2021 3-round NFL Mock Draft | Round Two
33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
With Cam Robinson likely leaving through free agency, it’s imperative that the Jaguars don’t wait too long to address the tackle position. With Trevor Lawrence now rostered, this position takes on added importance.
Samuel Cosmi can develop into an effective blindside blocker opposite Jawaan Taylor. He’s 6-foot-7, weighs over 300 pounds, and has the necessary length/athleticism combination to be a high-level starter with some development.
34. New York Jets: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
35. Atlanta Falcons: Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama
This is considerably high for Landon Dickerson, who’s only an average athlete, and is coming off a major injury. Having said that, Dickerson has a few traits that specifically fit the Falcons’ needs, and he’s a high-level starter even in spite of his flaws.
With Alex Mack likely heading out the door, either via free agency or retirement, the Falcons need a new starting center. With his mauler mentality and play strength, Dickerson can be a quality player for Arthur Smith’s offense. Additionally, Dickerson also has versatility across the line, something that can help give Atlanta flexibility when faced with injuries.
36. Miami Dolphins: Richie Grant, S, UCF
On one hand, the Dolphins could settle for what they have in-house at safety. Word on the street is that they like the potential of Brandon Jones, and veterans Bobby McCain and Eric Rowe provide a nice baseline. But why not shake things up and make a borderline elite secondary even better when you have the chance?
Richie Grant is a bonafide center fielder with the range, instincts, and playmaking ability to be a star at the next level. Playing behind Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, with Rowe, McCain, and ascending first-rounder Noah Igbinoghene in his corner, Grant could take Miami’s defense over the top.
37. Philadelphia Eagles: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
38. Cincinnati Bengals: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
At least one of the Bengals’ first few picks has to be spent on an offensive lineman. There’s no middle ground there. The unit has already underwhelmed for years, but now, with Joe Burrow’s safety at stake, anything less than improvement is unacceptable.
In this 3-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft, Michigan’s Jalen Mayfield is the pick in Round 2. Mayfield is an excellent athlete for his 6-foot-5, 320-pound frame. He offers enticing upside at both tackle and guard and can move as the Bengals see fit as they develop around his physical traits.
39. Carolina Panthers: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
40. Denver Broncos: Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
Having Micah Parsons gives the Broncos the capacity to supplement their pass rush, but to maximize Parsons’ versatility, they should have another edge defender who can shoulder most of the load there. At No. 40 in this 3-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft, Jayson Oweh is an excellent value pick.
Oweh is widely regarded as a potential first-rounder with his elite athleticism and length, but his lack of development could push him down a bit. Still, he has the physical tools to be an electric threat off the edge. Don’t worry about cornerback. We’ll address that soon enough.
41. Detroit Lions: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
42. New York Giants: Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma
The only reason Creed Humphrey isn’t the first center off the board in this mock draft is that Dickerson provides Atlanta with more positional versatility. In my opinion, Humphrey is still comfortably the best center in this class.
The Oklahoma standout has great play strength and leverage, and he was clearly a cut above most of the other options at the Senior Bowl this year. For the Giants, he can provide stability for Daniel Jones and help the quarterback seek out improvement in Year 3.
43. San Francisco 49ers: Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State
44. Dallas Cowboys: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami
That’s right, Dallas. Even with Jaycee Horn, your defense isn’t there yet. You’ve still got a long way to go, but adding Jaelan Phillips is a big step in the right direction in the second round.
Phillips has an injury history that may bump him down boards a bit. However, he’s an incredibly talented EDGE prospect with plus size and athleticism. His hands are also fast and skillful, and he has a potentially devastating spin move in his arsenal. Across from DeMarcus Lawrence, Phillips can give Dallas the pass-rushing boost they need.
45. Jacksonville Jaguars: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
46. New England Patriots: Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington
The Patriots could use an infusion of talent on their interior defensive line. Situated at the No. 46 pick in this 3-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft, New England is in a good range to pick a defensive lineman. At this specific point, Washington defensive tackle Levi Onwuzurike is a solid fit.
At 6-foot-3, 290 pounds, Onwuzurike has a great combination of athleticism and length, and that blend of traits allows him to be versatile across the line. With his anchor and flexibility, Onwuzurike has bountiful upside against both the run and the pass.
47. Los Angeles Chargers: Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee
48. Las Vegas Raiders: Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB
This may be surprising, but Jordan Smith has all the tools necessary to go on Day 2, despite receiving none of the hype. He’s 6-foot-6, 255 pounds, with a massive 83-inch wingspan, and he showcased his athleticism and aggressive hand usage at the Senior Bowl.
He may need some time to adjust into a full-time edge-rushing role in the NFL if that’s ultimately what awaits for him. Nevertheless, for a Raiders team that needs more pass-rushing upside, Smith has it in spades.
49. Arizona Cardinals: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
50. Miami Dolphins: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
51. Washington Football Team: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
It’s entirely likely that the Washington Football Team remains relatively still on the offensive line this offseason. Cornelius Lucas impressed at left tackle in 2020, and Wes Schweitzer also played well at left guard. However, both players were rarely full-time starters before 2020, and Schweitzer, in particular, could be vulnerable to replacement.
Additionally, Brandon Scherff’s long-term future still remains a question. For flexibility and depth on a line that now has a franchise quarterback to protect, Alex Leatherwood has appeal here. He can start at left tackle if Lucas regresses in 2021, but he also projects well inside to guard with his length and strong base.
52. Chicago Bears: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
From a pure talent standpoint, this is too high for Davis Mills. Mills is more of an old-school, pocket-passing quarterback, and on tape, he has room for progression as a processor and a decision-maker.
Having said that, the 2021 NFL Draft is absolutely barren after the top five quarterbacks. Taking into account how many quarterback-needy teams exist, it’s not only possible but likely that a quarterback goes higher than anticipated on Day 2. Mills has the arm talent to fuel this rise, but if he’s called on to play early for Chicago, he has more work to do.
53. Tennessee Titans: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
54. Indianapolis Colts: Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky
The Colts haven’t seen the desired linear growth from 2019 early second-round pick Rock Ya-Sin, and after a bounce-back season in 2020, veteran Xavier Rhodes is set to hit the free agent market.
Once again, cornerback is a need for the Colts, and one under-the-radar player who fits the Colts well is Kelvin Joseph. Joseph has only recently gained buzz as a draft prospect. Standing at 6-foot-1, 195 pounds, he has plus length and flashes ball skills. He also has the athleticism and fluidity to position himself well. He could still add more consistency to his game, but he has the tools the Colts look for on the boundary.
55. Pittsburgh Steelers: Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
56. Seattle Seahawks: Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
With Shaquill Griffin and Quinton Dunbar scheduled to hit the free agent market, the Seahawks need to invest in a coverage unit that thoroughly underperformed last season. Versatility is one trait they’ll likely covet with their first selection, and UCF cornerback Aaron Robinson checks that box well.
Robinson has good size and athleticism, and he’s also super physical at the catch point. He had a strong Senior Bowl week, and in the past, Seattle has inflated the value of those players on their board.
57. Los Angeles Rams: Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma
Nine out of 10 times, Ronnie Perkins likely goes earlier than this. The hyperactive Oklahoma defender isn’t the largest edge rusher, which schematically took him out of contention for some teams. Yet, with the Rams, he’s an excellent fit.
Perkins is explosive and extremely compact as a rusher, and he brings forth tremendous effort at the contact point. With surprising pent-up power and fast, physical hands, he’s one of the most underrated edge rushers in the 2021 NFL Draft.
58. Baltimore Ravens: Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
59. Cleveland Browns: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State
60. New Orleans Saints: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Dylan Moses had a down year, and that will affect his stock. However, there is reason to be optimistic regarding his NFL projection. Moses has said that he wasn’t 100 percent throughout the 2020 season.
With time to heal and an NFL training regimen, Moses could realize his potential as a well-filled-out, instinctive, physical specimen at the linebacker position. New Orleans is an excellent landing spot for him. It’s a place where he can be patient but also benefit from opportunity.
61. Buffalo Bills: Patrick Jones, EDGE, Pittsburgh
62. Green Bay Packers: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU
If the board falls their way, the Packers can take the best player available in Round 1, then stay put and see what linebackers are available in Round 2. They enacted a variation of that strategy in this 3-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft, and sure enough, Jabril Cox fell to them at No. 62.
Cox has some room for refinement. Still, he’s a great athlete at his size, and he played well in his lone year against SEC competition. He also showed out at the Senior Bowl, further reinforcing his upside.
63. Kansas City Chiefs: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Alim McNeill, DT, North Carolina State