As we continue to provide unique 2021 rookie coverage, part of that is looking at the impact of landing spots and in this 2021 NFL mock draft, we will be looking at the impact of the skill players landing spots in round one.
Joe Marino of The Draft Network provides excellent coverage of the draft as well as coverage of the Buffalo Bills. He recently dropped his second mock of the next draft cycle and things are finally looking a little different so I thought why not peak ahead and look at the fantasy implications of his mock.
Overall he has 10 skill players being selected in the first 32 picks, ironically the same amount he did in his second mock last year, but that is to be expected because this class is loaded again.
Tons of top-level talent at the quarterback position, the running back group is a cluster because you have three guys fighting for the top spot, receiver is almost ten deep in terms of the first-round talent, and to top it all off this is the most talented tight end class since 2017.
With ten picks to breakdown let’s not waste any more time.
Pick 1, New York Jets
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
The man who will be at the top of every 2021 NFL mock draft this year, Trevor Lawrence lands with the Jets here. Lawrence would be coming into a tough situation in New York with probably a new head coach, maybe Eric Beienemy? We can at least hope.
The line finally has an anchor after two impressive weeks from 2020 first-round pick Mekhi Becton but they still need help at receiver and tight end. They have Le’Veon Bell who is barely treading water at this point so a new offense and quarterback could do this offense wonders.
Pick 3, Miami Dolphins
Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
Ric Flair would give this pick a ten-second wooo if he could because Chase being paired up with Tua Tagovailoa has me giddy just thinking about it. Chase is the highest-rated non-quarterback for me in the 2021 class so to think he gets paired with an up and coming team and an elite prospect slinging him the pigskin could not be more perfect.
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Pick 4, Carolina Panthers
Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Teddy Bridgewater has shown that Robby Anderson when fed the ball can be a top end receiver as he is currently top five in the league in yards. He also would have D.J. Moore who is still working his way with Bridgewater but we know the talent is there. Oh yeah, he would also have Christian McCaffrey so check, check, and check for great news and reason to love this pick here.
Pick 5, Las Vegas Raiders via trade
Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
Okay so this needs a deeper dive, Derek Carr’s contract runs through 2023 so I could see this playing out like Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson did in Baltimore. Carr’s contract has no dead money in 2022 if he is cut so I could see Jon Gruden sitting Trey Lance all year, he hates rookie quarterbacks playing right away, and then they move onto him in 2022. Dynasty formats this is a long term play but as we just saw on Monday night Derek Carr just won’t go away quietly.
Pick 8, Washington Football Team
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
I love the talent in Jaylen Waddle, but I don’t like this landing spot. Dwayne Haskins has a proven connection with Terry McLaurin and can provide sustainable fantasy production to him but can he do that to another receiver? I doubt it. Haskins would give Waddle his random flare up games but that is all I see until he can carve out a larger role or Haskins takes a jump, both will take some time.
Pick 15, Chicago Bears
Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama
I can really just copy and paste the paragraph about Waddle because it all applies to Smith here. Love the talent but the landing spot with either Foles or Trubisky has me scared to death of this landing spot. Don’t forget either, the questions around the Allen Robinson if he will be around or not will greatly impact this. Back to back nightmare picks in terms of fantasy in this 2021 nfl mock draft.
Pick 19, Tennessee Titans
Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Corey Davis SZN is over! His fifth-year option was not picked up and we are seeing Ryan Tannehill become a reliable passer before our eyes! Give him another weapon in Rondale Moore and do I expect WR1 production? No, but I think he could be a low WR2 only because the ability to get him touches in gadget plays and special teams creates more point opportunities.
Pick 20, Jacksonville Jaguars
Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
This offense is fun with Gardner Minshew, absolute fun. Minshew has a top receiver in D.J. Chark and it seems he is finding a groove with Eifert at tight end. At running back though, undrafted rookie James Robinson has been fun to watch but if they bring in RB1 Travis Etienne all bets are off for the possibilities he would have. Etienne could be a bell cow in terms of touches, not carries, which is important to clarify. Every year we have a rookie emerge as an RB1 in fantasy and with this landing spot projection, I think it would be Etienne.
Pick 23, New England Patriots
Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Will Cam Newton be around in 2021? Maybe? Let us say yes for the sake of this argument. Him with Kyle Pitts would be similar to him with Greg Olsen in Carolina. Similar play styles where he can be lined up inside and out, but he may still need some development who with McDaniels may handicap his scoring a smidge. Longterm great landing spot though in this 2021 NFL mock draft.
Pick 24, Dallas Cowboys
Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
Pay Dak Prescott! You cannot begin to evaluate this offense without Prescott being paid. If Prescott is around I like the idea of him supporting a talented tight end, hell Dalton Schultz found the endzone with him this week! Someone like Freiermuth could have Witten like numbers with Prescott, with him though? Just put a Mr. Yuck sticker on this whole offense no matter who they draft.