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Colin Cowherd Predicts The Top 12 Picks In The NFL Draft

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ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: The 2018 NFL Draft logo is seen on a video board during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The 2021 NFL Draft is just a month away. Colin Cowherd thinks he has a grasp on how the first 12 overall picks will shake out.

There's been plenty of movement within the top 12 picks. The San Francisco 49ers moved up from No. 12 to No. 3 in a blockbuster trade with the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins then traded the 12th pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for No. 6. For now, the draft order is set.

There's no secret who the Jacksonville Jaguars are selecting with the first-overall pick. It's Trevor Lawrence, barring an unforeseen circumstances. The New York Jets will then likely take former BYU star Zach Wilson. The real mystery begins with the San Francisco 49ers at pick No. 3

The Niners traded up to take a quarterback. The question is: which one? Justin Fields, Trey Lance and Mac Jones are in the mix. Cowherd thinks San Francisco will end up taking Lance, the star quarterback out of North Dakota State.

Here's a look at Cowherd's prediction for how the top 12 picks of the 2021 NFL Draft will shake out:

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars - QB Trevor Lawrence
  2. New York Jets - QB Zach Wilson
  3. San Francisco 49ers - QB Trey Lance
  4. Atlanta Falcons - OL Penei Sewell
  5. Cincinnati Bengals - OL Rashawn Slater
  6. Miami Dolphins - TE Kyle Pitts
  7. Detroit Lions - WR Ja'Marr Chase
  8. Carolina Panthers - QB Justin Fields
  9. Denver Broncos - CB Caleb Farley
  10. Dallas Cowboys - CB Patrick Surtain II
  11. New York Giants - OL Alijah Vera-Tucker
  12. Philadelphia Eagles - DeVonta Smith

Despite reports suggesting the first four-overall picks will be quarterbacks, Colin Cowherd believes the Atlanta Falcons will take standout offensive lineman Penei Sewell to give Matt Ryan some protection in coming years.

Justin Fields, meanwhile, slides all the way down to pick No. 8. He could go as high as third overall, depending on which quarterback the 49ers end up taking.