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2021 NFL Mock Draft by Xavier Cromartie (CFM) v 1.0

Air Date:
January 27, 2021

       2021 NFL Mock Draft by Xavier Cromartie (CFM) v 1.0


In 2015, College Football Metrics joined forces with preeminent draft forecaster Xavier Cromartie to produce mock drafts and top 100 prospect boards for entry into The Huddle Report’s exclusive, experts-only NFL Draft scoring. Xavier starts to post mock drafts and top 100 boards in January and continues up to the draft in April.

Xavier's five-year average score in the The Huddle Report's top 100 board rankings is #3 in the world (see rankings here: top 100 boards). He also participates in the first-round mock draft scoring (see rankings here: first-round mocks).



1) Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)                                      


            Top needs: QB, CB, OT, DT                                                                                 

            The pick: The Jags finally get their first legit QB since Mark Brunell.      



2) New York Jets: QB Zach Wilson (Brigham Young)              


            Top needs: QB, CB, LB, WR                                                                                 

            The pick: Whether this pick belongs to the Jets or Texans, Wilson is most likely the guy. Darnold is a backup.                                                                                    



3) Miami Dolphins (via HOU): OT Penei Sewell (Oregon)                                    


            Top needs: WR, C, OT, DE                                                                                   

            The pick: If they're all-in on Tua, they should get him the best protection they can.                         



4) Atlanta Falcons: WR Ja'Marr Chase (Louisiana State)                                     


            Top needs: DE, RB, S                                                                             

            The pick: Julio Jones is getting too old and banged up.                                        



5) Cincinnati Bengals:  TE Kyle Pitts (Florida)                                       


            Top needs: CB, DE, G                                                                            

            The pick: Surround Burrow with elite weapons.                                                                    



6) Philadelphia Eagles: WR DeVonta Smith (Alabama)                                    


            Top needs: CB, DE, S                                                                             

            The pick: There is no defensive value here, and they still need to solve WR.                                                                                                                                                                  


7) Detroit Lions: QB Justin Fields (Ohio State)                                    


            Top needs: QB, WR, CB                                                                        

            The pick: With Stafford gone, they must expect to land a QB here.                                                                                         



8) Carolina Panthers: QB Trey Lance (North Dakota State)                                           


            Top needs: QB, OT, CB                                                                         

            The pick: They still have plenty of holes elsewhere, but they can't win without a QB.                                                                                     



9) Denver Broncos: LB Micah Parsons (Penn State)                                          


            Top needs: QB, LB, S                                                                             

            The pick: It's likely that the top QBs will be gone unless they make a move up.                                                                      



10) Dallas Cowboys: CB Patrick Surtain (Alabama)                                           


            Top needs: CB, DT, S                                                                             

            The pick: They need more than just Trevon Diggs on defense.                                                                        



11) New York Giants: WR Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)                                        


            Top needs: DT, DE, C                                                                             

            The pick: With no DL value here, they can give Daniel Jones a better target.                                                                           



12) San Francisco 49ers: CB Caleb Farley (Virginia Tech)                                               


            Top needs: CB, OT, DT                                                                          

            The pick: They have literally no CBs under contract.                                                                            



13) Los Angeles Chargers: OT Rashawn Slater (Northwestern)                                    


            Top needs: OT, CB, TE                                                                          

            The pick: How good could Herb be with a competent line in front of him?                                                                                



14) Minnesota Vikings: DE Gregory Rousseau (Miami)                                    


            Top needs: DE, DT, S                                                                             

            The pick: They might have their pick of edge rushers, and they certainly need one.                                                                                     



15) New England Patriots: DT Christian Barmore (Alabama)                                        


            Top needs: QB, DT, DE                                                                          

            The pick: The QBs will be gone, and the DL needs to be restocked aside from Winovich.                                                                                  



16) Arizona Cardinals: CB Jaycee Horn (South Carolina)                                      


            Top needs: CB, DT, G                                                                            

            The pick: All they have at CB is Byron Murphy.                                                                      



17) Las Vegas Raiders: LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Notre Dame)                                        


            Top needs: S, DT, CB                                                                             

            The pick: Almost anything on defense would help.                                                                              



18) Miami Dolphins: G Alijah Vera-Tucker (Southern Cal)                                             


            Top needs: WR, C, OT, DE                                                                                   

            The pick: They are pretty solid on defense, and so fully investing in the OL makes sense.                                                                          



19) Washington FT: WR Kadarius Toney (Florida)                                             


            Top needs: QB, WR, CB                                                                        

            The pick: They need a complement to Terry McLaurin.                                                                       



20) Chicago Bears: WR Terrace Marshall (Louisiana State)                                           


            Top needs: QB, WR, S                                                                           

            The pick: It's unlikely Allen Robinson is coming back.                                                                          



21) Indianapolis Colts:  OT Christian Darrisaw (Virginia Tech)                                      


            Top needs: QB, OT, DE                                                                         

            The pick: A strong OL is their identity.                                                                            



22) Tennessee Titans: DE Kwity Paye (Michigan)                                              


            Top needs: OLB, DT, TE                                                                        

            The pick: They're losing too much on the defensive front to go any other way.                                                                      



23) New York Jets (via SEA):  LB Zaven Collins (Tulsa)                                      


            Top needs: QB, CB, LB, WR                                                                                 

            The pick: The DBs in this area are a bit of a reach. They need to get LB settled.                                                                       



24) Pittsburgh Steelers:  OT/G Jalen Mayfield (Michigan)                                              


            Top needs: OT, OLB, RB                                                                       

            The pick: The OL is in need of a rebuild.                                                                         



25) Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR): OT Alex Leatherwood (Alabama)                                           


            Top needs: QB, CB, OT, DT                                                                                 

            The pick: Although they drafted two OTs in recent years, it is once again a need, especially with a golden QB.                                                                              



26) Cleveland Browns: DE Jaelan Phillips (Miami)                                             


            Top needs: LB, DE, DT                                                                           

            The pick: Phillips is a bit of a risk but the Browns need to take the chance.                                                                              



27) Baltimore Ravens: OLB Azeez Ojulari (Georgia)                                          


            Top needs: OLB, G, DT                                                                          

            The pick: They're losing most of their edge rushers.                                                                            



28) New Orleans Saints: WR Rashod Bateman (Minnesota)                                         


            Top needs: QB, S, WR                                                                           

            The pick: They need a legit successor to Michael Thomas.                                                                               



29) Green Bay Packers: CB Tyson Campbell (Georgia)                                     


            Top needs: CB, C, TE                                                                         

            The pick: Kevin King is done.                                                                              



30) Buffalo Bills: DE Carlos Basham (Wake Forest)                                           


            Top needs: CB, DE, G                                                                            

            The pick: They're relying on ancient pass-rushers.                                                                                



31) *Tampa Bay Buccaneers: OLB Jayson Oweh (Penn State)                                      


            Top needs: OLB, DT, WR                                                                                     

            The pick: Even if Shaq Barrett is back, JPP is getting old.                                                                    



32) *Kansas City Chiefs: G Wyatt Davis (Ohio State)                                       


            Top needs: CB, LB, C                                                                             

            The pick: Their OL depth got tested in 2020. They need to keep it strong.                                                                                




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