NFL Mock Draft 2021: Sporting News has delivered plenty of NFL mock drafts since the beginning of the 2020 season. With all 32 teams finally set to go on the clock on Thursday night, it’s time to offer one last set of projected picks for the 2021 NFL Draft.
The most recent SN editions were a full seven-rounder, followed by an updated three-rounder. We decided to go another three rounds one final time with the most updated information and rumors considered with all 105 picks through Days 1 and 2.
There are few more key changes in the first round that have a ripple effect throughout this mock. Although the landing spots for three quarterbacks are pretty clear, here are our best educated guesses to figure out the rest.
The Jaguars enjoy the benefits of having the worst record by landing Lawrence to be Urban Meyer’s first franchise QB in the NFL. The arm, athleticism and winning mentality make Lawrence a near can’t-miss at the most volatile but also most important position.
The Jets liked Wilson enough as the second-best all-around QB prospect behind Lawrence they could easily move on from Sam Darnold. He’s a great fit for the passer-facilitating offense of Mike LaFleur.
Jones would seem to fit best the traits of what Kyle Shanahan wants in a quarterback, including accuracy, smarts and quick decision-making. Jones has underrated athleticism, too. He also brings the physical and mental toughness John Lynch likes. For them, Jones’ high floor comes with a little less risk than North Dakota State’s young developmental Trey Lance or the boom-or-bust Justin Fields.