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Triple Zeros: Inherent Rookie QB Bias

Triple Zeros

‘Rookie QB Bias’

This episode of Triple Zeros starts with some NFL talk with Week 2 of the preseason on tap, Urban Meyer doing the most, and Mitchell Trubisky facing the Bears. Speaking of, their rookie quarterback Justin Fields caught a lot of flack for doing more than the other rookies.

Things switch over to the NBA with the schedule being released on Friday. We go over the opening week and Christmas day games, and first-overall pick Cade Cunningham‘s choice for the G.O.A.T. Plus more Bears, Bulls, and Hawks updates.

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Triple Zeros: “Don’t Call It a Comeback”

Triple Zeros

“Don’t Call It a Comeback”

In this episode of Triple Zeros: Catching up on all of the NBA and NFL action we’ve missed. Starting with a tip of the cap to Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks for winning the NBA Finals, then touching on the best and worst of free agency and the draft.

Of course, the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks offseasons got discussed.

Then things switched over to things to look forward to this coming season, including what to expect from the Chicago Bears and their impressive rookie quarterback Justin Fields.

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Pippen Ain’t Easy

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Top-5 2021 NFL Draft Classes

The 2021 NFL Draft is over and now we get to snap to judgment and determine with 100% certainty the fate of the young men who heard their names called this weekend. You picked up on the sarcasm there, right? If not, the fact of the matter is it is way too soon to say whether or not any of these picks will hit. But when has that ever stopped us? So let’s get into the five best classes.

We can circle back to the classes that left a little something to be desired. This is a quick look at the best draft classes (or at least our favorites) from the 2021 NFL Draft. There were trades up, trades back, and even non-trades that made the list.

The 5 Best Classes From the 2021 NFL Draft

Honorable Mention: New England Patriots

Anytime there was tons of speculation on what you were going to do, and you do nothing but still land the predicted prospect, it’s a good draft. Bill Belichick has made a habit of psyching out the competition to get what he wants. This year’s top prize was Mac Jones. There was tons of speculation that the 49ers traded up to third overall in order to get Jones. But when they took Trey Lance instead, it set off a chain of events that saw The Hoodie stay the course.

Chicago traded up for a quarterback, but it ended being the guy the Patriots didn’t want all the way until they somehow did. Maybe that was another part of the smokescreen. At any rate, there isn’t a more perfect match and it’s debatable if Jones would have much of a chance in many other situations.

5. Cincinnati Bengals

Yes, the Bengals could have opted to take a tackle here and protect Joe Burrow; an idea we came around on in our final mock draft. But can anyone really fault them for appeasing their face of the franchise? Especially when they landed a player in Ja’Marr Chase that has true number-one receiver traits.

Cindy was also able to shut up the haters by taking offensive tackle Jackson Carman in the second round. He protected Trevor Lawrence‘s blindside in college but projects as a right tackle or guard in the NFL. They also added nice pass-rushing help in Joseph Ossai and Cameron Sample and other quality depth in the later rounds.

4. Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers set out on a mission to rebuild their offensive line and better protect Justin Herbert next season. Selecting Rashawn Slater with the 13th overall pick goes a long way in that direction. He was the top tackle prospect on many boards and has the versatility to play anywhere along the offensive line.

They added Asante Samuel Jr. in the second round, adding some teeth to their depleted group. He should start alongside Chris Harris and Michael Davis. Josh Palmer of Tennessee in the third-round and Tre’ McKitty in the fourth offer future solid pass-catching options with McKitty even having some blocking chops. They too found good depth later on.

3. Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers managed not being able to trade out their draft slot better than most, snagging Jaycee Horn, the top corner on many boards thanks to his superior fluidity in coverage and speed. He joins a retooled secondary after the Panthers ranked 18th in pass defense last season. His father was right, the pick should have gotten more coverage because the Panthers nailed it.

They added versatile receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. to their corps with Robby Anderson in the final year of his contract. Several medical red flags caused him to slip but he’s a first-round talent. Brady Christensen and Tommy Tremble are a pair of hard-nosed players at tackle (or guard) and tight end, respectively. And it’s hard not to like Chiba Hubbard as a backup to Christian McCaffrey. As is the theme with all the teams on this list, Carolina found nice value in later rounds.

2. Minnesota Vikings

Christian Darrisaw was the top tackle prospect on our board. We had him going 11th to the Giants. Not only did the Minnesota Vikings not have to trade up to land him, but they were able to trade back out of the 14th pick and still get him. He should go a long way towards strengthening a line that allowed Kirk Cousins to be sacked 39 times last season.

Getting Kellen Mond in the third was a steal. Many had him projected for a second-round selection while there were even some (far-fetched) rumors he could sneak into the first round. He comes in with a ton of experience and all the time in the world to learn while Cousins is still in town. Both Chazz Surratt and Wyatt Davis could have gone in the second round and, while many may not like the pick of Patrick Jones II, the Vikings took another toolsy player in Danielle Hunter and turned him into one of the best in the business. Camryn Bynum, Janarius Robinson, and Imhir Smith-Marsette all have a chance to contribute

1. Chicago Bears

We’re talking generational shortcomings when discussing the Chicago Bears and the quarterback position. So you’ll have to understand why media and fans alike for gushing over the Bears move up to grab Ohio State’s Justin Fields at 11th overall. Many had him ranked as the second-best passer in this class. It ended months of speculation over whether they would really roll into a season with only Andy Dalton and Nick Foles. Fields shouldn’t see the field in meaningful action this season. But the future is bright in Chicago.

They didn’t stop there in re-tooling their moribund offense, trading up once again to select Oklahoma State offensive tackle Teven Jenkins 39th overall. He projects as a plug-and-play right tackle and brings some much-needed nastiness to their line. They added Larry Borom in the fifth for some added line depth and did the same for the wide receiver room with Dazz Newsome. Pundits are high on 2020 opt-out Thomas Graham Jr.of Oregon and, though running back wasn’t a position of need, Khalil Herbert is an intriguing late-round flier. Khyiris Tonga gives them an actual nose tackle behind the returning Eddie Goldman.

Best of the Best 2021 NFL Draft Classes

These are just our picks for the best classes from the 2021 NFL Draft. Surely there are others that could make a strong argument to crack this list. We’ll address the worst at a later time For now, take a moment to admire the skillful wheeling and dealing (and, in some cases, non-moves) that landed these teams terrific classes. Which do you think has the best chance to pan out?

Triple Zeros: That’s My Quarterback

Triple Zeros

That’s My Quarterback

In this episode of Triple Zeros, Josh recaps an eventful first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Going pick by pick, he tells you which picks he loved. That included the Lions pick of Penei Sewell, the Chargers pick of Rashawn Slater, and (of course) his beloved Chicago Bears moving up to take Justin Fields. There were plenty of whiffs though. Like the Raiders taking Alex Leatherwood and the Jaguars baffling selection of Travis Etienne. All that and much more!

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2021 Mock NFL Draft 3.0: It’s The Final Countdown

Finally, we have reached the week of the 2021 NFL Draft after so many hours spent over-analyzing everything about the incoming rookies. It’s been a hellish offseason as things get back to a more normal flow around the NFL. This week, though, all of that comes to a head and we get to see which players go where instead of hypothesizing.

It’s also our final chance to do that guesswork (which is all any of this really is). So, why not go all out? We’re including a few trades for this mock NFL draft in places where we suspected in previous iterations that such a move might occur.

Let’s get to it!

Mock 2021 NFL Draft 3.0 Sees Several First-Round Trades

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence

(Previous – Trevor Lawrence)

Outlook: As has been the mantra here since 1.0, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Trevor Lawrence will be the first overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft

2. New York Jets – Zach Wilson

(Previous – Zach Wilson)

See: Trevor Lawrence. In all seriousness, keep it moving. Nothing to see here.

3. San Francisco 49ers – Trey Lance

(Previous – Trey Lance, Justin Fields)

Word on the street is the 49ers are still trying to decide between Mac Jones and Trey Lance. The late re-emergence of Lance is interesting. Is it possible San Francisco was less than impressed by Jones at his pro day? Given they’d be passing on who most view as the QB3 in this draft, and with Jimmy Garoppolo still in the mix, the 49ers can take the risk on Lance and his higher ceiling.

4. Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Pitts

(Previous – Micah Parsons)

While we’re not completely sold that the Falcons don’t take their quarterback of the future here, they’re reported to be looking to trade out (and taking calls on Julio Jones). The only problem for them is a couple of teams behind them are also open for business and the reduced cost could lead to teams waiting it out. But hey, Kyle Pitts isn’t the worst consolation prize.

5. Cincinnati Bengals – Rashawn Slater

(Previous – Rashawn Slater, Ja’Marr Chase)

By now you’ve likely seen the meme going around of Joe Burrow’s knee at the Bengals photoshoot debuting their new uniforms. That is Exhibit A-Z in the case for drafting some protection for the former first-overall pick. So we revert to our original pick.

6. Miami Dolphins – Penei Sewell

(Previous – Penei Sewell)

Hey! We’re back to the status quo. Keep on pushing, my friend!

7. Detroit Lions – Ja’Marr Chase

(Previous – Kwity Paye, Micah Parsons)

Detroit wants to trade out of this pick according to reports. But after Cincy opted for the sensible route, Detroit could decide to replenish their receiving corps. None of their offseason acquisitions at the position can be relied on.

8. New England Patriots (via the Carolina Panthers) – Justin Fields

(Previous [CAR] – Caleb Farley, Trey Lance )

Nothing gets out of New England by accident and word that interest in Fields is up (after initial reports stated the opposite) falls under that umbrella. He gets to sit for a year behind a similarly built former MVP in Cam Newton and the Patriots just spent like mad this offseason upgrading the offense.

9. Chicago Bears (via the Denver Broncos) – Mac Jones

(Previous [DEN] – Justin Fields, Christian Darrisaw)

Pressure bursts pipes and seeing New England get aggressive triggers the same instinct in Ryan Pace that we saw in 2017. The price isn’t as steep this time around but the more important issue for Pace is whether or not the results will be.

10. Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtain

(Previous – Patrick Surtain)

There was some speculation that Jerruh was enamored with Kyle Pitts and could try to trade up for him. That was put to bed by reports saying that if Dallas were to trade, it would be down. They stay put here and help their defense out immensely.

11. New York Giants – Christian Darrisaw

(Previous – Christian Darrisaw, Rashawn Slater)

This pick has changed in each version of this mock, but only the specific player. New York has to upgrade the blocking in front of Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley.

12. Philadelphia Eagles – DeVonta Smith

(Previous – DeVonta Smith)

Who knows what Philly will do here. With reports they aren’t guaranteeing Jalen Hurts the starting job, could they be a surprise team to trade up for a quarterback ahead of the two we’ve projected? Could they trade back, possibly still targeting a quarterback? We’ll just stand pat and give Hurts a legitimate weapon on the perimeter.

13. Los Angeles Chargers – Caleb Farley

(Previous – Zaven Collins)

We want to say this pick would be an offensive lineman (consider this the disclaimer if that is indeed what Los Angeles does). But the Chargers also have a gaping hole at cornerback and Farley is the best one in this class.

14. Minnesota Vikings – Alijah Vera-Tucker

(Previous – Alijah Vera-Tucker)

The Vikings need to protect Kirk Cousins better. Period. They keep re-upping him, might as well make the circumstances as close to ideal as possible. Vera-Tucker gives them interior help now and possibly on the outside later.

15. Carolina Panthers (via the New England Patriots) – Greg Newsome

(Previous – Kyle Pitts, Mac Jones)

The Panthers already addressed their quarterback room by trading for Sam Darnold. Now, they attack the defense with Newsome, a fast riser this offseason. They can still use their additional pick from New England to address their need at offensive tackle.

16. Arizona Cardinals – Jaycee Horn

(Previous – Travis Etienne)

Things got tense in the Arizona draft room when the Panthers went on the clock but just a little. They would have been happy either way but Horn could make for an ideal replacement for the departed Peterson.

17. Las Vegas Raiders – Teven Jenkins

(Previous – Ja’Marr Chase)

Do you know what happens when you trade away your offensive line in the offseason? The need to replace them is created (mind-blowing). Las Vegas doesn’t usually get too frisky with its picks and this one fits the bill.

18. Miami Dolphins – Jaylen Waddle

(Previous – Terrance Marshall)

It’s not taking the easy way out, it’s logic. We’d suspect the Dolphins will do everything they can to see if Tua Tagovailoa is the future at quarterback. That means putting the best pieces possible around him. And if Tua fails, they’ll have a head start for the next guy.

19. Washington Football Team – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

(Previous – Trevon Moehrig-Woodard)

The Washington Football Team was rumored to be one of the teams interested in potentially moving up for a quarterback. They missed out on the top guys but can still get a quarterback for this already stound defense.

20. Denver Broncos (via the Chicago Bears) – Micah Parsons

(Previous [CHI] – Mac Jones, Kadarius Toney)

We were never buying that the Denver Broncos were going to replace Drew Lock with anyone outside of the top three guys but the appeal of moving back and getting more assets was just too great. Nabbing arguably the best defensive player in the draft this far down (thanks to character concerns) is an absolute boon. Remember, Von Miller is an unrestricted free agent next season.

21. Indianapolis Colts – Kwity Paye

(Previous – Dillon Radunz)

Parsons was probably never going to make it to this point, but he certainly wouldn’t make it past this point. The Colts still add to their defense, just as we’ve been saying. But don’t be shocked to see them trade back and acquire more draft capital.

22. Tennessee Titans – Kadarius Toney

(Previous – Joseph Ossai, Greg Newsome)

The shuffle at the top of the NFL Draft was bound to have a ripple effect and one of them is Toney being available here. We had them slotted for defenders in Ossai and Newsome but they added Bud Dupree and Newsome is gone. They also lost Corey Davis and, while a different style of receiver, Toney would be a nice compliment to A.J. Brown.

23. New York Jets – Gregory Rousseau

(Previous – Jaylen Waddle, Zaven Collins)

We had the Jets going defense in the last mock. But we turn from the off-ball (albeit versatile) linebacker in Collins and to the lengthy Rousseau. They signed Carl Lawson and Vinny Curry in the offseason but only the former should be a starter.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Najee Harris

(Previous – Liam Eichenberg)

Pittsburgh can mess around if it wants to. Harris would be an instant upgrade to what they had last year (which is now in Arizona, btw). With J.J. Smith-Schuster back in the fold, the only missing piece is running back. Well, maybe an offensive tackle. But they can get one of those later; maybe with a trade down a couple of spots.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevon Moehrig-Woodard

(Previous – Jackson Carman)

We debated putting a receiver or offensive lineman here, but none really stood out more than the upgrade that Moehrig-Woodard would present over what the Jags currently have. So, the pick stays the same as it’s been.

26. Cleveland Browns – Zaven Collins

(Previous – Gregory Rousseau)

The addition of Jadeveon Clowney removed the need to grab an EDGE in this slot. So the Browns get a dynamic off-ball linebacker in Collins at this spot.

27. Baltimore Ravens – Rashod Bateman

(Previous – Rashod Bateman)

If this isn’t the pick the Ravens are doing Lamar Jackson a disservice. The need for a bigger-bodied wideout is clear and while Sammy Watkins is bigger than Marquise Brown, he doesn’t play like it. Bateman’s size and skillset are tailor-made for what the Ravens need.

28. New Orleans Saints – Elijah Moore

(Previous – Jaycee Horn, Terrace Marshall)

We had New Orleans set to take a receiver as of the last installment. But perhaps the dynamic Moore fits better as a complement to Michael Thomas. The diminutive pass-catcher can be used in the return game as well.

29. Green Bay Packers – Jamin Davis

(Previous – Jalen Mayfield)

All the buzz has been about what the Packers will do here. Many (perhaps even their Hall of Fame starting quarterback) want them to take a wide receiver. We had them taking some offensive line help but they may have some in-house options that allow them to hold off on that as well. But they could use a rangy sure-tackling linebacker up the middle.

30. Buffalo Bills – Jaelan Phillips

(Previous – Najee Harris, Azeez Ojulari)

Buffalo needs to get its defense back on track and one of the best ways to do that is by juicing up your pass-rush. Phillips has a bit of a worrying medical history but he has incredible physical traits and tested off the charts at the combine.

31. Kansas City Chiefs – Jayson Oweh

(Original Pick – Wyatt Davis, Dillon Radunz)

The Chiefs spent the offseason upgrading (really repairing) their offensive line. So our last two installments were on the right track. But with their moves, they can get a complimentary EDGE opposite Frank Clark.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Christian Barmore

(Original Pick – Christian Barmore)

As we began the 2021 NFL Draft, so shall we end. Barmore is the best in a shallow class for interior defensive linemen. The defending champion Bucs don’t have a ton of holes given they’re returning all 22 starters from the Super Bowl. That could make this an ideal pick to trade and get some more depth.

Final Mock NFL Draft of 2021

The NFL Draft is never dull, and this year, with the return of in-person festivities, should be no different. Who do you want to see your team draft on Thursday?

2021 NFL Draft

2021 NFL Draft First-Round Mock 2.0

Just as the whirlwind of free agency had passed through, the 2021 NFL draft got a shake-up. The San Francisco 49ers traded three first-round picks and a third-rounder to the Miami Dolphins to go from 12th to third overall; the expectation clearly being they’re taking a quarterback. Miami then traded back into the top-10, moving the 12th, 123rd, and a 2022 first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for the sixth and 156th picks this year.

Got all of that? Good. *Deep breath*

We also got word that the New England Patriots are planning to make a move for current 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo or one of the top rookies in the NFL Draft. The Atlanta Falcons are dealing with an aging Matt Ryan and the Carolina Panthers have made no secret about trying to upgrade from Teddy Bridgewater. Then there’s the Chicago Bears who need to do something.

A Major Shake-Up to the First Round of the 2021 NFL Draft

1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence

 (Original Selection – Trevor Lawrence)

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, the Jaguars are broke but the initial pick wasn’t. When you get the first-overall pick in the NFL Draft for the first time in your franchise’s history, you better not mess it up. No matter the small pockets of dissent, Trevor Lawrence is the consensus top passer in this class. Scenarios imagining them going another direction are fiction.

2. New York Jets – Zach Wilson

(Original Selection – Zach Wilson)

See: Trevor Lawrence. In all seriousness, the Jets were always going to be picking a quarterback in our eyes and Zach Wilson made the most sense. His stock rose all season while the other option for second-overall saw his fall during a difficult college season. Now it appears that it’s becoming more of a foregone conclusion, though.

3. San Francisco 49ers – Justin Fields

(Original Selection – Trey Lance)

 

We always had the 49ers, like the Jags and Jets before them, slated to take a quarterback. But the aggressive move up means they’re likely trying to capitalize on the “slide” of Justin Fields more than banking on a project from a small program. San Francisco better hope the recent history of trades up for quarterbacks doesn’t repeat itself.

4. Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Pitts

(Original Selection – Micah Parsons)

This is still where the draft could get most interesting. The Falcons could take their quarterback of the future as some major analysts predict. They could go for an impact defender. This was one of the worst defenses last season. But why not try to maximize Ryan now and set this offense up for the future too with a generational talent in Kyle Pitts?

5. Cincinnati Bengals – Ja’Marr Chase

(Original Selection – Rashawn Slater)

Look, what Baby wants, Baby gets. We initially had the Bengals slated to take an offensive lineman, but after reports came out that Joe Burrow is lobbying for the Bengals to take Ja’Marr Chase (who happens to be a former teammate) the Bengals should be happy to oblige. The signing of Riley Reiff makes this an acceptable decision, especially if they can trade down.

6. Miami Dolphins – Penei Sewell

(Original Selection – Penei Sewell)

No, Miami shouldn’t take another project QB. Miami picked up some capital by trading down but had to get back here to ensure they get Penei Sewell. He’s still the top tackle prospect with outstanding grades in a “down” season. Some might see them going for a playmaker here, but chances are they can still land that guy with the 18th pick. If they hold onto it that is.

7. Detroit Lions – Micah Parsons

(Original Selection – Kwity Paye)

Decisions decisions. The Lions are the first team to have to legitimately weigh pulling the trigger on a quarterback after trading Matthew Stafford for Jared Goff. It makes more sense to try and build the rest of this roster and the defense is still the neediest (though the offense is giving it a run for its money). Micah Parsons’s character worries are no match for Dan Campbell.

8. Carolina Panthers – Trey Lance

(Original Selection – Caleb Farley)

Not many teams have been as connected to the big named quarterbacks who were subject of speculation as the Panthers. Don’t expect them to stop trying on that front, necessarily. But if those guys ultimately do stay put, sitting Trey Lance behind Bridgewater for a year or two wouldn’t be the worst plan.

9. Denver Broncos – Christian Darrisaw

(Original Selection – Justin Fields)

When healthy, the Broncos have one of the better rosters in the NFL. They’re only missing steady quarterback play. Having missed out on Fields in this mock, they turn to bolster the protection around the current quarterback, Drew Lock. This could be where a team like the Chicago Bears gets antsy and moves up so as not to miss on the remaining “first-round” quarterback.

10. Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Surtai

(Original Selection – Patrick Surtain)

The pick stays the same after the Cowboys only move at cornerback was to re-sign Jourdan Lewis. Maybe they go with one of the other top corners. But Patrick Surtain has the kind of pedigree that should catch the eye of the decision-makers in Dallas. His tape certainly won’t hurt, either.

11. New York Giants – Rashawn Slater

(Original Selection – Christian Darrisaw)

The selection may change but the objective remains the same: protect the quarterback. Daniel Jones was sacked 45 times (4th) despite missing two games. Rashawn Slater is versatile so, with Nate Solder set to return next season, the Northwestern product could kick inside to guard; replacing the departed Kevin Zeitler.

12. Philadelphia Eagles – DeVonta Smith

(Original Selection DeVonta Smith)

Sometimes things just work out. When the Eagles traded down it was viewed as further evidence they were fully invested in Jalen Hurts as the starting quarterback. Then word broke they weren’t completely sold. With the way the draft has shaken out, the choice of taking the Heisman-winning DeVonta Smith should be an easy one. Why give up on Hurts before seeing what he can really do?

13. Los Angeles Chargers – Caleb Farley

(Original Selection – Zaven Collins)

This might be more of a value-pick than anything. But after losing 14-game starter Casey Hayward from what was a top-10 passing defense, it’s also a need. Caleb Farley would team with the returning Derwin James to give the Chargers a long, versatile secondary. We’re still in prime trade-up territory for some quarterback-thirsty team.

14. Minnesota Vikings – Alijah Vera-Tucker

(Original Selection – Alijah Vera-Tucker)

The Vikings needed line help before cutting Reiff. Their activity beyond that in free agency only bolstered this. They would be getting a versatile one in Alijah Vera-Tucker who spent most of his time in college on the outside.

15. New England Patriots – Mac Jones

(Original Selection – Kyle Pitts)

If reports are true that the Patriots plan on making a move for one of the top passers in the draft it would likely have to be Mac Jones. If so, Bill Belichick would be cracking the closest thing to a smile you’re going to get from him if this scenario plays out. This still feels like a bit of a smokescreen, though, and a trade down wouldn’t exactly shock anyone.

16. Arizona Cardinals – Jaycee Horn

(Original Pick – Travis Etienne)

After having some doubt whether another corner was worthy of going this high, Jaycee Horn erased all concerns. His 4.39 40-yard dash, 41.5-inch vertical, and 19 bench reps point to his pedigree. Yes, the Cardinals just signed Malcolm Butler. But it’s only a one-year deal. A pick of Horn is one with the long view in mind.

17. Las Vegas Raiders – Teven Jenkins

(Original Pick – Ja’Marr Chase)

The Raiders created the need for this pick when they traded away right tackle Trent Brown to the Patriots. Despite the re-signing and signing of Zay Jones and John Brown, respectively, the Raiders could still use another receiver and there is a big need for a linebacker. But protecting the quarterback is paramount in the NFL.

18. Miami Dolphins – Jaylen Waddle

(Original Pick – Terrance Marshall)

This would be an absolute steal for the Dolphins. Initially slated for the versatile Marshall, Jaylen Waddle is the dynamic presence this offense, and second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa needs. Following their earlier selection of Sewell, landing Waddle would be enough to earn this class an ‘A’. And no, Will Fuller’s signing shouldn’t keep them from making this pick.

19. Washington Football Team – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah

(Original Pick – Trevon Moehrig-Woodard)

A solid free-agent haul has left the Football Team feeling fine despite missing out on one of the top passers (barring a trade, of course). And while they still could use a safety or tackle here, but they instead opt for Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, a player who tallied 142 tackles, seven sacks, and five forced fumbles (with four recoveries) in two seasons at Notre Dame.

20. Chicago Bears – Kadarius Toney

(Original Pick – Mac Jones)

If the Bears are serious about Andy Dalton being QB1, then they need to put more weapons around him. Allen Robinson will be playing on the franchise tag, Darnell Mooney is just in his second year, and they already tried to trade Anthony Miller. Kadarius Toney had 10 touchdowns and nearly 100 yards last season for the Florida Gators. They should try to trade up though.

21. Indianapolis Colts – Kwity Paye

(Original Pick – Dillon Radunz)

The Colts signed Sam Tevi who started 14 games for the Chargers last season in free agency. That plus the shake of the board pushed EDGE to the top of their list of needs. There might be players with more pass-rushing juice, but Kwity Paye is the most complete EDGE defender on the board.

22. Tennessee Titans – Greg Newsome

(Original Pick – Joseph Ossai)

The addition of Bud Dupree influenced this change of heart. But not more than the losses of both Adoree Jackson and Malcolm Butler in free agency. Janoris Jenkins will be 33 early in the season and Kevin Johnson isn’t an answer, especially on a one-year deal. Greg Newsome is quickly rising up draft boards.

23. New York Jets – Zaven Collins

(Original Pick – Jaylen Waddle)

A productive free agency sees the Jets needs change for this pick. Corey Davis doesn’t preclude them from taking a receiver but they can certainly wait for one. Instead, new head coach Robert Saleh gets a versatile new toy for his defense. Zaven Collins, the Nagurski award winner from Tulsa, can play off-ball linebacker or rush the passer.

 

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Najee Harris

(Original Pick – Liam Eichenberg)

With it looking like some quality tackles could be available in the second round, the Steelers opt to go a different route in an attempt to address their stagnant ground game. James Conner is a strong candidate to return but Pittsburgh has ranked 32nd, 29th, and 32nd with him as the primary back and he’s yet to play a full season.

25. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevon Moehrig-Woodard

(Original Pick – Jackson Carman)

Just as with Pittsburgh, the Jaguars take note of the available tackles and see light in the second round of the NFL Draft. They can then make what might be a slight reach but secure the top safety in the class in Trevon Moehrig-Woodard. He would go nicely with free-agent acquisitions Shaquille Griffin and Rayshawn Jenkins, and last year’s first-round pick C.J. Henderson in the Jags revamped secondary.

26. Cleveland Browns – Gregory Rousseau

(Original Pick – Gregory Rousseau)

This pick was originally made with the idea of getting a bookend for Myles Garrett. Takkarist McKinley isn’t it and Gregory Rousseau had 15.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for loss for the Miami Hurricanes in 2019 before opting out last season due to COVID concerns. Barring Jadeveon Clowney singing here, this is the pick.

27. Baltimore Ravens – Rashod Bateman

(Original Pick – Rashod Bateman)

Two things are working against this pick that shouldn’t. One is the hole at EDGE with the loss of both Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue. The other is the signing of Sammy Watkins to a one-year deal. But both defenders combined for just nine sacks. And Watkins on the perimeter for a year with Marquise Brown, while Rashod Bateman plays the big slot role, would be Lamar Jackson’s dream scenario.

28. New Orleans Saints – Terrace Marshall

(Original Pick – Jaycee Horn)

The Saints miss out on the top cornerback prospects and need an EDGE. But they also need another weapon for this offense with a new quarterback set to emerge between Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill. Why not get one who can play all three spots and that you should have plenty of tape on in Terrace Marshall of LSU.

29. Green Bay Packers – Jalen Mayfield

(Original Pick – Jalen Mayfield)

The Packers have a 37-year-old future Hall of Famer under center and a 22-year-old 2020 first-rounder waiting in the wings. It’s that simple. Jalen Mayfield also has the versatility the Packers like in their lineman, with the ability to play either tackle spot or to slide inside and play guard.

30. Buffalo Bills – Azeez Ojulari

(Original Pick – Najee Harris)

Buffalo has done a solid job adding to their offense. But the pass rush needs some juice behind the aging duo of Jerry Hughes and Mario Addison. Azeez Ojulari had 12.5 sacks for the Bulldogs last season and would make a nice compliment for A.J. Epenesa, should he come around.

31. Kansas City Chiefs – Dillon Radunz

(Original Pick – Wyatt Davia)

We stick with the o-line for the Chiefs in our mock  NFL Draft (2.0) but, following free agency, they need more help on the outside. With the names still on the board, they may opt to trade down a couple of slots, but Dillon Radunz has the potential to be a franchise left tackle but he might need some work. What better place than with Andy Reid who took Eric Fisher first-overall back in 2013.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Christian Barmore

(Original Pick – Christian Barmore)

The Super Bowl Champion Bucs have pulled off a rarity and have retained all 22 starters from the title run. It remains to be seen if the results will be the same. Christian Barmore can serve as useful insurance behind Vita Vea (who missed 11 regular-season games and the first two rounds of the playoffs) and, even more for Ndamukong Suh who is 34 years old.

NFL Draft Version 2.0

The NFL Draft is always an exciting event and this year should be no different. With a return of the in-person format, we will once again have those emotional moments when prospects hear their names called and walk across the stage.

So much can (and will) change between now and the start of the 2021 NFL Draft. Who knows, we might even have to update this once more before it’s all said and done.

 

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