Jack Follman’s 2021 NFL Big Board First-Round Mock Draft

Posted on September 29, 2020

  By Jack Follman, SportsPac12

Are all of the Pac-12 players who opted out going to stay opted out, even if a season does start as planned in early-November? We don’t know.

Tracking the participation of the Conference’s best players is going to be a day-to-day operation, yet we know pretty clearly where players stand stock-wise heading into whatever kind of season we may or may not get three weeks into the NFL season.

Here’s how I think the First Round plays out as of today with a focus on Pac-12 players who get selected.

*Order based on projected final NFL season standings.

1. JetsTrevor Lawrence, Quarterback, Clemson

2. CincinnatiPenei Sewell, Offensive Tackle, Oregon

Sewell | goducks.com

The Oregon big man has opted out of the season and he seems like one of just a handful of players who really would have absolutely nothing to prove in another season, and everything to lose so I doubt he opts back in. Joe Burrow looks like a potential future star at Cincinnati, and locking down a franchise left tackle for him would be ideal. This pick would reunite the two players who some thought were the best in the nation in 2019, and could be a match made in heaven.

3. MiamiJa’Marr Chase, Wide Receiver, LSU

4. GiantsPatrick Surtain II, Cornerback Alabama

5. IndianapolisJustin Fields, Quarterback, Ohio State

6. PhiladelphiaMicah Parson, Linebacker, Penn State

7. CarolinaTrey Lance, Quarterback North Dakota State

8. DenverAlex Leatherwood, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

9. JacksonvilleSam Cosmi, Offensive Tackle, Texas

10. DetroitDeVonta Smith, Wide Receiver, Alabama

11. MinnesotaRashod Bateman, Wide Receiver, Minnesota

12. ClevelandGreg Rosseau, Defensive End, Miami

13. WashingtonJalen Mayfield, Offensive Tackle, Michigan

14. MiamiDylan Moses, Linebacker, Alabama

15. San FranciscoShaun Wade, Cornerback, Ohio State

16. AtlantaQuincy Roche, Defensive End, Miami

17. ChicagoJaylen Waddle, Wide Receiver, Alabama

18. ChargersLiam Eichenberg, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame

19. Tampa BayTravis Etienne, Running Back, Clemson

20. Las VegasKwity Paye, Defensive End, Michigan

21. BuffaloCaleb Farley, Cornerback, Virginia Tech

22. DallasPaulson Adebo, Cornerback, Stanford

Adebo | gostanford.com

The talented defensive back from Stanford hasn’t opted out yet, and keep in mind that he’s a Stanford senior, but actually a redshirt junior, so he would technically be declaring early as well. I think he does, and falls just after the elite cornerbacks are off the board in a shallow draft for DBs. The Cowboys are very much in the market for a lockdown corner, and Adebo has just as high of a ceiling as any DB in this draft after Surtain, so would be a great pick.

23. New EnglandMarvin Wilson, Defensive Tackle, Florida State

24. ArizonaCreed Humphrey, Offensive Guard, Oklahoma

25. JacksonvilleNajee Harris, Running Back, Alabama

26. PittsburghAlaric Jackson, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

27. New OrleansJoseph Ossai, Linebacker, Texas

28. TennesseeJay Tufele, Defensive Tackle, USC

Tufele | usctrojans.com

This draft is super light on defensive tackle prospects, and Tufele is going to benefit from that after opting out, despite playing only two years at USC. Tufele is a powerful prospect who is an incredible run stuffer. He still hasn’t even fully put together his game yet,  so he’s a tiny risk, but has huge upside here for the Titans as a potential anchor for their future defense.

29. Green BayAsante Samuel, Cornerback, Florida State

30. Kansas CityWalker Little, Offensive Tackle, Stanford

Little | gostanford.com

Little is going to be one of the most-complicated recent top Pac-12 draft prospects in memory. Little looked like he was going to be Penei Sewell—before there was a Penei Sewell—as an incredible 6-foot-8 true freshman starting left tackle at Stanford in 2017. He’s basically been injured for two years now since, and opted out to prepare for the Draft. He’s a huge risk given his injuries and lack of recent reps, but his ceiling is so high, a team that is firing on all cylinders like Kansas City is right now, which needs a left tackle, should snatch him late in the First Round.

31. BaltimoreJoe Tryon, Defensive End, Washington

Tryon| Scott Eklund/Red Box Pictures

Tryon is a lot like Tufele. He only played two years at Washington, has a great NFL body for his position, and flashed some brilliance. He has a lot of edges still to smooth out, yet still opted out. Also like Tufele, he should benefit from what is one of the shallowest prospect pools I’ve ever seen at his position in a Draft. Edge rushers are super-valuable, and lots of team need them early in the Draft this year. Tryon’s massive ceiling, great size, and likely measurables should get him taken here.

32. JetsTerrace Marshall, Wide Receiver, LSU

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