2021 NFL Mock Draft: Jets take Justin Fields, Bengals protect Joe Burrow, Lions get Jared Goff a weapon : With Fields going No. 2, Zach Wilson falls out of the top 10 and into the waiting arms of Kyle Shanahan
Now that the first week of free agency has come to an end, we're starting to see teams fill some immediate needs on their roster with veteran players. Some acquisitions are so significant that they completely take some positional options off the table in the first round. However, with the NFL Draft it's about the long-term in regards to team building. So, even if a team signed a solid veteran to perhaps a one- or two-year deal, it doesn't mean they wouldn't take an opportunity on a younger, talented player who has more upside and who is also cheaper. When looking at this mock draft, try to keep that in mind. There are a few teams like Washington, Chicago and maybe New England who I could envision taking QBs in Round 1, but in the same breath, I could see them holding off on that position until Rounds 2 or 3. In my mock, I decided to go with the latter. Ideal fits for guys like Mac Jones, Kellen Mond and Jamie Newman would be New England, Chicago and Washington, respectively. Instead, I went with other areas in this mock for their selections. Also, every year there are a few players who end up going on Day 1 that no one would've thought possible. Well, there are a few in here that you should definitely keep an eye on.