Martin McConnell’s Final 2021 NFL Mock Draft

25. Jacksonville Jaguars- Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern

The fourth cornerback off the board, Jacksonville spends their second pick in the first round trying to fill the void left by the Jalen Ramsey trade. Northwestern’s Greg Newsome II is an instinctual cornerback, and although he has some durability concerns, the NFL should be able to sturdy him up a bit. Newsome looks great with the ball in his hands, and his fluid movement allows for sticky coverage, even in looser, off-man situations. The Jaguars might not want to move up for a prospect like Surtain or Horn, but letting Newsome fall to them is a great consolation prize.

26. Cleveland Browns- Azeez Ojulari, DE, Georgia

The Browns stand pat at No. 26 and still manage to get a player who can improve their defense right off the bat. Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari might be a bit undersized, but his versatility makes him a tantalizing prospect for Cleveland. Alongside Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney, Ojulari will receive some of the best support at his position in the entire NFL. His tape is explosive and aggressive, and he has the speed and stamina to chase down running backs. It remains to be seen whether or not he can drop back in coverage, but as a pass rusher, Ojulari could be a future star.

27. Las Vegas Raiders- Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

Tulsa’s Zaven Collins slips a little further than expected in this mock draft, but he’ll be suiting up for the silver and black next year. Collins is a “throwback linebacker” and at 6-4 and 270 pounds, he’ll be able to cover a lot of ground for the Raiders under Gus Bradley. Collins excels in zone coverage in addition to being an enforcer in the run game. Ideally, the Raiders would like a safety here, but with Trevon Moehrig gone, there’s no true safety who wouldn’t be a reach for Vegas.

28. New Orleans Saints- Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

The Saints take the draft’s fifth cornerback in the form of Asante Samuel Jr. from Florida State. Samuel is a great value pick here, especially if the whole Marshon Lattimore situation doesn’t work out for the Saints. There’s a good chance that New Orleans is going to be looking for a new top cornerback pretty soon, and Samuel could fill that need. Samuel’s speed and ball skills make him a electrifying playmaker in the defensive backfield. That being said, he will need to be truly fantastic to succeed on the outside at just 5-10.

29. Green Bay Packers- Kwity Paye, DT, Michigan

The Packers pass on a first-round receiver once again to pick up Michigan’s Kwity Paye. Paye’s eye-popping athletic traits make him a prime target for a defense like the Packers, who can afford to coach players up before they need to make an immediate impact. Paye is a bit raw, but his physical ability speaks for itself on the field. I think the Packers could go receiver here, but with Paye falling into their lap, I don’t think they can pass up.

30. Buffalo Bills- Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

The Bills nab the draft’s second LSU wide receiver at No. 30 overall, selecting Terrace Marshall Jr. Buffalo already has Stefon Diggs, but Josh Allen could use a huge target to throw to, and Marshall fits the bill at 6-4 and 200 pounds. Marshall is a wild mismatch on the outside, and his acceleration gives him freight train-esque qualities when going deep down the field. The Bills need just a few more pieces to topple the Chiefs in the AFC, and this is a great start.

31. Baltimore Ravens- Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami

In the absence of Matthew Judon, the Ravens use their later first-round pick on a project defensive end in the form of Gregory Rousseau. Rousseau is a raw prospect, but his traits and physical talent are through the roof. He has all the tools to be a great defender in the NFL, but he’s going to need a lot of work and coaching to put it all together. If Wink Martindale is willing to work with him for a year or two, he could turn into a steal here at the end of the first round. Without that kind of determination, though, this pick could end up being a total disaster. That being said, it’s definitely worth a shot.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the luxury to bring back every single starter from their Super Bowl team for 2021. In that case, they’re going to be able to pick basically whoever they want, and Landon Dickerson is a great long-term option for the Bucs. After shoring up the edge of offensive line with Tristan Wirfs last year, they’ll add depth on the inside with Dickerson. His medicals might be worrying, but for a team that has no starter holes to fill, he’s a great option for maybe two or three years down the road.

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