engram will give OC Jason Garrett the weapons to retool an offense that struggled mightily last year.
- Philadelphia Eagles: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
GM Comments: Tough break since a lot of “higher ranked” receivers were already taken (Chase, Waddle, Smith) but I don’t think the Eagles can go wrong with this pick (unless they pick a quarterback). I have enough faith in Hurts so I think the best move is either a lineman or receiver but I think Nick Sirianni would love to add a dynamic playmaker who is ready to start day 1.
- New England via Los Angeles: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
GM Comments: After Lance falls to pick 13, Bill Belichick makes his move to get the future franchise QB for the Patriots. With the Pats spending a ton of money in free agency, getting a QB on a rookie deal helps to alleviate some of the salary cap concerns for the next couple of years.
- Minnesota Vikings: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
GM Comments: Mike Zimmer was quoted for saying his last defense was terrible. Parsons is a talented defensive player despite reported character concerns. Longtime Vikings Eric Kendricks and Anthony Barr should help guide Parsons while also making up what could be the best LB core in the NFL.
- Los Angeles via New England: Jaycee Horn. CB, South Carolina
GM Comments: This is what I believe the Chargers will do and should do, and they get their version of Jalen Ramsey through Jaycee Horn who has potential to be a stud CB1 in the league. The Chargers get a very versatile chess piece for Staley to play around with, and it allows them to have a potential top 5 defense.
- Arizona Cardinals: Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan
GM Comments: This was a tough pick to make and I can see Arizona going in a lot of different ways with this pick. I think they can truly go best player available. It also helps that I think even after signing JJ Watt, EDGE is the Cardinals top need. Paye is a great athlete and has shown better production than the other top EDGE’s in this class. I think Paye is a relatively high floor and tremendous ceiling prospect at an important position. Paye can likely contribute on passing downs in year 1 and be a full time impact player by year 2 and 3.
- Las Vegas Raiders: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
GM Comments: Simply put: Anything on defense is one of the biggest needs for the raiders and Farley has an argument as CB1 if it wasn’t for injury concerns.
- Miami Dolphins: Gregory Rousseau, Edge, Miami
GM Comments: This hometown star stands out for his impressive size and explosive 10-yard split at 1.57 seconds. While he opted out of the 2020 season, his breakout 15.5-sack sophomore season with the Hurricanes showcased the talent that saw many draft boards rate him highly earlier this season. Rousseau’s proven ability to get to the quarterback merits the Dolphins taking a chance on a promising player that has an explosive ceiling at the professional level.
- Washington Football Team: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
GM Comments: Mac Jones has gotten a lot of hate recently but most of that hate has been for the rumors of the 49ers taking him at #3. What Jones did in his last year at Alabama was either the best college football season of all time or close to it. His QBR of 96.1 was 4.4 points higher than Justin Fields at #2. He might not have the strongest arm or best measurables but he is super accurate and should be good surrounded by good weapons in Washington.
- Chicago Bears: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
GM Comments: Bears are in a weird position. If you look at their depth, they are actually looking really good across the board, with the exception of quarterback of course. They have dynamic receivers with Robinson and Mooney and their defense is still at least in the top half of the league, although I think the loss of Fuller is understated. I think the bears will fortify their o-line in order to pick a top quarterback next draft, so I see Christian Darrisaw, who managed to drop all the way to 20, as the most logical pick and I love the value here.
- Indianapolis Colts: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
GM Comments: Christian Barmore is the best interior defensive linemen in this draft and with his pass rushing skills, taking him at 21 was a no brainer. Bolstering a Colts defensive line that already features DeForest Buckner, the Colts defense is going to be ready for another strong season to help Carson Wentz take the Colts to the playoffs and revive his career.
- Tennessee Titans: Terrence Marshall Jr, WR, LSU
GM Comments: In what looks like a potential fall back to earth for the Titans, they pick up LSU’s remaining WR from their magical 2019 run. With his size he looks to be an ideal replacement for Corey Davis and to complement star AJ Brown. Also he’d look sick in a Titans uniform.
- New York Jets: Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
GM Comments: The win rate of teams who rush at least 25 times is upwards of 80%. The obvious conclusion is that one must run the ball 30 times a game. One needs a unique bellcow back to accomplish that, and we do this with the gargantuan Michael Carter, who is also a more consistent thrower of the football than Trevor Lawrence.
- Pittsburgh Steelers: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
GM Comments: Few things are more important for consistent playoff success than a difference-maker at QB. Ben Roethlisberger, who’s won 3 playoff games in the last ten years, likely isn’t that guy any longer. Every year the Steelers fail to find their next QB is another year where they find themselves with little leverage in negotiations with Roethlisberger, despite his middling performance and expensive contract in recent years. It’s absolutely worth taking a flyer or two here if it increases the chances that the Steelers ultimately find that guy. Mike Tomlin showed the NFL his mettle when he coached a Mason Rudolph and Duck Hodges-led team to an 8-8 record last year; giving him even a passable option at QB should enable him to keep his team relevant while he scours future Drafts for the right guy (assuming Trask doesn’t build off of a nice college career at the University of Florida).
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG/OT, USC
GM Comments: In my opinion, JAX didn’t do enough to give Trevor Lawrence enough help and keeping him upright should be a priority to avoid another Andrew Luck retirement. Vera-Tucker is one of the best OG prospects in this draft.
- Cleveland Browns: Jeremiah Owosu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
GM Comments: JOK falling to the Browns was a huge get. The Browns upgraded almost every defensive position in free agency but didn’t do much to shore up a lackluster LB room. JOK is touted as a very high LB prospect and if he were to fall to the Browns they should be locking in their pick immediately. JOK consistently was asked to cover slot WRs in college and has the athleticism and potential to make a great impact in coverage and against the run at the next level.
- Baltimore Ravens: Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia
GM Comments: After losing Judon and Ngakoue in free agency, the Ravens get an uber-athletic edge rusher to replace them in their blitz heavy scheme. Ojulari might be the most technically sound pass rusher in the draft. His biggest question mark is his size at 6’ 2’’ and 249lbs.
- New Orleans Saints: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
GM Comments: Saints get a deep weapon for Jameis to air it out to, and a new era of Saints football begins under Air Jameis.
- Green Bay Packers: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
GM Comments: To challenge Jordan Love and to keep training camp competitive, the Packers draft Davis Mills in this scenario to create a QB competition for the backup role.
- Buffalo Bills: Jayson Oweh, Edge, Penn State
GM Comments: Buffalo is in dire need of securing an edge rusher in this year’s draft, and they get the best athlete at EDGE we’ve seen in recent history with Jayson Oweh out of Penn State. Oweh really impressed at his pro day where he ran a 4.36s 40 yard dash. Despite not recording a sack in 2020, he is ranked as the second-best edge in the draft by PFF, and is slotted at 25 on their big board. Having only started playing football in 2016, Oweh is still a relatively raw talent, so DC Leslie Frazier will look to mold him into a force on their defensive line in the coming years.
- Carolina via Kansas City: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
GM Comments: Despite getting fleeced in the trade by the Chiefs, the Panthers still find their LT of the future to protect Sam Darnold and get a menacing run-blocker for Christian McCaffery.
- Los Angeles via Tampa Bay: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
GM Comments: The Chargers use the extra second from the New England trade to get Samuel Cosmi who’s the most athletic OT in the class. Cosmi could become the Chargers version of Terron Armstead, who has been with new OC Joe Lombardi on the Saints for many years.