2021 NFL Draft: Five QBs fly off of the board in first-round mock draft

2021 NFL Draft prospect Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
2021 NFL Draft prospect Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images) /
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Justin Fields, 2021 NFL Draft
2021 NFL Draft prospect Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) /

52. . QB. Jacksonville Jaguars. Trevor Lawrence . 1. player

The Jacksonville Jaguars have the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and they land the best quarterback in the class. Lawerence has put up solid numbers for Clemson each season and brought the team a National Championship in 2018.

In the last couple of days, there have been rumors of the Jags trading down and gaining picks. I believe they will stay put as we saw a carousel of quarterbacks play of the Jaguars in 2020 and they need a leader like Lawerence.

Gardner “Mustache” Minshew has been reliable for the team but injuries hurt his chances in 2020. He could remain a quality backup for the team or the Jags could look to trade him to a quarterback-needy team.

QB. New York Jets. Justin Fields . 2. player. 30.

The number two pick in the 2021 NFL Draft could shape how the rest of the draft plays out. The New York Jets may choose a quarterback if they think Sam Darnold, the former third overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft is not the answer.

I believe the Jets could also look at offensive lineman Penei Sewell from Oregon with this pick. If I was the general manager of the Jets I would build around Sam Darnold, though the Jets do the opposite here and land Fields.

Fields numbers were down in 2020 from 2019 but he still took the Buckeyes to the National Championship and lost ultimately. Zach Wilson who I have high on my list of quarterbacks wouldn’t shock me landing here either.

59. . WR. Miami Dolphins. Devonta Smith. 3. player

The Miami Dolphins got this pick from the Houston Texans in a blockbuster trade involving offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil a season ago. The Dolphins also got Houston’s second-round pick in 2021 and a first-rounder in 2022.

The Dolphins land the Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith who was teammates with 2020 first-round pick Tua Tagovailoa at Alabama. Smith was supposed to Alabama’s second receiver but with injuries to Jaylen Waddle, he shined with his opportunity.

Smith’s 2020 college season is like no other as he dialed up over 1,800 yards and 23 touchdowns and he will be a key contributor for this Dolphins offense for years to come.

player. 50. . QB. Detroit Lions. Zach Wilson . 4

Trade: The Atlanta Falcons trade the 4th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft to Detroit for the 7th overall pick, 41st pick, and 2022 1st rounder.

The Detroit Lions’ new staff could be looking for Matthew Stafford’s replacement in the 2021 NFL Draft. If they stay put at seventh I believe Wilson is off the board already, so moving up makes sense. Especially if they gain a mid-round pick for Stafford in a trade.

Many mocks and big boards have Zach Wilson the BYU product as the second-best quarterback in this draft class. I believe many teams could position themselves to trade up with Atlanta if the Falcons choose to not take a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft.