To clear the smoke. To call the names. To chase the dream.
The 2021 NFL Draft is here.
I am pleased present my final first-round 2021 NFL Mock Draft. These projections are based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs heading into the draft, with consideration given to potential trade scenarios.
Enjoy the draft!
1 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson The Jaguars can finally make it official that Trevor Lawrence is their next quarterback and the new face of their franchise.
2 | New York Jets — Zach Wilson, QB, BYU The Jets hit the reset button once again this offseason. Entering yet another new era, they hope that upstart quarterback Zach Wilson can continue his rise and lead the franchise to success.
3 | San Francisco 49ers — Mac Jones, QB, Alabama The 49ers traded up for a quarterback. I believe this pick should be Justin Fields. I think this pick could be Trey Lance. I expect this pick to be Mac Jones. I will mock this pick to be Mac Jones because I don’t know what to do with him otherwise. So it goes.
4 | Atlanta Falcons — Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida The Falcons have an opportunity to secure a successor to Matt Ryan and they’ve certainly done their homework on both Justin Fields and Trey Lance. If they pass on a passer, this pick expects to be the prototype for the tight end of the future, Kyle Pitts.
5 | Cincinnati Bengals — Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU The Bengals have a choice between wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase and offensive tackle Penei Sewell here. I know they want to protect Joe Burrow, but I think they ultimately choose Chase, his former teammate and the alpha of this receiver class, and circle back to the offensive line on Day 2.
6 | Miami Dolphins — Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama The Dolphins need a dynamic weapon to open up their offense — maybe two. Wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is as electric as they come. His prior experience playing with quarterback Tua Tagovailoa just happens to be a bonus.
7 | New England Patriots — Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State * Projected trade up with Detroit Lions * The Patriots are primed to trade up for a quarterback. Most of the pre-draft smoke has them wanting to jump up for Justin Fields, but I’m going to go with the upset and project a trade up for Trey Lance. Meanwhile, the Lions have a shortage of picks and a roster that needs work, so they might be open to trading down for draft capital.
8 | Carolina Panthers — Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon The Panthers are reportedly interested in quarterback Justin Fields, which might be real or might prove to be gamesmanship. I’m going to call their bluff and project that they are going to try their hand with Sam Darnold. In that case, if he is still on the board, they should be ready to draft stud left tackle Penei Sewell here.
9 | Denver Broncos — Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State The Broncos have Drew Lock and just traded for veteran Teddy Bridgewater, so would they still be interested in drafting a quarterback? It remains to be seen, but if Justin Fields is still on the board when they come up on the clock, it’s certainly a consideration. If this scenario plays out, I think Teddy is the bridge, Fields is the future, and Lock is on the block.
10 | Dallas Cowboys — Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama The Cowboys have a glaring need at cornerback, but if offensive lineman Rashawn Slater is still on the board, he would also expect to be in the mix. I can see either Patrick Surtain II or Jaycee Horn as the pick here, but I’m going to give the nod to Surtain in the event that another team has eyes on Horn and takes him in front of Dallas.
11 | New York Giants — DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama The Giants have a host of needs they could address with this pick, with offensive lineman Rashawn Slater, linebacker Micah Parsons, and edge defenders Kwity Paye and Azeez Ojulari among the options. But, I think adding wide receiver DeVonta Smith to their cache of weaponry might intrigue them as they continue trying to figure out exactly what they have in quarterback Daniel Jones.
12 | Philadelphia Eagles — Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina The Eagles might regret trading back after all of the top-tier pass catchers come off the board before they pick, but I believe they are in more desperate need of a cornerback. I think they would be relieved to still come away with Jaycee Horn here, but don’t rule out the possibility of them trading up ahead of the Cowboys to steal either Horn or Patrick Surtain II.
13 | Los Angeles Chargers — Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern The Chargers would expect to have interest in both of the top offensive tackles — Rashawn Slater and Penei Sewell, the former teammate of quarterback Justin Herbert at Oregon. A trade up might be in order for them to land either, but if they were to stay put, Slater is the more likely candidate to be available here.
14 | Minnesota Vikings — Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan The Vikings are obviously in play to draft an offensive lineman here, most likely Alijah Vera-Tucker or Christian Darrisaw — unless they explore a trade up. They might also attempt to trade down to get an extra pick or two. As it stands, I could see them just as easily taking the first edge rusher off the board, potentially Kwity Paye.
15 | Detroit Lions — Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State * Projected trade down with New England Patriots * The Lions are a prime candidate to trade down in the first round, especially if a team like the Patriots is willing to pay the quarterback tax to move up. If they were to sit tight at #7, a wide receiver or offensive tackle are likely considerations. As is linebacker Micah Parsons, who could still be available here in their projected landing spot.
16 | Arizona Cardinals — Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa The Cardinals are a little bit of a wildcard depending on their interest in a wide receiver, as it has been suggested that they are considering a trade up. I could also see them being open to trading back and taking one from the second tier. If they stand in and pick, physically imposing linebacker Zaven Collins could be the target to fill out their front seven.
17 | Las Vegas Raiders — Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State The Raiders always make it interesting on draft night, but they also raised a lot of eyebrows this offseason by effectively dismantling what had been one of the better offensive lines in the league. With a definite void now at right tackle, I would expect them to strongly lean towards massive mauler Teven Jenkins with this pick. If linebacker Micah Parsons were to still be available, I think he would also be in play.
18 | Miami Dolphins — Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC The Dolphins could consider offensive tackle Penei Sewell at #6 if the Bengals pass on him in favor of wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase, but I had Miami pass on him as well to get an offensive weapon in Jaylen Waddle. In turn, I think they could look at adding to their offensive line here with Alijah Vera-Tucker, who would slot in at guard alongside his former college teammate, second-year tackle Austin Jackson, who has promise but struggled as a rookie.
19 | Washington Football Team — Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame Washington is another team firmly in the conversation to draft an offensive tackle, but I think they could also be interested in an impact second-level defender. Hybrid linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah compares favorably to the smaller, faster linebackers head coach Ron Rivera and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio have deployed in the past.
20 | Chicago Bears — Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss The Bears could realistically target a wide receiver, a cornerback, or an offensive tackle here — if they don’t go all in to trade up for a quarterback. In lieu of a big move, I think they might still try to splash a little bit with a wide receiver. Elijah Moore is undersized, but there’s no question he is a fast, explosive playmaker who would add some juice to their offense.
21 | Indianapolis Colts — Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech The Colts could be a mover on draft night if they don’t see the value at offensive tackle or edge rusher being here for them. In this scenario, however, they are fortunate to have potential trade-up target Christian Darrisaw somehow make it through the minefield of tackle-needy teams ahead of them.
22 | Tennessee Titans — Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota The Titans lost a lot of firepower from their passing offense this offseason and have not done much to reload, thus I would expect them to strongly consider a wide receiver here. Rashod Bateman is perhaps the most natural fit in this range to complement A.J. Brown.
23 | New York Jets — Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky The Jets expect to continue renovating their defense through the draft, specifically the secondary. But, I think cornerback will stretch into Day 2. Meanwhile, they have to be leery of what they have at linebacker for this season and beyond. A riser at the position, Jamin Davis could be a compelling option to work in alongside C.J. Mosley and Jarrad Davis before eventually taking over as the leader of the unit.
24 | Pittsburgh Steelers — Najee Harris, RB, Alabama The Steelers have needs at cornerback and offensive tackle specifically, but may be looking at the third, fourth, or fifth options at either or both positions depending on how the board falls. Meanwhile, they are likely in position to take the first running back, which also happens to be a substantial need. Najee Harris is the call for me, but Travis Etienne would also make sense here.
25 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU The Jaguars expect to focus their draft on putting pieces around Trevor Lawrence, which could have them looking in multiple directions offensively here. Alternatively, if they are aiming to raise their overall talent level, safety Trevon Moehrig should be a consideration. He is arguably the top player remaining on the board, let alone at his position, and would project to be a rookie starter for their defense.
26 | Cleveland Browns — Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia The Browns are coming into this draft in the enviable, and for them unusual, position of not having to fill a pressing need. That said, there is some degree of uncertainty at cornerback due to injury, as well as opportunity for competition. Given that context, I think cornerback Eric Stokes may be a consideration over Caleb Farley and Greg Newsome II, both of whom might grade out slightly higher but come with durability questions.
27 | Baltimore Ravens — Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia The Ravens expect to be in the market for multiple positions late in the the first round, but fortunately they now have two picks to address those needs. In this scenario, the first position they tackle is edge rusher, opting for Azeez Ojulari, who is at or near the top of the group talent-wise, but may slip depending on how teams interpret his medical evaluation.
28 | New Orleans Saints — Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern The Saints are thin at wide receiver and defensive tackle especially, but cornerback is perhaps their most urgent need. With Greg Newsome II still on the board, I think they have to consider taking the immediate help for their pass defense, and tabling the other two positions until later. They could also be open to trading down with a team looking to jump back into the first round.
29 | Green Bay Packers — Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama The Packers may consider drafting for value this late in the first round, which would rule out positions where they do have an immediate need, such as wide receiver, linebacker, and cornerback, where the top of the board has been thinned out. To that point, the player presenting the best value without injury concerns might be high-ceiling defensive lineman Christian Barmore, who could be a key piece of their rotation early.
30 | Buffalo Bills — Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson The Bills have been the source of a lot of smoke this week, with reports suggesting that they are not only interested in drafting running back Travis Etienne, but exploring a trade up in the first round to secure his services. I’ll buy into it in so far as I can see the Bills and 3 or 4 other teams potentially targeting Etienne in this range. In this case, however, a trade up is not required.
31 | Baltimore Ravens — Landon Dickerson, OC, Alabama The Ravens will look to address a position here they didn’t earlier at #27. While I think there will be interest in a wide receiver, they might feel comfortable gambling on plug-and-play center Landon Dickerson, who is considered a first-round talent, but has an injury history that can’t be ignored.
32 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami The Buccaneers will come into this season looking to repeat as Super Bowl champions with their title team virtually intact. As it stands, the rich get richer, as they end up with edge rusher Jaelan Phillips, who has the talent to go in the top half of the first round, but comes with significant medical red flags that could see him slide to here. Suffice to say, the Buccaneers can afford the risk.
Projections are based on the official draft order as of April 13 and my impression of team needs heading into the draft, and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios.
First-round selections with analysis are presented below, followed by the complete seven-round mock draft and selections by team.
1 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson Trevor Lawrence is the pick. This we know. If the Jaguars are officially on the clock for more than two minutes on draft night, they are trolling us all.
2 | New York Jets — Zach Wilson, QB, BYU Zach Wilson has been the favorite here for a while now. Shipping former starter Sam Darnold to Carolina effectively sets it in stone — although there is still a slim chance of a shocker on draft night.
3 | San Francisco 49ers — Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State Count me among those who are not as convinced at this point that Mac Jones is the definitive target of the 49ers’ trade up. I might even suggest that their presence at his pro day was to make sure he wasn’t their guy. That said, I don’t consider them attending a second pro day for Justin Fields to necessarily be a tell, but he could certainly win them over — if he hasn’t already.
4 | Atlanta Falcons — Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida This could be the spot for the fourth quarterback to come off the board — whether it is to Atlanta or a team that makes them an offer they can’t refuse. Since I’m not projecting trades and I’m not quite yet sold on the idea of the Falcons turning the page at quarterback, they stand in and take Kyle Pitts as they try to arm Matt Ryan for the final run of his career.
5 | Cincinnati Bengals — Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU Offensive tackle remains a clear need and the Bengals would have their pick of protectors here, but with Ja’Marr Chase re-emerging as the alpha of this receiver class, Cincinnati might be tempted to team him back up with Joe Burrow first and then circle back to tackle on Day 2.
6 | Miami Dolphins — DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama The Dolphins traded down to #12 then traded back up to #6, most likely to ensure they wouldn’t miss out on a top-tier pass catcher. As it stands, their choice here would come down to Alabama receivers DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. In this scenario, the pick is Smith, who would give them a savvy separator with sticky hands.
7 | Detroit Lions — Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State Poor Jared Goff — hasn’t played a down for Detroit and already on borrowed time, right? While the Lions are making the pick here, this might also be a spot for a team further down the board to trade up in a play for one of the remaining quarterbacks. That said, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that the Lions take Trey Lance to be their quarterback of the future while they ride out Goff’s contract and rebuild.
8 | Carolina Panthers — Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon Acquiring Sam Darnold from the Jets and then reportedly exercising his fifth-year option would expect to remove the Panthers from the quarterback market in this draft — at least in the first round. If that is indeed the case, then they are firmly in play to take the first offensive tackle off the board here. Right now, I’m slotting in Penei Sewell as that selection.
9 | Denver Broncos — Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern The Broncos are one of the teams rumored to be considering a move up the board for a quarterback. Mac Jones is available here, but I don’t think he’s going to be their preference. In lieu of a trade, Rashawn Slater sliding in at right tackle could be of interest to them depending on how they feel about Ja’Wuan James moving forward.
10 | Dallas Cowboys — Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama Patrick Surtain II to the Cowboys is perhaps the most seamless player-team-value-need fit beyond the top two picks. This scenario didn’t present any reason to move away from that projection.
11 | New York Giants — Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan The Giants could be accused of overdrafting in the first round in recent years, but Kwity Paye would seem to be a sensible selection in terms of need and value. While he still needs seasoning as a pass rusher, the traits and potential are very bankable.
12 | Philadelphia Eagles — Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama I would expect the Eagles to take a long, hard look at drafting cornerback Jaycee Horn here, especially after the questionable selections at wide receiver they’ve made over the past couple of years. But, Jaylen Waddle is a game-changing weapon who could help compensate for the limitations of new QB1 Jalen Hurts.
13 | Los Angeles Chargers — Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC Alijah Vera-Tucker generally projects to be an NFL guard, but the Chargers may look at him at tackle first. Regardless of whether he lines up on the offensive edge or slides inside, he’ll be an immediate starter.
14 | Minnesota Vikings — Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech I could see Mike Zimmer pounding the table for a pass rusher or cornerback Jaycee Horn, but the Vikings currently have a substantial hole to fill at left tackle. Christian Darrisaw isn’t a perfect prospect, but his physical gifts combined with proper coaching could see him reach a very high ceiling.
15 | New England Patriots — Mac Jones, QB, Alabama As it has been well established here, there, and everywhere, Mac Jones to the Patriots — one way or the other — makes sense from multiple angles. But, I doubt he gets here (especially if he ends up being the pick for San Francisco). That said, with no trades involved in this mock, I would consider this his draft floor and am treating this pick as such.
16 | Arizona Cardinals — Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina In this scenario, the Cardinals benefit from the teams directly in front of them passing on Jaycee Horn. Desperately needing a stud cornerback, they would be on the phone making the pick before the commissioner finished reading Mac Jones’ draft card.
17 | Las Vegas Raiders — Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State With Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock running the show, the phrase “Raiders gonna Raider” has been uttered more than once in recent years of draft night. That said, I don’t think anyone would question the selection of impact defender Micah Parsons.
18 | Miami Dolphins — Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa Most of the Dolphins’ linebackers are only signed through 2021 and they also need to replenish their pass rush after parting ways with both Kyle Van Noy and Shaq Lawson. Drafting Zaven Collins would help address both issues.
19 | Washington Football Team — Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky The rocket is securely strapped to Jamin Davis, who now has legitimate first-round buzz after putting a stellar season on tape and crushing his pro day. With a need at linebacker and a head coach and defensive coordinator who know a little about the position, Washington would expect to be one of teams interested in his services.
20 | Chicago Bears — Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State Despite appearances, the Bears would probably like to be in play for a first-round quarterback. With that not happening here, wide receiver, offensive tackle, and cornerback expect to be the targets. Pencil in Teven Jenkins as the pick, with the Bears looking to address pass catcher and pass defender in later rounds.
21 | Indianapolis Colts — Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama The Colts expect to be zeroing in on either an offensive tackle or edge defender. That said, they’re hurting more for a plug-and-play protector than another young pass rusher. Much like Alijah Vera-Tucker, Alex Leatherwood is commonly projected as an NFL guard, but the Colts may think tackle with him being highly effective there in college.
22 | Tennessee Titans — Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama The Titans sorely need a right tackle, but the board didn’t fall in their favor with this run. They could still look at Liam Eichenberg here to fill that role, but the prospect of pairing Christian Barmore with Jeffery Simmons up front is a pretty compelling alternative.
23 | New York Jets — Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami If not for his medical history, Jaelan Phillips could realistically be a Top-10 selection in this draft. He has that much talent and ability — and plays a premium position. If he pans out as a pro, the Jets could be getting a steal here.
24 | Pittsburgh Steelers — Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech Injury concerns ultimately caught up with the draft stock of Caleb Farley, sending him tumbling down the board. But, after a reportedly positive medical re-check, he might be climbing back up. The Steelers could be among the teams willing to gamble that his durability won’t be an issue moving forward.
25 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU This continues to be one of the more difficult picks for me to project. The Jaguars could go in a number of different directions here, but taking Trevon Moehrig would give them arguably the top prospect for the deep safety role.
26 | Cleveland Browns — Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia The Browns signed Takk McKinley and are in talks with Jadeveon Clowney, but thus far neither has lived up to the promise of their lofty draft position. Azeez Ojulari would be an option here to groom behind either or both veterans — or make them expendable.
27 | Baltimore Ravens — Landon Dickerson, OC, Alabama Landon Dickerson to the Ravens is one of the more fun fits of the first round — filling a major need and adding another name to the pipeline flowing from ‘Bama to Baltimore.
28 | New Orleans Saints — Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida For a team historically loaded with weapons, the receiver depth chart is awfully thin for the Saints at the moment. Kadarius Toney would give them an explosive playmaker to use down the field and in space.
29 | Green Bay Packers — Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame I’ll be the first to admit that this is far too low for Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, but need and fit will probably impact his actual draft range the most out of any first-round prospect. The Packers wouldn’t seem like a natural landing spot, but the value is too good here and new defensive coordinator Joe Barry just might have a plan for JOK’s unique skillset.
30 | Buffalo Bills — Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern With the Bills moving on from Josh Norman and seemingly lukewarm on Levi Wallace, Greg Newsome II has an opportunity to come in right away and earn the starting job opposite Tre’Davious White.
31 | Kansas City Chiefs — Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas Offensive tackle expects to be the priority for the Chiefs here. While I’ve slotted Liam Eichenberg to them previously, it’s been a toss-up between him and Samuel Cosmi. In this scenario, I went with Cosmi, who might not be as polished, but is more athletic and projects to have the higher upside.
32 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue Despite being small in stature, there aren’t many players who operate with the speed and quickness of Rondale Moore. It would be incredibly fun to see him land in Tampa Bay to work with Bruce Arians and Tom Brady.
2021 NFL DRAFT SUPER MOCK
1) Jacksonville Jaguars — Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson 2) New York Jets — Zach Wilson, QB, BYU 3) San Francisco 49ers (from HOU via MIA) — Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State 4) Atlanta Falcons — Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida 5) Cincinnati Bengals — Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU 6) Miami Dolphins (from PHI) — DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama 7) Detroit Lions — Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State 8) Carolina Panthers — Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon 9) Denver Broncos — Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern 10) Dallas Cowboys — Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama 11) New York Giants — Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan 12) Philadelphia Eagles (from SF via MIA) — Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama 13) Los Angeles Chargers — Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC 14) Minnesota Vikings — Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech 15) New England Patriots — Mac Jones, QB, Alabama 16) Arizona Cardinals — Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina 17) Las Vegas Raiders — Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State 18) Miami Dolphins — Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa 19) Washington Football Team — Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky 20) Chicago Bears — Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State 21) Indianapolis Colts — Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama 22) Tennessee Titans — Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama 23) New York Jets (from SEA) — Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami 24) Pittsburgh Steelers — Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech 25) Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR) — Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU 26) Cleveland Browns — Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia 27) Baltimore Ravens — Landon Dickerson, OC, Alabama 28) New Orleans Saints — Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida 29) Green Bay Packers — Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame 30) Buffalo Bills — Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern 31) Kansas City Chiefs — Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas 32) Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
33) Jacksonville Jaguars — Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State 34) New York Jets — Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse 35) Atlanta Falcons — Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State 36) Miami Dolphins (from HOU) — Najee Harris, RB, Alabama 37) Philadelphia Eagles — Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia 38) Cincinnati Bengals — Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State 39) Carolina Panthers — Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU 40) Denver Broncos — Davis Mills, QB, Stanford 41) Detroit Lions — Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss 42) New York Giants — Aaron Banks, OG, Notre Dame 43) San Francisco 49ers — Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia 44) Dallas Cowboys — Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State 45) Jacksonville Jaguars (from MIN) — Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas 46) New England Patriots — Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota 47) Los Angeles Chargers — Elijah Molden, CB, Washington 48) Las Vegas Raiders — Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame 49) Arizona Cardinals — Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson 50) Miami Dolphins — Creed Humphrey, OC, Oklahoma 51) Washington Football Team — Kyle Trask, QB, Florida 52) Chicago Bears — Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF 53) Tennessee Titans — Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington 54) Indianapolis Colts — Gregory Rousseau, DL, Miami 55) Pittsburgh Steelers — Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina 56) Seattle Seahawks — James Hudson III, OT, Cincinnati 57) Los Angeles Rams — Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri 58) Baltimore Ravens — Payton Turner, EDGE, Houston 59) Cleveland Browns — Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville 60) New Orleans Saints — Levi Onwuzurike, DL, Washington 61) Buffalo Bills — Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State 62) Green Bay Packers — Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC 63) Kansas City Chiefs — Quinn Meinerz, OC, Wisconsin-Whitewater 64) Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest
65) Jacksonville Jaguars — Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson 66) New York Jets — Jabril Cox, LB, LSU 67) Houston Texans — Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M 68) Atlanta Falcons — Jevon Holland, S, Oregon 69) Cincinnati Bengals — Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma 70) Philadelphia Eagles — Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina 71) Denver Broncos — Richie Grant, S, UCF 72) Detroit Lions — Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky 73) Carolina Panthers — Kendrick Green, OG, Illinois 74) Washington Football Team (from SF) — Walker Little, OT, Stanford 75) Dallas Cowboys — Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson 76) New York Giants — Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan 77) Los Angeles Chargers — Nico Collins, WR, Michigan 78) Minnesota Vikings — Milton Williams, DL, Louisiana Tech 79) Las Vegas Raiders (from ARZ) — Ben Cleveland, OG, Georgia 80) Las Vegas Raiders — Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State 81) Miami Dolphins — Dayo Odeyingbo, DL, Vanderbilt 82) Washington Football Team — Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina 83) Chicago Bears — Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech 84) Philadelphia Eagles (from IND) — Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida 85) Tennessee Titans — Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan 86) New York Jets (from SEA) — Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame 87) Pittsburgh Steelers — Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa 88) Los Angeles Rams — Josh Myers, OC, Ohio State 89) Cleveland Browns — Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State 90) Minnesota Vikings (from BAL) — D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan 91) Cleveland Browns (from NO) — Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State 92) Green Bay Packers — Daviyon Nixon, DL, Iowa 93) Buffalo Bills — Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis 94) Kansas City Chiefs — Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pitt 95) Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas 96) New England Patriots (compensatory) — Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford 97) Los Angeles Chargers (compensatory) — Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee 98) New Orleans Saints (compensatory) — Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn 99) Dallas Cowboys (compensatory) — Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana 100) Tennessee Titans (compensatory) — Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami 101) Detroit Lions (from LAR; compensatory) — Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee 102) San Francisco 49ers (compensatory) — Deonte Brown, OG, Alabama 103) Los Angeles Rams (compensatory) — Marvin Wilson, DL, Florida State 104) Baltimore Ravens (compensatory) — D’Ante Smith, OT, East Carolina 105) New Orleans Saints (compensatory) — Zech McPhearson, CB, Texas Tech
106) Jacksonville Jaguars — Brady Christensen, OT, BYU 107) New York Jets — Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State 108) Atlanta Falcons — Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State 109) Houston Texans — Seth Williams, WR, Auburn 110) Cleveland Browns (from PHI) — Alim McNeill, DL, North Carolina State 111) Cincinnati Bengals — Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina 112) Detroit Lions — Derrick Barnes, LB, Purdue 113) Carolina Panthers — Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse 114) Denver Broncos — Chris Rumph II, EDGE, Duke 115) Dallas Cowboys — Tommy Togiai, DL, Ohio State 116) New York Giants — Jay Tufele, DL, USC 117) San Francisco 49ers — Marlon Tuipulotu, DL, USC 118) Los Angeles Chargers — Osa Odighizuwa, DL, UCLA 119) Minnesota Vikings — Royce Newman, OG, Ole Miss 120) New England Patriots — Robert Hainsey, OG, Notre Dame 121) Las Vegas Raiders — Ar’Darius Washington, S, TCU 122) New England Patriots (from ARZ via HOU) — Demetric Felton, RB, UCLA 123) Philadelphia Eagles (from MIA) — Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pitt 124) Washington Football Team — Tre’ McKitty, TE, Georgia 125) Minnesota Vikings (from CHI) — Hunter Long, TE, Boston College 126) Tennessee Titans — Cade Johnson, WR, South Dakota State 127) Indianapolis Colts — Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama 128) Pittsburgh Steelers — Buddy Johnson, LB, Texas A&M 129) Seattle Seahawks — Tyler Shelvin, DL, LSU 130) Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR) — Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State 131) Baltimore Ravens — Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson 132) Cleveland Browns — Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota 133) New Orleans Saints — Garret Wallow, LB, TCU 134) Minnesota Vikings (from BUF) — Tyree Gillespie, S, Missouri 135) Green Bay Packers — Ambry Thomas, CB, Michigan 136) Kansas City Chiefs — Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State 137) Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Josh Ball, OT, Marshall 138) Dallas Cowboys (compensatory) — Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami 139) New England Patriots (compensatory) — Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC 140) Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory) — Drew Dalman, OC, Stanford 141) Los Angeles Rams (compensatory) — Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB 142) Green Bay Packers (compensatory) — Michal Menet, OC, Penn State 143) Minnesota Vikings (compensatory) — Adetokunbo Ogundeji, EDGE, Notre Dame 144) Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory) — Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia
145) Jacksonville Jaguars — Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State 146) New York Jets — Frank Darby, WR, Arizona State 147) Houston Texans — Shakur Brown, CB, Michigan State 148) Atlanta Falcons — Brenden Jaimes, OT, Nebraska 149) Cincinnati Bengals — Isaiah McDuffie, LB, Boston College 150) Philadelphia Eagles — Thomas Graham Jr., CB, Oregon 151) Carolina Panthers — Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech 152) Denver Broncos — Monty Rice, LB, Georgia 153) Detroit Lions — Jaylon Moore, OT, Western Michigan 154) New York Jets (from NYG) — Tommy Doyle, OT, Miami-Ohio 155) San Francisco 49ers — Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State 156) Miami Dolphins (from DAL via PHI) — Khyiris Tonga, DL, BYU 157) Minnesota Vikings — Nick Niemann, LB, Iowa 158) Houston Texans (from NE) — Chauncey Golston, EDGE, Iowa 159) Los Angeles Chargers — Cameron Sample, EDGE, Tulane 160) Arizona Cardinals — Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina 161) Buffalo Bills (from LV) — Ben Mason, FB, Michigan 162) Las Vegas Raiders (from MIA) — Bobby Brown III, DL, Texas A&M 163) Washington Football Team — Janarius Robinson, EDGE, Florida State 164) Chicago Bears — Simi Fehoko, WR, Stanford 165) Indianapolis Colts — Keith Taylor, CB, Washington 166) Tennessee Titans — Rodarius Williams, CB, Oklahoma State 167) Las Vegas Raiders (from SEA) — Elerson Smith, EDGE, Northern Iowa 168) Minnesota Vikings (from PIT via BAL) — Jamie Newman, QB, Wake Forest 169) Cleveland Browns (from LAR) — Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Oklahoma 170) Jacksonville Jaguars (from CLE) — Jared Hocker, OG, Texas A&M 171) Baltimore Ravens — Darrick Forrest Jr., S, Cincinnati 172) San Francisco 49ers (from NO) — Rashad Byrd, LB, Georgia Southern 173) Green Bay Packers — Dan Moore Jr., OT, Texas A&M 174) Buffalo Bills — Trill Williams, S, Syracuse 175) Kansas City Chiefs — Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State 176) Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jamien Sherwood, S, Auburn 177) New England Patriots (compensatory) — Charles Snowden, EDGE, Virginia 178) Green Bay Packers (compensatory) — Ernest Jones, LB, South Carolina 179) Dallas Cowboys (compensatory) — Brandon Stephens, CB, SMU 180) San Francisco 49ers (compensatory) — Justin Hilliard, LB, Ohio State 181) Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory) — Marco Wilson, CB, Florida 182) Atlanta Falcons (compensatory) — David Moore, OG, Grambling State 183) Atlanta Falcons (compensatory) — Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE, Oregon State 184) Baltimore Ravens (compensatory) — Daelin Hayes, EDGE, Notre Dame
185) Los Angeles Chargers (from JAX via TEN) — Camryn Bynum, CB, California 186) New York Jets — Elijah Mitchell, RB, Louisiana 187) Atlanta Falcons — Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa 188) New England Patriots (from HOU) — Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa 189) Philadelphia Eagles — Kenny Yeboah, TE, Ole Miss 190) Cincinnati Bengals — James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati 191) Denver Broncos — Javian Hawkins, RB, Louisville 192) Dallas Cowboys (from DET) — Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina 193) Carolina Panthers — Jonathan Marshall, DL, Arkansas 194) San Francisco 49ers — Wyatt Hubert, EDGE, Kansas State 195) Houston Texans (from DAL via NE) — Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest 196) New York Giants — Shaka Toney, EDGE, Penn State 197) New England Patriots — Tedarrell Slaton, DL, Florida 198) Los Angeles Chargers — Jose Borregales, K, Miami 199) Minnesota Vikings — Evan McPherson, K, Florida 200) Las Vegas Raiders — Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern 201) New York Giants (from ARZ) — Jaret Patterson, RB, Buffalo 202) Cincinnati Bengals (from MIA via HOU) — Chris Wilcox, CB, BYU 203) Houston Texans (from WFT via LV and MIA) — DJ Daniel, CB, Georgia 204) Chicago Bears — Ta’Quon Graham, DL, Texas 205) Tennessee Titans — Brandon Smith, WR, Iowa 206) Indianapolis Colts — Joshuah Bledsoe, S, Missouri 207) Kansas City Chiefs (from PIT via MIA) — Robert Jones, OG, Middle Tennessee State 208) Chicago Bears (from SEA via MIA) — Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas 209) Los Angeles Rams — Tay Gowan, CB, UCF 210) Baltimore Ravens — K.J. Britt, LB, Auburn 211) Cleveland Browns — Kary Vincent Jr., CB, LSU 212) Houston Texans (from NO) — Adrian Ealy, OT, Oklahoma 213) Buffalo Bills — Drake Jackson, OC, Pitt 214) Green Bay Packers — Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas 215) Tennessee Titans (from KC) — Sadarius Hutcherson, OG, South Carolina 216) Pittsburgh Steelers (from TB) — Tarron Jackson, EDGE, Coastal Carolina 217) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (compensatory) — Kayode Awosika, OG, Buffalo 218) New Orleans Saints (compensatory) — Deommodore Lenoir, CB, Oregon 219) Atlanta Falcons (compensatory) — Anthony Hines III, LB, Texas A&M 220) Green Bay Packers (compensatory) — Malcolm Koonce, EDGE, Buffalo 221) Chicago Bears (compensatory) — Trevon Grimes, WR, Florida 222) Carolina Panthers (compensatory) — John Bates, TE, Boise State 223) Arizona Cardinals (from MIN; compensatory) — Jacob Harris, TE, UCF 224) Philadelphia Eagles (compensatory) — Victor Dimukeje, EDGE, Duke 225) Philadelphia Eagles (compensatory) — Trey Hill, OC, Georgia 226) New York Jets (from CAR; compensatory) — Dax Milne, WR, BYU 227) Dallas Cowboys (compensatory) — Jonathan Cooper, EDGE, Ohio State 228) Chicago Bears (compensatory) — Patrick Johnson, EDGE, Tulane
229) New Orleans Saints (from JAX) — Chris Evans, RB, Michigan 230) San Francisco 49ers (from NYJ) — Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston 231) Miami Dolphins (from HOU) — Avery Williams, CB, Boise State 232) Tennessee Titans (from ATL via MIA) — JaCoby Stevens, S, LSU 233) Houston Texans (from CIN) — Jaylen Twyman, DL, Pitt 234) Philadelphia Eagles — Michael Strachan, WR, Charleston 235) Cincinnati Bengals (from DET via SEA) — Darius Stills, DL, West Virginia 236) Buffalo Bills (from CAR) — Matt Bushman, TE, BYU 237) Denver Broncos — Quinton Bohanna, DL, Kentucky 238) Dallas Cowboys — Curtis Robinson, LB, Stanford 239) Denver Broncos (from NYG) — Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma 240) Philadelphia Eagles (from SF) — Caden Sterns, S, Texas 241) Los Angeles Chargers — Larry Rountree III, RB, Missouri 242) New England Patriots — Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina 243) Arizona Cardinals — Christian Uphoff, S, Illinois State 244) Washington Football Team (from LV) — Jake Funk, RB, Maryland 245) Pittsburgh Steelers (from MIA) — Jack Heflin, DL, Iowa 246) Washington Football Team — Mark Gilbert, CB, Duke 247) Arizona Cardinals (from CHI via LV) — Larnel Coleman, OT, UMass 248) Indianapolis Colts — Austin Watkins Jr., WR, UAB 249) Jacksonville Jaguars (from TEN) — Amen Ogbongbemiga, LB, Oklahoma State 250) Seattle Seahawks — Jonathan Adams Jr., WR, Arkansas State 251) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from PIT) — Feleipe Franks, QB, Arkansas 252) Los Angeles Rams — Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville 253) Denver Broncos (from CLE) — William Bradley-King, EDGE, Baylor 254) Pittsburgh Steelers (from BAL) — Damar Hamlin, S, Pitt 255) New Orleans Saints — Larry Borom, OT, Missouri 256) Green Bay Packers — Kene Nwangwu, RB, Iowa State 257) Cleveland Browns (from BUF) — Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame 258) Miami Dolphins (from KC) — Max Duffy, P, Kentucky 259) Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Joshua Kaindoh, EDGE, Florida State
SELECTIONS BY TEAM
Arizona Cardinals 1.16 — Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina 2.49 — Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson 5.160 — Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina 6.223 — Jacob Harris, TE, UCF 7.243 — Christian Uphoff, S, Illinois State 7.247 — Larnel Coleman, OT, UMass
Atlanta Falcons 1.4 — Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida 2.35 — Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State 3.68 — Jevon Holland, S, Oregon 4.108 — Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State 5.148 — Brenden Jaimes, OT, Nebraska 5.182 — David Moore, OG, Grambling State 5.183 — Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE, Oregon State 6.187 — Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa 6.219 — Anthony Hines III, LB, Texas A&M
Buffalo Bills 1.30 — Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern 2.61 — Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State 3.93 — Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis 5.161 — Ben Mason, FB, Michigan 5.174 — Trill Williams, S, Syracuse 6.213 — Drake Jackson, OC, Pitt 7.236 — Matt Bushman, TE, BYU
Carolina Panthers 1.8 — Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon 2.39 — Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU 3.73 — Kendrick Green, OG, Illinois 4.113 — Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse 5.151 — Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech 6.193 — Jonathan Marshall, DL, Arkansas 6.222 — John Bates, TE, Boise State
Chicago Bears 1.20 — Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State 2.52 — Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF 3.83 — Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech 5.164 — Simi Fehoko, WR, Stanford 6.204 — Ta’Quon Graham, DL, Texas 6.208 — Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas 6.221 — Trevon Grimes, WR, Florida 6.228 — Patrick Johnson, EDGE, Tulane
Cincinnati Bengals 1.5 — Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU 2.38 — Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State 3.69 — Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma 4.111 — Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina 5.149 — Isaiah McDuffie, LB, Boston College 6.190 — James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati 6.202 — Chris Wilcox, CB, BYU 7.235 — Darius Stills, DL, West Virginia
Cleveland Browns 1.26 — Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia 2.59 — Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville 3.89 — Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State 3.91 — Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State 4.110 — Alim McNeill, DL, North Carolina State 4.132 — Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota 5.169 — Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Oklahoma 6.211 — Kary Vincent Jr., CB, LSU 7.257 — Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame
Dallas Cowboys 1.10 — Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama 2.44 — Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State 3.75 — Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson 3.99 — Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana 4.115 — Tommy Togiai, DL, Ohio State 4.138 — Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami 5.179 — Brandon Stephens, CB, SMU 6.192 — Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina 6.227 — Jonathan Cooper, EDGE, Ohio State 7.238 — Curtis Robinson, LB, Stanford
Denver Broncos 1.9 — Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern 2.40 — Davis Mills, QB, Stanford 3.71 — Richie Grant, S, UCF 4.114 — Chris Rumph II, EDGE, Duke 5.152 — Monty Rice, LB, Georgia 6.191 — Javian Hawkins, RB, Louisville 7.237 — Quinton Bohanna, DL, Kentucky 7.239 — Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma 7.253 — William Bradley-King, EDGE, Baylor
Detroit Lions 1.7 — Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State 2.41 — Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss 3.72 — Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky 3.101 — Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee 4.112 — Derrick Barnes, LB, Purdue 5.153 — Jaylon Moore, OT, Western Michigan
Green Bay Packers 1.29 — Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame 2.62 — Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC 3.92 — Daviyon Nixon, DL, Iowa 4.135 — Ambry Thomas, CB, Michigan 4.142 — Michal Menet, OC, Penn State 5.173 — Dan Moore Jr., OT, Texas A&M 5.178 — Ernest Jones, LB, South Carolina 6.214 — Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas 6.220 — Malcolm Koonce, EDGE, Buffalo 7.256 — Kene Nwangwu, RB, Iowa State
Indianapolis Colts 1.21 — Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama 2.54 — Gregory Rousseau, DL, Miami 4.127 — Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama 5.165 — Keith Taylor, CB, Washington 6.206 — Joshuah Bledsoe, S, Missouri 7.248 — Austin Watkins Jr., WR, UAB
Jacksonville Jaguars 1.1 — Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson 1.25 — Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU 2.33 — Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State 2.45 — Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas 3.65 — Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson 4.106 — Brady Christensen, OT, BYU 4.130 — Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State 5.145 — Jermar Jefferson, RB, Oregon State 5.170 — Jared Hocker, OG, Texas A&M 7.249 — Amen Ogbongbemiga, LB, Oklahoma State
Kansas City Chiefs 1.31 — Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas 2.63 — Quinn Meinerz, OC, Wisconsin-Whitewater 3.94 — Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pitt 4.136 — Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State 4.144 — Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia 5.175 — Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State 5.181 — Marco Wilson, CB, Florida 6.207 — Robert Jones, OG, Middle Tennessee State
Las Vegas Raiders 1.17 — Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State 2.48 — Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame 3.79 — Ben Cleveland, OG, Georgia 3.80 — Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State 4.121 — Ar’Darius Washington, S, TCU 5.162 — Bobby Brown III, DL, Texas A&M 5.167 — Elerson Smith, EDGE, Northern Iowa 6.200 — Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
Los Angeles Chargers 1.13 — Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT, USC 2.47 — Elijah Molden, CB, Washington 3.77 — Nico Collins, WR, Michigan 3.97 — Trey Smith, OG, Tennessee 4.118 — Osa Odighizuwa, DL, UCLA 5.159 — Cameron Sample, EDGE, Tulane 6.185 — Camryn Bynum, CB, California 6.198 — Jose Borregales, K, Miami 7.241 — Larry Rountree III, RB, Missouri
Los Angeles Rams 2.57 — Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri 3.88 — Josh Myers, OC, Ohio State 3.103 — Marvin Wilson, DL, Florida State 4.141 — Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB 6.209 — Tay Gowan, CB, UCF 7.252 — Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville
Entering the 2020 season, the Dallas Cowboys certainly didn’t expect to be turning in their first-round draft card within the first 90 minutes of the 2021 NFL Draft. Indeed, selecting in the top 10 the following April is not what any franchise has in mind when they kick off the regular season in September (at least, they won’t admit to it).
Even in the midst of a chaotic campaign impacted dramatically by the COVID-19 pandemic and accompanying protocols, the Cowboys came into the season with championship aspirations — a confidence prompted by what expected to be high-octane offense, complemented by a capable defense and savvy special teams unit, all at the direction of a new, but experienced head coach with a Super Bowl pedigree and his hand-picked coaching staff.
But, alas, the Cowboys stumbled out of the gate, the offense unable to get out of its own way, the defense surrendering points at a record-setting pace, and the coaching staff if not seemingly helpless, then struggling mightily to right the ship. Then, in Week 5, any hopes of salvaging the season were effectively carted away with quarterback Dak Prescott when he suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle against the New York Giants. While the Cowboys would go on to win the game, they would only be victorious in four more throughout the remainder of the season — with the wins all coming against teams that would finish with a losing record. Even still, that would be enough to keep them in contention for the NFC East crown until the final week of the season, when a loss to those same New York Giants would ultimately seal their fate.
The year now officially lost, all attention returned to the ticking clock on Prescott and the Cowboys to come to terms on a new contract. With talks at a stalemate for the better part of two years and the prospect of a second season on the franchise tag looming, a historically lucrative deal was finally struck on March 8 that would keep Dak in Dallas and put the most important building block in place for the foreseeable future.
However, the NFL’s most valuable franchise remains under construction as a whole. And with the organization’s cost-conscious approach to free agency, the draft is where the Dallas Cowboys of 2021 and beyond will be built — which leads us to this exercise.
In this one and only edition of Drafting Dallas 2021, I’m assuming front office duties to mock draft the full seven rounds for the Cowboys using my DRAFTPLEX Board and the current official draft order. For context, this isn’t a prediction or projection of what the actual front office will do, nor is it a fantasy draft where the best players just happen to conveniently fall to the Cowboys. I will be making my selections as realistically as I can based on my evaluations and how I think the board could fall.
That all being said, let’s go on the clock with Drafting Dallas 2021.
Round 1 | Pick 10 Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Being the earliest the Cowboys have selected since 2016, they have the opportunity to draft one of the elite prospects in this class. And given how quarterbacks and pass catchers have dominated the top-10 conversation, there’s a high likelihood that the Cowboys’ decision could come down to either a top-rated offensive tackle or a top-rated cornerback.
Personally (and whether you or I agree or not), I believe the Cowboys are optimistic about the health of tackles Tyron Smith and La’el Collins moving forward and I think they feel good about who they have behind them on the depth chart should injury strike again. To that end, they could see drafting Penei Sewell or Rashawn Slater — should they be available — as a luxury. Meanwhile, the current CB combination of second-year starter Trevon Diggs, veteran Anthony Brown, and the newly re-signed Jourdan Lewis would appear to need a fourth to be legitimately formidable.
But, make no mistake about it, Patrick Surtain II wouldn’t be coming to Dallas to compete for playing time. Athletically impressive, technically refined, and highly experienced against top-tier collegiate competition, he would be a day-one starter and arguably the new CB1 for America’s Team.
Popular alternatives: Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Not expected to be there: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Watch out for: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Round 2 | Pick 44 Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
It was just a couple of years ago that the Cowboys were believed to have one of the best young linebacker tandems in the league with Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. Cut to the spring of 2021, and there’s a case to be made that neither will be on the team come 2022. With Smith’s play sharply declining and Vander Esch struggling to stay on the field since — and both due significant salary next year — another season of underperforming or being unavailable could see the Cowboys cut their losses and transition to a new stable of second-level defenders.
Baron Browning would seemingly be in the mix of physically imposing, athletic linebackers who could be targeted to succeed either Smith or Vander Esch. While this might be slightly ahead of his projected range, an early run at LB in the late-first or early-second round could see him go earlier than expected, with the Cowboys as a potential suitor.
Popular alternative: Richie Grant, S, UCF
Not expected to be there: Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky Zaven Colliins, LB, Tulsa
Watch out for: Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF
Round 3 | Pick 75 Jackson Carman, OL, Clemson
As stated above, the Cowboys could see drafting an offensive lineman in the first round as a luxury, but that’s not to say that there isn’t cause to look toward the future. And with this being a very talented and very deep class of blockers, there’s a strong possibility that they would still look to grab a protector from the pack in the early rounds — especially if they were to go in the direction of a defender with the #10 selection.
With the organization typically placing value on versatility up front, an OL prospect like Jackson Carman — who perhaps projects best as a guard, but played tackle at a high level in college — could be of interest as a swing blocker early before growing into a starting role at either position. Popular alternative: Marlon Tuipulotu, DL, USC
Watch out for: Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma Tommy Togiai, DL, Ohio State
Aside from the concerns moving forward with Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch as discussed above, the Cowboys will also be losing Joe Thomas and likely Sean Lee from their 2020 roster, leaving the linebacker corps incredibly thin in terms of proven talent and starter-quality potential. Thus, double-dipping at the position could be on the table.
Dylan Moses had first-round buzz prior to a season-ending knee injury in 2019, but when he wasn’t quite the player he was in his return to the field in 2020, his draft stock slipped to the Day 2 / early-Day 3 range. Depending on where the Cowboys have him graded, he could be a “Blue Star Special” consideration should he still be available as the draft begins to creep into the middle rounds.
Popular alternative: Walker Little, OT, Stanford
Possible considerations: Jay Tufele, DL, USC Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State
Round 4 | Pick 115 Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami
From drafting Randy Gregory and Taco Charlton, to trading for Robert Quinn, to signing Aldon Smith and Everson Griffin as free agents, the Cowboys have tried repeatedly in recent years to install an impact pass rusher opposite DeMarcus Lawrence. With Gregory and Dorance Armstrong only signed through this season, Bradlee Anae seeing only limited action as a rookie, and free-agent signee Tarell Basham viewed as a rotational player, the Cowboys and new DC Dan Quinn could definitely explore adding at least one more viable name to the competition.
Temple transfer Quincy Roche doesn’t come with nearly the hype as fellow Hurricanes Jaelan Phillips and Gregory Rousseau, but coming off an incredibly productive four-year college career in terms of sacks, tackles for loss, and fumbles both forced and recovered, he’s an accomplished edge defender in his own right. Popular alternative: Marvin Wilson, DL, Florida State
Possible considerations: Keith Taylor, CB, Washington Janarius Robinson, EDGE, Florida State
Dallas has invested significant draft capital into the 3-technique defensive tackle role the past two years with Trysten Hill in 2019 and Neville Gallimore in 2020, but a 1-technique has not been a draft priority at all. And it’s quite possible that trend continues, especially after tendering Antwaun Woods and signing free agents Brent Urban and Carlos Watkins.
But, if the Cowboys were to consider a two-down, space-eating nose tackle for their rotation on Day 3, Khyiris Tonga would be a prime candidate for the proverbial “trash can full of dirt” role that comes with the responsibilities of occupying blockers, clogging running lanes, and pushing the pocket.
Assuming the Cowboys were to draft with all 10 of their picks — which is unlikely considering the way the front office tends to work — securing more help for the secondary would expect to be on the agenda, as the defense cycled through a variety of names at both cornerback and safety in 2020.
While the hope would be that former Falcons safeties Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee yield immediate returns and that there is a leap in the development of second-year DB Reggie Robinson, a fluid defender like Trill Williams, who can be flexed up, down, and across the defense, could help fill multiple roles within the Cowboys’ scheme and maximize a roster spot.
Round 6 | Pick 192 Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina
Wide receiver is a position that could remain fully intact from 2020, with Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, CeeDee Lamb, Cedrick Wilson, and Noah Brown all back for 2021. But, again, with this many prospective picks with which to work, the Cowboys would likely consider plucking at least one pass catcher from a deep field to compete for the fourth or fifth receiver role, or perhaps even force them to keep six.
Highly productive from the slot and as a punt returner, Dazz Newsome fits the mold of the shifty separator and offensive gadget the Cowboys have gravitated to in recent years to complement their primary weapons.
Round 6 | Pick 227 (compensatory) Deon Jackson, RB, Duke
The Cowboys have a strong 1-2 punch at running back with star rusher Ezekiel Elliott and slasher Tony Pollard, as well as second-year prospect Rico Dowdle, who showed some promise in limited action. However, that doesn’t mean another back couldn’t crack the roster or the rotation if he were to impress.
To that point, Deon Jackson followed a solid college career by opening eyes and likely earning himself Day 3 consideration with an impressive pro day performance, highlighted by clocking in with a 4.41 40-yard dash at 218 pounds.
Round 7 | Pick 238 Curtis Robinson, LB, Stanford
While the main concerns with the linebacker group were addressed with prior picks, depth at the position could continue to be a focus for the Cowboys towards the very end of the draft.
Curtis Robinson was solid, if not particularly a standout, in his time at Stanford, but he has prototypical size and intriguing overall athleticism that projects well to the pro game and could warrant a late-round flier as a developmental defender and special teams contributor.
This past Friday, what amounted to a three-way trade between the Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, and Philadelphia Eagles changed the landscape of the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. This sent the NFL Draft community immediately into frenzy, but as analysts, experts, and the masses scrambled to hurriedly update their most recent mock drafts or release new ones, I stayed on schedule, working instead toward the release of my planned Data updates, which are available now:
With those updates completed and published a day ahead of schedule, I did elect to use the extra time to turn out this impromptu Mock Draft 2.0 — and have some fun with it. That said, these first-round projections are based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs as of March 31 and, in the spirit of last week’s major developments, reflect potential trade scenarios. Enjoy!
1 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson Trevor Lawrence is locked in at first overall — like he has been for the past two years.
2 | New York Jets — Zach Wilson, QB, BYU Zach Wilson punches his ticket to New York following an impressive pro day.
3 | San Francisco 49ers — Mac Jones, QB, Alabama Like it or not, Mac Jones is currently the speculative favorite to be drafted by the 49ers and the target of their trade up.
4 | Atlanta Falcons — Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida Kyle Pitts is a rare athlete and is firmly in the mix to be the first non-QB off the board.
5 | Cincinnati Bengals — Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU One of the most prolific connections in college football history returns as Ja’Marr Chase reunites with Joe Burrow in Cincinnati.
6 | Carolina Panthers — Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State * Projected trade up with Miami Dolphins * With Justin Fields and Trey Lance making it out of the Top-5, the Panthers pounce to take their pick.
7 | New England Patriots — Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State * Projected trade up with Detroit Lions * The Patriots get aggressive, flying up the board to take Trey Lance as their quarterback of the future.
8 | Miami Dolphins — DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama * Projected trade down with Carolina Panthers * The Dolphins continue to wheel and deal, and still come out with a Top-3 receiver in DeVonta Smith.
9 | Denver Broncos — Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina The Broncos aren’t fortunate enough to get a QB to fall to them in this scenario, so Jaycee Horn heads to Denver as the first defensive player off the board.
10 | Los Angeles Chargers — Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon * Projected trade up with Dallas Cowboys * The Chargers strike a deal with Dallas to enlist Penei Sewell to protect former teammate Justin Herbert.
11 | New York Giants — Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami Jaelan Phillips checked every box at his pro day, but medicals remain a concern.
12 | Philadelphia Eagles — Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama The Eagles come out a winner in their trade with Miami, dropping six spots and still landing Jaylen Waddle.
13 | Dallas Cowboys — Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama * Projected trade down with Los Angeles Chargers * The Cowboys gamble and it pays off with one of their Top-10 targets, Patrick Surtain II, sneaking through.
14 | Minnesota Vikings — Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern Rashawn Slater still being on the board is a dream scenario for the Vikings.
15 | Detroit Lions — Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State * Projected trade down with New England Patriots * The Lions miss out on a Top-3 receiver by trading back, but come away with a package of picks from New England and a wrecking machine in Micah Parsons.
16 | Chicago Bears — Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech * Projected trade up with Arizona Cardinals * The Bears make a move for Christian Darrisaw to help fortify their offensive line.
17 | Las Vegas Raiders — Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, S, Notre Dame In JOK, the Raiders get a valuable chess piece for their defense.
18 | Miami Dolphins — Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa Zaven Collins feels like a fit for the Miami defense — or any defense with roots in New England.
19 | Washington Football Team — Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky Jamin Davis is now on everyone’s radar and would be well-positioned behind Washington’s fearsome front.
20 | Arizona Cardinals — Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern * Projected trade down with Chicago Bears * The Cardinals signed Malcolm Butler to a one-year deal, but Greg Newsome II is a long-term solution at corner.
21 | Indianapolis Colts — Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC Alijah Vera-Tucker can play guard or tackle, giving the Colts flexibility in how they choose to reconfigure the left side of their offensive line.
22 | Tennessee Titans — Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State The Titans need a right tackle and burly blocker Teven Jenkins remains the fit.
23 | New York Jets — Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan Kwity Paye has the build, the motor, and the ability to play defense for Robert Saleh.
24 | Pittsburgh Steelers — Najee Harris, RB, Alabama Moving away from the committee approach, the Pittsburgh offense would feature Najee Harris as a true three-down back.
25 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida Kadarius Toney is a possibility as the Jaguars look to surround Trevor Lawrence with weapons.
26 | Cleveland Browns — Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia The idea of lining up Azeez Ojulari opposite Myles Garrett should intrigue the Browns.
27 | Baltimore Ravens — Landon Dickerson, OC, Alabama The rugged Landon Dickerson is a fit for the Ravens in terms of need, value, and historical draft context.
28 | New Orleans Saints — Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington Levi Onwuzurike should be in the conversation here with the Saints losing a starter and depth from their defensive line.
29 | Green Bay Packers — Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU The Packers have to at least consider a WR here and Terrace Marshall Jr. fits their current profile.
30 | Buffalo Bills — Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky There may be more questions than answers with Kelvin Joseph at this point, but the talent is undeniable. The Bills feel like a potential landing spot.
31 | Kansas City Chiefs — Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame Offensive tackle remains an immediate need for the Chiefs and Liam Eichenberg is pro-ready.
32 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue I still just love the fit of Rondale Moore with Tom Brady, Bruce Arians, and the Bucs’ offense.
Following an NFL season the likes of which we have never seen and perhaps may never see again, the 2021 NFL Draft process is likewise proceeding in an unprecedented fashion as the nation continues to recover from and adjust to the lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In years past, where front offices, scouts, and the larger draft media community have all had access to a full library of game tape, a series of valuable touchpoints on the path to the draft, and a packed schedule both traveling to players and bringing them in to see and meet them in person and to further evaluate talent and character, this year is a notable exception.
Indeed, dozens of top prospects opted out for the full 2020 college football season or after a partial slate of games, while others played shortened seasons due to administrative decisions. Draft-eligible seniors joined underclassmen in announcing their intentions, finding themselves in the unusual position of having to declare whether they were entering the draft or returning for a super-senior season in 2021.
The East-West Shrine Bowl and NFLPA Collegiate Bowl were both cancelled, leading to a super-sized Reese’s Senior Bowl, supplemented by the College Gridiron Showcase and Hula Bowl. The NFL Scouting Combine as we know it was also cancelled, pulling arguably the second-biggest event of the NFL calendar year from the schedule. And while they press on, college pro days are limited in attendance and large on scrutiny, as they serve, for many prospects, as the one and only opportunity to be seen.
Beyond the circumstances affecting the league and the incoming draft class, it’s also uncharted territory for all of us who enjoy the NFL Draft and the exercise that is the mock draft, as these variables expect to make this perhaps the most difficult year, certainly in recent memory, to project who is going where. Which will make it even more of a challenge for me to try and do what to my knowledge has never been done by anyone before — be recognized as having the most accurate mock draft in the world for a second consecutive year and repeat as both The Huddle Report Mock Draft Scoring Champion and The Mock Draft Database HERC Score Champion.
With that being said, I am pleased to present — without a doubt, the most anticipated mock draft that I have ever put together — my 2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.0. These first-round projections are based on the current draft order and my impression of team needs as of March 24, and do not reflect any potential trade scenarios. Enjoy!
1 | Jacksonville Jaguars — Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson A selection more than two years in the making, the long-awaited entry of Trevor Lawrence into the professional ranks sees him report to Jacksonville as the Jaguars’ new franchise quarterback.
2 | New York Jets — Zach Wilson, QB, BYU With Sam Darnold effectively heading into a contract year and having not panned out thus far, the Jets elect to reset at quarterback with Zach Wilson, who some teams reportedly view as the top prospect at the position over Lawrence.
3 | Miami Dolphins (via HOU) — Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida If this pick isn’t part of a trade package involving a team moving up for a quarterback, the Dolphins could very well make Kyle Pitts, a uniquely gifted athlete, the highest drafted tight end — or prospect generally classified as such — in NFL history.
4 | Atlanta Falcons — Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern The restructuring of Matt Ryan’s contract complicates the idea of the Falcons drafting his successor here. While still a possibility, the Falcons may instead invest in protection for the veteran quarterback with the selection of Rashawn Slater, a cornerstone offensive lineman with five-position flexibility.
5 | Cincinnati Bengals — Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon Reuniting quarterback Joe Burrow with his college teammate Ja’Marr Chase is certainly within play here, but a long-term solution at left tackle expects to still be the priority for the Bengals. Penei Sewell is the most promising candidate for the role remaining on the board.
6 | Philadelphia Eagles — Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU Depending on the day, the Eagles are planning to build around quarterback Jalen Hurts, draft his replacement, or put this pick up for auction to highest bidder. Assuming they stay put and move forward with their current QB1, Ja’Marr Chase would become their top weapon the second the commissioner says his name.
7 | Detroit Lions — Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama The Lions have a new coach and a new quarterback, but their wide receiver depth chart as it stands wouldn’t seem to offer Dan Campbell and Jared Goff all that much to get excited about. Drafting the electric Jaylen Waddle instantly changes that.
8 | Carolina Panthers — Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State Carolina is a popular choice to take one of the top quarterback prospects off the board, either here or in a trade up. While the franchise has been linked to Trey Lance and the coaching staff worked with Mac Jones at the Senior Bowl, it is Justin Fields who gets the nod on draft night in this scenario.
9 | Denver Broncos — Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State In terms of need, cornerback has been a blinking red light for the Broncos all offseason. But after making moves to shore up the position in free agency, they can try their hand once again at finding their quarterback of the future with Trey Lance, who makes up for what he lacks in experience with prototypical tools and through-the-roof upside.
10 | Dallas Cowboys — Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama The Cowboys selected Alabama cornerback Trevon Diggs in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft. You can trust they started doing their homework on Patrick Surtain II then and, after a strong season and stellar Pro Day, should now know all they need to know. As part of the team’s secondary rebuild, the college teammates find themselves back together in Dallas.
11 | New York Giants — Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa In recent years, the Giants have been shown to make draft night… well, interesting. Drafting Zaven Collins here would be another case of their board not necessarily aligning with the consensus, but they might see value in a big, versatile defender who could be deployed in multiple ways within their scheme.
12 | San Francisco 49ers — Mac Jones, QB, Alabama While they’ve not jumped on to ride, the 49ers have seemingly had their ticket ready for every spin of the quarterback carousel this offseason. As it stands, Jimmy Garoppolo will be back for another go with San Francisco, but he could be looking over his shoulder at Mac Jones.
13 | Los Angeles Chargers — Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina Turning over much of their offensive line, the Chargers could look to round out the front five with Alijah Vera-Tucker or Christian Darrisaw, but cornerback is also a glaring need. With a new defensive-minded head coach in Brandon Staley, the pick just might be Jaycee Horn, who is firmly in the mix as the top CB in this draft.
14 | Minnesota Vikings — Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech If they don’t attempt to move down to recoup additional picks, expect the Vikings to prioritize either the offensive or defensive edge with their first pick. In this scenario, Christian Darrisaw steps in as the new starting left tackle following the release of Riley Reiff.
15 | New England Patriots — Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, S, Notre Dame The odds are better than average that the Patriots won’t be picking here on draft night. They typically drop down, but after making a splash in free agency, they are rumored to be gearing up to climb the board for a quarterback. In lieu of movement here, they stand in and draft the versatile JOK, who can pair with a similar hybrid defender in Kyle Dugger to seek and destroy in space.
16 | Arizona Cardinals — Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern The Cardinals are among the teams most frequently projected to snag one of the top cornerbacks available, but with Patrick Surtain II and Jaycee Horn already spoken for, and with medical and durability concerns casting doubt over the draft status of the highly regarded Caleb Farley, they pivot to riser Greg Newsome II to fill a dire need.
17 | Las Vegas Raiders — Landon Dickerson, OL, Alabama After building a vaunted offensive line over the past few years, the Raiders effectively dismantled the entire thing in one offseason. Looking to reconstruct yet keeping with their typical eyebrow-raising draft approach, they take Landon Dickerson, who is a first-round talent but comes with a lengthy injury history.
18 | Miami Dolphins — DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama Back on the clock for the second time, the Dolphins will likely look to continue arming the offense, possibly at running back with Najee Harris or Travis Etienne. However, with Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith still on the board, they steal a player they expect to seriously consider drafting third overall.
19 | Washington Football Team — Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State Washington is another team that could be in the market to move up to secure one of the top five quarterbacks. That’s not in the cards here, but bringing highly touted linebacker Micah Parsons into the fold would be a fine consolation prize — and make an already feared defense downright scary.
20 | Chicago Bears — Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC With the wide receivers they have seemingly not long for Chicago, the Bears expect to look long and hard at a pass catcher here. But, given the depth of this draft class at the position, they could instead consider an upgrade to the offensive line. Alijah Vera-Tucker makes sense as a plug-and-play blocker wherever they need him up front.
21 | Indianapolis Colts — Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama The Colts are in prime position to add a wide receiver, a pass rusher, or a cornerback, but left tackle could be the focus here. The experienced and highly decorated Alex Leatherwood tested out more athletic than expected at his Pro Day and is deserving of a crack at tackle. He should be just fine parked next to a perennial All-Pro in Quenton Nelson.
22 | Tennessee Titans — Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State With last year’s first-round pick Isaiah Wilson proving to be an epic bust and expected starter Dennis Kelly being released, the Titans are in need of an immediate answer at right tackle. Enter Teven Jenkins, a massive mauler with a nasty on-field demeanor who would help pave the way for the offense to do what they do best — run the football.
23 | New York Jets (via SEA) — Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan With the Jets adding Carl Lawson and Sheldon Rankins in free agency, GM Joe Douglas and new head coach Robert Saleh have made it clear that remaking the defensive front is one of the top items on their agenda. Drafting physical marvel Kwity Paye to line up opposite Lawson is another step in that direction.
24 | Pittsburgh Steelers — Najee Harris, RB, Alabama Leaning on a committee-based backfield approach, the Steelers put forth the least effective rushing attack in the league last season. Drafting a true load-bearing feature back in Najee Harris would go a long way towards righting the run game and bringing balance back to their offense.
25 | Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR) — Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas The Jaguars’ second pick in the opening round is not nearly as predictable as their first. After ranking next to last in sack production, another pass rusher might be the target. The Texas connection with defensive staffer Chris Ash gives the relentless Joseph Ossai the edge here over the other edge defenders remaining on the board.
26 | Cleveland Browns — Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia The Browns could be a candidate to bail out of the first round if the right scenario meets the right offer. However, standing in to pick here, they could be in a position to draft the highest-rated player on their board. In this case, that might be Azeez Ojulari, a talented edge rusher who continues to build momentum heading into April.
27 | Baltimore Ravens — Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama Edge, center, and wide receiver are all viable considerations for the Ravens here, but the organization typically subscribes to selecting the best player available early. Christian Barmore is a beastly inside presence who should only get better and would make sense for a team with a defensive front that deploys multiple starters over 30.
28 | New Orleans Saints — Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech In the mix as CB1 and possibly the top defensive prospect overall throughout the process, Caleb Farley is now fresh off back surgery, which follows his COVID-19 opt out in 2020 and being inactive for the final two games of 2019 due to injury. With his draft stock presently a mystery, it may now come down to whether a secure organization like the Saints is willing to absorb the inherent risk for him not to fall out of the first round.
29 | Green Bay Packers — Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida Will this be the year the Packers finally draft a wide receiver in the first round? It remains to be seen, but should they pass, it certainly won’t be for lack of options. Assuming they break from convention, Kadarius Toney would be a fun fit in the Green Bay offense and would give Aaron Rodgers a different type of weapon with which to work.
30 | Buffalo Bills — Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami While the Bills have a solid collection of edge defenders, they lack a true stud pass rusher. Fortunately, they should be within striking distance of several prospects who can get after the quarterback. Jaelan Phillips might actually be the best of the bunch in terms of talent and potential and, if he checks out medically, would be a steal at the back of the first round.
31 | Kansas City Chiefs — Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame Offensive tackle has been far and away the most popular projection for the Chiefs here and understandably so. While there are compelling options down the board, the fear of missing out and the subsequent fear of compromising Patrick Mahomes might force their hand. Liam Eichenberg is the latest rock-solid blocker to launch from the Notre Dame o-line factory and a fitting selection late in the first.
32 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue The reigning Super Bowl Champions have done an incredible job at retaining talent this offseason. However, one player not currently re-signed is receiver Antonio Brown. The Buccaneers may still run it back with the veteran, but if they don’t, you can bet Bruce Arians would certainly entertain the idea of adding the firecracker that is Rondale Moore to his offense.