Every week until the final 2021 NFL draft order is set, we’ll take a look at how the top five picks are shaping up — and provide a mini-mock draft. Think of it as a snapshot of how the top of the draft is looking.
The top two spots remain the same this week, with the Washington Football Team sliding up from No. 5 to No. 3 and the Dallas Cowboys moving down one slot, from No. 3 to No. 4.
Last week, the New York Giants were in the fourth overall spot. But with a win last Sunday, they dropped all the way to No. 8. That helped vault the Chargers — losers of three straight now — into the bottom of the top five.
Just on the outside looking in? The Miami Dolphins, thanks to the Houston Texans. Miami owns the Texans’ first-round pick, which now falls at No. 6. (And the Dolphins also have their own first-rounder, all the way down at No. 22 now that they’ve ripped off five straight victories.)
Rounding out the top 10 are the Cincinnati Bengals at seven, the Carolina Panthers at nine and the Atlanta Falcons at No. 10.
In this mini-mock, we have QBs going off the board with the first three selections. The last time that happened was in 1999, when Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb and Akili Smith went 1-2-3 overall.
1. New York Jets (0-9)
Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence
Both the Jets (bye week) and Lawrence (COVID) are back in action this week. We’ll see if anything upsets the Trevor-to-the-Big-Apple cart.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8)
Ohio State QB Justin Fields
It’s Jake Luton again this week at QB for the Jags. Fun fact: Luton completed his only college pass against Fields’ Buckeyes back in 2018 (although Fields was still at Georgia then).
3. Washington Football Team (2-7)
BYU QB Zach Wilson
This would be the highest a Cougars player has ever been drafted. It would be the second time Washington has picked in the top three in as many years.
4. Dallas Cowboys (2-7)
Oregon OT Penei Sewell
What would happen, if this is how the order ends up, if Washington took Sewell at 3? Then Dallas’ phone lines would have to be open for a trade, one would think.
5. Los Angeles Chargers (2-7)
LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase
They’d love Sewell protecting his former college teammate, Justin Herbert. But landing Chase or Jaylen Waddle; taking a corner or an edge rusher; or trading down could all be on the table for their first-rounder. Our bet is that they end up a few slots lower by season’s end.
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