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2021 NFL mock draft: Last-minute Round 1 predictions

It’s Draft Day! Time to celebrate with some predictions as to what will happen in tonight’s Round 1.

Utah v BYU

It’s Draft Day!

The 2021 NFL Draft is just a few hours away, and the anticipation for this year’s draft has reached its apex. This year features plenty of potential game-changing prospects — primarily on the offensive side of the ball — and five quarterbacks all but guaranteed to go Round 1.

It’s an especially fun draft for the Bears, who are currently on track to possess a first-round pick for the first time since 2018. Though fans and analysts alike have numerous ideas as to what Chicago will do in Round 1, there are a few positions in particular that stand out as likely needs they’ll target early on.

Whether their pick be a quarterback, an offensive tackle, a cornerback, a wide receiver or any other position, the Bears have the chance to add some young talent to one of the oldest rosters in the NFL.

It’s not just a one-team league, though. We’ve already guessed what the Bears will do in all seven rounds plenty of times, but what about the rest of the NFL?

Let’s take a shot at predicting how the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft will go tonight.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
  2. New York Jets - Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
  3. San Francisco 49ers - Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
  4. Atlanta Falcons - Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
  5. Cincinnati Bengals - Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
  6. Miami Dolphins - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
  7. Detroit Lions - Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
  8. Carolina Panthers - Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
  9. Denver Broncos - Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
  10. Dallas Cowboys - Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
  11. New York Giants - DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
  12. Philadelphia Eagles - Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
  13. Los Angeles Chargers - Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
  14. Minnesota Vikings - Alijah Vera-Tucker, iOL, USC
  15. New England Patriots - Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
  16. Arizona Cardinals - Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
  17. Las Vegas Raiders - Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama
  18. Miami Dolphins - Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
  19. Washington Football Team - Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB/S, Notre Dame
  20. Chicago Bears - Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
  21. Indianapolis Colts - Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
  22. Tennessee Titans - Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
  23. New York Jets - Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
  26. Cleveland Browns - Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
  27. Baltimore Ravens - Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
  28. New Orleans Saints - Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
  29. Green Bay Packers - Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
  30. Buffalo Bills - Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (FL)
  31. Baltimore Ravens - Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
  32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (FL)

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