Our first Mock Draft of the season continues with a recap of Round 2. There is tons of talent flying off the board here in an incredibly deep class with a few trades and surprises along the way.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars: WR Kadarius Toney, Florida
Operation ‘Surround Trevor Lawrence with Playmakers’ gets underway with Toney. He is currently redundant to Laviska Shenault as an unrefined, dynamic talent, but has the potential to be an elite route runner with a bit of development.
34. New York Jets: OT/OG Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC
Vera-Tucker kicked outside to LT last season for the Trojans and played well there, but is probably better suited as a guard in the NFL. The Jets need help everywhere on the line and will welcome his versatility.
35. Cleveland Browns (from ATL): LB Nick Bolton, Missouri
Projected Trade: Browns receive pick 35 as part of package for pick 26
The Browns trade down and still wind up with a player they were targeting in the 1st. Bolton is natural leader who is constantly around the ball and would fill a big need in the middle of the Browns defense.
36. Houston Texans (from MIA): DT Levi Onwuzurike, Washington
Projected Trade: Texans receive pick 36 as part of package for Deshaun Watson
As they continue to build up their defense, the Texans nab Onwuzurike. PFF’s top rated returning DT before opting out of the 2020 season, Onwuzurike looked very rusty at the Senior Bowl and hurt his stock in the process. He clearly has elite athleticism for the position, though, and the Texans are betting on him to regain the form he showed in 2019.
37. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Asante Samuel Jr, Florida State
Darius Slay’s acquisition last off-season was supposed to be a saving grace for this secondary, but he was picked on all season long. Enter the athletic, versatile, and fearless Samuel. His tenacity should bring a new element to this defense, one they have lacked for years. The pairing of him with Owusu-Karamoah would give new Defensive Coordinator Jonathon Gannon lots of creative options to work with.
38. Cincinnati Bengals: EDGE Jaelen Phillips, Miami
Phillips checks every box you’d want from an edge prospect. He is a former 5 star recruit, fast, strong, long, flexible, and highly productive as a college player. He only drops to the 2nd round due to his lengthy history with concussions and the realization that one more could spell the end of his career.
39. New York Jets (from CAR): CB Tyson Campbell, Georgia
Projected Trade: Panthers send pick 39 to the Jets for Sam Darnold
Trade alert! After taking Zach Wilson at 2, the Jets have little use for Darnold and the Panthers are ready to take a shot on the signal-call as a reclamation project. Matt Rhule and Joe Brady have no pressure to win immediately and are willing to give Darnold the next few seasons to realize his potential surrounded by premier weapons and competent coaching.
As for the pick, the Jets continue to accumulate talent at positions of need with Campbell. Finally playing up to his potential in 2020, Campbell’s improvement will continue with the right coaches around him. His length and athleticism will fit very well with the Jets new zone-heavy scheme, too.
40. Denver Broncos: OT Walker Little, Stanford
Grant Bolles’ ascension last season will not dissuade the Broncos from upgrading their line here. Little is a former blue chip recruit who has never had the on-field production to match his pedigree. Still, the tools are undeniable and a great starting point for his development.
41. Detroit Lions: EDGE Payton Turner, Dayton
Dan Campbell will be blown away by Turner’s physical traits (6’6″, 270 lbs, 84″ wingspan, and 35″ arms) as he tries to build a physically imposing defense in Detroit. Turner and Parsons are definitely two guys you want to get off the bus with.
42. New York Giants: WR Amon Ra St. Brown, USC
Desperately needing help on the outside, the Giants go after St. Brown. He is excellent at high-pointing the football and would instantly become their best contested-catch option.
43. San Francisco 49ers: CB Aaron Robinson, UCF
The former Alabama product, Robsinson has been flying up draft boards after a strong 2020 and dominant Senior Bowl. His measurables are off the charts and would have no problem transitioning to SF’s zone-heavy scheme.
44. Dallas Cowboys: TE Pat Friermuth, Penn State
Tired of waiting for Blake Jarwin to put it all together, the Cowboys bring in Friermuth. He is the most complete TE in the draft, incredibly strong as both a blocker and receiver. His athleticism is being overlooked too, especially since he opted out of the 2020 season.
45. Jacksonville Jaguars (from MIN): S Richie Grant, UCF
The Jaguars use their payout from the Yannick Ngakoue trade to add a valuable piece to their secondary (or lack thereof). Grant has experience playing in the box, as a free safety, and even as a slot corner, all positions of need in Jacksonville.
46. New England Patriots: QB Davis Mills, Stanford
A meteoric riser on our big board over the last few weeks, Mills is testing his way right into Day 2. There is a ton to like about him and the Patriots will fall in love with his tendency to get the ball out on time, a traditional staple of their successful teams. More than that, he is a mold-able piece of clay with underrated mobility, arm strength, and processing ability.
47. Los Angeles Chargers: DT Alim McNeil, NC State
One of my favorite prospects in the draft, McNeil is an athletic freak who played some RB in high school and was recruited by many of the blue-blood programs before deciding to stay home at NC State. No DT has a greater potential to rush the passer at the next level than McNeil and new HC Brandon Staley is very aware of what a superior athlete can do on the defensive interior.
48. Las Vegas Raiders: OT Jalen Mayfield, Michigan
The Raiders O-line depth was seriously tested this past season and Trent Brown’s durability remains a question mark. With only a handful of starts under his belt, Mayfield is a high-upside project for an organization that has enjoyed success developing linemen in recent years. Moreover, he has the athleticism to kick in and play guard immediately if their situation calls for it.
49. Arizona Cardinals: C Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma
Continuing their quest to improve in the trenches, the Cardinals bring on Humphrey to man the middle of their line. He comes with plenty of experience as a 3 year starter for the Sooners and is coming off his best collegiate season, allowing 0 sacks in pass-protection. Kliff Kingsbury will appreciate his experience in a spread offense and will value his ability to play in space.
50. Houston Texans (from MIA): LB Chazz Surratt, North Carolina
Projected Trade: Texans receive pick 50 as part of package for Deshaun Watson.
With the last pick being sent Houston’s way (this draft) for their prized QB, they go with Surratt. Jack Easterby and Co. would love to bring on the team captain who was 1) open to moving from QB to LB to help his team and 2) exceeded all expectations there. Surratt’s blend of speed and size will play up once he simply learns more about how to play the position.
51. Washington Football Team: OT James Hudson, Cincinnati
A strength in 2020, the WFT team may have to reshuffle their line if Brandon Scherff finds a new suitor on the open market. They have often targeted length and physical traits first with tackles and Hudson may be the toolsy-est tackle in this draft. He has only played offense for a few years, shifting over form DE while at Cincinnati, and is incredibly raw with high ceiling.
52. Chicago Bears: OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State
Ryan Pace swore to improve his O-line and this is the Bears first chance to do so after trading their 1st for Carson Wentz. Jenkins falls to them here due to his good-not-great athleticism and below average length, but his power and experience are both valuable to the win-now Bears.
53. Tennessee Titans: OG Trey Smith, Tennessee
The hulking guard from Tennessee stays close to home with the Titans. Smith was a top 5 recruit overall in 2017 and accepted an offer from Tennessee over Alabama and Ohio State. Originally pegged as a LT, he kicked in to LG as a sophomore and flashed upside without taking the step forward many have expected. Still, he is huge, powerful, light on his feet, and could thrive in the Titan’s downhill-running system.
54. Indianapolis Colts: EDGE Carlos Basham Jr, Wake Forrest
This pick is a little bit un-Colts, but Chris Ballard can look at his defense and realize he needs to take a risk to put them over the tap. Basham is an athletic freak who seems to not be aware of his massive power on tape. If DC Matt Eberflus can convince him to stop trying to tippy-toe around opposing tackles, this may be the steal of the 2nd round.
55. Pittsburgh Steelers: C Landon Dickerson, Alabama
Maurkice Pouncey can’t play forever and Dickerson would make for a fantastic understudy in the last year of his deal. It would benefit Dickerson to be brought on slowly, too, as he recovers from a torn ACL.
56. Seattle Seahawks: EDGE Joe Tryon, Washington
It has been impossible to track the Seahawks’ philosophy and general plan in the last few drafts. Targeting nonathletic players who do not play premium positions in years past made me think, “who is the least explosive player they may try to pair with LJ Collier?” I landed on the plodding Tyron who has NFL size but absolutely no twitch to speak of.
57. Los Angeles Rams: OT Liam Eichenburg, Notre Dame
Without a 1st round pick until 2024, the Rams are not in a position to take many risks in the 2nd. Eichenburg is a rock solid, no-frills tackle prospect who is experienced enough to step in and play RT immediately. Time will tell if he is athletic enough to move over to over to the left side and take the reigns from Andrew Whitworth once he hangs it up.
58. Baltimore Ravens: WR Terrace Marshall, LSU
The Ravens need a big body at WR to help Lamar Jackson and put Miles Boykin out of his misery. Marshall’s skill set is limited, but those skills of being really fast, big, and making contested catches are incredibly useful. He will never be a route technician, but who cares at 6’3″ and 200 lbs. A great 40 time could push his stock much higher than where it sits right now.
59. Cleveland Browns: CB/S Elijah Molden, Washington
PFF’s Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Molden is often overlooked due to his size but has the potential to be a dominant slot corner. He has incredible short-area quickness, ball skills, and is not afraid to play above his weight. The Browns are known to value PFF’s analysis and will jump at the chance to get one of their favorite players this late.
60. New Orleans Saints: S Ar’Darius Washington, TCU
Instincts, football IQ, whatever you want to call it, Washington has it. He plays like a bat out of hell while exhibiting tremendous restraint from over-committing and getting caught out of position. His stock is suppressed by being only 5’8″ and 180 lbs, but this is a guy I’d want on my team. It wouldn’t hurt to spend a year learning from Malcolm Jenkins either.
61. Buffalo Bills: OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama
Previously thought of as a potential 1st round pick, questions about Leatherwood’s athleticism have rightly pushed his price down. However, he is still a technician with premium length and the Bills need help all along their offensive line.
62. Green Bay Packers: S/CB Jevon Holland, Oregon
Holland would be in the 1st round discussion on his 2019 tape alone. Even after a step-back this past season, the Packers will value his potential as both a free safety and slot corner.
63. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Brady Christensen
It was painfully obvious watching the Super Bowl that the Chiefs need a tackle. Eric Fisher is an impending FA and I can’t see them committing any type of money to him coming off a torn Achilles. Andy Reid will favor fellow BYU alumni in a Christensen, a technically-sound bruiser who is more than ready to step in and contribute.
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S Andre Cisco, Syracuse
The Buccaneers have been throwing draft capital at their secondary for years and that strategy seems to have worked out. Cisco becomes the latest installation of this strategy. He is a premier athlete, ball-hawk, and risk taker (no risk it no biscuit as Bruce Arians would say), all traits that fit well alongside Antoine Winfield Jr.’s do-it-all nature.