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2021 NFL mock draft: First-round projections

By Eddie Brown, The San Diego Union-Tribune on

Published in Football

The quarterback position always defines the draft and draft season.

If there is an elite prospect or prospects at the top or even if the draft class is a dud.

Next year will be no different and there's a perfect storm brewing. Not only are there six signal callers who will at least be considered for the first round, there are more teams than usual who conceivably could be considering them come late April.

There are the obvious candidates (Jets, Jaguars, Football Team, Bears and Patriots), the teams with senior citizens under center (Buccaneers, Saints, Steelers and Colts), the teams with a questionable long-term option (Panthers and Vikings) and the wild-cards (Lions, Falcons, 49ers, Broncos and Raiders).

That's half the NFL.

Prepare yourself for the avalanche of conjecture. I shall do my best to help you navigate around it.

 

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THE PREAMBLE

The NFL draft has become a nice appetizer before our main course in September. A mock version of said draft is meant to educate, and even entertain. At very least, it helps you pass the time.

This is an early attempt at identifying the best players available in this season's draft class, and which teams they match up well with considering the updated draft order (according to NFL.com).

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