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Justin Fields, Trey Lance slide in this NFL mock draft

With draft day finally here, let’s take one last mock run through the first round.

1. Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Tune out the contrarian noise, because this is an easy call for new coach Urban Meyer. Lawrence is 6-foot-6 with elite athletic ability and looks like the best quarterback prospect to go No. 1 overall since Andrew Luck in 2012.

2. Jets: Zach Wilson, QB, Brigham Young

A confident kid with gunslinger traits and mobility, Wilson is comparable in many ways to Brett Favre and Russell Wilson. His development will be helped by the Jets’ improved coaching staff.

3. 49ers: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

If the sources are reliable, coach Kyle Shanahan is going with Jones instead of betting on the potential upside of Trey Lance. It’s a reach, but it might also be the best fit. Jones is an accurate passer who completed 77.4 percent of his throws with 41 touchdowns and four interceptions last season.

4. Falcons: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

It probably makes more sense for the Falcons to pick Justin Fields, whom I had in this spot last week, but most indications are they will add a weapon for Matt Ryan if no trade develops.

5. Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

If Pitts is available, he could be the pick. Cincinnati will get help for second-year quarterback Joe Burrow in this spot one way or another. The Bengals will be tempted to take Ja’Marr Chase, who caught 20 of Burrow’s 60 touchdown passes at LSU in 2019, yet the offensive line is the team’s biggest need and Sewell is the top left tackle in the draft.

6. Dolphins: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

7. Lions: Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU

8. Panthers: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

9. Broncos: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota St.

10. Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

11. Giants: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

GM Dave Gettleman has his reputation tied to quarterback Daniel Jones, so he’ll tend to that investment. Finding a speed receiver will be a priority as Jones enters a pivotal third year.

Some are predicting Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields to slide in the NFL Draft.
Some are predicting Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields to slide in the NFL Draft.
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12. Eagles: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

13. Chargers: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC

14. Vikings: Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama

15. Patriots: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

16. Cardinals: Jaycee Horn, CB, So. Carolina

17. Raiders: J. Owusu-Koramoah, LB, No. Dame

18. Dolphins: Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami

19. WFT: Christian Darrisaw, OT, Va. Tech

20. Bears: Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern

21. Colts: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

22. Titans: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

23. Jets: Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan

The Jets are hunting for a pass-rushing force, and Paye is a physical freak.

24. Steelers: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

25. Jaguars: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

26. Browns: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

27. Ravens: Azeez Ojulari, LB, Georgia

28. Saints: Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi

29. Packers: Liam Eichenberg, OT, No. Dame

30. Bills: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

31. Ravens: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

32. Bucs: Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami

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