2021 “Home Stretch” NFL Mock Draft

25. New York Jets (from SEA)- Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

So, the Jets have their quarterback in Trevor Lawrence. It’s about three hours later now on draft night, and it’s time to grab him a top receiver to throw to. Ever since they lost Robby Anderson, New York’s offense has been even more anemic than when they did have him. Purdue’s Rondale Moore can be gone in the blink of an eye, racking up home run ball after home run ball from a rookie Trevor Lawrence. He doesn’t have the greatest size in the world at 5-foot-9, 175 pounds, but if Lawrence is as accurate as we think he is, that shouldn’t be a problem.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR)- Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

The Jaguars can try their best to replace Jalen Ramsey, and they’ll do so here, using the pick they got by trading him. Ohio State has a recent history of producing great cornerbacks (Denzel Ward, Marshon Lattimore, among others) and Shaun Wade seems to be next in line. Wade’s notable work ethic earned him time starting in a consistently great Buckeyes secondary. Taking that work ethic to the next level will certainly help him, especially after 2020 saw him underperform as a true No. 1 cornerback.

27. Tennessee Titans- Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

Much like Shaun Wade, Dylan Moses has seen his stock drop a bit throughout this season. That being said, he could still be a solid asset to a hurting Titans defense. At 6-foot-3, Moses is a lengthy linebacker who can completely destroy any ball carrier he finds himself in his general vicinity. However, he still gets confused during play action and RPOs, allowing some teams to pull the wool over his eyes. He has all the physical tools, and it’ll be up to Mike Vrabel to get him to hit the (play)books now.

28. Buffalo Bills- Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

Josh Allen has upped his game significantly this year, in no small part to having a true No. 1 receiver in Stefon Diggs. Adding Freiermuth to this offense would put it over the top, making the Bills a true Super Bowl contender in the coming years. In any other year, Freiermuth would likely be the top tight end, but Kyle Pitts has a stranglehold on that position right now. Freiermuth is a polished, NFL-ready prospect, which is rare, and even rarer for a tight end. Besides, any tight end named “Baby Gronk” has to be pretty good.

29. Green Bay Packers- Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina

The Packers could probably go with Dylan Moses here, if he’s still on the board. Surratt is steadily rising up draft boards for a while, but Green Bay gets him as of right now. Surratt is a big (6-foot-3) and rangy linebacker, but he’s not totally ready to be the defensive quarterback right now. His athletic ability is stellar, and he plays with a great sense of urgency and speed. The Packers are getting a great blitzing linebacker here, who might eventually develop into the quarterback of the defense.

30. Pittsburgh Steelers- Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

Another running back off the board, and Najee Harris feels like a great fit the Steelers. Pittsburgh could also go with an offensive tackle or even a quarterback here, but I’m not sure I love any of the prospects left on the board. Harris is a big, bruising running back, which screams “Steelers” about as loud as possible. He’s shown that he can catch passes out of the backfield, which meshes with what the Steelers want to do on offense. His acceleration isn’t amazing, which is why he falls to No. 30, but it’s still nice value for the black and yellow here.

31. New Orleans Saints- Paris Ford, S, Pitt

The Saints are going to want to find a safety to replace Marcus Williams in the 2021 draft, and Paris Ford seems like just the right man for the job. Ford is a known ball hawk who can consistently produce big plays for any defense. He hits hard, plays nasty but clean, and has been described as a “spark plug” for a struggling defense. He might be undersized at just six feet tall, but his exceptional range and hard hits makes up for that lack of size.

32. Kansas City Chiefs- Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma

Finally, the defending champs shore up their offensive line by adding the draft’s best interior lineman. While Alabama’s Landon Dickerson might make a run at the title at that title, Oklahoma’s Creed Humphrey seems to be in the pole position to be the first center taken off the board. At 6-foot-5, 315 pounds, Humphrey is a physical monster with great strength and patience at the position. As a left handed center, it might take a bit for Patrick Mahomes to get used to, but Humphrey likely won’t have to play right away anyways.

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