This is probably what is going to happen until pick 6, but I seriously question trading up for a guard later. I'm very happy with the Dolphins drafting Smith at 6, but I would prefer Chase or Pitts more. And, I hate the Patsies getting Justin Fields if this mock were true.
Todd McShay Mock (ESPN+) wrote:
1. Jacksonville Jaguarshttps://www.espn.com/nfl/draft2021/insi ... n-qbs-land
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
2. New York Jets
Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
3. San Francisco 49ers (via MIA/HOU)
Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
4. Atlanta Falcons
Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
5. Cincinnati Bengals
Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU
6. Miami Dolphins (via PHI)
DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
I love Miami trading out of No. 3, picking up additional draft picks -- including a 2023 first-rounder -- and still getting one of the players it would have been looking at in its original slot. Will Fuller V is on only a one-year deal, and bringing in Smith to join him and DeVante Parker would give Tua Tagovailoa the weapons he needs in the passing game. Smith is an explosive and savvy route runner, and let's not forget that he was one of Tagovailoa's favorite targets in Tuscaloosa.
7. Carolina Panthers (via mock trade with DET)
Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
8. Detroit Lions (via mock trade with CAR)
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
11. New England Patriots (via mock trade with NYG)
Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
16. Miami Dolphins (via mock trade with ARI)
Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, USC
With DeVonta Smith off to help Tua Tagovailoa, we can now look to protection. Vera-Tucker has played tackle, but he's a better fit at guard in the NFL. Miami took 34 sacks last season, and Tagovailoa was blitzed at the fourth-highest rate in the league (35.3% of his dropbacks).