2021 NFL mock draft: 5 quarterbacks land in the top 15 picks

Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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Rashod Bateman #0 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images) /

NFL mock draft: Picks 16-20

32. . Offensive line. Arizona Cardinals. Alijah Vera-Tucker. 16. player

The Cardinals have work to do on the defensive side of the ball – even after signing J.J. Watt – but quarterback Kyler Murray was too often running for his life last season. Though Alijah Vera-Tucker likely will make the switch inside to guard in the NFL, he could still be a very solid player here. The Cardinals just need to hit on this pick and Vera-Tucker has the potential to be the best interior offensive lineman in this draft class.

player. 28. . Defensive tackle. Las Vegas Raiders. Christian Barmore. 17

Though the 2021 NFL Draft is relatively weak when it comes to interior defenders, Christian Barmore is certainly deserving of a first-round selection. Though his production wasn’t terrific, he routinely flashed with his burst and pass-rush ability. For being just 20 years old and a man of his size (6’5”, 310 lbs), Barmore was quite impressive. He has a chance to be a Chris Jones-level player if he continues to progress at the rate he has been. However, stopping the run could be a bit of an issue early in his career.

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. 18. player. 59. . Linebacker. Miami Dolphins

Everyone and their mother has mocked a wide receiver to the Miami Dolphins this offseason. However, I have them going with Sewell with the third pick and the top-three receivers are off the board at this point. With the 18th pick, I think Miami could add help to the middle of their defense with Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah. J.O.K. looks more like a strong safety than a true linebacker, but he has incredible closing speed and his coverage skills are off the charts. He could immediately provide a boost to an already solid defensive unit.

58. . Wide receiver. Washington Commanders. Rashod Bateman. 19. player

Outside of Terry McLaurin, Washington did not have a lot of receiving options to work with last season. Rashod Bateman would make a ton of sense with this pick. Though Washington misses out on the top three receivers in this class, Bateman is the exact type of player they need: a guy who can run a variety of routes and do all of the dirty work over the middle of the field. Drafting Bateman could allow McLaurin to move back to his role as a deep threat who can take the top off the defense.

. Offensive line. Chicago Bears. Jalen Mayfield. 20. player. 57

There haven’t been a lot of mocks that have included Jalen Mayfield going in the first round, and I’m not exactly sure why. Though his technique needs work, the Michigan product is already a dominating run blocker and one of the most physical offensive lineman entering the draft. Mayfield is a very young player and former 4-star recruit. While he played right tackle last season, his short arms will likely require him to make the move inside at the next level. Still, he could be a violent road-grading guard and he has Pro Bowl upside if he can clean up his technique.