2021 NFL Draft: Justin Fields over Trevor Lawrence in way-too-early mock

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 28: Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scrambles with the football during the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl against the Clemson Tigers at State Farm Stadium on December 28, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona. The Tigers defeated the Buckeyes 29-23. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Picks 1-5

1
Justin Fields
QB Ohio State

The fight for the number one overall pick between Trevor Lawrence and Fields is not a fabrication. It is real, with Fields having outperformed Lawrence in completion percentage, yards per attempt and TD-INT ratio last season.

If there is a college season in 2020 and Fields again has the edge over Lawrence, then that may be enough to tip the scales in the Ohio State star’s favor. It’s a win either way for the Jaguars, who will likely not view Gardner Minshew as the long-term answer at quarterback if they are indeed picking first in 2021.

2
Penei Sewell
OT Oregon

The Redskins selected LSU’s Saahdiq Charles in 2020 as they aim to move on from the Trent Williams‘ saga, but don’t expect that to preclude them from taking another future perennial Pro Bowler in Sewell.

3
Ja'Marr Chase
WR LSU

There are plenty of signs pointing to the end of the A.J. Green era in 2021. He was franchised this offseason despite missing all of 2019 and signing him to a new deal ahead of his age 33 season would make little sense. Reuniting Joe Burrow with the best receiver from LSU’s historic 2019 vintage is a much more sensible option that could produce spectacular results.

4
Trevor Lawrence
QB Clemson

If Lawrence does not go number one then the likelihood of him falling lower than two is low. The team picking second would soon have a mountain of trade offers for the Clemson phenom. However, in this scenario, Teddy Bridgewater becomes an expensive backup as the Panthers scoop up their quarterback of the future.

5
Micah Parsons
LB Penn State

The Giants spent money on the linebacker position this offseason, though little of it wisely. Parsons would give them an instant starter at a glaring weak spot on the defense.

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