2021 NFL Mock Draft: New England Patriots get a new Gronk

Kyle Pitts, Florida Gators. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Ja'Marr Chase, LSU Tigers
Ja’Marr Chase, LSU Tigers. (Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/Getty Images) /

Ja'Marr Chase. 7. player. 50. . Wide Receiver. Detroit Lions

The Detroit Lions are another team that is looking for a new head coach, someone who can come in and change the fortunes of this franchise. While a new head coach is needed, a new quarterback is not, as Matthew Stafford should have plenty more good seasons left in his right arm.

If they do decide to stay with Stafford, look for the Lions to bring in one of the dominant wide receivers in the draft class in Ja’Marr Chase. This is a player who can help reinvent the Lions on the offensive side of the ball, giving Stafford an elite weapon on the outside for as long as he stays in Detroit.

Quarterback. Carolina Panthers. Trey Lance. 8. player. 87.

The Carolina Panthers and their head coach Matt Rhule must know that Teddy Bridgewater is not the future at quarterback, so they should look to add one of the elite arms in this year’s draft. With the eighth overall selection, the Panthers should select North Dakota State star Trey Lance, a player who can make plays happened with his arm and his legs.

Adding Lance to an offense that already includes Christian McCaffrey would give the Panthers a solid nucleus moving forward. Lance has the talent to be a special player at the next level, and Rhule is going to want to bring in his own young quarterback.

45. . Cornerback. Denver Broncos. Patrick Surtain II. 9. player

The Denver Broncos have a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball this off-season, and they will do it without John Elway as their general manager. Elway stepped down from that role this week, so now the franchise has to go out and look for a new general manager.

With the ninth overall pick, the Broncos need to address their secondary, and they do so by getting the best defensive back in this draft class. Patrick Surtain II is an NFL-ready corner for the Alabama Crimson Tide and significantly improves this defensive backfield.