Miller’s 2-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Panthers trade up for Justin Fields

2021 2-round NFL Mock Draft | Round Two

33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

I know, trust me. I know you want to X out of the mock now. Don’t do that. Although Zaven Collins played off the ball as a linebacker at Tulsa, his frame and playstyle fits better as an edge defender, where I believe he could thrive.

He’s long, athletic, and showed legitimate pass-rushing chops off the edge as a blitzer. Stand him up or put his hand in the dirt. The 6-foot-4, 260-pound linebacker is built like a defensive end. He has bend, a nice first step, and provides the versatility to bust back into coverage if the Jaguars decide to send Owusu-Koramoah off the opposite edge with Myles Jack.

34. New York Jets: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

If the Jets are going to stubbornly try and make Sam Darnold work, they have to get some explosiveness in the run game in this 2021 2-round NFL mock draft. Travis Etienne is about as explosive as they come. He can make plays out of the backfield and can be a down-to-down rusher.

35. Atlanta Falcons: Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington

Levi Onwuzurike has strong hands, a quick first step, and the strength to hold up against the run. After not playing in 2020, he had a nice Senior Bowl and adds a nice element to the middle of the Falcons’ defense.

36. Miami Dolphins: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami

Jaelan Phillips is the best pass rusher in the class for my money. However, the former top recruit has suffered multiple concussions that nearly led to a medical retirement. He also has injured his ankle and wrist in the past. But the big red flag is that he likes to make music, and whenever a player has an interest outside of football, NFL teams turn up their noses.

37. Philadelphia Eagles: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

Tyson Campbell has yet to put it all together, but his size, length, and athleticism project him as a CB1 at the NFL level. He’s fast enough to keep up with any non-Tyreek receiver in the league, too.

38. Cincinnati Bengals: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

Jalen Mayfield looked improved in a shortened Big Ten season. He is a young prospect ripe with upside athletically. He fits in any scheme and has the ability to play every non-center spot on the offensive line. However, in this instance, Mayfield will be protecting Joe Burrow’s blindside after this 2021 2-round NFL mock draft.

39. New York Jets: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State

Jayson Oweh might be the freak of all the Penn State freaks we’ve seen recently. He will run a mind-boggling 40-yard dash and is as explosive off the snap as they come. However, as a football player, there isn’t a whole lot there. On a Jets team that will most likely still struggle in 2021, allowing Oweh to progress slowly without irrational expectations makes New York a good situation.

40. Denver Broncos: Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa

Daviyon Nixon is a stud. His tape is ripe with explosion and strong hand play. He’s the type of three-technique player that teams covet because he can rush the passer and hold up against the run.

41. Detroit Lions: Jay Tufele, DT, Southern California

Speaking of holding up physically, Jay Tufele provides the frame of a one-technique lineman in an even front with the athleticism of a three-technique player. He needs to work on his hands and properly leverage his body to be in good position, but he has great upside.

42. New York Giants: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Rondale Moore might just trail Waddle as an explosive freak. He’s a terror with the ball in his hands and produced at an outrageous rate as a very young player in the Big Ten.

Moore falls to No. 42 here simply because of his health concerns. Soft-tissue injuries have plagued the young pass catcher. If he can stay healthy, he will terrorize the NFC East. The Giants get another offensive weapon in this 2021 2-round NFL mock draft.

43. San Francisco 49ers: Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State

Build around protecting your young quarterback and continue to invest in the rushing attack outside of actually drafting a back high is a sound strategy. Wyatt Davis was once regarded as a first-round prospect, but his game became stagnant in 2020. If he hits his ceiling, the 49ers get an absolute stud at guard.

44. Dallas Cowboys: Richie Grant, S, UCF

The Cowboys got their Cover-3 cornerback. Now they get their center fielder. You may apologize to me now for being so mad about the Melifonwu pick. Richie Grant is a true sideline-to-sideline safety, and the trio of him, Diggs, and Melifonwu is an eye-opening improvement going into the future.

45. Jacksonville Jaguars: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

“Baby Gronk” spawns from the Tampa Bay tight end and moves East and up the coast to Jacksonville. There is nothing more beneficial to a young quarterback (outside of great protection) than a security-blanket tight end. That is what Pat Freiermuth brings. He also blocks as a traditional TE should.

46. New England Patriots: Trevon Moehrig, S, Texas Christian

Trevon Moehrig might be the top safety in the class, but I believe he ends up going behind Richie Grant at the end of the day. He’s a free safety who can play in the slot, as a single high player, or in split-safety looks.

47. Miami Dolphins: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

You say Michael Carter, and I say Javonte Williams. Flip a coin on who you’d rather have. The reason Williams goes to Miami is that he’s a more complementary back to Myles Gaskin.

48. Las Vegas Raiders: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

Asante Samuel Jr. is a Gruden Grinder. He’s a smaller cornerback who plays like a pit bull on the field. The only reason he falls to No. 48 is that he’s on the shorter end of the spectrum, and it shows against size.

Dalton Miller is the Lead NFL Analyst at Pro Football Network. You can read more of his work here and follow him @daltonbmiller on Twitter and Twitch

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