2021 NFL Mock Draft: Falcons, Patriots take QBs in top 10 after 49ers go with surprise pick at No. 3 – CBS Sports

Clemson

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

Done deal. The Jaguars get their new face of the franchise, a Day One starter for Urban Meyer’s rebuild.

BYU

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

2nd

Justin Fields belongs in the conversation here, but New York opts for Wilson’s off-script play-making ability — a welcome addition after three sloppy years with Sam Darnold.

North Dakota State

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 226 lbs

The pivotal fork in the road. Mac Jones may be the safe plug-and-play fit for Kyle Shanahan’s offense, and Fields would be a more dynamic alternative, but Lance is arguably the best long-term project for the Niners considering his age, running ability and willingness to begin behind Jimmy Garoppolo.

Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 228 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Maybe Arthur Smith trusts Matt Ryan to be his guy for the next year or two, but man, it’s just way too hard to pass up on a dynamic QB with this kind of pick. Atlanta considers Kyle Pitts and a trade out before securing Fields, one of the best all-around packages at his position.

Florida

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Cincinnati

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

Why are we so sure that Cincy is between Penei Sewell and Ja’Marr Chase? Pitts doesn’t help the O-line, but he’s arguably the top weapon of the class. The Bengals opt to wait until Round 2 to address the trenches, instead giving Joe Burrow an instant safety valve at a position of need.

LSU

• Jr

• 6’0″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

1st

With Pitts off the board, the Dolphins go with the next best thing: A No. 1 wide receiver to pair with DeVante Parker and Will Fuller. Suddenly Miami has itself a dangerous WR corps.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 214 lbs

Projected Team

New England

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

5th

Buckle your seat belts. Hungry to move down and collect picks, the Lions take the Patriots’ call and allow New England to leapfrog the Panthers and add the last of the top-five QB prospects. Aggressive all offseason, the Pats give themselves a real Tom Brady successor to compete with Cam Newton, surrendering No. 15, No. 46 (second-rounder) and No. 188 (sixth) to move up.

Oregon

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 330 lbs

Projected Team

Carolina

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

They would’ve preferred someone like Jones or Fields falling into their laps, but instead, the Panthers happily collect the best blocker of the class, giving Darnold a long-term left tackle.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 203 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

2nd

After trying to move up for Fields or Lance, the Broncos settle in at No. 9 and claim the consensus top corner to slot into a restocked secondary. (And proceed to scout a potential QB pick for early in Day Two.)

South Carolina

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

27th

POSITION RNK

4th

Rashawn Slater feels like a prototypical Cowboys pick here, but Dallas has an astoundingly huge hole at corner. Horn, meanwhile, offers an unmatched, feisty confidence. The Cowboys take him as their new No. 1.

Alabama

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Giants

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Dave Gettleman is tempted to address the trenches with Slater or an edge presence but stays true to his commitment to give Daniel Jones weapons, pairing Kenny Golladay with arguably the finest route-runner in the class.

Alabama

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 182 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

2nd

With Smith and the top two corners off the board, the Eagles consider a move down before taking their second first-round WR in as many years, banking on Waddle as an instant upgrade on the outside. It helps that Jalen Hurts is familiar with the new target.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 305 lbs

The Chargers take advantage of Slater’s slide and get Justin Herbert a technically sound long-term starter for the trenches.

Michigan

• Sr

• 6’4″

/ 272 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

1st

The Vikings strongly consider Alijah Vera-Tucker and Micah Parsons as starters at OG and LB, but Paye catches their eye as an immediate starting-caliber force for the D-line. His addition takes pressure off Danielle Hunter’s return and adds another piece to Minny’s beefed up front that also added Dalvin Tomlinson.

Penn State

• Jr

• 6’3″

/ 244 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

After moving out of the top 10 in their swap with the Patriots, the Lions end up with the best LB in the class — a high-upside difference-maker for the middle of Dan Campbell’s overhauled defense.

USC

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 315 lbs

Projected Team

Arizona

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

4th

With the top two CBs gone, the Cardinals shift their focus to the trenches, where Vera-Tucker gives them a Day One starter at guard to help keep Kyler Murray upright.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 314 lbs

Projected Team

Las Vegas

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Pass-rushers figure to be in play here, especially if only Paye is off the board. But the Raiders also desperately need a new bookend on the O-line with Trent Brown shipped elsewhere.

Northwestern

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 190 lbs

Projected Team

Tennessee

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

6th

Itching to move around yet again, the Dolphins add a pick by dropping a few spots. The Titans, meanwhile, jump ahead of a few DB-needy teams to lay claim to the third-best CB of the class — a long-term replacement for Janoris Jenkins. They give up a late third (No. 100) and seventh (No. 232) to move up four spots.

Notre Dame

• Jr

• 6’1″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Ron Rivera knows the importance of a play-making linebacker. He gets one here, preferring to wait on other needs, like WR depth, until later in the draft.

Virginia Tech

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 207 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

1st

After failing to move up for a QB, the Bears instead hope to snag a signal-caller on Day Two and use their first-rounder on a replacement for Kyle Fuller. If the medicals check out, Farley has a chance to be a steal.

Georgia

• Soph

• 6’3″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Indianapolis

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

2nd

They’re in dire need of competition at OT, especially if they want new QB Carson Wentz to stay upright, but Chris Ballard won’t force it. Instead, he stops the slide of maybe the best pass-rusher in the class.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’2″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

35th

POSITION RNK

1st

After adding Chase at No. 6, the Dolphins double-dip on the offensive side of the ball in their efforts to improve Tua Tagovailoa’s supporting cast, reuniting the Alabama RB with his college QB.

Miami (FL)

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 266 lbs

Projected Team

N.Y. Jets

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

3rd

A WR to pair with Wilson makes sense, but not as much here considering the depth set to be available on Day Two. Instead, the Jets get a freakish athlete in Phillips, who has a checkered injury history but offers more than enough upside to warrant a future starting role.

Oklahoma State

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 320 lbs

Projected Team

Pittsburgh

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

5th

Even if Najee Harris were available, are we really sold they’re going to spend a first-rounder at RB? Here, Pittsburgh opts to bulk up its trenches with a potential Day One starter at either OT or OG.

TCU

• Jr

• 6’2″

/ 208 lbs

Projected Team

Jacksonville

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

1st

Another offensive weapon for Lawrence would be nice, but Moehrig is too good to pass up as the headliner of a thin safety class. He brings a starting skill set to a remade secondary.

Alabama

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 310 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

1st

After cutting Sheldon Richardson, they add an even better interior presence to put next to Malik Jackson, Myles Garrett and new addition Jadeveon Clowney. Look out, AFC North!

Penn State

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 253 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

5th

With Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue gone, the Ravens prioritize long-term pass-rushing help with one of the most physically gifted edge-rushers of the class.

Tulsa

• Jr

• 6’4″

/ 260 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

3rd

With Barmore off the board, the Saints opt for a freak athlete to throw into the middle of their defense, if not send on the blitz. Collins brings play-making ability to the heart of a unit in transition.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 325 lbs

Projected Team

Green Bay

PROSPECT RNK

71st

POSITION RNK

13th

After sniffing around WR and LB, the Packers invest up front, where they lost Corey Linsley and must protect Aaron Rodgers.

Florida State

• Jr

• 5’10”

/ 184 lbs

Projected Team

Buffalo

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

3rd

Sean McDermott coached Samuel’s dad with the Eagles. Now, he gets the younger ballhawk as a potential pick magnet to plug in opposite Tre’Davious White.

Alabama

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 312 lbs

Projected Team

Baltimore

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

6th

After dealing starting OT Orlando Brown Jr. to the Chiefs, the Ravens look to bolster their own front with Leatherwood, who offers the size and skills to play either inside or outside.

Purdue

• Soph

• 5’9″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Tampa Bay

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

4th

The Bucs can afford to go with a luxury pick here, and that’s exactly what Moore is. The size and injury history are concerning, but if he hits, he gives Tampa Bay yet another deadly weapon for Tom Brady.