1.     Jacksonville Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence



1 (Big Board Ranking)

Comments: The draft is just under a month away, and the Jaguars are starting to publicly commit to selecting Lawrence like so many have predicted since the 2020 season wrapped up. The Clemson signal-caller is the ultimate combination of elite talent, leadership, production, upside, and marketability.


He’s everything a franchise without a current representative in the Hall of Fame or Super Bowl appearance would want in a face of their franchise. Would Urban Meyer have come out of retirement for his first NFL head coaching job without Lawrence on the table? I have my doubts, and the pair could be the start of something very special.


2.     New York Jets

Zach Wilson




Comments: It appears the Jets will be moving forward with a new man under center, and my gut is that will be Wilson. His lightning-quick release and ability to make plays on the move will thrive in the modern-NFL, and Wilson’s moxie is a fitting trait for a quarterback in the Big Apple.

With Sam Darnold having been sent to Carolina, it opens the door for the Jets to get a fresh start at quarterback. My only hope is that they can add some talent around him in order to give him a reasonable shot at succeeding in New York.


3.     San Francisco 49ers

Trey Lance


North Dakota State


Comments: The 49ers have made it clear that they agreed to the blockbuster deal with Miami intent on drafting a quarterback. Everyone is quick to speculate who that quarterback will be, and I’m throwing my hat in for Lance.

Yes, I’ve got Justin Fields ranked higher on my board, and the fact that the 49ers are only one year removed from a Super Bowl appearance may signal that they want someone like Mac Jones that is ready to step right in.

Here is my thought process. I’m going to take the 49ers at their word that Jimmy Garoppolo is still in their plans, allowing them to be patient with someone like Lance or Fields.

I also targeted someone that can thrive in the pocket with play-action designs because Shanahan isn’t likely to stray from his balanced offensive approach. Lance has the size, strength, and experience under center to be the right fit in San Francisco.


4.     Atlanta Falcons

Justin Fields


Ohio State


Comments: Following the deal between San Francisco and Miami, the Falcons find themselves fourth in line to grab a quarterback, and I believe that only four are worth taking in the top ten. Still, I’m not sulking for Atlanta, who gets a guy that should fit exceptionally well with new head man, Arthur Smith.

In Tennessee, Smith was able to hone Ryan Tannehill’s ability after it seemed his days as a starting quarterback were behind him. Fields has a very similar skill set to Tannehill, and I believe Smith can work his magic on the former-Buckeye. Plus, with Matt Ryan still under contract, there is no hurry to start Fields.


5.     Cincinnati Bengals

Penei Sewell




Comments: With the early run on quarterbacks, the Bengals are in line to get the second-best player in this class from the fifth spot. More importantly, Sewell checks a huge need as a blindside blocker a year after Joe Burrow was lost to a knee injury.


A reunion between Burrow and his former All-American receiver, Ja’Marr Chase, is tempting, as is drafting a mismatch nightmare like Kyle Pitts. Still, the one need more prevalent than securing their franchise signal-caller offensive weapons is protecting Burrow. Dating back to his two years at LSU, the most significant difference between his play in 2018 and 2019 was his confidence in the players in front of him.


6.     Miami Dolphins

Ja’Marr Chase




Comments: It’s quite possible the Dolphins will end up with the same player they intended to draft in the third spot while adding some premium draft capital in the future as well. While I have Jaylen Waddle ranked slightly higher, I like the fit of Chase in Miami.


This offense has several speedy playmakers but far less reliable targets like the LSU product. DeVante Parker is no stranger to the injury bug, having played only one full season in his career. Chase would give Tua Tagovailoa a physical playmaker that the second-year passer can depend on anywhere on the field.


7.     Detroit Lions

Jaylen Waddle




Comments: This offense has gone through quite the makeover this offseason and inserting a playmaker like Waddle help ease the transition. Had one of the top four quarterbacks slipped to this pick, I believe the Lions would have some decisions to make.


They could take one to compete with Goff for the starting job or put this pick up for grabs to a team desperate to add a new signal-caller. Still, whether Goff is in the Lions’ long-term plans or not, the explosive Alabama playmaker is going to be a favorite target for whoever ends up throwing him passes in the Motor City.


8.     Carolina Panthers

Kyle Pitts




Comments: The Panthers (and Sam Darnold) will be thrilled to add a mismatch nightmare like Pitts if he falls in their lap. Let’s be honest, Christian McCaffrey is already one of the tougher players in the NFL to scheme for, and Pitts would make that task all the more frustrating for opposing defensive coordinators.


He’s not going to offer much in the run game as a blocker, but with RPO packages popping up in the NFL more and more, he will draw plenty of attention running down the seam to pull defenders out of the box. Pitts would easily be the best pass-catcher Darnold has played with since entering the NFL.


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9.     Denver Broncos

Micah Parsons


Penn State


Comments: If Denver is going to select Parsons at nine, they will need to get to the bottom of a few character concerns that have popped up. Still, new GM George Paton attended Parson’s pro day where he put up a convincing case to be the first defender drafted.


Vic Fangio had Bart Scott and Ray Lewis in Baltimore, Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman in San Francisco, and Roquan Smith and Danny Trevathan in Chicago. Needless to say, a high level of play from his linebackers has been a staple of Fangio’s defenses. Parsons would thrive under his tutelage.


10.   Dallas Cowboys

Rashawn Slater




Comments: The Cowboys are in a tough spot because corner is by far their most crucial need. However, following the news of Caleb Farley’s surgery, I no longer have cornerback valued this high. Yes, Dallas could reach on Jaycee Horn or Patrick Surtain or even move back toward the middle of the round where they offer better value.


Still, the Cowboys traditionally stay true to their board by seeking out the best combination of value, need and scheme fit in a prospect. I’ve got six players with a top-ten grade in this class, and Slater is one of them. That’s value the Cowboys simply can’t pass up, as he will immediately give them a star at left guard.


11.   New York Giants

Devonta Smith




Comments: If Slater were to indeed slide the way I’ve got him doing in this mock draft, I would expect the Giants to give Denver a ring and see about jumping ahead of Dallas for his services. While ultimately becoming a cap casualty, Kevin Zeitler was this team’s top offensive lineman in 2020, and Slater would jump right into that role at right guard.

Still, I settled on Smith, who has a lot of qualities that can help Daniel Jones find more success in the NFL. He’s a reliable target with sure hands and some of the best route-running skills in this class. Jason Garrett likes to run a lot of play-action that requires timing between the passer and his receivers. Smith can shine in that kind of system.


12.   Philadelphia Eagles

Jaycee Horn


South Carolina


Comments: For years, it has seemed like the Eagles have struggled to find talented corners, as the franchise often prioritized the front-seven more. Still, after acquiring Darius Slay a year ago, drafting Horn would give them an extremely gifted starting duo on the perimeter.


Horn needs to improve his technical work with his feet and hands to keep him from getting grabby when he initially gets bested in the early stages of the route, but you can’t teach his athleticism. I also wouldn’t be shocked if the Eagles moved up, even after moving down from six in the trade with Miami.


It’s not often we see division rivals pick consecutively like this, and I’ve got Dallas and New York taking players that Philadelphia could covet. If that’s the case, don’t expect Howie Roseman to just sit on his hands while two divisional opponents take players he wants right in front of him.


13.   Los Angeles Chargers

Christian Darrisaw


Virginia Tech


Comments: The Chargers found their quarterback a year ago, and now they need to make sure they can protect him. Trey Pipkins is currently penciled into the starting role on the blindside, but I don’t expect the new regime to be satisfied with that moving forward.


Darrisaw is a powerful, athletic blocker that can solidify the left tackle position after Los Angeles spent the early portions of free agency improving the interior of that line. The former-Hokie will also be a force as a run blocker that can help re-energize a rushing attack that was one of four teams to average less than four yards per carry in 2020.


14.   Minnesota Vikings

Alijah Vera-Tucker




Comments: The Vikings may have struck gold last year when they were able to steal Ezra Cleveland late in the second round. After spending his rookie season at guard, the release of Riley Reiff has opened up the possibility of Cleveland moving to the left tackle in 2021.


Considering Cleveland was, by far, their best guard a year ago, the Vikings have to prioritize getting better at that position. I like Vera-Tucker’s fit because, like Cleveland, he is versatile, having played guard and tackle at USC. His addition could solidify the left side of that offensive line, and even if neither he nor Cleveland can claim the left tackle job, Minnesota would have one of the top young guard-duos in the league.


15.   New England Patriots

Mac Jones




Comments: For teams like New England, Washington and Chicago, the options at quarterback are starting to slim down after the Jets sent Sam Darnold to Carolina. That makes me worrisome about any of the three acquiring Jones without moving up, and the Patriots picking 15th should give them the easiest path to moving up.


I genuinely believe there are only five quarterbacks capable of significantly impacting an offense from day one in this draft, and Jones is the fifth. That means each of those three teams may need to call teams like Denver, Dallas, and Philadelphia about possibly moving up. I love the fit of Jones working with Josh McDaniels, as Jones is a smart player that will pick up the playbook quickly.


16.   Arizona Cardinals

Patrick Surtain




Comments: Surtain is the most technically sound defensive back in this class, capable of playing in either zone or press-man coverage. The Cardinals decided to move on from Patrick Peterson this offseason, and while they’ve made a few modest additions, they need some youth at the position.


While Surtain may have some limitations athletically, he disguises them well with his size and advanced footwork and instincts at the position. I’m not sure he’ll ever be one to consistently match up with the opposing team’s top receiver week after week, but he is certainly capable of limiting opportunities on one-half of the field.


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17.   Las Vegas Raiders

Trevon Moehrig




Comments: There are a variety of options for the Raiders with this pick. After gutting their offensive line, Alijah Vera-Tucker would be an ideal option if he makes it to 17.

They could also gamble on the talented Caleb Farley, who would have been long gone by this point had he not recently undergone the third surgery of his pre-NFL career. Still, the decision to move on from Lamarcus Joyner left a hole on the back end of that secondary. Moehrig offers them a versatile playmaker in the secondary that can line up in the box or deep.


18.   Miami Dolphins

Azeez Ojulari




Comments: After the Dolphins cut ties with Kyle Van Noy, I quickly latched on to idea of Ojulari filling that role. He is one of the best defenders in this draft at taking on blocks, thanks to a high level of intensity and extremely long arms.


He’s also got the ability to bring pressure off the edge, and his versatility is something Brian Flores will be able to highlight in his defense. A year ago, the Dolphins defense paired a solid mix of youth and experience, and this will give them a terrific young player to join into the fray.


19.   Washington Football Team

Samuel Cosmi




Comments: Cosmi is one of the more polarizing players in this class in scouting circles, and it reminds me of the narrative that surrounded Kolton Miller’s draft stock coming out of UCLA in 2018. The former-Longhorn is an exceptional athlete on tape and shows flashes of dominance against some impressive opponents.


Still, there are other games where I see a much different player, and that inconsistency could see him slide on draft night. I have Washington betting on his upside here. This offensive line is in dire need of help on the left side, but I believe the combination of Cosmi at tackle and Saahdiq Charles at left guard can remedy that situation.


20.   Chicago Bears

Caleb Farley


Virginia Tech


Comments: Farley’s slide ends here in my estimate. I could make a case for him to be the first defender off the board come draft night, but the issues continue to mount for him. For starters, he’s still developing as a cornerback after coming to Blacksburg as a quarterback and only playing 23 games in his college career.


That was my biggest concern when he chose to opt-out of the 2020 season. Also, Farley’s recent back surgery is the second time he’s had to have something corrected with his back, on top of the knee injury that cost him his freshman year. Still, he has an impressive blend of size and athleticism at the position and could be the steal of this class.


21.   Indianapolis Colts

Jaelan Phillips




Comments: Phillips is actually the third-ranked edge rusher on my Big Board, but the upside he possesses could make him one of the top players in this class a few years down the road. The Colts may have collected 40 sacks a year ago, but no one on the roster had more than 9.5 sacks.


Phillips can be that guy that grows into a consistent terror off the edge that puts up double-digit sack totals for years to come. However, Phillips comes with some risk and is still very raw. I wouldn’t be shocked if Indianapolis went with Gregory Rousseau or Kwity Paye, although they aren’t exactly finished products either.


22.   Tennessee Titans

Tevin Jenkins


Oklahoma State


Comments: Can the Titans get a do-over? Less than year after drafting Isaiah Wilson (who I had ranked 92 overall) in the first round, he was not only traded to Miami for next to nothing, but Wilson was later released after refusing help to turn his life around.


Tennessee may have swung and missed on that one, but the need for a right tackle still exists. Jenkins is an imposing prospect that can be a force in the run game, while his size and length also make him difficult to get around off the edge. I don’t expect them to balk at drafting another tackle for one second if Jenkins is still on the board.


23.   New York Jets

Travis Etienne




Comments: I love the fit of Etienne in Mike LaFleur’s offense. The Jets will be implementing the same zone-blocking scheme LaFleur ran with Kyle Shanahan in San Francisco, and Etienne is a one-cut runner that will shine in that system.


His big play-ability and additional value as a pass-catcher will be a blessing for an offense that lacks playmakers. Not only will the former-Tiger be a day-one starter in New York, but he can help take pressure off of Zach Wilson’s shoulders.


24.   Pittsburgh Steelers

Zaven Collins




Comments: The versatility Collins would bring to the Steelers’ defense makes this a perfect match. He would instantly be inserted alongside Devin Bush in the middle of that unit, and his natural position at Tulsa was in a similar role.


Still, the Golden Hurricanes used to move Collins around the formation as well, which is something Keith Butler can take advantage of on all three downs. He can blitz or be a true rusher off the edge while also being more than capable of dropping into coverage.


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25.   Jacksonville

Christian Barmore




Comments: Urban Meyer and the Jaguars take a little bit of a risk here with Barmore. The former Alabama defensive lineman has insane upside, which is why I ranked him so high, and we finally started to see him put it all together in the latter parts of 2020.


However, Barmore has a long way to go to reach his potential with any form of consistency. Still, Taven Bryan has not lived up to his draft slot, and inserting Barmore with Malcom Brown in the middle of that defense would be the start to revamping that unit.


26.   Cleveland Browns

Gregory Rousseau




Comments: We could see as many as four defensive ends drafted in the back half of the first round, and Rousseau is as intriguing as any of them. The big pass rusher had a monster 2019 (15.5 sacks, 19.5 TFL), and like many, I wanted to see how he’d follow it up last fall.


Instead, Rousseau chose to opt-out, leaving the 2019 production as the lone highlight on his resume. Even so, it will be hard for the Browns to pass on any of the top pass rushers. The Cleveland defense is playing catchup with their offensive counterparts, and the quickest way they can do that is to pair someone like Rousseau with Myles Garrett. His size is imposing to the opposition, and of the top defensive ends, Rousseau may be the most capable against the run early in his career.


27.   Baltimore Ravens

Kwity Paye




Comments: The Ravens saw both Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue find new homes in free agency. The pair combined for nearly a fourth of Baltimore’s sack total a year ago, meaning they will need to do their homework on the edge rushers in this class.


I’m a big fan of Paye, both as a player and person, and while the former Wolverine played with his hand on the ground at Michigan, he’s got the athleticism to stand up in the NFL. Paye also has a sturdy frame that can help him be a factor against the run, and while he may have limited tape, I think the Ravens can groom him into a star at outside linebacker.


28.   New Orleans Saints

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah


Notre Dame


Comments: The team that drafts Owusu-Koramoah will have to have a clear vision of where they want to insert him in their defense. We are starting to see more hybrid defenders pop up like this with mixed results, including Isaiah Simmons a year ago.


Still, I believe Dennis Allen can make the most out of Owusu-Koramoah’s skill set. Cameron Jordan and Chauncey Gardner-Johnson are both highly versatile players, and Allen isn’t afraid to showcase their wide range of skills. The Saints need a weak-side linebacker, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see them flex him out or line him up on the edge at times as well.


29.   Green Bay Packers

Jamin Davis




Comments: Davis was not on my most recent Big Board, and I was admittedly late to the party on him. After watching much more film at the suggestion of a few fellow evaluators, I’m starting to see what all the buzz is all about.


Davis is a leaner version of what Tremaine Edmunds was coming out of Virginia Tech in 2018. He flies around the field with incredible athleticism, and he’s not afraid to throw his weight around, although he needs to add more to his frame. The Packers are just not getting enough out of their inside linebackers, and Davis could thrive playing behind Kenny Clark.


30.   Buffalo Bills

Jayson Oweh


Penn State


Comments: I know Bills fans may be skeptical about selecting a pass rusher who didn’t record a single sack in 2020, but the pressure was definitely there this past fall. I’ll also point out that Jerry Hughes had five sacks in his first three years in the NFL before coming to Buffalo, where he was able to resurrect his career.


Oweh is an incredible athlete, and that shows up on tape. Yes, he needs some polish, but this team desperately needs a dynamic pass rusher after a year in which the Bills leading sack total was five.


31.   Kansas City Chiefs

Nick Bolton




Comments: It’s confounding to look at the Chiefs’ roster and see so many areas they could improve despite playing in back-to-back Super Bowls. That’s why I went with the best player on the board for them. Of course, they can get better on the offensive line after Patrick Mahomes ran for his life for the second-straight Super Bowl Sunday.


Watching Tyreke Hill get neutralized with no other wide receiver stepping up against Tampa Bay was also frustrating. This secondary is below average, and there are holes on their defensive front-seven as well. I’ll add that Kansas City’s cap situation is not in the best shape for the foreseeable future.


We already saw Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz become cap casualties, and don’t be shocked if others find their names on the chopping block as well. Anthony Hitchens is an underrated player on this defense, but his release could free up quite a bit of space over the next two years.


In Bolton, they get a younger version of Hitchens. He’s one of the most instinctive defenders in this class and one of the more physical tacklers as well.


32.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carlos Basham


Wake Forest


Comments: I honestly didn’t expect Tampa Bay to bring back Ndamukong Suh, but thanks to their willingness to guarantee portions of his bonus for four seasons after the one-year deal expires, he returns to that defense. Still, both he and William Gholston are set to be free agents after the 2021 season, and Basham will give them a future star in that odd-man front.


His combination of power and athleticism is unique, and it shined in the Senior Bowl practices, where he was one of the most consistent players on the field. Basham could push Gholston for the starting job opposite Suh while also rushing the passer from any position on the front.


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33.   Jacksonville Jaguars

Asante Samuel


Florida State


Comments: By drafting Trevor Lawrence with the first selection, I think several players on that offense will see their games get elevated instantly. That’s why I am doubling up on defense for Jacksonville with each of their next two picks.


While Christian Barmore gives them more talent in the front-seven, Samuel can pair with C.J. Henderson and Shaquill Griffin to give the Jaguars one of the better young trios in the league at cornerback. Samuel can thrive in the slot from day one and offers insurance to either Henderson or Griffin.


34.   New York Jets

Kadarius Toney




Comments: I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a team draft a quarterback, running back, and wide receiver with three top-50 selections in one draft. Still, I’m getting Zach Wilson as much help as I can to help him transition to the NFL as smoothly as possible.


Toney is a dangerous player with the ball in his hands, and by putting him and Etienne in this offense, they get a pair of players who can take it to the house anytime they touch the ball. Yards after the catch make a quarterbacks’ job so much easier, and Toney will make plenty.


35.   Atlanta Falcons

Najee Harris




Comments: Imagine Arthur Smith going from having Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry in Tennessee to Justin Fields and Harris in his first year with the Falcons. I’m not saying the duos are identical, but it’s certainly going to allow Smith to implement the offense that was so successful for him with the Titans.


I know this defense needs a lot of help, but they have a lot of young talent on that side of the football that could emerge simply because of the coaching change. Meanwhile, Harris can help keep that defense on the sideline for long stretches.


36.   Miami Dolphins

Dillon Radunz


North Dakota State


Comments: Radunz would be a tremendous addition for the Dolphins because there is still a lot of uncertainty on that offensive line. For starters, I believe Austin Jackson can be a left tackle, but he needs to prove it in the NFL.


Robert Hunt was seen by many as a guard, yet Miami put him at right tackle. If I’m wrong about Jackson at left tackle, or the Dolphins are wrong about Hunt on the right, Radunz can solve it. If both turn out to be just fine at those positions, Radunz proved in Mobile that he could kick inside to guard. That would also allow them to move on from Erick Flowers after this year, saving them $10M in cap space in 2022.


37.   Philadelphia Eagles

Rashod Bateman




Comments: I am hesitant to predict a wide receiver to the Eagles simply because of their recent misfortune at the position. In 2019, they chose to draft J.J. Arcega-Whiteside over D.K. Metcalf in the second round. In 2020, they passed on Justin Jefferson for Jalen Reagor on day one.


At the end of the 2020 season, both Metcalf and Jefferson were in the Pro Bowl. Not long after, Carson Wentz was being shipped out of town. Still, I think Philadelphia would be wise to grab Bateman. He’s a terrific route-runner that can be the reliable option this roster needs.


38.   Cincinnati Bengals

Terrace Marshall




Comments: After passing on Ja’Marr Chase in the first round, I’ve got Cincinnati grabbing one of Joe Burrow’s other college teammates here. Terrace is a smooth athlete with deceptive speed for a player his size, and he could quickly jump into the starting lineup with Tee Higgins and Tyler Boyd.


This draft should revolve around the goal of making Burrow’s job easier in year two. Considering the number of defenders the Bengals signed in free agency, I have no problem doubling up on offense with their first two picks.


39.   Carolina Panthers

Jalen Mayfield




Comments: Carolina is another team whose priority should be building a favorable environment for their quarterback. The two major narratives for Sam Darnold in New York were his health and the lack of talent around him.


With that in mind, the Panthers would be wise to focus their efforts on controlling what they can control, and that is the talent around him. After grabbing Kyle Pitts in the first round, I am bolstering the bunch up front with Mayfield’s selection. The former Wolverine can step right in at guard and make this team more physical and dependable.


40.   Denver Broncos

Jevon Holland




Comments: I debated between several defensive backs here. Northwestern’s Greg Newsome would give them a player that could start at cornerback for the foreseeable future. At the same time, Holland has a skill set similar to Eddie Jackson, who thrived in Chicago under Vic Fangio.


I went with Holland because his versatility and instincts will pair well next to Justin Simmons. Both players can move around the defensive formation, allowing the defense to mix their coverages often.


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41.   Detroit Lions

Davyion Nixon




Comments: This defense has to get better up front. The addition of Michael Brockers brings in a veteran run-stuffer, albeit past his prime. Still, he’s the most reliable player they’ve got at defensive tackle, and Nixon can change that.


The former Hawkeye is an explosive player, capable of wreaking havoc in the backfield against the run and the pass. I had little issue selecting Jaylen Waddle in the first round for Detroit, but this needs to be a defensive-heavy draft class for the Lions.


42.   New York Giants

Wyatt Davis


Ohio State


Comments: If I’d gone with a cornerback to the Dallas Cowboys in the first round, the Giants would have gotten a steal in Rashawn Slater. Still, I’ve got them getting their hands on Davis in the second round to fill the void left by Kevin Zeitler’s release.


The Giants made a dedicated effort to improve their offensive line last offseason, and the job is not done yet. So much of what makes Jason Garrett’s offense successful relies on having a quality unit up front. Getting better in that regard means making life easier on Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley.


43.   San Francisco 49ers

Greg Newsome




Comments: The 49ers have only two defensive backs set to be on the roster past 2021 in Jimmie Ward and Emmanuel Moseley. Considering the draft capital they gave up to obtain the third pick in this draft, grabbing a defensive back with this second pick would be an excellent start to solving a future issue.


Newsome is a bit raw technically but has the size and athleticism to thrive in San Francisco’s coverage scheme. He’s got some durability concerns and has to get stronger to survive in the NFL. Still, Newsome’s issues are correctable, and you can’t teach his physical gifts.


44.   Dallas Cowboys

Richie Grant


Central Florida


Comments: If the Cowboys pass on a cornerback in the first round, they simply can’t sit back and wait for one to fall to them here. The further Caleb Farley drops in the first round, the more I’d be making calls about moving up, and once he’s off the board, I’d be targeting Greg Newsome.


However, I’m not disappointed with getting Grant here. His instincts are impeccable, and he could start immediately as the single-high safety in that defensive scheme. The Cowboys have not always valued safeties this high, but that could be changing this year.


45.   Jacksonville Jaguars

Pat Freiermuth


Penn State


Comments: After going defensive with two of the Jaguars’ three picks to this point, I decided to grab Trevor Lawrence a weapon. I certainly wouldn’t have passed on Richie Grant had he fallen one more pick, given Jacksonville’s less-than-impressive cast at safety.


Still, in Freiermuth, this offense gets a traditional tight end that can be a reliable option in the passing game. He’s got terrific hands and is one of this class’s more advanced route-runners at tight end. They’ve got some big-play threats in that offense, and here they get a safety net.


46.   New England Patriots

Elijah Moore


Ole Miss


Comments: The Patriots have struggled to find playmakers on the perimeter in the last several years, and I’m not overly impressed with the free-agent additions of Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor either. Still, I chose to go with Moore, who is more suitable to thrive in the slot for New England.


Moore is just too talented to pass on at this point and considering Julian Edelman will be 35 next month, this seemed like an ideal match. Mac Jones got a good look at what Moore is capable of this past fall, and I’d be shocked if the two didn’t develop a natural chemistry quickly in Josh McDaniel’s offense.


47.   Los Angeles Chargers

Ifeatu Melifonwu




Comments: I filled one of the Chargers’ more glaring holes in the first round at tackle, and here I am addressing another one. Outside of the soon-to-be 32-year old, Chris Harris, this group of corners is not very impressive.


Like many of the corners I expect to be drafted in the second round, Melifonwu’s game needs some refinement. Still, he’s got an elite combination of athleticism and size for the position, and developing him properly could net Los Angeles a shutdown corner.


48.   Las Vegas Raiders

Landon Dickerson




Comments: When Jon Gruden reached to take Clelin Ferrell with the fourth-overall pick in the 2019 draft, he made it clear that he has no problem with gambling on a prospect with exceptional character. I’m not sure if I’ve seen a prospect more worthy of consideration in that regard than Dickerson.


This is a day-one leader on that offensive line, but his injury history is as severe as it is extensive. Take away the lower body injuries that plagued Dickerson at Florida State and Alabama, and he would have most likely been a first-round selection in one of the last two drafts. The risk is significant, but the reward is enticing.


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49.   Arizona Cardinals

Alex Leatherwood




Comments: Not only do I have Leatherwood ranked one spot behind his college teammate, but I have them being drafted back-to-back as well. Kelvin Beachum turns 32 later this summer, and their job at right guard is up for grabs heading into training camp as well.

Leatherwood could compete to start at either position, having played both guard and tackle in Tuscaloosa. Arizona has continued to make strides at improving the group in front of Kyler Murray, and this would be another step in the right direction.


50.   Miami Dolphins

Creed Humphrey




Comments: That’s right, I doubled up on offensive linemen for the Dolphins a year after they drafted three in the first four rounds. Look, protecting Tua Tagovailoa is of vital importance to the Dolphins’ long-term success.


I know they brought Matt Skura in on a one-year deal, but that contract’s financial value does not dictate that he be handed a starting role. Humphrey is a steal at this point in my eyes, and the additions of him and Radunz (along with the development of their second-year players) could help cement this offensive line for years to come.


51.   Washington Football Team

Elijah Molden




Comments: Washington’s defensive line is one of the best in the NFL, but their secondary entered the offseason with plenty of room for improvement. William Jackson signed a lucrative deal to man the position opposite of Kendall Fuller, and Molden can be a day-one starter in the slot.


In fact, some believe Molden could warrant first-round consideration for a team looking for a slot corner, and I don’t entirely disagree. He’s got terrific footwork and instincts that allow him to break quickly on routes and passes, and he’s not afraid to make his presence felt in run support.


52.   Chicago Bears

Dyami Brown


North Carolina


Comments: Despite the Bears’ verbal commitment to Andy Dalton, I’m not sure who will be throwing passes in the Windy City this coming fall, but they will need more weapons on the perimeter. There are rumors that Chicago is shopping Anthony Miller, which only increases their need for a pass-catcher.


Brown is a playmaker with the ball in his hands, capable of making players miss or running through tackles. He’s also a very good route-runner that should get a lot of targets playing opposite Allen Robinson. However, don’t be shocked if a quarterback is selected with this pick either. Dalton could be around just long enough to keep the seat warm for someone like Kyle Trask, Davis Mills, or Kellen Mond.


53.   Tennessee Titans

Aaron Robinson


Central Florida


Comments: Robinson is kind of a jack of all trades, and that could fit in Mike Vrabel’s defense. I think he’s one of the best slot corners in this class, but he’s got the physical build and play-style to see time at safety. He’s also a terrific athlete, and it flashes at times on his tape.


However, therein lies the problem, which is why I have him sliding a bit. The biggest knock on Robinson is that he’s still developing instinctually, and moving him back and forth in the secondary is only going to make matters worse. I’d love to see the Titans make him their starting nickel corner, and as his feel for the game improves, add more responsibilities to his role.


54.   Indianapolis Colts

Levi Onwuzurike




Comments: I’m a little surprised I didn’t give the tackle position more consideration for Indianapolis with their first two picks. Still, with options like Eric Fisher, Mitchell Schwartz, Alejandro Villanueva, and Russell Okung available on the free-agent market and plenty of cap space, I can see the Colts not forcing the issue.


The addition of both Jaelan Phillips and Onwuzurike would undoubtedly improve their current situation along the defensive line. Both are capable of getting consistent pressure on the quarterback, and the former Huskie is also quite active shooting gaps in to cause problems in the run game. Onwuzurike would pair nicely with DeForest Buckner in the middle of that defense.


55.   Pittsburgh Steelers

Javonte Williams


North Carolina


Comments: After just missing out on Etienne in the first round, I’ve got the Steelers finding a starting running back here. However, I wouldn’t be shocked to see Williams drafted higher than this. His combination of power and short-area quickness is a big reason he led the nation in broken tackles in 2020.


He’s also one of the youngest running backs in this class, as he won’t turn 21 until the week before the draft. The addition of Williams could help the Steelers commit to the run game after finishing last in the league in yards per carry, and in the bottom five in rushing attempts.


56.   Seattle Seahawks

Joseph Ossai




Comments: After drafting Jordyn Brooks to start at the weak-side linebacker position a year ago, Ossai could fill the vacant role left by K.J. Wright on the strong side if Wright doesn’t return. The Seahawks would love Ossai’s motor as he is one of the most tenacious players on the field and full of intensity.


The Seahawks continue to get younger on their defense, and this would be another tally in that effort. The former Longhorn can also come off the edge on passing downs which is also a bonus given that Bruce Irvin is on the free-agent market as well.


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57.   Los Angeles Rams

Joe Tryon




Comments: Predicting the Rams’ first pick is never easy because, over the last four drafts (and next three at least), they haven’t had a first-round selection. That puts a lot of pressure on their other picks because teams can’t consistently miss out on infusing youth onto their roster.


In this scenario, I think the Rams would be delighted with their outcome as Tryon is a uber-talented edge rusher with his best football ahead of him. He has all the tools to be a successful outside linebacker in this system, and had he played in 2020, his stock would be in the first-round conversation.


58.   Baltimore Ravens

Trey Smith




Comments: This selection certainly has an Ozzie Newsome-feel to it. Smith would be an outstanding fit on Baltimore’s offensive line and could help at several positions. If the Ravens follow through on Orlando Brown’s request to be traded to a team where he can play left tackle, Smith has the skill set to kick outside.


Still, his natural fit is to line up next to Ronnie Stanley as the left guard, where he spent most of his time in Knoxville. There are concerns about Smith’s health stemming from blood clots in his lungs that caused him to miss significant time in college. Still, if his medical checks came back favorably, he may not last to the 58th pick.


59.   Cleveland Browns

Nico Collins




Comments: The Browns are likely to focus more on the defensive side with their top picks, but a big pass-catcher could change things up. This offense could use a big, physical receiver to pair with Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. (if he returns).


Collins reminds me a lot of Michael Pittman from a year ago, and the Colts certainly didn’t regret drafting him in the second round. It’s scary to imagine what this offense would be capable of if the passing attack were as dangerous as their ground game. This pick could make that a reality.


60.   New Orleans Saints

Rondale Moore




Comments: This is the biggest slide of anyone on my draft board, and while some may assume it’s because Moore measured in at five feet, seven inches, they’d be wrong. It’s just not always easy to predict who wants a slot receiver and what kind of skill set they are after.


However, I could see Sean Payton integrating Moore into a prominent role in his offense. Despite being shorter than he was listed at Purdue, the former Boilermaker has a sturdy build that will help him at the NFL level. He’s one of the most explosive players in this draft, and I can only imagine the gadget plays that Payton will scheme up to utilize Moore’s skill set.


61.   Buffalo Bills

Eric Stokes




Comments: I know Bills’ fans have been screaming for a running back this offseason, but there are still some intriguing names on the free-agent market, including the freshly-released Giovani Bernard. Still, it’s not like the Bills don’t need to improve at cornerback.


Stokes is an incredible athlete with track speed and good size for the position. I would have liked to see him spend one more year in college refining his skills, but that responsibility will now fall on his future coaching staff. Still, if his coaches can be patient with his development, he can be the long-term solution opposite Tre’Davious White.


62.   Green Bay Packers

Tutu Atwell




Comments: Much like Rondale Moore, Atwell slid in this mock draft, but I like his fit in Green Bay. For starters, he gives them a speed element that they don’t currently possess in their offense, and Aaron Rodgers’ arm is still plenty strong enough (as is Jordan Love’s) to take advantage of it.


Yes, playing in the NFL at 155 pounds isn’t ideal, but Atwell has possibly the best short-area quickness of any player in this class. Strictly speaking, as a pass-catcher, his slight frame isn’t an issue until teams get ahold of him, and that’s not going to be easy considering his athleticism.


63.   Kansas City Chiefs

Spencer Brown


Northern Iowa


Comments: After passing on getting Patrick Mahomes some protection in the first round, I am going with Brown here, who can start at right tackle as a rookie. It’s possible they could look at someone like Stanford’s Walker Little, who is better suited for the left side, but I think Lucas Niang can handle that role.


A third-round selection a year ago, coming out of TCU, Chase Young pointed to Niang as the most formidable offensive lineman he faced while at Ohio State. That’s quite the compliment given the production Young had in his college career, and I believe he and Brown would give Kansas City a solid pair of bookends. I had my concerns about Brown’s ability to go from playing at Northern Iowa to the NFL, but his performance at the Senior Bowl showed that he can be a day-one contributor on the right side.


64.   Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Tyson Campbell




Comments: Yet another talented, albeit unpolished, cornerback I’ve got going in the second round, Campbell was part of an impressive secondary at Georgia. Like his teammate Eric Stokes, Campbell requires plenty of improvement to make the most of his raw talent.


For a cornerback with 32-inch arms, I’d love to see him be more disruptive at the line of scrimmage or early in the route. Still, watching Tampa Bay’s corners was a bit of a roller coaster ride a year ago, and while they are young, you can never have enough talented corners.



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