2021 NFL first-round mock draft: Quarterback surprises

2021 NFL Draft prospect Zach Wilson #1 of the BYU Cougars (Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports)
2021 NFL Draft prospect Zach Wilson #1 of the BYU Cougars (Photo by Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports) /
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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JANUARY 01: 2021 NFL draft prospect Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

In an evolving quarterback market encompassing a deep 2021 NFL draft class and trade market, teams begin to meet their needs under center.

After a 2020 offseason that saw few available jobs for available quarterbacks, the 2021 NFL draft presents the challenge of finding identity under center for a number of both rebuilding and competitive franchises. The quandary facing these organizations though is the lack of presence on the free-agent market.

Led by Dak Prescott, the 2021 quarterback free-agent class has little to offer outside of the money-seeking pro-bowler with potential projects Mitchell Trubisky and Jameis Winston. Teams looking for their new quarterback are much more likely to opt for the deep quarterback class of the 2021 NFL draft or the numerous options via trade including Matthew Stafford, Matt Ryan, and generational talent Deshaun Watson.

Few drafts in recent memory have offered so many franchises their pivotal moment to either turn to success or dive into the depths of mediocrity, but the 2021 NFL draft offers such an opportunity for both buyers and sellers on the trade market.

player. 52. Scouting Report. College Stats. Clemson. Trevor Lawrence. QB. 1

After the hiring of Urban Meyer, speculation of Justin Fields making his way to Jacksonville in the 2021 NFL draft to reunite with his former head coach have made their rounds of the rumor mill. How humorous. Trevor Lawrence is potentially the most complete NFL quarterback prospect to come out of the draft since the likes of Andrew Luck and Peyton Manning.

Combine this franchise-cornerstone with an already effective arsenal of offensive weaponry and one of the most top-heavy 2021 NFL draft war chests of any organization, the Jacksonville Jaguars could potentially remove themselves from the thickets of the NFL’s bottom-feeders within three days through the 2021 NFL draft.