Four-round 2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Eight WRs selected in Round 4

Deals or no deals? This is the question teams in need of a young quarterback are facing heading into the 2021 NFL Draft.

From 2016 to 2018, eight teams traded up to draft a quarterback in the top 12: Bills (Josh Allen), Jets (Sam Darnold), Rams (Jared Goff), Chiefs (Patrick Mahomes), Cardinals (Josh Rosen), Bears (Mitchell Trubisky), Texans (Deshaun Watson) and Eagles (Carson Wentz).

However, in the past two drafts, there were only two trades of any kind made in the top half of the first round and neither of them were for quarterbacks (LB Devin Bush, Steelers, 10th overall selection in 2019; OT Tristan Wirfs, Buccaneers, 13th overall selection in 2020).

This decline in early deals could be the start of a long-time trend because teams seem reluctant to give up three or four premium picks for a prospect. It's also possible that the non-playoff teams typically interested in moving upward were waiting to see whether their current quarterback would develop -- or maybe they just weren't interested in giving up major draft capital for Justin Herbert, Daniel Jones, and/or Tua Tagovailoa.

Then again, it wouldn't be shocking to see the no-trade trend end this year, as there is a long list of quarterback-needy teams and plenty to like about the available QBs. For this four-round projection, however, I play out the scenario that mirrors the 2019 and 2020 drafts. The Jets, Falcons and Panthers land future signal-callers in the top eight selections while staying put, but there are five trades in this mock, including one for a quarterback in the middle of the first round.

The free-agent compensatory picks listed in this exercise are based on my colleague Lance Zierlein's projections from last April. The official list will be made available by the league in the weeks to come. Four additional picks were added to the end of the third round for franchises losing minority employees to head coach or general manager positions throughout the league.

The Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff trade between the Lions and Rams, which included L.A. sending a 2021 third-round pick to Detroit, is factored into this mock. The deal moving Carson Wentz from Philadelphia to Indianapolis for a 2021 third-round pick and a conditional 2022 selection is also included. The trades won't become official before the start of the new league year (March 17).

Pick
107
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
Dayo Odeyingbo
Vanderbilt · Edge · Senior


Pick
108
New York Jets
New York Jets
Keith Taylor
Washington · CB · Senior


Pick
109
Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
Paris Ford
Pittsburgh · S · Junior (RS)



Pick
110
Houston Texans
Houston Texans
Elijah Moore
Mississippi · WR · Junior
Pick
111
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
(via Browns)
Rashad Weaver
Pittsburgh · DE · Senior (RS)
Pick
112
Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
Josh Palmer
Tennessee · WR · Senior


Pick
113
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
Tamorrion Terry
Florida State · WR · Junior (RS)



Pick
114
Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
Rodarius Williams
Oklahoma State · CB · Senior (RS)
Pick
115
Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
Tommy Togiai
Ohio State · DT · Junior


Pick
116
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
Kary Vincent Jr.
LSU · CB · Senior


Pick
117
New York Giants
New York Giants
Quincy Roche
Miami · Edge · Senior (RS)


Pick
118
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
Darren Hall
San Diego State · CB · Junior (RS)



Pick
119
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
Hamilcar Rashed Jr.
Oregon State · Edge · Senior (RS)



Pick
120
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
Kellen Mond
Texas A&M · QB · Senior
Pick
121
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
Cade Johnson
South Dakota State · WR · Senior (RS)


Pick
122
Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
Jonathan Adams
Arkansas State · WR · Senior



Pick
123
Houston Texans
Houston Texans
Chuba Hubbard
Oklahoma State · RB · Junior (RS)
Pick
124
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
Jay Tufele
USC · DT · Junior (RS)



Pick
125
Washington Football Team
Washington Football Team
Rhamondre Stevenson
Oklahoma · RB · Senior
Pick
126
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
D'Ante Smith
East Carolina · OT · Senior (RS)



Pick
127
Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
Brady Christensen
BYU · OT · Junior (RS)



Pick
128
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
Andre Cisco
Syracuse · S · Junior


Pick
129
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
Jermar Jefferson
Oregon State · RB · Junior



Pick
130
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
Deonte Brown
Alabama · G · Senior (RS)
Pick
131
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
John Bates
Boise State · TE · Senior (RS)
Pick
132
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
Trey Hill
Georgia · C · Junior


Pick
133
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
Tommy Kraemer
Notre Dame · G · Senior (RS)
Pick
134
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
Adetokunbo Ogundeji
Notre Dame · DE · Senior (RS)


Pick
135
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
Kylen Granson
SMU · TE · Senior
Pick
136
Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
(via Packers)
Derrick Barnes
Purdue · LB · Senior



Pick
137
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
(via Chiefs)
Jamien Sherwood
Auburn · S · Junior
Pick
138
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Demetric Felton
UCLA · RB · Senior (RS)


Pick
139
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
Baron Browning
Ohio State · LB · Senior (RS)

PROJECTED COMPENSATORY SELECTION

Pick
140
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
Chauncey Golston
Iowa · DE · Senior (RS)

PROJECTED COMPENSATORY SELECTION


Pick
141
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
Christian Uphoff
Illinois State · S · Senior (RS)

PROJECTED COMPENSATORY SELECTION

Pick
142
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
Jaelon Darden
North Texas · WR · Senior

PROJECTED COMPENSATORY SELECTION

Pick
143
Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
Osa Odighizuwa
UCLA · DT · Senior (RS)

PROJECTED COMPENSATORY SELECTION

Pick
144
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
K.J. Britt
Auburn · LB · Senior

PROJECTED COMPENSATORY SELECTION

Pick
145
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
Shemar Jean-Charles
Appalachian State · CB · Senior (RS)

PROJECTED COMPENSATORY SELECTION


Pick
146
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
Austin Watkins Jr.
UAB · WR · Senior (RS)

PROJECTED COMPENSATORY SELECTION

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