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2021 NFL mock draft 7.0

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Browns finally landed the player they’ve been chasing for more than a year in Jadeveon Clowney, a player who can take some pressure off Myles Garrett.

So what does that mean for the Browns’ draft, especially with the No. 26 pick? It depends on where you were leaning before the Clowney signing.

If you thought the Browns should go corner or receiver, it doesn’t necessarily change anything. But for those who wanted the Browns to go edge rusher, the addition of Clowney gives Andrew Berry options, which as we’ve seen is what he likes.

In this mock draft, Ellis is back to do a dueling mock with Tim. This time, Ellis made the odd-numbered picks and Tim made the even-numbered picks.

We went to the Browns’ second-round pick and did not have trades.

Here is our latest dueling mock draft.

(Ellis) 1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, quarterback, Clemson

Height, weight: 6-foot-6, 220 pounds.

2020 stats: 231-334 (69.2 percent), 3,153 yards, 24 TDs, 5 INTs.

Tim’s analysis: This may be the easiest No. 1 pick in recent memory. Plus, Lawrence will be a great fit with Jacksonville’s skill players. This could be a very fun team to watch in 2021.

(Tim) 2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, quarterback, BYU

Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 210 pounds.

2020 stats: 247-334 (73.5 percent), 3,692 yards, 33 TDs, 3 INTs.

Ellis’ analysis: Much like the Lawrence pick above, this is a lock. The draft starts at No. 3, where I’m going on the record as to who I think Kyle Shanahan actually traded up for.

(Ellis) 3. San Francisco 49ers from Miami Dolphins via Houston Texans: Justin Fields, quarterback, Ohio State

Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 223 pounds

2020 stats: 158-225 (70.2 percent), 2,100 yards, 22 TDs, 6 INTs.

Tim’s analysis: I’m not sure if this will happen, but this is the type of quarterback you trade future picks to get. Fields has been over-evaluated this draft season and is a fantastic fit for Shanahan’s offense.

(Tim) 4. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, tight end, Florida

Height, weight: 6-foot-6, 239 pounds.

2020 stats: 43 receptions, 770 yards, 12 TDs.

Ellis’ analysis: If I were Atlanta, I’d take a quarterback here. Look at what the 49ers traded just to move one spot ahead of the Falcons. This pick is too valuable not to select a quarterback. Especially when your first-year head coach (Arthur Smith) is only three years older than your quarterback (Matt Ryan). But if it’s not a QB then Pitts is the guy. He’ll be excellent for years.

(Ellis) 5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, offensive tackle, Oregon

Height, weight: 6-foot-5, 325 pounds.

Tim’s analysis: As much as Joe Burrow might want Ja’Marr Chase, this is the guy he needs. He got hit way too often in 2020 and Sewell is a guy who could be his blindside protector for a long time.

(Tim) 6. Miami via Philadelphia Eagles: Ja’Marr Chase, wide receiver, LSU

Height, weight: 6-foot-1, 208 pounds

2020 stats: Opted out of season.

Ellis’ analysis: Miami lands the player it probably wanted at No. 3.

(Ellis) 7. Detroit Lions: Jaylen Waddle, wide receiver, Alabama

Height, weight: 5-foot-10, 182 pounds.

2020 stats: 28 receptions, 591 yards, 4 TDs.

Tim’s analysis: Waddle is the most explosive receiver in this draft and he’s a good fit for a Lions team that let Kenny Golladay go in free agency. Jared Goff gets himself a big-time playmaker as he hopes to resurrect his career.

(Tim) 8. Carolina Panthers: Rashawn Slater, offensive tackle, Northwestern

Height, weight: 6-foot-4, 315 pounds.

Ellis’ analysis: Slater seems as safe a pick as there is in this draft. A comfortable floor with Pro Bowl upside. I think the Panthers will go WR here, trying to maximize Joe Brady’s offense but Slater is the better and proper pick.

(Ellis) 9. Denver Broncos: Trey Lance, quarterback, North Dakota State

Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 221 pounds.

2020 stats: 15-30, 149 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT.

Tim’s analysis: Denver finds itself lucky to get a quarterback without trading up in this scenario. I doubt either Lance or Mac Jones is ready to start Day 1, but Lance definitely needs time, especially after playing just one game in 2020.

(Tim) 10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, cornerback, Alabama

Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 203 pounds.

2020 stats: 22 solo tackles, 3.5 TFLs, 12 passes defensed, 1 INT.

Ellis’ analysis: Dallas needs help at all levels of their defense. After losing Chidobe Awuzie in free agency, Surtain would slide in as a Week 1 starter.

(Ellis) 11. New York Giants: DeVonta Smith, wide receiver, Alabama

Height, weight: 6-foot-1, 175 pounds.

2020 stats: 117 receptions, 1,856 yards, 23 TDs.

Tim’s analysis: This would be some thievery by the Giants, who pick one spot before an Eagles team desperate for a receiver. I love the idea of putting Smith opposite Kenny Golladay. That also means Daniel Jones has no excuses left with the skill players he’ll have at his disposal.

(Tim) 12. Philadelphia via San Francisco: Mac Jones, quarterback, Alabama

Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 214 pounds.

2020 stats: 311-402 (77.4 percent), 4,500 yards, 41 TDs, 4 INTs.

Ellis’ analysis: If this happens, open Twitter immediately. The Eagles’ quarterback room would a do-they-even-want-me Jalen Hurts, Super-Bowl journeyman Joe Flacco and Mac Jones. Two things would certainly happen: Flacco will somehow start at least one game in 2021 and Jones will wish the 49ers rumors were real.

(Ellis) 13. Los Angeles Chargers: Jaycee Horn, cornerback, South Carolina

Height, weight: 6-foot-1, 205 pounds.

2020 stats: 10 solo tackles, 1 TFL, 6 passes defensed, 2 INTs.

Tim’s analysis: The Chargers are in a similar position as the Bengals: a team in need of an offensive tackle to protect its young quarterback. I like Horn, but the Chargers could be playing with fire if they don’t get Justin Herbert a talented left tackle.

(Tim) 14. Minnesota Vikings: Kwity Paye, edge rusher, Michigan

Height, weight: 6-foot-4, 280 pounds.

2020 stats: 16 tackles, 2 sacks, 4 TFLs.

Ellis’ analysis: I’m confident Paye is exactly who Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wants. Minnesota was awful against the run last year. Paye is the best run-defending edge in this draft. He’s the second-best pass rusher, giving Zimmer a stud opposite Danielle Hunter.

(Ellis) 15. New England Patriots: Micah Parsons, Penn State

Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 245 pounds.

2020 stats: Opted out of season.

Tim’s analysis: Parsons’ talent is undeniable. But he has character concerns that will cause him to drop in the draft. If there’s an organization that should be able to get him in line, it’s the Patriots and Bill Belichick.

(Tim) 16. Arizona Cardinals: Alijah Vera-Tucker, interior offensive lineman, USC

Height, weight: 6-foot-4, 300 pounds.

Ellis’ analysis: Arizona should start investing in its offensive line. It would give quarterback Kyler Murray fewer problems to solve on Sundays. Given his height, Arizona must keep Murray’s interior clean. This pick makes sense for that.

(Ellis) 17. Las Vegas Raiders: Christian Darrisaw, offensive tackle, Virginia Tech

Height, weight: 6-foot-5, 314 pounds.

Tim’s analysis: The Raiders’ approach to the offensive line this offseason left me confused. They need help up front, and Darrisaw at this point is a bit of a steal. He can give the Raiders a quality right tackle to play opposite Kolton Miller.

(Tim) 18. Miami: Najee Harris, running back, Alabama

Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 230 pounds.

2020 stats: 251 carries, 1,466 yards, 24 TDs, 43 receptions, 425 yards, 4 TDs.

Ellis’ analysis: There are some defensive ends I like for Miami but landing a freakish running back makes sense too. Load up on offensive talent and find out if Tua is the guy this year.

(Ellis) 19. Washington Football Team: Caleb Farley, cornerback, Virginia Tech

Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 207 pounds.

2020 stats: Opted out of season.

Tim’s analysis: I for one don’t believe Farley’s back surgery will drop him as far as some project. It’s a minor surgery he’s having, and to me, his drop is more about when he’s having the surgery vs. having it. Farley was battling with Patrick Surtain to be the top corner in this class and will be outstanding value in this spot.

(Tim) 20. Chicago Bears: Rashod Bateman, wide receiver, Minnesota

Height, weight: 6-foot-1, 210 pounds.

2020 stats: 36 receptions, 472 yards, 2 TDs.

Ellis’ analysis: The Bears move on from Allen Robinson with this pick. Perhaps Chicago can trade him before the deadline. I understand the selection but the Bears remain directionless regardless of who the pick is.

(Ellis) 21. Indianapolis Colts: Samuel Cosmi, offensive tackle, Texas

Height, weight: 6-foot-7, 300 pounds.

Tim’s analysis: Cosmi made some big money at his pro day. He is a great athlete and comes to a Colts team that just lost Anthony Castonzo to retirement. Cosmi might need to add some weight, but he can slide into that spot pretty quickly.

(Tim) 22. Tennessee Titans: Greg Newsome, cornerback, Northwestern

Height, weight: 6-foot-1, 190 pounds.

2020 stats: 8 solo tackles, 1 INT, 9 passes defensed.

Ellis’ analysis: The Titans had the most expensive secondary in the NFL and it didn’t matter because they couldn’t pressure. Newsome will help any defense but Tennessee needs pass rushing help. Bud Dupree alone isn’t enough.

(Ellis) 23. New York Jets via Seattle Seahawks: Azeez Ojulari, edge rusher, Georgia

Height, weight: 6-foot-4, 240 pounds.

2020 stats: 30 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 11.5 TFLs, 3 forced fumbles, 2 passes defensed.

Tim’s analysis: From a Browns perspective, this would have hurt more if Jadeveon Clowney hadn’t signed. But the Jets need pass rushers, and I think Ojulari has the fewest question marks of the top players at his position. Robert Saleh’s defenses in San Francisco lived off the pass rush. Carl Lawson and Ojulari could be a fun duo.

(Tim) 24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Liam Eichenberg, offensive tackle, Notre Dame

Height, weight: 6-foot-6, 305 pounds.

Ellis’ analysis: Pittsburgh hasn’t been a capable running team for three years. That’s because Le’Veon Bell left and its offensive line aged. With this pick, the Steelers address half of their issues on the ground.

(Ellis) 25. Jacksonville via Los Angeles Rams: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, linebacker, Notre Dame

Height, weight: 6-foot-2, 215 pounds.

2020 stats: 62 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 11 TFLs, 3 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovered, 3 passes defensed, 1 INT.

Tim’s analysis: Owusu-Koramoah’s best bet for success is being paired up with a creative defensive coordinator. But he’s a great playmaker who can play the hybrid linebacker/safety role. Jacksonville’s defense was special when it was full of playmakers. That makes this an interesting landing spot for Owusu-Koramoah.

(Tim) 26. Cleveland Browns: Asante Samuel Jr., cornerback, Florida State

Height, weight: 5-foot-10, 184 pounds.

2020 stats: 23 solo tackles, 1 TFL, 3 INTs, 6 passes defensed.

Ellis’ analysis: I’ve wondered if Samuel will be a Day 1 selection. He should be but his size may drop him to the second round. Samuel plays excellent in off coverage. He can press as well but I see an instinct corner with great vision.

(Ellis) 27. Baltimore Ravens: Terrace Marshall Jr., wide receiver, LSU

Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 200 pounds.

2020 stats: 48 receptions, 731 yards, 10 TDs.

Tim’s analysis: Baltimore needs a receiver in the worst way possible opposite Hollywood Brown. Marshall is a great fit because of his size and he gives Lamar Jackson a great red zone weapon that isn’t a tight end.

(Tim) 28. New Orleans Saints: Kadarius Toney, wide receiver, Florida

Height, weight: 6-foot, 193 pounds.

2020 stats: 70 receptions, 984 yards, 10 TDs.

Ellis’ analysis: Sean Payton is one of about five play designers I’d trust with developing Toney into a weapon. He isn’t refined by any means but in crossing and space, he’ll be explosive.

(Ellis) 29. Green Bay Packers: Zaven Collins, linebacker, Tulsa

Height, weight: 6-foot-4, 260 pounds.

2020 stats: 53 tackles, 4 sacks, 11.5 TFLs, 1 forced fumble, 4 interceptions

Tim’s analysis: There might not be another receiver worth picking at this spot. I like this as a best player available pick with Collins being a better fit as a 3-4 inside linebacker.

(Tim) 30. Buffalo Bills: Jaelan Phillips, edge rusher, Miami

Height, weight: 6-foot-5, 260 pounds

2020 stats: 45 tackles, 8 sacks, 15.5 TFLs, 3 passes defensed, 1 INT.

Ellis’ analysis: All signs point to Phillips being a quality defensive end. His medicals will be a concern. He has an alarming concussion history but if he checks out then Buffalo lands a steal.

(Ellis) 31. Kansas City Chiefs: Alex Leatherwood, offensive tackle, Alabama

Height, weight: 6-foot-5, 315 pounds.

Tim’s analysis: The Chiefs learned a painful lesson in the Super Bowl. They need offensive line help in the worst way. Leatherwood is a high-floor prospect who should start quickly.

(Tim) 32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Christian Barmore, defensive tackle, Alabama

Height, weight: 6-foot-5, 310 pounds.

2020 stats: 37 tackles, 8 sacks, 9.5 TFLs.

Ellis’ analysis: In a thin defensive tackle draft, Barmore may be gone before this. But if he falls then a fierce Tampa Bay defense gets even stronger.

Second round

(Ellis) 33. Jacksonville: Trevon Moehrig, safety, TCU

(Tim) 34. New York Jets: Travis Etienne, running back, Clemson

(Ellis) 35. Atlanta: Javonte Williams, running back, North Carolina

(Tim) 36. Miami via Houston: Jayson Oweh, edge rusher, Penn State

(Ellis) 37. Philadelphia: Creed Humphrey, center, Oklahoma

(Tim) 38. Cincinnati: Gregory Rousseau, edge rusher, Miami

(Ellis) 39. Carolina: Richie Grant, safety, UCF

(Tim) 40. Denver: Teven Jenkins, offensive tackle, Oklahoma State

(Ellis) 41. Detroit: Davis Mills, quarterback, Stanford

(Tim) 42. New York Giants: Joseph Ossai, edge rusher, Texas

(Ellis) 43. San Francisco: Eric Stokes, cornerback, Georgia

(Tim) 44. Dallas: Levi Onwuzurike, defensive tackle, Washington

(Ellis) 45. Jacksonville via Minnesota: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

(Tim) 46. New England: Kyle Trask, quarterback, Florida

(Ellis) 47. Los Angeles Chargers: Jalen Mayfield, tackle, Michigan

(Tim) 48. Las Vegas: Landon Dickerson, interior offensive lineman, Alabama

(Ellis) 49. Arizona: Ifeatu Melifonwu, cornerback, Syracuse

(Tim) 50. Miami: Jamin Davis, linebacker, Kentucky

(Ellis) 51. Washington: Carlos Basham, edge rusher, Wake Forest

(Tim) 52. Chicago: Dillon Radunz, offensive tackle, North Dakota State

(Ellis) 53. Tennessee: Nick Bolton, linebacker, Missouri

(Tim) 54. Indianapolis: Joe Tryon, edge rusher, Washington

(Ellis) 55. Pittsburgh: Quinn Meinerz, center, Wis. Whitewater

(Tim) 56. Seattle: Elijah Molden, cornerback, Washington

(Ellis) 57. Los Angeles Rams: Tyson Campbell, cornerback, Georgia

(Tim) 58. Baltimore: Ronnie Perkins, edge rusher, Oklahoma

(Ellis) 59. Cleveland: Payton Turner, edge rusher, Houston

Height, weight: 6-foot-6, 270 pounds.

2020 stats: 25 tackles, 5 sacks, 10.5 TFLs, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked kick.

Tim’s analysis: Considering Elijah Moore, Rondale Moore and Dyami Brown were all still available, I might have gone receiver. But I like Turner’s game. He can slide inside in the pass rush when needed and is very agile.

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