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

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Pick Analysis. LSU. Ja'Marr Chase. player. Scouting Report. 56. 5. WR

It’s probably easy to forget just how good Ja’Marr Chase was back in 2019, but he was a force to be reckoned with and his recent pro-day performance shows he hasn’t lost a step.

Chase also has a strong rapport with quarterback Joe Burrow, but that’s not the reason to draft him in this spot. He’s just the best player available and while I love Kyle Pitts, Chase just has something different in my opinion.

Penei Sewell should be another option here and he might be the safest pick in the draft, but in today’s game, guys that score touchdowns are just more valuable than pass protectors.

Pick Analysis. Florida. 59. Scouting Report. TE. Kyle Pitts. 6. player

Miami moved all around the board but when the 2021 NFL draft finally rolls around, the Dolphins will secure one of the playmakers they wanted in the passing game.

Sitting in the sixth spot, Miami is likely going to take the best receiver left and once Chase goes to the Bengals, that leaves Kyle Pitts, a wide receiver in a tight end’s body.

Pitts is someone who can move all around the field and he will be a matchup nightmare. Jaylen Waddle might get some serious consideration here, but Pitts is too hard to pass up.