2021 NFL Draft: Five quarterbacks go in first round of new mock draft

2021 NFL Draft prospect Zach Wilson #1 of the BYU Cougars (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
2021 NFL Draft prospect Zach Wilson #1 of the BYU Cougars (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Jaycee Horn, 2021 NFL Draft
2021 NFL Draft prospect Jaycee Horn #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /

Pick 15 – Dallas Cowboys (Trade with New England Patriots)

123. Pick Analysis. South Carolina. 15. player. Scouting Report. CB. Jaycee Horn

After trading down with the Patriots, the Dallas Cowboys will be looking to build their defense. The offense is strong, but injuries derailed their season and disrupted what they had planned. Once they couldn’t put up 40+ points a game, their defense was unable to keep scores low enough for a chance.

The secondary in general could use another piece, whether it be a safety or a cornerback that pushes a player over to safety. Lining up at cornerback on South Carolina, Jaycee Horn could play either role in Dallas.

While he hasn’t done anything that jumps off the page, he’s been consistent over his tenure at South Carolina and that’s more than a lot of the defensive backs in Dallas can say.

Pick 16 – Arizona Cardinals

32. Scouting Report. CB. Georgia. Eric Stokes. Pick Analysis. 16. player

Patrick Peterson has been the core of the Arizona Cardinals’ defense for the better part of the last 10 years, but turning 31-years old this offseason the Cardinals will need to invest in a running mate for him. Budda Baker has locked up one of the safety positions, but another cornerback would be a wise investment for Arizona.

After entering the 2020 season with no interceptions, Eric Stokes showed improvement, snagging four balls in just nine games, including two pick-sixes. On top of that, he totaled 22 passes defended over 31 career games.

Stokes isn’t as dynamic as Peterson was coming out of college, but the skill set is similar. He’s shown this season that he can tally interceptions with the best of them in college football which has really helped his draft stock.