It is mock draft season in the NFL and I wanted to do something here on Bolt Beat that I have not done before: a full first-round 2021 NFL mock draft.
I have done a number of seven-round mock drafts for the LA Chargers but never an entire first-round mock draft where I am deciding who other teams are taking as well. Plenty of outlets do this and you have probably read many of them, as have I, but I still wanted to join in on the fun.
There will be three picks per page, one page dedicated to just the LA Chargers’ first-round pick with the final page having four picks. Let me know if you like this format or if I should simply stick to the LA Chargers’ seven-round mock draft.
Who will the LA Chargers snag in this full first-round 2021 NFL mock draft?
1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
I don’t even have to write anything about this pick. There is no controversy over the quarterback position this season and who is going to be the first overall pick. It is Trevor Lawrence and it has been Trevor Lawrence for two years.
2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
This is where the decision-making really starts to happen and with the second-overall pick, the New York Jets go with Zach Wilson. Personally, I have Justin Fields as my QB2 and I think that the criticisms of him and his ‘hesitance’ to look past his first read is overblown.
It is the classic case of a draft narrative forming and everyone simply running with it.
Wilson does have very impressive physical traits and after trading Sam Darnold we know the Jets are taking a quarterback. They go with the potential higher ceiling of Wilson after spinning in place for three years with Sam Darnold.
3. San Francisco 49ers: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Again, I have Justin Fields as the QB2 on my list and he is going to be the fourth quarterback taken in the draft. There are legitimate reports that the 49ers are honing in on Mac Jones and where there is smoke, there is often fire.
Of course, it could always be a smokescreen, but when Adam Schefter reports that the 49ers will take Jones then it is probably legitimate. The 49ers make the mistake of picking Mac Jones, who I have as the fifth-best quarterback in this class who will turn out to be the worst pick of the draft.
Just like with Daniel Jones and Mitchell Trubisky, the football world knows it is a bad pick at the time and the 49ers are going to do it anyway.