2021 NFL Mock Draft: Rounds 2 and 3

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2021 NFL Draft Order: Round 3, Picks 65-95

65. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jevon Holland, S, Oregon

66. Minnesota Vikings (from New York Jets): Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest

67. Houston Texans: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State

Have you seen the Texans’ receiving corps? Don’t look, it’s bad. In fact, there isn’t much good to talk about in Houston, but at the top of Round 3, wide receiver is one position where they can feasibly find good value. This might be a little too early for Tylan Wallace. Nevertheless, the Oklahoma State product has the toughness and dynamic ability to be an impact player.

68. Atlanta Falcons: Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF

69. Cincinnati Bengals: Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee

70. Philadelphia Eagles: Cameron Sample, DL, Tulane

I like Cam Sample, but even I agree that this is a massive reach. This is more of a predictive pick. The Eagles were rumored to like Kwity Paye a lot because his athletic profile resembled that of Brandon Graham. Sample isn’t an exact match, but his low, dense frame matches some of the defining traits. Additionally, he’d come at a lower cost. With his dominant Senior Bowl showing, he might see his stock inflated.

71. Denver Broncos: Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina

72. Detroit Lions: Alim McNeill, DT, North Carolina State

73. Carolina Panthers: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

74. Washington Football Team (from San Francisco 49ers): Dillon Radunz, OT, NDSU

75. Dallas Cowboys: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

76. New York Giants: Elerson Smith, EDGE, Northern Iowa

The Giants’ choice to pass up multiple solid edge rushers for Kadarius Toney was an interesting one. However, if they can get Elerson Smith later on, they can make up for it a bit. Smith needs to add more power to his game, but he’s an elite athlete with the right foundational traits. Among other things, he has a 41.5-inch vertical and a 4.78 40-yard dash at 6-foot-6, 252 pounds.

77. Los Angeles Chargers: Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State

78. Minnesota Vikings: Hunter Long, TE, Boston College

I like this pick a lot for the Vikings, who will have plenty of opportunities to improve on Day 2 after trading back in Round 1. Minnesota needs a new TE1 after releasing Kyle Rudolph, and Hunter Long is an excellent fit in this Day 2 Mock Draft. He’s a strong blocker, but he’s also a fluid, big-bodied receiver who has some natural body control and nuance to his game.

79. Las Vegas Raiders (from Arizona Cardinals): Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse

80. Las Vegas Raiders: Nico Collins, WR, Michigan

81. Miami Dolphins: Brady Christensen, OT, Brigham Young

82. Washington Football Team: Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana

83. Chicago Bears: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

84. Dallas Cowboys (from Indianapolis Colts through Philadelphia Eagles): Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

We’re going to try something here. I don’t love the value at cornerback for the Cowboys, and I don’t want to force anything. Nick Bolton is still here, and as a prospect, he fills some of the gaps in Micah Parsons’ profile.

With Leighton Vander Esch’s long-term future uncertain, perhaps the Cowboys add Bolton, solidify the second level, and free up Parsons to spend more snaps up near the line as an extra edge presence. That kind of versatility could bode well for a Cowboys front that needs to generate more pressure.

85. Tennessee Titans: Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame

86. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks through New York Jets): Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State

87. Pittsburgh Steelers: Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama

88. Los Angeles Rams: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson

89. Cleveland Browns: Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB

90. Minnesota Vikings (from Baltimore Ravens): Caden Sterns, S, Texas

91. Cleveland Browns (from New Orleans Saints): Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

In this Day 2 2021 NFL Mock Draft, it’s all defense for the Cleveland Browns. They’ll end their day by selecting polarizing Alabama linebacker Dylan Moses. Moses’ fall from grace has been swift after a down 2020 season. However, Moses still has an enticing combination of size and athleticism, and in the right role, he can find his fire again.

92. Green Bay Packers: Walker Little, OT, Stanford

93. Buffalo Bills: Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa

94. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City Chiefs): Kendrick Green, OL, Illinois

95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas

Round 3 Compensatory Selections

96. New England Patriots: Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State

97. Los Angeles Chargers: Trill Williams, CB, Syracuse

Trill Williams is an underrated cornerback prospect who could potentially carve out an early role. And in Los Angeles’ defense, he has a lot of appeal. Williams doesn’t have top-end speed, but at around 6-foot-1, 208 pounds, he has a 36-inch vertical and a 123-inch broad jump.

On top of his burst, he provides fluidity, playmaking proactivity, and positional versatility. Additionally, he’d be an excellent fit for Brandon Staley’s zone-heavy concepts, and the Rams pull the trigger in this 2021 Day 2 NFL Mock Draft.

98. New Orleans Saints: Jay Tufele, DT, USC

99. Dallas Cowboys: Bobby Brown III, DT, Texas A&M

100. Tennessee Titans: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S/LB, Florida State

101. Detroit Lions (from Los Angeles Rams): Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan

102. San Francisco 49ers: Josh Myers, C, Ohio State

103. Los Angeles Rams: Drew Dalman, C, Stanford

104. Baltimore Ravens: James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati

James Wiggins is a sleeper to go on Day 2, and that’s exemplified in this Day 2 2021 NFL Mock Draft. The safety depth starts to fade at the tail end of Round 3, which is why we might see prospects like Wiggins sneak into the early action.

Wiggins, however, is one of the ones who might deserve to go this high. He’s an exceptional athlete, a tenacious playmaker, and he proved he could come back from an ACL tear in 2020. The Ravens might be taken by his upside and choose to lock him down before the Day 3 frenzy.

105. New Orleans Saints: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan

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