2021 NFL Mock Draft: First-round projections after trades, free agency

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Scouting Report. Jalen Mayfield . 31. player. 124. Pick Analysis. LT . Michigan

The Chiefs will have a few different options if the 2021 NFL draft plays out the way this mock draft did, but the Chiefs really need to look at offensive tackle.

Jalen Mayfield is 6-foot-6 and was really impressive as a sophomore against Chase Young when he was playing at Ohio State. He has the ability to play on either side and would immediately upgrade the O-line depth for Kansas City.

Mayfield might be a better run blocker at this point in his career, but with some development, he could be a fixture at left tackle.

RB . Alabama. player. 48. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Najee Harris . 32

This is a total luxury pick but the Bucs like to keep their quarterback happy and few things do that more effectively than a really good running back.

Tom Brady used the running game to help him win for years in New England. It was also essential for Peyton Manning and John Elway when they won Super Bowls later in their careers.

A running game is a quarterback’s best friend and while Leonard Fournette and Ronald Jones were solid last year, Harris is a game-changer and Tampa’s offense would be downright scary with him toting the rock.

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