2021 NFL Draft: 49ers bulk up secondary in full Round 1 mock

University of Alabama's Patrick Surtain II (2) Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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Trevor Lawrence, Clemson Tigers
Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence (16) Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports /

Niner Noise’s latest Round 1 mock NFL Draft for 2021 has the 49ers beefing up their secondary with their top pick on draft day.

The 2021 NFL Draft is likely to see a lot of heavy quarterback action early on, particularly with the top-heavy nature of this year’s class and more than a handful of teams in need of young, up-and-coming signal-callers to change the face of their franchises.

At No. 12 overall, the San Francisco 49ers may not have the ability to grab one of the top quarterbacks unless they execute a lucrative trade-up to get within the top 10, perhaps even within the top five.

And with general manager John Lynch seemingly committed to quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, there’s a good chance the Niners table this need until later.

Whether or not tabling the need means until Round 2 or perhaps even 2022 is anyone’s guess.

As for the rest of the first round, how might the draft shake up? Niner Noise breaks down the potential first 32 selections in our latest full Round 1 mock draft, which might include some surprises, steals and surefire safe picks.

Kicking things off with the Jacksonville Jaguars, who have been on the clock for a while now.

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2021 NFL Draft: Jaguars select quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

Most NFL Drafts begin with a no-brainer selection, and this year is the epitome of a top-drafting team taking the best player available.

The Jags managed to squeak into the top spot after the NY Jets surprisingly put wins together late in 2020. And with a clear need for a new face of the franchise, along with bringing aboard new head coach Urban Meyer, tabbing Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was, is and has been the move ever since Jacksonville was locked in at No. 1 overall.

Lawrence is going to need a lot of help around him. The Jaguars are lacking talent nearly everywhere on offense.

But with a plethora of cap space available, too, Jacksonville shouldn’t hesitate to be overly aggressive surrounding the top pick from this year’s class with bona fide talent.