2021 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Full Two Round Mock Draft
Five QBs were taken in Round One. Will we see any similar positional trends as we move into the second frame of our 2021 NFL Mock Draft?
(This NFL Draft order is based on our NFL Power Rankings after week 10. This is because round one was written then, so for continuity we have retained that order. Future Mock Drafts will be based on true projected NFL Draft order as we approach the end of the season as the order will be closer to being set in stone and rankings will fluctuate less so week-on-week.)
By Ben Matthews.
33. New York Jets
Jaycee Horn - CB, South Carolina
After the picks of Trevor Lawrence and Jalen Mayfield in round one, the Jets turn to their defense. Bryce Callahan and Lamar Jackson are not enough on the perimeter, so Horn is the pick. A lengthy corner who is rising quickly and will lock down one half of the field for Gang Green for years to come.
34. Jacksonville Jaguars
Christian Barmore - DT, Alabama
The Jags continue to build their D-line, adding to the K’Lavon Chaisson pick from 2020. Doubts remain as to whether Chaisson can ever fulfill a three-down role, but there will be no such worries with Barmore; a hulking tackle who has the versatility to play multiple spots along the line. A corner could be the pick here, but having missed out on Horn, Barmore offers immense upside and value just outside the first round.
35. Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans)
Najee Harris – RB, Alabama
Myles Gaskin has shown glimpses of what he is capable of this season, but it is unlikely that he can shoulder a full load across a 16-game slate. Harris is a bruising three-down back who has an upright running style reminiscent of the battering ram that is Derrick Henry. Harris does not have elite speed, burst or quickness, but is tough to bring down when he is afforded time and space to build momentum and should be able to carve out a successful career within the NFL.
36. Washington Football Team
Samuel Cosmi – OT, Texas
An explosive slot receiver or tight end was tempting here with the options on the board, but instead the Football Team opt to protect its first-round investment in Trey Lance by selecting the ultra-athletic Texas tackle. Cosmi could protect Lance’s blindside for years to come, addressing a position of need for the Football Team with the best player available at this juncture.
37. Denver Broncos
Hamilcar Rashed Jr – EDGE, Oregon State
No one knows what the future holds for Von Miller. He’s 32 and coming off a serious injury. The Broncos may not be willing to pay the huge contract to Miller that he will likely to demand and so here is a hedge in the event that this happens and an ideal running mate for Bradley Chubb in Denver’s bi-annual rushing pursuit of Patrick Mahomes. Rashed is a little raw, but offers immense upside and displays a relentless motor in his quest to get to the quarterback.
38. Dallas Cowboys
Pat Freiermuth – TE, Penn State
Finally the Cowboys truly address their tight end position with someone competent (regardless of what the fantasy football community tell you – see “#AlwaysJarwin”). Freiermuth is the best all-around tight end in the class and could quite easily have a longer career than projected first rounder, Kyle Pitts.
39. New York Giants
Derion Kendrick – CB, Clemson
Kendrick is relatively new to the position but has all the tools required to be a of the best in the draft at the corner position. Has experience at the quarterback and wide receiver position and so understands route concepts to a higher degree than some other similarly less polished corners in the class. He will line up opposite James Bradberry to form an impressive tandem for Big Blue.
40. Cincinnati Bengals
Liam Eichenberg – OT, Notre Dame
Protect Joey Burrow. That is the prevalent sentiment amongst fans and media alike. It is a wise point of view and one that the Bengals will be keen to echo as they take Eichenberg. Eichenberg can pair opposite Jonah Williams and form bookends that should help keep the LSU-alumni upright. He is extremely athletic and will thrive on the edge at the pro level.
41. Detroit Lions
Jamie Newman – QB, Wake Forest
Surprised? Well this pick is not quite as surprising as it may seem and it is one that G/X writer and Lions fan Tayyib Abu approves of. Newman offers excellent size and rushing ability in a league that has moved towards a preference for mobile quarterbacks. He has great potential and offers a fresh start for a franchise who is looking to begin again after the firing of Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn. Continuing the Georgia lineage at QB, Newman could either sit for a year or so behind Matt Stafford or start right away in the case of a Stafford trade. There may be growing pains, but Newman – often the forgotten man in the draft eligible QBs – has the potential to be one of the best.
42. Los Angeles Chargers
Christian Darrisaw – OT, Virginia Tech
A gifted athlete, Darrisaw could easily be a first round pick by the time the NFL Draft rolls around. The Chargers, a lot like the Bengals, must build around their budding star QB and currently possess an incomplete offensive line. Darrisaw would be a perfect ballast for LA as they look to construct a high quality offensive front.
43. Carolina Panthers
Deonte Brown – iOL, Alabama
Carolina are pretty set at tackle, although much could depend on what the franchise elects to do with Russell Okung. For now though, Okung remains in town and so the Panthers address the interior of their line with one of the best guards in the class. Brown has power and athleticism in spades and can play both guard spots which is a versatility that Carolina will appreciate.
44. Chicago Bears
Terrace Marshall Jr – WR, LSU
Allen Robinson could be gone in the off season as he becomes an UFA. The Bears must improve the offense and Marshall has the potential to grow into an ideal number one option in the NFL for Zach Wilson. Rebuilding the offense is something that a certain former Bears star certainly agrees with:
45. New England Patriots
Tyler Shelvin – DT, LSU
Deatrich Wise, John Simon and Lawrence Guy are unrestricted free agents in 2021 and if the Patriots cannot resign all three, then they will need to restock along the defensive line. Shelvin is an immovable object that can occupy multiple blocks and clog running lines. He should appeal to Bill Belichick as an unsung, unflashy player who will enable the moving parts around him to function effectively on that defense.
46. San Francisco 49ers
Israel Mukuamu – CB, South Carolina
Richard Sherman may not be back in the Bay in 2021 as the 49ers face an impending salary cap crunch. Mukuamu is a lengthy and physical corner. Remind you of anyone? Well, Mukuamu could be an eventual replacement for the aforementioned cornerback if he does depart. Either that, or Sherman could be the ideal mentor for Mukuamu as he continues to learn the position at the highest level. It is a spot where San Francisco needs help and would provide a stylistic match in Robert Saleh’s defense.
47. Atlanta Falcons
Jayson Oweh – EDGE, Penn State
Athletically gifted, Oweh does not yet have the production to match his potential but will appeal to teams who recognise his potential as a pass rusher. Falcons fans may be slightly apprehensive about this pick due to swings and misses on similarly profiled picks such as Takk McKinley and Vic Beasley that haven’t panned out, but it could be third time lucky, right?!
48. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Minnesota Vikings)
Paulson Adebo – CB, Stanford
Opting out of the 2020 seems to have dinged Adebo’s stock amongst some draft analysts, but it would be a surprise to see Adebo fall much below the middle of round two in the 2021 NFL Draft. Adebo retains many of the traits of a number one corner and would pair well opposite 2020 pick, CJ Henderson.
49. Cleveland Browns
Aidan Hutchinson – EDGE, Michigan
Hutchinson saw his 2020 college season curtailed early due to a broken leg but has shown enough in his career so far for teams to recognise his versatility along the defensive line. He may never become a 10-sack-a-season player but will give the Browns another lineman that teams will have to account for and enable Myles Garrett to continue to operate at his All-World level.
50. Las Vegas Raiders
Jevon Holland – S, Oregon
Rangy but raw safety prospect who has the potential to become a true center fielder at the next level. If he can prove an ability to maintain his discipline on the back end, then it will allow the Raiders to employ strong safety Johnathan Abram in a way that maximises his ability at his energetic, forceful best and not have to worry about coverage busts.
51. Philadelphia Eagles
Alijah Vera-Tucker – iOL, USC
The Eagles do not have the premier O-line that it once had, but it hasn’t quite fallen to the depths that some believe. The tackle positions are set for now, but the interior is in a state of flux. Vera-Tucker has a versatility that the Eagles will covet that enables him to play both guard spots as well as take over at the center position in the long term if and when Jason Kelce finally calls it quits.
52. Tennessee Titans
Walker Little - OT, Stanford
The Titans do not have great starters at the tackle positions. Dennis Kelly is more of a backup, as is David Quessenberry. Isaiah Wilson is currently suspended for violating team rules and so has not gotten off to the best start to his NFL career. Little can come in and serve as an immediate upgrade at the right tackle position, but also has the potential to play on the blind side as long as he fully recovers from a serious knee injury sustained in 2019. If his health checks are positive, then he may be a fast riser come draft season.
53. Arizona Cardinals
Creed Humphrey – iOL, Oklahoma
Humphrey is viewed purely as a center at the NFL level, otherwise he may have been long gone by this point. The O-line in Arizona is not good enough, especially on the interior, and this pick helps to solidify things, allowing Kyler Murray to continue to develop with a stable option at center.
54. Indianapolis Colts
Rondale Moore – WR, Purdue
The Colts are set to lose T.Y. Hilton in free agency in 2021 and possibly Zach Pascal, too. They will need to restiock their weaponry as they hope that Michael Pittman morphs into their number one target. Moore would be a perfect compliment underneath, as well as a burning deep threat. With his electric pace, Moore would also be able to contribute on special teams right out of the gate.
55. Los Angeles Rams
Dillon Radunz – OT, North Dakota State
Andrew Whitworth has been an exceptional player throughout his career but unfortunately suffered a potentially season ending injury in week 10. Almost 39, he may not return as the player he was before the injury and the Rams need to think about their future at the position. Radunz is good value here and can be developed behind Whitworth to take over whenever the seasoned vet decides to call time on a decorated career.
56. Miami Dolphins
Zaven Collins – LB, Tulsa
Brian Flores is creating an excellent defense in Miami and after focussing on offense with his first three picks of the 2021 NFL Draft, Flores grabs a linebacker to add to an already impressive group. Collins has the potential to play multiple linebacking spots and would be an exciting piece to add to this Dolphins defense due to his ability to wreak havoc in a multitude of ways.
57. Seattle Seahawks
Joe Tryon – EDGE, Washington
The Seahawks are impossible to predict at the best of times, but we can guarantee that they will look for athletically gifted freaks. Either due to their SPARQ testing or general measurables. Tryon could fit the mould in terms of his athleticism and length and possesses an upside that the Seahawks look for. Tryon will add to an improving pass rush that will hope to give its secondary a chance in 2021.
58. Baltimore Ravens
Andre Cisco – S, Syracuse
Cisco has had a highly productive collegiate career, leading the ACC in interceptions in 2018 and 2019. He is going to be a polarizing player to some degree because he plays with a reckless abandon that could get a team into trouble in coverage early on in his career. Having said that, he oozes competitive juices that are reminiscent of Earl Thomas – another who had coverage issues early in his career but matured into a player who grew to control his aggressive tendencies.
59. Green Bay Packers
Tylan Wallace – WR, Oklahoma State
A weapon for Aaron Rodgers! Finally, Rodgers has a secondary weapon to compliment Davante Adams who he can rely on to consistently make plays. Wallace has excellent hands and a YAC ability that will add a different dimension for Rodgers and the Green Bay offense.
60. Buffalo Bills
Chazz Surratt – LB, North Carolina
An ex-quarterback, Chazz Surratt has transitioned to become the QB of the defense. Surratt has an excellent ability to read and diagnose opposing plays and drop into coverage to effectively close passing lanes. He is still relatively new to the position, but could mature into the leader of the Bills defense, especially if they do not retain Matt Milano in 2021.
61. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Trey Smith – iOL, Tennessee
Smith is an extremely underrated guard prospect. He has suffered health scares in the form of blood clots on his lungs and so has dropped on certain draft analysts’ boards, but he does not truly have any major weaknesses to play the position. He moves very well for a big man and has played against tough opposition in the SEC setting him up nicely for a transition into the NFL.
62. Pittsburgh Steelers
Charles Snowden – LB, Virginia
If the Steelers cannot manage to keep Bud Dupree on the books in 2021, then here is his long-term replacement. Snowden is still developing his pass rush technique but his frame and hand placement hints at a high ceiling in this regard. He already sets the edge and defends the run well, even if he may initially be moved around a little too easily in the NFL. If he manages to add bulk, then the sky is the limit.
63. New Orleans Saints
Hamsah Nasirildeen – S/LB, Florida State
Nasirildeen projects as a modern style linebacker/safety hybrid. His versatility will be useful in a Saints defense that has begun to click in the past few weeks. Malcolm Jenkins will not be around forever and as his play continues to decline, Nasirildeen will be an ideal replacement who tackles well, is able to blitz in the box, as well as drop deeper into coverage.
64. Kansas City Chiefs
Trey Hill – iOL, Georgia
Hill is a guard/center prospect that has excellent size and power in the run game and will be able to also serve as an excellent pass protector for Patrick Mahomes for years to come. Nick Alegretti has played well this year, but Hill could be an upgrade or would more likely provide competition for Daniel Kilgore at center as Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is likely to return and take his guard spot back in 2021.