Mock Draft 3.0: 49ers Pick Justin Fields; Tackles Go No. 4 and 5 : Two of the five top QB prospects slide to the end of the top 10, as several teams fill other needs with offensive linemen and playmakers.
Trevor Lawrence has been penciled in as the No. 1 pick in this draft for two years, and I consider it refreshing that he and the Jaguars haven’t found it necessary to send faux smoke screens to stoke false intrigue. But there is plenty of real intrigue about the rest of the QB class after Lawrence and Zach Wilson: Whom did Kyle Shanahan trade up for? Will the Patriots make a move for a QB and who will it be? Will five QBs be drafted in the top 10, which didn’t even happen in the Great Quarterback Boom of 1983? This year’s draft class also includes a novel factor in evaluations, either in evaluating film from an atypical 2020 college football season or in assessing players who opted out last year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But as Bill Belichick told reporters last week, “It’s maybe a little bit less information than we normally have, but all teams are working with the same general information.” That characterization is a bit too on the nose for us hapless mock drafters—in any year. Here’s this year’s try.