2021 NFL Draft: Panthers land stud TE in 32-team first round mock

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2. player. 31. Scouting Report. PENEISEWELL. OREGON. Pick Analysis. OT

2. Penei Sewell – OT (Oregon)

There will be an immense temptation for the Giants to take a franchise quarterback in this spot. But their glaring need for better protection will still remain if they don’t pull the trigger on Penei Sewell.

The Oregon sensation is arguably the best offensive lineman to enter the NFL in recent memory. He possesses a unique blend of size, quickness, and strength, which is sure to go down very well at the next level. This makes Sewell a can’t miss prospect with an All-Pro ceiling.

OHIO STATE. 3. JUSTINFIELDS. player. 52. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. QB

3. Justin Fields – QB (Ohio State)

If Trevor Lawrence is the best quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft, then Justin Fields isn’t far behind. The signal-caller already has the poise of a seasoned professional and the Jaguars wouldn’t think twice about taking him here if Gardner Minshew remains inconsistent throughout the campaign.

Simply put, Fields can do it all. His pocket awareness is phenomenal and this is matched by an elite arm and strong running capabilities that should see him thrive as a day-one starter.

DE. GREGORYROUSSEAU. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 4. player. 44. MIAMI

4. Gregory Rousseau – DE (Miami)

There might be some big changes in Atlanta this offseason. This has already begun with the firing of head coach Dan Quinn following their loss to the Carolina Panthers in Week 5, but if they don’t improve their pass-rush in 2021 then there is every likelihood that their failings on defense will remain.

Gregory Rousseau can change all that. His dominant edge rusher promises to be a real problem at the next level and the Carolina Panthers would see plenty of him if this scenario plays out.

5. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. JA'MARRCHASE. WR. LSU. 59

5. Ja’Marr Chase – WR (LSU)

Tua Tagovialoa now has the keys to the kingdom in Miami and the quarterback gets another significant weapon in Ja’Marr Chase, who is arguably the best receiver entering the draft next year.

There isn’t much that Chase cannot do. He is an accomplished route-runner who can beat opposing corners physically or by blowing past them at the line of scrimmage and his partnership with Tua could further boost the Dolphins and their future aspirations.

OG. 6. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. OKLAHOMA. CREEDHUMPHREY. 60

6. Creed Humphrey – OG (Oklahoma)

The Vikings have plenty of problems after a dismal start to the season. But unless their interior protection improves then the play of quarterback Kirk Cousins will continue to regress.

Drafting Creed Humphrey would change all that in an instant. Picking a guard in the top-ten is a rare occurrence. However, the Oklahoma prospect is more than worthy of such a distinction.