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2021 NFL Mock Draft 4.0

Continuing our 2021 NFL Mock Draft, here are picks 17-32:

17. Las Vegas Raiders - Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (FL)

Only three teams generated fewer sacks in 2020 than the Raiders (21). A former high school receiver and safety, Rousseau has outstanding length and was second in the nation in sacks (15.5) in 2019 behind only Ohio State's Chase Young (16.5) before opting out of the 2020 season.

18. Miami Dolphins - Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Although a bit undersized as a linebacker, Owusu-Koramoah is a defensive playmaker that would offer Brian Flores and Josh Boyer plenty of versatility. An explosive athlete with outstanding coverage range, Owusu-Koramoah has led the Irish in tackles for loss in back-to-back seasons with 24.5 TFL total to go along with five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, an interception and seven sacks over that span.

19. Washington Football Team - Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC

Moved to left tackle in 2020 to replace Austin Jackson, the 18th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Vera-Tucker has played equally well on the outside as he had previously at guard. Especially if WFT allows Brandon Scherff to reach free agency, Vera-Tucker should be in play here given his athleticism and movement skills, balance and versatility.

20. Chicago Bears - Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

If you ask June Jones or Mike Tannenbaum, there's no way Jones should be available here. Jones has (Mac) Jones as his QB1 and Tannenbaum says Jones' "floor" is No. 8 (Panthers). In previous iterations of my mocks, Jones was off the board at No. 15 (Patriots) or No. 19 (WFT). If he's still on the board at No. 20, there's a reasonable chance that he's the pick.

Taking the reigns from Tua Tagovailoa, the fifth pick in 2020, Jones really hit the ground running in 2020 after getting a few starts following Tua's injury in 2019. While Jones lacks the arm strength and athleticism that the top-four quarterback prospects possess, he makes quick reads and throws with outstanding accuracy and touch. Facing only SEC competition before Notre Dame and Ohio State in the College Football Playoff, Jones completed 77.4% of his pass attempts and threw for 4,500 yards (11.2 Y/A), 41 touchdowns and four interceptions last season.

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21. Indianapolis Colts - Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (FL)

With the top three (four if you count Vera-Tucker) offensive tackles off the board, I still considered Oklahoma State's Teven Jenkins here. In a year with a deep tackle class, however, the Colts address Anthony Costanzo's retirement in the second round of this mock.

Justin Houston has 19.0 sacks in his two seasons in Indianapolis, but the 32-year-old edge rusher is set to become a free agent later this month. Phillips has taken an indirect path from five-star recruit -- No. 3 in 2017 ESPN 300 -- to potential first-round pick. Unretiring from football and transferring from UCLA, Phillips had eight sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss over 10 games in his only season with the Hurricanes. The scheme-diverse edge rusher has the strength and length to set the edge and the quickness and bend to disrupt the passing game.

22. Tennessee Titans - Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

Only the Bengals (17) and Jaguars (18) recorded fewer sacks this season than the Titans (19). Only a redshirt sophomore, Ojulari is an ascending prospect with a chance to go (potentially much) higher than this. Leading the SEC with 9.5 sacks in 10 games, the 20-year-old edge rusher has three sacks and two forced fumbles in the team's bowl game against the Cincinnati Bearcats.

23. New York Jets - Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

Bateman played only five games in an abbreviated 2020 season, but he had 60 catches for 1,219 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2019. The polished and productive receiver ran a sub-4.4 forty (per Bateman himself). While times at training facilities and/or Pro Days are less reliable from a comparison standpoint, the (much) faster-than-expected time only boosts his draft stock.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

The Steelers ranked last in the NFL in rushing yards per game (84.4) and while they ranked bottom five in rush attempts (373), they also ranked last in the league in yards per carry (3.6). Meanwhile James Conner has struggled to stay on the field and almost certainly won't be back in Pittsburgh next season. The all-time career rushing leader in Alabama history, the do-it-all back rushed for 1,466 yards and 26 touchdowns and added 43 receptions for 425 yards and four more scores last season.

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25. Jacksonville Jaguars - Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama

My top-ranked interior defensive lineman, the redshirt sophomore had 9.5 tackles for loss including eight sacks and three forced fumbles in 2020 and played his best football down the stretch. Six of Barmore's sacks came in the final six games of the season and Georgia edge rusher Azeez Ojulari was the only SEC defender to record more sacks in 2020.

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26. Cleveland Browns - Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

The recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Award, the versatile Tulsa defender (6-4, 260) can rush the passer or drop in coverage. Collins had four sacks and four interceptions, two of which were returned for scores, in eight games this past season.

27. Baltimore Ravens - Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

With Orlando Brown wanting to move on to an opportunity that will allow him to play left tackle, Jenkins would be an excellent fit, especially if the Ravens move Brown before the draft. One of the most powerful blockers in this draft class, Jenkins is a mauler in the run game and has some experience also playing on the left side as well.

28. New Orleans Saints - Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

No team is more over the cap than the Saints, per Over the Cap. Even so, the Saints are "expected to prioritize" impending free agent safety Marcus Williams, per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, as "they want to keep him -- within financial reason." Especially if they can't afford to re-sign Williams, Moehrig makes sense here. The top safety prospect in this year's draft class, Moehrig offers positional versatility and has intercepted six passes over the past two seasons combined.

29. Green Bay Packers - Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

While I'm reluctant to give the Packers a wide receiver here (last two iterations of my mock have been defenders), the addition of an electrifying playamker in Toney's mold would give Aaron Rodgers, the reigning NFL MVP, the type of weapon not currently on the roster. Toney had 70 catches for 984 yards, 19 rush attempts for 161 yards and 11 total touchdowns in 2020.

30. Buffalo Bills - Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest

With a rare combination of size (6-5, 285), strength and athleticism, Basham fits the mold of what the Bills look for in an edge defender. While 2020 was a down year compared to 2019, Basham had 18.5 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in 2019.

MORE: Buffalo Bills 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

31. Kansas City Chiefs - Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

Both Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz are scheduled to be free agents after the 2021 season. While Mayfield has started at right tackle for the Wolverines, I believe the 20-year-old tackle has the versatility and skill set to develop into a starter on the left side or even kick inside as well.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State

One of the team strengths for the Bucs is their ability to get after the quarterback (47 sacks, third in NFL). That said, Shaquil Barrett (eight sacks) played last season on the franchise tag and the 32-year-old Jason Pierre-Paul (team-high 9.5 sacks) will enter the final year of his contract in 2021.

Despite the lack of production (zero sacks in 2020 after posting five in 2019), Oweh has rare traits that could entice a team in the back end of Round 1 to take a chance on his enormous upside. As Bruce Feldman noted in his annual Freaks list, Oweh is "the most explosive one of the bunch" (of athletic freaks) as he reportedly ran a 4.33 forty (as an edge defender).

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