Kevin Hanson's 2021 NFL Mock Draft (Final)
BY KEVIN HANSON (@EDSFootball)
Updated: Thursday, April 29th
Continuing my 2021 NFL Mock Draft, here are picks 17-32:
Paye is a freakish athlete that topped Bruce Feldman's Freaks' List heading into last season. While more projection than production entering the NFL, Paye's combination of rare physical gifts with his non-stop motor give him immense upside.
The recipient of the Bronko Nagurski Award, Collins demonstrated his ability to rush the passer (four sacks) or drop in coverage (four interceptions). Per PFF, Collins had the highest ocverage grade among draft-eligible LBs (by a significant margin).
The lightest (221 pounds) of my top 15 linebacker prospects, Owusu-Koramoah is a three-down, modern-day linebacker with the versatility to be used as a linebacker, safety or nickel defender that has outstanding coverage range. As one defensive coach told The Athletic's Bruce Feldman, Owusu-Koramoah "moves like a good DB. ... He's a freak with his transitions and he's physical. He's a heat-seeking missile." Over the past two seasons, JOK has racked up 24.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks, five forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and an interception.
Kyle Fuller signed a free-agent deal with the Broncos this offseason. While he has missed multiple games every year at Northwestern, Newsome is scheme-diverse with excellent speed (sub-4.4 forty) and fluidity.
Primarily a starter at right tackle at Oklahoma State, Jenkins also has experience at both left tackle and guard. Posting an impressive Relative Athletic Score (RAS), Jenkins has excellent body control and is an absolute bully in the run game. At a minimum, he'd be an upgrade over free-agent addition Sam Tevi.
While the Titans signed Bud Dupree to a massive free-agent deal, Jadeveon Clowney is now in Cleveland after a disappointing season and Harold Landry will be a free agent after the 2021 season. Meanwhile, the Titans had only 19 sacks (third fewest) in 2020. A redshirt sophomore, Ojulari led the SEC with 9.5 sacks in 10 games and the 20-year-old edge rusher saved his best game for last with three sacks and two forced fumbles in Georgia's win over Cincinnati in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
Given a lack of length (32 1/8" arms), Vera-Tucker is likely better suited to play guard at the next level, but he boosted his stock by how well he played when replacing Austin Jackson at left tackle for the Trojans last year. Vera-Tucker's movement skills, balance and versatility put him inside the top 20 of our 2021 NFL Draft Big Board.
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently wrote that the Steelers will draft a running back "most likely in the first round, no later than the second." The all-time career rushing leader in Alabama history, Harris rushed for 1,466 yards and 26 touchdowns and added 43 receptions for 425 yards and four more scores last season.
Posting video game-like numbers in Lane Kiffin's offense with three 200-yard games, Moore finished 2020 with 86/1,193/8 over eight SEC games. While those numbers were aided by the Ole Miss offense, Moore has both speed (4.35 forty) and dynamic run-after-catch ability and PFF charted him with the lowest drop rate among SEC wide receivers in 2020.
Despite the lack of sacks in 2020, Oweh was more disruptive than the stat sheet would indicate and has rare traits. As Bruce Feldman noted in his annual Freaks list, Oweh is "the most explosive one of the bunch" (of athletic freaks). The 257-pound defender ran a 4.36 forty with a 39.5-inch vertical at Penn State's Pro Day.
Tryon has an ideal combination of length and athleticism for a pass-rusher. While he opted out of the 2020 season, Tryon had 12.5 TFLs and eight sacks in 2019.
Before last month's back surgery, Farley was in the mix to be the draft's CB1 and a top-10 pick. While there's a good chance he still falls to the second half of Round 1, Farley told Peter King earlier this month that he's been "cleared by NFL docs for the 2021 season." Farley has an ideal combination of size (6-foot-2, 205 pounds), athleticism (sub-4.4 forty) and ball skills (six INTs in two seasons).
Whether or not the Packers are willing to use their first-round pick on a linebacker, Davis has earned his share of Round 1 buzz and inside linebacker is one of the team's top needs. While inexperienced as a one-year starter, Davis had a breakout 2020 campaign (team-high 102 tackles) and he's a rangy, three-down linebacker with explosive athleticism and length.
The Bills could go in a few different directions here, but they could use an upgrade opposite Tre'Davious White. Like his father, Samuel Jr. has outstanding ball skills and plays bigger than his size.
The Ravens have one of the league's most talented group of cornerbacks, but they could use an upgrade at safety. 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.
Former high school teammates with CB1 (Patrick Surtain II) of this mock, Campbell isn't the refined prospect his former high school teammate is, but the former five-star recruit has a rare blend of speed (sub-4.4 forty), size/length (6-foot-1, 32-inch arms) and change-of-direction ability.
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