NFL Network draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah published his Mock Draft 2.0 on Tuesday, and there were a few surprise picks in Round 1 that could begin to change the narrative around this year’s first-round prospects.
The 2021 draft cycle is unique primarily because of the impact COVID-19 has had on the traditional scouting process. The truncated 2020 college season combined with the cancellation of the 2021 NFL Combine has resulted in the least amount of information about the prospects that’s ever been available to teams and the media. It’s turning what’s inherently an unpredictable event into pure chaos.
That’s why Jeremiah’s mock draft — this one and future editions — is extremely important. It’s not because Jeremiah is an elite talent evaluator; instead, he has connections inside the NFL and is more than likely leaving breadcrumbs in his mocks based on what he’s hearing regarding teams’ draft boards and internal grades.
So pay attention to his work product.
Here are five takeaways from his latest first-round mock draft.