With the Super Bowl behind us, very quickly our football attention will turn to the draft. Sure, the draft doesn’t take place until April 29, but winter is long and cold. What else are we supposed to think about?
With that in mind, here’s the 2021 Sports Drop Mock Draft. Storylines abound this season as familiar faces in new places will be calling the shots. Among the decision-makers is Urban Meyer in Jacksonville. Will he go with the consensus pick in Trevor Lawrence or will he pick the player who he nearly coached, Justin Fields?
The landscape of the draft is different too, with Bill Belichick picking for the Patriots unusually early and the Cleveland Browns picking near the bottom of the round. When was the last time Belichick picked before the Browns?
Take a look at our mock draft and see how we think it’s all going to play out.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback, Clemson
Oh, come on, you didn’t really think Urban was going to pass on Trevor Lawrence, did you? Lawrence is as big of a no-brainer as the top pick as there has been in years. What isn’t a no-brainer is how Lawrence will fit in a Meyer offense.
Heck, we don’t even know what an Urban Meyer NFL offense will look like. If it looks like JT Barrett running off tackle over and over again, neither Meyer nor Trevor Lawrence will be around very long.
2. New York Jets: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The Jets need a quarterback, as the Sam Darnold experiment doesn’t seem to be working. However, after winning too many games, they lost the Trevor Lawrence sweepstakes. With no established number 2 quarterback in the draft class, look for the Jets to grab a weapon for whoever is under center for them next season.
In his final season at Alabama, Smith proved that he was the consensus top wideout in the draft class. He’s got permanent stick ‘em on his gloves and he’s silky smooth once he’s got possession. He’ll be a star for the Green and White.