Way Too Early AFC Division Winner Predictions (5/15/21)

Yes, I’m aware that it’s only May, but with the release of the full NFL schedule…why not get some early predictions in?

AFC East: Buffalo Bills

After a spectacular season in 2020 with the take off of Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs, I think the Bills repeat as AFC East champs. They have such a solid defense and one of the most explosive offenses in the NFL, if they get hot again like they did at the end of the 2020 season then there’s no doubt they’ll steal this division with ease, even with the rising Dolphins and a rebooted Patriots team in the mix.

AFC North: Cleveland Browns

The Browns have really put together an elite defense over the past few seasons, and with the additions of Jadeveon Clowney, Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah, Greg Newsome, and John Johnson, they got even better. On top of that, the Browns have the best 1-2 punch set of RBs in the NFL between Kareem Hunt and Nick Chubb and a top 5 offensive line… not to mention Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry catching passes on the outside. This team is absolutely loaded and should crush this division.

AFC South: Indianapolis Colts

After the retirement of Philip Rivers, the Colts didn’t hesitate in going to replace their QB1 spot with Carson Wentz– reuniting him with Frank Reich who helped him play his way into the MVP race in 2017. Now, with a top 5 offensive line (Eric Fisher recently was signed to fill the Anthony Castonzo void at LT) and a very young, talented defense led by Darius Leonard and DeForrest Buckner– this team should run away with this division. Especially with a disastrous Houston Team, a rebuilding Jacksonville, and an incomplete Titans squad.

AFC West: Kansas City Chiefs

This one was a bit tougher than the rest. I think the Chargers are a really solid team with an elite young QB in Justin Herbert, but Pat Mahomes with a totally revamped offensive line is a scary thought. The Chiefs were also able to add some fun new offensive weapons through the draft, which makes their already dynamic offense even better.

3 Teams That Can Upset the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA Playoffs

Ever since acquiring long time Rockets star, James Harden, the Brooklyn Nets have been outright favorites to win the Eastern Conference. As good as their big three in Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving is, are they really unstoppable? I don’t think so. I think teams with veteran head coaches, excellent shooting, and elite defensive play will give the Nets problems. Here are the three eastern conference squads that I really think can hang around with Brooklyn.

Philadelphia 76ers

Apr 14, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) celebrates with guard Ben Simmons (25) and center Joel Embiid (21) against the Brooklyn Nets during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers have exploded this season under Doc Rivers. Joel Embiid has blossomed into a 50 point game threat and MVP Candidate, Ben Simmons has been elite defensively, and Tobias Harris scores at will when Philly needs him most. They might not have the bigger names, but don’t sell the Sixers short in terms of star talent.

Outside the core, this team is really sound all around. They have talented shooters in Danny green and Seth Curry, bench scorers in Shake Milton and Tyrese Maxey, and they have elite defenders in Embiid, Simmons, and Matisse Thybulle (with a 2nd ranked defensive ranking in the league). With some better depth, defensive play, and Embiid as the clear cut most dominant big between Philly and Brooklyn– the 76ers really have a shot to oust Brooklyn in what would likely be an Eastern Conference matchup.

Miami Heat

Many NBA fans probably think the Heat’s Finals run in the bubble last season was a fluke, and it certainly seemed that way with a really shaky start to the 2020/21 season for Miami. However, the Heat have locked themselves in for a playoff spot and have had the best record in the NBA since April. Once, again, Miami is heating up at the perfect time.

What stands out in terms of a potential matchup with Brooklyn, I think the Heat’s hardnose defense and lethal shooting ability is what sets them apart. We all know Harden, Durant, and Kyrie can get hot from outside, but the Heat have elite shooters that could keep them within reach in an offensive duel with players like Duncan Robinson (41% from 3), Kendrick Nunn (37%), Goran Dragic (37%), Tyler Herro (36%), and Trevor Arizan (35%). Plus, we’ve all witnessed the rise of Bam Adebayo as an offensive star and Jimmy Butler explode in huge post season games.

What really sets Miami apart from Brooklyn is their defensive play. They rank 10th in defensive rating, and have guys in Jimmy Butler, Andre Iguodala and Bam Adebayo who can lockdown their man on any given game. Stopping the big Brooklyn three is extremely difficult, but Eric Spoelstra has experience taking away/limiting star players in the postseason, and I could definitely see him outcoaching a rookie head coach in Steve Nash.

Milwaukee Bucks

Since they haven’t completely dominated the East as they have the past couple years, they media hasn’t talked about the Bucks as often it seems. However, Giannis and company have still be very efficient defensively (8th in the NBA in defensive rating) and are still sat at 3rd in the East right now. Quietly, they’re one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

With an elite scoring core in Giannis and Kris Middleton, the Bucks have a chance to win against just about anybody. Plus, they had added star guard Jrue Holiday who has been their best crunch time player on both sides of the floor this season. Plus when you consider their depth with guys like Donte DiVincenzo, Bobby Portis, Pat Connaughton, Jeff Teague, P.J Tucker, and Brook Lopez– it’ll be tough for a thinner roster like Brooklyn to keep up with bench points.

5 Most Interesting NFL Free Agents Available (5/12)

With the initial wave of free agency over and the draft now complete, teams will now look to the remaining free agents to fill any last minute holes for their roster. Of all the guys left out there, here are my five most intriguing players.

RB Le’Veon Bell

Just a few years ago, Bell was seen as a top 3 running back in the NFL but has really taken a step back since he left Pittsburgh. His seasons with the Jets and his short stint with the Chiefs were massive busts, but maybe with the right offensive situation Bell could be productive?

His sudden fall back hasn’t been due to injury, but he either had no line to block for him or he wasn’t utilized at all.

Fits: Miami, New Orleans, LA Rams

WR Larry Fitzgerald

Although Fitz is 38 years old, he has proven that he can still produce at a high level as a pure possession receiver. With the Cardinals last season, the longtime pass catcher took on a significantly smaller role as DeAndre Hopkins was their primary guy. However, the vet still hauled in 54 catches for 409 yards and 1 TD over 13 games.

With a contender that already has a few guys to do some more explosive playmaking, I think Fitzgerald could be a very reliable, serviceable target who has valuable post-season experience. At the very least, he could be an excellent locker room leader.

Fits: Arizona, Philadelphia, Retirement

EDGE Ryan Kerrigan

Kerrigan had been a longtime pass rusher for the Washington Football Team, starting every single game he played for them up until the 2020 season where he started only once.

However, he was still able to rack up 5.5 sacks, 17 tackles and 6 QB hits as a rotational edge rusher. As a very durable, experienced and consistent player, I think Kerrigan could be very productive on any defense that lacks pass rush or wants to bring in a veteran to help out a younger group.

Fits: Indianapolis, Minnesota, Dallas

LB K.J Wright

For nearly a decade, Wright has been one of the unsung heroes of the Seattle Seahawks defense, and in 2020 he started all 16 games, had 86 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss, an interception, and two sacks. He’s proven he can still produce and be an efficient all around player for whoever gives him the opportunity.

Despite the premium put on edge rushers and corners, linebacker play is pivotal for a defense. A good LB can make a defense great, and a bad one can damage a defense. K.J has been productive and playing at a high level for a long time and can certainly make any team better.

Fits: Seattle, Kansas City, Denver

S Malik Hooker

Hooker has shown flashes of being a truly great playmaking, ball hawking safety. With the Colts, he’s made some elite and exciting plays, but has also been sidelined with major injuries a ton, which has forced Indianapolis to move on from the former first round selection.

Remember, Hooker gobs with potential and is still only 25. If he can stay healthy, I really think this guy could be a star in the league for the foreseeable future.

Reaction: Eric Fisher to Indy

Eric Fisher just signed a 1 year 9.4 million dollar deal with the Indianapolis Colts to be their replacement LT for the recently retired Anthony Castonzo.

This news came as a huge relief to many after Indy didn’t spend any early round picks on a tackle in a very deep 2021 offensive line class. However, I really like how the Colts spent their draft picks.

Adding two potentially elite pass rushers is a fun idea, and was honestly our biggest need overall as a team. Plus, they added some young offensive weapons with a ton of athletic ability and even grabbed an intriguing OT prospect late in the draft in Will Fries. Then, to come out of the draft with so many of the big analysts scratching their heads and get a high quality starter and former first overall selection in Eric Fisher was huge.

The number one concern and the biggest critique of this signing by others has been the injury. In January, Fisher tore his achillies tendon and missed the Chiefs’ trip to the Super Bowl. So, people are questioning whether he will:

1. Be back in time for the season and

2. Be productive enough to be worth the money

The first point is fair to call out, but I don’t think that the Colts would have signed him over other solid options like Charles Leno Jr. if they weren’t confident that Fisher could be a week one starter.

As far as production value, I understand that an achillies injury at this point in a left tackle’s career may be damaging, but Fisher has been one of the better tackles in the NFL as of recent. With a 2018 pro bowl appearance and only 3 sacks allowed in 2020 in over 1,000 snaps played, I think it’s safe to say he’ll be a very good starter on an already great Colts offensive front. With Quenton Nelson alongside Fisher on the left side of the line, it’s safe to say he will have formidable help even with some injury related regression.

Overall, I really like the move for Indy. General Manager Chris Ballard always harps on the idea of drafting the right guys and not forcing a pick just because it’s a need, and his resume thus far while in charge of the Colts speaks for itself. He has completely transformed this roster with young talent all across the board and used free agency appropriately to fill needs at times. This was one of those times and it just makes sense for them to fill such an important job with a veteran starter in a season where the Colts look like legitimate Super Bowl contenders.

2021 NFL Draft: The 3 Worst Drafting Teams

Everyone loves to think that their team drafted well, and the prospect of new players fresh out of college feels exciting as a fan. Unfortunately, not every team does well on draft night, including these 3 franchises.

Philadelphia Eagles:

I think the trade up for Philly to get WR Devonta Smith was a great move, but outside of that the Eagles had a very sub-par draft in which they seemed reluctant to draft players they needed. Not reaching for guys just to fill a need in a certain spot, but there was legitimate talent they passed on to instead draft players they didn’t necessarily need.

Landon Dickerson 37th overall was a pick that didn’t feel right to me. Are they looking to replace Jason Kelce with a guy who has barely been healthy the past 3 or 4 years in the 2nd round? They could have looked towards any other offensive line prospect to add depth, but they have picked one of the most questionable guys available in terms of his long-term sustainability.

Then, in the 3rd round, they take a defensive tackle in Milton Williams. A good athlete with some ability…but then again they still haven’t addressed their secondary or their LB situation (probably the worst LB group in the NFL).

Eventually they spent some later picks on DBs, but you would have liked to seem them address this issue earlier on instead of grabbing depth picks with 2 of their first 3 selections. On top of that, they waited until the 7th round to take a LB… if I were an Eagles fan, I would not be amused.

Cincinnati Bengals:

I’m sure there are plenty of Bengals fans who love the Ja’Marr Chase pick, but man did they mess that up. When you have a young, franchise worthy QB in Joe Burrow, you NEED to protect him, especially after he was one of the most hit QBs in the NFL and tore up his knee during the season. The Bengals had an opportunity to take OT Penei Sewell, who I see as an immediate, elite player on the offensive front who would have greatly helped Burrow stay upright. They made a mistake passing on him.

Later on, they did address the offensive line in the 2nd, 4th, and 6th rounds, but they got significantly worse talent than if they addressed the need earlier on.

The Bengals also attempted to add some edge depth (Joseph Ossai and Cam Sample), but they flopped with the Ossai pick. Usually, when you take guys who are more of a project, they at least fit your scheme. I see Ossai as a pure 3-4 pass rusher, but the Bengals seem like they want him to be a 4-3 hand in the dirt type of guy. On tape, he struggles against the run in terms of edge defense, and is a good rusher when he’s stood up. This pick may be a huge reach, but Ossai does have upside if they can find a way to make him comfortable.

Lastly, they took a kicker in the 5th round. Drafting a kicker before the 7th round, especially as a rebuilding team, is a big no-no to me.

Las Vegas Raiders:

Well to start, the Raiders way over drafted Alabama center Alex Leatherwood. He was typically ranked in the 60’s on many popular analyst’s big boards and the Raiders took him 17th overall, with more refined prospects like Tevin Jenkins or Christian Darrisaw on the board still.

Then, to make matters worse, they used 3 of their next 6 selections on the safety position. Taking Trevon Moehrig in the 2nd round was a great pick, but spending a mid 3rd rounder on Divine Deablo (a guy who has switched positions several times and very inexperienced) and then a 4th on Tyree Gillespie (a special teams player and average run defender who shows no skills as a zone/man to man coverage player) seem super ill advised.

During the Gruden and Mayock era, the Raiders have had some very shaky draft picks and reached a ton. Some guys have panned out, but most seem like busts. This draft class seems very set on the bust path.

5 Best Picks of the 2nd Round: 2021 Draft In Review

After a crazy first night in the draft, a ton of potential first round talent was left on the board coming into the 2nd round of the 2021 NFL draft. Here were some of the best picks from Thursday night.

Cleveland STEALS Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah 52nd overall:

JOK was one of my highest ranked draft prospects coming into draft weekend, and I was honestly shocked he was still on the board going into day two. The Notre Dame hybrid LB has sideline to sideline speed, explosive and aggressive in terms of contact, and can even cover WR or TEs man to man. To me, Owusu-Koromoah was a prototypical, modern era type of LB athlete teams would want on their defense.

Instead, 6 other LB prospects were taken before him as he fell into the late 2nd round to Cleveland. I think he’ll get an opportunity to help an already solid defensive unit– playing a big part in pass coverage from the LB spot. I’m not sure why he fell this late, but this may just be the biggest steal of the entire draft so far.

Tampa Finds a Project QB in Kyle Trask:

The defending champion Buccaneers, who already added depth to their pass rush unit in the 1st round and were able to retain all of their starters from this past season, may have found a diamond in the rough at the end of the 2nd round.

Kyle Trask, to me, was a QB not enough people talked about. He was insanely productive at Florida and came very close to snatching the SEC title away from Alabama after a miraculous comeback effort. Trask is a tall, strong athlete that has great arm talent. His accuracy is a bit inconsistent and he still is learning when make pre-snap and in the moment reads, but his floor is much higher than a guy like Mac Jones (who is limited athletically).

For Tampa, this pick is extremely smart. At this point, they are filling out depth and looking to add pieces for the post-Brady era (whenever that is). Adding a project QB with high upside to learn alongside the greatest of all time at the position is nothing short of an excellent investment.

New England Adds Unique Interior Pass Rush Prospect:

The rebuilding New England Patriots saw an opportunity, and traded up to the 38th overall pick to take Alabama DT Christian Barmore. To many, Barmore was the best DT in this entire draft. He posses unique power and pass rush ability from the interior, and has high upside to improve as a run defender as well.

For New England, they get a chance to bring in a very special athlete with a gift for interior pass rush, which very few guys can do at the NFL level. Although raw, especially against the run, Barmore will have a chance to compete in New England with their brand new set of defensive linemen.

Indianapolis Takes Another Gamble on an Injured Prospect

Dayo Odeyingbo tore his achillies just before the Senior Bowl back in January, but as we saw with Indy in previous drafts, they aren’t afraid to take guys based on recent injuries (they took Julian Blackmon in the 2020 draft after a knee injury, and he panned out very nicely).

Odeyingbo is a freaky big, fast, long armed pass rusher who looks like a first round type of talent on tape. The achillies tear may prevent him from playing this season, but the Colts also selected Michigan DE Kwity Paye in the first round. In theory, if Dayo comes back for the 2022 season and performs the way he did for Vanderbilt, the Colts essentially got away with two top end, first round talents off the edge without any crazy trade ups. A very underrated selection that could prove to be crucial to the Colts’ title hopes in the near future.

Kansas City Finds Immediate Damien Wilson Replacement

After losing starting LB Damien Wilson in free agency, Kansas City took Missouri LB Nick Bolton with the 58th overall selection.

I thought there was glimpses of Bolton showing first round talent, as he proved to be an extremely instinctive, natural, explosive LB at the college level. Bolton is excellent blitzing from the LB spot, and can even be useful in zone coverage.

This pick fills a hole on the Chiefs defense, but it does so with a first round type of talent deep into the 2nd round. This was a great need pick with high value for the defending AFC Champs.

Immediate 2021 Draft Reactions

1. Jacksonville Jaguars- Trevor Lawrence, QB Clemson:

We all saw this pick coming. Lawrence will come in as an immediate impact player at, probably, the most important position for any football team. He’s a true leader, generational throwing talent, and a gifted athlete. This is the first step towards rebuilding one of the worst performing franchises in the past decade.

Grade: A

2. NY Jets- Zach Wilson, QB BYU:

This pick was also a given. A very talented thrower with an extremely high ceiling. If the Jets can protect him and continue to fill their roster with talent, he could turn into the best overall QB in this draft.

Grade: A-

3. San Francisco 49ers- Trey Lance, QB NDSU

Lance is a guy who could have been in debate for the 1st overall pick if he played more than 1 game this season. He brings an elite level of athleticism and arm talent to the 49ers, but will need time to shake off the rust and adjust to the speed of the NFL game. On a contending roster, he could be very successful sooner than you’d think.

Grade: A+

4. Atlanta Falcons- Kyle Pitts, TE Florida

Pitts is the most unique TE prospect in the last 20 years or so. He’s a massive target who runs routes like a WR, catches everything, and is useful in blocking situations too. In Atlanta, he joins a very talented passing offense with Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Justin Gage all catching passes from former MVP Matt Ryan. He may just be the best overall player in this draft.

Grade: A

5. Cincinnati Bengals- Ja’Marr Chase, WR LSU

Chase is by far the best WR in this draft class. He runs clean routes, catches everything, plays physically, and creates separation with finesse and creativity. He’ll definitely help Joe Burrow and the Cincy offense out, but the question is whether or not the Bengals can keep their young QB upright.

Grade: B

6. Miami Dolphins- Jaylen Waddle, WR Alabama

Waddle has undeniable, lightning speed and great hands. He can be an immediate special teams returner and offensive weapon, and definitely has potential to help Miami try to improve the play of Tua. Was this a better pick for Miami over Penei Sewell or Devonta Smith? Time will tell I guess.

Grade: B

7. Detroit Lions- Penei Sewell, OT Oregon

Detroit is getting themselves an anchor on the offensive line, with the giant, physical Sewell. He’ll come in and have an immediate presence on a rebuilding Detroit offensive line. He’s a guy you can rely on in pass protection and run behind reliably in the run game. An elite talent at tackle for a blue collar HC in Dan Campbell is such a fun fit.

Grade: A+

8. Carolina Panthers- Jaycee Horn, CB South Carolina

Horn is a versatile athlete who can play man to man coverage with anyone on the football field. He’s a physical, speedy, long armed ball hawk who will likely shadow every Carolina opponent’s best WR threat. Day one, the Panthers get a dominant DB who does it all.

Grade: A+

9. Denver Broncos- Patrick Surtain II, CB Alabama

Surtain is a very physical, patient corner who needs some work feeling out and reading WRs, but he will be a solid DB right away with the right situation. In Denver, he comes into a defensively oriented HC and loads of talent to help him succeed right away. If he can over come his tendency to be overly handsy with receivers, he could be a very good corner for a long time.

Grade: A

10. Philadelphia Eagles (via Dallas)- Devonta Smith, WR Alabama

Philly traded all around the 1st round and ultimately traded from 6th to 12th and then back up here to 10 to select the speedy playmaker from Bama. He’s a very intelligent, crafty pass catcher that Philly hasn’t really had since DeSean Jackson in his prime. Although they had more immediate holes defensively, this pick still gives the Eagles an intriguing weapon to pair with Jalen Reagor, Zach Ertz, and Dallas Goedert.

Grade: B+

11. Chicago Bears (via NYG)- Justin Fields, QB Justin Fields

Fields is an athletic, strong armed, mentally tough leader that gives the Bears to potentially revitalize the team that has looked like a legitimate contender at times. Fields has some consistency and translation concerns, and many Ohio State QBs struggle to adapt to the NFL game. Personally, I see him as a more athletic Dwayne Haskins… Could Fields be the outlier?

Grade: C+

12. Dallas Cowboys- Micah Parsons, LB Penn State

A very interesting pick here. Parsons is a huge, athletic edge defender/LB that is very raw. He needs time to develop into a more instinctive and comfortable player in terms of reading plays and not getting caught with fakes. Parsons does excel as a stand up blitzer and will be effective in that respect. He gets an opportunity to play with two other talented, young LBs in Jaylen Smith and Leighton Vander Esch.

Grade: B-

13. LA Chargers- Rashawn Slater, OT Northwestern

Slater is an extremely gifted athlete with quick feet and sound fundamentals. He excels as a pass protector and has a high ceiling as a run blocker. He’ll be an immediate starter for the Chargers and will be a great piece to protect franchise QB Justin Herbert.

Grade: A+

14. NY Jets (via Minnesota)- Alijah Vera-Tucker, G/T, USC

Vera-Tucker is a very versatile lineman who can play either OT or G. He’s a very physical run blocker and is a solid pass blocker. He comes into a very underwhelming Jets offensive line and will serve as a primary protector of Zach Wilson along with 2020 first round pick Mekhi Becton.

Grade: A+

15. New England Patriots- Mac Jones, QB Alabama

Mac is a very smart QB. He doesn’t have the greatest arm and isn’t the greatest athlete. I don’t see him as a first round talent, but he will look to be the QB of the future of New England. With Cam Newton under contract for this season, we’ll unlikely see Jones play to start the season, but if Newton under performs we could see the start of a new era.

Grade: C+

16. Arizona Cardinals- Zaven Collins, LB Tulsa

Collins is a massive, all around LB who will be the anchor of Arizona’s front seven. He can blitz, play zone coverage, and has elite speed for a 260 pound player to make sideline to sideline tackles against the run.

Grade: A

17. LV Raiders- Alex Leatherwood, OT Alabama

This is a reach in my opinion. Leatherwood is a very solid OT prospect who will be a good pass protector and be a replacement for Trent Brown. He most likely would have fallen to a later round and there were better prospects on the board to me, but we’ll see what Gruden does with this interesting selection.

Grade: D+

18. Miami Dolphins- Jaelan Phillips, Edge Miami

Phillips is an extremely gifted and very natural pass rusher. He’s a a very long, twitchy athlete that has upside to turn into an all around, dominant edge defender. Miami hasn’t had a consistent presence off the edge in a long time and he could help make this already solid Dolphins defense even better.

Grade: A-

19. Washington Football Team- Jamin Davis, LB Kentucky

Davis wasn’t projected to be a 1st rounder, but his incredible pro day really helped his stock. He’s a very quick, physical run defender who can blitz very well. He will be a bit of a project player, but still has a chance to develop and help out a very talented WFT defense.

Grade: C+

20. NY Giants- Kadarius Toney, WR Florida

Toney was an extremely underrated WR talent who runs great routes, has excellent hands and is a big time RAC threat. He gives the Giants a utility weapon to pair with FA signing Kenny Golladay and the explosive Evan Engram and Saquon Barkley.

Grade: A

21. Indianapolis Colts- Kwity Paye, Edge Michigan

Paye has an incredible skill set and speed for his size and position. He may be the best edge run defender in this class and will be impactful in a young, play making defense the Colts have built. He needs work as a pass rusher, but has the athletic traits and ability to develop into an all around star.

Grade: A

22. Tennessee Titans- Caleb Farley, CB Virginia Tech

Farley is a very athletic, instinctive corner who has had some injury concerns, which allowed him to fall this far in the 1st round. He hasn’t played corner for a long time, as he was originally a WR in High School, but has shown elite talent at the position during his VT career. Tennessee desperately needed a corner to rebuild their secondary and they got a steal this deep in the first round.

Grade: B+

23. Minnesota Vikings, Christian Darrisaw, OT Virginia Tech

Darrisaw is a big, strong and physical tackle who will immediately be impactful for a struggling Viking offensive line. He’ll help dominate in the run game to help open up running lanes for Dalvin Cook and protect Kirk Cousins. The Vikings moved back and still filled a position of need with a very talented player.

Grade: A+

24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Najee Harris, RB Alabama

Harris is a giant, physical gifted athlete who will punish defenders in the NFL. The Steelers get an all around player who has great power and vision, a great pass blocker, and can even catch balls out of the backfield. A 3 down back who will be very impactful right away.

Grade: A

25. Jacksonville Jaguars- Travis Etienne, RB Clemson

Etienne is a very fast, shifty RB who runs with both balance and power. He needs to improve as a pass blocker and receiver out the backfield. It’s hard to overlook the fact that Jacksonville didn’t need a RB after a huge rookie season from James Robinson. The Jags could have used an offensive lineman or some defensive help, but we’ll see how this pans out.

Grade: B-

26. Cleveland Browns- Greg Newsome, CB Northwestern

Newsome is a super athletic, long, man coverage corner. He’s very physical, attacks in the run game, and will be a great playmaker in a very loaded Browns defense. Newsome will be a day one starter alongside Denzel Ward, potentially giving this defense two lock down DBs to stop opposing air attacks.

Grade: A+

27. Baltimore Ravens- Rashod Bateman, WR Minnesota

A very smooth route runner, creates separation with a combination of speed and physicality and can burn defenders after the catch. His issue is making tougher catches, especially over the middle. He seems to feel LBs over top of him and would take his eyes off the ball trying to avoid hits. He’s an interesting talent, but needs to work on consistency. He gets a great opportunity to be a #1 option in a very WR needy Baltimore team.

Grade: B+

28. New Orleans Saints- Payton Turner, DE/DT Houston

Turner is a very big, strong and surprisingly fast defensive lineman. This pick really feels like a reach with better edge rushers and interior defensive linemen on the board, but this is another situation we have to watch play out. I’m not a fan of the pick.

Grade: D+

29. Green Bay Packers- Eric Stokes, CB Georgia

Stokes is a superb athlete with great instincts as a corner. He has great leaping ability and finishes coverage plays nicely. Green Bay, even despite Aaron Rogers’ statement on his disinterest in playing in Green Bay for the future, decided to a draft defensive piece rather than some offensive weapons. This may come back to hurt the Packers’ chances of keeping Rogers in town.

Grade: B-

30. Buffalo Bills- Gregory Rousseau, Edge Miami

Rousseau, right away, is a pure pass rusher. The Miami star in 2019 took opted out of the 2020 season, but showed enough to be a first round selection. He’s a long, skinny but strong athlete who will come in and help a very talented Buffalo defense pressure the Quarterback. Rousseau does need to add weight and become better in the run game.

Grade: C+

31. Baltimore Ravens- Jayson Oweh, Edge Penn State

Oweh is a very raw, athletic talent who will look to develop into an all around, balanced edge defender. He has super long arms, insane speed, and explosive athleticism off the edge. The guy has such undeniable potential and will have a chance to develop in a notoriously great defensive organization.

Grade: A

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Joe Tryon, LB Washington

Tryon is a speedy, tall potential edge rush who will be a useful pass rush tool to use on a stacked defensive Tampa squad. It’s a bit of a reach to me, but he has much more upside than other guys I said were bad picks earlier on.

Grade: B

Blockbuster Draft Night Trades: 3 Things to Expect for Tonight’s 2021 NFL Draft

Tonight, the 3 day NFL draft frenzy begins with one of the most intriguing 1st rounds in a long time.

There are loads on talented players at each position and several teams itching to get their guy. Although the draft is usually unpredictable, here are a few things you can expect to happen during tonight’s chaotic first round.

Multiple Teams WILL Trade Up

The first 3 picks are almost certainly going to be Quarterbacks, which will leave 2 highly touted passing prospects will fall to the 4th pick, which is held by the Atlanta Falcons who already have Matt Ryan.

There is a chance that Atlanta looks to take a QB for their future, but I say that’s unlikely.

Several teams will look to come up and draft either Trey Lance, Mac Jones, or Justin Fields (depends on who the Niners take at 3). Organizations like New England, Denver, Chicago, Washington, and maybe even Philadelphia have all been rumored to be in the market for a QB. My guess is that with so much talent on the board at the QB position will spark trade talk between the above teams and others like Miami, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Carolina, and Dallas– who hold top 10 picks but don’t need a QB.

In my 2021 mock draft, I have the Patriots and Denver coming up to get a QB, but others certainly will be looking into it.

Assuming this does go down, that leaves room for other top prospects like Kyle Pitts, Penei Sewell, Ja’Marr Chase, Devonta Smith, Micah Parson, Jeremiah Owusu-Koromorah, Jaycee Horn and others to fall out of the top 5 or even top 10– so some later round teams looking for a bargain may also look to make a trade to get a high end talent.

Trades make the draft that much more fun, so let’s hope I’m right.

Expect Some Star Vets to be Moved

Over the course of the entire off-season, there have been numerous rumors about star players being traded, and tonight may just be the night we see some of those deals go down.

There have been reports that Atlanta has shopped WR Julio Jones, Philly TE Zach Ertz wants out, and the 49ers are looking to get rid of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. I bet we see at least one of these guys moved tonight or at some point over the course of the draft weekend.

Locked In Position Picks

I really think that a large sum of tonight’s drafting teams will go a certain direction when it’s their turn on the clock. Here are the teams that I think are locked in on a specific position with their first selection:

QB: Jaguars, Jets, 49ers, Broncos,

WR/TE: Dolphins, Lions, Saints,

O-Line: Bengals, Giants, Chargers, Jets

D-Line/Edge: Bills, Colts

DB: Cowboys, Titans, Cardinals

2021 Mock NFL Draft: Blockbuster Trades & QB Frenzy

This 2021 draft class is surely special and loaded with intriguing players all throughout. Here, I have my first 32 picks with some very possible and very exciting trade scenarios as teams look to secure their favorite prospects in the first round.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, QB Clemson
    The Jaguars begin the second season of their full on rebuild following a promising 2018 season where they appeared in the AFC championship game.

    Drafting Lawrence with the 1st overall pick gives them a very solid foundation for their offense, which already features young talent with RB James Robinson and WRs D.J Chark and Laviska Shenault. The Clemson QB has been highly sought after throughout his entire collegiate career.

    He possesses a strong and talented arm with pinpoint accuracy on the field, plus he’s a very consistent QB who rarely makes mistakes. Of all the QBs on the board, Trevor has the best resume, best statistics, and the most clean tape. Although Minshew Mania was a fun stint, it’s time for Jacksonville to start fresh with a more talented field general and a new coaching staff.
  2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, QB BYU
    The Jets decided to move on from Sam Darnold this offseason with a deal that sent him to the Carolina Panthers, and find Zach Wilson as his replacement with the 2nd overall pick this draft.

    Wilson is a very intriguing prospect who exceled this past season at BYU. He has the most arm talent in this draft and I think has one of the higher ceilings in this class. His mobility and ability to make every single type of throw on the field makes him extremely valuable.

    The Jets still need desperately need offensive line talent to keep Wilson upright. If they can protect him, he could develop into a Patrick Mahomes type of player. However, the Jets are far from a solid roster and need a lot of help all across their roster before they can expect to win more games.

    I don’t think trading a young, franchise worthy QB just to replace him with that same hole filled roster was the best move, but what’s done is done. Wilson has a ton of upside and checks all the boxes of a modern day NFL QB.
  3. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance, QB North Dakota State
    The 49ers traded a ton of assets to move up to the 3rd spot of the draft, and I think the 49ers management really loves a dual threat guy like Trey Lance.

    Lance is the best athlete of all the QBs in this class. His has a very powerful arm, excels throwing on the run, and is a legitimate threat running the football. He would completely evolve an already dynamic Kyle Shanahan offense, especially with the heavy run focus they showcased during their Super Bowl run just 2 years ago.

    Plus, the biggest knock on Lance as a prospect is “lack his competition” and him needing time to develop into a professional QB. Luckily for the Niners, they have the opportunity to let Jimmy G. start for another year or two while they let Lance knock off the rust from the lost 2020 season and adapt to the NFL level.

    With a roster that looks to contend for a championship right now, drafting a high ceiling guy like Lance give them a shot to be good for another decade if he pans out.
  4. Denver Broncos (via trade w/Atlanta): Justin Fields, QB Ohio State
    In a very John Elway type move, Denver moves on from their (seemingly) busted QB draft pick and goes after a much more solid prospect in Justin Fields.

    As a QB, Fields is a big, athletic prospect with a huge arm. He had a Heisman worthy season in 2019 and was very solid this past season as well– carrying Ohio State to the NCG with banged up ribs.

    Denver is desperate for a starting QB who can lead their offense. They have a very solid defense and possess a very talented group of weapons offensively with WRs Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, TE Noah Fant, and RB Melvin Gordon. The right QB could push them to be very competitive in the AFC.

    Is Fields the right guy though? Ohio State has a history of producing tempting QB prospects only for them to struggle picking up the NFL game. We’ll see how things play out. A trade up for a QB feels right for Denver, but I have questions about Fields’ consistency, decision making, and translation– making the act of giving up assets a big gamble.

  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, OT Oregon
    There’s no way Cincy doesn’t grab this elite offensive prospect to protect their young franchise QB. Burrow has proven he can succeed at the NFL level, but needs better offensive line play to stay healthy. The Bengals could use more weapons, but the WR class is deep and they need to get someone to ensure they have Joe Burrow for a long time.

    Sewell is extremely sound fundamentally and has this unteachable motor to his game. He uses his athleticism to block LBs/DBs in the open field, to control the edge, and to the dominate the run game. This dude is an absolute freak and Cincy would be crazy to pass up on the opportunity to grab an NFL ready, elite guy to protect their QB’s blindside.
  6. Miami Dolphins: Ja’Marr Chase, WR LSU
    Chase is the perfect complimentary piece alongside DeVante Parker and Mike Gesicki in the Miami offense. Adding a 3rd weapon to the arsenal should allow first round 2020 selection Tua Tagovailoa to produce and feel comfortable throwing the ball.

    Chase is a dominant, physical receiver who runs very crisp routes and has sound hands. he attacks the ball at the highest point, makes tight window catches and has RAC ability. He should serve as a pure possession receiver and allow the more speedy targets in the Miami WR group to find more open real estate. Chase is a profound prospect, and is especially good for an already solid 10 win team.
  7. Detroit Lions: Kyle Pitts, TE/WR Florida
    New Lions Head Coach and former NFL tight end, Dan Campbell, can’t resist Pitts with the 7th overall selection. Detroit is a rebuilding team who lost some key receiving talent to free agency. Pitts is an extremely versatile guy who would pair well with star TE T.J Hockenson.

    With his versatility, Pitts can play all over an offense. He runs tight routes, has the best hands in the draft, run/pass blocks well, and creates separation at an elite level. Detroit would likely use Pitts primarily as an outside receiver while they begin to replace the talent they lost. Having two athletic, dominant TE builds to head your offense is never a bad thing.
  8. New England Patriots (via trade w/Carolina): Mac Jones, QB Alabama
    In an already unorthodox offseason for New England, they continue to blow minds for a trade up for their QB of the future in Mac Jones.

    At Alabama, Jones was very good. He had a ton of elite receiving talent at the college level, but made very smart throws and put his team in winning position every week. Nothing from his tape flashes to me, as he doesn’t have nearly the same athleticism or arm talent as the 4 QBs taken ahead of him, but New England has a history of turning these sorts of prospects into professional winners at the NFL level.

    Cam Newton still has some years left in him as a starter in the NFL, but his role as QB1 gives Jones time to work, develop, and adapt to the NFL game.

    I don’t love him as a 1st round talent, especially not in a trade up scenario, but the Patriots have been daring and relentless all offseason to reboot and prepare to win this season. Jones potentially gives them an outlet to be good again for a long time…if the gamble pays off.

  9. Atlanta Falcons (via trade w/Denver): Teven Jenkins, OT Oklahoma State
    Atlanta has addressed several needs through free agency (RB, DB, and WR depth), so they trade back with Denver to accumulate future picks and then sure up their offensive tackle spot.

    Matt Ryan has proved that he can still produce at a high level in the NFL (over 4,000 pas yards last season). Adding a solid OT never hurts your QB play, and in fact it helps a ton.

    Jenkins brings aggressiveness and all around toughness to the OT position. He could play LT, but will likely be more helpful on the right side as a dominate run blocker with Jake Fisher already on roster. Atlanta gets an instant starter that can help their older roster compete now, but he’s also young enough to be their OT for the future.

  10. Dallas Cowboys: Jaycee Horn, CB South Carolina
    Two years ago, this defense looked to be on the up with a secondary full of talent, a dominant edge rusher in Demarcus Lawrence, and two young star LBs in Jaylen Smith and Leighton Vander Esch. However, they’ve basically lost their entire secondary to free agency and it’s hurt their defensive capabilities on the back end, so taking an alpha DB like Horn instantly upgrades their secondary.

    The South Carolina super star is a legitimate CB1 who can lockdown anyone’s best receiver. Obviously we haven’t seen him play at an NFL level yet, but his game tape is something special to watch. A natural, instinctive corner, with a keen eye for the football who plays with an aggressive chip on his shoulder. He’s long, smart and athletic enough to shadow guys in the NFL and should be a very productive pro. Horn is an instant upgrade to an inconsistent Dallas defense.

  11. New York Giants: Rashawn Slater, OT Northwestern
    In the Game Winning Podcast group mock, Kyle Pitts magically fell this far, but we all know this isn’t going to happen. Realistically, the Giants have put together a very solid roster full of young talent. Their absolute biggest need lies within the offensive line.

    With Slater, the Giants will get a natural, strong, fundamentally sound OT who rarely makes mistakes. Since he doesn’t have long arms or massive size, he really relies on good technique and smart reads at the line to succeed. Slater is one of the more interesting prospects due to his talent, but some teams will pass on him due to his size. The Giants, however, feel confident in his technique and tape to help them protect Daniel Jones in a year where they want to push their young QB to be more consistent and explosive as a playmaker.

  12. Baltimore Ravens (via trade w/Philadelphia): Devonta Smith, WR Alabama
    The Ravens are DESPERATE for WR help outside of Hollywood Brown. They missed out on several free agents and eventually settled on the injury prone Sammy Watkins. If they really want to help Lamar Jackson get back to MVP form, they need to surround him with weapons offensively, so they move both their late round picks to acquire the 12th overall pick and TE Zach Ertz.

    With the 12th pick, they’re able to get the falling Devonta Smith for a good price. Some people have Smith going within the top 10, but with the QB frenzy and teams not really needing a WR the speedster falls here for the Ravens to trade up for.

    Devonta is a playmaker with elite NFL speed and hands that will be a very serviceable slot guy in the NFL. He needs to refine his route running, but his natural knack for creating separation and finding open space will allow him to be successful– especially with Hollywood Brown gaining a ton of attention with his explosive play ability. Opposing defenses will have lots of trouble matching up with all the speed on this new look offense.

    Trading up multiple 1sts to get another speed based WR is tricky, but in this deal they also get TE Zach Ertz from Philly which helps if Ertz can move past his very lackluster 2020 campaign.
  13. LA Chargers: Deonte Brown, G Alabama
    Justin Herbert was special in his rookie season, but the Chargers blatantly needed help on the offensive front. LA went out and signed All-Pro center Corey Linsley and veteran G/T Matt Feiler, which helps solidify three spots (those two plus OT Bryan Bulaga).

    Brown is an elite pass protection guard who has been highly overlooked by the media leading up to the draft. The All-SEC team guard hasn’t allowed a single sack during his college career and has been at a school notorious for successful NFL offensive prospects in Alabama since 2016.

    Brown is also a productive, aggressive run blocker who is eager to lay people out at the second level. His massive size hinders his movement a bit, but he definitely has the power to be a balanced, elite NFL guard who will protect Justin Herbert for years to come.

  14. Minnesota Vikings: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB Notre Dame
    The Vikings have built a brand new defense that mixes good young talent with experienced veterans, but with LB Anthony Barr in a contract year they need someone to fill that starting MLB role for the future.

    The beauty of drafting JOK is that he’s a nasty, aggressive playmaker with sideline to sideline speed. He can cover an type of receiver man to man, sit and read in a zone, and blitzes efficiently. This dude does everything. Not only will he be Coach Zimmer’s long term LB, but he can also be a day one starter that you can play all over the field and have him disrupt the game.

    JOK has the build and athleticism to be an elite defensive talent for anyone who takes him. The Vikings are lucky enough for him to fall, fill a need in their reloaded defense, and provide them a star for the future.

  15. Carolina Panthers (via trade w/New England): Christian Darrisaw, OT VT
    The Panthers went out and got their QB of the future at a discount price in Sam Darnold, and acquired more assets from New England in this mock trade to move back and comfortably draft an OT to solidify their offensive line.

    Darrisaw is a bit more raw than other line prospects in this class, but he has the right build, footwork, and controlled aggression to be a successful Tackle in the NFL. He does make mistakes and gets beat off the edge, but his long arms and strength allow him to combat those issues. NFL coaching will be tremendously help to his game and he hopefully grows out of the laziness I saw on tape when it came to finding work and playing hard from whistle to whistle. Carolina Coach Matt Rhule has shown that he can develop young talent, so Darrisaw is worth the mid-round selection for the future of their young offensive group.

  16. Arizona Cardinals: Caleb Farley, CB VT
    Arizona had one of the most flashy free agency periods in the league, but they need some help in the secondary after losing long time start, Patrick Peterson.

    Farley is a super long, athletic, man to man coverage corner who can play all over the field. His ability to finish plays in coverage and eliminate receivers on a game to game basis instantly makes the Cardinal secondary a lot better.

    A 2020 back injury is concerning to some teams, but Arizona still feels good about the potential of Farley as a CB1 as a pro.

  17. Las Vegas Raiders: Jevon Holland, DB Oregon
    The Raiders are in need of long term safety help to sure up their secondary. With the front seven already filled with young talent, an all-around ball hawking DB like Holland would be a crucial addition to a young team that feels to be on the rise.

    Holland plays safety, but is long, fast and athletic enough to come up and cover TE’s and slot receivers man to man. He reminds me a lot of a Minkah Fitzpatrick or a Tyrann Mathieau type of DB. High motor, good ball skills, and physical play all over the field is extremely valuable in the secondary, and Gruden gets the safety of his dreams here.

  18. Miami Dolphins: Micah Parsons, LB/Edge Penn State
    Earlier, I mocked Miami taking Ja’Marr Chase to add a dominant receiving force to their offense. Now, with the 18th pick the Dolphins need to address their LB depth needs after losing Kyle Van Noy.

    Parsons adds prospective speed and athleticism at the LB position. For the defensive minded HC Brian Flores, Parsons would be an interesting all around weapon to send on blitzes and track down the ball all over the field while Jerome Baker and Benardrick McKinney hold down the inside. He would be an instant plug for edge LB help and bring some explosive pass rush and run game help. At 18, this is a super solid selection that helps a 10 win team get better on day one of the draft.

  19. Washington Football Team: Zaven Collins, LB Tulsa
    The WFT has one of the best front sevens in football, but they could really use an anchor in the middle of the second level.

    Collins is a mountain of an athlete, standing at 6ft 4 and nearly 260 pounds, but is extremely quick and athletic for his size. He is a pure run stuffing LB with potential to develop into a solid middle zone guy in coverage. He’s shown excellent football instincts and the ability to play physical, smart football player, and can even blitz efficiently. Washington somehow finds a way to improve their already talented defense and continues to look for ways to improve their offense in the later rounds.

  20. Chicago Bears: Kyle Trask, QB Florida
    Trask is a very interesting QB prospect who I think could sneak into the first round here to be taken by a team that desperately needs talent at QB. Bears fans really thought they would end up with either Carson Wentz or Russell Wilson, but that fell apart quickly and they settled for Andy Dalton.

    Taking a leap of faith here on Trask isn’t as bad of a move as people may think. Trask has prospective size, arm strength, and has shown flashes of NFL ready play– especially in Florida’s impressive run at the SEC title this season.

    The Bears do have weapons on offense with Allen Robinson, Cole Kmet, David Montgomery and Tarik Cohen, so adding a young, raw QB in the late first round to learn from Andy Dalton is a good move. Trask is more of a project, especially as a 1st round selection, but there are worse things the Bears could do here.
  21. Indianapolis Colts: Kwity Paye, Edge Michigan
    After losing veteran starters on the defensive front in Justin Houston (still a FA) and Denico Autry, I think the Colts lean more towards filling a spot on the defensive line before they address offensive tackle.

    Paye offers immediate help defending the run, which helps if they decide to move on from Justin Houston. He has a strong, dominant punch and attack technique to get rid of blockers and control his gap against the run. He is by far the best edge defender against the run, but needs a lot of work developing his pass rush game. He would be an excellent young talent to develop along side unproven young guys like Tyquan Lewis and Kemoko Turay.
  22. Tennessee Titans: Patrick Surtain II, CB Alabama
    This offseason, the Titans cleaned house in their secondary and desperately need a young DB to help them bring together this brand new set of DBs.

    Surtain is certainly talented as man or zone corner, but his over aggressive hands play and inability to track receivers with his instincts concerns me. I feel like he might start off his career with a lot of PI/illegal contact penalties. However, he can be coached out of those habits, and could turn into a productive pro corner for the Titans.
  23. New York Jets: Alijah Vera-Tucker, G/T USC
    After drafting their next project, franchise QB, the Jets 100% need help on the offensive line to protect their #2 overall pick in Zach Wilson. Outside of Mekhi Becton, this Jets offensive line is putrid. Adding a very experienced, versatile lineman like Vera-Tucker will be an immediate help, as he can go play RT or either left or right guard.
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Azeez Ojulari, Edge Georgia
    After losing Bud Dupree in free agency, the Steelers will look to fill in that gap in their pass rush with the very raw, yet talented Ojulari. Right now, he’s an elite athlete with a great build for a 3-4 OLB pass rusher, but he does need development to become consistent– especially in the run game. This is a bit of a project pick, but the upside is undeniable. Pittsburgh’s reputation for developing defensive prospects is also very encouraging if they go this route.
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Marvin Wilson Jr., DT Florida State
    Although the Jaguars signed quite a few guys on defense in free agency, I think the talent and dominance of a big DT like Wilson is irresistible at 25. He’s shwon flashes of pure dominance in the run game, and has a super high motor for a 304 pound lineman which helps him in pass rush downs.

    Wilson has the potential to be an every down force in the NFL with the right coaching and help around him, and could even start in Jacksonville week one with their rebuilding defense.
  26. Cleveland Browns: Jaelen Phillips, Edge Miami
    The Browns are an extremely well rounded roster that can afford to take a guy like Phillips who is a top talent but needs a lot of work to become an every down DE.

    Phillips is a really good pass rusher right out of college. He’s shown that he has an arsenal of moves and can reliably beat tackles off the line to rush the QB. He does struggle a bit in the run game, but the Browns have enough talent and depth already on roster (Myles Garrett, Olivier Vernon, and Jadeveon Clowney) to develop a raw talent like Phillips and allow him to play in passing situations.
  27. Philadelphia Eagles (via trade w/Baltimore): Nick Bolton, LB Missouri
    In a blockbuster draft night trade, Philly sent Zach Ertz and their 12th overall selection to Baltimore for the 27th/31st overall selections (and probably some future picks). Not only do they rid themselves of a guy who didn’t want to play for the Eagles anymore, but they get tremendous value in picks to start reshaping their roster that is desperate for young talent.

    The first step is to address their #1 need which is undoubtedly LB, and Bolton is a very solid solution. He is very smart, instinctive and physical in the run game. He can also serve as an adequate blitzer and zone coverage backer– immeidately helping out a team that was forced to start Nathan Gerry as their LB1 inside…yikes.
  28. New Orleans Saints: Jaylen Waddle, WR Alabama
    After the retirement of legendary Saints QB Drew Brees, Jameis Winston looks to be the starting QB week one. So, the Saints want to make him as comfortable as possible and add another weapon for the offense on top of Michael Thomas and Alvin Kamara.

    Waddle brings an elite level of speed that this offense seems to lack in the receiving area. He has very solid hands and can catch the ball in traffic as well, but needs a lot of work running routes. However, Sean Payton would 100% put an elite athlete like Jaylen Waddle to good use and find ways to set him up for NFL success.
  29. Green Bay Packers: Elijah Moore, WR Ole Miss
    FINALLY, the Packers spend an early round pick to help out Aaron Rogers compete for another trip to the Super Bowl. Outside of Aaron Jones and Davante Adams, this team could really use another weapon, and Elijah Moore is a perfect compliment to what GB has already.
  30. Buffalo Bills: Christian Barmore, DT Alabama
    One of the few places Buffalo could improve on is their defensive line. Adding a guy like Barmore would immediately add an interior rush/run defense threat to pair with Ed Oliver. What a scary duo that would be
  31. Philadelphia Eagles (via trade w/Baltimore): Kadarius Toney, WR Florida
    With their second selection in this round, the Eagles want to go out and help out their project QB in Jalen hurts with a second option at receiver outside of Jalen Reagor.

    Toney is an explosive player with fine tuned route running. He has special RAC ability and is something this Philly offense hasn’t had since DeSean Jackson in his prime.
  32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Terrance Marshall Jr., WR LSU
    The defending SB champs were able to retain a majority of their championship roster, but with the loss of Antonio Brown and Chris Godwin on a franchise tag, going out to get another receiever seems like the right move.

    Marshall is a talented athlete that runs great routes, creates seperation, but needs to get better at finishing/making catches cleanly. He has issues dropping or bobbling NFL level catches. However, his frame, athleticism, and RAC ability makes him a legitimate late 1st round target, especially for the Bucs who are making a very fine luxury depth pick here.

50 Best NFL Prospects: 2021 Big Board

Here’s my Top 50 list 2021 NFL prospects for April 29th’s draft. I like to order each prospect based on their NFL readiness, talent level, positional value, and potential.

  1. Kyle Pitts, TE/WR Florida
  2. Trevor Lawrence, QB Clemson
  3. Penei Sewell, OT Oregon
  4. Ja’Marr Chase, WR LSU
  5. Jaycee Horn, CB South Carolina
  6. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB Notre Dame
  7. Zach Wilson, QB BYU
  8. Teven Jenkins, OT Oklahoma State
  9. Kwity Paye, Edge Michigan
  10. Jaelan Phillips, Edge Miami
  11. Christian Barmore, DT Alabama
  12. Trey Lance, QB NDSU
  13. Devonta Smith, WR Alabama
  14. Justin Fields, QB OSU
  15. Deonte Brown, G Alabama
  16. Caleb Farley, CB Virginia Tech
  17. Jevon Holland, DB Oregon
  18. Christian Darrisaw, OT Virginia Tech
  19. Ronnie Perkins, Edge Oklahoma
  20. Greg Newsome II, CB Northwestern
  21. Nick Bolton, LB Missouri
  22. Rashawn Slater, OT Northwestern
  23. Micah Parsons, LB/Edge Penn State
  24. Patrick Surtain II, CB Alabama
  25. Marvin Wilson, DT Florida State
  26. Kadarius Toney, WR Florida
  27. Jaylen Waddle, WR Alabama
  28. Richie Grant, S UCF
  29. Carlos Basham, Edge Wake Forest
  30. Jayson Oweh, Edge Penn State
  31. Azeez Ojulari, Edge Georgia
  32. Najee Harris, RB Alabama
  33. Javonte Williams, RB UNC
  34. Alijah Vera-Tucker, G/T USC
  35. Rondale Moore, WR Purdue
  36. Travis Etienne, RB Clemson
  37. Zaven Collins, LB Tulsa
  38. Terrance Marshall JR, LSU
  39. Greg Rousseau, Edge Miami
  40. Joseph Ossai, Edge Texas
  41. Mac Jones, QB Alabama
  42. Asante Samuel Jr., CB Florida State
  43. Pat Freuermuth, TE Penn State
  44. Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
  45. Trevon Moehrig, S TCU
  46. Kyle Trask, QB Florida
  47. Wyatt Davis, G Ohio State
  48. Sam Cosmi, OT Texas
  49. Quincy Roche, Edge/LB Miami
  50. Dillon Radunz, OT NDSU

What about this list do you like or dislike? Leave a comment and let’s discuss!