Pick #1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson)
To no one’s surprise, Trevor Lawrence will be the first overall pick in the 2021 draft. He has been the most talked-about quarterback since his first year at Clemson and even received a lot of hype coming out of high school. Many analysts believe that Trevor Lawrence is the most “sure thing” quarterback we have seen come out of college since Andrew Luck in 2012. Lawrence is a complete quarterback as he has a cannon for an arm, dynamic playmaking ability and great athleticism for his 6’6 frame.
Pick #2. New York Jets- Zach Wilson (QB, Brigham Young University)
With arguably the best Pro-Day out of all quarterback prospects, Zach Wilson’s draft stock has risen tremendously over the past year. Wilson can best be described as a gunslinger who puts tremendous velocity on the ball and can throw at multiple arm angles. He also takes care of the ball considering he had an 11:1 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2020. In addition, The Jets recently decided to move on from Sam Darnold who they selected with the 3rd overall pick in 2018.
Pick #3. San Francisco 49ers- Mac Jones (QB, Alabama)
On March 26, the San Francisco 49ers made an unexpected trade with the Dolphins to acquire the third overall pick in this year’s draft. In exchange, the 49ers sent their 12th overall pick to the Dolphins as well as two first-round picks in 2022 and 2023. To put it bluntly, the 49ers would not have given up this much draft capital to simply draft a lineman; they are going for a position that can change the team’s dynamics, which is quarterback. Clearly, the 49ers feel it is time for an upgrade, and those close to the 49ers organization have revealed that Kyle Shanahan and ownership have looked closely at Jones.
Pick #4. Atlanta Falcons- Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State)
Justin Fields, possibly the most overlooked quarterback in this draft, will not be one of the top three quarterbacks taken. His draft stock has mysteriously fallen over the past few months ever since losing to Alabama in the College Football Playoff National Championship. Assuming the Falcons have one or two more seasons with 35-year-old quarterback Matt Ryan before things go downhill, they will be looking for a young guy who can develop behind him. I think the Falcons will take Justin Fields over Trey Lance because Fields is a local kid who grew up in Georgia.