Jamie Newman – QB – Wake Forest – 6’4 230lbs
Notes: Jamie is quick and moves around the pocket well. He’s willing to get first downs with his legs if the play breaks down. Newman is tough and can take hits. His best range is short to middle in terms of accuracy. Has to do a better job of reading the field and not staring down his main option. Will be a project for whoever drafts him. Should impress at the combine after having extended time to train. (Opted out of 2020 NCAAF season)
TFC Big Board Position: 60
NFL Draft: https://thefinalcount.blog/2021-nfl-draft/
We’re almost there, folks. The 2020 NFL Draft is this week and we have surely seen our fair share of mock drafts. We released a previous mock draft by analyst Gianfranco Illiano and you can check that out here:
While preparing this NFL Mock Draft, I tried to avoid a lot of trades because it usually takes away from one of my favorite purposes of a first round mock draft, identifying team needs and best players. I enjoy trades with multiple trades, however, because it’s pure chaos.
There’s just so many questions with the NFL Draft this year. Not even counting the fact this is the first virtual draft in NFL history, this draft is uncrackable. I believe I saw a report that a GM said most mock drafts were completely wrong. I’m fairly confident in mine.
1. Cincinnati Bengals – LSU QB Joe Burrow
The 2019 Heisman winner and National Champion brings his superstardom to Cincy to help save the Bengals.
2. Washington Redskins – Ohio State DE Chase Young
Young is a generational talent going to a Washington squad that needs an influx of talent.
3. Chargers (via Lions) – Alabama QB Tua Tagliova
Tua has had just about the most up and down college career ever for a highly touted QB prospect. He’ll be expected to replace long time starter Phillip Rivers.
4. Miami Dolphins (via Giants) – Oregon QB Justin Herbert
The gunslinger from Oregon gets to go save Miami’s offense.
5. Giants (via Dolphins) – Iowa OT Tristan Wirfs
Offensive line has been a problem for the Giants for years now. And with a second year Daniel Jones at QB, it’s a good time to start protecting the pocket.
6. Lions (via Chargers) – Ohio State CB Jeff Okudah
Okudah is the best CB in the draft going to the worst secondary in the NFL.
7. Panthers – Clemons LB Isaiah Simmons
Simmons is just a human highlight tape. He doesn’t even have a position because he plays everything. Panthers have to somehow try and replace the playmaking abilities of recently retired LB Luke Keuchly.
8. Cardinals – Oklahoma WR CeeDee Lamb
Kyler Murray gets his wish to pair up with former college teammate CeeDee Lamb. Coach Kliff will certainly be pleased.
9. Jaguars – Florida CB CJ Henderson
The Jaguars need help at a lot of positions in the Front office. But they also need help at cornerback. Henderson adds to the first round talent at CB in this draft.
10. Browns – Louisville OT Mekhi Becton
Becton has the best name in the draft. And he was also the best tackle in the ACC last season. Baker needs protection. This should work.
11. Jets – Georgia OT Andrew Thomas
Tackles continue to fall. And notice the young QB trend. Jets QB Sam Darnold got beat up last season by DL’s and desperately needs help up front.
12. Raiders – Alabama WR Henry Ruggs
Who even knows who’s the best WR on that Alabama roster last season? They’re all good. Ruggs has tremendous feet and great hands. Good pick for the Raiders to help Carr/Mariota. Also, Las Vegas desperately needs stars and Ruggs has tons of star potential.
13. 49ers – LSU EDGE K’Lavon Chaisson
Chaisson is one of my favorite players in the draft. He is quick but tough as nails. I’m excited to see how he can help the 49ers replace DeForest Buckner.
14. Buccaneers – Alabama OT Jedrick Wills
Brady gets some added protection.
15. Broncos – Oklahoma LB Kenneth Murray
Murray is the best LB in the draft. The Broncos shouldn’t even blink with this pick.
16. Falcons – Auburn DT Derrick Brown
Brown is a unit. He also has NFL quickness. Should be fun to watch him develop in Atlanta.
17. Cowboys – Clemson CB A.J Terrell
Jerry Jones replaces Byron Jones with a far cheaper option.
18. Dolphins – Alabama EDGE Terrell Lewis
Lewis is a prototypical Alabama EDGE defender. I love this pick for the Dolphins who need upgrades on defense.
19. Eagles (via Raiders) – Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy
Jeudy provides speed and fine route running to an Eagles offense that desperately needs more of it.
20. Jaguars – Penn State EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos
Matos was really solid for Penn State all season. And with the Jag’s possibly trading Yannick Ngakoue, this is a no brainer.
21. Raiders (via Eagles) – Utah CB Jaylon Johnson
Johnson is such a solid CB. I know the Raiders will excited at his potential.
22. Vikings (via Bills) – LSU WR Justin Jefferson
Jefferson is a great receiver to put next to Adam Thielen. Give Kirk Cousins more weapons and see what happens.
23. Patriots – Wisconsin LB Zack Baun
Baun is a bull and the Patriots defense could be looking to add some youth.
24. Saints – Utah QB Jordan Love
Love might be an option to replace QB Drew Brees in a few years.
25. Vikings – TCU CB Jeff Gladney
Gladney will hopefully fill the shoes of CB Xavier Rhodes, who was released this offseason.
26. Dolphins (via Texans) – Baylor WR Denzel Mims
Mims has continued to shoot up draft boards since his impressive performance at the NFL Draft Combine. The Dolphins will look to add around Herbert.
27. Seahawks – South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw
I value Kinlaw much higher than this. But the Seahawks get a huge talent at DT if this happens.
28. Ravens – LSU LB Patrick Queen
Ravens added Derrick Wolfe and franchise tagged Matthew Judon, so I expect the Ravens to add to the defense even more and bring on Queen.
29. Titans – LSU CB Kristian Fulton
One of the many bright spots of LSU’s 2019 Championship team, Fulton gets added to an already elite Titans defense.
30. Packers – Arizona State WR Brandon Aiyuk
The loaded WR class continues to show in the first round.
31. 49ers – TCU DT Ross Blacklock
The 49ers will look to add to their already elite front seven.
32. Chiefs – Michigan C Cesar Ruiz
Ruiz is the best interior OL in the draft and Chiefs C Austin Reiter is 28 years old.
*Editors Note: Part of my social distancing fun the last week has been watching draft film so it was fun to look through and study a new Mock Draft from TFC’s Gianfranco Illiano below. Read it and let us know what you think! The draft is upon us. – VC http://twitter.com/cenzoNF
The Bengals have a ton of holes on the roster but it’s time to restart the franchise with the kid who is from Ohio and who had the best single season performance college football has ever seen.
Ron Rivera runs the entire operation now. He will be making the final decision on draft day and I think he decides to roll with his own quarterback. He saw what a franchise QB can do for a team when he drafted Cam Newton in 2011. Haskins will be traded down the road.
The Lions front office lands the best player in the draft at third overall. If Matt Patricia doesn’t screw up this cornerstone prospect, he’ll be even better than what Ndamukong Suh was for Detroit.
Miami Dolphins: Jordan Love – QB – Utah State
The Dolphins were hoping for Joe Burrow, they thought they would be able to snag Tua Tagovailoa, but they missed out on both! To avoid being leap-frogged by the Chargers or some other team, they trade up one spot to draft Jordan Love, a guy the Dolphins are very high on, according to the Miami Herald.
The Giants drafting Mekhi Becton will help their previous two first-round picks in Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. It’s a win-win for everyone.
The west coast kid stays in the west coast and he couldn’t be happier. Justin Herbert just looks like a Chargers quarterback.
The loss of Luke Kuechly will be paramount to the Panthers because there aren’t too many guys that can replace that production. Simmons can play anywhere on defense and comes from a winning culture– something Matt Rhule is trying to build first and foremost.
*Editors Note: Simmons is easily my favorite player in the draft. His speed at his size is going to translate well to the NFL. This would be a great pick for Carolina, who’s defense was among the worst in the league last season. – VC
The Cardinals land the best defensive back in the draft and they didn’t have to trade up. Who better to learn the techniques on how to be a great cornerback than Patrick Peterson?
The Jaguars need to regain their defensive identity. Derrick Brown will serve as a good replacement for Calais Campbell. Some scouts believe Brown is the best prospect in the draft.
*Editors Note: Love this pick for the Jags. They are desperate for talent up front on the DL. – VC
Andrew Thomas was a three-year starter at left tackle for Georgia, a position the Browns desperately need. Newly signed OT Jack Conklin will take care of the right side.
The Jets need to give Sam Darnold some help, which they have in free agency by adding five offensive lineman. Joe Douglas’ next step is to find Darnold a new weapon. Lamb is fantastic after the catch and is elite at tracking the ball in the air.
The Raiders need speed on the perimeter and Ruggs is the fastest receiver in the draft. He should be a nice fit in Jon Gruden’s offense.
With the loss of Emmanuel Sanders, the 49ers need a WR to develop a rapport with Jimmy Garoppolo. Jeudy is an elite route runner and creates excellent separation.
Quarterbacks in Bruce Arians’ system get sacked a lot and Tom Brady is at an age where he needs to take the least amount of hits as he can. Maybe Tampa will install a similar system Brady had in New England, but Coach Arians will definitely want to sling the ball down the field, which means Brady will have to be in the pocket a little longer than he’s used to.
Looks like the Broncos have finally found their quarterback in Drew Lock. Now it’s time to protect him.
It seems like every year the Falcons are in the market for a pass rusher. Even with the addition of Dante Fowler, Atlanta should draft a pass rusher in round one.
The Cowboys need to find a replacement for Byron Jones. Henderson should be a day 1 starter for Dallas.
Yes the Dolphins signed Jordan Howard, but he is not a bell-cow running back. Swift will be a star in Miami. This move will pay major dividends down the road.
*Editors Note: Thought the Dolphins might go DB here, but I don’t totally hate this pick because I’m high on all Georgia RB’s. Sony Michel, Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb, and the list will continue. – VC
Minnesota Vikings: Kristian Fulton – CB – LSU
Mike Zimmer loves drafting CBs. Xavier Rhodes, Mackensie Alexander, and Trae Waynes are gone. Kristian Fulton will be a starter right away.
Jacksonville needs everything. Plain and simple.
Don’t be surprised to see Jalen Hurts go in the first round. He’s rising up draft boards, Raiders aren’t sold on Derek Carr, and Mike Mayock isn’t afraid to draft a player early.
*Editors Note: Not sure about this one with the Mariota signing. But having 3 starting QB’s on the roster sure sounds good to Gruden.
With the loss of Kyle Van Noy, the Patriots need a starting pass rusher. Epenesa will likely go earlier than this, but this is how the board fell. Another lucky break Bill Belichick.
Drew Brees needs all the help he can get. The Emmanuel Sanders signing was a great one, but drafting the kid who is from Louisiana and can play in the slot would be a nice complement to Michael Thomas.
Minnesota’s defense was a huge disappointment last season. Chris Spielman will be psyched to see this physical freak still on the board.
*Editor’s note: This is a dream 1st round for the Vikings. Man, they loaded up on defensive talent. And still a ton of receivers to take in later rounds. – VC
Dolphins have to protect their new franchise quarterback.
The Eagles need speed, speed, and more speed. K.J. Hamler is an excellent route runner. He is dynamic with the ball in his hands and he can make an entire defense miss. Carson Wentz needs a young weapon to rely on.
*Editors Note: Would have preferred Mims, but I can’t ignore the wheels on Hamler. He was so impressive vs. Michigan last season. Have to figure he’ll produce. – VC
The Ravens are stacked on the defensive line. Now it’s time to find the next signal caller on the defense.
The Titans secondary is missing two key pieces in Logan Ryan and Tramaine Brock. They don’t have much money to sign a corner, insert Jeff Gladney.
Davante Adams can’t continue to carry the load for the Packers. Denzil Mims is a big receiver who is excellent on fade routes and we all know how much Aaron Rodgers loves running those types of plays.
*Editor’s Note: Mims and Adams?! HOW MUCH HELP DOES RODGERS NEED?! Great pick for the Pack – VC
Shocking move by the 49ers to ship away DeForest Buckner, but it always comes down to money. Neville Gallimore is certainly a cheaper option than Buckner.
Andy Reid loves drafting lineman in the first round and the offensive line in Kansas City could use some youth. Ruiz could step in on day 1 and be the starting center.