2021 NFL Mock Draft: Washington Football Team lands their franchise QB

Alabama QB Mac Jones. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Alabama QB Mac Jones. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Florida TE Kyle Pitts. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
Florida TE Kyle Pitts. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images) /

Tight End. New York Giants. Kyle Pitts. 11. player. 31.

The Giants are going to give Daniel Jones another year to prove he can be the future at QB, but they need to give him the tools to succeed in those efforts. That embodies Kyle Pitts in every way, shape, and form.

Pitts was a walking highlight reel at Florida in 2020, tallying 12 TDs and 770 yards on only 43 receptions. Oh, he also missed four games.

Pitts will be a force in the NFL and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he was in the Travis Kelce, George Kittle conversation as one of the top tight ends very early on into his career.

One other thing to note is current Giants TE, Evan Engram is on the final year of his rookie deal and has been less than impressive during his time in New York. He had a decent season in 2020 with 654 yards but only score once.

At 26, Engram is still young but its hard to see the Giants re-upping with him especially if Pitts falls into their laps. Engram drew some trade interest last year so it could be possible big blue moves the veteran TE this off-season after Pitts gets the call on draft night.

Christian Darrisaw. 12. player. 42. . Offensive Tackle. San Francisco 49ers

Simple pick here. The Niners are coming off a down year after representing the NFC in the Super Bowl, in large part because of the regression on defense. Losing DeForest Buckner to the Colts and an ACL tear from the team’s top defensive player, Nick Bosa, cost the 49ers a year in their perceived window.

Now, the team’s starting Left Tackle Trent Williams is slated to hit free agency. San Fransisco needs to do all they can to keep Jimmy Garoppolo on his feet if they want to get back to being that successful offensive team we saw in 2019. If they find a way to keep Williams from departing via free agency, this pick becomes an instant impact starter on the defense.

13. . IOL. Los Angeles Chargers. Alijah Vera-Tucker. 13. player

Justin Herbert. That’s it. That’s the reason for this pick. The Chargers have found a young QB that has the potential to become one of the faces of the NFL — if he isn’t already there. Vera-Tucker can play outside or inside on the offensive line, giving the Chargers and Herbert peace of mind knowing they will have an upgrade somewhere on the line that will protect the franchise.

Edge. Minnesota Vikings. Gregory Rousseau. 14. player. 60.

After the failed Yannick Ngakoue experiment, Minnesota needs to find someone who can lineup and get after the quarterback.

Rousseau is long, quick, and gifted as a pass rusher. He can come in and instantly upgrade the Vikings defense. If Minnesota hopes to challenge Green Bay for the division next year it starts with slowing down Aaron Rodgers. The best way to do that is to get him uncomfortable and put him on the ground.

15. player. 47. . Wide Receiver. New England Patriots. Jaylen Waddle

Who knows who will end up being the starting QB will be in New England. Whoever it is will have a favorite target in Waddle. Explosive, fast, sure-handed, Waddle is the definition of a game-changer.

Mac Jones could end up being the choice here to help solve that issue but Bill Belichick does strike me as the type to use a first-round selection on a position that is such a gamble. Waddle is a safer selection at this point in the draft that provides the Pats with a playmaker the offense so desperately needs.