Cody Carpentier’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

by Cody Carpentier · NFL Draft

My third and final Mock Draft of the 2021 NFL Draft Season will come with a limited explanation at each pick. After months of breaking down mock drafts for the Dynasty Deluxe Big Board section, listening to countless podcasts and interviews from people in the know, I am here to share everything I’ve gathered, bringing the most accurate mock draft of 2021 to the Minions of the Underworld. This mock will be scored on a player, team, and pick scale. Three points for team and player, five total points for the correct team, player, and pick.


No. 1 –  Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence – QB – Clemson

Trevor Lawrence was 38-2 at Clemson, finishing with an impressive 10,098 passing yards and 90 passing touchdowns, with just 17 interceptions. 

No. 2 – New York Jets –  Zach Wilson – QB – BYU

Do I think the Jets should take Zach Wilson? No. Do I think the Jets will take him because that’s what they do? Yes.

No. 3 – San Francisco 49ers – Justin Fields – QB – Ohio State

The correct pick here is Justin Fields, but everybody in the know is pushing Fields down due to medical, and personality “worries.”

No. 4 – Atlanta Falcons – Patrick Surtain – CB – Alabama

The surprise pick of the top-10, Surtain is the consensus No. 1 Cornerback in the class according to Big Draft. The Falcons desperately need defensive back help opposite of A.J. Terrell.

No. 5 – Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase – WR – LSU

The rumor as to why Philadelphia traded out of the No. 6 pick was that Cincinnati let it be known that Ja’Marr Chase was the top prospect on their draft board. As a GM, I would select Penei Sewell.

No. 6 – Miami Dolphins – Penei Sewell – OT – Oregon

A smart franchise doesn’t draft a wide receiver in the top 10. Miami has multiple first-round picks once again in 2021 and takes advantage of Cincinnati’s leaving Sewell available. Here, Miami takes the cornerstone tackle from Oregon and bumps one of Austin Jackson or Robert Hunt inside to guard.

No. 7 – Detroit Lions – Trey Lance – QB – NDSU

The Detroit Lions are in complete rebuild mode, and they have two options at No. 7. Draft a quarterback to sit behind Jared Goff for 2021, or trade down and accumulate picks in future drafts.

No. 8 – Carolina Panthers – Rashawn Slater – OT – Northwestern

Since 2013, when Hall-of-Fame Tackle Jordan Gross retired, the Panthers have used 14 different starters at left tackle. Here, they take the second blue-chip, day one starting offensive lineman in this class.

Rashawn Slater Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

Rashawn Slater Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

No. 9 – Denver Broncos – Micah Parsons – LB Penn State

Denver bows out of the Quarterback race after trading for Teddy Bridgewater. Micah Parsons completes this defense and vaults them into top-3 consideration

No. 10 – Dallas Cowboys – Jaycee Horn – CB – South Carolina

All of Dallas Cowboys Twitter has been begging for a cornerback since the season ended. With consensus pick Patrick Surtain off the board, Jerry takes former Saints great Joe Horn‘s son Jaycee Horn.

No. 11 – New York Giants – Christian Darrisaw – OT – Virginia Tech

The Giants aren’t far from winning a playoff game. Protecting Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley has to be the key. GM Dave Gettleman misses out on Sewell and Slater, forcing his hand to trade back, but we all know he doesn’t like to do that. Here, Gettleman reaches for Christian Darrisaw out of Virginia Tech.

No. 12 – Philadelphia Eagles – Jaylen Waddle – WR – Alabama

Howie Roseman does what Howie Roseman does: botch draft picks on wide receivers. Roseman is desperate for talent after missing in free agency, grabbing the speedster from Alabama that gained 848 receiving yards as a freshman playing with Jalen Hurts.

No. 13 – Los Angeles Chargers – Kyle Pitts – TE – Florida

The Chargers stop the fall of Kyle Pitts, as they look to continue on years of dominance from Antonio Gates, Hunter Henry, and on to Kyle Pitts.

No. 14 – Minnesota Vikings – Landon Dickerson – OL – Alabama

The Vikings finish off their offensive line build, drafting a lineman for the ffith consecutive year in the first three rounds. Dickerson has played all five positions in college and can plug in at guard from day one.

No. 15 – New England Patriots – DeVonta Smith – WR – Alabama

New England signed Nelson Agholor in free agency and just lost Julian Edelman to retirement. They finished No. 30 in the NFL in team passing in 2020, and Smith is rumored to be the No. 1 target on Bill Belichick’s board.

No. 16 – Arizona Cardinals – Alijah Vera-Tucker – OL – USC

Arizona dealt with injury on the offensive line in 2020, and currently has one of the oldest lines in all of football. Drafting Vera-Tucker would bring versatility to the Cardinals; he played both tackle and guard at USC.

No. 17 – Las Vegas Raiders – Greg Newsome – CB – Northwestern

Since drafting Amari Cooper in 2015, the Raiders have reached on each and every first-round pick. They do it again in 2021, taking Greg Newsome out of Northwestern. Newsome blazed at his pro day, but was often injured at Northwestern, playing in just 17 games.

No. 18 – Miami Dolphins – Jaelan Phillips – EDGE – Miami (FL)

In a COVID-affected season with limited live scouting, the Dolphins didn’t have to go far to watch Jaelan Phillips. He transferred to Miami in 2019, finishing with 15.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks in 10 games.

No. 19 – Washington Football Team – Mac Jones – QB – Alabama

Ryan Fitzpatrick is the guy in 2021.. or is he? Another Alabama quarterback lands in Fitzmagic’s quarterback room and takes over by Week 6.

No. 20 – Chicago Bears – Rashod Bateman – WR – Minnesota

Failing to pick up a wide receiver in free agency. Allen Robinson will be gone in 2022 and Anthony Miller has yet to fire. Rashod Bateman “should” be the guy.

No. 21 – Indianapolis Colts – Caleb Farley – CB – Virginia Tech

The Colts re-signed Xavier Rhodes (age 31) in free agency. A healthy Caleb Farley is the best cornerback in this draft, being injured is what allows the Colts to take him here at No. 21.

No. 22 – Tennessee Titans – Teven Jenkins – OT – Oklahoma State

After whiffing in 2020 on Isaiah Wilson, the Titans right a wrong and take the 6-6 monster from Stillwater. Jenkins started in 35 of 37 games at OSU, playing right guard, left tackle, and right tackle.

No. 23 – New York Jets – Travis Etienne – RB – Clemson

Starting the RB run, New York grabs the stud out of Clemson. Daniel Jeremiah has tipped this one, he is friends with the Jets GM Joe Douglas and is the one analyst leaning Etienne in Round 1.

No. 24 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Najee Harris – RB – Alabama

The growing buzz around the league is that the Steelers are all in on trying to get Ben Roethlisberger back to the Super Bowl. Does this help? No, but this been everyone’s lock of the draft outside of Trevor Lawrence.

No. 25 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Jamin Davis – LB – Kentucky

Leon Jacobs is a free agent after the season, pairing an uber athlete like Davis with Joe Schobert and Myles Jack for the next four years would help solidify the Jacksonville front seven.

No. 26 – Cleveland Browns – Elijah Moore – WR –  Ole Miss

Rumors have emerged this week that Elijah Moore is the consensus WR4 on most NFL teams’ big boards. Odell Beckham has struggled with injuries, while both he and Jarvis Landry turn 29 in 2021.

No. 27 – Baltimore Ravens – Christian Barmore – DT – Alabama

As Calais Campbell (age 34) and Brandon Williams (age 32) anchor the Ravens front seven, Christian Barmore would be a perfect rotational interior lineman on Day 1, starting in 2022 after Campbell retires.

No. 28 – New Orleans Saints – Eric Stokes – CB – Georgia

The fifth cornerback off the board, the Saints take the highest player on their board, who is Best Comparable to Marshon Lattimore.

Eric Stokes Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

Eric Stokes Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

No. 29 – Green Bay Packers – Kadarius Toney – WR – Florida

Green Bay has needed a No. 2 wide receiver since Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson left in 2017. Kadarius Toney brings 86th-percentile speed and extreme versatility with the No. 1 Dynamic Score in the 2021 NFL Draft.

No. 30 – Buffalo Bills – Zaven Collins – LB – Tulsa

Collins brings extreme versatility to a Bills defense that has Mario Addison and Jerry Hughes hitting free agency or retiring after the season.

No. 31 – Atlanta Falcons – Javonte Williams – RB – North Carolina

The Falcons give up pick No. 35 and a 2022 third-rounder to move up four spots over Jacksonville and the New York Jets to take their running back of choice.

No. 32 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jayson Oweh – EDGE – Penn State

A luxury pick for the Super Bowl Champions, Tampa is loaded in the front seven on defense. Jason Pierre-Paul (age 32) will be a free agent after the season. And after watching the Super Bowl, it’s clear that the Buccaneers understand the importance of a strong pass rush.

Round 2

No. 33 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevon Moehrig – S – TCU

No. 34 – New York Jets – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah – LB – Notre Dame

No. 35 – Baltimore Ravens – Terrace Marshall – WR – LSU

No. 36 – Miami Dolphins – Baron Browning – LB – Ohio State

No. 37 – Philadelphia Eagles – Asante Samuel – CB – Florida State

No. 38 – Cincinnati Bengals – Wyatt Davis – IOL – Ohio State

No. 39 – Carolina Panthers – Aaron Robinson – CB – UCF 

No. 40 – Denver Broncos – Alex Leatherwood – OL – Alabama

No. 41 – Detroit Lions – Rondale Moore – WR – Purdue

No. 42 – New York Giants – Kwity Paye – EDGE – Michigan

No. 43 – San Francisco 49ers – Quinn Meinerz – IOL – Wisconsin-Whitewater

No. 44 – Dallas Cowboys – Jabril Cox – LB – LSU

No. 45 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Trey Smith – IOL – Tennessee

Trey Smith Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

Trey Smith Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

No. 46 – New England Patriots – Kellen Mond – QB – Texas A&M

No. 47 – Los Angeles Chargers – Payton Turner – EDGE – Houston

No. 48 – Las Vegas Raiders – Samuel Cosmi – OT – Texas

No. 49 – Arizona Cardinals – Kelvin Joseph – CB – Kentucky

No. 50 – Miami Dolphins – Trey Sermon – RB – Ohio State

No. 51 – Washington Football Team – Nico Collins – WR – Michigan

No. 52 – Chicago Bears – Davis Mills – QB – Stanford

No. 53 – Tennessee Titans – Tyson Campbell – CB – Georgia

No. 54 – Indianapolis Colts – Liam Eichenberg – OT – Notre Dame

No. 55 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Jalen Mayfield – OT – Michigan

No. 56 – Seattle Seahawks – Elijah Molden – CB – Washington

No. 57 – Los Angeles Rams – Gregory Rousseau – EDGE – Miami(FL)

No. 58 – Kansas City Chiefs – Spencer Brown – OT – Northern Iowa

No. 59 – Cleveland Browns – Milton Williams – IDL – Louisiana Tech

Milton Williams Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

Milton Williams Advanced Stats & Metrics Profile

No. 60 – New Orleans Saints – Dyami Brown – WR – North Carolina

No. 61 – Buffalo Bills – Benjamin St. Juste – CB – Minnesota

No. 62 – Green Bay Packers – Dillon Radunz – OT – North Dakota State

No. 63 – Kansas City Chiefs – Amari Rodgers – WR – Clemson

No. 64 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers –  Ifeatu Melifonwu – CB – Syracuse