The NFL Draft is always one of the biggest events on the football calendar, with an inordinate amount of time spent on putting together mock drafts and trying to figure out who is going where. While many experts do a good job of guessing the positions in which college players will get drafted, there are always some surprises along he way. A trade or a team moving up to get the man they want can create a ripple effect that changes everything. There is always something unexpected coming along in the draft, like the Green Bay Packers trading up last season to get a QB in the opening round. So, what can we expect in 2021? Let’s find out so you can continue preparing your bets against their NFL Draft odds.
NFL 2021 Draft: What to Expect
The Veteran QB Carousel
This offseason is going to be wild, mostly because we have several big-name quarterbacks who might well be changing addresses before all is said and done. DeShaun Watson wants to be traded out of Houston, the Detroit Lions are shopping Matthew Stafford, and the future is unclear for the likes of Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, and Derek Carr, to name just a few. The question that has to be asked here is when those moves will be made. Will the teams in question make a trade before the draft or will they wait and use those players as leverage to move up or maybe land a higher draft pick? The answer to that will affect everything.
The reality of the NFL is that it is the QB that will make or break a team. Some teams are going to go for the temporary fix of trading for a veteran QB, but others are going to wait for the draft, which brings us to the one thing that we can certainly expect.
Trevor Lawrence Goes First Overall
During last offseason, the Jacksonville Jaguars essentially stripped their team down to the bare bones, trading away their best players before the season began. It looked obvious that they were getting set to tank the season and land the first pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. While they did come out and win their opening game, they lost the next 15, going with a mix of different QB’s that did not often look as though they belonged in the league. That essentially made it clear that Trevor Lawrence out of Clemson would be their pick, so do not expect any surprises there.
This is a draft that is rich in QBs and WRs, so expect to see them dominate the opening 10 picks or so, although there may be a couple of teams who choose to go the LB route. It all come down to specific team needs, but we have historically seen teams surprise us with their selections, going with a player that might be a bit of a stretch. We don’t always see a lot of risky picks in the opening round, so expect that theme to continue this year.
As we said at the start of this piece, the overall picture could change dramatically if those QBs start moving before the draft, so don’t rely too heavily on what you are seeing in mock drafts right now.