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2021 NFL Mock Draft: First-round projections after Super Bowl LV

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Now that a somewhat disappointing Super Bowl LV is in the books, let’s take a look at our latest 2021 NFL Mock Draft projections.

The Super Bowl is in the rearview mirror, officially, and barring some trades, the draft order is set.

Tom Brady and Tampa Bay just won the Super Bowl after a 7-9 season a year ago, taking down the reigning champs in Kansas City, led by Patrick Mahomes. That means the Buccaneers will get the final pick in the first round and the Chiefs will get pick No. 31.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are officially on the clock and Urban Meyer will have to think long and hard (obviously sarcasm) about his pick.

Let’s take a look at our latest NFL mock draft.

Jan 1, 2021; New Orleans, LA, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) attempts a pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the first half at Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

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Trevor Lawrence
QB Clemson

Gardner Minshew Mania was fun while it lasted, but with Urban Meyer in town, he’s going to want a fresh start and that begins with the quarterback position.

Trevor Lawrence is an absolute lock to be the first overall pick, no matter what type of coach-speak Meyer spits out leading up to the draft. Lawrence is going to be the guy and you can bet that Urban probably wishes he had him leading his team in Columbus when he was there — although his quarterbacks weren’t exactly slouches.

Some draft experts have dubbed Lawrence the best quarterback prospect in the past decade and the word “generational” has been thrown around a little bit and it’s 100 percent warranted. He’s a darn good quarterback and probably the safest No. 1 pick in recent memory with the highest ceiling.

Lawrence has a high football IQ, an accurate arm (67 percent career completion rate) and he’s a prolific passer (over 10,000 yards in three years). He’s not a dual-threat, per se, but he did have 943 career rushing yards with 18 touchdowns. He can move when he needs to.

On top of everything, the dude is a winner.

Urban is getting a good one here at No. 1 overall and it had to be one of the reasons he was excited about taking the Jaguars job this offseason.

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