7 Days, 7 Rounds Mock Draft: Round 2
Our 7 Days - 7 Rounds mock draft continues with the second round of the 2021 NFL draft.
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33. Jacksonville Jaguars
Previous Picks: QB Trevor Lawrence, S Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
The Pick: TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn State
Urban Meyer and Darrell Bevell will design an offense meant to spread out defenses, but remember that Meyer’s offenses at Ohio State were built on a strong run game. Pat Freiermuth has been slept on throughout this draft process but will be a Day 1 starter who is a very talented three-down player.
34. New York Jets
Previous Picks: QB Zach Wilson, CB Caleb Farley
The Pick: RB Javonte Williams, North Carolina
The Jets get their quarterback, now it’s time to get Mike LaFleur his running back. The Jets’ offense will go through the run game in a Shanahan-style offense, which means the one-cut ability and violent running style of Javonte Williams will lead to a lot of success if the New York offensive line acclimates.
35. Atlanta Falcons
Previous Pick: QB Justin Fields
The Pick: S Jevon Holland, Oregon
One of my favorite players in the entire class, Jevon Holland’s versatility will be right at home in the Atlanta secondary. His 4.4 speed at the Oregon pro day could even boost him into Round 1 as we get to April 29.
36. Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans)
Previous Picks: TE Kyle Pitts, EDGE Azeez Ojulari
The Pick: LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
The NFL is much higher on Zaven Collins than I am, so don’t be surprised if he’s drafted earlier than this. One scout I spoke to recently put Collins in the conversation as a top 15 pick to Dallas or New England. In Miami he would fill the role of a MIKE linebacker who can also rush on third downs.
37. Philadelphia Eagles
Previous Pick: OT Rashawn Slater
The Pick: CB Tyson Campbell, Georgia
Eagles’ general manager Howie Roseman has to hit on the 2021 draft class. This would be one hell of a start. Campbell is a long, physical, fast cornerback with the skillset to lock up in man coverage. He was battle-tested in the SEC, and while he lost a battle or two he largely held his own against the best of the best. He profiles as an early starter with a very high upside.
38. Cincinnati Bengals
Previous Pick: WR Ja’Marr Chase
The Pick: OT Jalen Mayfield, Michigan
The argument against Ja’Marr Chase in Round 1 is often, “they need too much offensive line help!”; like there aren’t any linemen in Rounds 2 through 7 in this draft. Jalen Mayfield as an early Round 2 pick could start at guard and eventually play right tackle at a high level. With Riley Reiff added to the mix and Jonah Williams having positional versatility, the Bengals’ line would have three new 2021 starters to keep Joe Burrow up-right plus the best pass-catcher in the draft.
39. Carolina Panthers
Previous Pick: QB Trey Lance
The Pick: OT Samuel Cosmi, Texas
A sleeper pick at No. 8 overall if the quarterbacks are off the board for the Carolina Panthers is at offensive tackle. In this mock draft they get both. Samuel Cosmi is a little raw in his pass protection but he’s an athletic blocker in the run game with a big-time mean streak.
40. Denver Broncos
Previous Pick: LB Micah Parsons
The Pick: EDGE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
The Broncos have checked off many needs throughout the free agency period of the off-season and can now focus on rebuilding Vic Fangio’s defense through the draft. Von Miller returns for 2021 but his future is limited in Denver. Ronnie Perkins was one of the best players in the nation over the second half of the season and brings an all-around pass-rush game that Fangio can get the most out of.
41. Detroit Lions
Previous Pick: WR DeVonta Smith
The Pick: CB Aaron Robinson, UCF
Pick a position and the Lions have a need at it, basically. This is a straight “best player available” selection but also a great scheme fit. Robinson is an aggressive, athletic cornerback who could pair with Jeff Okudah to give Detroit a potential strength at cornerback for the next four years at a very low cost.
42. New York Giants
Previous Pick: WR Jaylen Waddle
The Pick: EDGE Joe Tryon, Washington
General manager Dave Gettleman will always prioritize the front seven of his defense when given the chance. And while pass-rusher is a sleeper pick at No. 11 overall, the depth of this class points to the potential of grabbing an elite receiver in Round 1 and a very good pass-rusher in Round 2. Joe Tryon is a power rusher who will be a perfect fit in the Giants’ versatile scheme.
43. San Francisco 49ers
Previous Pick: QB Mac Jones
The Pick: TE Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame
The San Francisco 49ers don’t need a starting tight end—George Kittle is pretty good—but this is a front office that has tried to pry a second tight end to the Bay Area for some time. In Tommy Tremble the Niners get a player very similar to Kittle in a great blocker who was under-utilized in the college passing game. The two tight end set in San Francisco should terrify folks.
44. Dallas Cowboys
Previous Pick: CB Patrick Surtain II
The Pick: DL Christian Barmore, Alabama
The Alabama pipeline is strong as the Cowboys tap into Tuscaloosa in back-to-back rounds to grab the draft’s best cornerback and the draft’s best defensive tackle. Barmore is raw but was the best pass-rushing defensive tackle in college football last year. His upside is through the roof—which is why he could ultimately be drafted much sooner.
45. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Minnesota Vikings)
Previous Picks: QB Trevor Lawrence, S Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah ,TE Pat Freiermuth
The Pick: DL Daviyon Nixon, Iowa
The Jaguars are attacking needs with big-time producers from major colleges. Daviyon Nixon is an athletic, gap-shooting defensive tackle tailor-made to play in a 3-technique position. He needs to clean up his run game technique, but he has the tools to contribute immediately.
46. New England Patriots
Previous Pick: CB Jaycee Horn
The Pick: WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
A big-bodied wide receiver burned the New England Patriots when they selected N’Keal Harry in the first round, but Rashod Bateman is a better separator and has shown against Big Ten defenses that he has a knack for getting open. He will have to answer as to why his yards-after-catch all but died in 2021, but his 2020 tape was elite.
47. Los Angeles Chargers
Previous Pick: OT Penei Sewell
The Pick: CB Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky
The two biggest needs for the LA Chargers get checked off the board in back-to-back rounds. Kelvin Joseph will get some Round 1 love from teams. He’s feisty, instinctive and just aggressive enough to love his in phase ability. And with the Chargers moving to what is likely to be more off coverage, Joseph can excel.
48. Las Vegas Raiders
Previous Pick: S Trevon Moehrig
The Pick: LB Nick Bolton, Missouri
The middle of the field continues to be addressed, thankfully. After missing on several moves to address this part of the defense, Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden get athletic cover men to handle tight ends like Travis Kelce and Noah Fant. Bolton isn’t the biggest player but his awareness in coverage is nice.
49. Arizona Cardinals
Previous Pick: LB Jamin Davis
The Pick: OT Walker Little, Stanford
The right side of the offensive line in Arizona still needs some work. Enter Walker Little and considered it handled. My OT1 way back before the 2019 season began, Little suffered a knee injury (2019) then opted out of the 2020 season due to Covid-19. If he can regain his 2018 form, he’s the steal of the draft this late.
50. Miami Dolphins
Previous Picks: Kyle Pitts, Azeez Ojulari, Zaven Collins
The Pick: IOL Landon Dickerson, Alabama
If not for a torn ACL in the SEC Championship Game, Landon Dickerson would be a first round selection. The Miami Dolphins can afford to wait for him to return as he’s a future anchor of an offensive line that will have been completely remade over the course of two off-seasons. Dickerson’s ability to play center and guard should make him a fixture as a starter in Miami.
51. Washington Football Team
Previous Pick: OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech
The Pick: CB Asante Samuel Jr., FSU
The new regime in Washington goes after attacking, athletic football players and land a smart cover man in Round 2. Asante Samuel, Jr. doesn’t have elite size or speed but his instincts are top-tier. He might be seen as a slot or inside cornerback only by some teams, but the value there is great enough to steal him in Round 2.
52. Chicago Bears
Previous Pick: OT Alijah Vera-Tucker
The Pick: QB Kyle Trask, Florida
Let me get out in front of this, Bears fans. I really like Kyle Trask. He’s tough, accurate, and can move more than given credit for. And when the pocket is kept clean-ish, he can spin it and distribute the ball with very good placement. He’s maybe not a Year 1 starter, but I’d bet on his development in Round 2.
53. Tennessee Titans
Previous Pick: WR Kadarius Toney
The Pick: EDGE Gregory Rousseau, Miami
A popular pick for the Titans in Round 1, Gregory Rousseau is on the board in Round 2 and is a great fit in Tennessee where his size and power will be welcomed opposite Harold Landry. Rousseau had a lot of Round 1 buzz, but my read on the situation is that he was more media hype (oops) than tape stud.
54. Indianapolis Colts
Previous Pick: EDGE Kwity Paye
The Pick: OT Dillon Radunz, NDSU
The Colts could easily go offensive tackle in Round 1 and edge-rusher in Round 2, but the value in the 2021 draft class is better this way. The depth at tackle is ridiculous, which is why a potential rookie starter is on the board at No. 54 overall. Radunz has been criticized by some scouts as short-armed, but I like his timing and movement well enough to pencil him in at left tackle in this scheme.
55. Pittsburgh Steelers
Previous Pick: RB Najee Harris
The Pick: OT James Hudson, Cincinnati
Fixing the run game has to be the priority in Pittsburgh after they failed miserably there last year. Najee Harris is a part of that, but the offensive line also struggled in 2020. James Hudson is a left tackle on my board but many teams see him as a future guard. I just see him starting in Pittsburgh where there are many openings along the front five. He’s athletic, sturdy and strong and has the movement skills to impress clearing paths for Harris.
56. Seattle Seahawks
Previous Pick: None
The Pick: EDGE Carlos Basham, Wake Forest
A big pro day could push Boogie Basham into Round 1, but in this mock draft he’s still available for the Seahawks’ first pick. A power-rusher at 6’3” and 272 pounds, Basham displayed elite burst and quickness in his final workout. If that can be harnessed on the field, he could be the modern Michael Bennett in the Seattle scheme.
57. Los Angeles Rams
Previous Pick: None
The Pick: LB Jabril Cox, LSU
The Rams’ first selection is a wildcard—or they could trade it for an established starter. If they stay here, there aren’t many on paper needs to check off. Linebacker, where free agency has hit the roster, could be an area of consideration. Jabril Cox tweaked a hamstring that kept him out of the LSU pro day, but his Senior Bowl week should be a great reminder of the three-down asset he is. Cox is a star in coverage, has great hands, and is exactly the type of off-ball linebacker teams are craving.
58. Baltimore Ravens
Previous Pick: WR Terrace Marshall
The Pick: EDGE Patrick Jones II, Pitt
Losing Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue this off-season opens a need at edge-rusher, where the Ravens uncharacteristically missed on several draft picks who have yet to produce. Jones is a big-bodied rusher with the length, hands and quickness to play with his hand up or down. That versatility is huge for his fit in Baltimore.
59. Cleveland Browns
Previous Pick: EDGE Jayson Oweh
The Pick: DL Levi Onwuzurike, Washington
The Browns keep adding stars to the defensive line and with pick No. 59 overall net maybe the best pass-rushing interior lineman in the class. Levi Onwuzurike is a bit undersized but he’s super quick off the ball and has dominated the B-gap. With a defensive line full of playmakers, he would be put in many one-on-one situations where his speed would be a major asset.
60. New Orleans Saints
Previous Pick: CB Greg Newsome II
The Pick: QB Kellen Mond, Texas A&M
It’s quarterback of the future time in New Orleans. Kellen Mond isn’t 2021 ready, but the four-year SEC starter has traits that Sean Payton has to love. He’s athletic, has a huge arm, and is smart on the field. He needs to clean up some mechanical issues and let the game slow down for him, but if given a solid foundation to work off of he could be an NFL starter in the future.
61. Buffalo Bills
Previous Pick: RB Travis Etienne
The Pick: CB Eric Stokes, Georgia
The Bills have to add playmakers on both sides of the ball. Georgia’s Eric Stokes is feisty as hell and has the quickness in his short-area movements to excel both in the slot and outside. With TreDavious White capably handling one side of the field, Stokes could slide in as a rookie starter.
62. Green Bay Packers
Previous Pick: WR Elijah Moore
The Pick: OT Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame
Cornerback could be the pick here, but the offensive line was exposed due to injury in 2020. And with Corey Linsley leaving in free agency there could be moving parts that opens a starting spot sooner than later. Liam Eichenberg is a left tackle prospect with the ability to play guard or right tackle. We know the Packers love versatility up-front and he brings a ton of it.
63. Kansas City Chiefs
Previous Pick: OT Teven Jenkins
The Pick: WR Nico Collins, Michigan
After shoring up the offensive line with earlier picks and free agency, the Kansas City Chiefs look to address a wide receiver room that lost depth and ability through free agency (Sammy Watkins) and a lack of development. Nico Collins would give KC a big receiver (6’4”, 210 lbs) but keep their track team in tact with his 4.4 speed.
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Previous Pick: EDGE Joseph Ossai
The Pick: QB Davis Mills, Stanford
It’s quarterback of the future time in Tampa. Davis Mills is the most intriguing non-first round quarterback in this class. He started just 13 games in college but has a huge arm, impressive mobility for his size (6’5”, 220 lbs) and is a downfield attacker as a passer. If that doesn’t scream Bruce Arians, nothing does.