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2021 NFL Mock Draft 5.0

BY KEVIN HANSON (@EDSFootball)
Updated: Friday, March 12th

Continuing our 2021 NFL mock draft, here are picks 17-32:

17. Las Vegas Raiders - Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan

Only three teams generated fewer sacks in 2020 than the Raiders (21). Not only is Paye an outstanding run defender, but his elite athletic profile (previously topping Bruce Feldman's freaks list) gives him enormous upside as a pass-rusher.

18. Miami Dolphins - Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Even if a bit undersized as a linebacker, Owusu-Koramoah is a defensive playmaker that would provide the type of versatility that Miami's defensive coaching staff will certainly appreciate. An explosive athlete with outstanding coverage range, Owusu-Koramoah has led the Irish in tackles for loss in back-to-back seasons with 24.5 TFL total to go along with five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, an interception and seven sacks over that two-year span.

19. Washington Football Team - Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC

Although Washington has slapped the franchise tag on Brandon Scherff for a second consecutive year, Vera-Tucker provides insurance in case they are not able to reach a long-term deal with their talented guard before the July 15th deadline. Vera-Tucker's athleticism and movement skills, balance and versatility has allowed him to play equally as well at left tackle last year as he had previously played at guard before that.

20. Chicago Bears - Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

The Bears designated receiver Allen Robinson with the franchise tag, but it's unclear if they'll be able to sign him to a long-term deal. Bateman played only five games in an abbreviated 2020 season, but he had 60 catches for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2019.

The polished and productive receiver ran a sub-4.4 forty (per Bateman himself). While times at training facilities and/or Pro Days are less reliable from a comparison standpoint, the (much) faster-than-expected time only boosts his draft stock.

21. Indianapolis Colts - Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Darrisaw was already off the board in the previous iteration of this mock and a number of teams picking ahead of the Colts from the Vikings (No. 14) to the Bears (No. 20) could be in the market for Darrisaw's services. Following left tackle Anthony Castonzo's retirement, however, the former Virginia Tech Hokie and top-15 prospect on our big board is an ideal fit he's still available here.

Sacked more than any other quarterback in 2020, Carson Wentz struggled mightily -- 57.4% completion rate and 6.0 Y/A (both career lows) and league-high 15 INTs -- before being benched last season and traded this offseason.

A three-year starter, Darrisaw has continued to improve each season. His athleticism and length will allow him to handle NFL-caliber edge rushers and he's been dominant as a run blocker as well.

MORE: Indianapolis Colts 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

22. Tennessee Titans - Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

Only the Bengals (17) and Jaguars (18) recorded fewer sacks last season than the Titans (19). Only a redshirt sophomore, Ojulari is an ascending prospect with a chance to go earlier than this. Leading the SEC with 9.5 sacks in 10 games, the 20-year-old edge rusher had three sacks and two forced fumbles in Georgia's bowl game against the Cincinnati Bearcats.

23. New York Jets - Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (FL)

A former high school receiver and safety, Rousseau has outstanding length and was second in the nation in sacks (15.5) in 2019 behind only Ohio State's Chase Young (16.5) before opting out of the 2020 season.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

Not only is left tackle Alejandro Villanueva about to become a free agent, but Kevin Dotson is the only current Steelers lineman that won't be a UFA/ERFA after the 2021 season. Either way, it wouldn't surprise me to see the Steelers add a couple of offensive linemen relatively early. While Mayfield has started at right tackle for the Wolverines, I believe the 20-year-old tackle has the versatility and skill set to develop into a starter on the left side or kick inside as well.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars - Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama

My top-ranked interior defensive lineman, 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.

MORE: A 'Bama defender is the No. 1 pick in our way-too-early 2023 NFL Mock Draft

26. Cleveland Browns - Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

The recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Award, the versatile Tulsa defender (6-4, 260) can rush the passer or drop in coverage. Collins had four sacks and four interceptions, two of which were returned for scores, in eight games this past season.

27. Baltimore Ravens - Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

With Orlando Brown seeking an opportunity that will allow him to play left tackle, Jenkins would be an excellent fit here especially if the Ravens move Brown before the draft. One of the most powerful blockers in this draft class, Jenkins is a mauler in the run game and has some experience also playing on the left side as well.

28. New Orleans Saints - Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

When asked on NFL Network, Toney said that he models his game after Alvin Kamara. With the team releasing Emmanuel Sanders, adding a playmaker like Toney to the receiving corps would make sense here and he'd be a great fit for Sean Payton's offense.

29. Miami Dolphins - Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Proposed trade: MIA sends No. 36 and No. 81 overall to GB to move up to No. 29.

By moving up seven spots, they leapfrog the Bills (30th), Jets (34th) and Falcons (35th) that could all be potential landing spots for Harris (or a top running back).

The all-time career rushing leader in Alabama history, the do-it-all back rushed for 1,466 yards and 26 touchdowns and added 43 receptions for 425 yards and four more scores last season. If Tagovailoa is reunited with his former teammate, it's a move he'd certainly welcome.

30. Buffalo Bills - Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State

Josh Allen made tremendous year-over-year strides (again) as he finished as the second-team All-Pro quarterback behind the 2020 MVP (Aaron Rodgers). In his third season, the strong-armed quarterback shattered career highs across the board -- 69.2% completion rate, 6.5% TD%, 1.7% INT%, 7.9 Y/A and 107.2 passer rating.

While he built instant chemistry with Stefon Diggs (career-best 127 catches and 1,535 yards) in their first season together, several of the team's offensive linemen -- guards Jon Feliciano and Brian Winters and right tackle Daryl Williams -- are scheduled to become free agents in 2021.

31. Kansas City Chiefs - Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State

Despite the lack of production (zero sacks in 2020 after posting five in 2019), Oweh has rare traits that could entice a team in the back end of Round 1 to take a chance on his enormous upside. As Bruce Feldman noted in his annual Freaks list, Oweh is "the most explosive one of the bunch" (of athletic freaks) as he reportedly ran a 4.33 forty (as an edge defender).

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Daviyon Nixon, IDL, Iowa

The Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and First-Team AP All-American, Nixon had 13.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in eight games this season. Meanwhile, 34-year-old Ndamukong Suh is a free agent as are Steve McLendon and Rakeem Nunez-Roches.

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