With the 2021 NFL Draft rapidly approaching, fan bases of every franchise are filled with hope as their team looks to bolster their roster with fresh, new talent from the college football world. Every team except the Houston Texans, Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks have a first-round pick, while the Jacksonville Jaguars, Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and Baltimore Ravens have two selections in the top 32 draft slots. I’ll be executing picks 22-32 of my 2021 NFL Mock Draft for you here today, starting with the Tennessee Titans and ending with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
In this 2021 NFL mock draft, I’ll be taking the place of every general manager in the league, and throw out their ideologies about how to build a team! I’ll evaluate the talent on the roster right now, make a selection based on the depth of the roster and the caliber of player available, and do my best to pair talent with tutelage to make the team more competitive than it is right now.
That being said, not every pick will be a big position of need or a position of need at all! I’m going to make every football team better with the player that presents himself available at that point in the 2021 NFL Draft. So no, there will be no trades in this exercise! Some picks will be harder than others, and I will notate if the team could trade the pick, but a pick will be made regardless. I’ve broken this down into three segments as we countdown to draft day on April 29th in Cleveland Ohio! It’s the end of our 2021 NFL Mock Draft! Tennessee is now on the clock!
Mark’s Mock 2021 NFL Draft: Selections 22-32
Pick #22 | Tennessee Titans | Greg Newsome II CB Northwestern
The departures of Adoree Jackson and Malcolm Butler loom large when looking at the roster, and it portrays the secondary as a position of need in this draft. While they did sign Janoris Jenkins, having a competition at the position will only ensure you get the best player out of the two. Greg Newsome II is a physical, well-balanced cornerback who excels in zone and press coverage. His appearance fits the bill of an NFL corner and he reminds me of a taller Brent Grimes on tape. Either pairing him up with Jackrabbit or Kristian Fulton and Kevin Byard will be a dominant force to be reckoned with for years to come.
Pick #23 | New York Jets | Jayson Oweh EDGE Penn St.
With our second first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, I have to get another player to attack opposing quarterbacks. Having Carl Lawson on the other side will help young stud Jayson Oweh develop by proxy, as shifts in protection will go away from the rookie. Getting our defense to keep the score down and get takeaways will facilitate our rookie quarterback Zach Wilson’s growth. Wide receiver is a thought, but I’m going to trust my signing of Corey Davis for a year at least.
Pick #24 | Pittsburgh Steelers | Landon Dickerson C Alabama
Maurkice Pouncey retired in the weeks following the Super Bowl, and we have a massive hole at the pivot on the offensive line. Not only do I want to ensure Ben Roethlisberger has protection up front this year, but I need my future quarterback to have a stalwart center to grow with. Landon Dickerson sounds like the name of a Steeler. He fits the personality and makeup of former Steelers and would be my slam dunk pick at No. 24. Najee Harris makes a lot of sense here as well, but most of the running back talent will be there in round two.
Pick #25 | Jacksonville Jaguars | Teven Jenkins T Oklahoma
I got the quarterback of my dreams, now to build the wall around him. I take Teven Jenkins at tackle and slide Jawaan Taylor to guard and beef up the entire line as well as utilize Taylor’s run-blocking prowess on the inside. If Teven Jenkins isn’t there, Asante Samuel Jr. could be the pick here to bolster a secondary that looks vastly different from three years ago. C.J. Henderson looks promising after his rookie year and giving him a running mate opposite him would stem a lot of the bleeding we’ve experienced late in games on defense.
Pick #26 | Cleveland Browns | Jaelan Phillips EDGE Miami (FL)
Possible Trade Pick
From the looks of the board, were at the edge-rushers and second tier of wide receivers. It’s possible that any of the teams in the top five of the second round make the leap up, along with any of the teams listed below. Cleveland has one of the most solid rosters in the NFL, and they need depth more than star power in the 2021 NFL Draft.
That being said, I want to turn a strength into a complete dominance that other teams fear when they see it on the schedule. Adding Jaelan Phillips to the mix of Jadeveon Clowney, Myles Garrett, and Takkarist McKinley would give us a constant rotation of fresh pass-rushers to terrorize quarterbacks all year long. There are not many holes to fill, so taking the best player available is how I’m approaching this draft.
Pick #27 | Baltimore Ravens | Walker Little T Stanford
The first of their two picks this round thanks to a trade with Kansas City for the 31st pick in the 2021 NFL Draft will be the tackle to replace the freshly moved Orlando Brown Jr. Walker Little is a matching massive monster to Ronnie Stanley and would be a cinch to man the right tackle position. Mental aptitude is assured coming from Stanford, as well as all the traits you could want in a tackle prospect. The Ravens could also pick up a wide receiver here if they fear he won’t be there by pick 31.
Pick #28 | New Orleans Saints | Elijah Moore WR Purdue
Potential Trade Pick
This is another prime spot to move down from as the Saints have a limited amount of picks this year due to past trade ventures. With comp picks in the third and fourth rounds luckily bolstering the class, trading back and acquiring more picks could be a sensible thing to do to replenish those picks.
Should they have to pick at this spot, it’s really a toss-up between Elijah Moore and Rashod Bateman and how they feel about Tre’Quan Smith. Should they still believe in Smith, Elijah Moore would be a tremendous addition to the receiving corps to mask the departure of Emmanuel Sanders. If Jameis Winston is to get back to throwing for 5,000 yards, he’s going to need the weapons to do it.
Pick #29 | Green Bay Packers | Kadarius Toney Florida
Hooray! Finally a skill position player in the first round! It’s been 19 years since a receiver came off the board in the first round for the green and gold. The 2021 NFL Draft breaks that streak with the selection of Kadarius Toney. Tall and fast with outstanding hands, the only thing holding his draft stock back is the long lengthy shadow Kyle Pitts cast on the field. To me, he looks like a lighter Reggie Wayne in size and quickness. If he turns out to have a career even close to Reggie’s production, this will be a huge steal for the Packers.
Pick #30 | Buffalo Bills | Asante Samuel Jr. Florida State
Last year was an amazing ride, and to make sure we continue this track, I’m completing the secondary with Asante Samuel Jr. at cornerback. Placing him alongside Tre’Davious White would give us a cornerback duo with top talent for the next four to five years immediately. Competing with Patrick Mahomes will be on our cards a lot if we plan on playing for Super Bowl rings, and this pick gives us the chance to do it.
Pick #31 | Baltimore Ravens | Terrace Marshall Jr. WR LSU
With the pick they landed in the trade for Orlando Brown Jr, the Ravens select their sorely needed wide-out to team up with Marquise Brown. Lamar Jackson needs down-field targets with a big catch radius, and Terrace Marshall Jr. fits the bill, as well as being a red-zone target monster. He reminds me of a slimmed-down Dez Bryant and his tape shows those same traits that got Bryant to be as successful as he was. In the end zone, he plays like a basketball player and uses his size to “box out” smaller corners and safeties. You could flip the positions of either of the Ravens picks in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.
Pick #32 | Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Elijah Molden S Washington
The Buccaneers roster is primarily set, with our head coach saying just as much recently, and this draft pick will be purely for depth and best player available. Elijah Molden gives them a do-it-all defensive back who has the ability to cover down the field, play the run, and man the slot. Versatility has a premium, and with the Bucs very much trying to “go for two” this season, picking up a player who lessens the impact of injuries is never a bad place to be as a franchise.
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