2021 NFL Draft: An ideal prospect per team as draft day arrives

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2021 NFL Draft prospect Trey Lance. (Photo by Sam Wasson/Getty Images)

NFC South fits for 2021 NFL Draft prospects

Atlanta Falcons: Trey Lance, QB, NDSU

Trey Lance has some of the best physical tools in the entire 2021 NFL Draft. However, those tools need a bit of refining. The Falcons seem to be sticking with Matt Ryan for the next year or two, but drafting someone like Lance to develop underneath him could be the best-case scenario. Without trying to predict trades, if the Falcons sit at four, it would be smarter for them to select a quarterback rather than reach for a defender or draft a pass catcher.

Carolina Panthers: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

With it seeming like the Bengals will not be drafting an offensive tackle, Penei Sewell will be dropping lower than he should. That is music to Carolina’s ears. After acquiring Sam Darnold via trade, the team should focus on building him up into a capable starter. The best way to do that is with an offensive tackle. The Panthers have had basically zero stability at offensive tackle, so drafting Sewell will lock down a major need.

New Orleans Saints: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Two months ago, the Saints could only have dreamed about getting the chance to draft Caleb Farley, but now, it seems fairly likely. Farley had a second back surgery this offseason, and his draft stock has taken a dive because of it. The Saints have some issues in the secondary. Currently, their top cornerback is in some law trouble, and their second-best cornerback, C.J. Gardner-Johnson, is a safety. Farley might be a risky pick, but it’s a risk the Saints should be willing to take.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami

Jaelan Phillips is in a similar situation to Caleb Farley. On the field, he is tremendous, but he’s had some serious injuries in his career that led him to retire at one point. Some teams will not even have him on their board because of it. The Buccaneers have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL, and drafting Phillips will continue that one when Jason Pierre-Paul either leaves Tampa or retires.

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