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NFL Mock Draft 2021: Complete 7-round edition pairs Patriots, Bears, Washington with new QBs after top picks



NFL Mock Draft 2021: Complete 7-round edition pairs Patriots, Bears, Washington with new QBs after top picks

The 2021 NFL Draft is a little more than two weeks away. That makes it a great time to deliver Sporting News’ seven-round mock draft ahead of when the actual selections are made from April 29 through May 1.

Considering the talent of prospects across the board and specific team needs, here a look at the potential value picks from the no-brainer No. 1 overall through No. 259, also known as “Mr. Irrelevant.” Although there is a basis of rumors and targets, there’s also taking what players fit what situations best.

Here’s looking at how every team can nail every round:

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NFL mock draft 2021: Round 1

1. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-15)

  • Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson (6-6, 213) pounds)

The Jaguars need a franchise passer for Urban Meyer and they’re locked into whom they think will be a transcendent prospect.

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2. New York Jets (2-14)

  • Zach Wilson, QB, BYU (6-3, 210 pounds)

The Jets have made this the second no-brainer in the draft, going for his attractive arm and athleticism combination in replacing traded Sam Darnold.

3. San Francisco 49ers (from Texans through Dolphins)

  • Mac Jones, QB, Alabama (6-3, 214 pounds)

There seems to be more clarity of late on which quarterback the 49ers targeted in their blockbuster trade up with the Dolphins. They should think the immediate high floor of Jones in Kyle Shanahan’s system is worth it, edging out the raw, higher upside of Trey Lance.

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4. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)

  • Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State (6-4, 226 pounds)

Speaking of Lance, he didn’t operate from new offensive-minded head coach Arthur Smith’s playbook on his pro day by accident. The Falcons are set to stash this youngster to succeed Matt Ryan in 2022.

5. Cincinnati Bengals (4-11-1)

  • Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon (6-5, 325 pounds)

Getting Joe Burrow another big-time playmaker at wide receiver or tight end will be tempting but upgrading the pass protection is vital. Sewell still is the best all-around tackle in this class with his smooth agility for pass protection and rock-like stature for the running game.

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6. Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia Eagles)

  • Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU (6-1, 200 pounds)

The Dolphins moved down three spots and still may end up with their top early target. Chase can be a do-everything No. 1 who lines up everywhere to complement DeVante Parker well and will make Tua Tagovailoa very happy.

7. Detroit Lions (5-11)

  • DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama (6-1, 170 pounds)

The Lions would be ready to jump on Chase should he slip and also will need to give thought to Smith’s former Alabama teammate, Jaylen Waddle. Ultimately, after being gutted at the position in free agency, they need to go with the best all-around No. 1 available.

8. Carolina Panthers (5-11)

  • Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech (6-2, 207 pounds)

The Panthers invested enough in acquiring Darnold to think they’re no longer in the QB-drafting business. They do need a lot of cornerback help to complement Donte Jackson, and a flyer on big fading fromer Bronco A.J. Bouye won’t cut it. Farley can develop into a big, longer-term shutdown solution.

9. Denver Broncos (5-11)

  • Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State (6-3, 233 pounds)

The Broncos have to be thrilled about the Panthers’ deal for Darnold, because it ensures they can get a much-needed passing and athletic upgrade from Drew Lock early. Fields can be a great fit in Denver, which should take good advantage of his dual threat.

10. Dallas Cowboys (6-10)

  • Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama (6-2, 203 pounds)

Surtain vs. Farley as the top corner is a good debate and the Cowboys can’t go wrong with either one to take of care their primary defensive need with one of the two safest defensive picks in the draft.

11. New York Giants (6-10)

  • Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern (6-4, 315 pounds)

The Giants are working hard to clean up everything for Daniel Jones in Year 3 and a second young tackle after taking Andrew Thomas last year is the final step. Slater can take over the left side soon and let Thomas settle into a more comfortable spot on the right side anchoring the run blocking for Saquon Barkley.

12. Philadelphia Eagles (from 49ers through Dolphins

  • Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida (6-6, 245 pounds)

The Eagles will hope things play out this way with both the Falcons and Bengals not taking Pitts well ahead of them. They should still be trading Zach Ertz and targeting Pitts as Jalen Hurts’ new ultimate security blanket with a heavy dose of dynamic athleticism for the position.

13. Los Angeles Chargers (7-9)

  • Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama (5-10, 182 pounds)

The Chargers will be locked into Waddle should he slip out of the top 10 as a new big-play target for Justin Herbert to complement Keenan Allen well and become a field-stretching upgrade over oft-injured Mike Williams.

​14. Minnesota Vikings (7-9)

  • Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT/G, USC (6-4, 300 pounds)

The Vikings need to upgrade the left side of their line in some form and Vera-Tucker’s versatility and blend of strength and athleticism will get him a starting gig either inside or outside.

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15. New England Patriots (7-9)

  • Micah Parsons, ILB, Penn State (6-3, 245 pounds)

The Patriots will look out for quarterback values later but should be fine taking a rangy playmaker to clean up and lead for Bill Belichick on the second level as Dont’a Hightower’s successor.

16. Arizona Cardinals (8-8)

  • Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami (6-6, 260 pounds)

The Cardinals lost the sack impact of Haason Reddick in free agency and Chandler Jones is 31. Rousseau would be a good situational rusher now and develop into a regular starter soon.

17. Las Vegas Raiders (8-8)

  • Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, OLB, Notre Dame (6-2, 216 pounds)

The Raiders invested in Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski in free agency with limited return in 2020 so going after a natural run stopper with coverage instincts makes sense to round out their second level.

18. Miami Dolphins (10-6)

  • Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan (6-4, 272 pounds)

Some look at Paye as more of an inside pass-rushing force but regardless, he’s an athletic freak for his size and Brian Flores will love him adding to the multiplicity of their defensive front.

19. Washington Football Team (7-9)

  • Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech (6-5, 314 pounds)

Washington needs to lock down left tackle a season removed from Trent Williams and the talent and value of Darrisaw works out nicely.

20. Chicago Bears (8-8)

  • Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida (5-11, 190 pounds)

The Bears need to think about getting more dynamic away from Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney and their disappointment in Anthony Miller calls for a giffted slot with some field-stretching skills.

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21. Indianapolis Colts (11-5)

  • Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas (6-6, 314 pounds)

The Colts saw Anthony Castonzo go into retirement and the nice-sized and pedigreed Cosmi is a solid immediate replacement option.

22. Tennessee Titans (11-5)

  • Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State (6-5, 310 pounds)

The Titans need to address their weakness created by Jack Conklin leaving for the Browns last offseason and Jenkins is the prototypical right tackle rock.

23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)

  •  Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina (6-1, 205 pounds)

Horn, the son of former NFL wide receiver Joe, is a good primary piece to add for the rebuild at cornerback under Robert Saleh.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4)

  • Najee Harris, RB, Alabama (6-2, 230 pounds)

The Steelers will think about Jenkins for their run blocking should he be available, but they also can’t go wrong with the powerful Haris, who can be a major, durable three-down workhorse upgrade from James Conner.

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25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)

  • Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama (6-3, 310 pounds)

The Jaguars need some beef and inside pass-rush burst in their defensive rebuild and Barmore, after a big postseason, would be the ideal force.

26. Cleveland Browns (11-5)

  •  Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia (6-3, 240 pounds)

The Browns need some pass-rush and coverage versatility to support their front and the rest of their linebackers and Ojulari would be great for Joe Woods.

27. Baltimore Ravens (11-5)

  • Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami (6-5, 266 pounds)

Phillips has passed his former teammate Rousseau on some boards but regardless, the Ravens, after getting gutted in free agency, need to go after someone who could be their next Terrell Suggs.

28. New Orleans Saints (12-4)

  • Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas (6-3, 245 pounds) 

The Saints lost Trey Hendrickson opposite Cameron Jordan in free agency and can rebound well with Ossai playing end for Dennis Allen.

29. Green Bay Packers (13-3)

  • Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan (6-5, 319 pounds)

The Packers need to think about right tackle in the short term and Mayfield would be a welcome athletic presence opposite all-world pass protector David Bakhtiari.

30. Buffalo Bills (13-3)

  • Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State (6-5, 257 pounds)

File Oweh right along with Paye as a freakish pass-rush prospect with major upside and the Bills should be happy to have him to revamp their pressure under Leslie Frazier and Sean McDermott.

31. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)

  • Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern (6-0, 192 pounds)

The Chiefs could use a big corner for the outside and Newsome is a technically skilled cover man who makes a lot of plays on the ball.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (11-5)

  • Levi Onwuzurike, DT, Washington (6-3, 290 pounds)

Ndamukong Suh is back for another season but he’s 34 so the Bucs should think about stashing this quick, strong prospect to pair with Vita Vea.

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NFL mock draft 2021: Round 2

33. Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU (6-1, 208 pounds)

The Jaguars had some of the worst safety play in the NFL last season. Moehrig, the most complete playmaker in a deep class for the position, makes a ton of sense as their third pick to pair with Rayshawn Jenkins.

34. New York Jets

  • Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa (6-4, 260 pounds)

The Jets got Horn for cornerback in the last first round and now can shore up the second level with a rangy athlete with some good pass-rush skills to support the ends.

35. Atlanta Falcons

  • Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson (5-10, 210 pounds)

The Falcons did sign former Panthers supersub Mike Davis but falling in line with Lance setting up their offense to be more explosive in the near future, getting Etienne’s open-field running and top-level receiving is a necessary extra element.

36. Miami Dolphins (from Texans)

  • Nick Bolton, OLB, Missouri (6-0, 232 pounds)

The Dolphins used Kyle Van Noy for only one season and here’s another way for Flores to upgrade the pressure packages in his front seven.

37. Philadelphia Eagles

  • Dylan Moses, ILB, Alabama (6-3, 235 pounds)

The Eagles need a hammer in the middle of Jonathan Gannon’s defense who can clean up everywhere as a sound tackler and leader.

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38. Cincinnati Bengals

  • Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU (6-3, 200 pounds)

The Bengals, after getting Sewell to better protect Burrow, can go after his former Tigers teammate as a nice-sized speedy big-play threat to complement Tee Higgins and slot ace Tyler Boyd well.

39. Carolina Panthers

  • Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State (6-5, 260 pounds)

The Panthers may be tempted by Pitts early but if they do go corner as projected earlier, this is a pretty strong follow. Dan Arnold was a sneaky signing, but Freiermuth’s blocking and receiving skills come at a much higher level for Christian McCaffrey and Darnold.

40. Denver Broncos

  • Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue (5-9, 180 pounds)

The Broncos seem loaded at wideout, but after Courtland Sutton and Jerry Jeudy, there’s a bit of a mixed bag. They are missing a versatile big play waiting to happen as a receiver and sometimes runner. Moore can provide that as they raise the gear of their offense with Fields.

41. Detroit Lions

  •  Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame (6-6, 305 pounds)

The Lions need some help opposite Taylor Decker and Eichenberg fits the bill as a sound right tackle.

42.  New York Giants

  • Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington (6-4, 251 pounds)

The Giants, after going for big athleticism on the outside of their offensive line, can turn to solving their weakness on the pass rush for defensive coordinator Patrick Graham.

43. San Francisco 49ers

  • Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State (6-4, 315 pounds)

The 49ers got Alex Mack as their new veteran center but could use a youthful burst of terrific run blocking for right guard.

44. Dallas Cowboys

  • Carlos Basham Jr., EDGE, Wake Forest (6-5, 275 pounds)

The Cowboys think pass defense again after taking Surtain early with a highly productive rusher with a variety of moves.

45. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Vikings)

  • Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami (6-3, 245 pounds)

The Jaguars have ignored looking at a high-end receiving option at this position for a while and that needs to change for Lawrence. This athletic target can help as an extra intermediate option.

46. New England Patriots

  • Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss (5-9, 184 pounds)

Look for the Patriots to continue overhauling their receiving corps after adding Kendrick Bourne and Nelson Agholor in free agency. Moore is the ideal slot successor for Julian Edelman.

47. Los Angeles Chargers

  • Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State (6-6, 304 pounds)

The Chargers addressed their interior with Corey Linsley, Matt Feiler and Oday Aboushi in free agency but now need to focus on a potential left tackle for Herbert after giving him another big-play wideout in Waddle.

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48. Las Vegas Raiders

  • Jevon Holland, S, Oregon (6-1, 200 pounds)

The Raiders are very weak next to Johnathan Abram and Holland can do everything well to support him as a run defender and cover man.

49. Arizona Cardinals

  • Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina (5-10, 220 pounds)

The Cardinals like Chase Edmonds more as a change of pace so getting Williams to replace Kenyan Drake as a power back makes a ton of sense.

50. Miami Dolphins

  • Creed Humphrey, G/C, Oklahoma (6-4, 312 pounds)

The Dolphins need to upgrade their interior both for run blocking and snapping for Tagovailoa and the former Sooners rock is a great value here.

51. Washington Football Team

  • Kyle Trask, QB, Florida (6-5, 230 pounds)

Washington has Ryan Fitzpatrick as a bridge but can’t expect to have a real long-term solution between Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke. Trask’s arm and accurate pocket passing is a good fit for Scott Turner’s offense.

52. Chicago Bears

  • Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson (6-5, 345 pounds)

The Bears need offensive line help, too, and Carman is capable of playing multiple positions well after protecting Lawrence’s blind side in college.

53. Tennessee Titans

  • Landon Dickerson, G/C, Alabama (6-6, 326 pounds)

Given how much Derrick Henry and the power running game is key to their offense, the Titans would look pretty good to secure the future up front with Jenkins outside and Dickerson inside.

54. Indianapolis Colts

  • Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State (6-3, 213 pounds)

The Colts didn’t bring back Malik Hooker and Nasirildeen can fit any scheme with power against the run and quickness in coverage.

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55. Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State (5-10, 184 pounds)

The Steelers cut Steven Nelson and also lost slot Mike Hilton in free agency. Samuel is a nice pedigreed prospect with the speed and quickness in man coverage to play inside or outside and also is a plus against the run.

56. Seattle Seahawks

  • Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama (6-5, 312 pounds)

The Seahawks need to upgrade at right tackle and Leatherwood can be a powerful run blocker for them for many years to come.

57. Los Angeles Rams

  • Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami (6-3, 245 pounds)

The Rams could use an outside pass-rush boost behind Leonard Floyd and Roche fits their 3-4 well.

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58. Baltimore Ravens

  • Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse (6-2, 212 pounds)

The Ravens need to keep thinking pass defense early and Melifonwu’s size can be effective in their secondary.

59. Cleveland Browns

  • Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford (6-1, 198 pounds)

The Browns need some more size and depth at cornerback and Adebo fits the profile well for Woods.

60. New Orleans Saints

  • Jay Tufele, DT, USC (6-3, 315 pounds)

The Saints had to cut Malcom Brown in free agency so they make a second straight addition to Allen’s front four.

61. Buffalo Bills

  • Trey Smith, G, Tennessee (6-5, 330 pounds)

The Bills need to get better with their traditional running game and Smith can offer strong inside support there.

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62. Green Bay Packers

  • Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State (5-11, 193 pounds)

Wallace can give the Packers a legitimate reliable No. 2 outside for Davante Adams with his possession tendencies and occasional big-play burst.

63. Kansas City Chiefs

  • Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota (6-2, 210 pounds)

The Chiefs have bigger plans for Mecole Hardman but could use a possession-type red zone asset in replacing Sammy Watkins.

64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Chris Rumph II, EDGE, Duke (6-3, 235 pounds)

The Buccaneers need to bring along an energetic situational rusher behind Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul.

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NFL mock draft 2021: Round 3

65. Jacksonville Jaguars

  • Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State (6-3, 241 pounds)

Meyer can tap into his former program under Ryan Day for an impactful all-around playmaker who just needs to become more consistent.

66. New York Jets

  • Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia (6-1, 185 pounds)

The Jets can add Stokes to pair with Horn and suddenly their situation is looking a lot better at cornerback.

67. Houston Texans

  • Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE, Oregon State (6-3, 245 pounds)

The Texans get into the draft with a high-effort pass rusher they need after losing J.J. Watt in free agency.

68. Atlanta Falcons 

  • Deonte Brown, G, Alabama (6-3, 364 pounds)

The Falcons need a massive run blocker to help Davis and Etienne and Brown is the interior behemoth for whom they have been looking.

69. Cincinnati Bengals

  • Patrick Jones II, EDGE, Pittsburgh (6-5, 264 pounds)

The Bengals did sign Hendrickson to replace Carl Lawson but they could use this prototypical 4-3 end for further help against the pass.

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70. Phladelphis Eagles

  • Elijah Molden, CB, Washington (5-10, 191 pounds)

The Eagles have had a mess at cornerback of late and here they can target a strong slot solution with the athleticism, quickness and toughness needed.

71. Denver Broncos

  •  Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky (6-4, 224 pounds)

Vic Fangio needs an active inside defender who has natural coverage skills and quickness to get everywhere against the run.

72. Detroit Lions

  • Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa (6-3, 305 pounds)

The Lions are in desperate need of inside power and quickness and Nixon can provide some good pass-rush juice, too.

73. Carolina Panthers

  • Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC (6-1, 195 pounds)

The Panthers tap into Darnold’s former program for a player that will remind him of JuJu Smith-Schuster as a tough slot presence to put between Robby Anderson and D.J. Moore.

74. Washington Football Team (from 49ers)

  • Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina (6-2, 227 pounds)

Former NFL star linebackers Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio will love having this defender with old-school run-stopping and new-school coverage skills.

75. Dallas Cowboys

  • Paris Ford, S, Pittsburgh (5-11, 190 pounds)

The Cowboys have seen Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods leave in recent offseason and can get fine versatile safety help here.

76. New York Giants

  • Tyler Shelvin, DT, LSU (6-3, 362 pounds)

The Giants neeed a hammer for the nose after losing Dalvin Tomlinson and Shelvin is ideal with his massive run-stuffing frame.

77. Los Angeles Chargers

  • Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State (6-1, 194 pounds)

Wade has been a bit polarizing as he once was perceived as a first-rounder but his skill set for the slot is nice for a team that had to part ways with Desmond King.

78. Minnesota Vikings

  • Jabril Cox, LB, LSU (6-3, 233 pounds)

The Vikings like to keep rebuilding defensively and the second level needs some attention with Anthony Barr back for only more season.

79. Las Vegas Raiders (from Arizona Cardinals)

  • Josh Myers, G/C, Ohio State (6-5, 312 pounds)

The Raiders said goodbye to Rodney Hudson and Gabe Jackson in free agency so a solid run-blocking interior option is a must somewhat early.

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80. Las Vegas Raiders

  • Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State (6-2, 300 pounds)

Run stopping with a stronger interior is also a priority for the Raiders so they shouldn’t mind going back-to-back Buckeyes.

81. Miami Dolphins

  • Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina (5-7, 202 pounds)

The Dolphins got a good season from Myles Gaskin but Carter can give their backfield a needed more explosive element in a committee.

82. Washington Football Team

  • Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse (6-0, 203 pounds)

Washington has Kamren Curl making plays on the back end and here’s a good complement in coverage with ballhawk instincts.

83. Chicago Bears

  • Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson (5-10, 211 pounds)

The Bears did get Toney in the first round here but Rodgers is a different style of hybrid player and also can provide a massive boost in the return game with Cordarrelle Patterson gone.

84. Philadelphia Eagles (from Colts)

  • D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan (5-9, 189 pounds)

The Eagles could beneift from a big slot option for Hurts and Eskridge provides just that a la the Michael Pittman Jr. pick for Nick Sirianni in Indy last season.

85. Tennessee Titans

  • Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame (6-4, 248 pounds)

The Titans need to find a replacement for Jonnu Smith and Tremble can contribute as an athletic receiver right away while he rounds out into a strong blocker.

86. New York Jets (from Seahawks)

  • Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis (5-11, 191 pounds)

Gainwell is a good value here to upgrade the Jets’ rushing attack with his ability to excel in Mike LaFleur’s zone-blocking scheme.

87. Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan (6-1, 232 pounds)

The Steelers need someone to better flank Devin Bush and this fellow former Wolverine is ideal for their rotation.

88. Los Angeles Rams

  • Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State (6-3, 242 pounds)

The Rams must get more active on the inside of their 3-4, too, and Werner can fill the massive coverage void Littlelton left behind.

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89. Cleveland Browns

  • Osa Odighizuwa, DT, UCLA (6-2, 280 pounds)

The Browns need to keep thinking of boosting defense everywhere and they can land a quick backfield disruptor for the inside here.

90. Minnesota Vikings (from Ravens)

  • Hunter Long, TE, Boston College (6-5, 254 pounds)

The Vikings parted ways with long-time starter Kyle Rudolph, and Long, a natural receiver and sound blocker, is a good complement to Irv Smith Jr.

91. Cleveland Browns (from Saints)

  • Charles Snowden, LB, Virginia (6-6, 243 pounds)

The Browns could use some size and thumping ability on the inside of their defense, too. Showden has the frame and athleticism to make a lot of plays.

92. Green Bay Packers

  • Dayo Odeyingbo, EDGE, Vanderbilt (6-5, 285 pounds)

The Packers need to get some situational pass rush help behind Preston Smith and Za’Darius Smith and Odeyingbo is a good fit.

93. Buffalo Bills

  • Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia (6-2, 185 pounds)

Campbell has the size to develop into a shutdown cover man in time but for now he’s best known for being an active, aggressive on-ball playmaker.

94. Kansas City Chiefs

  • James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati (6-4, 302 pounds)

The Cheifs need to address offensive line with the right values and tackle is a priority after cutting Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz.

95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Chatarius Atwell, WR, Louisville (5-9, 165 pounds)

The Bucs continue to hold firm on not re-signing Antonio Brown and they should be drawn to Atwell’s flat-out speed, quickness and big-play ability.

96. New England Patriots (compensatory)

  • Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF (6-0, 186 pounds)

The Patriots have to start a steady rebuild of their aging secondnary and Robinson’s size and coverage versatility fits with Belichick.

97. Los Angeles Chargers (from Texans) (compensatory)

  • Richie Grant, S, UCF (6-0, 194 pounds)

The Chargers lost Rayshawn Jenkins in free agency and Grant can help further rebuild their secondary inside along with Wade as a good complement to Derwin James.

98. New Orleans Saints (compensatory)

  • Ar’Darius Washington, S, TCU (5-8, 178 pounds)

The Saints were able to keep Marcus Williams on the franchise tag but Malcolm Jenkins is nearing the end of his career at the other safety. Washington is an exceptional cover man who can also help in subpackages like a nickel back.

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99. Dallas Cowboys (compensatory)

  • Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa (6-9, 314 pounds)

The Cowboys need to stash some offensive tackle promise and the massive Brown makes sense.

100. Tennessee Titans (compensatory)

  • Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina (6-4, 212 pounds)

The Titans broke up with Adoree’ Jackson and Macolm Butler in free agency so adding Mukuamu’s size with Janoris Jenkins and Krisitian Fulton would help.

101. Detroit Lions (from Rams, compensatory)

  • Dazz Newsome, WR, North Carolina (5-11, 190 pounds)

The Lions got Smith to help replace Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones Jr. but they follow that with get a potential slot ace to replace Danny Amendola.

102. San Francisco 49ers (compensatory)

  • Richard LeCounte III, S, Georgia (5-11, 190 pounds)

The 49ers need to procure a better backup and contingency option for both Jimmie Ward and Jaquiski Tartt.

103. Los Angeles Rams (compensatory)

  • Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest (6-3, 215 pounds)

Surratt’s combination of physicality and big-play ability should be appealing to add to Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp and Van Jefferson.

104. Baltimore Ravens (compensatory)

  • Walker Little, OT, Stanford (6-7, 313 pounds)

The Ravens need stronger outside depth behind Ronnie Stanley and Orlando Brown Jr. and Little’s size is ideal for that developmental swing role.

105. New Orleans Saints (compensatory)

  • Seth Williams, WR, Auburn (6-2, 224 pounds)

The Saints are in the market for a reliable No. 2 outside after only one season with Emmanuel Sanders and Williams has some of the same tough possession and field-stretching traits.

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NFL mock draft: Round 4

106. Jacksonville Jaguars: Marlon Williams, WR, UCF
107. New York Jets: Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh
108. Atlanta Falcons: Payton Turner, EDGE, Houston
109. Houston Texans: Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana
110. Cleveland Browns (from Eagles): Jonathon Cooper, EDGE, Ohio State
111. Cincinnati Bengals: Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Oklahoma
112. Detroit Lions: Shakur Brown, CB, Michigan State
113. Carolina Panthers: Thomas Graham Jr., CB, Oregon
114. Denver Broncos: Caden Sterns, S, Texas
115. Dallas Cowboys: Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State
116. New York Giants: Monty Rice, LB, Georgia
117. San Francisco 49ers: Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State
118. Los Angeles Chargers: Marlon Tuipulotu, DT, USC
119. Minnesota Vikings: Darius Stills, DT, West Virginia
120. New England Patriots: Ambry Thomas, CB, Michigan
121. Las Vegas Raiders: Dyami Brown, WR, North Carolina
122. New England Patriots (from Cardinals through Texans): Kylin Hill, RB, Mississippi State
123. Philadelphia Eagles (from Dolphins): James Wiggins, S, Cincinnati
124. Washington Football Team: Tre’ McKitty, TE, Georgia
125. Minnesota Vikings (from Bears): Nico Collins, WR, Michigan
126. Tennessee Titans: Adetokunbo Ogundeji, EDGE, Notre Dame
127. Indianapolis Colts: Tony Fields II, LB, West Virginia
128. Pittsburgh Steelers: Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC
129. Seattle Seahawks: Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma
130. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams): Aaron Banks, G, Notre Dame
131. Baltimore Ravens: Tyree Gillespie, S, Missouri
132. Cleveland Browns: Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn
133. New Orleans Saints: Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State
134. Minnesota Vikings (from Bills): Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pittsburgh
135. Green Bay Packers: Garret Wallow, LB, TCU
136. Kansas City Chiefs: Chauncey Golston, EDGE, Iowa
137. Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Milton Williams, DT, Louisiana Tech
138. Dallas Cowboys (compensatory): Alim McNeill, DT, N.C. State
139. New England Patriots (compensatory): Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas
140. Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory): Tedarrell Slaton, DT, Florida
141. Los Angeles Rams (compensatory): Kenny Yeboah, TE, Ole Miss
142. Green Bay Packers (compensatory): Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Iowa
143. Minnesota Vikings (compensatory): Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia
144. Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory): Ben Cleveland, G, Georgia

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NFL mock draft: Round 5

145. Jacksonville Jaguars: Cameron Sample, EDGE/DT, Tulane
146. New York Jets: Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB
147. Houston Texans: Drake Jackson, G/C, Kentucky
148. Atlanta Falcons: Damonte Coxie, WR, Memphis
149. Cincinnati Bengals: Nick Eubanks, TE, Michigan
150. Philadelphia Eagles: Demetric Felton, RB, UCLA
151. Carolina Panthers: Jarret Patterson, RB, Buffalo
152. Denver Broncos: Khalil Herbert, RB, Virginia Tech
153. Detroit Lions: Janarius Robinson, EDGE, Florida State
154. New York Jets (from Giants): Miller Forristall, TE, Alabama
155. San Francisco 49ers: Benjamin St-Juste, CB, Minnesota
156. Miami Dolphins (from Cowboys through Eagles): Robert Hainsey, OT/G, Notre Dame
157. Minnesota Vikings: Joshuah Bledsoe, S, Missouri
158. Houston Texans (from Patriots): Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
159. Los Angeles Chargers: Rachad Wildgoose, CB, Wisconsin
160. Arizona Cardinals: Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
161. Buffalo Bills (from Raiders): Jamien Sherwood, S, Auburn
162. Las Vegas Raiders (from Dolphins): Brady Christensen, OT, BYU
163. Washington Football Team: Cade Johnson, WR, South Dakota State
164. Chicago Bears: Reed Blankenship, S, Middle Tennessee State
165. Indianapolis Colts: Trill Williams, CB, Syracuse
166. Tennessee Titans: Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina
167. Las Vegas Raiders (from Seahawks): Victor Dimukeje, EDGE, Duke
168. Minnesota Vikings (from Steelers through Ravens): Justin HIlliard, LB, Ohio State
169. Cleveland Browns (from Rams): Javian Hawkins, RB, Louisville
170. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Browns): Tommy Kraemer, G, Notre Dame
171. Baltimore Ravens: Cornell Powell, WR, Clemson
172. San Francisco 49ers (from Saints): Brenden Jaimes, OT/G, Nebraska
173. Green Bay Packers: Chris Evans, RB, Michigan
174. Buffalo Bills: Josh Imatorbhebhe, WR, Illinois
175. Kansas City Chiefs: Tariq Thompson, S, San Diego State
176. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tre Norwood, CB, Oklahoma
177. New England Patriots (compensatory): Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
178. Green Bay Packers (compensatory): Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas 
179. Dallas Cowboys (compensatory): Frank Darby, WR, Arizona State
180. San Francisco 49ers (compensatory): William Bradley-King, EDGE, Baylor
181. Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory): David Moore, G, Grambling State
182. Atlanta Falcons (compensatory): Darrick Forrest, S, Cincinnati
183. Atlanta Falcons (compensatory): Josh Ball, OT, Marshall
184. Baltimore Ravens (compensatory): Patrick Johnson, EDGE, Tulane

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NFL mock draft: Round 6

185. Los Angeles Chargers (from Jaguars through Titans): Sadarius Hutcherson, G, South Carolina
186. New York Jets: Daelin Hayes, EDGE, Notre Dame
187. Atlanta Falcons: Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma
188. New England Patriots (from Texans): Malik Herring, EDGE, Georgia
189. Philadelphia Eagles: Keith Taylor Jr., CB, Washington
190. Cincinnati Bengals: Ellerson Smith, EDGE, Northern Iowa
191. Denver Broncos: Dax Milne, WR, BYU
192. Dallas Cowboys (from Lions): Jack Anderson, G, Texas Tech
193. Carolina Panthers: Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville
194. San Francisco 49ers: Pooka Williams Jr., RB, Kansas
195. Houston Texans (from Cowboys through Patriots): Austin Watkins Jr., WR, UAB
196. New York Giants: Tarron Jackson, EDGE, Coastal Carolina
197. New England Patriots: Khyiris Tonga, DT, BYU
198. Los Angeles Chargers: Bobby Brown III, DT, Texas A&M
199. Minnesota Vikings: Camryn Bynum, CB, California
200. Las Vegas Raiders: Kendrick Green, G, Illinois
201. New York Giants (from Cardinals): Whop Philyor, WR, Indiana
202. Cincinnati Bengals (from Dolphins through Texans): Robert Jones, G, MIddle Tennessee State
203. Houston Texans (from Washington through Raiders and Dolphins): Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa
204. Chicago Bears: Quintin Morris, TE, Bowling Green
205. Tennessee Titans: Rodarius Williams, CB, Oklahoma State
206. Indianapolis Colts: Rico Bussey, WR, Hawaii
207. Kansas City Chiefs (from Steelers through Dolphins): Ernest Jones, LB, South Carolina
208. Chicago Bears (from Seahawks through Dolphins): Elijah Mitchell, RB, Louisiana
209. Los Angeles Rams: Tay Gowan, CB, UFC
210. Baltimore Ravens: Bryce Hargrove, G, Pittsburgh
211. Cleveland Browns: Joshua Kaindoh, EDGE, Florida State
212. Houston Texans (from Saints): Kylen Granson, TE, SMU
213. Buffalo Bills: Shemar Jean-Charles, CB/S, Appalachian State
214. Green Bay Packers: Dan Moore Jr., OT, Texas A&M
215. Tennessee Titans (from Chiefs): Trey Hill, C/G, Georgia
216. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Buccaneers): Simi Fehoko, WR, Stanford
217. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (compensatory): Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
218. New Orleans Saints (compensatory): Brady Breeze, S, Oregon
219. Atlanta Falcons (compensatory): Tony Poljan, TE, Virginia
220. Green Bay Packers (compensatory): Malcolm Koonce, EDGE, Buffalo
221. Chicago Bears (compensatory): Feleipe Franks, QB, Arkansas
222. Carolina Panthers (compensatory): D’Ante Smith, OT, East Carolina
223. Minnesota Vikings (compensatory): Riley Cole, LB, South Alabama
224. Philadelphia Eagles (compensatory): Trevon Grimes, WR, Florida
225. Philadelphia Eagles (compensatory): Tommy Doyle, OT, Miami (Ohio)
226. New York Jets (from Panthers, compensatory): Kary Vincent Jr., CB/S, LSU
227. Dallas Cowboys (compensatory): Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky
228. Chicago Bears (compensatory): Quinn Meinerz, G/C, Wisconsin-Whitewater

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NFL mock draft: Round 7

229. New Orleans Saints (from Jaguars): Deommodore Lenoir, CB, Oregon
230. San Francisco 49ers (from Jets): Jose Borregales, K, Miami
231. Miami Dolphins (from Texans): Pro Wells, TE, TCU
232. Tennessee Titans (from Falcons through Dolphins): Rakeem Boyd, RB, Arkansas
233. Houston Texans (from Bengals): Derrick Barnes, LB, Purdue
234. Philadelphia Eagles: JaCoby Stevens, S, LSU
235. Cincinnati Bengals (from Lions through Seahawks): Damar Hamlin, S, Pittsburgh
236. Buffalo Bills (from Panthers): JaQuan Bailey, EDGE, Iowa State
237. Denver Broncos: Jamar Watson, EDGE/LB, Kentucky
238. Dallas Cowboys: Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas
239. Denver Broncos (from Giants): Drew Dalman, C/G, Stanford
240. Philadelphia Eagles (from 49ers): Mustafa Johnson, DT, Colorado
241. Los Angeles Chargers: K.J. Britt, LB, Auburn
242. New England Patriots: WR Josh Palmer, Tennessee
243. Arizona Cardinals: Shaka Toney, EDGE, Penn State
244. Washington Football Team (from Raiders): Bryan Mills, CB, North Carolina Central
245. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Dolphins): Tristen Hoge, G, BYU
246. Washington Football Team: Thomas Fletcher, LS, Alabama
247. Arizona Cardinals (from Bears through Raiders): Tre Walker, WR, San Jose State
248. Indianapolis Colts: Grant Stuard, LB, Houston
249. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Titans): Carlo Kemp, DT/EDGE, Michigan
250. Seattle Seahawks: Marquez Stevenson, WR, Houston
251. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Steelers): Michal Menet, G/C, Penn State
252. Los Angeles Rams: C.J. Verdell, RB, Oregon
253. Denver Broncos (from Browns): Jaylon Moore, OT, Western Michigan
254. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Ravens): Shane Buechele, QB, SMU
255. New Orleans Saints: Max Duffy, P, Kentucky
256. Green Bay Packers: Camaron Cheeseman, LS, Michigan
257. Cleveland Browns (from Bills): Pressley Harvin III, P, Georgia Tech
258. Miami Dolphins (from Chiefs): LaBryan Ray, DT, Alabama
259. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tuf Borland, LB, Ohio State

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Why did the Rangers fire John Davidson and Jeff Gorton? Production may be reason behind shocking move



Why did the Rangers fire John Davidson and Jeff Gorton? Production may be reason behind shocking move

Ladies and gentlemen: JD and the Straight Fired. 

The Rangers have fired general manager Jeff Gorton and team president John Davidson, per reports, in a shocking move that no one in the NHL saw coming.

Gorton had been employed by the Rangers since 2015, acting as the team’s GM in that span. During that time, the team acquired Artemi Panarin and navigated a rebuild on the fly, developing a core of young, talented players in the process.

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Davidson, though, is the more surprising firing: The long-time Ranger fan favorite and front-office exec got the ax, as well, despite being in the role for less than two years. He was hired on May 17, 2019.

Chris Drury, former Ranger, gets the nod to assume both GM and president roles:

The Rangers are coming off a disappointing 26-21-6 season, missing out on the Stanley Cup playoffs again under head coach David Quinn.

Here’s why both Gorton and Davidson got the ax.

Why did the Rangers fire Jeff Gorton and John Davidson?

There are conflicting reports on the exact reason why both front office executives are heading to the unemployment line.

The predominant reports indicate that team owner James Dolan was simply unhappy with the team’s production in 2020-21, missing out on the Stanley Cup playoffs with just three games left.

Others say that Davidson and Gorton distancing themselves from the Rangers’ controversial statement on Tuesday, calling for the head of NHL Player Safety George Parros’ resignation, ultimately led to the firing.

Some reports have said that the firing is purely coincidental. 

Still, the Rangers seem to be ahead of the timeline they set for themselves a few years ago, when a letter to fans addressed the team’s intentions to undergo a rebuild. 

Since then, the team has drafted Kaapo Kakko, Alexis Lafreniere, Filip Chytil and K’Andre Miller, who have made their marks as members of the core. They’ve also acquired Adam Fox, Jacob Trouba and Artemi Panerin either via trade or free agency.

Chris Drury will assume GM and president duties. 

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Raiders declined trade-down offer in NFL Draft to avoid losing Alex Leatherwood



Raiders declined trade-down offer in NFL Draft to avoid losing Alex Leatherwood

No team has been more criticized for its 2021 NFL Draft haul than the Raiders. And none of the Raiders’ picks was more scrutinized than their top overall pick: Alabama offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood at No. 17 overall.

Most mock drafts, including Sporting News’, considered Leatherwood a Day 2 selection. That Raiders GM Mike Mayock and coach Jon Gruden took him in the first round was considered a massive reach, especially when most assumed that he would be available in the second. That they took him over several, more highly rated offensive tackles — SN rated six available tackles higher, including four with first-round grades — only added to the controversy of the pick.

But Mayock has defended the choice, saying he, Gruden, offensive line coach Tom Cable and Raiders scouts all highly valued Leatherwood. Las Vegas was so enamored with the big-name tackle that it even declined an offer to trade down in the 2021 NFL Draft for risk of losing him.

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“Just when we got on the clock a team did call us and inquired about moving up, but they gave us a very poor trade offer and it was a team that needed a tackle,” Mayock said (via ESPN). “So the combination of the poor offer and their need kind of pushed us away from that.

“There’s a risk/reward scenario and, in this case, we didn’t feel that it was worth it.”

Ultimately, the Vikings were the only other team to draft a tackle in the first round, selecting Virginia Tech tackle Christian Darrisaw with the 23rd overall pick. Only two more offensive tackles went in Round 2 before the Raiders drafted again at 43: Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkens to Chicago, at 39, and Notre Dame’s Liam Eichenberg to Miami, at 42.

This isn’t the first time Mayock’s draft choices have been scrutinized. His previous drafts have included an inordinate number of players from big-name schools, especially in the early rounds. Those include Clemson’s Clelin Ferrell, Alabama’s Josh Jacobs and Henry Ruggs III, Ohio State’s Damon Arnette and more.

That said, It’s a virtual certainty that NFL teams’ draft boards aren’t the same as outlets’ mock drafts. And if the Raiders saw something they liked in Leatherwood — enough to warrant their first-round pick — then that’s their prerogative.

Only time will tell whether he was worth the high selection.

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Aaron Rodgers’ attempt to throw insults at Packers GM Brian Gutekunst is mostly bull



Packers-Aaron Rodgers divide grows, and 2021 NFL Draft won't narrow it

Of the 13 seasons Aaron Rodgers has spent as a starting quarterback in the NFL, nine ended in the Pro Bowl and three with him named the league’s Most Valuable Player. He’s so good that you could call him the “Michael Jordan of quarterbacks,” if you wished, and not be far off in your assessment.

Not far at all, it turns out.

Bob McGinn, a veteran journalist who has covered the Packers for four decades, reported in The Athletic that Rodgers’ relationship with general manager Brian Gutekunst has become so fractured that Rodgers referred to the GM as “Jerry Krause” in group chats with his teammates.

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Rodgers is angry with Gutekunst about several personnel moves over the past few seasons, enough so that McGinn’s reporting confirmed the player’s intent not to return to the Packers as long as Gutekunst remains in charge of personnel.

Among Rodgers’ gripes is the obvious: the decision to trade for an earlier selection in the 2020 NFL Draft that was used to select a quarterback who presumably will be the successor at that position. Rodgers was embarrassed by the team’s decision to cut receiver Jake Kumerow — the day after Rodgers had said during a show he hosts on Sirius XM Radio that he thought Kumerow was a valuable member of the team.

If it seems petty for Rodgers to be so aggravated by his organization over a receiver who has caught 21 passes — combined — in three NFL seasons, well, that’s where the Jordan/Rodgers comparison truly coalesces.

Jordan spent much of his later years with the Bulls degrading himself with public insults aimed at Krause’s weight and stature, even though Krause, at the time, was earning a position in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame with his shrewd drafting, trading, hiring and management of the Bulls’ rosters that won six NBA championships in the 1990s.

Jordan was the centerpiece of those teams, and he was drafted before Krause was hired as Bulls GM, but every other essential member of the teams that won from 1991 to 1993 and from 1996 to 1998 was added by Krause, including Hall of Famers Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and head coach Phil Jackson.

Gutekunst has done little to warrant the comparison to Krause.

He has been GM since 2018, and the Packers delivered 13-3 records in his second and third seasons but fell short of the Super Bowl each time. Their defenses allowed an average of 34 points in the 2019 and 2020 NFC Championship games.

Rodgers almost certainly drew his inspiration for the use of Krause as a front-office insult from “The Last Dance,” the ESPN documentary that chose to portray him as a villain despite that he’d built the championship team whose impending dissolution Jordan was lamenting. Rodgers should study basketball history better; there surely are GMs who would serve as a fitting standard of ineptitude.

Krause is not the guy. He won six championship rings in his position as Bulls GM.

Rodgers still has just the one, earned 11 seasons ago.

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