With the 2021 NFL Draft kicking off this evening live from Cleveland, the excitement is also ramping up in Stadium Village. The Minnesota Golden Gophers will have two players drafted this weekend that is a given. What is still up in the air is just where Rashod Bateman and Benjamin St. Juste will end up to start their NFL careers, and when they will be selected. Will Bateman be the first Gopher to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft since Laurence Maroney in 2006? Will St. Juste hear his name Friday night in Rounds 2 or 3, or will he need to wait until Saturday to finally hear where he will be headed?
We took a look at as many mock drafts as we could find in the last week or so and found out where all the “experts” think the two Gophers will be headed and when. Some of the mocks are first round only and thus only Bateman may be listed while many others are full seven round mocks that have the locations for both Gophers. We also have omitted any mocks that have not been updated in the last week. Here is what we have found:
#20 overall to Chicago Bears—Si.com’s Bengals Fan Site
#22 overall to Tennessee Titans—Tennessean.com
#22 overall to Tennessee Titans —Newsday
#22 overall to Tennessee Titans—SBNation Writers
#22 overall to Tennessee Titans—The Ringer
#22 overall to Tennessee Titans—ProFootball Network
#23 overall to Chicago Bears via trade—The Athletic Beat Writers
#27 overall to Baltimore Ravens—NBCsports.com
#27 overall to Baltimore Ravens—Dane Brugeler The Athletic
#27 overall to Baltimore Ravens—Bleacherreport.com
#28 overall to New Orleans Saints—Tankathon.com
#29 overall to Green Bay Packers—Ryan Wilson CBSSports.com
#31 overall to Baltimore Ravens via Trade—Buffalo Rumblings (Bills SB Nation Blog)
Round 2 Pick 60 to New Orleans Saints—WalterFootball.com
Not in 1st Round—Brad Biggs Chicago Tribune
Not in 1st Round-Pro Football Talk
Not in 1st Round—Albert Breer SI.com
As you can see the predictions for Bateman are all over the end of the first round of the draft. The leader in the predictions is the Tennessee Titans with seven different predictions that Bateman will head to Nashville. But there are at least five changes that Bateman will end up in the NFC North either with the Bears or the Packers. Baltimore is another popular landing spot and with two picks in the first round seem like a decent possibility. But there are at least eight mocks we found, some by some pretty heavy hitters who have Bateman falling out of the first round completely. A lot man depend on where the rest of the wide outs go in the first round...if they go early then there is a good chance Bate goes too. If the WRs slip...that might push Bateman back to the second round. I’ll be shocked if he goes in the 60’s though like a couple of people have him going.
Our TDG prediction? Bateman goes to Baltimore with the #27 selection.
Benjamin St. Juste—CB
Round 3 Pick 92 to Green Bay Packers—Pro Football Network
Round 7 Pick 242 New England Patriots—Walterfootball.com
As for St. Juste he is also all over the board. He could go as early as the late second round, and one guy who REALLY hates the Gophers in this draft has him going midway through the 7th. That won’t happen but I could see him going anywhere from the early third to the early 5th depending on how things go.
Our TDG prediction? St. Juste goes to San Francisco with pick 102 in the 3rd round.