2021 NFL mock draft: Las Vegas Raiders add an elite linebacker
By Evan Groat
The Buffalo Bills were an early favorite to win the AFC East, but that was until the Patriots signed Cam Newton for at least the 2020 NFL season. Still, this is a team that is built for the playoffs, and when all is said and done, they should return for a second straight season with Josh Allen under center.
In Allen, the Bills have a franchise quarterback that they are going to try and mold, and he could use some help at tight end. Kyle Pitts from Florida should be the first tight end off the board next April, and he would be a perfect addition to a Bills offense that added Stefon Diggs this offseason.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers reeled in the biggest fish in free agency this offseason, signing six-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback Tom Brady. He instantly makes the Bucs a contender in 2020, and if he plays up to his ability, the team could be picking this late in round one.
With this late-round pick, the Bucs should look to add a running back, and Najee Harris will be another in a long line of solid backs to come out of Alabama. He rushed for over 1,200 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, and Tampa Bay would surely like that kind of production out of their feature back.
The Pittsburgh Steelers lost Ben Roethlisberger for most of the 2019 NFL season, yet they were still in it until Week 17, even with Mason Rudolph as their starter. Heading into 2020, Big Ben is healthy, and the Steelers have to be considered a contender in the AFC.
In terms of needs heading into the 2021 NFL Draft, they should look to continue to add to a secondary that was bolstered by the trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick last season. Israel Mukuamu from South Carolina had four interceptions, one that he returned for a touchdown, and has the size you look for in a press corner.
The Dallas Cowboys continue to drag their feet with star quarterback Dak Prescott, who signed his franchise tag earlier this month. With Prescott in the fold for 2020, the Cowboys are going to be a team to beat in the NFC, so it is possible they are picking this late in the 2021 NFL Draft.
With this pick, they should look to add to the safety position, one that lost Jeff Heath via free agency to the Las Vegas Raiders this offseason. In Andre Cisco from Syracuse, the Cowboys get an absolute ballhawk, a player who has racked up 12 interceptions in two seasons, and is not afraid to come up and make a big hit.