- The 2021 NFL Draft begins Thursday, April 29
- Sportsbooks have released a large variety of NFL Draft props already
- We’ve taken all the odds available and pieced together our first round NFL Mock Draft based strictly off these odds
With most of the big names in free agency claimed, all eyes are on the 2021 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 29 at 8pm ET. Although we are pretty sure we know how the first two picks will play out, there is plenty of intrigue after that.
Instead of sitting here and giving you my opinion on what will happen – you’ll get a bit of this at the bottom of this page – I have rounded up all the NFL Draft odds and used them to piece together a full first round NFL Mock Draft.
The props considered include, but are not limited to: odds to be a top 5/10 pick, player draft position over/unders, odds to be first player taken at each position, first round position totals, offense or defense with first pick for each team etc.
2021 NFL Mock Draft
|1||Jacksonville Jaguars||Trevor Lawrence||QB|
|2||New York Jets||Zach Wilson||QB|
|3||San Francisco 49ers||Mac Jones||QB|
|4||Denver Broncos*||Justin Fields||QB|
|5||Cincinnati Bengals||Kyle Pitts||TE|
|6||Miami Dolphins||Ja’Marr Chase||WR|
|7||New England Patriots*||Trey Lance||QB|
|8||Carolina Panthers||Penei Sewell||OT|
|9||Atlanta Falcons*||Patrick Surtain II||CB|
|10||Los Angeles Chargers*||Rashawn Slater||OT|
|11||New York Giants||DeVonta Smith||WR|
|12||Philadelphia Eagles||Jaylen Waddle||WR|
|13||Dallas Cowboys*||Jaycee Horn||CB|
|14||Minnesota Vikings||Christian Darrisaw||OT|
|15||Detroit Lions*||Micah Parsons||LB|
|16||Arizona Cardinals||Caleb Farley||CB|
|17||Las Vegas Raiders||Trevon Moehrig||S|
|18||Miami Dolphins||Kwity Paye||EDGE|
|19||Washington Football Team||Dillon Radunz||OT|
|20||Chicago Bears||Teven Jenkins||OT|
|21||Indianapolis Colts||Liam Eichenberg||OT|
|22||Tennessee Titans||Greg Newsome II||CB|
|23||New York Jets||Jaelan Phillips||EDGE|
|24||Pittsburgh Steelers||Alijah Vera-Tucker||OL|
|25||Jacksonville Jaguars||Gregory Rousseau||EDGE|
|26||Cleveland Browns||Jayson Oweh||EDGE|
|27||Baltimore Ravens||Rashod Bateman||WR|
|28||New Orleans Saints||Terrace Marshall Jr||WR|
|29||Green Bay Packers||Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah||LB|
|30||Buffalo Bills||Azeez Ojulari||EDGE|
|31||Atlanta Falcons*||Najee Harris||RB|
|32||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Joe Tryon||EDGE|
*Denotes a projected trade.
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Here’s a more compact look at the mock, including who currently holds each pick and where we have the trades happening:
Projected NFL Draft Trades
- Broncos move up to #4 for Fields – Personally, I don’t think Denver will give up the picks to pull off this trade. It will likely take the ninth-overall pick and another second round pick. But the Ohio State quarterback is still heavily favored to be selected in the top five picks, so we needed to make a move. The other two teams eager for a signal-caller are the Patriots and Bears, and those moves would likely require multiple firsts going to the Falcons.
- Patriots move up to #7 for Lance – The Patriots obviously don’t believe in Jarrett Stidham, and we’re unsure what Cam Newton will bring in 2021. New England needs their next Tom Brady, but will have to make a move up from 15 to do so. Trey Lance’s draft position over/under is 6.5 at DraftKings, with -112 odds on each side, and 7.5 at FanDuel, with the under listed at -215. Detroit is the perfect candidate to move down, as they have holes all over their roster to fill. The Lions would likely receive the Pats’ first and second round picks from this draft, if this trade happens.
- Chargers move up to #10 for Slater – I ran into an issue with finding a home for Rashawn Slater, who is favored to be a top ten pick. He has to fall in after Penei Sewell, who is heavily favored to be the first offensive lineman taken, but wouldn’t make sense in Atlanta and the odds favor Dallas going defense with their first pick. Along with their first round pick this year (13th overall), the Chargers would likely have to throw in a third round pick as well to acquire some much-needed protection for Justin Herbert.
- Falcons move back into 1st round for Najee Harris – The Alabama running back’s draft position over/under is set at 29.5, with -112 odds on each side. Looking to the teams picking late in the first round, none of them have glaring holes at RB, so we needed to push another trade through. The Todd Gurley experiment didn’t work out in Atlanta, and I don’t foresee Mike Davis being the solution either. It’s a short move up the board for the Falcons from 35 to 31, likely needing to throw in another mid/late-round pick, or potentially swapping picks with the Chiefs in the fourth round.
First Round Mock Draft Notes
Allow me to justify some of the other picks that have you calling me an idiot:
- Bengals take Kyle Pitts at no. 5 – Cincinnati should be using this pick on Penei Sewell, in my opinion. But Pitts’ odds to go in the top five picks are set at -167, while Sewell’s have fallen to +108. Pitts also has the best odds to be the first non-quarterback selected in the draft. If Atlanta stays put at no. 4, they might be the ones making the Florida prospect a top five pick.
- Bears add to offensive line at 20 – Andy Dalton is not the long-term answer under center for Chicago, and he may not even be much of a short-term improvement either. To give Dalton the best chance, though, they need to get better up front. The odds heavily favor Chicago taking an offensive player with their first round pick, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re the team who picks off Kellen Mond or sells everything to move up for Fields/Lance. But no. 20 is probably too early for Mond, and will be very pricey for the latter.
- Ravens get Lamar a real WR1 at 27 – Sammy Watkins is a good complementary receiver, but is not the answer to Baltimore’s lack of a true no. 1 receiver. The odds say the Ravens go offense with their first pick, and while it could be an offensive lineman, receiver makes too much sense. After missing on Kenny Golladay and Allen Robinson in free agency, the team needs to make a splash at the position to get back on the same level as the Chiefs and Bills in the AFC.
- Packers take Owusu-Koramoah at 29 – looking up and down the Packers roster, it’s easier to identify positions they don’t need vs what they do. There’s not a ton to love outside of QB, RB, LT, WR1, CB1, and the safety position. If last year’s draft tells us anything, Green Bay likely takes a left tackle to sit behind David Bakhtiari for a few years. The odds say the Packers go defense, though, and linebacker is such a big need for them.