Final 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Second Round

     

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

2021 NFL Mock Draft

33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tulsa LB Zaven Collins

The Jaguars go linebacker to open round two. Collins has drawn comps to Dont’a Hightower and offers an interesting blend of size and athleticism.

34. New York Jets: Georgia CB Tyson Campbell

The Jets could consider an edge rusher here, but their depth chart at cornerback isn’t so great. Campbell has generated some first-round buzz in recent weeks and would give the Jets a size-speed prospect to develop in the years to come. 

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: North Carolina RB Javonte Williams

Miami, admittedly, could target a running back at No. 18 overall, but waiting pays off in this mock as they’re able to get Williams early on in round two. Williams is an exciting prospect with great vision and power. Lance Zierlein compares him to Browns RB Kareem Hunt

37. Philadelphia Eagles: Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman

The Eagles went corner in round one and come back in round two to address receiver. 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

38. Cincinnati Bengals: North Dakota State OT Dillon Radunz

We gave the Bengals the top receiver in round one, so it makes sense that they would come back and address offensive tackle. Radunz has come up as a possible first-round pick this year, considering that he offers a very high upside and has the kind of size and length teams want at left tackle. 

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: LSU WR Terrace Marshall 

The Lions traded down in round one and come back in the second to address receier. 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 Jared Goff a large receiver to target downfield. 

42. New York Giants: Penn State DE Jayson Oweh

Edge rusher stands out as a potential weak spot for the Giants and at this point in the draft, Oweh represents a solid option for them to add to the mix. Lance Zierlein compares him to Bud Dupree due to his traits as an edge rusher and his explosiveness.

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: Miami DE Gregory Rousseau

Dallas could really use another edge rusher to pair with Demarcus Lawrence. 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.

45. Jacksonville Jaguars: UCF S Richie Grant

Safety stands out as a big question mark for the Jaguars’ defense and Grant seems like good value at this point. Some evaluators view Grant as the best player at the position due to his ball-hawking ability.

46. New England Patriots: Georgia OLB Azeez Ojulari

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. Ojulari is a little undersized for a pass rusher, but he proved to be a big-time playmaker at Georgia.

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: Oregon S Jevon Holland 

Safety really stands out as a need for the Raiders to play next to Jonathan Abram. Holland has ball skills and offers some versatility for teams, given that he can hold in coverage and against the run.

49. Arizona Cardinals: LSU LB Jabril Cox

The Cardinals addressed a number of needs in free agency this year. Linebacker is a spot where they could get a future complement 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: 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.

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: Florida QB Kyle Trask

The Bears are a team being talked about as a potential trade-up candidate in round one should a quarterback start to fall. However, the second round seems more likely for them to address the position. Trask has been mentioned as a possible late first-round pick and would give Chicago a young prospect to develop behind Andy Dalton this season. 

53. Tennessee Titans: Stanford OT Walker Little

The Titans missed badly on Isaiah Wilson last year and opted to release Dennis Kelly this offseason. 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. 

54. Indianapolis Colts: Michigan OT Jalen Mayfield 

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. 

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: La. Tech DT Milton Williams

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, Williams would give them a long-term solution at defensive tackle. 

57. Los Angeles Rams: Wisconsin-Whitewater C Quinn Meinerz

The Rams 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.

58. 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.

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: Syracuse CB Ifeatu Melifonwu

New Orleans could really use some cornerback help opposite of Marshon Lattimore after they were forced to move on from Janoris Jenkins this offseason. Melifonwu is an intriguing cornerback prospect who offers very high upside due to his size and athelticism. 

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: Kentucky CB Kelvin Joseph 

The Chiefs could still use some help at cornerback even after grabbing L’Jarius Sneed last year. 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. 

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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