Our 7 Days - 7 Rounds mock draft continues with the fourth round of the 2021 NFL draft.
*Denotes compensatory selection
106. Jacksonville Jaguars
Previous Picks: QB, S, TE, DL
The Pick: IOL Kendrick Green, Illinois
The interior of the Jaguars’ offensive line can still use some work. Kendrick Green is a monster at guard and while a bit raw technically, he could become an NFL starter by Year 2.
107. New York Jets
Previous Picks: QB, CB, RB, OL, EDGE
The Pick: S Richie Grant, UCF
A player loved by Twitter, Richie Grant’s status with NFL teams I’ve spoken to isn’t quite as high. That said, he’s a steal here for a team that does have Marcus Maye but will be running a lot more three safety looks under Robert Saleh.
108. Atlanta Falcons
Previous Picks: QB, S, LB
The Pick: RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
Arthur Smith brings the power run game to Atlanta and gets his power back to go with it. Trey Sermon hasn’t been able to stay healthy in college, but if he can shake off the injury bug in the pros he’ll be a very good NFL running back.
109. Houston Texans
Previous Pick: LB
The Pick: EDGE Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt
The Texans continue the rebuild on defense with a tough, athletic edge-rusher at 6’5” and 285 pounds who can play as a true defensive end or kick inside in sub-package situations. With the loss of J.J. Watt affecting the pass rush, Odeyingbo could see very early reps. A torn Achilles will slow his development, but he’s a steal in Round 4.
110. Cleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles)
Previous Picks: EDGE, DL, CB, WR
The Pick: IOL Wyatt Davis, Ohio State
A big-name prospect at guard, Davis has slipped in the eyes of NFL evaluators. The Cleveland Browns don’t have to rush him into the field with Joel Bitonio locked into one guard spot for at least 2021.
111. Cincinnati Bengals
Previous Picks: WR, OT, CB
The Pick: LB Cameron McGrone, Michigan
A sleeper at linebacker, McGrone is a very solid NFL-caliber middle linebacker prospect. He’ll also sell out on special teams until his time comes. The Bengals have checked off huge needs, so this pick is about value and depth.
112. Detroit Lions
Previous Picks: WR, CB, IOL
The Pick: S Hamsah Nasirildeen, FSU
A versatile defender who can get in snaps at linebacker and safety, Nasirildeen had a very good Senior Bowl week. Don’t be surprised if solid interviews and workouts push him higher than this.
113. Carolina Panthers
Previous Picks: QB, OT, WR
The Pick: CB Robert Rochell, Central Arkansas
One of the speediest cornerbacks in the entire 2021 draft class, Robert Rochell is the best small-school defender in this year’s group. He’s fast enough
114. Denver Broncos
Previous Picks: LB, EDGE, RB
The Pick: IOL Josh Myers, Ohio State
Josh Myers is ranked much higher than this on my board, which means the Denver Broncos get a steal at pick No. 114 overall. He’s one of the better guards in this class in the run game and could quickly work into the lineup in Denver.
115. Dallas Cowboys
Previous Picks: CB, DL, OT, S
The Pick: EDGE Cameron Sample, Tulane
The Cowboys keep addressing the defense with a versatile defensive lineman who can play interior or exterior and bring a first step pass rush plan that’s very productive.
116. New York Giants
Previous Picks: WR, EDGE, IOL
The Pick: LB Derrick Barnes, Purdue
Remember the name Derrick Barnes. NFL scouts love his experience, toughness and football IQ. He doesn’t have the best athleticism for three-down play but is capable of developing into a solid rotational ‘backer and core special teams player.
117. San Francisco 49ers
Previous Picks: QB, TE, CB
The Pick: OT Brady Christensen, BYU
John Lynch was at the BYU pro day to see Zach Wilson but hopefully noticed the offensive tackle who was doing serious numbers in every workout. Brady Christensen is an older prospect (24) but he’s athletic, tough, smart and ready to play right away. He could be the long-term answer at swing tackle and maybe even right tackle if Mike McGlinchey doesn’t get a second contract.
118. Los Angeles Chargers
Previous Picks: OT, CB, EDGE, DL
The Pick: RB Rhamondre Stevenson, Oklahoma
The Chargers get a bulldozer in Oklahoma running back Rhamondre Stevenson. He’s not the fastest back, but he’s been productive when given carries and is a load to handle on downhill runs. He doesn’t have to be the starter here but brings value in short-yardage situations.
119. Minnesota Vikings
Previous Picks: EDGE, OL, WR
The Pick: CB Shaun Wade, Ohio State
As a slot cornerback, Shaun Wade is a very good value in this spot. Just don’t ask him to play on the outside. With Jeff Gladney’s legal issues, bolstering the cornerback depth is a smart mid-round move.
120. New England Patriots
Previous Picks: CB, WR, DL
The Pick: S Tyree Gillespie, Missouri
There’s never a bad time in the middle rounds to take an athletic, fast, rangy safety. Gillespie has all the athletic tools to develop from an early-career role player into an NFL starter.
121. Las Vegas Raiders
Previous Picks: S, LB, OL, EDGE
The Pick: DL Jay Tufele, USC
If you’ve followed along each round, we have the Raiders seriously investing in the middle of the defense. Jay Tufele is a rock at nose tackle and would immediately free up Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue to get cleaner looks on the edge.
122. New England Patriots (from Arizona Cardinals through Houston Texans) Previous Picks: CB, WR, DL, S
The Pick: EDGE Payton Turner, Houston
More defense for the Patriots, who in this scenario miss out on the Tier 2 quarterbacks and will roll with veterans in 2021. Turner could go much higher than this if a 4-3 team falls in love with his skillset and his 2021 injuries (hand, knee) are cleared.
123. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami Dolphins)
Previous Picks: OT, CB, S, WR
The Pick: EDGE Wyatt Hubert, Kansas State
One of the standouts from the 2021 Senior Bowl, Wyatt Hubert can create pressures and penetration off the edge in a hurry. He’s likely a rotational edge-rusher early in his career but he has starter potential.
124. Washington Football Team
Previous Picks: OT, CB, WR, S
The Pick: LB Dylan Moses, Alabama
A former top recruit, Moses was plagued by injuries at Alabama. His game is a throwback which is why he’s seen as a two-down linebacker. If he can get healthy and shake off the rust of knee injuries, he could be a steal for Washington this late.
125. Minnesota Vikings (from Chicago Bears)
Previous Picks: EDGE, OL, WR, CB
The Pick: S Andre Cisco, Syracuse
Cisco was one of the most productive players in college football at the safety position but he’s a feast-or-famine prospect who surrenders too many scores and big plays. If he can be coached up—and Minnesota has a good teacher in Mike Zimmer—his natural tools are enticing.
126. Tennessee Titans
Previous Picks: WR, EDGE, OT, CB
The Pick: IOL Trey Smith, Tennessee
Health concerns push Trey Smith down the board but he’s a potential NFL starter, especially in a power run scheme like Tennessee’s. A former five-star recruit, Smith has experience at left tackle and guard.
127. Indianapolis Colts
Previous Picks: EDGE, OT
The Pick: S Christian Uphoff, Illinois State
A tough, versatile safety who is an ideal cover man against tight ends at 6’3” and 210 pounds, Uphill is one of my favorite middle-round players in the entire class. His instincts are a tough slow at times, but he makes up for it with his traits.
128. Pittsburgh Steelers
Previous Picks: RB, OT, EDGE
The Pick: WR Dazz Newsome, North Carolina
Another North Carolina skill player comes off the board. Dazz Newsome is a talented receiver and punt returner who can add a spark to any offense. And while receiver isn’t a need in Pittsburgh right now, they draft for future need at the position better than anyone.
129. Seattle Seahawks
Previous Picks: EDGE
The Pick: CB Benjamin St-Juste, Minnesota
With limited picks it’s hard to check off needs in Seattle but this one fits the bill. Benjamin St-Juste has the size and length to become an impact-player in the Seahawks’ secondary. For a team with a track record of hitting on Day 3 picks, you have to keep your eyes on him as a future starter.
130. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)
Previous Picks: QB, S, TE, DL, WR
The Pick: IOL Drew Dalman, Stanford
A pick for the future, but Stanford’s Drew Dalman has a lot of fans around the NFL. Don’t be surprised if in four years he’s getting a nice second contract and is recognized as a top 10 starting center.
131. Baltimore Ravens
Previous Picks: WR, EDGE, DL
The Pick: S Ar'Darius Washington, TCU
I could be wildly low on Ar’Darius Washington in this mock draft. His tape is fantastic, but at 5’8” and 176 pounds the redshirt sophomore doesn’t fit many NFL size metrics. His ability to play in nickel situations right away though could boost him up the board.
132. Cleveland Browns
Previous Picks: EDGE, DL, CB, WR, IOL
The Pick: RB/WR Demetric Felton, UCLA
The Browns are set at running back and wide receiver, but why not find a player who can do both? That’s Demetric Felton, who played mostly running back at UCLA but worked at wide receiver during the Senior Bowl. He has big-time upside as an offensive weapon in the passing game.
133. New Orleans Saints
Previous Picks: CB, QB, TE, WR
The Pick: RB Jaret Patterson, Buffalo
The Saints have a great running back in Alvin Kamara, but he struggles to stay healthy. Finding a back who can spell him isn’t a terrible move this late. Jaret Patterson is versatile and tough as hell.
134. Minnesota Vikings (from Buffalo Bills)
Previous Picks: EDGE, OL, WR, CB, S
The Pick: DL Tyler Shelvin, LSU
Tyler Shelvin has top 75 tape but he’s not getting a great reference from coaches at LSU amid concerns about effort and weight management. If the Vikings can keep him motivated, they could have a steal on their hands.
135. Green Bay Packers
Previous Picks: WR, OT, CB
The Pick: S Jamien Sherwood, Auburn
Two picks in a row addressing the secondary is a beautiful move for the Green Bay Packers. Jamien Sherwood is a HITTER with downhill range and a penchant for making violent disruptions when receivers or backs come across the middle.
136. Kansas City Chiefs
Previous Picks: OT, WR, LB
The Pick: CB D.J. Daniel, Georgia
General manager Brett Veach has to hit some home runs in this draft to re-tool the roster. D.J. Daniel could be this year’s version of L’Jarius Sneed for him as a Day 3 surprise. Daniel doesn’t have great size, but his agility and versatility could make him a dangerous slot cornerback.
137. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Previous Picks: EDGE, QB, WR
The Pick: LB Tony Fields II, West Virginia
An undersized linebacker who excels in coverage? Perfect for Tampa. And while you don’t expect a fourth-rounder to replace a legend like LaVonte David, it doesn’t hurt to have a player similar to him waiting in the wings developing.
138. Dallas Cowboys*
Previous Picks: CB, DL, OT, S, EDGE
The Pick: LB K.J. Britt, Auburn
Depth at linebacker is needed in Dallas. K.J. Britt brings experience, toughness and the tools of a former four-star recruit to the table. While limited in coverage ability, he has the traits to be an early-down contributor and special teams asset.
139. New England Patriots*
Previous Picks: CB, WR, DL, S, EDGE
The Pick: RB Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis
Versatility is the game for Kenneth Gainwell. Like most Memphis running backs, he’s also an accomplished receiver out of the backfield. And while we’re all waiting to see what the future of the New England offense looks like, a player with Gainwell’s traits will fit in anywhere.
140. Pittsburgh Steelers*
Previous Picks: RB, OT, EDGE, WR
The Pick: IOL Drake Jackson, Kentucky
The middle of the Steelers’ line needs addressed with the retirement of Maurkice Pouncey. Expecting a fourth-rounder to slide in and replace him might not be fair, but Drake Jackson has the toughness and strength to play a similar role in Year 1.
141. Los Angeles Rams*
Previous Picks: LB, EDGE, S, IOL
The Pick: WR Sage Surratt, Wake Forest
A big wide receiver with limited YAC ability, Sage Surratt can dominate on 50/50 balls and has the tools to be very productive in the red zone. Could the Rams see him as a Gerald Everett-type player?
142. Green Bay Packers*
Previous Picks: WR, OT, CB
The Pick: DL Alim McNeil, NC State
We keep plugging away at the Packers’ needs with this mock draft. Alim McNeil profiles as a developmental pass-rusher who can win in the gaps as a rookie and has the tools to get better with reps in head-up situations. Think situational rusher Year 1.
143. Minnesota Vikings*
Previous Picks: EDGE, OL, WR, CB, S, DL
The Pick: LB Justin Hilliard, Ohio State
Mike Zimmer has to be ecstatic with the haul of defensive talent we’ve accumulated here. Justin Hilliard had a great end to his career at Ohio State and stood out at the Senior Bowl. He might be a two-down defender only, but he could start early in his career in that role.
144. Kansas City Chiefs*
Previous Picks: OT, WR, LB, CB
The Pick: TE Brevin Jordan, Miami
I’ve gathered from readers that I’m a lot lower on Brevin Jordan than most, but the shoulder injury in 2020 and leg injury in 2019 are concerns when moving his game forward. He has awesome pass-catching traits when healthy, though, and that could make him a fun TE3 and H-back option in Kansas City.
The write-up for the Panthers' pick at 113 looks incomplete. "He's fast enough..." to ?
I am following from the Chiefs frame of ref: I am good until a TE in round 4. Chiefs have bigger needs and one of those could be to get a development player at OT, or a 2nd LB, or DE -- I just don't think the TE class is worth the attention.