We’re just a few short days away from the 2021 NFL Draft, which means it’s time for the KnupSports 2021 NFL Mock Draft! This year, eight of our writers teamed up to work through the first round of the draft, able to choose their teams, drafting their selection, then writing a defense of the players they chose. Writers were allowed to make trades, and we had two of them shaking up the top 20 picks.
Without further ado, the KnupSports NFL Mock Draft!
NFL Mock Draft Picks #1-10
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (Drafted by AJ Leivo)
Trevor Lawrence has been the crowned prodigy of quarterback prospects since high school. At Clemson, he lost only two games as a starter over three years. Lawrence is everything the modern NFL is looking for.
Measuring in at 6’6” 220 lbs, Lawrence has the size and strength of the prototypical dropback quarterback, as well as the speed and athletic ability to run options and break away on scrambles.
The physical traits alone could warrant the first overall pick, Lawrence can sling the ball 40 yards on the run effortlessly into a pinpoint window. Any throw Urban Meyer will ask him to throw he will make. Jacksonville wide receiver DJ Chark Jr has proven to be a reliable receiver no matter who was throwing him the ball, now he will have one of the most polished passers coming out of college throwing to him.
2. New York Jets – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU (Drafted by Erik Neff)
With Trevor Lawrence off the board, the Jets still MUST go quarterback in the 1st round. That being said, outside of Lawrence, Justin Fields may have the biggest upside, but the Jets opt for Zach Wilson out of BYU instead.
Opting to enter the NFL Draft, rather than return to BYU for his Senior year, the 21 year old has soared up NFL Mock draft boards since the college season ended, and for good reason.
Wilson made his first start at BYU three years ago as a true freshman. His finale this past season ended with a competition percentage over 73% and more than 3,600 yards. With the Jets moving away from Sam Darnold, they need consistency at a position they haven’t had it at in a long time. A very long time.
Wilson is the obvious choice for the Jets, or their fanbase may just burn it all down.
3. San Francisco 49ers – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State (Drafted by Dan Bradley)
The smoke-and-mirror show has worked to perfection. By distracting everyone with talk of their love for Mac Jones, San Francisco has masterfully minimized the talk on Justin Fields so the Jets don’t suddenly gain interest and pass on Zach Wilson. The Mac Jones hype doubled to see if someone would outbid them for third overall while the 49ers could move back and still get their guy.
Fields checks a ton of boxes as a quarterback. He has the mobility needed for success in today’s NFL, a big arm that is accurate all over the field, and a second-to-none competitive drive, as evidenced in playing through broken ribs in the CFP Semifinal against Clemson.
I was surprised San Francisco made the move, but they see something in Fields and I can’t imagine this pick actually being used on Mac Jones. While it’s possible, it seems an incredibly short-sighted move by GM John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan.
4. TRADE: Atlanta Falcons trade Pick #4 to Denver Broncos for Pick #9 and Von Miller, Broncos select Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (Drafted by Griffin Carroll)
Denver has one of the most complete rosters in the NFL. Their defense is strong and their receiving room is loaded. The one hole is shored up here with a trade up to get their man.
Trey Lance, while lacking in-game experience, possesses the athleticism and intangibles you want in your quarterback. Put in a strong position, Lance has a chance to become one of the best quarterbacks in this class.
At North Dakota State, Lance completed 67% of his passes, with 28 touchdowns and no interceptions. That sort of offensive spark should turn the Broncos into contenders in the AFC West., especially to keep up with the Chiefs.
5. Cincinnati Bengals – Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon (Drafted by Griffin Carroll)
While many would love to see Joe Burrow reunited with his top LSU playmaker Ja’Marr Chase, the right call here is to take Sewell.
At just 20 years old, Sewell has the potential to be a staple for the Bengals for a decade-plus. If Cincinnati wants to avoid seeing Burrow on a cart again, they must protect their top investment from a year ago.
Sewell is one of the most talented offensive line prospects in several years. At 6’5”, 331 lbs, few in the league will be able to match Sewell’s strength. The only knock on the athletic left tackle is his inexperience. Sewell was a two year starter at Oregon but opted out of the 2020 season to prepare for the draft. If he plays to the level we saw in college, the Bengals don’t have to worry about their left tackle position for the next decade.
6. Miami Dolphins – Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU (Drafted by Erik Neff)
Miami must surround quarterback Tua Tagovailoa with weapons in this NFL Mock draft. It should be priority number one, and this draft is loaded with first round weapons.
The question is, which one to grab? Should they grab one of Tua’s former Alabama teammates? Well, no, they should not.
While both Heisman winner DaVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle would be fantastic additions, in my opinion, the best NFL receiver in this draft is Ja’Marr Chase from LSU. Chase opted out of the 2020 NCAA season, but you may remember him catching nearly 1,800 yards of Joe Burrow passes in 2019.
Chase is the most NFL-ready wide receiver in this draft, and he is exactly what young Tua and the Dolphins need – a big-time playmaker who can make an impact in the Miami offense.
7. Detroit Lions – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama (Drafted by Andy Slawecki)
Had Waddle not broken his ankle on the opening kickoff of the Tennessee game, he may have heard his name before Chase in the 2021 Draft as the top receiver off the board. As this mock unfolds, he’s still a Top 10 pick and would immediately become the top outside weapon for a rebuilding Lions team.
Detroit not only has a new coaching staff, but they’ll have a brand new receiving corps after the departures of Marvin Jones (Jaguars) and Kenny Golladay (Giants) and replaced them with marginal talents Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman. Waddle gives new quarterback Jared Goff a talented deep threat to compliment the consistent T.J. Hockenson at tight end.
8. Carolina Panthers – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (Drafted by Andy Slawecki)
Hockenson would be the reason for Detroit passing on Pitts, as the Lions have more pressing needs and holes to fill. The Panthers sprint to the podium to grab this generational talent who is arguably the best player in the entire draft.
Don’t rule out Carolina making a move out of this spot, and even with the acquisition of Sam Darnold, Matt Rhule and Scott Fitterer would consider taking Mac Jones. In this scenario, the Panthers add Pitts to an already potent offense that includes Christian McCaffrey, Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore.
Sink or swim time for Darnold who would be surrounded by the most talent he’s ever had since becoming a pro.
9. Atlanta Falcons (via trade with Denver) – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State (Drafted by AJ Leivo)
Matt Ryan’s play has not fallen off to warrant a quarterback selection. Beyond that, the Falcons have Matty Ice on the books till 2023 with a $15 million hit in dead cap space. The Falcons made it to the Super Bowl in 2017 and would have won if not for Kyle Shanahan’s questionable second-half calls. Since then the team has been mediocre and hamstrung by a terrible defense. The window is closing before a full-on rebuild is needed.
With a new front office and a patient owner, Atlanta should be aggressive while they still have a serviceable veteran, the Falcons trade for Von Miller and use the No. 9 overall pick to select Micah Parsons, who can model his game after the eight-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl MVP.
Parsons has unbelievable sideline-to-sideline speed to stop the run. As a former defensive end, Parsons rushes the passer with velocity from the linebacker position.
You want to beat Tom Brady? You have to hit him. With Miller as a pass rush specialist on the opposite side of Parsons, Dion Jones at MLB and Grady Jarret at DT, this defense takes shape.
10. Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama (Drafted by Anthony Kean)
With Kyle Pitts falling to No. 8, I wouldn’t be surprised if Jerry Jones picks up the phone and facilitates a trade to land the once-in-a-lifetime prospect. By sitting at No. 10 Dallas lands one of the top defensive prospects, cornerback Patrick Surtain II, who will immediately improve the secondary and step in alongside former Alabama teammate Trevon Diggs.
This pick is a no-brainer as there are no defensive lineman worthy of being drafted this high and Dallas’ secondary has been a disaster since the departure of Pro Bowl corner Byron Jones last offseason. This offseason Dallas also lost starting cornerback Chidobe Awuzie who left for Cincinnati. Trading down might be enticing, but if Surtain is here at pick No. 10 the Cowboys cannot pass him up.
NFL Mock Draft Picks #11-20
11. New York Giants – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern (Drafted by Tim van Straten)
After signing Golladay to a hearty deal in free agency, the need for a playmaker like DeVonta Smith is not dire, at least this early. So while this may not be a hugely-popular pick in New York, Slater is exactly what the Giants will need to get back into the playoffs for the first time in five years.
After using three of their first five picks in 2020 on the offensive line, including fourth overall pick Andrew Thomas, Big Blue still struggled up front. And now, after cutting Kevin Zeitler in a cap move, New York’s line got significantly worse on paper entering the draft.
Slater can come in and start at right tackle, presenting a better option than second-year man Matt Peart or the washed-up Nate Solder. Worst case scenario, he can become the best guard on the team immediately, where some scouts think he will reach his ceiling anyway. Regardless, with Daniel Jones needing to make some serious strides in year three, a solid O-line needs to protect him, making Slater the logical choice for the G-men.
12. Philadelphia Eagles – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (Drafted by Griffin Carroll)
Philadelphia has one of the most troubling rosters in the NFL heading into the 2021 season. With holes all over, the Eagles take the best player on the board in the Heisman-winning wideout DeVonta Smith.
His size is a notable concern, but until someone shows it to have affected his play on the field, it’s nothing more than a talking point.
Philly has one of the worst wide receiving groups in the NFL. In what appears to be a tryout season for Jalen Hurts, giving him weapons can only help.
The Eagles have whiffed on receivers the past two drafts, notably passing on Justin Jefferson and DK Metcalf. In what has become one of the most important positions in the game, Eagles fans can only hope they reverse the curse in Smith.
13. Los Angeles Chargers – Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (Drafted by Anthony Kean)
The Los Angeles Chargers struck gold in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, landing quarterback Justin Herbert who had an incredible year. Herbert’s efforts were enough to win Offensive Rookie of the Year. Herbert is the leader of the Chargers offense that has weapons like running back Austin Ekeler along with wide receivers Mike Williams and Keenan Allen. It’s time for the Chargers to invest in the offensive line to guarantee Herbert will have time to make plays and be protected.
Christian Darrisaw is the top rated offensive tackle on the board at this point of the NFL Mock Draft. Darrisaw has NFL offensive lineman size with a 6’5” 322 pound frame. Although Darrisaw is coming off core surgery in January, he seems to be recovering well and should be at full strength by the start of rookie minicamps. Bringing in Darrisaw along with the addition of All-Pro center Corey Linsey in free agency gives the Chargers a much needed offensive line boost.
14. TRADE: Minnesota Vikings trade Picks #14, #78, and #90 to the Miami Dolphins for Picks #18, #36, and a 2022 fifth round pick, Dolphins select Najee Harris, RB, Alabama (Drafted by Erik Neff)
The Vikings traded the 14, 78, and 90 picks to the Dolphins for the 18 and 36 in this year’s draft and a fifth rounder in 2022. Miami needs skill players and Minnesota needs the second round draft capital.
With the 14 pick in this NFL Mock Draft, the Dolphins land their running back of the future, Najee Harris from Alabama. Not only does Harris have the skills to easily be the best running back in this draft, but he also already has chemistry with Tua.
While the old, “never take a running back in the first round” mantra still occasionally comes up, the Dolphins haven’t had a game changing tailback since Ricky Williams and they are in desperate need of one.
Add Harris to Chase, Mike Gesicki, Will Fuller V, and DeVante Parker, and that should solidify the offense that Tua will need to lead this team to a playoff berth sooner rather than later. Not to mention adding a couple of draft picks to Miami’s already deep draft in 2021.
15. New England Patriots – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (Drafted by Tanner Kern)
The New England Patriots need a quarterback, and Mac Jones is the perfect long-term replacement for Tom Brady. There is no doubt in my mind that Cam Newton will be under center to begin the season. However, Newton is not the quarterback of the future in New England.
Is Jones the most talented quarterback in the NFL Draft? No, but Jones is a proven winner with tremendous accuracy. In the NFL, mindset and knowledge are critical for long-term success. Jones is an above average pocket passer in the NFL when he gets adjusted to the speed of the game, but he will be great because of his IQ.
I do not want to say that we are seeing the second coming of Tom Brady because we are not. Nevertheless, Jones is an underrated quarterback that I could not be more excited to watch. As a die-hard Patriots fan, I would be ecstatic to hear Jones’ name called on Thursday night if he is still available at 15.
16. Arizona Cardinals – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina (Drafted by Dan Bradley)
Replacing Patrick Peterson proves easier than the Cardinals may have anticipated as Jaycee Horn falls into their lap at 16 overall. Horn showed tremendous growth last season and has one of the most accomplished resumes of any cornerback prospect.
In three seasons at South Carolina, Horn was responsible for covering A.J. Brown, Dyami Brown, Trevon Grimes, Kyle Pitts, Jerry Jeudy, Elijah Moore, Justyn Ross, Henry Ruggs, DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle… you get the idea. He’s had some of the toughest assignments in college football over the past three seasons but continues to grow his game.
To put his skills into perspective, in 2020, Horn allowed just eight catches on 24 targets. Opposing offenses wouldn’t throw to his side of the field unless they had to, and Horn made them pay with two interceptions and six pass defends. He will be a strong contender for Defensive Rookie of the Year, adding a massive punch to the Arizona secondary.
17. Las Vegas Raiders – Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah, LB, Notre Dame (Drafted by AJ Leiva)
As long as Patrick Mahomes is the quarterback in Kansas City, everyone else in the AFC West is playing for second place. The Chargers will have something to say about Oakland being the second best team, as they split the series with the Raiders and will only be tougher going forward as reigning Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert gains experience. The Broncos are a quarterback away from being dangerous with wide receivers Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, K.J. Hamler, and tight end Noah Fant.
Never mind that the Raiders traded away three starting offensive linemen to start the offseason, the Raiders need a difference maker on defense if they want to slow down the Chargers, Chiefs and fend off the Broncos. Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah won the Dick Butkus Award as college football’s best linebacker with 62 tackles, 11 for loss, 1.5 sacks, three forced fumbles (two recovered) and one interception.
In years past, JOK would have been seen as a safety because of his size (6’1” 220 lbs). As NFL offenses continue to take concepts from the college game, so too are defenses to counter.
This is why players like JOK who have played against these offenses and possess great mental processing, athleticism, and competitive toughness are exciting. They can be moved around positions as defensive weapons instead of traditional one dimensional players.
18. Minnesota Vikings via Miami – Alijah Vera-Tucker. OT, USC (Drafted by Dan Bradley)
Minnesota moves down here with Sewell, Slater, and Darrisaw off the board. Even better, trading down allows the Vikings to move back up into the second round, where they don’t currently have a pick. It may seem like a lot to give up, but it’s a move the Vikings should strongly consider.
In Vera-Tucker, the Vikings are getting an excellent offensive lineman who can play guard or tackle, both of which are significant holes in the roster. A three-year starter at USC, Vera-Tucker has experience against some of college football’s top rushers. He is a mauler in the run game and will help open holes for Dalvin Cook. While his pass protection needs some polish, his versatility and athleticism will allow him to be a Day One starter for the Vikings at a position of great need.
19. Washington Football Team – Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan (Drafted by Griffin Carroll)
Washington is a team on the rise, winners of the dreadful NFC East this past season. The Football Team’s calling-card was a strong defense and some versatile offensive weapons.
Their biggest hole remains quarterback of the future. Ryan Fitzpatrick is a fine band-aid for the time being, but ideally Washington walks away from this NFL Mock Draft with a developmental passer, perhaps Kyle Trask or Kellen Mond in a later round. With the top five QBs off the board, the rich get richer with the selection of Paye.
Washington’s defensive line was the main reason for their success this past season. The pick here is a luxury selection. Paye can ease his way into the rotation and learn from some of the best linemen in the league, including the second overall pick from last year, Chase Young.
20. Chicago Bears – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech (Drafted by Tim van Straten)
As a team who needs offensive help in the worst ways, it was difficult for the Bears to pass on several wide receivers here. But getting a plug-and-play corner at 20th overall was too solid of value to pass up.
Due to salary cap concerns, Chicago had to cut number one cornerback Kyle Fuller. And while they signed Desmond Trufant to take his place, getting someone early to pair with last year’s second round pick Jaylon Johnson immediately became a high priority.
With Farley, the Bears are getting a cornerback who opted out of the 2020 season and who had some injury concerns back in college. But they’re also getting a corner with NFL size and speed, as well as a playmaker with solid instincts. If Chicago wants to get their defense back to the level it was a few years ago and force lots of turnovers, Farley is an excellent fit in their new-look secondary.
NFL Mock Draft Picks #21-32
21. Indianapolis Colts – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota (Drafted by Dan Bradley)
Indianapolis has a TON of potential at 21 overall, and there are several different positions they could take. A trade down is also realistic, especially with no third round pick in 2021 and no second round pick in 2022.
For me, this pick comes down to Indy’s need to provide weapons for Carson Wentz. The Colts already have a solid offensive line (though more never hurts), a capable run game with Jonathan Taylor, but could use some more receiving weapons after a down year from T.Y. Hilton and to supplement last year’s second round pick Michael Pittman Jr.
They get one of the top receivers in the 2021 class in Bateman, who is arguably the most polished route-runner in the draft. Able to lineup outside or in the slot, Bateman brings a ton of versatility with a large catch radius and elite explosiveness to create separation. He’ll help to balance Indianapolis’ offensive attack and make the Colts an under-the-radar contender in the AFC.
22. Tennessee Titans – Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern (Drafted by Dan Bradley)
After cutting starters Malcolm Butler and Adoree’ Jackson this offseason, cornerback is a significant need for the Titans. While wide receiver and right tackle are important positions to fill as well, Tennessee can fill those spots with later picks.
By taking Newsome, the Titans get someone who can start right away, though corner is one of the tougher positions at which to make the jump from college to the pros. Newsome allowed 12 catches for 93 yards on 34 targets. . He’s great at contesting the ball and breaking up passes, though he may slide down the board because of a shortened Big Ten season. He fits the Titans’ needs and is the best player available with who was already off the board.
23. New York Jets – Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia (Drafted by Erik Neff)
The Jets can basically just point and click to find a need with any of their picks in this NFL Mock Draft. In the midst of a never ending rebuild, the Jets will select edge rusher Azeez Ojulari from the University of Georgia.
In this case, the Jets are just taking the best available player at any position, still on the board. Ojulari led the SEC in forced fumbles (four), sacks (9.5), and was second in tackles for a loss (12.5).
In the AFC East, the edge is extremely important, as all of the quarterbacks in the division are mobile and like to leave the pocket. The Jets need to secure the edge to keep the DB’s on assignment, and not let these quarterbacks, Josh Allen primarily, run all over them.
New York gets their guy and continues the endless rebuild with Ojulari.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (Drafted by Dan Bradley)
It’s no secret the Steelers are desperate for running back help. After finishing dead last in rushing yards (1,351) and yards per carry (3.6), and with Ben Roethlisberger getting older and losing some of his arm strength, having a rusher who can take the load off Big Ben’s shoulders is essential.
With Najee Harris off the board, Pittsburgh selects Etienne to be a plug and play, three down running back. He’s a capable pass-catcher out of the backfield and he led the FBS in yards after first contact (2,571) over the past three seasons. Some may consider this pick a reach, but others have him as the top running back in the draft. Either way, Etienne will be a huge asset to whatever team selects him. In this case, that’s the Steelers.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars – Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (Drafted by AJ Leivo)
It wasn’t too long ago that Jacksonville was referred to as Sackson-ville and was one one of the most feared defenses in the league. Recently the Jaguars defense is about as fearsome as a house cat.
There are pieces across the backside in six-year veteran MLB Myles Jack, third-year LB/DE Josh Allen who will be coming off an injury, 2019 first rounders C.J. Henderson at corner and K’Lavon Chaisson at weakside linebacker. Former Seattle Seahawks starting corner Shaquill Griffin was also signed this offseason.
The missing pieces for the Jaguars are along the defensive line. Gregory Rousseau can be that missing piece. Rousseau is a massive pass rusher (6’7” 266 lbs) who uses strength, length, bend, and burst to blow up plays behind the line of scrimmage and take down quarterbacks. Rousseau lacks experience with just one year starting and coming into college as a wide receiver and safety.
Despite this, Rousseau used his one year to ball out in the ACC. With 54 total tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles Rousseau nearly beat Chase Young for the single-season sack record. Rousseau lined up across the defensive line with success at end and tackle, showing his versatility. This versatility will pair well with Chassion and Allen.
26. Cleveland Browns – Christian Barmore, DI, Alabama (Drafted by Dan Bradley)
Looking around the AFC North, Cleveland will have some serious offenses to work against. How do you keep the pace with Lamar Jackson, Joe Burrow, and Ben Roethlisberger, not to mention Patrick Mahomes, Josh Allen, and others when they reach the playoffs? Cleveland has the offensive weapons to run up the score, but investing in the defense to slow those opponents down is the best way to go.
With that in mind, the Browns opt to beef up their defensive line with Barmore, a 6’4”, 310 lb defensive tackle who was last year’s CFP Championship Defensive MVP with five tackles (two for a loss) and a sack. While he may struggle out of the gate, Barmore is an explosive three-technique tackle with a ton of upside. He’s excellent at stopping the run and creating havoc in the backfield, virtually an extra pass rusher up the middle.
27. Baltimore Ravens – Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU (Drafted by Dan Bradley)
Another AFC North pick, the Ravens need to get Lamar Jackson another weapon in the passing game. While Mark Andrews and Marquise “Hollywood” Brown are reliable, having another receiver who can stretch the field is a must if the Ravens are going to compete for a Super Bowl in the next three seasons.
One of the youngest players in the draft, Marshall Jr. is ready to be an impact player at the NFL level. He scored 23 touchdowns on 94 receptions over the last two seasons at LSU. He also ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at his pro day. At 6’3”, 205 lbs, he’s tough to jam at the line and can elevate to take the top off opposing defenses. There are some concerns about his injury history (foot surgery in 2019), but he should be well past that, as evidenced by his recent performance and pro day metrics.
28. New Orleans Saints – Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State (Drafted by Dan Bradley)
New Orleans needs secondary help, especially looking at the matchup nightmares throughout the division. The Buccaneers aren’t going anywhere next season, Florida still has Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, and in this NFL Mock Draft with Kyle Pitts going to the Panthers, the Saints must address their defensive backfield in the draft.
While Trevon Moehrig, the safety from TCU, could also be in play here, I have the Saints taking Samuel Jr. to line up opposite Marshawn Lattimore and have two shut-down corners on the roster. Samuel Jr was a three year starter at Florida State and will have no problem fitting in with New Orleans. He is excellent in man coverage and can go toe-to-toe with any of the NFC South receivers.
29. Green Bay Packers – Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama (Drafted by Anthony Kean)
Alex Leatherwood has size like not many offensive lineman on this planet. At 6’6” 312 pounds Leatherwood can hang with the best of them and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will thank the Packers organization for this draft selection. A year ago, Leatherwood was regarded as one of the top prospects in the 2020 draft before he made the decision to return to Alabama.
Green Bay lost center Corey Linsey to the Chargers in free agency and left tackle David Bakhtiari is coming off season-ending surgery. Rodgers is 37 years old coming off an MVP season. Green Bay needs to protect the once-in-a-generation quarterback in order to make a run at another Super Bowl. Both the Packers and Chiefs struggled in the playoffs and Super Bowl with protecting the quarterback leading to Tampa Bay being crowned Champs.
30. Buffalo Bills – Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State (Drafted by Griffin Carroll)
Buffalo and Josh Allen had a remarkable year in 2020. However, If the Bills want to take their game to the next level, they need to bolster their defensive chops.
That’s where Oweh comes in. Oweh is a freak athlete; at 6’5’’, this DE ran a 4.36 40 yard dash – how often has that happened in history? His combination of speed and power makes him a matchup nightmare. While he didn’t record a sack in 2020, his all-around game showed growth.
Buffalo can afford to take gambles with their pick here – and with a strong secondary and a loaded offense, the best place to invest is the defensive line.
31. Baltimore Ravens – Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State (Drafted by Dan Bradley)
Following Friday’s trade which sent offensive lineman Orlando Brown to the Chiefs, Baltimore double-dips in the first round after taking Marshall Jr. and selects Brown’s replacement in Teven Jenkins, an absolute steal at 31.
One of the highest rated linemen in the draft in the run game, Jenkins’ tenacity will translate to the NFL in the passing game as well. He allowed just 12 pressures on 623 snaps over the past two seasons (two sacks total in four years at that), and can play tackle on either side of the line or move inside to play guard. Jenkins will open up the running lanes for Lamar Jackson and buy him time to let plays develop.
If you don’t think he’s worth the pick here, just watch the tape and tell me you don’t want this guy on your line.
Teven Jenkins out here taking souls. 😩😵 pic.twitter.com/j0HYrpgxcT
— The Big Guy (@WeAreBigGuys) April 10, 2021
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Javonte Williams, RB, UNC (Drafted by Tanner Kern)
Tampa Bay is the most complete team in football. The Buccaneers are going to return all 22 starters from their Super Bowl team, so saying the future is bright is an understatement. If Tom Brady continues to defeat age stereotypes, TOMPA BAY is my pick to repeat in 2021.
The Tampa Bay front office needs to add depth, and their biggest offensive hole last season was a running back who could catch the football. Ronald Jones II and Leonard Fournette were solid in the run game, but showed hands of steel throughout 2020.
Jones, the premier running back, is a free agent after the 2021 season so Javonte Williams could be the perfect selection at 32 this year. Williams is 5’11” 220-pound running back out of North Carolina. He can take over the feature back duties in 2022, but he will provide an immediate impact in the passing game. Jones, who is leaving early, has one of the highest ceilings of any first round prospect.