Week 2 of the NFL regular season is in the books. The hierarchy of teams is starting to become transparently clear. It will not be long before fans of several teams begin to turn their attention to the 2021 NFL Draft. There is good news and bad news. The bad news is that there is still a long way to go before draft day. The good news is that CBS Sports has you covered, providing optimism and analysis every day. The fortunes of a team can be altered with one good draft. There are some elite talents awaiting. Some of those talents are highlighted in today's mock draft.?
The draft order was determined using ?following Sunday's Week 2 action.
Let's kick this thing off!
Round 1 - Pick 1
Clemson ? Jr ? 6'6" / 220 lbs
Yes, the Jets have Sam Darnold, but in all likelihood they will be breaking in a new head coach and it is not unreasonable to think he will want his own quarterback. New York has a lot of issues but it is difficult to justify passing on Lawrence.
Round 1 - Pick 2
Ohio State ? Jr ? 6'3" / 228 lbs
The Panthers have a lot of young defensive pieces that they are breaking in this season. Teddy Bridgewater is the quarterback for now but Matt Rhule can not pass on the opportunity to take a franchise quarterback in favor of a 27-year-old quarterback on his third team.
Round 1 - Pick 3
LSU ? Jr ? 6'1" / 200 lbs
Unfortunately for New York, Sterling Shepard can not stay healthy. Golden Tate is not long for the Big Apple so that leaves Daniel Jones with Darius Slayton. Chase is a long-term option that can not be bypassed.
Round 1 - Pick 4
Round 1 - Pick 5
Penei Sewell OL
Oregon ? Jr ? 6'6" / 330 lbs
Penei Sewell is a special talent at offensive tackle. As much as I was a Jonah Williams stan, I also understand the option to move him to right tackle or inside. Cincinnati has a lot of issues along the offensive line so you add talent and worry about how it fits later.
Round 1 - Pick 6
Wyatt Davis OL
Ohio State ? Soph ? 6'4" / 313 lbs
If Dwayne Haskins is the future in Washington, then the team needs to add pieces around him. Brandon Scherff is dealing with an injury now but the other interior offensive line positions are still up in the air as well. Wyatt Davis would fill one of those positions.
Round 1 - Pick 7
Caleb Farley DB
Virginia Tech ? Jr ? 6'2" / 207 lbs
In all honesty, there are only six prospects that look like sure fire top-10 talents right now. Five of them went off the board with the first five picks and the other is Trey Lance. Caleb Farley is a player that has the potential to get into that group. The issue is that he has opted out of the season and it may be difficult to cement his spot.
Round 1 - Pick 8
Detroit feels like another city that might be breaking in a head coach in 2021. He could very well elect to add a quarterback at the expense of veteran Matthew Stafford.
Round 1 - Pick 9
Denver provided Drew Lock with all the offensive weapons that he could possibly need to succeed. The next phase of the process is providing him with an offensive line capable of keeping him upright. The issue is on the edge, where Radunz would help.
? From Houston Texans
Round 1 - Pick 10
Alabama ? Soph ? 6'5" / 310 lbs
Miami would plug and play Christian Barmore opposite Christian Wilkins. The Dolphins spent a lot of money to upgrade several positions along the defensive front but those new acquisitions will need to be replaced soon.
Round 1 - Pick 11
Miami (FL) ? Soph ? 6'7" / 265 lbs
Atlanta signed Dante Fowler Jr. to a lucrative contract this offseason but he has not made a consistent impact at either of his two spots. Gregory Rousseau is not the flawless prospect that many project, but he is still learning the position and has a lot of raw talent.
Round 1 - Pick 12
Florida State ? Sr ? 6'5" / 305 lbs
The Vikings thought they were set at the interior defensive line with Michael Pierce but he opted out of the season. It has become abundantly clear that the team needs to get younger at a few spots.
Round 1 - Pick 13
Dylan Moses LB
Alabama ? Sr ? 6'3" / 240 lbs
Philadelphia did well to add Darius Slay, and its defensive front should be one of the best in football. The linebacker unit still needs a lot of work. The Eagles went from having one of the most loaded rosters in the league to having several primary needs in a hurry.
Round 1 - Pick 14
Oklahoma ? Jr ? 6'5" / 307 lbs
Mike Pouncey has had trouble staying healthy. Despite only being two years removed from a Pro Bowl berth, Los Angeles uses this opportunity to get younger and create some salary cap relief.
Round 1 - Pick 15
Round 1 - Pick 16
Quincy Roche DL
Miami (FL) ? Sr ? 6'3" / 245 lbs
Cleveland has made it clear that the team is not comfortable with its pass rushing options opposite Myles Garrett. Quincy Roche is the most polished right now and should provide an immediate impact for the AFC North franchise.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Georgia ? Soph ? 6'2" / 185 lbs
Indianapolis has added a difference maker at every level of its defense except the secondary. Rock Ya-Sin is slowly coming around but the team needs another bonafide baller at cornerback. Tyson Campbell has some of that flash and swagger that's missing.
Round 1 - Pick 19
Deonte Brown OL
Alabama ? Sr ? 6'4" / 350 lbs
The hope is that Deonte Brown provides more stability than this year's first-round offensive line selection, Isaiah Wilson. The Titans appear to have a good battery with Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry so it is time to amp up that rushing attack with a mauler like Brown.
? From Los Angeles Rams
Round 1 - Pick 20
Oregon ? Jr ? 6'1" / 201 lbs
Jevon Holland is a leader that flies around and makes plays. A.J. Bouye is gone. Jalen Ramsey is gone. Tashaun Gipson is gone. Ronnie Harrison is gone. Jacksonville got the party started with C.J. Henderson in 2020 but that unit needs a lot more.
Round 1 - Pick 21
Kyle Pitts TE
Florida ? Jr ? 6'6" / 240 lbs
The Cardinals are surrounding Kyler Murray with some explosive offensive pieces like DeAndre Hopkins and Kenyan Drake. It is time to take it up a notch and add a pass-catching tight end like Kyle Pitts.
Round 1 - Pick 22
Alabama ? Jr ? 6'1" / 175 lbs
N'Keal Harry is starting to resemble more of what New England had expected, but he is not there yet. By adding Devonta Smith, the Patriots have a speedster that can open up the field for Cam Newton.
Round 1 - Pick 23
Penn State ? Jr ? 6'5" / 259 lbs
Marcedes Lewis has been throwing guys around as a blocker but Jace Sternberger has not popped the way I expected this year. They want a consistent pass-catching tight end to throw out on the field and Pat Freiermuth fits the bill.
Round 1 - Pick 24
Shaun Wade CB
Ohio State ? Jr ? 6'1" / 195 lbs
Shaun Wade is a big, physical cornerback that fits the attitude of that Pittsburgh defense. He was a field cornerback last season but projects to the boundary. Some have concerns about that transition but his ability to open his hips and run with receivers suggests that he will handle the vertical assignment well.
Round 1 - Pick 25
Florida State ? Sr ? 6'4" / 220 lbs
There are more directions for Dallas to go than anyone imagined. Linebacker and defensive line could also be choices here. The offensive line is a mess. One thing that we know is the quarterback, running backs and wide receivers are settled.
Round 1 - Pick 26
Nick Bolton LB
Missouri ? Jr ? 6'0" / 232 lbs
Tremaine Edmunds is a monstrous, physical linebacker with elite athleticism. Nick Bolton is a rangy sideline-to-sideline linebacker that would stack tackles like Legos. A young, entertaining defense becomes even moreso.
Round 1 - Pick 27
Alabama ? Sr ? 6'6" / 312 lbs
Tristan Wirfs has looked really good on the right side but Donovan Smith has been a turnstile. Tampa Bay will need to upgrade that spot if his play continues or Tom Brady's time in Florida will be short-lived. Alex Leatherwood could man the starting role opposite Wirfs.
? From Seattle Seahawks
Round 1 - Pick 29
Alabama ? Jr ? 5'10" / 182 lbs
New York gets Trevor Lawrence and now it welcomes Jaylen Waddle. Waddle's speed has speed. His route-running may not be as polished as Henry Ruggs, Jerry Jeudy or Devonta Smith but his playmaking ability would compete with the best of them.
Round 1 - Pick 30
Iowa ? Soph ? 6'3" / 289 lbs
Northwestern's Rashawn Slater and Ohio State's Josh Myers are a few other interior offensive linemen that could come into play here. Kansas City has options but the offensive line should be a priority for them moving forward.
Round 1 - Pick 31
Clemson ? Jr ? 6'0" / 190 lbs
Janoris Jenkins is playing well but he is not getting any younger. As a contending team, you would rather have his replacement in the locker room than be caught off-guard when the time comes.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Chris Olave WR
Ohio State ? Jr ? 6'1" / 188 lbs
Chris Olave may not be the most talented wide receiver on the board but Lamar Jackson could trust him to be in the right position. The NFL has seen polished route-runners make a fluid transition from college football. Olave is a polished route-runner that should contribute immediately for the contender.