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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…
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:
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. …
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…
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…