06 Jan 49ersHive 1.0 Mock Draft
With the 49ers offseason officially under way, that can only mean one thing: MOCK DRAFT SEASON!
Much like the first leaf falling on Fall, or the first flower blooming in the Spring, mock draft season is everyone’s favorite for one reason: how god awful and terrible they turn out. Here at 49ersHive, me and my man Stewart will be bringing you joint mock drafts once a week, leading up until the official NFL draft.
For the first few, we will feature no trades, as we want to start as simple as our minds can handle as possible. As the offseason progresses and rosters become clearer, trades will make there way into our mock.
For this mock, I will be handling the odd numbered picks, and Stewart will take on the evens.
In any event, let’s begin the inaugural 2021 49ersHive Mock Draft!
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
Have to start with the obvious pick here. With Doug Marrone officially getting fired, as well as the team looking for a new General Manager, the new regime will likely want to begin their tenures by drafting the most prominent QB prospect of the past decade. Lawrence features plus arm strength, the ability to let plays develop while diagnosing his reads one by one, and the ability to break the pocket to extend plays. There’s a reason he’s being compared to Andrew Luck, and from watching the film, it’s pretty clear: Lawrence’s floor as a prospect COULD be Andrew Luck.
2. New York Jets: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
The New York Jets could trade this pick or draft a Quarterback for their new coach but my gut tells me Joe Douglas will draft the best Offensive lineman in this class and pair him with Star Left tackle Mehki Becton to form one of the league’s best pair of tackles
3. Miami Dolphins: Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama
After Miami’s disappointing loss to the Buffalo Bills, they were eliminated from the playoffs after subsequent wins from the Colts, Titans, Ravens, and Browns. One thing is clear for this team: Tua is the future. Even after some sub-par games, he still flashed as a potential franchise QB. One thing the Dolphins need: Weapons. Enter Heisman winning WR Devonta Smith. He’s not the biggest or the fastest, but damn is this kid strong. He runs crisp routes, features strong hands, and plays as big as an NBA Center in contested catch situations. The Dolphins need more options for Tua outside of Mike Gesicki and Devante Parker. With Smith, the offense would be given one of the most dangerous WRs in the entire draft class.
4. Atlanta Falcons: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
A defense that’s giving up 300 yards a game isn’t going to cut it, I know many would like to draft Matt Ryan’s replacement but the Falcons address their deficiencies and draft Corner Patrick Surtain from the University of Alabama.
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
In a mock draft with no trades, I understand the importance of drafting an OL to protect QB Joe Burrow. However, at 5th overall, there just aren’t any OL worthy of going this high. To counter, I’m rolling with LB Micah Parsons out of Penn State. Parsons has every quality you want as an LB: physical, smart, and the best of all: a great leader. This Bengals defense has some potential in the DL and secondary, however, the defense needs an anchor out of the LB room. Enter Parsons, who brings every trait a team could ask for out of a linebacker.
6. Philadelphia Eagles: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU.
This one doesn’t need much explanation, give Jalen Hurts a weapon and who better than Ja’Marr Chase from the LSU. His 1800 receiving yards and 20 TDs make him a go to option in any offense. After seeing Justin Jefferson break the NFL rookie receiving record it has to sting the Eagles brass.
7. Detroit Lions: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
With former HC Matt Patricia fired, and GM Bob Quinn let go, the next regime for the Lions will be looking to enter a full-on rebuild. With Matt Stafford getting older, and slowly becoming more brittle (multiple injuries this season) the Lions should be looking to find their next franchise savior. Enter BYU’s star QB Zach Wilson. With decent arm strength and phenomenal ball placement, Wilson is ultimately Stafford, but without the arm strength. Wilson’s arm talent is top-notch, and he brings the ability to hit all three levels of the field. Stafford has a hefty cap hit, and Detroit should be looking to get younger and cheaper. Whoever is the next HC and GM, they will be satisfied with getting Wilson at 6 overall.
8. Carolina Panthers: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Teddy Bridgewater will be the ideal mentor for a young Quarterback, his deal allows Carolina to move on in the 2022 offseason which gives Justin Fields the young, dynamic Ohio state passer a chance to get acclimatized and take over as the face of Matt Rhules rebuild
9. Denver Broncos: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
In my opinion, I think the front office likes Drew Lock. He may make some questionable throws, but in his defense, his playing time has been skewed due to some injuries sustained. With consistency and time, Lock should grow into a solid QB. On the other side of the ball however, Denver’s defense could use a youth movement. Enter shutdown CB Caleb Farley. He has the size and length of a prototypical corner, and he plays both aspects of being a CB (man coverage, zone) very well. In a division that features some of the best WRs in the game, Denver needs a go-to CB, and that man is Farley.
10. Dallas Cowboys: Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
I’m tempted to help the once vaunted Offensive line but in a very good class of linemen, the Boys wait to add one. Kwity Paye edge rusher Michigan, an explosive, athletic freak off the edge to compliment Demarcus Lawrence and help be a closer for this team.
11. New York Giants: Wyatt Davis, Ohio State
A little rich for an IOL here, but the Giants NEED to protect Daniel Jones at all costs. Being just out of reach of a top QB, the Giants should be looking to upgrade the OL. Enter Wyatt Davis, one of the best IOL in CFB. His athleticism and power is a plus, and the Giants OL should be looking to improve.
12. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance, QB, NDSU
If Kyle Shanahan can’t land Matthew Stafford or Sam Darnold, he has to grab a young passer and continue to develop him behind Garoppolo. Lance is a one-year starter with impressive physical tools, he throws a great deep ball and is the most mobile Quarterback in this class. Whenever he takes over this offense, he’ll find it loaded with weapons and a coach who won’t put him in danger situations.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Congratulations, Chargers fans! You guys hit the jackpot with Justin Herbert. The likely NFL Offensive Rookie of The Year, this man needs to be protected at all costs. Rashawn Slater is the PERFECT spot for Herbert. Slater has the traits to play both tackle and guard, as his athleticism and phenomenal strength in pass pro and run blocking should not be over-looked. Simply put: Slater is a mauler.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
Mike Zimmer said it best, this is the worse defense he has ever had. Replace Everson Griffen. Greogory is a long and athletic DE who has a perfect frame to grow in. He may be raw now, but his ceiling as a DE is the best in the draft class.
15. New England Patriots: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
I’m not going to lie, I think every mock I have read so far has Pitts going to the Pats. Pitts and Pats? Nice ring to it! Pitts is the best TE in this class, as his ability as a receiver matches some of the best WRs in this class. He may not be the best inline blocker, but, the Patriots offense is screaming for help. Bring on Pitts, and the next QB will be looking at his favorite target next season.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Son of former NFL WR Joe Horn, Jaycee is a physical, bully of a CB that will not back down from any challenge. The Cardinals need to keep improving that defense, and Horn has all the makings of being the next Patrick Peterson.
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Wow. The Raiders defense (to put it politely) stinks! It’s interesting, they have good pieces to work with when healthy (Ferrell, Crosby, Abram, Arnette, Mullen) but the lack of a solid DC is evident. Anyways, fix the defense. Koramoah is a solid prospect who was the anchor to Notre Dame’s defense. This defense needs leadership; enter Koramoah.
18. Miami Dolphins: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Tua Tagoviloa needs more time to grow and more time to throw so the Dolphins continue to add to their young offensive line. Christian Darrisaw Offensive tackle Virginia Tech. A technically sound mauler who will help right out the gate for a team which should be a playoff contender next season.
19. Washington Football Team: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
WFT is in no man’s land in terms of draft picks. After releasing former first round pick Dwayne Haskins, the team is lacking their future at QB. Lucky for them, this QB class is loaded with talent. I see them going after a project QB in the 2nd round. Because of this, they need more weapons. The defense is already solid, but star WR Terry McLaurin needs a running mate opposite him. Give WFT Rashod Bateman, one of the most physical and sneaky athletic guys int the class.
20. Chicago Bears: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
The Quarterback position is a mess and this team needs an answer quickly, so the first surprise of this draft happens, Mac Jones Quarterback Alabama. A talented passer who gets the ball out on time and won’t make many bad decisions, something Matt Nagy will appreciate after dealing with Mitchell Trubisky for two seasons.
21. Jacksonville Jaguars: Alijah-Vera Tucker, OT, USC
Drafting Trevor Lawrence means one thing: PROTECT HIM!! The Jags may lose starting OT Cam Robinson. Whether they bring him back or not, you can never have too many good OL. Give Lawrence AVT. A solid, all-around tackle that can also play IOL, his technicality and craft is some of the best in the game.
22. Indianapolis Colts: Carlos Basham Jr., DE, Wake Forest
One of the best defenses in the league gets better. The Colts added interior pass rush with DeForest Buckner and hopes Basham can help take this team to a superbowl and slow down the Chiefs in the AFC.
23. Cleveland Browns: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
Cleveland seems to of found its groove with Baker Mayfield, as he’s been able to work with a steady group of receivers including Austin Hooper, Jarvis Landry, and Khadarel Hodge. On the opposite side of the ball however, the defense could use a boost. Opposite of stud CB Denzel Ward, the Browns could use an upgrade at CB. Give them Stokes, a feisty, strong corner who excels in man and zone. Fluid hips and feet, Stokes here could be the steal at this spot.
24. Tennessee Titans: Joseph Assai, DE, Texas
The Jadeveon Clowney experiment has failed so the Titans add a hard-working, strong presence alongside the speed of Harold Landry. Assai is quick, strong, and explosive right off the snap. Assai can lineup on the inside or at edge, and the Titans desperately need this fluidity on the DL.
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jaylen Mayfield, OT,
The Bucs offense has been nothing short of spectacular.. in the passing game. The run game however, has been very inconsistent. With Mayfield, he has all the tools of excelling in Bruce Arians’ offense. Great size and movement, Mayfield is a plug-and-play player that could be the cornerstone of the tackle position.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Give Lamar Jackson another weapon in Ohio State’s Chris Olave. The Ravens need to continue to surround Jackson with weapons, and Olave provides that. He can line up outside and, in the slot, where his size, speed and athleticism will overwhelmed defensive backs.
27. New York Jets: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
While keeping Sam Darnold, he’s going to need more weapons. Denzel Mims was a slam dunk when healthy, and Jamison Crowder excelled in the slot. Give Darnold another downfield threat in Waddle. With solid deep speed and great hands, Waddle may be the most under rated WR in the class.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
The Steelers have an aging Quarterback and their OL has always been a strength so adding to it makes sense especially since Alejandro Villanueva is headed for free agency. He has always been solid but not spectacular. Cosmi needs to get stronger and play with more nastiness but he’ll learn that with the rugged Steelers.
29. New Orleans Saints: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
With Drew Brees likely headed for retirement, the next QB, whether it’s Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill, will need more weapons to succeed. They already have the star RB Alvin Kamara, as well as strong handed WR Michael Thomas, the offense could use more weapons. Give them Toney, one of the shiftiest and quick-footed WRs in the class. Toney and Sean Payton could be a match made in heaven.
30. Buffalo Bills: Derion Kendrick, CB, Clemson
A loaded roster gets help on the back end. A solid CB prospect who is a MONSTER in zone coverage, Kendrick is only growing as a CB. A former WR, his ball skills will help him be a ball hawk in on a defense that is only getting better as they play more together.
31. Green Bay Packers: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Aside from the injuries, some argue that Moses could have been a top-15 pick last season. Injuries aside, Moses should be considered a day-1 pick. After losing tackling machine Blake Martinez, the Packers need another anchor in the middle of the field. With Moses, this defense will get the leader it has been lacking since Clay Matthews was around.
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
It’s time to start improving the defense around a team that’s all world on offense. A solid enforcer in the run, Bolton is a steady, all around LB that can do everything you ask him to. Whether it’s In coverage or tackling, Bolton is good. His ceiling may not be too high, but on a team with the best offense in the NFL, Bolton does not have to be a world-beater.