17. Las Vegas Raiders- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
Another chalk pick here. I hate to be boring, but it just makes way too much sense. The Raiders will probably be coming into the 2021 season with a new defensive coordinator, and what better way to welcome him in, than with a premier defensive talent. Owusu-Koramoah is firmly at the top of the second tier of linebackers this year, and his instincts are some of the best in the class. He might not have the most powerful hit-stick in the world, but he’s a sure tackler who can make big plays at the NFL level.
18. Baltimore Ravens- Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Despite picking at No. 18, the Ravens are one of the most complete teams in the NFL. The defense is star-studded both in the front seven and defensive secondary, and Lamar Jackson is one of the league’s most exciting players. That being said, Baltimore could definitely use a receiver like Rashod Bateman. Bateman is consistent in all levels of the field, and can take the top off a defense just like Marquise Brown can. This would be a great pick to round out Baltimore’s passing game.
19. Washington Football Team- Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
Once again, I don’t think it would be a surprise for Washington to go after a quarterback here. Despite not really giving him a shot, it’s clear that this group does not believe in Dwayne Haskins, but with the board breaking this way, I think they might try to protect their passer instead of getting a new one. Darrisaw destroys pass rushers seemingly every week, but he’s rarely sloppy with his technique. Washington’s getting a mauler here, which goes a long way in extending Alex Smith’s career, and giving Antonio Gibson a line to run behind.
20. Arizona Cardinals- Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
Another tackle off the board, as the Cardinals go with the 6-foot-7 Texas product in Samuel Cosmi. Kyler Murray can’t run for his life forever, and taking Cosmi as an athletic and mobile blocker plays into what Arizona likes to do offensively. He might not have the cleanest technique, but his sheer size and athletic ability is a blessing that will let him get by until he develops a better technique.
21. Miami Dolphins- Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
The draft’s first running back comes off the board here in the form of Clemson star Travis Etienne. At No. 21, the Dolphins are getting great value on the two-time ACC Player of the Year. Etienne’s initial burst is promising, and while his top speed doesn’t seem mind-blowing for the NFL, his acceleration while getting there definitely is. My only worry with Etienne is that there is already a lot of tread on those tires, but he’s going to be NFL-ready as a rookie.
22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Horn drops a bit on this board, but his talent remains near the top of this year’s cornerback class. Horn is yet another tall corner who can stick to receivers in man coverage, but what sets him apart is his aggressiveness when tackling. Horn comes equipped with a strong safety-like pop in his hits, and can be a great tone-setter for Tampa Bay’s defense.
23. Indianapolis Colts- Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
Finally, the last of the big-name quarterbacks comes off the board. Kyle Trask goes to Indy to sit behind Philip Rivers until he retires, likely after 2021. Trask is raw, but the talent is certainly there for him to be a star quarterback at the next level. Trask possesses the physical traits to be successful, but needs major work in his mechanics and the mental side of the game. Even still, Frank Reich would be happy to coach up such a prospect as his quarterback of the future.
24. Cleveland Browns- Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
This pick came down to Texas linebacker Joseph Ossai and Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins. Cleveland’s offense is set for the next few years, with not a single hole to be found. The Browns need major help on defense, and they go with a big, old-school linebacker here in Zaven Collins. At 6-foot-4, 260 pounds, Collins is surprisingly versatile, showing exceptional patience and play-reading ability. Collins can drop back into coverage when needed, but still needs to develop better decision-making against the run.