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Matching team needs to the best players available entering Day 2

With the first day/evening of the 2021 NFL Draft officially in the books, there is both plenty of intrigue left, in terms of how teams will use the Draft to improve their teams through the end of the weekend, and plenty of good players to choose from in order to do so.

So as the title implies, here’s a down-and-dirty look at one person’s take on how things could shake out in Round 2 of the Draft.

33. Jacksonville — Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
34. NY Jets — Aaron Robinson, CB, Central Florida
35. Atlanta — Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia
36. Miami (from…

We’re (mercifully) in the Endgame now.

Let’s keep this short and simple, because you’re (hopefully) not here to have me complain about how much I hate Mock Drafts… even though THIS is the lone time of year you should actually pay attention to them.

Before diving in to the third edition of my 2021 NFL Mock Draft(s), a refresher on the ground rules:

  • This is my prediction of what I think each team will do — barring any trades — as opposed to what I think a particular team should do. …

A tremendous combination of off-the-charts athleticism plus a ferocious on-field style of play.

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 210lbs
Class: Junior
NFL Comparison: A blend of Dez Bryant plus Anquan Boldin, but faster.

Bear with me, as this metaphor might sound a bit ridiculous: you can somewhat accurately compare wide receivers to kitchen knives. …

The consensus QB1 with a prodigious level of athletic and football talents, Lawrence has the all the potential to be true “franchise QB” — if he’s further developed properly.

Height: 6'6"
Weight: 220lbs
Class: Junior
NFL Comparison: A very raw (and thinner) Andrew Luck

When the Football Gods were bestowing the different gifts associated with being a great quarterback to those select few members of mankind, Trevor Lawrence was one of those individuals who managed to cut in front in so many of those lines, thereby receiving so much of what the Gods had to offer.

Lawrence aces virtually everything you would put on a checklist for a quarterback about to be selected with the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft Arm strength. Accuracy. Height. A rugged…

Some will call him a tight end. Some will call him a wide receiver. But opposing defenses will call him a matchup nightmare.

Height: 6'6"
Weight: 240lbs
Class: Junior
NFL Comparison: A veritable doppelgänger of Darren Waller

The best way to describe the talent and skillset of Kyle Pitts is by saying that he’s the living manifestation of what every NFL Defensive Coordinator fears regarding the evolution of the modern tight end.

The runaway winner of the John Mackey award (given to the best tight end in the country) in 2020 was actually robbed of winning it in back-to-back seasons; he should’ve won the award in 2019 as well. Pitts produced big numbers basically every time he stepped on the field (770…

The Lions could be the team that’s most willing and able to make a blockbuster trade.

Though I might’ve just recently spent 1,500+ words describing how the Atlanta Falcons were really or secretly the catalyst for how the top 10 (or more) picks in the 2021 NFL Draft will unfold, as you could probably tell by the title of this column, we shouldn’t discount the effect that the Detroit Lions and their pick at #7 could also have in that same context.

Though new Lions’ General Manager Brad Holmes is trying to sell people on the idea that they could Draft a “quarterback of the future” project with this pick, especially if a Trey Lance or…

Everyone is talking about San Francisco’s selection, but the real intrigue lies with what the Atlanta Falcons will do with the ensuing pick.

Between now and Thursday, April 29th, expect to hear the phrase “the Draft starts at pick #3!!!” another bajillion times or so, to the point where the empty cliche will make your eyes bleed. After all, we’ve been led to believe that it’s all but a done deal that the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets will select quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson (respectively), so the first official place of uncertainty would be the #3 overall pick, now owned by the San Francisco 49ers.

Except, the closer we get to the 29th, it feels like the uncertainty around the…

An athletic and instinctual defensive back who could be an interesting chess piece for defending the league’s fastest receivers.

Height: 6'0"
Weight: 192lbs
Class: Junior (RS)
NFL Comparison: William Jackson

One of the cornerstones of a Northwestern Wildcats’ defense that finished among the best in the nation in lowest passing efficiency by opponents and points allowed, cornerback Greg Newsome routinely matched up against the best receiver the other team had to offer, and spent the game daring the quarterback to throw it to that receiver — followed by swatting away the pass if the QB did make such an errant decision.

Newsome represents a valued combination of height (6’0), instincts, and a competitive, feisty demeanor on the field…

An offensive line prospect with as much potential as we’ve seen in years —assuming a team is patient enough to develop it.

Height: 6'6"
Weight: 331lbs
Class: Sophomore (RS)
NFL Comparison: a more raw and more bulky Terron Armstead

The team that finds itself in the situation in which they’re considering drafting University of Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell will likely find themselves in a classic gambling thought experiment: if they were making a wager (in the form of their Draft pick), would they rather make the wager that has almost guaranteed odds to pay out 2:1, or pretty-good-but-far-from-guaranteed odds of a 10:1 payout?

The selection of Sewell aligns with the latter scenario. Standing 6’6” and 331lbs, Sewell combines a massive…

Rajan Nanavati

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