33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington
This might not be the name you expected just outside of Round 1. Levi Onwuzurike has no doubt fallen under the radar after opting out of the 2020 season. With that being said, he offers a great deal of upside, and for a team that needs more talent on the interior defensive line, Onwuzurike has one of the best physical molds in the class. He’s explosive, with imposing length, and his ability to use those traits together makes him an enticing add.
34. New York Jets: Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami
35. Atlanta Falcons: Patrick Jones, EDGE, Pittsburgh
The Falcons bypassed EDGE in Round 1 when Justin Fields fell to their pick, but luckily, being situated at the top of Round 2 gives them a chance to claim trickle-down talent. Patrick Jones provides excellent value here. Although he can improve his play strength, he has the explosiveness, length, and energy as a rusher to produce pressure fairly early into his career. For the Falcons, he’s a relatively safe pick with contingent upside.
36. Miami Dolphins: Creed Humphrey, OC, Oklahoma
37. Philadelphia Eagles: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
The Eagles’ linebackers were suspect in 2020. Heading into 2021, work needs to be done with the defense at nearly all levels. But when it comes to linebacker, the Eagles might prefer security over untapped potential. Nick Bolton has less upside than other linebackers on the board, but with his range, density, and instincts at the second level, he can be a solid starter in all phases for an extended period of time.
38. Cincinnati Bengals: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
39. Carolina Panthers: Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Dylan Moses might fall out of Round 1 after his inconsistent 2020 season. However, Moses has made it clear that he wasn’t fully healthy for much of 2020, and his play reflected that. If he can get healthy, Moses still has the size and athletic talent to develop into a blue-chip player. For the Panthers, he’s another coveted piece for their supremely athletic defensive unit.
40. Denver Broncos: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
41. Detroit Lions: Daviyon Nixon, DL, Iowa
42. New York Giants: Derion Kendrick, CB, Clemson
43. San Francisco 49ers: Shaun Wade, CB/S, Ohio State
It’s been a rough year for Shaun Wade. Once a popular contender for CB1, the Ohio State cornerback has dropped on the draft board. That said, he still fills a need for teams with his positional versatility.
At cornerback, he’s clearly better for the slot, but his foundational traits — size and closing speed — might also be conducive to safety as well. For the 49ers, who could use some help at both spots, having a player like Wade to mold and develop, especially for a second-round pick, is a good deal.
44. Dallas Cowboys: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
45. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
46. New England Patriots: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
Cue the “next Tom Brady” comments. While I don’t think Mac Jones is the next Tom Brady, he does have a chance to be an effective starter at the next level, at least in the right system.
He’s not a creation specialist at quarterback, as he is limited athletically. However, Jones is a smart, rhythmic passer who can generate good velocity with accuracy when he’s able to set his feet and deliver. He’ll need a good supporting cast — which New England needs to work on — but at the very least, he can be a good short-term starter while they continue to hunt for prospects. And if he proves himself to be the guy, even better.
47. Los Angeles Chargers: Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee
48. Las Vegas Raiders: Jevon Holland, S, Oregon
49. Arizona Cardinals: Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC
50. Miami Dolphins: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
51. Washington Football Team: Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
The Washington Football Team’s defense has the potential to be elite in 2021, but it still needs a couple of pieces. A bonafide free safety is a must in free agency or the draft, and adding a high-upside linebacker to complement Cole Holcomb and Kevin Pierre-Louis could also help shore up the unit. Baron Browning fits the bill here.
Browning is a high-energy player, and a borderline elite athlete with a 6-foot-3, 240-pound frame. He made good strides with his consistency in 2020, and he has the upside to be a game-changer in run and pass defense. His explosiveness can also be an asset on Ron Rivera’s designed linebacker blitzes.
52. Chicago Bears: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
53. Tennessee Titans: Shaka Toney, EDGE, Penn State
Told you we’d make up for it. In this 3-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft, we’re giving the Titans all the Toneys. Shaka Toney isn’t as highly advertised as his college teammate, Jayson Oweh, but Toney is a strong prospect in his own right.
Although the Penn State edge rusher isn’t super wide or lengthy at 6-foot-3, 252, he has one of the best blends of explosiveness and bend in the class. In Tennessee’s versatile 3-4 scheme, Toney would flourish as a pass-rush specialist at outside linebacker.
54. Indianapolis Colts: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State
55. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami
56. Seattle Seahawks: Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson
57. Los Angeles Rams: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU
The Rams rode a top-tier defense to the playoffs in 2020. Why not bolster that unit even more? One thing they can add is consistent linebacker play. Jabril Cox might not provide the consistency right away, but he’s a big, rangy second-level player who proved himself after making the leap from the FCS to the SEC. His athletic profile lends tremendous upside and versatility, and for the Rams’ defense, he could be a catalyst that takes them to even greater heights.
58. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
I’ll admit, this one is kind of unfair. In all likelihood, Travis Etienne won’t drop this far. He’s too talented. That said, the value of running backs in the modern NFL does complicate things, and the Buccaneers are one of the few teams that can afford to indulge in a luxury pick this early. Of course, Etienne is much more than a luxury for Tampa Bay. He gives the team much-needed explosiveness, creation capacity, and receiving ability in the backfield.
59. Baltimore Ravens: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
60. Cleveland Browns: Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
61. New Orleans Saints: Richie Grant, S, UCF
With Marcus Williams potentially moving on in the 2021 offseason, the Saints need to be open to adding a safety in the 2021 NFL Draft. The 2021 safety class isn’t super inspiring. However, Richie Grant is one player who might satisfy their needs at the tail end of Round 2. Grant will be 24 by November, but his range, physicality, and fast-paced style will allow him to produce early in a primary role.
62. Buffalo Bills: Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pittsburgh
63. Green Bay Packers: Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina
64. Kansas City Chiefs: Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan