2021 7-round NFL Mock Draft | Round Five
146. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ben Cleveland, OG, Georgia
A.J. Cann only has one year left on his deal, and I’m not so sure Cleveland isn’t an upgrade over him either. The Jaguars have also reportedly been looking at moving on from Andrew Norwell’s contract, though that doesn’t seem a wise idea. Either way, the Jaguars continue to build depth along the offense to help protect Trevor Lawrence.
147. New York Jets: Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia
148. Houston Texans: Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech
149. Atlanta Falcons: Bobby Brown, DT, Texas A&M
150. Cincinnati Bengals: Damar Hamlin, S, Pitt
151. Philadelphia Eagles: Caden Sterns, S, Texas
Starting safety Jalen Mills is an impending free agent, and a fresh start might be best for both parties. Sterns is at his best as a split-zone safety with his good instincts and nose for the football.
Round Five | Picks 152-158
152. Carolina Panthers: Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pitt
153. Denver Broncos: Larry Rountree III, RB, Missouri
154. Detroit Lions: Darrick Forrest, S, Cincinnati
155. New York Jets: Victor Dimukeje, EDGE, Duke
156. San Francisco 49ers: Tariq Thompson, S, San Diego State
157. Philadelphia Eagles: Thomas Graham Jr., CB, Oregon
158. Minnesota Vikings: Jamie Newman, QB, Wake Forest
The Vikings get a head start on their next quarterback with Jamie Newman. Newman is toolsy and pretty much all upside at this stage. With the weapons and time to develop in Minnesota, Newman goes to an ideal situation.
Round Five | Picks 159-167
159. New England Patriots: Michal Menet, OC, Penn State
160. Los Angeles Chargers: Robert Hainsey, OL, Notre Dame
161. Arizona Cardinals: Jack Anderson, OG, Texas Tech
162. Buffalo Bills: Chauncey Golston, EDGE, Iowa
163. Las Vegas Raiders: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
164. Washington Football Team: Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State
Washington was rolling out Peyton Barber as the team’s short-yardage back last year. However, he was one of the least-efficient runners last year with -3 DYAR and a DVOA of -9.3% (per Football Outsiders). The team can cut him and save some additional cap space in doing so.
165. Chicago Bears: Elerson Smith, EDGE, Northern Iowa
166. Indianapolis Colts: Josh Imatorbhebhe, WR, Illinois
167. Tennessee Titans: Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina
With Adam Humphries a cap casualty, the slot receiver role is open in Tennessee, which we fill in this 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft. Smith is a shifty receiver who competes his tail off on every rep. Smith separates through his quickness and releases at the line of scrimmage. He’ll be an immediate producer with A.J. Brown (and perhaps Corey Davis) returning to Tennessee.
Round Five | Picks 168-175
168. Seattle Seahawks: Darius Stills, DT, West Virginia
169. Baltimore Ravens: Charles Snowden, LB, Virginia
170. Cleveland Browns: Garret Wallow, LB, TCU
171. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State
172. Minnesota Vikings: Rodarius Williams, CB, Oklahoma State
173. San Francisco 49ers: Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota
174. Green Bay Packers: Daelin Hayes, EDGE, Notre Dame
175. Buffalo Bills: Shemar Jean-Charles, CB, Appalachian State
The Bills continue to double-down in their secondary in this 7-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft. With Josh Norman a likely free-agent departure, there are snaps to be had in their secondary. Jean-Charles should compete right away to take those snaps and potentially even more.
Round Five | Picks 176-186
176. Kansas City Chiefs: David Moore, OL, Grambling
177. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Amen Ogbongbemiga, LB, Oklahoma State
178. Green Bay Packers: Richard LeCounte, LB/S, Georgia
179. Denver Broncos (via MIN): Joshuah Bledsoe, S, Missouri
180. Kansas City Chiefs: Tarron Jackson, EDGE, Coastal Carolina
181. Atlanta Falcons: Jacoby Stevens, S, LSU
182. Chicago Bears (via SF*): Frank Darby, WR, Arizona State
Trade! The San Francisco 49ers trade pick 182 to the Chicago Bears in exchange for WR Anthony Miller.
Anthony Miller gets a fresh start with a new team, while the 49ers add another young receiver to their receiving room. The Bears once again take a receiver to fill in that void, nabbing Arizona State’s Frank Darby. Darby has a knack for separating with his ability as a route runner and does good work after the catch. With Rashod Bateman working the outside and Darnell Mooney winning vertically, Darby’s work underneath would be valuable.
183. Atlanta Falcons: Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana
With Damontae Kazee, Keanu Neal, and Ricardo Allen hitting free agency, the Falcons need to replenish their safety room. Jamar Johnson has excellent range and ball skills and plays with some chippiness. He’d be a welcome addition to the Atlanta secondary.
184. Baltimore Ravens: Quintin Morris, TE, Bowling Green
185. Carolina Panthers: Paris Ford, S, Pitt
186. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Aashari Crosswell, S, Arizona State