Welcome to Pro Football Network’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft Simulator! In creating this, we envisioned a process that allows users to have a nuanced draft experience on both your desktop and mobile device. This NFL Mock Draft Simulator with trades is 100 percent free of charge and the trade features include Sim-User/Sim-Sim/User-Sim.
With over 350 prospects and 2022 NFL draft picks included in trade packages, you’re going to get one of the most realistic draft experiences. Best of all, there is no paywall and no limited trial. It is free now and will always be free. There is no need ever to buy any subscription.
Although the 2021 NFL Draft is months away, it is never too early to start building your favorite team with future draft prospects. Want to do a series of quick drafts for comparing cohorts? You can do that. Want to have a two-hour long, methodical draft and recreate the realism of the NFL Draft? Done. With user-to-sim and sim-to-sim trades, no two drafts are the same!
Our latest rankings update is below. For information on how to use the PFN Mock Draft Simulator with free trades, you can enter the simulator using the link below or scroll down below the rankings update.
PFN’s Mock Draft Simulator Rankings Update
(Updated Sunday, December 28) There was a lot of movement on the offensive side of the ball during this week’s team meeting. Senior Bowl invitations bring new names to the simulator to keep an eye on. Players already on the simulator continue to rise and fall with their play and the buzz surrounding it. It’s important for us to not only advocate for what we believe but to understand that just because we like or dislike a prospect does not mean that’s where that player should fall in the rankings.
Latest Update: Risers
Here are the prospects who have risen up the draft board in our latest NFL Mock Draft Simulator rankings update.
Landon Dickerson (55) and Deonte Brown (69)
Two peas in a pod. These two behemoths play beside each other on the Alabama offensive line and have both seen relatively large jumps in their draft stock and rankings in PFN’s NFL Mock Draft Simulator. Dickerson is a Florida State transfer that needed a fresh start after injuries plagued his Seminole career. He possesses position flex between guard and center. Dickerson brings the nastiness necessary to do the dirty work on the interior. He certainly is not the most graceful athlete, but he possesses adequate flexibility and holds up against bull rushes.
Brown is my personal pet cat. As we know, his ranking is NICE, but his play is Amy Trask level nice. He is built like a refrigerator and moves with a jet engine attached to his back. His pure power is jarring in the run game, and he has no issues climbing to the second level. And the second level isn’t the only time he’s impressive on the hoof – in pulling situations, he gets his massive frame on the rails and lands devastating blows to whoever dares remain in his way.
Kadarious Toney (40)
There are very few players in college football who have helped themselves more than Toney – both in real life and in PFN’s NFL Mock Draft Simulator. His contact balance teeters on the border of unbelievable. He is a legitimate threat to score every time he touches the football because of that. However, his contact balance supplements his outstanding start/stop quickness that allows him to make defenders miss. With the continued upward tick in offenses using these RB/WR hybrid types to help give offenses another layer, Toney fits that mold to a T.
Desmond Ridder (80)
Ridder’s physical tools are what elevates him into the top-100 prospects in PFN’s NFL Mock Draft Simulator. Ridder is a legitimate dual-threat with as live an arm as a team could ever dream to have in a franchise quarterback. With that said, his ball placement is still hit-or-miss, which will cap his ceiling in the draft in a class as top-heavy as this one.
Jeremy Ruckert (165)
Ruckert is another glaring example of “why do TE prospects go to Ohio State?” He’s big, athletic, and could be playing anywhere else in the country. He could be the main target elsewhere. But Ohio State doesn’t use the TE in the passing attack. Even if there’s a fire. He is no slouch as a blocker either. His ready-made NFL frame allows him to hold up as an in-line blocker.
Latest Update: Fallers
Here are the prospects who have dropped on the draft board in our latest NFL Mock Draft Simulator rankings update.
Pat Freiermuth (36)
Freiermuth went from “Baby Gronk” in the summer to “Complete Afterthought” once the season was in full swing. The young TE opted to come back and play for Penn State and suffered a season-ending shoulder injury. With the unbelievable season from Kyle Pitts at Florida, there is no question who the first player off the board will be at this position. Freiermuth is a more traditional version of the TE, and that type of player usually takes time to transition to the next level. The injury could force him back into Day 2.
Rondale Moore (52)
It would be irresponsible to continue to ignore the ever-growing list of injuries Moore has sustained so far in a short college career consisting of only 20 career games. After a breakout freshman campaign in 2018, he’s only played 7 games in both 2019 and 2020 combined. Moore is another one of those new-age offensive weapons, and he might be as strong a player as Toney, but injuries land him back in round 2, where it is more acceptable to take risks on injury-riddled players.
Dillon Radunz (67)
He received quite a bit of offseason hype, but with the emergence of a strong tackle class, a lackluster physical profile, and the low level of competition, Radunz has not received the same buzz. He’s a barroom brawler that finishes with a nastiness usually reserved for interior offensive linemen. However, he can struggle with legitimate speed on the outside and he can fall victim to getting over his toes to try and gain some extra reach. A strong Senior Bowl could help get him back into the round 1 conversation.
How to use PFN’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft Simulator
Begin your mock draft experience
Your NFL Mock Draft Simulator experience begins when you select the team – or teams – you want to control. Select as many as you’d like or select none at all. Then, choose the number of rounds you want to simulate along with the speed of how you want the draft to play out.
The NFL Mock Draft Simulator War Room
Once you’ve sorted that out, you’ll enter the NFL Mock Draft Simulator Room. There, you’ll see the player selection column, the pool of available players, and several icons to help you navigate your experience in PFN’s NFL Mock Draft Simulator.
Keep track of who you and other teams have drafted
To see who you and other teams have drafted in the NFL Mock Draft Simulator, click on the team icon to the left of the player selection column. Additionally, you can see the team’s future picks.
New to the 2021 NFL Mock Draft Simulator: Sim to User Trades
New for our 2021 NFL Mock Draft Simulator is the simulator’s ability to propose trades to the user. When you’re on the clock, and a team is eyeing a player that is still on the board, you may receive a trade offer. If there are no offers, the simulator will continue as normal. If you want to close out the trade offers to review the board, you will have the option to do so. Just click on the green trade proposal button to bring up your trade offers.
Back in the 2021 NFL Mock Draft Simulator: Sim to User and User to Sim Trades
The new sim to user trade feature builds on our two trade features from last draft season – user to sim and sim to sim trades. Regarding sim to sim trades, you risk being jumped by another team if you wait too long to select the draft prospect you want to draft.
Trade Value Chart
We use the Rich Hill Model Trade Chart, a modernized version of the original Jimmy Johnson Trade Chart. The chart, hosted by DraftTek.com, can be found here and you can reference it when trying to trade up or down the board.
Please note that not only have we placed a higher premium on the top 10 picks in the draft (meaning it will cost a bit more than what the trade chart suggests). But, we have also configured the algorithm so that if a team you want to trade with is eyeing a certain player in that particular simulation, it will cost more than what the trade chart suggests is a fair price.
This is done to maintain PFN’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft Simulator’s unpredictability, ensuring that you get a different experience each time you press the play button.
2021 team needs have been updated. PFN will continue to monitor the team needs and update as needed throughout the 2020 NFL season.