The 3rd Round recap closes out our first Mock. Tons of exciting, toolsy players fly off the board here with yet another veteran QB on the move.
All 3 rounds of picks can be viewed HERE
65. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse
Listed at 6’3″ with an 80″ wingspan, Melifonwu is simply capable of doing things other CBs cannot do. His technique and past production leave something to be desired, but the size-speed combo is far too enticing to pass up.
66. New York Jets: HB Kenneth Gainwell, Memphis
One of the most exciting players from 2019, Gainwell’s opt-out has caused many to forgot about how electric he was with the ball in his hands last season. He would be worth a 3rd round pick just as a slot receiver, add in his dynamic rushing ability and you have a certified weapon. Questions about his size have caused him to fall down the board, but his weight has not been reported in more than a year and a favorable weigh-in with his expected athletic testing could raise his stock.
67. Houston Texans: CB Tay Gowan, UCF
In his limited exposure, Gowan has shown tremendous match-and-mirror ability at corner. His collegiate career took many winding turns, starting out at Miami OH, taking the JUCO route after not being able to get reps, and then finding a home at UCF in a dominant 2019. He opted out of the 2020 season and has real boom or bust potential.
68. Cleveland Browns (from ATL): S Hamsah Nasirildeen, Florida State
Projected Trade: Browns receive pick 68 as part of package for pick 26
Nasirildeen’s tape has many peaks and valleys. His movement skills were off the charts in 2019, flying around the field at 6’4″ and 220 lbs, making plays left and right. Sadly, he tore his ACL in December of that year and was limited to just 2 games in 2020. He was nowhere near as explosive when he returned and looked slow and clunky at the Senior Bowl. The Browns are willing to roll the dice here on Nasirildeen’s athleticism returning to pre-ACL tear levels with an eye on stopping Travis Kelce.
69. Cincinnati Bengals: C Josh Myers, Ohio State
It is no secret that the Bengals love drafting Buckeyes, selecting 3 total across the last 3 drafts. Myers was a stalwart in Columbus and has the strength and technical ability to stick in the NFL. His short area quickness is nothing special, but many mid-round centers have come in to the league and succeeded with the same shortcomings.
70. Philadelphia Eagles: DT Marvin Wilson, Florida State
The Eagles have made a habit out of taking shots on high potential players with question marks in the mid rounds. Wilson checks each of those boxes. He looked to be a 1st round talent after 2019, neck and neck with Derrick Brown for consideration as the nation’s top DT, but seemed totally disinterested this past season.
71. Carolina Panthers (from DEN): LB Dylan Moses, Alabama
Projected Trade: Panthers receive pick 71 from Broncos for Teddy Bridgewater
Trade alert! With Sam Darnold now in Carolina, the Panthers have no use for Bridgewater. The Broncos are more than happy to pay a third round pick for a stable, unexciting veteran to compete with Drew Lock, reminiscent of the Bears’ move for Nick Foles last off season.
On to the pick, Moses looked out of place at times this season while recovering from a torn ACL, lacking the burst that once set him apart. That being said, remains a very cerebral player and acts as a coach on the field. There is no doubt his leadership abilities impressed Matt Rhule at the Senior Bowl.
72. Detroit Lions: S Paris Ford, Pittsburgh
Never having enough knee-cap biters, Dan Campbell adds another tenacious defender to his squad. Ford is an old-school thumper who plays with reckless abandon from the safety position and possesses the movement skills to develop as a coverage player.
73. Carolina Panthers: OT Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State
The Panthers have 4 FAs along their line. Potentially needing help at either tackle or guard (or both), they bring in Radunz who has NFL power, but may lack the appropriate length to stick on the outside.
74. Washington Football Team (from SF): CB Shaun Wade, Ohio State
Wade crashed and burned this season as an outside corner, no two ways about it. He still has two elite seasons on tape in the slot though, showing serious short area quickness and a nose for the football. He will provide immediate value there and can still be viewed as an intriguing option on the outside given his length.
75. Dallas Cowboys: EDGE Ronnie Perkins, Oklahoma
A serious riser, Perkins possesses an excellent combination of speed and strength that will help him transition to the pro game. He does not have desirable length or bend though, which may make it difficult to beat NFL tackles with speed alone. Perhaps his future home is on the interior.
76. New York Giants: CB Paulson Adebo, Stanford
Adebo looked like a Day 1 pick after his 2018 campaign when he lead the nation in pass breakups (19). He followed that up with 4 INTs in 2019 before an undisclosed season-ending injury. The nature of that injury has become more concerning and mysterious after he opted of the 2020 season.
On tape, Adebo excelled in a zone-heavy scheme while also showcasing the size, speed and athleticism required to play press-man at the next level. He would be a steal for the Giants here if healthy.
77. New England Patriots: Forfeited
78. Los Angeles Chargers: EDGE Joseph Ossai, Texas
Explosive and with a high motor, Ossai is safe pick for LA as they potentially prepare for life after Melvin Ingram. He lacks transcendent athleticism or a deep bag of pass-rush moves though, separating him from the elite options at the position. Still, he can set an edge and compete with NFL tackles today.
79. Minnesota Vikings: EDGE Brenton Cox Jr, Georgia
Cox committed to Florida as a 5 star recruit back in 2018. However, he was dismissed from the school following a violation of team rules stemming from an arrest for marijuana possession. He resurfaced this season with Georgia and enjoyed a massive breakout, showcasing his ability as a complete edge.
There are some concerns given his lack of film, but Mike Zimmer has a type and that type is super long, athletic ends. Cox checks these boxes and could develop into a dominant player if given the opportunity to come along slowly.
80. Arizona Cardinals: CB Shakur Brown, Michigan State
With the recent news regarding Patrick Peterson’s likely departure, the Cardinals desperately need to build-up their CB depth. Enter Brown, who enjoyed a massive breakout in 2020 and flashed his potential as a press-man corner. 2019 was a different story though, as his technique was messy and he was wildly inconsistent. Regardless, his feistiness is valuable even if only in the slot at the next level.
81. Las Vegas Raiders: WR Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
Lacking top-end physical ability, Wallace is a polished route runner who excels at creating separation. Line him up in the slot or outside and he is putting someone on skates. The Raiders have a need for this type of skill set to compliment Henry Ruggs and alleviate some of Darren Waller’s usage.
82. Miami Dolphins: RB Javonte Williams, North Carolina
The most complete back in the draft not named Harris or Etienne, Williams is incredibly underrated. He broke PFF’s record for missed tackles per carry (0.48) this season on his way to a whopping 22 total TDs. Making their first pick of the draft, the Dolphins would be thrilled to include him in their now Deshaun Watson led attack.
83. Washington Football Team: LB Cameron McGrone, Michigan
A former 5 star recruit, McGrone has all the size and speed you could ask for at LB. He also showed plus ability in coverage at Michigan and profiles as a high-upside starter at the next level.
84. Chicago Bears: OT Jackson Carman, Clemson
Another former 5 star recruit, Carman has the size and athleticism to stick at tackle. But as with most Clemson tackles, he is a far more capable run blocker than pass. He will need to improve his ability to react in space to edge rushers, but has all the athletic tools to do so as the Bears accumulate offensive linemen.
85. Indianapolis Colts: WR Elijah Moore, Ole Miss
An athletic freak, Moore falls to the 3rd round due to concerns about his size. While he will never be able to play outside the slot, he has the potential to be dominant there. His route running nuance is very advanced and he has the explosiveness to make plays after the catch. The Colts, dying for play-makers, will find a niche for Moore.
86. Tennessee Titans: WR Tutu Atwell, Louisville
Potentially the fastest player in the draft, Atwell will likely run his 40 in the low 4.2s. Tantalizing as it may, he enters the league as nothing more than a gadget player. He will need to get stronger, learn how to more effectively beat press, and refine his route running to take the next step as a player. Regardless, he is an immediate improvement to Khalif Raymond’s role in the Titans offense.
87. New York Jets (from SEA): EDGE Jordan Smith, UAB
Smith was originally recruited to Florida before a suspension landed him at UAB. He proceeded to dominate the AAC, looking like a man amongst boys. The Jets opt for him here over more refined, productive edges like Rashad Weaver, Chris Rumph, or Jonathan Cooper due to his tools and pedigree. Development will be critical to him being useful in the pros and his floor is well below those other players.
88. Pittsburgh Steelers: TE Brevin Jordan, Miami
The coveted “move tight end”, Jordan is fast in any direction. Classic with this type of player, he offers absolutely no value as a blocker, but that point becomes moot if he develops into a strong enough receiver.
89. Detroit Lions (from LAR): WR Dazz Newsome, North Carolina
The Lions WR room has the potential to be barren this off season with Danny Amendola, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay’s contracts all expiring. There are questions as to whether Newsome has the athletic ability to stay outside, but he brings a certain toughness that I believe the Lions new regime will covet. Picking up tough yards, taking a hit over the middle, blocking downfield, he does whatever it takes out there. Not to say he was not incredibly productive and polished, either.
90. Cleveland Browns: WR Seth Williams, Auburn
Williams has never shown the ability to run routes effectively or beat press. Whatever. He is 6’3″ and will likely run a 4.3. The Browns are starving for WRs who can get down the field and Williams and can definitely get down the field. Also, Auburn runs a glorified high school offense with a glorified high school QB at the helm, so there is the chance Williams is a sleeping giant.
91. Minnesota Vikings (from BAL): DT Tommy Togiai, Ohio State
Hailing from DLU, Togiai was a very productive player for the Buckeyes. He is not an insane athlete, but is very effective at using his hands and slippery nature to shed blocks and rush the passer from the interior, a rare and coveted skill.
92. Cleveland Browns (from NO): WR Jaelon Darden, North Texas
A double dip for the Browns at WR, Darden is a PFF favorite and seemingly on everyone’s sleeper list. He is only 5’9 and did not face elite competition at North Texas, sure, but now that that is out of the way there is nothing he can’t do as a WR. Explosive, strong, and polished he has the potential to be a truly elite player.
93. Green Bay Packers: CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
Thomas chose to sit out the 2020 season, but his 2019 tape shows a corner with excellent physicality who can play press-man at the next level. If you like Jourdan Lewis, you will like Thomas. He has a high floor and the Packers desperately need someone to pair with Jaire Alexander on the outside.
94. Buffalo Bills: DT Jay Tuefele, USC
Tuefele routinely got by in college due to his superior athleticism. This will not be the case in the NFL. He has the potential to develop into more than just a run-stuffer, but needs to refine his technique to make a serious impact.
95. Kansas City Chiefs: OG Deonte Brown, Alabama
The term ‘Telephone Booth Guard’ was made for Brown. The man is built like a warship but moves like traffic. He can find a low level of success based on size alone and would immediately add some needed depth to the Chiefs interior line.
96. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: EDGE Hamilcar Rashed Jr, Oregon State
Shaq Barrett is going to test the open market and will likely cash-in with a huge payday outside of Tampa. The Bucs will have no problem filling their vacancy at edge with a veteran mercenary, but that should not stop them from searching for a more permanent solution. Rashed is raw and will be nothing more than a situational rusher as a rookie, but he could develop into a complete edge one day with some refinement.