• February 26, 2024

Analysis on every pick in the second and third rounds

The NFL draft for 2021, ie the league’s 86th annual Player Selection Meeting, will continue on Friday evening with the second and third round.

After an eventful Thursday in Cleveland, all 32 teams will make their choices on day two – the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks are all sitting outside Round 1 after previous business for established veterans. But they’ll go into battle – though the Texans won’t start until Round 3 – trying to beat gold at a time when the best teams tend to fill their roster with less celebrated prospects.

Now for the tips:

DRAFT TRACKER:Analysis of each selection in the first round

2021 NFL Draft Tracker: Second Round Picks

33. Jacksonville Jaguars – CB Tyson Campbell, Georgia

Not a ton of production in terms of flipping the ball for the Bulldogs, but you can’t teach speed below 4.4 or a willingness to attack. Gives the Jags a nice nickel package featuring CJ Henderson and the newly signed Shaquill Griffin.

34. New York Jets – WR Elijah Moore, Mississippi

The NYJ continues to invest in assets to surround new QB Zach Wilson. After GM Joe Douglas strengthened the O-line with OL Alijah Vera-Tucker in Round 1, he receives the explosive receiver from Ole Miss. Moore can operate from the slot, perform jet sweeps and turn a tow bar into a score. He finished the game last year with 86 moves for 1,193 yards and eight points in eight games. That choice could cast doubts on the future of current slot receiver Jamison Crowder.

35. Denver Broncos (of Atlanta Falcons) – RB Javonte Williams, North Carolina

He averaged 7.3 yards per carry in 2020 and put the ball in the end zone 22 times. As a physical runner who also blocks and catches (25 last year), his arrival marks another timeshare as he replaces Phillip Lindsay as Melvin Gordon’s partner on crime matters.

36. Miami Dolphins (from Houston Texans) – S. Jevon Holland, Oregon

Holland had nine INTs in the 2018 and 19 seasons before signing out last year. He should upgrade Miami’s wobbly topline that can’t compete with a solid set of corners.

37. Philadelphia Eagles – C / G Landon Dickerson, Alabama

He is recovering well from a torn ACL and should be ready for week 1. He has played all five o-line positions between ‘Bama and his time in Florida, but appears to be settling inside the NFL. Could be Jason Kelce’s future successor.

38. New England Patriots (from Cincinnati Bengals) – DT Christian Barmore, Alabama

He destroyed the state of Ohio in the CFP’s national championship game, showing off his ability to clog running tracks and get the quarterback in the stomach. A three-down disruptor that was supposed to bring the necessary sportiness to the frontlines of New England. The Pats gave up two quarter-finalists for the second round swap with Cincy.

39. Chicago Bears (by Carolina Panthers) – OT Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State

Should settle into the real duel and become another element (along with QB Justin Fields in the first round) that helps Chicago’s sloppy offense keep his side of the Windy City deal going. Bear fans should enjoy Jenkins’ echo-of-the-whistle mentality.

40. Hawks (from Broncos) – S. Richie Grant, Central Florida

Atlanta finished last against the pass in 2020, allowing 34 TD passes. Grant, who has had 10 picks in the past three seasons, is joining a new security corps that freehand bid farewell to Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee and greet Duron Harmon and Erik Harris.

41. Detroit Lions – DT Levi Onwuzurike, Washington

He can defend the run and penetrate in overtaking maneuvers and should be ready to bite a few kneecaps for new coach Dan Campbell. He was an All-Pac-12 selection in 2019 before signing out last year. Detroit has now selected two linemen from the conference after dating Oregon OT Penei Sewell on Round 1.

42. Dolphins (from New York Giants) – OT Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame

Giants GM Dave Gettleman is trading again, adding a third-placed finish in 2022, allowing Miami to get a new real tackle. Expect Eichenberg to guard the blind side of south paw QB Tua Tagovailoa after trading in Ereck Flowers wired a move inward this week from 2020 second round player Robert Hunt.

43. Las Vegas Raiders (from San Francisco 49ers) – S. Trevon Moehrig, TCU

Last year’s Jim Thorpe Award winner, Moehrig, has a good selection, plays with good instincts, can cover and is ready to make a hit. He should complement S Johnathan Abram from the first round of 2019 well, who is more of a knockout in the box.

44. Dallas Cowboys – CB Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky

And Dallas begins repairing last year’s sieve-like passport defenses. Joseph has now teamed up outside with Trevon Diggs, the 2020 second round player. Joseph’s exceptional athleticism should serve him well as he adapts to the NFL. Joseph, who began his college career at LSU, had four INTs last year.

45. Jaguars (from Minnesota Vikings) – OT Walker Little, Stanford

He’s massive at 6-7 and 313 pounds, has all the talent in the world, but suffered an ACL rift in 2019 and pulled out last year. Projects to succeed Jags LT Cam Robinson, who is playing on Franchise Day in 2021. Walker should be a good long term investment as a blind side guardian of Trevor Lawrence.

46. ​​Bengals (by Patriots) – OT Jackson Carman, Clemson

Cincinnati, a 6-5, 317-pounder, didn’t wait long to step up QB Joe Burrow’s protection after picking WR Ja’Marr Chase on Thursday. Carman was protecting Lawrence on the left for Clemson and could get the opportunity to do the same for Burrow, whose rookie season ended prematurely with a knee injury. If not, Carman might be the right device, or even a guard, in the long run.

47. Los Angeles Chargers – CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State

Another son of a former NFL star, Samuel the Younger is a more willing attacker than Papa sometimes was. He can also generate sales and helps the Bolts Secondary after the losses of Rayshawn Jenkins and Casey Hayward. Samuel had three picks in eight games for the Seminoles in 2020 when he was an All-ACC selection.

48. 49ers (from Raiders) – G Aaron Banks, Notre Dame

Another all-ACC tip, the 6-5, 325-pounder should help simplify the Niners’ ground play, which is really key to their offensive. That O-line is getting a nice boost this spring after veteran C Alex Mack also signed up.

49. Cardinals of Arizona – WR Rondale Moore, Purdue

Moore scored an unofficial 4.29 40 on his pro day while making a 42½-inch vertical jump. As a freshman, he made 114 catches and 14 TDs in 2018 … but injuries, including his hamstring, have kept him pretty off the field since then. Small (5-7, 181) but very powerful, it could be a dangerous weapon – which can also be crafted on jet sweeps or pitches – between veteran WRs DeAndre Hopkins and AJ Green.

50. Giants (of dolphins) – OLB / DE Azeez Ojulari, Georgia

He led the SEC with 8½ sacks in 2020 and was so respected that he was named team captain as a freshman. Can man the edge in odd or even fronts. The Giants didn’t have a five-sack performance from any of their Edge players in 2020.

51st Washington Football Team – LT Samuel Cosmi, Texas

The all-big-12 performer stands 6-6 and 314 pounds and should immediately take the left tackle for the WFT. Cosmi may not have elite physical abilities, but she is durable and can also play the right tackle. The soccer team continues to build a nice squad, even if a future quarterback has to come in the future.

52. Browns (from Bears via Panthers) – LB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Notre Dame

Cleveland acts (and gives up a third-placed finish as part of his second round with Carolina) to end JOK’s free fall. Owusu-Koramoah, a 6-1, 221-pounder, compares himself to the Darius Leonard of the Colts and also deals some thundering hits. He can defend in space and cover large swaths of the field for a Browns defense that continues to add studs.

53. Tennessee Titans – OT Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State

He looked after Trey Lance for the bison and represents the Titans latest strike in full-fledged tackle after running all-pro Jack Conklin after the 2019 season and wasting a first-round election against Isaiah Wilson last year. Radunz is a left-handed college graduate and offers a good level of versatility too. Ryan Tannehill and Derrick Henry say thank you.

54. Indianapolis Colts – DE Dayo Odeyingbo, Vanderbilt

He sustained an Achilles injury but had 5½ sacks in eight games last year. If the Colts are lucky, Odeyingbo and top notch Kwity Paye could be the new Dwight Freeney-Robert Mathis combo for the 2020s.

55. Pittsburgh Steelers – TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn State

The nickname “Baby Gronk” is not entirely correct, although he wore # 87 and has a similar gait. But Freiermuth should be a nice combo tight end to an offense that’s gradually being reworked this off-season. He had 92 catches for 1,185 yards and 16 TDs in three seasons with the Nittany Lions.

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57. Los Angeles Rams –

58. Kansas City Chiefs (from Baltimore Ravens) –

59. Panthers (by Browns) –

60. New Orleans Saints –

61.Buffalo Bills –

62. Green Bay Packers –

63. Chiefs –

64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers –

2021 NFL Draft Tracker: Picks for Round Three

65. Jaguars –

66. Vikings (from Jets) –

67. Texans

68. Hawks –

69. Bengals –

70. Eagle –

71.Broncos –

72. Lions –

73. Panther –

74.Washington (from 49ers) –

75. Cowboys –

76. Giants –

77. Chargers –

78. Vikings –

79. Raiders (from Cardinals) –

80. Raiders –

81.Dolphins –

82.Washington –

83. Panthers (from bears) –

84. Cowboys (from Colts to Eagles) –

85. Titans –

86. Vikings (from Seahawks to Jets) –

87. Steelers –

88. Aries –

89. Panthers (by Browns) –

90. Vikings (from ravens) –

91.Browns (of saints) –

92. Packer –

93. Invoices –

94. Ravens (of chiefs) –

95. Privateer –

x-96. Patriots –

x-97. Charger –

x-98. Saints –

x-99. Cowboys –

x-100. Titans –

x-101. Lions (from Rams) –

x-102. 49ers –

x-103. Aries –

x-104. Ravens –

x-105. Saints –

(x-compensatory selection)


Follow USA TODAY Sports’ Nate Davis on Twitter @ ByNateDavis.


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