2-Round NFL Mock Draft
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
This is a no-brainer for every mock draft. Part of the reason the Jaguars were such an attractive spot for Urban Meyer is because they held the golden ticket to the most complete QB prospect since Andrew Luck in 2012. Unlike their quick turnaround in 2017, the Jaguars will be adding a piece that can change the fortunes of the franchise for the next decade. Not to mention that the Jaguars have done an excellent job at infusing talent in preparation for his arrival through the signings of Marvin Jones and Shaq Griffen.Embed from Getty Images
2. New York Jets – WR JaMarr Chase (LSU)
My gut tells me that what we have seen out of Darnold in his first three seasons might not be completely indicative in his capabilities playing in the League. New York would be wise to take one of the top three receivers to add to an intriguing duo in Jamison Crowder and Corey Davis. He would give Darnold a home-run hitter on a quick screen or slant route that he hasn’t had in his career. This selection could kill two birds with one stone, you get a legit #1 receiver and find a franchise QB in the process.
3. Miami Dolphins – WR Devonta Smith (Alabama)
Popular pick here is to try to upgrade on Tua, but much like Darnold, what was his working with his rookie year? Their offensive line was in shambles, Gaskin was nice, but no running game to speak of, and teams just honed in on DeVante Parker. Will Fuller V gives them a home-run hitter, but he’s on a 1 year deal and is always hurt. Smith gives them a potential game-wrecker who explodes off the line of scrimmage.Smith and Tua were also teammates together at Alabama. If Tua falters in 2021 with a quartet of Parker, Smith, Fuller, and Gesicki, then you know it’s time to move on.
4. Atlanta Falcons – TE Kyle Pitts (Florida)
Atlanta isn’t as far off as many think, especially given that we live in an offensive-minded league. Barring injury, a Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley receiver corps forms the top duo in the league. Then add in an explosive playmaker like Kyle Pitts into the mix at TE and Matt Ryan might be able to dial back the clock to 2016. Not saying Penei Sewell is not a good pick here, but this gives Matt Ryan arguably the most talented trio of receivers he’s ever had and not only a replacement but a clear upgrade to Austin Hooper.Embed from Getty Images
5. Cincinnati Bengals – OT Penei Sewell (Oregon)
Did they draft Jonah Williams in the 1st round a couple years ago? Yes. Did they just sign Riley Rieff to come in and play tackle as well? Also yes. However, when the #1 overall pick QB suffers a catastrophic knee injury in his rookie campaign after looking every bit the part, you keep adding to the offensive line until you find a unit that can keep him upright. Sewell’s upside is too good here and protecting Burrows has to be top priority until the issue is resolved.If it wasn’t for Carson Wentz being a sack machine, Burrow would have been the most sacked quarterback last year even without making it the full season.
6. Philadelphia Eagles – WR Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)
Receiver is atop the Eagles “to-do” list going into 2021. They struck out on JuJu Smith-Schuster, but they can land a more explosive and cheaper receiver here at the 6th pick. Waddle is the type of receiver that can excel when Hurts breaks the pocket, his ability to quickly get in and out of breaks will make it hard for defenders to stick with him. He also has exceptional “after catch” skills and is deadly with the ball in his hands. He may quickly become Hurts’ favorite target and a nice complement to Jalen Reagor, who is more of a down the field type player. Read more analysis of the Philadelphia Eagles mock draft here.
7. Detroit Lions – QB Trey Lance (North Dakota St.)
This is a projection pick, with Jared Goff in the fold and the Lions most likely looking to reboot over the next couple of seasons. Lance has time to develop into the dual-threat option that make him an enticing prospect to trade up for. This may seem like a reach, but with multiple 1st rounders over the next couple of seasons, by the time Lance sees the field, it won’t be with the same sorry cast of characters Goff will be surrounded with.Embed from Getty Images
8. Carolina Panthers – QB Justin Fields (Ohio St.)
Teddy Bridgewater was more than serviceable for Carolina in his flagship season, problem is that it doesn’t equate to W’s. He’s consistent, but his ceiling is much lower than a guy like Justin Fields. With comparable skill-sets, Fields provides that much higher ceiling that allows Rhule’s offense to take the same sort of leap that Reid’s offense took in 2018 when they switched to Pat Mahomes. Fields will also be gifted the ability to sit for a year to learn the offense, much like Mahomes, and then walk into a trio of Moore, Anderson, and McCaffrey. 2022 could be a very interesting one in Carolina.
9. Denver Broncos – QB Zach Wilson (BYU)
John Elway seemed happy with the way 2019 ended for rookie Drew Lock, so much so that he began surrounding his QB with talent (i.e. Juedy, Hamler, Gordon, etc.). Well, Lock didn’t take that leap we all were expecting in 2020 and the seat is getting warm for a guy who delivered Denver it’s last two SBs (albeit in 2 different roles). Zach Wilson doesn’t make as many mistakes and will be more accurate with the football, which will take a talented offense and make it formidable. Especially with Courtland Sutton set to return from his ACL injury.
10. Dallas Cowboys – CB Patrick Surtain II (Alabama)
We explored AJ Bouye in our free agent spotlight, however Surtain II would be just as nice here. He comes from a great defensive program that churns out pro-ready defenders at every level and he’s arguable the top cover guy coming out. His 61 tackles also suggest that he’ll mix it up with backs at the line of scrimmage, a place where Dallas has to do better. Micah Parsons and Gregory Rosseau are interesting, but Surtain II fills a much bigger need. Read more analysis of the Dallas Cowboys mock draft here.
11. New York Giants – LB Micah Parsons (Penn St.)
Speaking of Parsons, this sounds like a great landing spot for easily the top linebacker in the draft. The Giants have a solid front line anchored by Williams and Lawrence, they have a solid middle linebacker in Blake Martinez, and a secondary manned by Bradberry and Logan Ryan. So adding in a guy like Micah Parsons could be the missing piece, a guy who can line up inside or outside and get after the QB or drop into coverage. His size (6’3 240) is unique for a player with his traits, the NFC East is up for grabs, time to take the best player available with the highest upside.Embed from Getty Images
12. San Francisco 49ers – QB Mac Jones (Alabama)
San Fran is loaded, with a roster filled with young play-makers and all-pro veterans. The issue last year was Garoppolo couldn’t stay on the field. They were competitive, but the drop off to Beathard and Co. was too great to compete in one of the NFL’s best divisions. The 49ers brass doesn’t seem to be on the same page with Jimmy G either. Mac Jones is a great insurance policy for 2021 and great piece to build around in future seasons. Remember, Shanahan’s system isn’t predicated on super-human play by the QB, just a serviceable one that can stay on the field.
13. Los Angeles Chargers – OT Rashawn Slater (Northwestern)
Kadarius Toney would be interesting here, specifically because losing Hunter Henry is a loss to the team’s skill position talent. However, Cincinnati is Exhibit A as to why you need to surround your young, franchise QB with solid protection. Slater would start immediately across from Russel Okung and give Herbert enough time to let the bombs fly downfield.
14. Minnesota Vikings – ED Gregory Rousseau (Miami)
Everson Griffen was cut last year, Danielle Hunter is rumored to be seeking a trade, and Mike Zimmer builds his defenses starting upfront. Rousseau is the best edge rusher in the draft, pairing him with Hunter on the outside and Pierce/ Tomlinson on the inside. The Vikings can get back to their defensive roots, dominating offensive lines and the line of scrimmage to take the pressure off the linebackers and secondary.
15. New England Patriots – CB Jaycee Horn (South Carolina)
This pick will not be a QB or WR, I don’t care what anyone says. With miss after miss after miss in his recent drafts, Belichick will get back to what he knows best. Defense. Throw in that Gilmore and JC Jackson’s contracts are up after 2021, Bill will swoop into bolster an elite group in 2021 and build towards 2022.
16. Arizona Cardinals – CB Caleb Farley (Virginia Tech)
Losing Patrick Peterson sounds worse than it is. They still have Byron Murphy, Dre Kirkpatrick, Robert Alford, and Buddah Baker on the back-end and pressure packages featuring Jones, Golden, Simmons, Watt, and Hicks. Caleb Farley is going to be a luxury pick here and he’ll benefit from the level of play his front-7 is going to give him.Embed from Getty Images
17. Las Vegas Raiders – IOL Alijah Vera-Tucker (USC)
Let me preface this first, Mayock and Gruden should be fired. Okay, now that we have that out of the way, the only place to start for Vegas is on the line. Darrisaw out of Virginia Tech would be interesting here, but after gutting their entire interior line, Vegas needs to get better there. Vera-Tucker gives them size (6’4, 315) and is the top-ranked player at his position.
18. Miami Dolphins – ED Jaelan Phillips (Miami)
Miami was one of the league’s top defenses in 2020, after adding a playmaking receiver at #3, they turn to defense with their own pick. Again, offensive line is tempting, but with a deep draft at the position and another pick at the top of the 2nd round, Miami looks to bolster a pass rush that willingly lost Van Noy and Lawson.
19. Washington Football Team – ILB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Notre Dame)
Wrestled with a WR here, but with the addition of Curtis Samuel, I feel like Riverboat Ron adds to his strength…the Front-7. Koramoah is small in stature (6’2, 220), but with big boys all around him, it’ll allow him to flow with the play and use his speed to crash down in the run game and cover in the pass game. This falls into the high-risk/high-reward category because if the line regresses he doesn’t have the size to take on guards at the second-level. However, he could be the type of addition Washington thought they were getting in Reuban Foster.
20. Chicago Bears – WR Kadarius Toney (Florida)
Who knows what Chicago is doing. They are cutting All-Pro corners to sign over-the-hill QBs and then franchising WRs just to try to sign FA’s top receiver. Therefore, Toney makes sense, right? They struck out on Golladay, so why not add another receiver into the fold to give Dalton some more talent to work with. Offensive line would be intriguing, but when you think Chicago is going to zig, they zag.Embed from Getty Images
21. Indianapolis Colts – ED Kwity Paye (Michigan)
It was semi-surprising to see Indianapolis sit on it’s mound of cap space again this off-season, but with the thought that they are going to need to re-sign some big pieces (i.e. Leonard, Nelson, & Smith), you can see the logic. Problem is that their defensive line is starting to look thin again with Justin Houston still hanging out in FA. Indy made a major move last year to bring in DeForest Buckner, I look for them to add to that pass rush with the best available one left.
22. Tennessee Titans – ED Azeez Ojulari (Georgia)
The Titans took a major step back in 2020 defensively and part of that was due to their inability to get after the QB. They signed Bud Dupree to a major deal this offseason, but they double down here to ensure they can get a rotation of rushers to address that problem. Especially with the blood-letting they had in the secondary (bye bye Adoree Jackson, Malcom Butler, and Kenny Vaccaro).
23. New York Jets – RB Najee Harris (Alabama)
If you’re going to add toys, then might as well splurge. Najee Harris will be able to provide the power north/south running style the Jets thought they were getting with Bell. Take pressure off Darnold by allowing him to get some easy play-action throws. With these two picks the Jets will be able to truly understand what they have with the once designated “Chosen One”.Embed from Getty Images
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – C Landon Dickerson (Alabama)
Offensive line was by far the biggest issue with the Steelers in 2020 and facing them in 2021, so Pitt needs some reinforcements here. Especially with Pouncey retiring this offseason, Dickerson will help replace that loss and hopefully bring some physicality back to a Steelers’ offensive line that used to be known for the power run schemes. Quickest way to fix a poor running attack is to upgrade the guys in front of him.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars – S Trevon Moehrig (TCU)
Free agency and their top pick addressed an anemic offense. Now it’s time address an anemic defense. Truth be told, there is talent on that side of the ball (Jack, Allen, Griffen, Henderson, & Schobert). However, the one position that is lacking is safety. Which makes this a no-brainer, could they wait until the 33rd pick? Sure, but there’s no guarantee someone doesn’t leapfrog them to land the draft’s top safety.
26. Cleveland Browns – IDL Christian Barmore (Alabama)
Cleveland is primed coming off their first appearance in two decades. They scooped up John Johnson III and Malik Jackson in free agency. Now it’s time to address their depth issue on the defensive line and add a big, long, and strong interior lineman to pair with Richardson and Jackson. Cleveland controlled the line of scrimmage offensively in 2020, time to give their defense the same kind of fire power to do so in 2021. Things are looking really bright in the near future.
27. Baltimore Ravens – WR Terrace Marshall Jr. (LSU)
Zaven Collins could be an intriguing option to cover the loss of both Judon and Ngakoue this offseason, but this team will go as Lamar takes them. It became woefully obvious that the Ravens lacked legitimate weapons in 2020 outside of Mark Andrews in the pass game. Hollywood Brown provides the occasional big-play, but nothing to build an offense around. Marshall Jr. gives them a physical (6’4) possession-type receiver that can win one-on-one battles on the outside.Embed from Getty Images
28. New Orleans Saints – ED Zaven Collins (Tulsa)
New Orleans is going to be a much different defense going into 2021, losing a lot of quality role players (i.e. Hendrickson, Rankins, Alexander, Jenkins) that contributed greatly to the success of that unit. They were able to keep the core together, so now it’s time to start replenishing those pieces. Barmore would be the pick here if available, but the Saints go to the next best option on the edge here.
29. Green Bay Packers – OT Christian Darrisaw (Virginia Tech)
Okay, this is not exactly what Rodgers had in mind when he was looking for offensive help. But, it’s a lot better than insulting him with a reach on a 1st round QB. Darrisaw would immediately slide in on the right side and provide Rodgers with two reliable tackles. With them, Rodgers can make any receiver look good, therefore, this is a much more pressing need, especially with Devin Funchess coming back after opting out in 2020.
30. Buffalo Bills – ED Jason Oweh (Penn St.)
Travis Etienne is intriguing here as the only real weak-spot on this team is the running back room, but expending a 2nd in 2019, 3rd in 2020, and 1st in 2021 is poor planning. The call is offensive line or defensive line here, so let’s run with a player who offers size and pass rush to a unit that needs an infusion of youth and talent. We all love the career resurrection that Hughes experienced with the Bills since 2013, but that well is soon running dry.
31. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Walker Little (Stanford)
We all saw what happened to Mahomes in the Super Bowl. When you invest half a billion dollars in an player, it’ll make you throw up watching how he was being tossed around in that game. And don’t think that went unnoticed by the rest of the league and with both Fischer and Schwartz both cut, the Chiefs HAVE to invest this pick in an offensive lineman. They brought in Thuney and Long to help the interior, but Mahomes was ravaged by JPP and Barrett, guys who make their living on the outside.Embed from Getty Images
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – IOL Wyatt Davis (Ohio St.)
Not many holes on this roster. They’re running it back with the same roster and as long as they let Brady take care of the offense, there won’t be much reason to believe that couldn’t repeat. The only concern with this team is that they injuries bite them along the interior offensive line for a second straight season. With both Cappa and Marpet missing time, Tampa needs to make sure they’re well stocked in the event the injury bug strikes again. With the final first round pick in our mock draft, the Bucs take Davis who has the size (6’4, 315) and athleticism to fill in at any position on the offensive line. Not an impact pick, but one that is necessary for sustained success, specifically with a 44 year old QB.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars – DT Levi Onwuzurike (Washington)
To kick off the 2nd round of our mock draft, the Jags turn their attention to defense after getting their franchise QB in the 1st. They have have tried to address the issues they have in the middle of their defensive line with bringing back Tyson Alualu and trading for Malcom Brown. With Taven Bryan being unreliable moving forward, the Jags should turn to a penetrating lineman who can create havoc in the backfield. What Onwuzurike lacks in size, he makes up for with short-area quickness. Brown and Alualu will eat up the double teams.
34. New York Jets – OL Tevan Jenkins (Oklahoma)
After two offensive additions in the first round, one would almost guarantee New York goes defense. However, this train is only going to start rolling if Darnold improves, Jenkins gives him a couple of young, big tackles to stave off edge rushers. Najee Harris will appreciate this pick too.
35. Atlanta Falcons – ED Joe Tryon (Washington)
The Falcons need help with their pass rush, and althoughTryon doesn’t have the highest ceiling in the world, he’s a polished player that has experience in a variety of fronts. He doesn’t get out of position and he makes the plays he’s supposed to. He’ll have the chance to be a Day 1 starter as well.Embed from Getty Images
36. Miami Dolphins – LB Jamin Davis (Kentucky)
Davis will be more of a rotational guy to start off with, but his size reminds me a bit of Jamie Collins (6’4, 235) if he fills out a bit more. Flores comes from a New England system that loves them some big, athletic linebackers who can shed lineman, but also cover crossing routes. Van Ginkle, Baker, Ogbah, and McKinney are a solid corps, but Davis is insurance if any one of those guys go down.
37. Philadelphia Eagles – OT Jaylen Mayfield (Michigan)
This is more of a development pick to provide much needed depth as injuries ravaged Philly in 2020. Mayfield is still a year or two out from starting snaps, but he provides a valuable insurance piece in the event that Dillard continues to disappoint.The Eagles use their 2nd pick in our mock draft to further add talent around Jalen Hurts. Read more analysis of the Philadelphia Eagles mock draft.
38. Cincinnati Bengals – LB Nick Bolton (Missouri)
The Bengals addressed the down-lineman on defense with the additions of Hendrickson and Ogunjobi, but there are still a lot of question marks at the linebacker level. Bolton gives them a thumper in the middle (6’, 235) that can help control the run game. He’s not a fix-all at the position, but he is currently better than anyone they have.Embed from Getty Images
39. Carolina Panthers – WR Rashod Bateman (Minnesota)
The loss of Curtis Samuels hurts. His versatility was maximized by Rhule and the result was a career year and major pay-day. Bateman isn’t a chess piece like Samuels, but he’s a savvy route-runner who brings size and physicality to a receiving corps that is more known for its down the field prowess. He’s the type of receiver that doesn’t get the accolades because he doesn’t score TDs, but he is a consistent chain-mover that is vital to an offense’s success.
40. Denver Broncos – CB Aaron Robinson (UCF)
The signings of Kyle Fuller and Darby may put some doubt into this pick, but Fuller is signed only for a year and with an eye on capitalizing in 2021. Robinson slides in a depth piece to start off the season, but gives Denver 4 quality corners (Fuller, Darby, Callahan, & Robinson) to combat KC’s offense.
41. Detroit Lions – OT Liam Eichenberg (Notre Dame)
Detroit needs reinforcements up front, plain and simple. Vaitai’s contract is an albatross and I would fully expect the Lions to move on from him in the next year or so given his ability and his absurd contract. Both Goff’s and Lance’s strengths are rolling out on bootlegs, so let’s give them another athletic lineman to build around in the future.
42. New York Giants – C Creed Humphrey (Oklahoma)
The Giants are making a push for the division and they certainly have the roster to capitalize on it, however, their offensive line still leaves a lot to desired, especially given the collective talent they employ there. They added a game-changing linebacker in Parsons in the 1st round, now they look to solidify the center of their offensive line in the 2nd round of this mock draft (no pun intended).
43. San Francisco 49ers – RB Travis Etienne (Clemson)
Mock draft value pick alert! The benefit of having a strong roster that doesn’t have an abundance of holes is that you can capitalize on good players when they fall. The 49ers offense is predicated on the ability to run the football, so why not take the second-rated back in the draft to pair with Mostert. He’s a home-run hitter that explodes through the line, a trait that Shanahan has valued in recent years.
44. Dallas Cowboys – ED Carlos Basham Jr. (Wake Forest)
Defense, defense, defense. The only place Dallas needs to focus their efforts is on one side of the football. After targeting the draft’s top corner, they go after the top remaining pass-rusher on the board. He’s built like DeMarcus Lawrence (6’4, 275) and is known for his power more than his quickness. He’ll factor into a rotation with Randy Gregory and will provide insurance for injuries up front. Quinn loves stunts and Basham Jr. has the size to attack the interior. Read more analysis of the Dallas Cowboys mock draft here.Embed from Getty Images
45. Jacksonville Jaguars – TE Pat Freiermuth (Penn St.)
The Jaguars are severely lacking in talent at the Tight End spo., Tyler Eifert did not pan out and it’s been a struggle to replace the stability Mercedes Lewis once brought to the position. Freiermuth has the size (6’5, 260) to be a factor in the run game and up the seam in the passing game. With attention on Chark Jr and Marvin Jones, he’ll see plenty of one-on-one looks.
46. New England Patriots – LB Dylan Moses (Alabama)
Still no QB?? Nope, New England could look to take Kyle Trask here, but I don’t see them as ones to reach just to say they have an answer beyond Newton. Instead, they roll with a guy who has the size (6’3, 240) and athleticism to fit multiple different roles in a Belichick defense. He can play inside and outside, rush the passer or drop into coverage, and he has closing speed to hammer backs in the hole. Plus, Belichick loves him some Alabama linebackers.
47. Los Angeles Chargers – WR Elijah Moore (Ole Miss)
Mike Williams is on the last year of his contract and Keenan Allen is always a question mark for injury. Throw in the loss of Hunter Henry and the Chargers need to give Herbert some toys to play with if he’s going to build off an incredible rookie season. Moore is small (5’9, 185), but he is dynamic with the ball in his hands. With Williams attacking the deep part of the field and Allen attacking the boundaries, Moore will have room to work underneath.
48. Las Vegas Raiders – OT James Hudson (Cincinnati)
The Raiders replace Gabe Jackson with their 1st round mock draft pick and now look to replace Trent Brown with their 2nd rounder. Hudson is the best remaining tackle in the draft and can help alleviate the concerns along the offensive line. With Miller, Vera-Tucker, and Hudson, the Raiders have a young corps to try to build around. Both Carr and Jacobs will be appreciative of the Raiders’ efforts to build reliability along the line.Embed from Getty Images
49. Arizona Cardinals – ED Patrick Jones II (Pittsburgh)
Jones is coming back from a major injury and they lost Reddick to the Panthers in free agency, so adding to the rotation is a no-brainer here. He’s not as long as either Jones or Golden (6’4), but he has good combination of power and speed to be a valuable contributor on a uber-talented front-7. This also allows Arizona to ease Jones back into the mix to avoid any major set-backs.
50. Miami Dolphins – CB Asante Samuel Jr (Florida St.)
Xavien Howard has shown that he’s a very capable #1 corner in this league and Byron Jones is best used as a utility-type player who can be moved from press-coverage to playing the deep part of the field as a safety. Miami still lacks depth around that position and Samuel Jr can be used in a variety of roles, whether that be lined up on the outside or in the slot. If genetics hold true, he’ll be as seamless a fit as his father was 15 years ago.
51. Washington Football Team – ILB Jabril Cox (LSU)
Another rangy, fast linebacker to play sideline to sideline behind arguably the NFL’s most talented down-linemen. Cox and Owusu-Koramoah are two picks with the same body-size, but as we saw in Tampa when you have sideline to sideline linebackers, it can elevate the play of the entire unit. There is only one weakspot on that side for Ron Rivera and he addresses it with his first two picks.
52. Chicago Bears – OLB Jospeh Ossai (Texas)
Defensive line or corner makes sense here, but seems as though the Bears are going to rely on a strong pass rush (led by Mack and Quinn), so they’ll need support here. Ossai is a raw product that relies on his speed to beat tackles, but lacks overall pass-rush moves. He’ll have a couple years to learn behind two rushers who have eclipsed 14 sacks in a season.
53. Tennessee Titans – WR Tutu Atwell (Louisville)
The Titans have a lot of physical players on offense, what they lack is top-end speed. Atwell is tiny (5’9, 150) and won’t hold up in the slot, but the Titans will have the ability to get creative to get the ball in his hands. With the defense playing toward the line of scrimmage to defend Henry, Atwell will have plenty of opportunities to use his speed and quickness to win one-on-one routes on the outside.Embed from Getty Images
54. Indianapolis Colts – CB Elijah Molden (Washington)
If Hilton comes back as anticipated, the offense should be set moving forward, which makes defense a priority moving forward. Molden is a zone-coverage corner that should feast within their scheme. In order to compete in the NFL moving forward, teams are going to need multiple solid corners to employ at one time.
55. Pittsburgh Steelers – OT Dillon Radunz (North Dakota St.)
Built exactly like Alejandro Villanueva (6’6, 300), Radunz is another step towards re-establishing the offensive line. He’ll slide in as a starter from Day 1 and provide Big Ben with the protection he became accustomed to during their 11-0 start to the season.
56. Seattle Seahawks – OT Samuel Cosmi (Texas)
Russell Wilson made it clear to the Seahawks, he doesn’t want to run for his life on a play by play basis. They recently traded for Gabe Jackson and still have Duane Brown on the left-side. Cosmi is long and athletic, he can lock out defenders while mirroring Wilson’s movements outside of the pocket.
57. Los Angeles Rams – IDL Daviyon Nixon (Iowa)
Trading Brockers has left a big hole next to Donald and has now allowed defenses crash down on him. With their mock draft first pick they’ll attempt to address that by targeting a guy who can get after the QB on the inside. He’s big (6’3, 310) and should rotate in with A’Shawn Robinson to help take pressure off of Donald.
58. Baltimore Ravens – IOL Trey Smith (Tennessee)
Baltimore love versatility and Smith offers that to them, he has the size to play on the inside or the edge. Especially with uncertainty surrounding Orlando Brown Jr, Smith could slide into the RT spot if needed. He’s an extreme value pick if he can stay healthy, which is a big if. He’s a Day 1 talent that Baltimore could get on Day 2.
59. Cleveland Browns – ILB Pete Werner (Ohio St.)
The Browns addressed the interior defensive line in the first round of this mock draft and now attack the second level with the second pick. Werner has the size (6’2, 240) and athleticism to play inside, strongside, or weakside in a four-man front. He isn’t great in any facet of the game, but he is good in all facets of the game. Behind an elite front-7 and a surging backend, Werner will have every opportunity to excel.Embed from Getty Images
60. New Orleans Saints – WR Rondale Moore (Purdue)
Mock draft value pick alert! Jameis Winston has a big arm and Moore can fly down the field. Receiver hardly seems like a need with Michael Thomas, Tre’Quan Smith, and Deonte Harris, but Moore is too good to pass up at this point. He seems to fit the same role Brandin Cooks did back in the day with his ability to win initial releases at the line of scrimmage and then punish defenses with his speed over the top. He should eventually open up the underneath for Thomas when he reels in a couple long TDs.
61. Buffalo Bills – CB Israel Mukuamu (South Carolina)
A luxury pick at the bottom of the second round, the Bills land the biggest corner in the draft (6’4, 210) and a guy who should excel in their press-zone scheme. His size will help in running situations and having corners who don’t mind mixing it up makes for a strong edge.
62. Green Bay Packers – WR Nico Collins (Michigan)
Okay, the Packers finally address the skill-position that Rodgers has been clamoring about for the last few years. Collins has some serious size (6’4, 225) and should excel on the back-shoulder throws that Rodgers loves to make. With him and Funchess on the outside and DeVante Adams working out of the slot, the Packers should satisfy Rodgers’ hunger for more help.
63. Kansas City Chiefs – ILB Chazz Surratt (North Carolina)
There are a lot of spots that the Chiefs need to fill and after paying top dollar for their own FAs, they need to fill a big one in the draft. They drafted William Gay last year and now follow that up with a bigger (6’3, 230) linebacker to rotate in with Hitchens. He’s a raw talent, but he has all the potential to become a Lavonte David clone, something the Chiefs would love to get their hands on.Embed from Getty Images
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – RB Javonte Williams (North Carolina
Tampa continues to build around Brady for his time here. With the uncertainty around the return of Leonard Fournette and the injury history of Ronald Jones II, this pick adds depth and talent to the offense on a cheap rookie contract. With the last pick in our mock draft, the Bucs target another physical (5’11, 220) back that can rotate in and out with Jones to keep teams honest with their ability to run the football.