2021 NFL DRAFT Team Mocks AFC EastB

By | April 14, 2021

We move along to the “other” team greatly affected by the TOM BRADY move to Tampa, which of course would be the PATRIOTS. For the first time in forever they were not the AFC East champs, and the top dog for the division was the 13-Win BILLS from upstate New York. Right now, the BILLS have the top QB in their division and are likely to ride the First Rounder from 2018 (Pick 7 to be exact) to a repeat title. The JETS and PATRIOTS are both the owners of 10 Picks and BILL BELICHICK will be on the prowl for his new Franchise QB. I don’t do trades in my Mocks, but expect the PATS to maneuver around, if possible, to get one of the 5 expected first round QB’s.

 

BILLS

Round 1, Pick 30   JAYSON OWEH   ER/DE   Penn State

Round 2, Pick 61     RICHIE GRANT    S    UCF

Round 3, Pick 93    JAY TUFELE   DT    Southern Cal

Round 5, Pick 161   RHAMONDRE STEVENSON   RB  Oklahoma

Round 5, Pick 174     ADRIAN EALY    OT   Oklahoma

Round 6, Pick 213    KENDRICK GREEN    OG    Illinois

Round 7, Pick 236   MARK WEBB     DB     Georgia

The BILLS are now playing the game of keeping their roster strong, deep, and affordable. OWEH is an athletic freak, and they have time to figure out his best pro position on the field. He appears to have excellent pass-rush potential despite not recording a sack in last year’s abbreviated schedule. He would appear to be the replacement, as early as after this season for the 30-plus, and expensive JERRY HUGHES. They also added rising prospect RICHIE GRANT, a Safety with great versatility. JAY TUFELE, who took a Covid leave last season looks like a solid DT . The BILLS had a pretty mediocre running attack last year and clearly lacked a power back option on their roster. Enter 5th Rounder STEVENSON who ranges between 225-245 lbs. and reminds some of us older folks of a guy named Cookie Gilchrist who used to pound his way for yardage in Buffalo, back in the day. BILLS brass also added OL EALY and GREEN who both have long term pro potential. Nice job, with 7 Picks that all might make the 2021 roster.

 

DOLPHINS

Round 1, Pick 6    JAYLEN WADDLE  WR/RS    Alabama

Round 1, Pick 18    TREVON MOEHRIG    S     TCU

Round 2, Pick 36     LANDON DICKERSON   OC    Alabama

Round 2, Pick 50    JOE TRYON     DE/ER    Washington

Round 3, Pick 81     SPENCER BROWN  OT   Northern Iowa

Round 4, Pick 123    TREY SERMON    RB   Ohio State

Round 5, Pick 156    CHRISTIAN UPHOFF    S    Illinois State

Round 7, Pick 231   DARIUS STILLS   DL    West Virginia

Round 7, Pick 258   JONATHAN MARSHALL   DT   Arkansas

The DOLPHINS have reached a stage in their rebuilding process where they are looking for a few key starting pieces, and some quality depth. Looks like they got some of each. WADDLE will be a big upgrade in their receiving corps. Best of all, his assimilation into their offense should be helped by familiarity between he and TUA from their ‘Bama days together. MOEHRIG is regarded by most as the best S in this Draft Class. Right now, their secondary is strong at CB, but average at S. He is a potential starter back there. DICKERSON is expected to be the long term starter at the center of their OL, as well as an eventual locker room leader. JOE TRYON will find a position at which to start eventually, but for now pass-rushing will be his primary duty. TREY SERMON is another of their draftees that should get a chance to see plenty of game time right away. He will likely be their most full sized and talented RB on the roster this Summer. Their OL is young and talented but keep an eye out for SPENCER BROWN/OT long term.

 

PATRIOTS

Round 1, Pick 15   AZEEZ OJULARI    OB/ER    Georgia

Round 2, Pick 46    CREED HUMPHREY  OC    Oklahoma

Round 3, Pick 96    TYLER SHELVIN    DT      LSU

Round 4, Pick 120     MICHAEL STRACHAN    WR   Charleston

Round 4, Pick 122    BEN MASON    FB     Michigan

Round 4, Pick 139   TOMMY DOYLE   OT   Miami (O)

Round 5, Pick 177    DEZ FITZPATRICK   WR    Louisville

Round 6, Pick 188     JAMIE NEWMAN   QB   Wake/Georgia

Round 6, Pick 197     JOSE BORREGALES   K    Miami (F)

Round 7, Pick 242     GRANT STUARD    IB/ST    Houston

Little Bill has his own way of doing things, and this Draft just goes to prove it. But first let me say, I do expect the PATS to try to maneuver around if possible to get one of those 5 QB prospects. But in this case, I pick for them as they currently stand on the Board. OJULARI is a bit raw, but is an amazing athlete with the size and speed to wreak havoc as an edge rusher. He reminds many of the Vikings Danielle Hunter. Also for that Defensive front, TYLER SHELVIN is a naturally massive man (6’2/350) and the PATS defensive scheme demands someone on the Nose (0 Technique) who can plug against the run. They hope he can approximate what a guy named VINCE WILFORK did for them for a decade in stopping opponents’ run games. Despite the VFA’s that they signed, adding a couple of young receivers was a must. Watch out for STRACHAN in another year or so. Many teams don’t even have a true FB on their roster, but the PATS still miss James Devlin, who retired because of neck injuries, and MASON was clearly the best true FB in this Draft. He will also be a big contributor on Special Teams as well. Kicker has been an issue for several years in New England and BORREGALES fixed that issue last season for Hurricanes football. Maybe he can do the same for New England this season. Watch out for STUARD from Round 7. He plays like his hair is on fire and luvs football. He should be an absolute ace for this team as a Special Teamer and then some.

 

JETS

Round 1, Pick 2   ZACH WILSON    QB   BYU

Round 1. Pick 23   JAELAN PHILLIPS  DE/ER    Miami (F)

Round 2, Pick 34     SAMUEL COSMI    OT     Texas

Round 3, Pick 66      QUINN MEINERZ    C/G    UW/Whitewater

Round 3, Pick 86     AMON-RA ST. BROWN    WR    Southern Cal

Round 4, Pick 107    JERMAR JEFFERSON   RB    Oregon State

Round 5, Pick 146   KENNY YEBOAH    TE    Ole Miss

Round 5, Pick 154      THOMAS GRAHAM    CB    Oregon

Round 6, Pick 186     NATE HOBBS    CB Illinois

Round 6, Pick 226   PATRICK JOHNSON    DE/ER    Tulane

The trading of Sam Darnold clearly puts them in total rebuild. GM JOE DOUGLAS is highly regarded around the League as an astute judge of talent. He’d better be, because it’s all his mess to deal with now. All their Picks from last year are still on the roster and some have even earned starting jobs already. JETS fans hope the same from this group. WILSON will of course be their starting QB, and PHILLIPS will be their top pass-rusher. COSMI and MEINERZ have the talent and experience to battle for starting jobs as Rookies. These two guys should solidify their IOL for the rest of this decade. ST. BROWN will make a solid receiver out of the slot with home run potential. YEBOAH will likely be their most talented TE and similar to HERNDON in many ways. I have been a big fan of JEFFERSON as an explosive runner in college. He and PERINE could make a dynamic young duo. Think positive JETS fans, but be patient. There is still lots of talent that needs to be added to this roster. But DOUGLAS looks to have produced his second good one in a row.

Overall, a very lucrative talent haul for the entire division. Out of a healthy 35 Picks total for the 4 teams, 10 are from my Top 50 ranked players. All of these teams looked to have helped themselves, but I do not see these moves changing the new pecking order within the division for 2021. The BILLS should be crowned Division Champs by the end of December.

Pigskin Paul

 

Next up, by popular demand, the NFC South.