Kevin Hanson's 2021 NFL Mock Draft 7.0
BY KEVIN HANSON (@EDSFootball)
Updated: Thursday, April 8th
Continuing my 2021 NFL Mock Draft, here are picks 17-32:
As a linebacker-safety hybrid, Owusu-Koramoah is a defensive playmaker that would provide the Raiders with plenty of versatility. Based on my 2021 NFL Big Board, Owusu-Koramoah (14th) is the highest-ranked prospect available here. An explosive athlete with outstanding coverage range, Owusu-Koramoah had 24.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and an interception over the past two seasons.
Emmanuel Ogbah led the Dolphins with a career-high nine sacks, but they parted ways this offseason with Kyle Van Noy (six) and Shaq Lawson (four), both of whom they had just added in 2020. In addition, Ogbah is entering a contract year.
Paye is a freakish athlete that topped Bruce Feldman's Freaks' List heading into last season. Given the rare physical traits for his size and his tenacity, Paye's best football is ahead of him and his upside is through the roof if he can put it all together.
Other than center Chase Roullier, the team's other projected starting offensive linemen will be free agents following the 2021 season (Brandon Scherff and Geron Christian) or after 2022 (Morgan Moses and Wes Schweitzer).
Primarily a starter at right tackle at Oklahoma State, Jenkins also has experience at both left tackle and guard. Posting an impressive Relative Athletic Score (RAS), Jenkins has excellent body control and is an absolute bully in the run game.
Given a lack of length (32 1/8" arms), Vera-Tucker is better suited to play guard at the next level, but he boosted his stock by how well he played when replacing Austin Jackson at left tackle for the Trojans last year. Vera-Tucker's movement skills, balance and versatility put him inside the top 20 of our 2021 NFL Draft Big Board.
Since five offensive linemen are already off the board, the value on my big board doesn't align well with the Colts' need to draft a replacement for retired left tackle Anthony Castonzo. The best available offensive tackle is Jalen Mayfield (my 35th-ranked prospect), so it may make sense to target a different need here and then tackle in Round 2 as it's a deep position group.
Xavier Rhodes rebounded in a major way with the Colts last season and he's back on a one-year deal for his age-31 season. While he has missed multiple games every year at Northwestern, Newsome is scheme-diverse with excellent speed (sub-4.4 forty) and his fluidity.
Given the turnover in the secondary, Caleb Farley would be tempting here. That said, the team got absolutely nothing from last year's first-round pick, so they may be overly cautious even though Farley (back surgery) is expected to be ready for camp.
While the Titans signed Bud Dupree to a massive free-agent deal, Jadeveon Clowney is a free agent after a disappointing season and Harold Landry will be a free agent after the 2021 season. Meanwhile, the Titans had only 19 sacks (third fewest) in 2020.
A redshirt sophomore, Ojulari led the SEC with 9.5 sacks in 10 games and the 20-year-old edge rusher saved his best game for last with three sacks and two forced fumbles in Georgia's win over Cincinnati in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Expected to be ready for training camp, Farley's recent back surgery -- and his injury history in general -- could lead Farley to fall to the second half of Round 1. The Jets get an elite corner that fits exactly what new head coach Robert Saleh would like to do on defense. Farley has an ideal combination of size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds), athleticism (sub-4.4 forty) and ball skills (six INTs in two seasons).
Dickerson tore his ACL in the SEC Championship Game, but the cartwheeling center's recovery is going well. That said, durability is his biggest concern with knee or ankle surgeries to end four of his five seasons. If the Steelers are comfortable with his medicals, he fills the void created by Maurkice Pouncey's retirement and offers center/guard versatility.
Former high school teammates with CB1 (Patrick Surtain II) of this mock, Campbell isn't the refined prospect his former high school teammate is, but the former five-star recruit's blend of speed (sub-4.4 forty), size/length (6-foot-1, 32-inch arms) and change-of-direction ability is as special as any cornerback prospect in this draft class.
While Myles Garrett (12) and Olivier Vernon (nine) accounted for 21 total sacks, Vernon is currently a free agent. Despite a lack of production (zero sacks in 2020 after posting five in 2019), Oweh has rare traits. As Bruce Feldman noted in his annual Freaks list, Oweh is "the most explosive one of the bunch" (of athletic freaks). The 257-pound defender ran a 4.36 forty with a 39.5-inch vertical at Penn State's Pro Day.
With the Ravens losing Matt Judon to the Patriots, the versatile Collins can step in and fill his void. As the recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Award, Collins (6-5, 259) demonstrated his ability to rush the passer (four sacks) or drop in coverage (four interceptions).
When asked on NFL Network, Toney said that he models his game after Alvin Kamara. With the team releasing Emmanuel Sanders earlier this offseason, adding a versatile playmaker like Toney to the receiving corps would be a great fit for Sean Payton's offense.
29. Green Bay Packers - Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
Throughout the offseason (six prior iterations of this mock), I've had the Packers going WR twice, CB twice, IDL once and OT one (and most recently). Whether or not the Packers are willing to use their first-round pick on a linebacker, Davis has earned his share of Round 1 buzz and inside linebacker is one of the team's top needs. While inexperienced as a one-year starter, Davis had a breakout 2020 campaign (team-high 102 tackles) and he's a rangy, three-down linebacker with explosive athleticism and length.
The Bills ranked middle of the league in team sacks (38, T-15th), but no Bills' player had more than five sacks in 2020. In addition, starting defensive ends Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison are both on the wrong side of 30.
Opting out of the 2020 season, Rousseau ranked second in college football in sacks in 2019. While the majority of that production came while rushing from the interior, Rousseau has unreal length and his best football is ahead of him.
Before the Chiefs released starting (but injured) tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz, it would have been reasonable to slot a tackle here given how much pressure they allowed in the Super Bowl. With both tackles no longer on the roster, it's become even more of a pressing need for 2021 and beyond. While he lacks ideal length and strength, Cosmi was a three-year starter at Texas with experience at both right tackle (2018) and left tackle (2019, 2020) and possesses outstanding athleticism.
Along with all other 21 starters, Ndamukong Suh is back with the Bucs in an attempt to run it back for the Super Bowl champs. If Barmore slips to this point, he represents good value (19th on our big board) as a long-term replacement for the 34-year-old Suh.
The redshirt sophomore had 9.5 tackles for loss including eight sacks and three forced fumbles in 2020 and played his best football down the stretch. Six of Barmore's sacks came in the final six games of the season and Georgia edge rusher Azeez Ojulari was the only SEC defender to record more sacks in 2020.
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