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2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence – Clemson – QB

The Jags have some work to do on defense but offensively aren’t too far off. This season we saw a quarterback carousel of Gardner Minshew, Jake Luton and Mike Glennon. Let’s be real, they are quality backups at best. Trevor Lawrence can be the franchise QB/face of the organization in Duval. With wide receivers  DJ Chark who I loved coming out; the swiss army knife in Laviska Shenault Jr. and the diamond in the rough James Robinson at running back drafting Lawrence here is a no brainer. He’ll have the opportunity to grow with this up and coming group of young high potential players. This selection has the potential to shake up the AFC South for years to come. 

2. New York Jets – Zach WIlson – BYU – QB

Assuming the Jets find a suitor for Sam Darnold, they’ll use the second overall pick in this 2021 NFL Mock Draft to replace the incumbent Darnold. I believe when it is all said and done Zach Wilson will be the second QB off the board and will bring the “it” factor that has long evaded this team. I don’t believe there isn’t anything Wilson can’t do. Unlike the Jags the Jets are a team who has some work to do in surrounding the new franchise quarterback with some talent.

3. Miami Dolphins (from the Houston Texans)  – Devonta Smith – Alabama – WR

It’s the best feeling when you can match the board with need and this is what has taken place here. If there is a glaring need on the Dolphins it is at the wide receiver position. Not to say the Dolphins don’t have guys that can offer what you want in a receiver from a speed, quicks, big play ability or possession type with consistency. Smith brings all this in one package.

4. Atlanta Falcons –  Jaycee Horn – South Carolina – CB

Was never high on Isaiah Oliver and here is his replacement. Jaycee Horn is what the Falcons thought Oliver should have been. A long, physical corner who plays bigger than his size to play the man in front of him. You can go pass rusher here and I wouldn’t be mad at it but Jaycee Horn on one side and A.J. Terrell on the other solidifies the corner position in Atlanta.

5. Cincinnati Bengals – Kwity Paye – Michigan – DL

Most expect Penei Sewell from Oregon here in this 2021 NFL Mock Draft; and I would say there are more offensive linemen in this draft that are closer in talent level then DL; specifically edge players. Not sure what the Bengals were doing with their defensive lineman this year not playing the best players then trading away Carlos Dunlap. But I do know that Paye would bring first step quickness and closing speed that opposing tackles would have to be concerned about.

6. Philadelphia Eagles – Penei Sewell – Oregon – OT

With possible cap casualties on the offensive line and Jason Peters most likely out again; the Eagles need to add a guy who can come in and make an impact immediately. Also, there is potential that Sewell can play guard as well. I know linebacker is a black whole on the Eagles defense but I don’t know that there is a linebacker prospect worthy of being drafted this high and with the emergence of Jalen Hurts why not protect the franchise. 

7. Detroit Lions – Kyle Pitts – Florida – TE

Matthew Stafford out and Jared Goff in why not go and get the best tight end (and wide receiver in my opinion) in the draft. There isn’t anything that Kyle Pitts can’t do from either position. He’s a matchup nightmare and can be the moving piece within the offense assuming of course Kenny Golladay is back.     

8. Carolina Panthers – Justin Fields – Ohio State – QB

Since we know that the Panthers were willing to trade the #8 pick for Matthew Stafford we know they are in the market for a quarterback. Justin Fields has plenty of athleticism and can be deadly accurate can compete with Teddy for the staring gig.  

9. Denver Broncos – Mac Jones – Alabama – QB

Perhpas the biggest curveball in this 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Elway out and new GM George Paton in and I think he gets his guy.  Jones is not super athletic, a physical phenom, or posseses the strongest arm but he’s incredibly consistent. Consistency at the quarterback position can go a long, long way especially if you have weapons around him. Jones can and will get them the ball so they can go to work. Ask Jaylen Waddle, Najee Harris or Devonta Smith. 

10. Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain – Alabama – CB

With the inconsistency on the back end whether it be due to miscommunication, lack of effort, or just poor play the Cowboys need help all over the secondary; safety or cornerback take ya pick. Surtain is big, strong and looks comfortable both in man and zone. He is a guy who uses his size and length well to stymie and/or body receivers. So whatever the Cwoboys decide to do Surtain will play and match it and do it at a high level. 

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Film Study: Super Bowl 55 Can the Bucs slow down the Chiefs offense? NFL All-22 Film Breakdown

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Film Study: Super Bowl 55 Can the Bucs slow down the Chiefs offense? NFL All-22 Film Breakdown

The Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Part 2 and this time it will determine this year’s NFL Champion. There are numerous matchups and factors that will determine the outcome of this game as Couch Potato General Manager covers some of the obvious and not so obvious aspects of this contest. The overarching question is,”How can the Bucs stop the Chiefs explosive offensive?” CPGM Juice dives into the tape to consider what strategies the Tampa Bay Bucs should utilize to knock off the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Dynasty Football Trade Best Practices (for newcomers)

If you’re making the initial leap from Redraft to Dynasty Leagues there are a litany of DOs & Dont’s to naviagate. However, one of the main distinctions between your annual Redraft League and Dyansty League necessitates that you are responsive and relatively active when it comes to making trades. Of course building a quality roster via your Dynasty start-up draft goes a long way; but in order to maintain a competitive roster year-to-year, having success in your subsequent rookie drafts is only half the battle. You have to cultivate your ability to execute a Dynasty Football Trade with a lasting Return on Investment (ROI).

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START/SIT – NFL WEEK 15 – FANTASY FOOTBALL LINEUP ADVICE

Did you advance in your playoffs!? If so congrats, but the job isn’t finished. Let’s keep working! 

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START/SIT – NFL WEEK 14 – FANTASY FOOTBALL LINEUP ADVICE

We enter the playoffs on a high note. For those of you in the dance congrats. Let’s get to work! 

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Film Study: What has happened to the Arizona Cardinals OFFENSE recently? NFL All-22 Film Breakdown

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(Pre-Week 13) After five straight games of scoring 30+ the Arizona Cardinals offense has sputtered in recent weeks averaging just 19 points per contest. The Cardinals have lost in back-to-back weeks and need to right the ship quickly in a very compettive NFC West. So what’s ailing what has been an exciting and explosive offensive attack led by Kyler Murray. Couch Potato General Manager explores this question. DeAndre Hopkins. Kliff Kingsbury.

Devonta Smith “Mr. Indispensable” | 2021 NFL Draft Prospect Breakdown w/Highlights

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While there is validity to the “traits” over “production” methodology to scouting it’s hard to beat “Traits & Production” as Wide Receiver Devonta Smith of the Alabama Crimson Tide checks just about every box when watching him on film. A Couch Potato General Manager favorite and one of CPGM Juice’s draft crushes, Smith continues to gain considerable steam in draft circles and ground on the Alabama All-Time Receiving Record Book. After leading Bama in receiving yards and touchdowns in 2019, Smith elected to return to Tuscaloosa for his senior season and has taken full advantage of a passing game of which he is the focal point. Short, intermediate, and deep Smith makes plays on every level of the field and is separating himself from the pack ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft particularly with a host of talented receivers opting out of the 2020 NCAAF season. Smith is slated to hear is name called early during the 1st Round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

START/SIT – NFL WEEK 13 – FANTASY FOOTBALL LINEUP ADVICE

Definitely a mixed bag, leaning towards a full blown swing and miss last week. COVID, injuries and ineffectiveness reared its collective ugly head.

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START Derek Carr @ New York Jets

I told you I was going back to the Derek Carr well. That’s three weeks in a row (1-1 thus far). Week 12 was brutal but I am inclinced to trust the process. Carr and the Las Vegas Raiders get yet another favorable matchup in Week 13. Derek Carr has proven inconsistent as evidenced by his stinker last week. However, my primary concern is wind gusts potentially reaching 20 mph in East Rutherford, NJ. Still, I believe Carr and the Raiders passing offense will be much sharper in Week 13. Last week’s opponent, the Atlanta Falcons have played much better as of late. Meanwhile, the Raiders’ Week 13 foe, the New York Jets, are winless and have demonstrated virtually no improvement.

I anticipate the Raiders offensive line bouncing back which is the primary catalyst to Las Vegas’ offensive success. A decent rushing attack should increase the effectiveness of the play-action game and slow down the pass rush. Furthermore, the New York Jets allow the 4th most fantasy points per game (22.0) to the quarterback positionDon’t fail me now Derek Carr… Start em.

START Melvin Gordon @ Kansas City Chiefs

Running the football is one of the few things the Broncos do well. Gordon’s running mate Phillip Lindsay could be limited and I am anticipating an upitck in Gordon’s usage in Week 13. Drew Lock returning to the lineup should help Gordon’s cause and the Kansas City Chiefs aren’t exactly stout against the run. If Denver can keep the score close enough to ensure the running game remains viable, Gordon should return RB2 value this week.

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SIT Christian Kirk vs. Los Angeles Rams

Someone apparently cut the power in Arizona. After a midseason heater, Christian Kirk has a meager 18/11/96/0 line over his last three games. Kyler Murray has been somewhat underwhelming since his late game heroics against Buffalo a few weeks ago. Furthermore, Murray isn’t 100% healthy and Kliff Kingsbury needs to take a look in the mirror as a play-caller. To make matters worse, Arizona faces off against the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams allow the fewest fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers in the NFL. With Larry Fitzgerald and Andy Isabella moving in on Kirk’s target share I am seeking different options. Sit em.

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Start/Sit – NFL Week 12 – Fantasy Football Lineup Advice

Alright we righted the ship in Week 11. However, the Start/Sit success rate is magnified in Week 12 with playoff implications hanging in the balance.

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START Derek Carr @ Atlanta Falcons

Carr was terrific in Week 11 and I’m going right back to the well considering his matchup this week. Heading into Week 12, the Atlanta Falcons allow the most fantasy points per game (26.5) to the quarterback position. You know the story by now. Atlanta allows the highest QB Rating against (105.9) in the league; a direcct correlation to their inability to affect the passer. Frankly, if you opt to start Carr this week, leave him in your lineup as he gets another choice matchup (NYJ) next week. Start em.

START Wayne Gallman @ Cincinnati Bengals

Since the Devonta Freeman experiement ended in the wake of Saquon Barkley’s injury; Wayne Gallman has been a steay peformer. Gallman has operated as the Giants lead back for a month now and has scored in four straight games. I’ve always believed that Gallman is a capable back albeit not the most gifted. Now with improved offensive line and quarterback play and the requisite opportunity he has become a legitimiate fantasy asset this season. This week’s matchup against the Bengals is particularly intriguing as they allow 136.2 rushing yards per game; 3rd most in the NFL.

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START Nelson Agholor @ Atlanta Falcons

Set aside whatever bias you might have based on how things ended for Agholor in Philly and prioritize your fantasy football team’s success. Nelson Agholor is getting open consistently. Agholor has caught five touchdowns in the Raiders last seven contests. Among Las Vegas WRs, he is Derek Carr’s preferred target. If the matchup is good for Derek Carr, the matchup is good for Nelson Agholor. Not to mention the Atlanta Falcons allow the third most fantasy points per game (29.2) to the wide receiver position. Start em.

SIT Darrell Henderson/Cam Akers/Malcolm Brown vs. San Francisco 49ers

As much as I would like to see Darrell Henderson featured in the Rams rushing attack it’s not happening. Over the past three contests Henderson has failed to receive double digit rush attempts. However, Henderson’s reduced volume hasn’t made the rushing pecking order in Los Angeles anymore clear. Cam Akers nor Malcolm Brown have eclipsed 10 rush attempts during that three game span. It’s a full blown committee. No telling who will find the endzone. Sit em.

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