First Round | Picks 17-32
17) Las Vegas Raiders: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Collins is smart and incredibly athletic, and he helps complete the Raiders’ defense.
18) Baltimore Ravens: Creed Humphrey, OC, Oklahoma
Receiver is a consideration at this spot, but center has been a need for the Ravens for a couple of years. Their woes at the position this season have been well-documented.
19) New York Giants*: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
With no top-rated edge rusher available in this 2021 NFL Mock Draft, the Giants address the need at receiver. Recent reports on Jaylen Waddle have been promising, leading me to believe he will land in the first round.
20) Arizona Cardinals*: Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Farley has great size and upside, but he’s by no means a sure thing.
21) Tampa Bay Bucs*: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
The Bucs will have to do some maneuvering on the offensive line, but Leatherwood is a gifted pass blocker who is also effective on the move.
22) Miami Dolphins*: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Harris is a first-round prospect who plays a Day 2 position, but he’ll be another significant piece to the Dolphins’ offensive puzzle.
23) Indianapolis Colts*: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
Age is catching up with starting left tackle Anthony Costanzo, and the Colts can opt out of his contract after this season.
24) Cleveland Browns*: Ronnie Perkins, Edge, Oklahoma
In my opinion, Perkins is the most underrated prospect in the nation. He’s a terrific edge rusher who plays with a nasty attitude.
25) Jacksonville Jaguars (from LA Rams*): Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
Offensive tackle always seems to be a need for the Jaguars. Mayfield is an athletic right tackle who can also line up on the left side.
26) New York Jets (from Seattle*): Azeez Ojulari, Edge, Georgia
The Jets have needed a pass rusher since the departure of John Abraham back in 2006, and they get one in this 2021 NFL mock draft.
27) Tennessee Titans*: Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Olave was given Day 2 grades from scouts entering the season, but he flashes Day 1 ability.
28) Buffalo Bills*: Rasheed Walker, OT, Penn State
Walker is another ridiculously underrated prospect, in my opinion. He’s an athletic left tackle with the size and power to shift to the right side.
29) Green Bay Packers*: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson
This is a leap of faith on my part: faith that Ross will enter the draft, pass Combine medicals, and fill a desperate need for the Packers.
30) Pittsburgh Steelers*: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
The Steelers finally address the need at running back with a terrific prospect who will be a great fit on the field and in the locker room.
31) New Orleans Saints*: Jevon Holland, DB, Oregon
The Saints are set at safety, but there are some — including Holland himself — who feel the Oregon junior can line up at corner in the NFL.
32) Kansas City Chiefs*: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
Offensive tackle is a consideration at this spot in my 2021 NFL Mock Draft, but St. Brown is a polished pass catcher who comes with speed, a prerequisite for Andy Reid.
* Predicted playoff team