With the NFL Draft just a few hours away, I thought now was the perfect time to put together part two of my mock draft. We have heard a bunch of rumors already and I am excited for the NFL Draft tonight. We already have a trade so my part one should change a little bit as well. If you want to see what I think the updated first fifteen picks are going to be make sure you are watching on twitch tonight (twitch.tv/couchguysports). Now with that being said here is who I think will get selected from 16-32 in the 2021 NFL Draft.
16.) Arizona Cardinals: Christian Barmore (DI)
The Arizona Cardinals need some help with their interior defensive lineman. Christian Barmore would be a great addition for them here. The Cardinals could also use some help at corner back, but I think in this spot Barmore is too hard to pass on. He is a Alabama defender, so we know about the talent that he has there. Arizona makes out like a bandit with this pick, as they get the best interior defensive lineman in the draft at 16th overall.
17.) Las Vegas Raiders: Greg Newsome II (CB)
The Las Vegas Raiders have had some bad first round picks, but Mike Mayock has hit on some picks in his tenure with the Raiders. This pick definitely fills a need at corner back for them, but will this be the right decision though. With the talented wide outs taken already, I can see Vegas going defense here. Three positions they need help with is safety, corner back, and linebacker. I think they decide that Newsome can come in and makes an impact for that Raiders secondary.
18.) Miami Dolphins: Christian Darrisaw (OT)
Miami got the target for Tua earlier in the draft, now they have to focus on improving that offensive line. One spot they need an upgrade at is Offensive Tackle and a name that they could look at is Christian Darrisaw. The OT from Virginia Tech looks like he could be the second best Offensive tackle prospect in the draft. The Dolphins hit a home run here in the first round if they get Tua a weapon, and get him a highly regard offensive tackle as well in the first round this year.
19.) Washington Football Team: Micah Parsons (LB)
Micah Parsons in my opinion is the best defensive player in this year’s draft class. His stock is all over the place, as he could easily go in the top ten. The thing is do teams need a linebacker is what is bringing him down. That is the best case scenario for the Football Team. If they can’t get their next franchise quarterback, they add on to what was the second ranked defense a season ago. Parsons has some serious talent and if he goes to the Football Team, they are realistically a quarterback away from repeating as NFC East Champions.
20.) Chicago Bears: Rashod Bateman (WR)
After unsuccessfully trying to trade up into the top ten to get a quarterback, the Bears get a wide receiver with the 20th overall pick. Rashod Bateman reminds me of a guy like Mohamed Sanu. He is a great route runner, and tracks the ball very well. Chicago needs a receiver like this to take some pressure off of Allen Robinson. I think he has some serious potential, and I think the Bears still get a good draft grade for getting him with the 20th pick of the 2021 NFL Draft.
21.) Indianapolis Colts: Walker Little (OT)
So Walker Little hasn’t played a football game since 2019. Which was his junior season where he tore his ACL in the team’s opener. He then opted out of last season due to the Pac 12’s scheduling conflict. I do think that Little has serious potential here and if Indianapolis is able to get him in this spot is a steal. They need a replacement for Anthony Castanzo and Walker Little would fit right in. Carson Wentz needs time in the pocket and a guy like Walker Little will allow him to get that kind of time in the pocket.
22.) Tennessee Titans: Rondale Moore (WR)
Rondale Moore is an explosive wide receiver that has the skill set to be a good wide receiver in the NFL. His speed is one of the best in the class, and he showed out during his time at Purdue. It is hard for anybody to catch him if he hits that unreal second gear that he has. I think Tennessee needs a replacement for Corey Davis, and Moore would be a beneficial player for them. I understand about his height being an issue, but this guy has some serious star potential and the Titans can’t pass up the opportunity to get him here.
23.) New York Jets: Caleb Farley (CB)
We will not see Caleb Farley at the NFL Draft after testing positive for Covid-19. The talent on this corner back though is amazing. He appears to have the attributes necessary to cover mismatches. Farley maintains great focus and positioning on deep targets. He also has the potential for rapid improvement with the right coach. The Jets get their franchise quarterback with the second overall pick. The 23rd pick here they get a solid cornerback that would be very beneficial for them in their run in the AFC East this season.
24.) Pittsburgh Steelers: Najee Harris (RB)
The Steelers running game last season was non-existent. With James Conner going to Arizona it is time for Pittsburgh to get a new number one running back. The best running back on the board is still available here in Najee Harris. He has some comparisons varying from Derrick Henry to Eddie Lacy. I think the best comparison that I have seen from him is Todd Gurley. Harris is physical and versatile and is very good at following his blocks. If Pittsburgh gets their number one running back here, the Steelers are instant playoff contenders in my opinion.
25.) Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevon Moehrig (S)
Jacksonville gets an aggressive safety who has good coverage skills. He is very good at stopping the run, and Moehrig would be an immediate contributor for Jacksonville. I think the Jaguars get the best grade here after day one of the NFL Draft. They get the best quarterback in the draft, and the best safety in the draft as well. Big wins for the Jaguars here and look out for them making some noise in the 2021 season.
26.) Cleveland Browns: Gregory Rousseau (EDGE)
The Browns added a lot of help on defense so far this off-season, so grabbing a defensive prospect will be the least surprising thing of the draft. Gregory Rousseau is a legitimate prospect that could be a big time BOOM or a big time bust. He has good speed to get around the corner on a pass rush. Rousseau adjusts well to moving quarterbacks out of the comfortability spot in the pocket. He also has very good read-and-react skills as well. Rousseau could be a stud for the Browns, but he will help contribute from day one.
27.) Baltimore Ravens: Jayson Oweh (EDGE)
Baltimore needs an edge rusher after losing Matthew Judon. The pick for them here is Jayson Oweh. The Ravens get a strength and speed guy off the edge and would be beneficial for that pass rush. Oweh is a monster by the way as he is absolutely shredded as well. There are things that he could improve on, but I do think that the Ravens go edge rusher here and this is the pick for them.
28.) New Orleans Saints: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB)
The New Orleans Saints here get a hybrid linebacker that can be a good fit in a nickel formation. He plays both fast and physical. He moves around the field like a loose-hipped running back. Owusu-Koramoah also can change direction while maintaining speed as well. I do think he is a steal for the Saints here. The Saints can use him in a plethora of ways. He also might be the most verstaile player in this draft class as well. Big time win here for the Saints if this guy is to fall to them at 28th overall.
29.) Green Bay Packers: Asante Samuel Jr. (CB)
His dad was a great cornerback in the NFL. Now it is his time to step up in the NFL. Green Bay needs some help in the secondary and he can come right in and help tremendously. He can be very physical when closing distance on a receiver. Samuel Jr. has a good body balance to change direction when need be. He also makes sure to feel the receiver before turning to find the football. I think this is a match made in heaven here. Asante Samuel Jr and Jaire Alexander is a deadly 1-2 punch in the NFC North.
30.) Buffalo Bills: Jaelan Phillips (EDGE)
Buffalo was very close to heading back to the Super Bowl last season. That offense is good and that defense is a few pieces away from making a serious run. Here they grab Jaelan Phillips out of the U. He is very aware as a run defender. He adjusts his rush track quickly, and has shown flexibility for the weigh that he can carry as well. Philips is a guy that gives it his all every snap that he is on the field as well. This is a good pick here for the Bills as they need to create pressure on the opposing quarterbacks in 2021.
31.) Baltimore Ravens: Kadarius Toney (WR)
Baltimore loves their speedy receivers to accommodate Lamar Jackson. They get a guy that can step right in as a punt returner and he has great route running skills. If he is to go to Baltimore he could have some serious speed threat types of vibes. He can be very physical with the ball in his hands as well. I think this pick is a match made in heaven especially for the style of game that the Ravens like to play. Look out for this to be a big story pick at the end of the first round tonight.
32.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Elijah Molden (CB)
Tampa Bay already has some talent at cornerback, and I think they add onto that here. Elijah Molden out of Washington has some great traits that should entice Tampa Bay here. He sees the game clearly, he is patient when mirroring the slot receiver. He is also very good at man coverage. Also he has the potential to play safety as well if they need him to. I think this pick is a no doubter for Tampa Bay. They can go in many different directions, but to get a versatile defensive back like this should be their top priority.
-Chris Jones (@cjoneswho1212)
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