NFL mock draft: 'The Herd' predicts the first 16 picks
The first round of the 2021 NFL Draft starts Thursday, which means time is running out for pundits and prognosticators to put out their mock drafts.
Until the first pick is made, however, there's ample room for discussion, as was the case Monday on "The Herd."
In the episode, Colin Cowherd employed the assistance of FOX Sports NFL Reporter Peter Schrager in filling out a mock draft.
As Cowherd said, Schrager is "an information guy," rather than a scout. Using Schrager's sources, their hope was to predict how the draft will play out.
"We're going to do this draft based on what we think is going to happen," Cowherd said. "... We think this is what it's going to look like Thursday by the end of the night."
Here's how their draft shook out:
Cowherd's thoughts: "Not what I would do. I think his size worries me. ... But I think the Jets, again, this card's been in a while — last two months — will take Zach Wilson."
Schrager's thoughts: "Niners fans, don't come at me. I know it's not the popular pick. I know everyone's cringing at this one, but a lot of GMs — not just the ones I speak to in the top 10 — say this guy is a no-brainer for San Francisco."
Cowherd's thoughts: "I think they go with the best pure talent in the draft, Kyle Pitts. This head coach [Arthur Smith] has worked with tight ends before. It's his specialty. I think [Pitts is] an instant 75-catch, six-touchdown player."
Schrager's thoughts: "The coach is Zac Taylor. He's an offensive mind. You can get [offensive] tackles in the second round. I'm going with Ja'Marr Chase out of LSU, pairing him with Joe Burrow when they had a ridiculous, 1,800-yard, 20-touchdown season the last time they played together."
Cowherd's thoughts: "I'm gonna guess here. By the aggressiveness that they went up in the draft, they take Jaylen Waddle. ... They'll know by Thanksgiving on Tua [Tagovailoa]. If you can't win with this group, if we can't score, we got the wrong quarterback."
Schrager's thoughts: "It's not a home-run pick. I don't think it's anything Detroit fans are going to go bonkers with. ... I guess Penei Sewell's the pick, but I'm not doing flips over this if I'm a Lions fan."
Cowherd's thoughts: "Their O-line is OK. It's really not good [at] left tackle. ... You get this left tackle, then you can go back to the defensive side of the football and fix that secondary."
Schrager's thoughts: "I'm going to go with the big gamble, and I think they'd be happy with it."
Cowherd's thoughts: "Kyle Pitts is off the board, so Jerry [Jones] is not happy. I'm going to go Jaycee Horn, hyper-aggressive corner. ... He is a playmaker. He's physical. He defends the run, played in the best conference. Not on the best roster, so he was more valuable to his team."
Schrager's thoughts: "I'm gonna go with the Alabama corner. ... They take him over DeVonta Smith, which would be a shocker in a lot of circles up here in New York."
12. Philadelphia Eagles: WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama
Cowherd's thoughts: "Listen, like Tua, they gotta make sure Jalen Hurts is gonna work. They've gotta give him playmakers. You've got to find out if this guy can play."
Schrager's thoughts: "They've got to protect Justin Herbert. They did a good job already in getting the center, Corey Linsley. They picked up another guy at guard from the Steelers. I think that they go with Vera-Tucker out of USC, and they'd be happy with that pick at 13."
Cowherd's thoughts: "Mike Zimmer needs a pass rush in a division with Aaron Rodgers twice a year. Go look at their schedule, who they play, some veteran quarterbacks."
Schrager's thoughts: "It's unbelievable if it works out this way. Justin Fields is the next Patriots quarterback, and they don't have to give up next year's first-round pick. Justin Fields! Justin Fields! Justin Fields! Celebrate in Foxborough."
Check out the full breakdown of Cowherd's and Schrager's picks in the video below:
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