2021 NFL Draft Results - RD1 Picks 17-32



17 Las Vegas
Trevon Moehrig
TCU
S
Reach/Value:
+1
Height:
6'2"
Weight:
202
Trevon Moehrig NFL Draft photo
There's not a whole lot of intel coming out of Las Vegas as we head into the home stretch before the draft. We know they need a starting safety and a starting right tackle. We know that, despite the addition of Yannick Ngakoue and a host of middling defensive tackles, the pass rush still isn't fixed. We can also speculate that the team would have interest if a standout like Micah Parsons were to fall in their lap at #17. But, there isn't much consensus on the direction the team will take.

That said, while there's reason to be skeptical about the team opting for another highly drafted young player in the secondary, Trevon Moehrig is a really, really good football player. He's a tough-to-pass-up prospect for a franchise that, you have to think, let some really strong bargains at safety come off the market. They have to have a plan, right? Moreover, there's some "logic" in taking a safety first. Two safeties - Moehrig and Richie Grant - really stand out. At tackle, however, there are 7 or 8 prospects that project as Day One type starters, maybe more depend on how a team evaluates them. With limited roster spots and extra third and fifth round picks, could the Raiders grab the top safety first and then move back up to get a tackle based on how quickly they're coming off the board?
18 Miami
Christian Darrisaw
Virginia Tech
OT
Reach/Value:
+4
Height:
6'5''
Weight:
314
Christian Darrisaw NFL Draft photo
It's occurred to me that, at times, mock drafts can appear to be unfair to currently-rostered players. Many onlookers are ready to give up on Tua Tagovailoa; does the same apply to Austin Jackson? Let's not forget that Jackson was a RD1 selection in 2020 and performed admirably last year as a rookie. Miami's pursuit of a Tackle shouldn't be considered a death knell for Jackson. Another thing to remember, Tua is a lefty, so his blind side is on the right, and not on the left where Jackson currently resides.

I expect Chris Grier to bring in two more O-Linemen in the draft. Pick #18 gives a great opportunity to get one of the better OTs. That would give the Fins 8-9 potential starters along the line. When team activities are no longer virtual, may the 5 best guys win out!

- David Payne, Dolphins Analyst

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19 Kansas City (SIM Trade)
Jaelan Phillips
Miami (FL)
EDGE
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'5''
Weight:
255
Jaelan Phillips NFL Draft photo
Simulated Trade: Chiefs trade #31, #63 and a 2022 pick to Washington in exchange for #19.

Washington and KC have been great trade partners in the past, right? In this mock, KC gives Washington a RD2 this year plus a RD4 in 2022. The goal: Trade up to secure our starting Left Tackle. The hope: Christian Darrisaw falls to Pick #19. The expected targets: Alijah Vera-Tucker, Samuel Cosmi, or Teven Jenkins. The monkey wrench: Jaelan Phillips... who might be the best edge-rush talent in the 2021 class.

Phillips is an Edge rusher with power, speed, and strong closing ability. I cannot pass on this guy. He has the ideal combination of athleticism and length; plus, an 80 3/4-inch wingspan! Before opting out, Phillips tallied 36 pressures in his final stretch of seven games and 6.5 sacks in his last four. The Chiefs do have a tendency to draft in a different direction than what fans expect during RD1. Ranking significantly higher on my draft board than the remaining O-Line targets, Phillips does come with character and medical concerns (concussions) that may cause his stock to slip. His upside overrides the OT positional need in this crazy mock.

~ KCBudMan, Chiefs Analyst
20 LA Chargers (SIM Trade)
Alijah Vera-Tucker
USC
OT
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
314
Alijah Vera-Tucker NFL Draft photo
Simulated Trade: Bears trade #20 and #52 to Chargers in exchange for #13 and #118.

The Chargers take letting the draft come to them to a whole new level with this smooth move. With the top OTs, Sewell and Slater, already off the board when their 13th slot arrives, they wrest a second-rounder out of the QB-desperate Bears and move down a few slots. Given that the second tier or OTs includes several guys who all seem about equivalent, they still get a guy they were looking at back at Pick #13.

USC Tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker is 6-4 with arms two inches shy of the prototypical 34", but he graded well at LT for the Trojans last fall and may well be athletic enough for a long-term future there in the NFL. A potential starter up front and a bonus second would be a nice haul for the Bolts at this slot.

- Jud Branam, Chargers Analyst
21 Indianapolis
Samuel Cosmi
Texas
OT
Reach/Value:
-4
Height:
6'7"
Weight:
309
Samuel Cosmi NFL Draft photo
Cosmi vs Vera-Tucker vs Darrisaw is a discussion worth having, as three of them come off in 4 picks here. Our Tackle Positionals show us that the Colts, looking for Castonzo's heir, just won. The Colts should be looking for a pure Tackle with an equal balance of run-pass aplomb, as the Colts rank 11th in both passing and rushing. That's Cosmi as well.

Cosmi had an explosive Pro Day with a blazing 4.87 forty-yard dash, with a ten-yard split of 1.68 seconds. I didn't expect his 36 reps on the bench press or his almost-perfect RAS score of 9.99. Plus...he can be the Colts' 8th RB.

- Dean Kindig, DraftTek Senior Analyst
22 Tennessee
Rashod Bateman
Minnesota
WR
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'1"
Weight:
210
Rashod Bateman NFL Draft photo
Jadeveon Clowney recently blamed the Titans' scheme for his unproductive year. Zero sacks, man; good riddance to bad rubbish.

This is how I hope the draft plays out for the Titans. Rashod Bateman is flying a little under the radar as everyone focuses on the big three WRs this year. Bateman has good size, speed, and overall athleticism. He ran a better than expected 4.39 second 40, but let's get into some real deep stats. At 6'0" Bateman is only in the 44th percentile of WR heights, but his arms are 33" long, putting him in the 82nd percentile. Those long arms give Bateman an impressive catch radius that the Titans would love to see opposite A.J. Brown.

Bateman to the Titans is the best-case scenario, as I believe WR is their biggest need. What do you think?



- Jonah Anderson, Titans Analyst
23 NY Jets (Trade)
Wyatt Davis
Ohio State
OG
Reach/Value:
-7
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
315
Wyatt Davis NFL Draft photo
The Jets O-Line has been the Achilles heel of the team for the last few years. During the Darnold era, the Jets O-Line was awful, even after Joe Douglas tried to revamp the unit last year. Last year's RD1 pick, Mekhi Becton, looks like a great start to the rebuild, but more talent is required, especially at the OG position.

Joe Douglas is a firm believer in building through the draft, and with a new rookie QB looking like the pick at 2, he must do a better at protecting his new investment than the last guy did with Darnold. For that reason, Joe should opt for someone like Wyatt Davis here. Adding some more youth to grow with Becton, could pay both short- and long-term dividends for Douglas. Zero improvement from this unit is not an option, and I think Joe knows this, so returning to the O-Line pool in the Mid/Late rounds would not be a surprise at all.
24 Pittsburgh
Travis Etienne
Clemson
RB
Reach/Value:
-2
Height:
5'10"
Weight:
220
Travis Etienne NFL Draft photo
The Steelers have quite a few choices here. All the running backs and centers are on the board, several of the elite corners. Quality tackles and edge rushers are available here as well. The Steelers' priority in this draft is to improve the running game. The obvious paths to that end are the offensive line and the running back group. Of those groups, the most special players on the board here are the backs Etienne and Harris.

The Steelers have shown interest in both, with Tomlin and GM Colbert in attendance at both Pro Days. Etienne gets the nod this week as a tendency-breaker. The Steelers have typically gone for bigger backs that can gain a half-step by losing 10 pounds by Year Two. Harris fits that mold, but Etienne is the more-explosive athlete of the two and the one that offers the most as a receiver. New OC Matt Canada is known for using shifts and pre-snap motions to get defenses out of position and create mismatches. Etienne is the better fit in that spread offense that Canada will employ.


25 Atlanta (SIM Trade)
Kwity Paye
Michigan
EDGE
Reach/Value:
+7
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
277
Kwity Paye NFL Draft photo
Simulated Trade: Jaguars trade #25, #33 and #65 to Falcons in exchange for #4.

Kyle Pitts is a freakish, generational talent, similar to Julio Jones. What if Atlanta did a "Reverse Julio" deal and traded way back in the first round? To move up to get Julio, Atlanta sent away their 1st, 2nd and 4th round picks and the following year's 1st and 4th rounders. The mock gives a similar return, at least in 2021. Dropping all the way to the end of the first gives them a bevy of picks to address the woeful lack of depth on defense.

There is very little consensus on who the best EDGE player is in this draft, as the class has a combination of question marks and talent. Paye is a willing edge-setter who plays with effort and power --two traits notably absent in the last two Falcons' RD1 pass rushers. Atlanta has been masterful at obscuring their plans for the draft , making them the team to watch next Thursday.
26 Cleveland
Gregory Rousseau
Miami (FL)
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-10
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
260
Gregory Rousseau NFL Draft photo
I'm sticking with Rousseau, but don't be surprised if Christian Barmore is someone the Browns covet come draft night. After the surprising release of Sheldon Richardson, Cleveland can stand to improve on the interior. Yes, Andrew Billings should be back after opting out, and I'm a huge fan of Jordan Elliott's upside.

Still, Barmore has the versatility to play either Defensive Tackle position, and he can do so at a high level. Don't be surprised if Andrew Berry just sticks to the best player on the board, either. Overall, I think the Browns have done a nice job of making affordable moves this offseason that can be short-term solutions at their respective positions. That should allow plenty of flexibility for Berry and the Browns with this selection.

~ Austin Smith, DraftTek Senior Analyst
27 Baltimore
Richie Grant
UCF
S
Reach/Value:
-5
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
194
Richie Grant NFL Draft photo
I've been pondering the likelihood of the Ravens trading up in RD1. My conclusion: it's unlikely. Baltimore are no strangers to making moves, but I'm struggling to see a scenario where there would be value in doing so. In a year where at least 5 QBs will be taken in RD1, staying put at 27 should see a some top prospects fall, particularly on defense.

Since their inception in 1996, the Ravens have been known for their fearsome defense. The 2021 version of the Ravens' defense could be more worrisome than fearsome. Eric DeCosta has a lot of holes to fill. Pick #27 could be a good spot to get a much-needed Edge Rusher, but Safety will have to be considered. UCF's Richie Grant would be a solid pick to challenge DeShon Elliott and Chuck Clark for snaps in his rookie year.

- David Payne, DraftTek Senior Analyst

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28 New Orleans
Asante Samuel Jr.
Florida State
CB
Reach/Value:
+5
Height:
5'10"
Weight:
180
Asante Samuel Jr. NFL Draft photo
After teaming CB Janoris Jenkins opposite Marshon Lattimore, the Saints finished the 2020 season ranked 5th in the league against the pass, only allowing 217 yds passing per game. It was their highest ranking in that category since the 2013 season, and only the sixth time in the last two decades that they held a top-10 rank against the pass. However, Jenkins was released this offseason in a salary-cap move.

Enter Asante Samuel Jr., who inherited his father's playmaking instincts and alpha-dog mentality. Whether he plays inside or outside, Cornerback or Safety, he plays with great awareness, often running the receiver's route better than they do! According to PFF, Junior allowed ZERO TD receptions on 108 coverage snaps. In the shortened 2020 season, he finished with 31 total tackles, six passes defended, three INTs, and one forced fumble. Interestingly, Samuel Jr. is one of four CBs with NFL pedigree in this year's draft.

~ KCBudMan, Chiefs Analyst
29 Green Bay
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
Notre Dame
OLB
Reach/Value:
+2
Height:
6'1''
Weight:
216
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah NFL Draft photo
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is listed at OLB, but it might be best to just call him a defensive playmaker. Owusu-Koramoah has an RAS of 8.71 at the LB position, but if you compare him to CBs that surprisingly increases to a score of 9.84. JOK actually outperforms an elite athlete, Greg Newsome II, in drills like the broad jump, short shuttle, and three-cone.

Not only does Owusu-Koramoah have exceptional athleticism at either position, but over 50% of his snaps have come from the slot. DC Joe Barry stressed the importance of the slot/star position in his opening presser, and that is where JOK can be a game changer in Barry's defense.

Over the past two years at Notre Dame, JOK has racked up 142 tackles, 24.5 TFL, 7 sacks, 1 INT, 7 PDs, and 5 FFs. Regardless of position, Owusu-Koramoah's versatility and diverse skill set could make him one of the most impactful defenders in the entire class.

- James Siebers, Packers Analyst (Twitter @DraftTekPackers)
30 Buffalo
Christian Barmore
Alabama
DL3T
Reach/Value:
+9
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
310
Christian Barmore NFL Draft photo
Sal Capaccio says the roster is lightest at secondary (particularly Safety) and OL (EVERY spot). Our mock draft at BuffaloFAMBase shows teams above us are very likely to choose predominantly offensive players, leaving plenty of defensive talent falling within reach at #30 or within Beane's range (see Trade Chart).

Trading out of RD1 might be necessary in order to get cheaper for cap money to re-sign Josh, especially if a team wants to move up for QB #5 and his 5-year option. There's always a blue-chipper who falls, and my War Chart shows who. We didn't trade up or down in this CMD, but it gets us my highest-graded pass-rusher in the draft. He's versatile: Barmore would play EDGE and slide to 3-tech in nickel. Barmore brings pressure that the Bills lacked --in fact, the most by a Power-5 DT. Barmore's 19.5% pass-rush win rate and 13.3% run-stop win rate are both elite. Would Beane make his first draft pick a D-Liner for the 3rd year in a row? Maybe; DL is still our most-expensive position.

- Dean Kindig, Bills Analyst
31 Washington (SIM Trade)
Teven Jenkins
Oklahoma State
OT
Reach/Value:
-2
Height:
6'6''
Weight:
320
Teven Jenkins NFL Draft photo
Simulated Trade: Chiefs trade #31, #63 and a 2022 pick to Washington in exchange for #19.

As the Draft nears, I become more and more certain that Washington is willing to trade up to Pick #7 or 8 for the right QB. My only hesitation? Which QB would be the target? While I leaned Lance for much of the process because of his fit in Washington's new offense and his raw tools, I am beginning to hear whispers about the team's interest in Justin Fields. Martin Mayhew didn't offer up hardly any information at his pre-draft press conference, but he did mention that starting experience is something he values highly when evaluating college QBs. This, plus the fact that Michael Lombardi (who is wrong about literally everything when it comes to Washington) is convinced they love Lance, led me to believe that the target might truly be Fields.

Having said all of that, I believe Washington will a) trade up for a QB, b) take Christian Darrisaw, Micah Parsons, or JOK, or c) trade down and select a linebacker or tackle if options a and b are off the table. LB Zaven Collins might be a target, but a nasty tackle in Teven Jenkins would be exactly the type of player-both in ability and attitude-that fits Ron Rivera's new culture in Washington.

- Kennedy Paynter, Senior Draft Analyst (@Kennedy_Paynter on Twitter)
32 Tampa Bay
Azeez Ojulari
Georgia
EDGE
Reach/Value:
+13
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
249
Azeez Ojulari NFL Draft photo
Although the champs have brought back all 22 starters from the 2020 squad, depth at several positions are problematic. The defensive line has now returned reserve Steve McLendon on a 1-year deal, and have enough pieces in place to cover the 2021 season. This being said, there are too many "1-year deals". The Bucs would take a hard look at Christian Barmore if he were available here.

Azeez Ojulari is a great fit for the Bucs, though. He's a natural 3-4 edge rusher in a draft where most of the better edge prospects are better built for the 4-3. Further, Ojulari gets a developmental year behind Shaq Barrett and JPP, and will provide rotational depth to keep those two stars fresh. JPP is scheduled for Free Agency after the 2021 season, and if all goes to plan, Ojulari is ready to move right in. Here's a scouting report on Ojulari courtesy of Buccaneers.com.

Given who is available in this mock draft, who would you draft?




Jacksonville gets LA Rams RD1 pick (Jalen Ramsey trade)

Miami gets Houston RD1 pick (Laremy Tunsil trade)

NY Jets gets Seattle RD1 pick (Jamal Adams trade)

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O/A Rank Pac 12 Conference
Top-30 Players
Psn
2 Penei Sewell
Oregon
OT
22 Alijah Vera-Tucker
USC
OG
49 Jevon Holland
Oregon
S
51 Jay Tufele
USC
DL3T
52 Levi Onwuzurike
Washington
DL3T
63 Elijah Molden
Washington
CB
68 Joe Tryon
Washington
EDGE
72 Amon-Ra St. Brown
USC
WR
86 Talanoa Hufanga
USC
S
90 Walker Little
Stanford
OT
95 Paulson Adebo
Stanford
CB
98 Marlon Tuipulotu
USC
DL3T
130 Olaijah Griffin
USC
CB
131 Hamilcar Rashed
Oregon State
EDGE
138 Keith Taylor
Washington
CB
144 Demetric Felton
UCLA
RBC
171 Thomas Graham Jr.
Oregon
CB
178 Camryn Bynum
Cal
CB
215 Davis Mills
Stanford
QB
216 Osa Odighizuwa
UCLA
DL5T
217 Deommodore Lenoir
Oregon
CB
218 Mustafa Johnson
Colorado
DL5T
227 Jermar Jefferson
Oregon State
RBC
257 Tyler Vaughns
USC
WR
258 Frank Darby
Arizona State
WR
272 Isaiah Dunn
Oregon State
CB
273 Drew Dalman
Stanford
OC
278 Gary Brightwell
Arizona
RB
279 Jordon Scott
Oregon
DL1T
286 Brady Breeze
Oregon
S
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