2021 NFL Mock Draft: Second Round


Here’s the second-round projection for my 2021 NFL Mock Draft.

2021 NFL Mock Draft

33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Kentucky LB Jamin Davis 

The Jaguars go linebacker to open round two. There is some first-round buzz with Davis due to his potential to be a three-down player in the NFL. 

34. New York Jets: Clemson RB Travis Etienne 

One of the clear areas of need for the Jets is at running back. They did sign Tevin Coleman in free agency, but Etienne seems like a great fit in Mike LaFleur’s offense that could maximize his skill set at the next level. 

35. Atlanta Falcons: Alabama G/C Landon Dickerson

Dickerson could have been a first-round prospect had it not been for a torn ACL he suffered in the SEC Championship Game this past season. He would give the Falcons some flexibility upfront with his ability to play either guard or center.

36. Miami Dolphins: Alabama G Alex Leatherwood

The Dolphins are still figuring out their offensive line and Leatherwood would give them a guard prospect to add to the mix after using multiple picks on tackles last year. Leatherwood has some tackle experience, but it seems more likely he’ll be asked to play guard in the NFL.

37. Philadelphia Eagles: Missouri LB Nick Bolton

There are a few ways the Eagles could go in round two. Cornerback is another need, but linebacker still stands out as an area of deficiency for Philadelphia. Bolton is a physical, downhill type of linebacker with great speed, who would be a good fit in their defense moving forward. 

38. Cincinnati Bengals: Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman

The Bengals could consider a few different positions at No. 38, but there are some good receivers available at this point and Bateman would allow them to bolster their weapons around QB Joe Burrow. Bateman can play outside and in the slot and is known for being a great route runner. Lance Zierlein compares him to Cowboys WR Michael Gallup

39. Carolina Panthers: Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth

Tight end stands out as an area of deficiency for the Panthers. Freiermuth is a big tight end known for having reliable hands and can move around some to take advantage of mismatches.

40. Denver Broncos: Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg

At Notre Dame, Eichenberg was a starting left tackle, but some think he could be asked to move to right tackle at the next level. This would work out well for the Broncos, who have locked up LT Garett Bolles long-term and have a question mark on the right side.

41. Detroit Lions: Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore 

Moore is an electric player with great hands. He would give the Lions’ offense a weapon to move around to create mismatches on offense. Lance Zierlein compares him to Antonio Brown.

42. New York Giants: Miami DE Gregory Rousseau

Edge rusher stands out as a potential weak spot for the Giants and at this point in the draft, Rousseau represents a solid option for them to add to the mix. Rousseau was once considered to be a top-10 prospect in this year’s draft class and offers impressive size and length as an edge rusher.

43. San Francisco 49ers: Georgia CB Eric Stokes

The 49ers were able to retain Jason Verrett in free agency, but could still use some depth at corner. Stokes offers good size and speed at corner and could be a versatile player for teams to work into their secondary.

44. Dallas Cowboys: Washington EDGE Joe Tryon

Dallas could really use another edge rusher to pair with Demarcus Lawrence. As of now, they have Randy Gregory in line to start of them after reports said they’re likely to move on from Aldon Smith. Tryon is known for being a high-effort edge rusher capable of holding up in the run game and being a three-down player at the next level. 

45. Jacksonville Jaguars: North Carolina RB Javonte Williams

The Jaguars have the luxury of having a number of picks in the first few rounds and while they do have James Robinson at running back, Williams could give them a quality compliment. Williams is an exciting prospect with great vision and power. Lance Zierlein compares him to Browns RB Kareem Hunt

46. New England Patriots: Oklahoma EDGE Ronnie Perkins

New England spent big money to get Matt Judon in free agency and while they have some options at the other edge spot, it wouldn’t hurt to add to the unit. Perkins is known for being a powerful pass rusher with a variety of moves. He is a little undersized, but he should be an impactful player in the NFL.

47. Los Angeles Chargers: Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike

The Chargers have attempted to fix their interior defensive line, but Linval Joseph will be 33 this season and is in the final year of his contract. Onwuzurike is known for being a high-impact interior defender who makes a number of splash plays. Lance Zierlein compares Onwuzurike to Browns DL Sheldon Richardson.

48. Las Vegas Raiders: Stanford OT Walker Little

Las Vegas was forced to make some tough decisions regarding their offensive line and while they feel good about the players they’ll be asking to fill in, they could still use some depth, particularly at tackle. Little offers all of the physical traits that teams would want from a tackle in the NFL and represents the highest upside pick at this point in the draft. The concern is that he missed most of the 2019 season due to injury and opted out last year. 

49. Arizona Cardinals: LSU LB Jabril Cox

The Cardinals addressed a number of needs in free agency this year. Lineback is a spot where they could get a future compliment to Isaiah Simmons and a long-term replacement for Jordan Hicks, who agreed to a pay cut this offseason. Cox would give Arizona a potential three-down linebacker, given that he’s one of the best cover linebackers in this draft class. 

50. Miami Dolphins: UCF S Richie Grant

Miami has invested a lot in the secondary over the last few years, particularly at cornerback. However, there are still some questions at safety. Some evaluators view Grant as the best player at the position due to his ball-hawking ability.

51. Washington Football Team: Stanford QB Davis Mills

Washington has come up as a team that could consider trade up for a quarterback in round one. There has been a decent amount of buzz regarding Mills the past few weeks and it seems like he has a good shot at being the No. 6 quarterback to come off the board. 

52. Chicago Bears: Purdue WR Rondale Moore 

The Bears could really use a solid No. 2 receiver to play opposite of Allen Robinson and this seems like pretty good value at this point in the draft. Moore offers great athleticism and short-area quickness and could be a real weapon out of the slot for HC Matt Nagy

53. Tennessee Titans: North Carolina WR Dyami Brown 

Tennessee lost Corey Davis in free agency along with TE Jonnu Smith, so adding a receiver of some kind figures to be a priority for them this year. Brown would give the Titans a deep threat receiver to compliment A.J. Brown

54. Indianapolis Colts: North Dakota State OT Dillon Radunz

There’s no question that offensive tackle is a major need for the Colts after Anthony Castonzo retired this offseason. It’s possible they decide to address the position in free agency after the draft, given that there are few notable options available. However, it wouldn’t hurt to add a tackle prospect in this year’s class. Radunz will need some work at the next level, but he offers good size and pass protection ability.

55. Pittsburgh Steelers: Oklahoma C Creed Humphrey

With Maurkice Pouncey retiring this offseason, center is a clear position of need for the Steelers and they look to get back to running the ball more on offense. Some evaluators view Humphrey as the top prospect at his position in this year’s draft class.

56. Seattle Seahawks: Iowa DT Daviyon Nixon

The Seahawks made the decision to move on from Jarran Reed a few weeks after talks broke down about a restructured contract. Seattle responded by bringing back Al Woods to play next to Poona Ford. However, Nixon would give them a long-term solution at defensive tackle capable of being a strong run defender and an interior pass rusher.  

57. Los Angeles Rams: Oregon S Jevon Holland 

Safety really stands out a need for the Rams after they lost John Johnson in free agency this offseason. Holland has ball skills and offers some versatility for teams, given that he can hold in coverage and against the run.

58. Baltimore Ravens: Wisconsin-Whitewater C Quinn Meinerz

The Ravens could really use a long-term center. Meinerz has been one of the stars of the draft process after his performance at the Senior Bowl. There are concerns about him making the jump in competition, but he offers the kind of upside that could make him a star at center long term. Lance Zierlein compares him to Buccaneers C Ryan Jensen.

59. Cleveland Browns: N.C. State DT Alim McNeill 

Defensive tackle wasn’t a big area of need for Cleveland until they opted to release Sheldon Richardson last week. Now it seems like they could address the position has high as round one. McNeill has some raw traits to be developed, but he has drawn some comparisons to Javon Hargrave.

60. New Orleans Saints: USC DT Marlon Tuipulotu

New Orleans traded DT Malcom Brown to the Jaguars this offseason and watched Sheldon Rankins depart in free agency, so there are some questions about their interior depth. Tuipulotu is a strong run defender who offers some upside as an interior pass rusher.

61. Buffalo Bills: Miami TE Brevin Jordan

The Bills have been active in the market for a tight end this offseason. They decided to sign Jacob Hollister to a contract after they couldn’t come to an agreement on a trade for Zach Ertz. Jordan has drawn comparisons to Vikings TE Irv Smith for being more of a “move” tight end prospect.

62. Green Bay Packers: Western Michigan WR D’Wayne Eskridge

Green Bay currently does not have a receiver under contract beyond this season, so it shouldn’t be surprising if they end up with a few of them in this year’s draft. Eskridge offers impressive athleticism with upside to develop into a solid receiver at the next level. He would also give Green Bay a good slot receiver and a kick returner. 

63. Kansas City Chiefs: Wake Forest EDGE Carlos Basham Jr

The Chiefs could use some depth at edge rusher and there a few prospects on the board at this point who could make sense for them. Basham was a productive player at Wake Forest who could line up at a few spots for the Chiefs.

64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Houston EDGE Payton Turner

The Buccaneers have a pair of great pass rushers, but there are some questions about their depth behind Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaquil Barrett. Turner offers great length and quickness along with some position versatility, depending on how a team wants to use him.

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  1. You mention that Jets pick at 23 fits a 3-4 Defense but everybody expects them to have a 4-3 Defense like Saleh had in SF.

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