Bucky Brooks 2021 NFL mock draft 3.0: 49ers pick Trey Lance; Najee Harris to Cardinals

With the 2021 NFL Draft just days away, here's my third and final crack at projecting how Round 1 might play out on Thursday, April 29, in Cleveland.

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Trevor Lawrence
Clemson · QB

Urban Meyer ushers in a new era of Jaguars football by selecting Lawrence to be the franchise quarterback for the next decade.

Zach Wilson

The Jets grab a franchise QB with Aaron Rodgers-like arm talent and improvisational skills to build around.

Trey Lance
North Dakota State · QB

The North Dakota State product gives Kyle Shanahan a raw -- but talented -- dual-threat playmaker who has tremendous upside.

Kyle Pitts
Florida · TE

Arthur Smith attempts to rejuvenate Matt Ryan by upgrading the talent around him. The hybrid tight end is an incredibly versatile weapon with big-play potential. He'll provide plenty of production for the Falcons.

Penei Sewell
Oregon · OT

Upgrading the offensive line is a top priority, with Joe Burrow looking like a potential star in the making.

Ja'Marr Chase

Adding a No.1 receiver to the lineup is a top priority for the Dolphins as they build around Tua Tagovailoa.

Micah Parsons
Penn State · LB

The Lions need difference-makers on the defensive side of the ball to close the gap on their NFC North rivals. Parsons is the best defender in the draft, with sideline-to-sideline playmaking ability and explosive pass-rush skills. Plus, he is capable of covering running backs and tight ends.

Rashawn Slater
Northwestern · OL

The Panthers will give Sam Darnold every opportunity to be their QB1 for the long term by beefing up the protection around him.

Jaycee Horn
South Carolina · CB

Vic Fangio knows the Broncos need a talented secondary to contain the high-powered offenses within the division. Horn is the best pure man-to-man cover corner in the draft.

Patrick Surtain II
Alabama · CB

The polished technician will team with his former 'Bama partner, Trevon Diggs, to give the Cowboys an intriguing tandem on the outside.

Jaylen Waddle
Alabama · WR

The Giants’ offense hasn’t been the same since they traded OBJ. Waddle gives the G-Men an explosive weapon to round out the team's revamped receiving corps.

DeVonta Smith
Alabama · WR

The Eagles desperately need a No. 1 receiver to anchor the passing game. The silky-smooth Smith is an exceptional route runner with vertical playmaking ability. 

Kwity Paye
Michigan · Edge

Pairing Paye with Joey Bosa would give the Chargers a complementary set of bookends to harass AFC West opponents.

The versatile USC product shores up a big weakness for the Vikings as an athletic interior blocker with the ability to play tackle if needed. 

Justin Fields
Ohio State · QB

Perhaps Bill Belichick changes his ways and selects a quarterback in the first round. Fields is a five-star talent who offers big-play potential in both the run and pass games.

Najee Harris
Alabama · RB

The recent signing of James Conner won’t prevent the Cardinals from attempting to upgrade their backfield with a hybrid playmaker.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
Notre Dame · LB

The Raiders need an infusion of athleticism and playmaking ability on the second level. Owusu-Koramoah is a sideline-to-sideline defender with speed, instincts and big-hit ability. 

Zaven Collins
Tulsa · LB

The big-bodied linebacker offers the kind of versatility Brian Flores covets on the second level of his defense. 

Mac Jones
Alabama · QB

Ron Rivera and the WFT could take the Alabama passer to be their franchise quarterback of the future. Jones is a distributor with the intelligence and managerial skills needed to win games from the pocket. 

Christian Darrisaw
Virginia Tech · OT

The Bears haven’t drafted an offensive tackle higher than the fifth round since 2011 (Gabe Carimi, No. 29 overall). Darrishaw is a plug-and-play prospect with Pro Bowl potential. 

Jaelan Phillips
Miami · Edge

The Colts must generate pressure with a four-man rush to effectively run Matt Eberflus’ version of the Tampa 2. Phillips is a skilled technician with a nonstop motor and a polished game.

Trevon Moehrig

The ball-hawking safety would add another versatile defender to the roster. Moehrig would team with Kevin Byard to give the Titans a solid safety tandem to protect the middle of the field.

Landon Dickerson
Alabama · C

The process of building around a young quarterback starts with adding a top-notch center to the lineup. I accounted for Dickerson's late-season knee injury in my most recent Top Five rankings, but he's the No. 1 center in the draft when healthy. He has a rugged game that could enable him to shine early in his career.

Jamin Davis
Kentucky · LB

Adding speed and athleticism to an already-fast defense would give the Steelers a decided advantage over opponents opting to spread it out. Davis is a playmaker with instincts, awareness and ball-hawk ability.

Christian Barmore
Alabama · DT

Building up the middle of the defense is a top priority for the Jaguars. The beefy defensive tackle should spark improved production against the run.

Joe Tryon
Washington · Edge

Cleveland's focus on defense this offseason, most recently with the signing of Jadeveon Clowney, continues on Day 1 of the draft. The former No. 1 overall pick should provide a boost to the Browns' front, but he's more of a run stopper than a sack artist, so Cleveland could certainly still add a promising edge rusher to the rotation.

Azeez Ojulari
Georgia · Edge

Replacing Matt Judon with an explosive pass rusher possessing A+ athleticism tops GM Eric DeCosta’s to-do list.

Levi Onwuzurike
Washington · DT

The Saints need to find a pass rusher to fill the void created by the departures of Sheldon Rankins and Trey Hendrickson. Onwuzurike has the size, length and hand skills to create problems from the interior. 

Jalen Mayfield
Michigan · OT

The Packers’ lack of depth on the front line was exposed during the playoffs. Mayfield is a natural right tackle with the potential to play inside or outside at the next level.

Caleb Farley
Virginia Tech · CB

Farley's back issues could see him slide on draft day, but Buffalo could cushion that fall. Adding a steady cover corner with a diverse game and ball-hawking skills would solidify the Bills’ defensive lineup.

Teven Jenkins
Oklahoma State · OT

The recent trade of Orlando Browns makes offensive tackle a top priority for the Ravens. Jenkins is an athletic big body with the length to stymie pass rushers off the edge. 

Gregory Rousseau
Miami · Edge

The Bucs could prepare for JPP's potential departure next March by taking his clone at the end of Round 1.The Miami standout is an intriguing pass rusher with the length and athleticism to give blockers problems off the edge and inside.

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