The Tiger Eye News’ exclusive NFL mock draft report (Top 5 picks)
April 29, 2021
Tiger Eye News sportswriters Marcus Moore and Nate Watkins break down the first five picks of the 2012 NFL Draft in Cleveland and here’s their top five picks.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback (Clemson)– Lawrence is 6-foot-6 and is able to run with killer speed and he is able to throw great passes in and out the pocket. This past season he Trevor’s he threw for over 3,000 yards with 24 touchdowns.
2. New York Jets- Zach Wilson, Quarterback (BYU)- Wilson should be a franchise quarterback, even at 6-2, if he keeps working. He can throw off the run, throw in the pocket, he isn’t a speedy quarterback but he is really good at making defenders miss and taking it up field for a decent amount of yards. He threw for 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns for the Cougars last year.
3. San Francisco 49ers- Mac Jones, Quarterback (Alabama)-The 49ers traded up to get the third pick from the Dolphins so they could get a young quarterback. The 49ers’ starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo but age and injuries are catching up to him. Jones is 6-3 and threw for 4,500 yards and 41 touchdowns, with only four interceptions for the Crimson Tide last season. Jones isn’t known for his running ability, he is known for staying in the pocket and putting the ball right where it needs to be. He is a really big quarterback and gets the job done.
4. Atlanta Falcons- Ja’Marr Chase, Wide Receiver (LSU)- Chase can go it all. at 6-0, 208 pounds, he will out run you, catch the ball over you, juke you and he will drop his shoulders to run you over. He will be a franchise player and one to watch out for his rookie season.
5. Cincinnati Bengals- Penei Sewell, Offensive Tackle (Oregon)- Sewell is a complete monster on the field. He makes his defenders look bad and he is really aggressive. He has a massive frame at 6-6, 331 pounds and is easily the top offensive linemen in the country. Penei will be a big help Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during his rookie season last year.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback (Clemson)– I mean it’s not really up for debate, to be honest. He is the best quarterback in the draft putting up great stats during his career at Clemson. He could be a weapon for the Jaguars in many ways. With his size (6-6) he’s able to run and is an outstanding passer in and out the pocket.
2. New York Jets- Zach Wilson, Quarterback (BYU)- The Jets haven’t had a winning season since 2015. Since then, the franchise has been looking for a piece that could help them go to the next level. One of the things they’ve been looking for is a good quarterback. Wilson is the No.2-ranked quarterback in the draft and it’s a no-brainer for the Jets to draft him. He is a very athletic quarterback as you can see in his statistics. He rushed for 15 touchdowns and 642 yards over his three seasons at BYU. He also threw for 7,000 yards and 50 touchdowns during his career.
3. San Francisco 49ers- Trey Lance, Quarterback (North Dakota State)- The 49ers traded up to get the third pick from the Dolphins so they could get one of the quarterbacks available. The 49ers’ starting quarterback is Jimmy Garoppolo but age and injuries are catching up with him. The reason I say the 49ers’ will go with Lance is because he has a strong arm and has excellent mobility in and out of the pocket. Last year he threw for 2,947 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for 1,325 and 18 touchdowns. The only negative is that he only played one full season and also played at the FCS (Division I-AA) level.
4. Atlanta Falcons- Kyle Pitts, Tight End, (Florida)- The Falcons are going to pick the best non-quarterback athlete in this draft, which is Pitts. He is 6-6, 245 pounds, an 83-inch wingspan, 10-inch hands, and runs a 4.44 40-yard dash. Tell me you wouldn’t be amazed by this tight end? He had 100 receptions, 1492 yards, and 18 touchdowns receiving over his college career. The Falcons already have a tight end who is an all-pro in Hayden Hurst. He was a pretty big target getting 88 targets and 56 catches last season. With wide receivers Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, Pitts could give veteran quarterback Matt Ryan another weapon through the air.
5. Cincinnati Bengals- Penei Sewell, Offensive Tackle (Oregon)- I think this is the best option the Bengals have for their needs right now. All last year, the Bengals were struggling at offensive line. In fact, according to theundroppables.com, the Bengals have the worst line overall in the league so they could use a guy in that spot. They allowed 48 sacks so that should show how much they need improvement up front. He can open up so many holes for running back Joe Mixon, not to mention protect rookie quarterback Joe Burrow, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last year.