Complete 7-round mock draft: Predicting every 2021 draft selection
By Andrew Falce
Draft picks 5-8
5) Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
While the offensive line is the Bengals’ primary need, the team seems set on grabbing the best receiver prospect in Chase. Adding him to a room with Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd would create a strong trio for Joe Burrow to rely on. Hopefully, he would find the time in the pocket to actually throw to them,
6) Miami Dolphins: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
While the Dolphins have been linked to both Alabama receivers, trading back up to this spot makes it seem like this team is hoping for Sewell to fall. While the Dolphins spent a lot of resources rebuilding their line last draft, Sewell is one of the best tackle prospects ever. The Dolphins can find a receiver later in the draft.
7) Detroit Lions: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
The Lions are the first really wildcard pick. They have a lot of holes on the roster and don’t seem set to compete next year, instead likely tanking for a top pick to land a quarterback. While they certainly could go defense, Waddle makes a lot of sense given the departures in the receiver’s room.
8) Carolina Panthers: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
The Panthers lost their top slot receiver in Curtis Samuel this offseason, so they look to replace him with the Heisman-winning Smith. While he is on the smaller size, Smith is a dynamic prospect. He should give the Panthers one of the most dangerous receiver rooms in the NFL.