Every 2021 NFL mock draft scenario from now until April is going to be filled with twists and turns as the NFL’s quarterback landscape takes shape.
There have already been three major starting quarterbacks traded, and the new league year has yet to begin.
Former second-overall pick Carson Wentz was sent to the Indianapolis Colts to play for his old pal Frank Reich as the Colts try to get back into annual playoff contention.
What moves will be next? Can some team pull off a blockbuster trade for superstar quarterback Deshaun Watson? Who’s going to be quarterbacking the San Francisco 49ers?
There are so many fun scenarios that could play out over the next two months. Here’s one of them.
2021 NFL mock draft: 1st pick
There should be no theatrics here, though obviously some rumors are floating out there that a number of NFL teams have Zach Wilson ranked ahead of Lawrence on their 2021 NFL Draft boards.
More than likely, those teams never had a shot at the first overall selection to begin with, but there are some experts of the QB position who have stated their preference for Wilson over Lawrence.
Ultimately, even if you are enamored with what you saw from Wilson this past year, Lawrence is a much more consistent, safe selection. Wilson has a bit of that Mahomes-like flare to his game, but what Lawrence lacks in flare he more than makes up for on the physical and intangible side.
He joins Urban Meyer in Jacksonville to try to revive this Jaguars franchise.
2021 NFL mock draft: 2nd pick
What if the Jets move forward with Sam Darnold? That’s not impossible.
There is no guarantee that the Jets will simply take the best QB on their board here if they believe that Sam Darnold can turn his career around in the offense that will be run by Kyle Shanahan disciple Mike McDaniel.
With so many other teams interested in adding Darnold in hopes that he can still become the QB1-type of prospect many thought he was just three years ago, why would the Jets not believe he could become great in that type of offense?
They will undoubtedly be doing their homework on QBs in the 2021 NFL Draft, but taking the best offensive lineman on their board would not be a bad idea either. The Jets have a lot of picks to work with between this year and next year, including four first-round picks.
Joe Douglas has a chance to really build this roster with talented players and Penei Sewell playing a bookend role to Mekhi Becton would help make any quarterback better.