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: Missouri LB Nick Bolton

The Jaguars go linebacker to open round two. Bolton is a physical, downhill type of linebacker with great speed. Lance Zierlein compares him to Denzel Perryman

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: LSU WR Terrace Marshall 

Philadelphia used a first-round pick on Jalen Reagor last year, but they could still use some more help at receiver. Marshall has drawn some comps to Broncos WR Courtland Sutton for his size and speed. He can play outside or in the slot and would give Jalen Hurts a large receiver to target downfield. 

38. Cincinnati Bengals: Michigan OL Jalen Mayfield 

We have the Bengals grabbing Kyle Pitts in round one, so it makes sense that they would come back and address offensive line in the second round. Mayfield played right tackle in college, so he could be a long-term replacement for Riley Reiff. However, there are some evaluators who think he could move to guard in the NFL due to the fact that he doesn’t have elite length.

39. Carolina Panthers: Washington CB Elijah Molden

Molden is an intriguing cornerback as he could play either cornerback or safety. Some think he could be the best slot cornerback in the draft. Lance Zierlein compares him to Tyrann Mathieu.

40. Denver Broncos: Notre Dame OT Liam Eichenberg

At Notre Dame, Liam 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: Kentucky LB Jamin Davis 

There is some first-round buzz with Davis due to his potential to be a three-down player in the NFL. The Lions moved on from Jarrad Davis this offseason and linebacker looks like an area they could look to shore up in the middle rounds of the draft.

42. New York Giants: Wake Forest EDGE Carlos Basham

Edge rusher stands out as a potential weak spot for the Giants and at this point in the draft, Basham represents a solid option for them to add to the mix. Basham was a productive player at Wake Forest who could line up at a few spots for the Giants.

43. San Francisco 49ers: Kentucky CB Kelvin Joseph 

The 49ers were able to retain Jason Verrett in free agency, but could still use some depth at corner. Joseph is a high-upside cornerback who offers good size for the position. There’s some risk with him, but his ceiling is high enough where a team could take a chance on him at this point in the draft. 

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: Penn State TE Pat Freiermuth

The Jaguars’ tight end situation is one of the more obvious question marks for the new coaching staff to address in the draft. Freiermuth is a big tight end known for having reliable hands. He can move around some to take advantage of mismatches, but he isn’t considered to be a dynamic athlete. 

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: North Carolina RB Javonte Williams

The Cardinals let Kenyan Drake walk in free agency and have yet to address the position up to this point. Williams is an exciting prospect with great vision and power. Lance Zierlein compares him to Browns RB Kareem Hunt

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: LSU LB Jabril Cox

Washington’s defensive front is really impressive, but there are some questions at linebacker entering the draft. Cox would give Washington a potential three-down linebacker, given that he’s one of the best cover linebackers in this draft class. 

52. Chicago Bears: Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman

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. 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

53. Tennessee Titans: Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore 

Moore is an electric player with great hands. He would give the Titans offense a weapon to move around to create mismatches on offense. Lance Zierlein compares him to Antonio 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: Wisconsin-Whitewater C Quinn Meinerz

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. 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.

56. Seattle Seahawks: USC DT Marlon Tuipulotu

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, Tuipulotu would give them a long-term solution at defensive tackle capable of being a strong run defender in the middle of the defense. 

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: Oklahoma C Creed Humphrey

We gave the Ravens a pass rusher in round one, so it makes sense that we could try to address the offensive line in round two. The Ravens could really use a long-term center and some evaluators view Humphrey as the top prospect at his position in this year’s draft class.

59. Cleveland Browns: Texas EDGE Joseph Ossai

The Browns signed Takkarist McKinley to a one-year contract in free agency, but still need some depth at edge rusher. Interestingly enough, Lance Zierlein compares Ossai to McKinley, so this move would allow Cleveland to double up on a similar skill set. 

60. New Orleans Saints: N.C. State DT Alim McNeill 

New Orleans traded DT Malcom Brown to the Jaguars this offseason and there are some questions about their interior depth. McNeill has some raw traits to be developed, but he has drawn some comparisons to Javon Hargrave.

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: Purdue WR Rondale Moore 

Green Bay currently does not have a receiver under contract beyond this season. They typically target a certain type of receiver, but it’s fun to imagine what a player like Moore could add to their passing attack. He offers great athleticism and short-area quickness and could be a real weapon out of the slot.

63. Kansas City Chiefs: Georgia CB Eric Stokes

The Chiefs could still use some help at cornerback even after grabbing L’Jarius Sneed last year. Stokes offers good size and speed at corner and could be a versatile player for teams to work into their secondary.

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 JPP and Shaq 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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