65. Jacksonville Jaguars: Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest
66. New York Jets: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
67. Houston Texans: Deonte Brown, OG, Alabama
Where to begin with Houston? There are so many needs and so few resources. It honestly all feels futile. When in doubt, the offensive line is always a good place to start. With Tytus Howard and Laremy Tunsil currently set as the team’s tackles, stocking the interior with big-bodied blocker Deonte Brown makes sense.
Brown is powerful and strong in his lower body, but he will have to cut weight. He weighed in over 360 pounds at the Senior Bowl, and he was noticeably struggling against quicker linemen in one-on-ones. Having said that, Brown already moves better than you’d expect a 360-pound human to move. If he can get to 330 or 320, it’s exciting to think about how much that could open up his game.
68. Atlanta Falcons: Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
69. Cincinnati Bengals: Payton Turner, EDGE, Houston
70. Miami Dolphins (projected trade w/ Philadelphia Eagles): Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington
71. Denver Broncos: Trill Williams, CB, Syracuse
Ifeatu Melifonwu’s rise is not without reason, but he’s not the only Syracuse cornerback who deserves Day 2 hype. Denver Broncos fans, allow me to introduce you to Trill Williams. He’s 6-foot-2, has potentially sub-4.4 speed, and a 40-inch vertical. Furthermore, Williams has eye-popping closing speed when pursuing receivers, physicality, and versatility.
Throughout his college career, he played on the boundary, in the slot, and at safety. Williams is an impeccable fit for Fangio’s defense. He’s versatile, long, and physical. He’s fast, and he plays fast. Williams can refine his mental game a bit, but in the third round, you take that and run with it.
72. Detroit Lions: Jay Tufele, DT, USC
73. Carolina Panthers: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
74. Washington Football Team: Elijah Molden, CB, Washington
75. Dallas Cowboys: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami
76. New York Giants: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan
Eventually, we had to address wide receiver for the Giants. Aside from Darius Slayton, they seriously lack in terms of established, dynamic talent. D’Wayne Eskridge will have to do the establishing once he reaches the NFL, but the explosiveness is already there in spades with him.
Eskridge is built in the mold of a smaller slot receiver, but he plays with searing speed and engaging competitive toughness. After his Senior Bowl showing, he’s a near-lock to go somewhere on Day 2. In this 3-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft, the Giants are the beneficiaries.
77. Atlanta Falcons (projected trade w/ Los Angeles Chargers): Keith Taylor, CB, Washington
78. Minnesota Vikings: Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa
79. Arizona Cardinals: Royce Newman, OG, Ole Miss
80. Las Vegas Raiders: Jevon Holland, DB, Oregon
81. Miami Dolphins: Josh Myers, C, Ohio State
82. Washington Football Team: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson
In the second round of this 3-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft, Washington got some added protection for newly-acquired franchise quarterback Mac Jones. Earlier in this round, they got an instinctive slot cornerback/safety hybrid in Elijah Molden.
Now, the board has given them an opportunity to address the wide receiver position with Clemson wideout Amari Rodgers. Rodgers isn’t a rangy threat. He’s only around 5-foot-9. However, he weighs in over 210 pounds, and that density carries over to the field. Rodgers has a near-elite blend of contact balance, explosiveness, and speed in the open field. Furthermore, he should provide Washington’s offense with the run-after-catch element they desire.
83. Chicago Bears: Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pittsburgh
84. Philadelphia Eagles: Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina
85. Tennessee Titans: Osa Odighizuwa, DT, UCLA
86. New York Jets: Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson
87. Pittsburgh Steelers: Quinn Meinerz, C, Wisconsin-Whitewater
Steelers veteran center Maurkice Pouncey retired after the 2020 season, leaving yet another void on the Steelers’ roster for 2021. The 2021 NFL Draft already isn’t very strong at the center position. Luckily for the Steelers, they picked just in time to grab one of this year’s gems: Wisconsin-Whitewater lineman Quinn Meinerz.
Meinerz burst onto the scene at the Senior Bowl, where he was one of the best linemen present against FBS competition. Meinerz plays angry and has great power at the point of attack. Given the Steelers’ ability to develop linemen, he could be an early starter who ends up manning the center spot for years.
88. Detroit Lions: Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State
89. Cleveland Browns: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
90. Minnesota Vikings: Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami
91. Cleveland Browns: Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa
92. Green Bay Packers: Shakur Brown, CB, Michigan State
There hasn’t been much buzz around Shakur Brown this offseason, but it’s time to put him on the map as a potential sleeper at the cornerback position.
Standing at around 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, Brown had 5 interceptions and 4 pass deflections in 2020. He’s clearly a good athlete with enticing ball skills, and he also has some alignment versatility. For the Packers, who could be filling multiple cornerback spots with new players in 2021, Brown offers flexibility and developmental upside.
93. Buffalo Bills: D’Ante Smith, OT, East Carolina
94. Kansas City Chiefs: Demetric Felton, WR, UCLA
95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
96. New England Patriots: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
97. Los Angeles Chargers: Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
98. New Orleans Saints: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina
99. Dallas Cowboys: Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech
I think I’ve been too nice to the Cowboys in this mock. Jaycee Horn and Jaelan Phillips already give that defense a serious boost, but Divine Deablo in the secondary is almost unfair — that is if they can develop his talent.
Deablo is an athletic specimen, standing over 6-foot-3 and weighing in at almost 230 pounds. In 2020, he broke out, displaying impressive athletic freedom and ball skills on the field while at Virginia Tech. If he can continue to develop, he has serious playmaking potential, as well as positional versatility.
100. Tennessee Titans: Shaka Toney, EDGE, Penn State
101. Los Angeles Rams: Trey Hill, C, Georgia
102. San Francisco 49ers: Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame
Tommy Tremble has been overlooked for much of this draft cycle, but people are starting to come around on his upside — myself included. This seems about as high as he’ll go, but the fact remains that Tremble does have third-round upside. He’s easily the best blocking tight end in the 2021 class, and he also has the size and athleticism to develop into a better receiving threat down the road.
For San Francisco, who places a heavy emphasis on the running game, this is an excellent pick. Tremble can immediately come in and provide value as a blocker, and under George Kittle, he could develop into a solid TE2.
103. Los Angeles Rams: Austin Watkins, WR, UAB
104. Baltimore Ravens: Cam Sample, DE, Tulane
With a laundry list of free agents on the defensive line and the edge, the Baltimore Ravens have some work to do to remobilize that unit. Earlier in the draft, the Ravens passed on other options for skilled players at receiver and linebacker. However, with their third-round compensatory pick, they get a player who can play both roles on the line.
Cam Sample has inside/outside versatility at around 6-foot-3, 274 pounds, and he has immense pass-rushing upside. He plays with a red-hot motor, and as the Senior Bowl showed, he can generate pressure with violent hands, burst off the line, and power in his strikes.
105. New Orleans Saints: Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
The biggest knock on Kellen Mond throughout the draft cycle is that he’s, well, Kellen Mond. On any given play, you don’t know what to think of him. The Texas A&M quarterback can make some impressive plays, but he also has plenty of blunders on tape. He has enough athleticism and arm talent to amount to something in the NFL, but he was never able to put things together in college.
If there’s any team that can make Kellen Mond “not Kellen Mond,” the Saints might be it. Sean Payton has a way with quarterbacks, and an opportunity with New Orleans might be what unlocks Mond’s potential.
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