NCAA Football: Ohio State at Michigan
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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!

NFL Mock Draft
Round 1
Round 1 - Pick 1
Clemson ? Jr ? 6'6" / 220 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
1st
POSITION RNK
1st
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
Projected Team
Carolina
PROSPECT RNK
5th
POSITION RNK
2nd
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
Projected Team
N.Y. Giants
PROSPECT RNK
3rd
POSITION RNK
1st
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
Penn State ? Jr ? 6'3" / 244 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
4th
POSITION RNK
1st
Miami keeps filling out its roster with the best player available. Micah Parsons is an active off-ball linebacker that can provide some leadership at the second level of the defense.
Round 1 - Pick 5
Oregon ? Jr ? 6'6" / 330 lbs
Projected Team
Cincinnati
PROSPECT RNK
2nd
POSITION RNK
1st
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
Ohio State ? Soph ? 6'4" / 313 lbs
Projected Team
Washington
PROSPECT RNK
10th
POSITION RNK
2nd
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
Virginia Tech ? Jr ? 6'2" / 207 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
8th
POSITION RNK
1st
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
Trey Lance QB
North Dakota State ? Soph ? 6'4" / 226 lbs
Projected Team
Detroit
PROSPECT RNK
6th
POSITION RNK
3rd
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
Dillon Radunz T
North Dakota State ? Sr ? 6'6" / 299 lbs
Projected Team
Denver
PROSPECT RNK
42nd
POSITION RNK
11th
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.
Round 1 - Pick 10
Alabama ? Soph ? 6'5" / 310 lbs
Projected Team
Miami
PROSPECT RNK
15th
POSITION RNK
1st
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
Projected Team
Atlanta
PROSPECT RNK
12th
POSITION RNK
1st
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
Projected Team
Minnesota
PROSPECT RNK
19th
POSITION RNK
2nd
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
Alabama ? Sr ? 6'3" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Philadelphia
PROSPECT RNK
18th
POSITION RNK
2nd
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
Projected Team
L.A. Chargers
PROSPECT RNK
39th
POSITION RNK
8th
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
Tennessee ? Sr ? 6'6" / 330 lbs
Projected Team
Las Vegas
PROSPECT RNK
23rd
POSITION RNK
3rd
Las Vegas has some aged commodities along its offensive line even after shipping out Kelechi Osemele. Mike Mayock looks to solidify the future of the unit by adding a dominant piece.
Round 1 - Pick 16
Miami (FL) ? Sr ? 6'3" / 245 lbs
Projected Team
Cleveland
PROSPECT RNK
31st
POSITION RNK
4th
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 17
Oregon State ? Sr ? 6'4" / 235 lbs
Projected Team
Chicago
PROSPECT RNK
56th
POSITION RNK
6th
Hamilcar Rashed Jr. is a really exciting player that offers a lot of pass rush potential. He would step in and replace veteran Barkevious Mingo immediately.
Round 1 - Pick 18
Georgia ? Soph ? 6'2" / 185 lbs
Projected Team
Indianapolis
PROSPECT RNK
47th
POSITION RNK
6th
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
Alabama ? Sr ? 6'4" / 350 lbs
Projected Team
Tennessee
PROSPECT RNK
88th
POSITION RNK
18th
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.
Round 1 - Pick 20
Oregon ? Jr ? 6'1" / 201 lbs
Projected Team
Jacksonville
PROSPECT RNK
21st
POSITION RNK
1st
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
Florida ? Jr ? 6'6" / 240 lbs
Projected Team
Arizona
PROSPECT RNK
13th
POSITION RNK
1st
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
Projected Team
New England
PROSPECT RNK
14th
POSITION RNK
4th
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
Projected Team
Green Bay
PROSPECT RNK
17th
POSITION RNK
2nd
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
Ohio State ? Jr ? 6'1" / 195 lbs
Projected Team
Pittsburgh
PROSPECT RNK
30th
POSITION RNK
3rd
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
Projected Team
Dallas
PROSPECT RNK
37th
POSITION RNK
3rd
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
Missouri ? Jr ? 6'0" / 232 lbs
Projected Team
Buffalo
PROSPECT RNK
24th
POSITION RNK
3rd
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
Projected Team
Tampa Bay
PROSPECT RNK
41st
POSITION RNK
10th
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.
Round 1 - Pick 28
Alabama ? Jr ? 6'2" / 203 lbs
Projected Team
San Francisco
PROSPECT RNK
11th
POSITION RNK
2nd
San Francisco adds a big, physical cornerback reminiscent of Richard Sherman, who's on injured reserve.
Round 1 - Pick 29
Alabama ? Jr ? 5'10" / 182 lbs
Projected Team
N.Y. Jets
PROSPECT RNK
16th
POSITION RNK
5th
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
Projected Team
Kansas City
PROSPECT RNK
73rd
POSITION RNK
13th
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
Projected Team
New Orleans
PROSPECT RNK
35th
POSITION RNK
4th
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
Ohio State ? Jr ? 6'1" / 188 lbs
Projected Team
Baltimore
PROSPECT RNK
48th
POSITION RNK
7th
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.