Two-Round 2021 NFL Mock Draft: Week 10by Mason Thompson November 18, 2020 0 comments
The NFL season continues to roll strong throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Some teams are looking at their schedule and predicting where they will be seeded in the playoffs. Others, meanwhile, are looking to the schedule to determine what draft picks they will have in April’s draft. Last week, we put out our first two-round mock draft that also included trades. This week continues that trend with 64 picks that include four trades. Let’s get started.
1. New York Jets – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
This week against the Chargers is the best chance the Jets will have at a win for the rest of the year. They will likely finish 0-16 and have the chance to select Lawrence and ship Sam Darnold elsewhere. After selecting him, Joe Douglas will have to surround Lawrence with talent with their second first-round pick and a second-round selection.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
Jake Luton has shown flashes in his first two starts, but it likely won’t be enough if Jacksonville is picking in the top-five. Fields is the second-best quarterback in the class and would immediately provide a spark to the Jaguar offense. Jacksonville already has weapons to surround him, making the transition seamless.
3. Washington Football Team – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Washington fans either want Penei Sewell or Wilson. There is no happy medium here. Given the fact that Ron Rivera knows his quarterback of the future isn’t on the roster, he opts to take Wilson. He has rocketed up draft boards, similar to Joe Burrow last year. Wilson has been likened to the likes of Johnny Manziel and Patrick Mahomes at the college level and would bring excitement back to the quarterback position in the nation’s capital.
4. Dallas Cowboys – Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
This is a prime spot for a trade-up for a quarterback, but Dallas doesn’t get the value they’re looking for. Instead, they opt to look to the future of their offensive line with the selection of Sewell. Tyron Smith isn’t getting younger and has struggled with injuries recently. If Dak Prescott stays in Dallas, the Cowboys have to protect him at all costs.
5. Los Angeles Chargers – Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Casey Heyward and Chris Harris Jr are both 31 years old. The Chargers haven’t been able to stop anyone this year defensively with Derwin James out due to injury. Even with James back, the secondary needs some help and youth. Surtain is the best cornerback in the class and would fit right in with the Chargers and learn behind the two veterans.
6. Miami Dolphins (via Houston) – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
I took a look at how bright the future in Miami is earlier this week. In that article, Parsons was described as the potential pick with this Houston choice. He is the perfect player in Miami’s defense and is similar to what Brian Flores likes from his linebackers. Parsons is a bit of an edge rusher and linebacker morphed into one, and Flores loves that versatility on his defense. Miami continues its rapid rebuild with the best defensive player in the class.
7. Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
With Dallas taking Sewell, Cincinnati goes with the next best choice, as they pair Burrow with his LSU teammate. With A.J. Green already halfway out the door, the Bengals get their receiving duo for the next decade with Chase and Tee Higgins. Factor in Tyler Boyd, Auden Tate, and Alex Erickson, and the Bengals have one of the best receiving cores in the league.
8. New York Giants – Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
Like Flores in Miami, Joe Judge has completely shifted the culture in New York. With the top three quarterbacks gone, the Giants turn to their next biggest need, which is edge rusher. New York has Leonard Williams, but they don’t have a second-level edge rusher on the roster. Paye has surpassed Gregory Rousseau as the top edge-rusher in the class and finds his way into the top-ten.
9. Carolina Panthers – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Carolina continues its defensive makeover with the selection of Farley. Despite him not playing this year, he should still go early in the first round. With Carolina losing James Bradberry last year, Farley will take his place as the top cornerback for the Panthers. With Donte Jackson, Rasul Douglas, and Troy Pride behind him, Carolina has a lot of young, intriguing depth at the cornerback spot.
*** TRADE – New England sends picks 15, 96, and 116 to Atlanta for Pick 10 ***
10. New England Patriots (via Atlanta) – Trey Lance, QB, NDSU
For Atlanta, they need to get younger at almost every position. With this trade down, they gather more picks to ensure they have more depth, as well as youth on the roster. New England, meanwhile, goes all-in for Lance and jumps Minnesota, Detroit, San Francisco, and Denver, all of who could potentially take Lance. Cam Newton isn’t his former self, and Jarrett Stidham doesn’t look to have developed. Bill Belichick gets aggressive and trades up for the quarterback of the future in New England.
11. Denver Broncos – Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
Von Miller isn’t getting younger and has struggled with injuries in recent years. Rousseau is a toolsy prospect who could hone in on his craft with help from Miller and Bradley Chubb. The duo of Chubb and Rousseau would give opposing quarterbacks nightmares.
12. San Francisco 49ers – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Almost every cornerback is a free agent after this year for the 49ers. Horn has had a fast rise up the draft board and finds himself in the middle of the first round. San Francisco opts to go with Horn instead of Shaun Wade, who has had a free-fall to start this season.
13. Detroit Lions – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
Both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones are free agents after this season. Even if Detroit re-signs Golladay, they would be wise to take a look at Waddle, who offers home-run ability at the receiver spot. A trio of Golladay, Waddle, and Quintez Cephus in the slot would be an intriguing receiving core for Matthew Stafford to work with and whoever the next quarterback for the Lions may be.
14. Minnesota Vikings – Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State
The Vikings’ identity is to run the ball. Davis would be a perfect addition to a team that has been looking to rework its offensive line for the last five years or so. He is a prospect worth taking in the first 20 picks and could produce similar to what Quenton Nelson has in Indianapolis.
*** TRADE – Baltimore sends picks 24 and 56 to Atlanta for pick 15 ***
15. Baltimore Ravens (via New England thru Atlanta) – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Atlanta continues to get day-two picks as a result of contenders trying to grab their top players. Baltimore’s offense isn’t the same this year, and the receivers aren’t getting separation. Instead of taking Devonta Smith, who is a bit redundant to what Baltimore already has in Marquise Brown, they select Bateman. He has been likened to Allen Robinson and would give Lamar Jackson a contested-catch receiver and red-zone threat.
16. Chicago Bears – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
Speaking of Robinson, the Bears need to find someone to replace him. Smith is similar to Anthony Miller, but the Bears need offensive playmakers to pair with whoever plays quarterback next year. Smith, Miller, and Darnell Mooney give the quarterback plenty of options.
17. Cleveland Browns – Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas
Myles Garrett has 9.5 sacks this season. The next best on the Browns is Sheldon Richardson with three who plays on the interior defensive line. Oliver Vernon isn’t cutting it, and Cleveland should find Garrett a partner to terrorize the AFC North. Like Paye, Ossai has had quite the rise this season. He is extremely explosive off the line of scrimmage and offers the perfect blend to Garrett on the opposite side.
18. Tennessee Titans – Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
Tennessee only has 11 sacks on the season. Harold Landry is a solid piece on the edge, but Tennessee needs to find another man in the rotation, even if they do retain Jadeveon Clowney. Oweh, like many other edge-rushers in this class, has had a steady rise to the bottom of the first round. The Titans desperately need to improve their defense.
19. Philadelphia Eagles – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Linebackers don’t seem to exist in Philadelphia. The Eagles defense made Daniel Jones look like Lamar Jackson last week and couldn’t come anywhere close to stopping Wayne Gallman. Nathan Gerry has played too many snaps in Philadelphia, and the Eagles need to finally address their linebacker woes.
20. Arizona Cardinals – Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
Arizona has some young playmakers in the secondary with Budda Baker and Byron Murphy. They would be wise to pair Murphy with another young cornerback. Wade hasn’t been as good as he was last year, but he’s still in the first-round conversation.
21. New York Jets (via Seattle) – Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The Jets got their quarterback of the future by selecting Lawrence first overall. They have their franchise left tackle with Mekhi Becton but need an upgrade over George Fant at the right tackle spot. Darrisaw has been one of the best tackles in college football this year and will be selected on the first night in April.
*** TRADE – Tampa Bay sends picks 27 and 90 to Miami for picks 22 and 251 ***
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Miami) – Jay Tufele, IDL, USC
Miami trades down after looking at the board and not finding much value at their positions of need. Tampa Bay moves up five spots to find their replacement for Ndamukong Suh. Tufele is the best interior prospect in a barren interior defensive line class and would be a great partner to Vita Vea.
23. Indianapolis Colts – Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
Anthony Castonzo could be playing his last downs in Indianapolis. Braden Smith could make the move to left tackle when Castonzo retires, which results in a hole at right tackle. Mayfield has been one of the few bright spots for the Wolverines this year and has gotten first-round buzz. He would slot in as a starter immediately or provide valuable depth if Castonzo were to stay for another season.
24. Atlanta Falcons (via Baltimore) – Hamilcar Rashed Jr, EDGE, Oregon State
The Takkarist McKinley experience in Atlanta is long gone. Atlanta only has 14 sacks on the season and could use another pass-rusher or three. Rashed is a twitchy athlete that has plenty of burst off the snap. The Falcons could be in for a long teardown, and Rashed would be in for the long-run and provide a spark defensively by creating splash plays.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via LA Rams) – Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
Jacksonville found their quarterback of the future by selecting Fields earlier in the round. This time, they get him some blindside protection with Cosmi. He has the athletic ability to help the new mobile quarterback the Jaguars selected.
26. Las Vegas Raiders – Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
The Raiders have reworked their offensive line in recent years with the selections of Kolton Miller and John Simpson on the left side of the line and the addition of Trent Brown in free agency. Vera-Tucker was an interior lineman last year and has made the move to the tackle spot and is still succeeding for the Trojans. Versatility is a great thing to have as an incoming lineman, and the Raiders love their versatile players.
27. Miami Dolphins (via Tampa Bay) – Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma
Humphrey has the opportunity to start day-one for the Dolphins at the center spot as Ted Karras only signed a one-year deal last offseason. One knock on Humphrey was that he is left-handed, which could cause some issues for right-handed quarterbacks. Well, Humphrey won’t have much to worry about as Tua Tagovailoa is also left-handed. Miami has retooled their offensive line and continues to help their star quarterback out.
28. Buffalo Bills – Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
Buffalo continues to have a hole at the second cornerback spot. Stokes has played himself into the first round and has outproduced Tyson Campbell for the Bulldogs to be the better cornerback prospect. This pairing seems to be a popular pick at the end of the first round.
29. Green Bay Packers – Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Like the Eagles, Green Bay tends to disregard the linebacker position. While Kamal Martin and Krys Barnes have shown flashes in their rookie seasons, they aren’t three-down starters. Moses is the perfect addition to a defense that is struggling to stop the run and cover the middle of the field.
30. Kansas City Chiefs – Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama
Kansas City’s offensive line needs help, either on the interior or on the edge. Patrick Mahomes has struggled to stay out of harm’s way, and the Chiefs desperately need to spend an early selection to get Mahomes more protection. Leatherwood could play on the interior or at one of the tackle spots.
31. New Orleans Saints – Asante Samuel Jr, CB, Florida State
New Orleans is in a position where they can take the best player available. Samuel would pair greatly with Marshon Lattimore as two great man coverage cornerbacks.
32. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Like New Orleans, Pittsburgh is in a position to pick the best player available. Pitts is potentially a top-ten prospect in the class, and the Steelers could use a tight end to pair with their great receiving core. He is pretty much a receiver as well, so why not give Ben Roethlisberger more help for another Super Bowl run?
33. New York Jets – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
The Jets are currently relying on Frank Gore and Lamical Perine to shoulder the load. While Perine is a good bruiser, Etienne is the perfect blend of skills. The best part is that Etienne stays with Lawrence as he heads to New York as well.
34. Jacksonville Jaguars – Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State
Jacksonville continues to rework their offense with the selections of Fields, Cosmi, and now Freiermuth. The trio of DJ Chark, Laviska Shenault, and Keelan Cole give Fields plenty of weapons, and now Freiermuth is added to the fold. The next selection has to help the defense out.
35. Washington Football Team – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
Now that Washington has their quarterback of the future, they need to find him some protection. Slater is one of the most pro-ready tackles that will enter this year, and the NFL is high on him. Slater and Saahdiq Charles will line up as the starting left tackle and guard for Washington next year.
36. Dallas Cowboys – Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
Dallas has rejuvenated Aldon Smith‘s career but may not be able to keep him next year. Even if they do, more pass-rush help is needed.
37. Los Angeles Chargers – Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
The Chargers missed out on Sewell in the first round, so they take the best available tackle in round two. Justin Herbert is the future of the franchise, and the front office needs to protect him at all costs.
*** TRADE – Chicago sends picks 48 and 79 to Miami for picks 38 and 198 ***
38. Chicago Bears (via Houston thru Miami) – Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
As expected, Nick Foles hasn’t been much of an upgrade to Mitchell Trubisky. The Bears missed out on the quarterbacks in the first round, so they panic and trade up for Trask to make sure the Panthers or Giants don’t take him. Miami continues to gather day-two picks as a result. The scouting community has mixed opinions about Trask, and as usual, the Bears take the best option they can find and pay a hefty price.
39. Cincinnati Bengals – Dillon Radunz, OT, NDSU
Cincinnati missed out on Sewell in the first round. They get a nice consolation prize by selecting Radunz and have now given Burrow another receiver and more protection in the first two rounds.
40. New York Giants – Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia
The Giants adding Bradberry was one of the best moves of the offseason. Now, they pair Bradberry up with Campbell. Judge has made the best out of middling players defensively, and now the Giants have added two starters in the first two rounds to the defense.
41. Carolina Panthers – Trey Smith, IOL, Tennessee
Carolina wants to run the ball. The front office has given the defense all of the draft capital recently, and now it is time to turn to the offensive line to give Teddy Bridgewater more time in the pocket and more running lanes for Christian McCaffrey.
42. Atlanta Falcons – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Todd Gurley is still performing at a solid level, but that’s mostly because of his touchdown production. It is time for Atlanta to look to the future, and adding Harris is a great start.
43. Denver Broncos – Derion Kendrick, CB, Clemson
Kendrick is similar to Noah Igbinoghene as he is a former wide receiver that is making the transition to the cornerback spot. Denver needs more depth in the secondary, and Kendrick is a solid piece that could develop into a starter in just a few short weeks.
44. San Francisco 49ers – Josh Myers, IOL, Ohio State
The interior of the offensive line has been an issue for San Francisco for the last two years. Myers would battle for one of the starting guard spots as a rookie.
45. Detroit Lions – Tyler Shelvin, IDL, LSU
46. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Minnesota) – Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina
While South Carolina hasn’t had a successful 2020 season, they will produce two cornerbacks that will go within the first 100 selections in the draft. Mukuamu is 6’3″ and is extremely scrappy. He is great in zone coverage and is a willing tackler. He would form a great tandem with C.J. Henderson
47. New England Patriots – Terrace Marshall Jr. WR, LSU
New England once again adds to their offense with the selection of Marshall. He is a physical receiver who wins contested contests on the regular yet has the speed to get away from opposing defenses. The Patriots need to add to their offense and have done so with the first two selections.
48. Miami Dolphins (via Chicago) – Carlos Basham Jr. EDGE, Wake Forest
Miami has found a diamond in the rough with the addition of Emmanuel Ogbah. They would be wise to add more depth and youth to the rotation. Basham combined for 14.5 sacks in 2018 and 2019 and is always looking to attack the ball.
49. Cleveland Browns – Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan
The Browns need to continue adding to their linebacker room. McGrone is a redshirt sophomore who may return to Michigan but would start day one for Cleveland as a sideline-to-sideline defender.
50. Tennessee Titans – Jaylen Twyman, IDL, Pittsburgh
Twyman and Jeffrey Simmons on the interior of the defensive line with Landry and Oweh is terrifying.
51. Philadelphia Eagles – Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
Adebo would immediately compete for a starting role in the Philadelphia secondary. He is great in press and zone coverage, which is what the Eagles mostly run.
52. Arizona Cardinals – Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami
Roche is an extremely explosive athlete that will make life rough for opposing linemen and quarterbacks. He and Chandler Jones would bring fear at the line of scrimmage.
53. Seattle Seahawks – Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami
Both Miami edge-rushers go back-to-back. Phillips would play a role right away for the Seahawks, who desperately need help defensively.
54. Miami Dolphins – Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina
Williams could quite possibly surpass Harris as the RB2. He has skyrocketed up draft boards and offers a three-down skill-set and the complete package at the running back position. He has great vision and speed, and he can catch passes out of the backfield, as well as pass block. Miami would be a great fit for him.
55. Indianapolis Colts – Aidan Hutchinson, EDGE, Michigan
Hutchinson is Michigan’s new Rashan Gary. He can play in a variety of roles and would be a perfect fit in Indianapolis who needs help getting after the quarterback.
56. Atlanta Falcons (via Baltimore) – Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati
Not only does Atlanta take their running back of the future, but they also get their new franchise quarterback. This is a similar scenario to the Ravens taking Jackson while still having Joe Flacco. Ridder is a dual-threat that has great arm strength and consistent accuracy. He could sit on the bench and learn from Matt Ryan for a year or two before finally starting.
57. Los Angeles Rams – Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota
The Rams find their replacement for Andrew Whitworth.
58. Las Vegas Raiders – Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh
Las Vegas continues to add to their pass-rush rotation by adding Jones. Clelin Ferrell hasn’t lived up to the hype, and Maxx Crosby has been inconsistent as usual. The Raiders need more production out of their high draft picks on the edge.
59. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson
Tampa Bay found one franchise tackle last year by selecting Tristan Wirfs. Now, they continue to help their offensive line youth by selecting Carman.
60. Buffalo Bills – Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri
Bolton is added to the linebacker room in Buffalo that needs reinforcements.
61. Green Bay Packers – Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
The Packers finally take a receiver. St. Brown’s brother, Equanimeous St. Brown, is currently on the Packers roster. Amon-Ra is the far better player and would give Aaron Rodgers a dynamic third option in the slot with Davante Adams and Allen Lazard on the outside.
62. Kansas City Chiefs – Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
Moore slips due to his injuries and the unknown as to why he isn’t playing this year. Of course, Kansas City finds another way to get more explosive on offense.
63. New Orleans Saints – Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State
Olave gets the opportunity to be the heir to Emmanuel Sanders in New Orleans.
64. Pittsburgh Steelers – Marvin Wilson, IDL, Florida State
Pittsburgh takes another best player available at the bottom of the second round. Wilson could replace Tyson Alualu for the Steelers.