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Written By: Matt Di Domenico
Pick #1: Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevor Lawrence QB, Clemson
This is the easiest pick to make in the entire NFL Draft. There is no surprise that Trevor Lawrence will be the first name called on April 29th. This is a QB with a lot of talent to make all the big time plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the upcoming future. Lawrence has a rocket arm that allows him to throw with good overall accuracy anywhere on the football field. Lawrence also has the athletic ability to extend plays with his legs if a play breaks down. The future of the Jaguars is bright under Lawrence and new head coach Urban Meyer.
Pick #2: N.Y. Jets- Zach Wilson QB, BYU
After trading Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers, the N.Y. Jets come to the podium to select the talented single caller out of BYU. Zach Wilson is the pick for the Jets here with the #2 pick. Wilson has a big-time arm that lets him push the ball deep down the field. This is a QB that did take chances but was able to put the ball into tight windows. Wilson is a playmaker that can make off balance throws on the run. The Jets are hitting the restart button and get their guy here at the #2 pick.
Pick #3: San Francisco 49ers- Trey Lance QB, North Dakota State
John Lynch and Kyle Shanahan select the QB with the most upside in the entire QB class in my opinion. Trey Lance is a raw prospect out of North Dakota State but has a lot of talent to let him grow and excel at the NFL level. Lance can make plays with his arm and legs on the football field. I see a lot of similarities in Lance’s play to Dak Prescotts. Lance would be the perfect type of QB for this San Francisco 49ers offense. The 49ers grab Lance to sit and learn behind Jimmy Garoppolo for one season.
Pick #4: Atlanta Falcons- Kyle Pitts TE, Florida
After all the discussion about the Atlanta Falcons taking calls to trade out of the #4 section, I think they stay in place. I do not think the Falcons get any big time offers that they like. This decision to stay at pick #4 leads to the selection of the talented world athlete in Kyle Pitts out of Florida. Pitts is a weapon that the Falcons can line up anywhere on the field and he will make a huge impact for them. Kyle Pitts, Julio Jones, and Calvin Ridley would make a dynamic group of weapons for Matt Ryan to throw to.
Pick #5: Cincinnati Bengals- Ja’Marr Chase WR, LSU
Yes, the Cincinnati Bengals do need some offensive line help, but this is a dynamic talent at the WR position that the Bengals should not pass up on. Chase can do it all at the WR position and teaming back up with his former LSU QB in Joe Burrow would be a perfect match. Chase makes contested catches with defenders draped all over him. After the catch, Chase has the ability to fight for extra yards and make defenders miss in space. The Bengals can come back later in the draft to grab offensive line help. Chase is my number 2 ranked prospect in the entire NFL Draft.
Pick #6: Miami Dolphins- DeVonta Smith WR, Alabama
Again, a WR teaming backup with his former college quarterback. The Miami Dolphins select the Heisman Trophy winner in DeVonta Smith out of Alabama. Smith does have some weight concerns in some people's views, but it is not a problem in my mind. Smith reminds me a lot of Marvin Harrison who was an excellent route running WR who had weight concerns as well. Obviously, Harrison turned out to have a pretty good hall of fame career. Smith can help make plays for Tua Tagovailoa and the rest of the Dolphins offense for many years to come.
Pick #7 (Trade): Denver Broncos- Justin Fields QB, Ohio State
(DET Receives: #9, #71, #152, 2022 2nd & 4th RD)
The Denver Broncos trade up with the Detroit Lions to select QB Justin Fields from Ohio State. The Broncos get their single caller of the future that was able to have excellent production during his time at Ohio State. Fields is a QB that can make good deep and intermediate throws down the field with good strength. Fields also has the ability to make plays outside the pocket with a good burst of speed. There are concerns about him going through his full progressions when reading the field but if coached up well, Fields could turn into a successful QB at the next level.
Pick #8: Carolina Panthers- Penei Sewell OT, Oregon
After trading for Sam Darnold, the Carolina Panthers get him some much-needed protection in OT Penei Sewell out of Oregon. Sewell can start at OT or G for the Panthers and will be a physical addition to the offensive line. Sewell plays with aggressiveness and has tremendous athleticism that stands out in his pass protection. In the run game, Sewell is dominant and has the ability to block defenders into the second level of the defense. Smart selection here for the Panthers at pick #8
Pick #9 (T: Denver Broncos): Detroit Lions- Jaylen Waddle WR, Alabama
The Detroit Lions trade down here to pick #9 from pick #7 with the Denver Broncos to select the speedster from Alabama in Jaylen Waddle. Waddle is coming off an ankle injury which is a small concern but when he is on the field, big plays happen. Waddle has the burst to explode by CBs and expose defenders in the open space. There is so much YAC ability in his play that it will help the Lions offense out tremendously. The Lions did lose both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones to free agency so a WR makes sense here at pick #9. Trading down and gaining more draft capital is a wise move for a Lions team that has a long way to go.
Pick #10: Dallas Cowboys- Patrick Surtain II CB, Alabama
Sorry Dallas Cowboy fans but Jerry Jones is not going to make an aggressive move up to get Kyle Pitts. Instead, Jones and the Cowboys front office stays put and settles for a talented CB out of Alabama. Patrick Surtain II is the right selection for Cowboys at pick #10. The Cowboys have to improve that defense and secondary because it did not play well at all in 2020. Surtain II is physical at the LOS, has good ball skills, and plays well in both man or zone coverages. Matching up Surtain II with Diggs is a young CB pairing that I like and that the Cowboys should pursue in this draft instead of going after another offensive weapon that they do not need.
Pick #11: N.Y. Giants- Rashawn Slater OT, Northwestern
The N.Y. Giants have to turn in this draft card in a flash because they are landing one of the best pass-protecting offensive linemen in the entire draft. Rashawn Slater out of Northwestern has an amazing athletic ability that allows him to excel in pass protection greatly. The Giants need to get better on the offensive line to protect Daniel Jones and produce better running lanes for Saquon Barkley. After receiving weapons and defensive help in free agency, addressing the offensive line at pick #11 makes the most sense for big blue. Slater will be a natural fit at either OT position.
Pick #12: Philadelphia Eagles- Micah Parsons LB, Penn State
All of the top WRs are off the board for the Philadelphia Eagles at pick #12. The Eagles could address CB here, but they also have a decent hole at the LB position that they address as well. The Eagles select Micah Parsons who is a sideline-sideline LB that can simply do it all. Parsons has so much explosiveness and speed that he would improve the Eagles defense day one. Parsons is an aggressive player that has the ability to shoot into gaps to make tackles on ball carriers in the backfield. This is a solid pick for the Eagles and will be a building block for them in their rebuilding phase.
Pick #13: L.A. Chargers- Alijah Vera-Tucker OT/OG, USC
The L.A. Chargers select the versatile monster of Alijah Vera-Tucker at pick #13. Vera-Tucker is an aggressive OL that can play at the OT and OG spots at a high level for the Chargers. This is one of my favorite players in the draft and the Chargers are ecstatic to land him at pick #13. The ability to be balanced in pass protection and deliver powerful punches is present in Vera-Tucker’s game. Vera-Tucker helps protect Justin Herbert for many years to come and the Chargers offensive line improves even more.
Pick #14: Minnesota Vikings- Christian Darrisaw OT, Virginia Tech
The Minnesota Vikings need to upgrade their offensive line greatly in this draft. The Vikings select Christian Darrisaw at pick #14. Darrisaw is a mauler in the run game and will try to dominate defenders in the second level. Does not have the best pass protection skills because he is not super athletic, but he is able to control pass rushers with his strong hands and long arms at the POA. Darrisaw will help create better lanes for Dalvin Cook to run through and will help improve the Vikings offensive line troubles.
Pick #15: New England Patriots- Mac Jones QB, Alabama
I kept going back and forth on this pick, but the New England Patriots do in fact take the Alabama QB Mac Jones at pick #15. The Patriots get Jones whose play reminds me a lot of Kurt Warner’s. Jones is a smart player that makes good throws with touch and accuracy. Jones does not have super athletic traits, but he does have good footwork and a powerful arm to push the ball down the field. Bill Belichick will know a lot about Jones because of his connection with Nick Sabon. I think Jones will bring in good competition against Cam Newton and make the Patriots better as a whole.
Pick #16: Arizona Cardinals- Jaycee Horn CB, South Carolina
The Arizona Cardinals lost Patrick Peterson in the offseason and need some big time help at the CB position. The Cardinals decide to select Jaycee Horn from South Carolina at the 16th selection. Horn is a man-to-man CB that is excellent in getting his hands on WRs throughout their routes and at the LOS. Horn is not the best CB in run support but makes up for it with tremendous balls skills in the secondary. The Cardinals keep improving their roster and look like a legit threat coming out of the NFC West.
Pick #17: Las Vegas Raiders- Zaven Collins LB, Tulsa
This pick has Mike Mayock written all over it. Zaven Collins is a speedy LB that is a physical force coming out of Tulsa. Mayock and Gruden will take the chance on Collins at pick #17 because of the tremendous upside he can have for this Las Vegas Raiders defense. Collins makes clean formed tackles and was able to produce in coverage as well. The ability to shoot into gaps with burst pops on Collins’s film. The Raiders do have needs on the offensive line but a big time LB needs to be selected here for the Raiders.
Pick #18: Miami Dolphins- Kwity Paye DE/OLB, Michigan
The Miami Dolphins come right back at it with their second first round pick to select Kwity Paye out of Michigan. Paye is ranked as my top edge rusher in this draft class and the Dolphins steal him at pick #18. Paye has a high motor on the edge and has the ability to rush the passer with his hand in the dirt or standing upright. Paye has fast hands to rip by OTs and will improve the Dolphins pass rush and front 7. The Dolphins let both Shaq Lawson and Kyle Van Noy go this offseason, so they replaced them with the talented Kwity Paye.
Pick #19: Washington Football Team- Teven Jenkins OT, Oklahoma State
At pick #19, the Washington Football Team selects the strong and powerful Teven Jenkins from Oklahoma State. Jenkins is physical at the POA and his dominant athletic traits for his size that shines in pass protection. The Football Team needs to invest in the offensive line and especially at the LT position. Teven Jenkins is a solid player that has been on the rise lately. There are no QBs on the board that are worth the selection at pick #19.
Pick #20: Chicago Bears- Rashod Bateman WR, Minnesota
No QBs left on the board for the Chicago Bears to take at pick #20. Instead, the Bears settle for the productive Rashod Bateman out of Minnesota. The Bears are having a problem with getting a long-term deal done with Allen Robinson and it looks like he will be on his way out next year. Bringing in a WR like Bateman who has high talent to develop into a #1 WR is a move that the Bears will need to make. Bateman has good speed, runs polished routes, and can make contested catches. This may be Ryan Pace's last draft as the Bears GM so he will be getting as much firepower as possible for Andy Dalton to work with to potentially save his job.
Pick 21: Indianapolis Colts- Samuel Cosmi OT, Texas
This is the perfect selection for the Indianapolis Colts at pick #21. The Colts need to find an OT replacement for Anthony Costanzo, and they get it in Samuel Cosmi out of Texas. Cosmi is one of the most athletic OTs in this draft. He was very productive at his time in Texas. Lining Cosmi up next to the best guard in football is only going to help his game out tremendously. This is the best landing spot for Cosmi, and the Colts look like a real threat coming out of the AFC South.
Pick 22: Tennessee Titans- Terrace Marshall Jr. WR, LSU
After losing Corey Davis and Adam Humphries to free agency, the Tennessee Titans need to reload at the WR position. The void is too large, and the Titans need to get Ryan Tannehill more help. The Titans grab Terrace Marshall Jr. out of LSU that has a very similar playing style to the Titans star WR A.J. Brown. Marshall is a competitive player that runs good routes and can fight for extra yards to make plays happen. Marshall Jr. lands at a good spot at pick #22.
Pick 23: N.Y. Jets- Najee Harris RB, Alabama
I was debating on giving the New York Jets some offensive line help here at pick #23 but I think the talent of Najee Harris is too much for the Jets to pass up on. Harris is a dominant back coming out of Alabama that can simply do it all. Harris can catch the ball out of the backfield and can make powerful plays after engaging first contact with a defender. Having a dominant workhorse back will only make Zach Wilsons life easier. The Jets can get some line help later in the draft and they may even trade back up into the first round to do so.
Pick #24 (Trade): Buffalo Bills- Greg Newsome II CB, Northwestern
(PIT Receives: #30, #61, 2022 4th RD)
The Buffalo Bills make an aggressive move up to get Greg Newsome II out of Northwestern. I was about to go edge here because I do think it is a huge need, but I feel that Brandon Beane is rolling with the edge defenders that the Bills already have on the roster. Newsome II is a raw but talented CB that has fluid hips. His flexibility and quickness allow him to play in tight M/M coverage. Newsome II will be a great complement on the other side of Tre’Davious White. The Bills secondary and defense improves which it drastically needs to if they plan on taking down the Kansas City Chiefs.
Pick #25: Jacksonville Jaguars- Christian Barmore DT/NT, Alabama
The Jacksonville Jaguars come back at their 2nd first round selection to select the powerful Christian Barmore out of the University of Alabama. This is a brutally big DT/NT that can eat up blocks tremendously for the Jaguars. Barmore can also be effective in rushing the passer as well. The Jaguars need to beef up their defensive line with pure strength and they do so here at pick #25 with Barmore. Barmore was able to take over games for Alabama in the playoffs and the Jaguars hope to get the same production.
Pick #26: Cleveland Browns- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB, Notre Dame
Andrew Berry and Kevin Stefanski truly have turned this Cleveland Browns team into a Super Bowl contender if they keep improving. The Browns select the versatile Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah who can do so much for this Browns defense. Owusu-Koramoah is a player that can fly all around the field and make plays for the Browns defense. Owusu-Koramoah is a Jamal Adams type of player and I think he lands in a perfect spot here at pick #26.
Pick #27: Baltimore Ravens- Azeez Ojulari OLB/DE, Georgia
The Baltimore Ravens lost their big-time pass rusher Matt Judon in free agency and need to find a replacement in this draft. The Ravens also have a need for a receiver, but I think they will address that position later in the draft. Azeez Ojulari is an explosive speed rusher that can be that exact replacement for the Ravens. Ojulari has great flexibility to bend around OTs at the point of attack. Ojulari truly will improve the pass rush for the Ravens and will be a wonderful gift for the selection at pick #27.
Pick #28: New Orleans Saints- Asante Samuel Jr. CB, Florida State
Certainly, was a rough off-season for the New Orleans Saints losing their franchise QB Drew Brees and their edge defender Trey Hendrickson who stepped up in 2020. The Saints however are moving forward and upgrading their secondary here with the selection of Asante Samuel Jr. This is a CB that is very physical and can make plays all over the field. Samuel Jr. is very good in both zone and man coverage. This is a CB that bring the physically and versatility that the Saints are looking for at pick #28.
Pick #29 (Trade): N.Y. Jets- Jalen Mayfield OT, Michigan
(GB Receives: #34, #66, #154, 2022 5th RD)
The N.Y. Jets have so much draft capital to make a move up into the late part of the first round and they do so here. The Jets decide to trade up to select OT Jalen Mayfield out of Michigan. Mayfield is a highly projected OT in this draft that can be the starting RT for the Jets day one. Mayfield is a good pass protector and will be worth the trade up selection at pick #29. The Jets will then have Becton and Mayfield both protecting Zach Wilson for years to come. This would be a move I would like the Jets to make on the 29th of April.
Pick #30 (T: Buffalo Bills): Pittsburgh Steelers- Landon Dickerson C, Alabama
The Steelers move down from pick #24 to pick #30 simply because they realize that they have too many holes on their team and receiving more draft capital is only going to help in rebuilding this roster. It also leads to the selection of the best interior offensive linemen in center Landon Dickerson to replace Maurkice Pouncey. Dickerson would have been long gone if he never tore his ACL late in the season. Dickerson has so much power and balance when engaging with defenders at the point of attack. The Steelers get more picks and a quality center for the future.
Pick #31: Kansas City Chiefs- Liam Eichenberg OT, Notre Dame
After the Kansas Chiefs lost both of their starting OTs to injury before the Super Bowl and eventually when they released them to the open market, they knew that they were going to have to select a OT here at pick #31. Fortunately for the Chiefs, this OT class is very rich with talent and they land Liam Eichenberg with their first-round selection. Eichenberg is a mauling OT that will be able to produce highly for the Chiefs in both pass protection and the run game. Eichenberg will fill in at the LT position and protect Mahomes blind side for many years to come.
Pick #32: Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Kadarius Toney WR, Florida
The Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers end the first round with the selection of Kadarius Toney out of Florida. This is a quick WR that can take off into the open field in a flash. Toney is a valuable weapon for the Buccaneers and will be a nice replacement for Antonio Brown. Toney has a huge route tree and will be a beneficial weapon for Tom Brady to throw to. The champs keep on getting stronger here at pick #32.
Pick #33: Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevon Moehrig S, TCU
At the beginning of the 2nd round, the Jacksonville Jaguars kick it off with the selection of Trevon Moehrig out of TCU. This is a flashy safety that will be a great center fielder for the Jaguars. Moehrig tackles well in space and can make splash plays for this Jacksonville defense. The value of Moehrig at pick #33 is too high for the Jaguars to go in a different direction.
Pick #34 (T: N.Y. Jets): Green Bay Packers- Caleb Farley CB, Virginia Tech
After all the Green Bay Packers fans stop freaking out about their team trading out of the first round, the Packers select the player that they probably would have taken anyways at pick #29. The Packers select the talented Caleb Farley out of Virginia Tech here at pick #34. Farley is a CB with good rangy speed and is aggressive with his hands in coverage. Farley will be a nice complement with Jaire Alexander in the secondary. There are back concerns with Farley which causes him to slide down to the Packers in the second round. Packers still land a talented CB and gain more draft capital in the process.
Pick #35: Atlanta Falcons- Eric Stokes CB, Georgia
The Atlanta Falcons take the speedy and physical Eric Stokes that played CB right at the nearby location of the University of Georgia. Stokes is a physical CB that will be an outstanding addition to this young Atlanta Falcons secondary. The Falcons need all the help they can get on the defensive side of the ball. An edge rusher was a possibility at this pick as well, but Stokes is good value at pick #35.
Pick #36: Miami Dolphins- Travis Etienne RB, Clemson
The Miami Dolphins sit a get their new RB and weapon at pick #36. Travis Etienne is an explosive one cut runner out of Clemson with a rangy skill set. This is an RB that will help out Tua Tagovailoa tremendously. Etienne not only is an explosive playmaker in the ground game, but he can be a weapon in the receiving game as well coming out of the backfield. Landing Etienne here at pick #36 makes the Dolphins a huge threat in the AFC East.
Pick #37: Philadelphia Eagles- Kelvin Joseph CB, Kentucky
The Philadelphia Eagles secondary needs some more upgrades and they add Kelvin Joseph out of Kentucky to help. The available WRs on the board have a similar playing style to Jalen Reagor which lead me to going CB here. Joseph is a long CB that plays well in press man and zone coverage situations. The Eagles need to get more talent at the CB position outside of Darrius Slay and they do so here at pick #37. Joseph will be a rebuilding piece for the Eagles in the future.
Pick #38: Cincinnati Bengals- Alex Leatherwood OT, Alabama
Everything works out for the Cincinnati Bengals. They get their new superstar WR in Ja’Marr Chase at pick #5 and now they come back in the 2nd round to get a good solid starting OT or G in Alex Leatherwood. Leatherwood has a huge frame and dominant strength in the run game. This is a versatile offensive lineman that the Bengals can play at LG or RT. There is tremendous upside with Leatherwood at pick #38. The Bengals get protection for Joe Burrow.
Pick #39: Carolina Panthers- Jamin Davis LB, Kentucky
After taking Penei Sewell with their first-round selection, the Carolina Panthers come back and grab the rangy Jamin Davis out of Kentucky with their second-round selection. Davis can be a Mike LB that flies all around the field to make tackles for the Panthers defense. There is a lot of potential here with Davis and the Panthers take a chance on him at pick #39. The available talent left at CB was outweighed by the potential that Davis has. Smart move to take the best available player.
Pick #40: Denver Broncos- Levi Onwuzurike DT/DE, Washington
A mauling DT/DE out of the University of Washington is the selection here for the Denver Broncos at pick #40. Levi Onwuzurike is a DT/DE with good athleticism that can be a moving tool for the Broncos. The Broncos need more help and youth in the interior of their defensive line and Onwuzurike can be that help. Onwuzurike has good quickness to fire in between the gaps of OTs and Gs. The Broncos get a huge piece to their defensive line here at this pick.
Pick #41: Detroit Lions- Jaelan Phillips DE, Miami
Injury concerns causes Jaelen Phillips to drop this fair, but the Detroit Lions grab him at pick #41. Phillips is a DE that plays with a high motor at a constant rate. Phillips rushes with a lot of quickness and power. The Lions need to get a complimentary pass rusher on the other side of Trey Flowers and do so with the selection of Phillips. This is a risky pick but if Phillips stays healthy and produces, then this could be a big steal.
Pick #42: N.Y. Giants- Creed Humphrey C, Oklahoma
Even more help is sent on the way for Daniel Jones with the selection of Creed Humphrey from Oklahoma. The N.Y. Giants need to make an addition in the interior of the offensive line. After selecting Rashawn Slater in the first round to slide into a starting OT spot, Humphrey is selected at pick #42 to slide into the starting center role. Humphrey plays with a lot of power and intensity. When defenders engage in contact with him at the point of attack, it is like they are hitting a brick wall. Another great pick for the Giants here.
Pick #43: San Francisco 49ers- Dyami Brown WR, North Carolina
At pick #43 the San Francisco 49ers take Dyami Brown out of North Carolina. Brown is a dynamic playmaker at the wide receiver position to give their future QB (Trey Lance) another target to throw to. Brown is a vertical route runner that will fit and make explosive plays in Shannon’s system. The 49ers are getting a WR that has good YAC ability after the catch and should be a big strength to the offense moving forward.
Pick #44: Dallas Cowboys- Gregory Rousseau DE, Miami
Gregory Rousseau has a lot of talent but falls all the way to the Dallas Cowboys at pick #44. Rousseau falls because of an inconsistent motor on film. Rousseau has a large frame and length that allows him to take advantage of OTs while rushing. The Cowboys need to get more pass rushers and defensive talent, hence the selection of Rousseau. The Cowboys also lost Aldon Smith to free agency and could use a DE on the opposite side of DeMarcus Lawrence.
Pick #45: Jacksonville Jaguars- Dillon Radunz OT, North Dakota State
The Jacksonville Jaguars come back with their other 2nd round selection to take Dillon Radunz from North Dakota State. Radunz is an OT that the Jaguars can develop and plug in at an OT position. Radunz is a dominant force in the run game and will attack defenders with aggressiveness. The Jaguars need to protect Trevor Lawrence and get him that protection piece at pick #4. Radunz can be developed into the future and compete for a starting role.
Pick #46: New England Patriots- Elijah Moore WR, Ole Miss
After the New England Patriots lose their star player Julian Edelman to retirement, they need to find a replacement in the slot WR role. The Patriots select the speedy Elijah Moore out of Ole Miss whose stock has been on the come up for the past month. Moore has a quick burst and runs fluid routes all over the field. Moore will be a nice piece to the offense for either Cam Newton or Mac Jones. Moore may go in the last 1st round, but I have him sliding here to the Patriots at pick #46.
Pick #47: L.A. Chargers- Joseph Ossai OLB, Texas
Cornerback was in consideration here at pick #47 but the selection of Joseph Ossai out of Texas is a move that the L.A. Chargers make at ease. Ossai is a talented OLB from Texas that gets after the QB with explosive movement. The Chargers need to desperately get a complimentary pass rusher on the other side of Joey Bosa. Ossai has a high motor and will show passion for this Chargers defense. The defensive front 7 for the Chargers looks to be completed here.
Pick #48: Las Vegas Raiders- Quinn Meinerz G, Wisconsin-Whitewater
This is one dominate guard out of Wisconsin-Whitewater that just seems like a player that Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden will pull the trigger on at pick #48. Quinn Meinerz is a mauler out of Wisconsin-Whitewater that fits the Las Vegas Raiders image greatly. Meinerz is tough and will drive defenders into the turf. This is a project player but if developed correctly, he can turn into one heck of a starting guard at the NFL level.
Pick #49 (Trade): Tennessee Titans- Joe Tryon DE/OLB, Washington
(ARI Receives: #53, #100, #215, 2022 6th)
The Tennessee Titans trade up to pick #49 to select Joe Tryon from Washington. The Titans need to get some pass rushers desperately and the value to trade up for Tryon is great for them here. Tryon is an athletic DE/OLB that can rush standing up or with his hand in the dirt. Tryon is fluid when he rushes the passer and will fit in the Titans system with the versatility to be moved all around the defensive line.
Pick #50: Miami Dolphins- Brady Christensen OT, BYU
With the Miami Dolphins' other 2nd round selection, they select Brady Christensen from BYU. Christensen is an OT that can be moved all around the line and even can line up as a starting guard if the Dolphins want to. Christensen plays with good size and was able to handle edge defenders greatly at BYU when protecting Zach Wilsons blind side. This is a very good pick for the Dolphins at pick #50 and lets them do a lot with their offensive front 7.
Pick #51: Washington Football Team- Nick Bolton LB, Missouri
At pick #51 the Washington Football team selects their new LB in Nick Bolton out of the University of Missouri. Bolton has very good explosiveness and attacks ball carriers with a lot of power. This is a LB that would drop opponents with big hits and plays the game of football with a lot of confidence. Bolton will fit into this Washington defense with great promise. Washington needs to bring in more talent into their linebacker group and do so here with Bolton.
Pick #52: Chicago Bears- Ifeatu Melifonwu CB, Syracuse
After releasing their star cornerback Kyle Fuller into the open market, the Chicago Bears look to replace him with Ifeatu Melifonwu from Syracuse at pick #52. This is a CB that is long, has good athleticism, and can be physical on WRs. Melifonwu excels in zone type packages and will not be a liability in the run defense. The Bears need to add more depth at the CB position which results in Melifonwu being the selection here.
Pick #53: Arizona Cardinals- Wyatt Davis G, Ohio State
The Arizona Cardinals trade down and still add protection for Kyler Murray here at pick #53. The selection is Wyatt Davis out of Ohio State who can compete for the starting RG role in camp. Davis is a player with good size and can handle power moves well at the point of attack. The Cardinals need to add more depth at the offensive line if they want to make a push at a Super Bowl run. Taking a wide receiver here would not be the smartest move but I would understand why.
Pick #54: Indianapolis Colts- Rondale Moore WR, Purdue
The Indianapolis Colts need to get more weapons for newly acquired QB Carson Wentz. At pick #54, the Colts take Rondale Moore out of Purdue. Moore is an explosive athlete that will be able to add speed to this Colts wide receiver group. Moore is an electric player that can sit back and learn from T.Y. Hilton for a year before taking over his duties in the slot. The Colts have to add more firepower and they do so here in the 2nd round.
Pick #55: Pittsburgh Steelers- Javonte Williams RB, North Carolina
I was considering going cornerback or offensive line here for the Pittsburgh Steelers at pick #55. After the news that the Steelers will be pursuing a talented back in the draft, it made sense to give them Javonte Williams out of North Carolina here. Williams is a do it all back that can run between the tackles with explosiveness and put electric moves on defenders in space. The Steelers lost James Conner in free agency, so a new starting running back is on their horizons.
Pick #56: Seattle Seahawks- Josh Myers C/G, Ohio State
The Seattle Seahawks traded their first-round selection for Jamal Adams earlier this season which leads to their first selection in the 2021 NFL Draft. The Seahawks could go many different directions with this pick, but they need to get Russell Wilson some more protection and a quality center. This leads the Seahawks in taking Josh Myers out of Ohio State. Myers is a physical interior lineman that can handle bullrushes well with his pure strength.
Pick #57: L.A. Rams- Jayson Oweh, Penn State
Just like the Seahawks, the L.A. Rams traded their first-round selection as well. The Rams need to get an edge rusher on the other side of Leonard Floyd, and they select the young Jayson Oweh out of Penn State. Oweh did not have much production in 2020 which causes him to fall all the way to pick #57. Oweh has good speed and bends when he rushes the passer. Oweh landing here with the Rams will improve his game on this defensive line.
Pick #58: Baltimore Ravens- Jevon Holland S, Oregon
The Baltimore Ravens need to desperately get a playmaker on the back end of their defense. That leads the Ravens in taking Jevon Holland out of Oregon at pick #58. Holland showed great versatility and has loose hips to adjust to passes in mid-flight. This is a safety that also has tremendous ball skills and will improve the Ravens secondary. The Ravens get an awesome value here with Holland in the 2nd round.
Pick #59: Cleveland Browns- Daviyon Nixon DE/DT, Iowa
Beefing up the inside of the Cleveland Browns defense is an objective that Andrew Berry needs to get accomplished in this draft. Taking Daviyon Nixon here at pick #59 will help in doing so. Nixon has a good burst and can make splash plays in the interior of the defensive line. The Browns get a DT/DE that can create havoc in the middle of the line and produce at a high level with the attention all going to Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney.
Pick #60: New Orleans Saints- Carlos Basham Jr. DE, Wake Forest
The New Orleans Saints lost Trey Hendrickson in free agency and need to bring in a young developmental edge rusher. Marcus Davenport still has not broken out and that leads the Saints into taking Carlos Basham Jr. from Wake Forest at pick #60. Basham Jr. makes splash plays and has a power style when rushing at the QB. Basham Jr. has a good burst off the LOS and will fit in well with Cameron Jordan.
Pick #61 (T: Buffalo Bills) Pittsburgh Steelers- Aaron Robinson CB, UCF
The Pittsburgh Steelers received this pick from the Buffalo Bills after trading down from their 24th overall selection. The Steelers now are able to add more depth at the CB position by adding Aaron Robinson with pick #61. Robinson is a fast CB that is very physical in press man coverage. Robinson has good recovery speed and quickness to maintain within a good reach of receivers. The selection of Robinson helps out the Steelers defense with great heights here.
Pick #62: Green Bay Packers- Amari Rodgers WR, Clemson
The Green Bay Packers come right back with pick #62 to select the quick Amari Rodgers out of Clemson. This is a WR that will fit in tremendously in the Matt LaFleur offense. Rodgers can play in the slot and gain separation off CBs in a flash. Rodgers runs like a running back and has excellent vision after the catch is made. Aaron Rodgers finally gets a weapon here in the 2nd round that can help improve the Packers offense. This could be the move that gets the Packers over the hump of the NFC Championship game.
Pick #63: Kansas City Chiefs- Baron Browning LB, Ohio State
Looking at the Kansas City Chiefs roster, they need to upgrade at the LB position because Anthony Hitchens simply is not enough anymore. That leads to the selection of Baron Browning here at pick #63. Browning is a LB that can play besides Hitchens as the WLB or SLB. Browning has athletic traits that flashed on film especially being able to be a coverage linebacker during his time at Ohio State.
Pick #64: Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Tyson Campbell CB, Georgia
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers look to make their CB group even stronger here at pick #64 with the selection of Tyson Campbell from Georgia. The Buccaneers could consider going offensive line here, but they end the 2nd round with a talented young CB. Campbell is a tall CB that has short area quickness playing on the perimeter. Campbell has good man coverage ability and will be able to play as an outside CB for the Buccaneers while they move Davis and Murphy-Bunting around.