NFL Draft Tracker 2021: Live analysis & insight from Tony Pauline

After months of anticipation and weeks of NFL Draft rumors and buzz, the day has finally arrived. The 2021 NFL Draft is here. PFN has you covered all night long with my live analysis and breaking news in our NFL Draft Tracker 2021.

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NFL Draft Tracker 2021

(The most recent news and pick analysis will be published at the top)

105. Denver Broncos: Baron Browning, ILB, Ohio State

Pauline’s Ranking: #71 (ILB04) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Broncos get a very athletic prospect in Baron Browning — he stacks well against the run or forcefully rushes the passer. Browning’s instincts run hot and cold, though he possesses a large upside.

104. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Stephens, S, SMU

Pauline’s Ranking: #313 (S24) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Stephens is a tough defensive back with the size of a strong safety. He could line up in a zone system and comes with a special-teams mentality.

103. Los Angeles Rams: Ernest Jones, ILB, South Carolina

Pauline’s Ranking: #139 (ILB10) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Rams pull a slight surprise in taking Ernest Jones in Round 3, a frame earlier than I graded him. Jones is a fierce run defender who goes sideline to sideline and shows a lot of ability in pursuit.

102. San Francisco 49ers: Ambry Thomas, CB, Michigan

Pauline’s Ranking: #85 (CB10) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Entering the 2020 season, I graded Ambry Thomas as a potential top-42 pick. Thomas then opted out and did not stand out at the Senior Bowl. However, he has the underlying ability to line up as a nickel back on Sunday.

101. Detroit Lions: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

Pauline’s Ranking: #117 (CB15) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Detroit gets a terrific complementary corner in Ifeatu Melifonwu, a big-bodied corner with a high upside but unpolished game.

100. Tennessee Titans: Elijah Molden, S, Washington

Pauline’s Ranking: #92 (S04) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Titans land one of the better defensive backs in the draft with Molden. He’s instinctive, sells out against the run, and shows great ball skills. Molden comes with poor size/speed numbers and it will be interesting to see if they use him as a corner or safety.

99. Dallas Cowboys: Nahshon Wright, CB, Oregon State

Pauline’s Ranking: #149 (CB22) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Nahshon Wright had a lot of momentum going into the draft and he’s another long-bodied corner for the Cowboys that flashes terrific ball skills. Wright has a lanky frame and must get a bit stronger but offers potential in nickel/dime packages.

TRADE ALERT: New Orleans trade pick 98 to Denver | The Denver Broncos have acquired No. 98.

98. Denver Broncos: Quinn Meinerz, OG, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Pauline’s Ranking: #57 (OG05) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Quinn Meinerz finally comes off the board, a round later than expected. Meinerz will add depth to the Broncos’ offensive line at both guard and center.

97. Los Angeles Chargers: Tre’ McKitty, TE, Georgia

Pauline’s Ranking: #144 (TE07) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Chargers hope they fill their tight end need with Tre’ McKitty, who was a late riser up draft boards. McKitty is a solid pass catcher and a really good blocker, though not the downfield threat of former Chargers TE Hunter Henry.

96. New England Patriots: Ronnie Perkins, DE, Oklahoma

Pauline’s Ranking: #38 (DE05) | Scouting Report

Pauline: In what could be the steal of the draft, the Patriots select Ronnie Perkins in the third round. He’s a dominant pass rusher who sets up camp in the opponents backfilled. Perkins has character red flags but he’s a terrific football player that will surprise at the next level.

95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Robert Hainsey, OG, Notre Dame

Pauline’s Ranking: #160 (OG10) | Scouting Report

Pauline: While he was announced as a tackle, I fully expect the Bucs to give Robert Hainsey reps at guard. He’s a strong, small-area blocker who shows a good feel for blocking and plays with great intelligence.

94. Baltimore Ravens: Ben Cleveland, OG, Georgia

Pauline’s Ranking: #164 (OG11) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Ravens get their type of lineman in Ben Cleveland, a massive mauler with surprising athleticism. He comes with great upside and it will be interesting to see if the Ravens try Cleveland at center.

93. Buffalo Bills: Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa

Pauline’s Ranking: #59 (OT07) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Another Day 2 steal for the Bills. Though not as NFL-ready as second-round choice Boogie Basham, offensive tackle Spencer Brown is a tremendous athlete with greater size and upside. He’s a developmental right tackle who could start in two years.

92. Tennessee Titans: Monty Rice, ILB, Georgia

Pauline’s Ranking: #124 (ILB09) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Rice entered the season graded as a top-45 selection but struggled with injuries last season and watched his draft stock drop. He’s a natural inside linebacker in the Titans’ 3-4 alignment and could turn into a steal if he heals up and gets back to playing form.

91. Cleveland Browns: Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn

Pauline’s Ranking: #87 (WR13) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Browns add speed at receiver with Auburn’s Anthony Schwartz. The junior is track-and-field fast but must translate that speed onto the football field consistently. 

90. Minnesota Vikings: Patrick Jones, DE, Pittsburgh

Pauline’s Ranking: #196 (DE17) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Minnesota hopes they filled the need for edge rusher with Pitt’s Patrick Jones. Jones was a terrific pass rusher the past two years. Although he did not test well during pro day workouts, Jones is a real good football player.

TRADE ALERT: Carolina Panthers trade pick 89 to Houston | The Texans have acquired No. 89.

89. Houston Texans: Nico Collins, WR, Michigan

Pauline’s Ranking: #83 (WR12) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Houston takes big-bodied receiver Nico Collins, the sure-handed receiver from Michigan. Collins plays big football and wins out for contested passes but will struggle separating at the next level.

TRADE ALERT: Los Angeles Rams trade pick 88 to San Francisco 49ers | The 49ers have acquired No. 88.

88. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State

Pauline’s Ranking: #86 (RB05) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The 49ers continue to load up on offense, adding Trey Sermon. Sermon is a nice-sized ball carrier who runs over defenders and around them with quick footwork. He’s also a terrific pass catcher out of the backfield. 

87. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kendrick Green, OG, Illinois

Pauline’s Ranking: #91 (OG07) | Scouting Report

Pauline: After passing on a center in Round 2, the Steelers get a good one in Kendrick Green a frame later.  Green is big, strong and athletic.  He’s also versatile with the ability to line up at center at guard.

86. Minnesota Vikings: Wyatt Davis, OG, Northwestern

Pauline’s Ranking: #40 (OG03) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Vikings get an absolute steal in Wyatt Davis — the dominant OSU product who can line up in a zone or power-gap system. Davis has great upside and will be a long-time starter on Sunday.

TRADE ALERT: Tennessee Titans trade pick 85 to Green Bay | The Packers have acquired No. 85.

85. Green Bay Packers: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson

Pauline’s Ranking: #116 (WR18) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Packers finally draft a receiver, selecting Amari Rodgers of Clemson. Rodgers is short and comes with average speed, but he is well-rounded as a route runner, pass catcher, and punt returner.

84. Dallas Cowboys: Chauncey Golston, DE, Iowa

Pauline’s Ranking: #146 (DE13) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Dallas takes another defensive lineman in the third round with Chauncey Golston of Iowa, though this is a bit earlier than many thought. Golston is tough, athletic, and very explosive.

83. Carolina Panthers: Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame

Pauline’s Ranking: #75 (TE03) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Panthers get another prospect in this draft with outstanding potential with tight end Tommy Tremble.  The ND junior has shown flashes of dominance as a blocker and pass catcher and just needs time to develop his game.

82. Washington Football Team: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina

Pauline’s Ranking: #90 (WR14) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Washington gets a bargain in receiver Dyami Brown, a legitimate deep threat who catches the ball well. Brown must improve his route-running skills but should be effective as a third receiver in 2021.

81. Miami Dolphins: Hunter Long, TE, Boston College

Pauline’s Ranking: #115 (TE05) | Scouting Report

Pauline: In Hunter Long, the Dolphins drafted a solid tight end, accomplished in all areas of the position. He’s a solid pass catcher and blocker, though does not stand out in any one area.

80. Las Vegas Raiders: Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech

Pauline’s Ranking: #103 (S06) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Divine Diablo was well-liked in some areas of the scouting community, as he’s a massive safety who could move to linebacker. Diablo turned in a great pro day, yet shows limited range and cover skills on the field.

79. Las Vegas Raiders: Malcolm Koonce, OLB, Penn State

Pauline’s Ranking: #150 (OLB09) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Raiders add another versatile pass rusher in Malcolm Koonce, a defender who can stand over the tackle or come out of a three-point stance. Entering the weekend, Koonce was all over boards with some teams grading him as a UDFA and others as a Day 2 pick.

78. Minnesota Vikings: Chazz Surratt, ILB, North Carolina

Pauline’s Ranking: #96 (ILB07) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Third-round pick Chazz Surratt is a great fit for Minnesota’s defense. He’s athletic, mobile, and smart. Surratt is a perfect 4-3 WLB and could break into the starting lineup as a rookie.

77. Los Angeles Chargers: Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee

Pauline’s Ranking: #136 (WR22) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Chargers get another weapon for Justin Herbert in Josh Palmer, a big-bodied receiver with excellent hands and next-level skills.

TRADE ALERT: Denver Broncos trade pick 76 to New Orleans | The New Orleans Saints have acquired No. 76.

76. New Orleans Saints: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

Pauline’s Ranking: #95 (CB11) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Saints fill the need for a long, big-bodied corner in the third round. Adebo sat out last season but showed great potential early in his Stanford career.

75. Dallas Cowboys: Osawaru Odigihizuwa, DT, UCLA

Pauline’s Ranking: #123 (DT09) | Scouting Report

Pauline: After losing out on Milton Williams by two spots, the Cowboys take Osawaru Odighizuwa. The UCLA product is quick, explosive, and mobile and was tough to stop during Senior Bowl practice.

74. Washington Football Team: Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota

Pauline’s Ranking: #109 (CB13) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Washington gets a solid cover corner in Ben St-Juste. He possesses size, as well as athleticism — St-Juste looked like a top-45 pick off the 2019 film.

73. Philadelphia Eagles: Milton Williams, DT, Louisiana Tech

Pauline’s Ranking: #49 (DT03) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Williams had been moving up draft boards and lands with the Eagles in Round 3. He has Fletcher Cox-type athleticism and adds depth as well as youth to the Eagles’ defensive interior.

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

Pauline’s Ranking: #89 (DT06) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Lions add another defensive lineman, this time in the form of tackle Alim McNeill. More of a three-technique type, McNeill is explosive, quick, and plays gritty football.

TRADE ALERT: Denver Broncos trade pick 71 to New York Giants | The Giants have acquired No. 71.

71. New York Giants: Aaron Robinson II, CB, Central Florida

Pauline’s Ranking: #54 (CB08) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Giants add more talent at cornerback in Aaron Robinson. The UCF senior has terrific size as well as athleticism. He needs to polish his techniques but should be effective in nickel packages.

TRADE ALERT: Philadelphia Eagles trade pick 70 to Carolina | The Panthers have acquired No. 70.

70. Carolina Panthers: Brady Christensen, OT, BYU

Pauline’s Ranking: #71 (OT11) | Scouting Report

Pauline: I thought the Panthers would draft a tackle with the eighth pick, but third-round choice Brady Christensen offers terrific upside and a future starter on the left side.

69. Cincinnati Bengals: Joseph Ossai, OLB, Texas

Pauline’s Ranking: #44 (OLB04) | Scouting Report

Pauline: After signing Trey Hendrickson in free agency, the Bengals add another pass rusher in Joseph Ossai of Texas. I’m surprised he lasted this long, as Ossai is explosive, athletic, and intense. This was great value for the Bengals.

68. Atlanta Falcons: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

Pauline’s Ranking: #70 (OT10) | Scouting Report

Pauline: Jalen Mayfield offers Atlanta youth at the offensive tackle and a player with a large upside. He fell due to poor interviews and pedestrian pro day workout.

67. Houston Texans: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford

Pauline’s Ranking: #64 (QB07) | Scouting Report

Pauline: With the future of Deshaun Watson in flux, the Texans select Stanford’s Davis Mills. The talented thrower has the arm strength and physical skills to start in the NFL but needs work on his game. Bad medicals pushed him out of the draft’s initial 50 picks.

66. Minnesota Vikings: Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M

Pauline’s Ranking: #56 (QB06) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Minnesota Vikings take what they hope will be their quarterback of the future in Kellen Mond. Physically, Mond grades with the top quarterbacks in this draft, but he’s unpolished and must improve the consistency of his accuracy and reads.

65. Jacksonville Jaguars: Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse

Pauline’s Ranking: #125 (S08) | Scouting Report

Pauline: The Jaguars needed a safety and potentially got a very good one in Andre Cisco. The Syracuse junior had his season cut short by a knee injury, but at the top of his game, is a tough run defender with great range in centerfield.

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