Pre-Free Agency 2021 NFL Mock Draft

25. Jacksonville Jaguars- Christian Barmore, DL, Alabama

Rather than securing a receiver for their new golden boy in Trevor Lawrence, I think the Jags might go with some defensive help in the form of Christian Barmore. Another first-round Alabama defensive tackle, Barmore is the next in a long and prestigious line. Barmore is raw, but his upside as a defensive force is higher than most in his class. If Urban Meyer can distill Barmore’s inconsistency into pure athleticism, the Jags may have found a great defensive line piece next to Josh Allen.

26. Cleveland Browns- Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

The first safety comes off the board at No. 26, as the Browns bolster their defensive backfield with Trevon Moehrig. Moehrig already matches another safety in Cleveland, Ronnie Harrison, especially in size. It’s possible that the Browns could try to play him in the box as a safety/linebacker hybrid, but where Moehrig excels is in his ballhawking skills. In order to keep up with Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes in the AFC, the Browns are going to need a player like Moehrig to make a play that shifts the momentum and puts the ball back in the hands of their offense. They already have a player like that in Myles Garrett, and adding Moehrig would give them one on the back end.

27. Baltimore Ravens- Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

It’s clear that the Ravens have a “type” at receiver, especially now that Lamar Jackson has taken the reigns of a full playbook in his third season. Toney fits that archetype of fast, home-run hitting receiver perfectly. Toney was a track star in high school, and it shows on the football field. He works almost exclusively as a ticking time bomb of wide openness, where about once or twice a game, the defense is bound to completely lose track of him. He might not be a perfect route runner, but he does everything the Ravens love about Marquise Brown.

28. New Orleans Saints- Azeez Ojulari, LB, Georgia

I actually think that Ojulari could be a linebacker or defensive end, and excel at either one. He’s a bit undersized, but he flashed as a pass rusher while at Georgia, recording 5.5 sacks in both 2019 and 2020, and I can’t help but think there’s potential there. If the Saints aren’t going to be bringing Drew Brees back for another season, they’re going to need to get their winning done in some other ways. Adding a defensive presence like Azeez Ojulari would be a huge help in that regard, as the Saints could try to turn themselves into a grinding, defensive-based team.

29. Green Bay Packers- Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

The Packers didn’t get bounced out of the playoffs because of their lack of offensive talent. Clearly, they got beat by the Buccaneers in the NFC Championship game because their defense simply was not good enough under Mike Pettine. Now, Mike Pettine has been replaced by Joe Barry, but the personnel department still needs a facelift. Adding Nick Bolton, a smart defensive player who can be the middle linebacker of the future, would be a huge help. Bolton isn’t overwhelmingly large and athletic, but his snappy play makes sure he never over-pursues and keeps the ball carrier in front of him.

30. Buffalo Bills- Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

Another tackle comes off the board for the Bills at No. 30. The Bills are so close to being at Super Bowl status, and Jalen Mayfield could put them over that hump if he can keep Josh Allen’s jersey clean. Mayfield’s footwork is fluid and clean, and he has the size to back it up at 6-5 and 320 pounds. His strength is solid and he projects best as a pass protector. Mayfield can help the Bills against the AFC’s best pass rushers like TJ Watt and Myles Garrett, and he allows Josh Allen to take even more time in the pocket than he already does.

31. Kansas City Chiefs- Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State

The Chiefs had Patrick Mahomes running for his life out there in the Super Bowl, and when your quarterback is worth half a billion dollars, that simply will not do. The Chiefs strengthen their aging, injured offensive line with Wyatt Davis out of Ohio State at No. 31. Davis projects pretty obviously as a guard, and while moving him to the outside might be worth a shot, it’s best to keep him inside the tackles. Davis’ leg injury is something to look out for at the pro level, but it should be completely healed by the time he gets to play inside Arrowhead Stadium.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

Clemson products bookend the first round of this mock draft, as Trevor Lawrence’s backfield buddy lands at No. 32. While Etienne might have a lot of tread on those tires already, he is absolutely NFL-worthy, especially for a team like the Buccaneers. Tom Brady is still getting older, and the Bucs never seemed to have a bell-cow running back to help him out during their Super Bowl run this season. Etienne can join the running back committee with Ronald Jones and Leonard Fournette, but as a first round pick, he’ll obviously be taking the lead role among them.

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