NFL Draft: Final Two-Round Mock

NFL Draft: Final Two-Round Mock

This article is part of our NFL Draft series.

Here's my last guess at the first two rounds. The draft always features a few surprises so I threw in a few wackier picks to hopefully simulate the likely incoming chaos.

There are six trades.

-LAC trades No. 13, No. 77 and No. 118 to DET for No. 7 and No. 154
-NE trades No. 15 and 2022 first-round pick to CAR for No. 8
-CLE trades No. 26 and No. 110 to CHI for No. 20
-GB trades No. 29, No. 135 and No. 142 to TEN for No. 22
-NE trades No. 120, No. 122 and Stephon Gilmore to CLE for No. 59
-PIT trades 2022 third-round pick to JAC for James Robinson


FIRST ROUND

1. Jacksonville – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson

Lawrence is not Peyton Manning or Andrew Luck – the more appropriate comparison would be LeBron James.

2. New York Jets – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU

Not sure why the Jets were so quickly and so resolutely committed to a 210-pound small school quarterback who played 500 all year throwing to over-aged receivers, but the Jets are historically a well-reasoned franchise so we should probably just assume they know what they're doing.

3. San Francisco (from HOU via MIA) – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

Mac Jones is apparently the other possibility here, and given Kyle Shanahan's uniquely poor talent evaluation skills it can't be ignored.

4. Atlanta – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

There's no room in the Arthur Smith offense to justify this selection unless the Falcons trade Julio Jones, but the reporting at this point seems emphatic that Atlanta isn't looking at Justin Fields. Pitts doesn't play any tight end position Smith used in Tennessee, so he'll have to make his presence at receiver since Smith generally looks to field two receivers rather than three. But Pitts is definitely a monster.

5. Cincinnati – Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Penei Sewell is a strong prospect but given the Bengals' existing tackle options (Jonah Williams and Riley Reiff) there's no guarantee Sewell would offer an OL upgrade anytime soon anyway.

6. Miami (from PHI) – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Will Fuller is only on a 15-game deal, and Waddle might be even more explosive yet.

7. Los Angeles Chargers (from DET) – Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

The Chargers should have a fully-loaded offensive line if they get a left tackle in this draft, but in the meantime there's a concerning void at the position. Brandon Staley's zone sensibilities should minimize the significance of Sewell's below-average reach and amplify his rare movement/strength.

8. New England (from CAR) – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State

The Patriots built their offense in free agency to look like a very Cam Newton-friendly offense, but Newton obviously isn't their long-term solution. What suits Newton about this offense should suit Fields as well.

9. Denver – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

This guy seems kind of nuts but football coaches often appreciate that, not to mention Parsons' remarkable athletic gifts. I originally had this pick being Mac Jones before the Bridgewater trade – perhaps Denver still takes Jones in this scenario.

10. Dallas – Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama

Seems like it has to be a corner for Dallas.

11. New York Giants – Jayson Oweh, DE/OLB, Penn State

This would perhaps be a reach, but Oweh has remarkable upside and wouldn't be pressured into an early role since the Giants have some stopgap material already laying around on the edge. I assume the Giants want Parsons, so I'd make him the pick if he's available here.

12. Philadelphia (from SF via MIA) – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern

The Eagles might have a need at left tackle, but they'll almost definitely have a need at at least one of left tackle or guard. Slater provides insurance and upside at both.

13. Detroit (from LAC) – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Smith would have room to roam with Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams pulling the safeties downfield.

14. Minnesota - Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

Jeff Gladney is probably on the way out.

15. Carolina (from NE) – Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

Offensive line or cornerback seem like the bet for the Panthers in this scenario.

16. Arizona – Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

The Cardinals are small and slow at corner – Stokes is neither.

17. Las Vegas – Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

Perhaps a replacement for Maurice Hurst? Otherwise a right tackle would make sense here – Teven Jenkins especially

18. Miami – Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, USC

Vera-Tucker played left guard next to Austin Jackson at USC, and Ereck Flowers was Miami's starting left guard before they traded him.

19. Washington - Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech

Left tackle is still an issue.

20. Cleveland (from CHI) – Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan

Paye could very well be the first defensive lineman drafted, so Cleveland might need to move up if they want to keep him from Indianapolis or the Jets.

21. Indianapolis – Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

Anthony Castonzo needs a replacement.

22. Green Bay (from TEN) – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

Tennessee needs to reach for need, so they might be looking to trade back. Green Bay might need to move up to this range if they want Collins.

23. Jets (from SEA) – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB/S, Notre Dame

Something of a Jamaal Adams replacement.

24. Pittsburgh – Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma

Pittsburgh is expected to take Najee Harris here, but putting Harris behind a bad offensive line doesn't seem as smart as building the offensive line early and acquiring a cheaper running back another way.

25. Jacksonville (from LAR) – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

Urban Meyer is probably dumb if he doesn't want James Robinson, but Etienne is very good.

26. Chicago (from CLE) – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

The next Aaron Rodgers? Just kidding, Bears fans.

27. Baltimore – Landon Dickerson, G/C, Alabama

The Ravens need interior line help. Dickerson or Humphrey make a lot of sense.

28. New Orleans – Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi

Move Tre'Quan Smith outside and let Moore take over in the slot.

29. Tennessee (from GB) – Walker Little, OT, Stanford

The Titans still need a right tackle, so they might be compelled to reach for one.

30. Buffalo - Greg Newsome, CB, Northwestern

Buffalo's defense will take off if they add speed at corner and just a bit more talent at defensive end.

31. Baltimore (from KC) – Azeez Ojulari, DE/OLB, Georgia

Baltimore needs to address the departure of Matthew Judon.

32. Tampa Bay – Joseph Ossai, DE/OLB, Texas

This would probably be a great pick for the Buccaneers, so hopefully they look elsewhere.


 

SECOND ROUND

33. Jacksonville – Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

If not Moehrig then perhaps a defensive tackle like Daviyon Nixon, or a speedy receiver like Rondale Moore or Kadarius Toney.

34. Jets – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama

The Jets are almost compelled to take a running back by this pick, lest they go into the year with Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson atop the depth chart.

35. Atlanta – Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M

If Harris falls to this pick then Atlanta probably takes him.

36. Miami (from HOU) – Joe Tryon, DE/OLB, Washington

The Dolphins are in the midst of a linebacker rebuild, and Tryon can play the edge looks.

37. Philadelphia – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

Philadelphia needs to get Greg Ward off the field if Jalen Hurts is to have half a chance at success.

38. Cincinnati – Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech

Top corner talent, but Farley's back issues are kind of concerning.

39. Carolina – Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

Phil Snow could prove a good defensive coordinator if he had more talent to work with.

40. Denver – Alex Leatherwood, OT/G, Alabama

Denver could still use help at right tackle.

41. Detroit - Carlos Basham, DE, Wake Forest

Perhaps a bit redundant to Trey Flowers, or perhaps there's no such thing as redundancy with the versatility between them.

42. Giants – Jaelan Phillips, DE/OLB, Miami (FL)

If Phillips falls this far it would only be due to his concussion history. For the Giants it would be a win to emerge from the draft with two potential standout starting edge rushers, as they have few needs otherwise.

43. San Francisco – Quinn Meinerz, C/G, Wisconsin-Whitewater

Seems like this guy has to go in the second round somewhere.

44. Dallas - Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky

Dallas appears rather sour on both Leighton Vander-Esch and Jaylon Smith. Nice drafting!

45. Jacksonville (from MIN) - Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Urban Meyer appears to be a bit of a Speed Dummy so Toney should intrigue him.

46. New England – Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU

Marshall would compete for WR1 distinction right away in New England, even with Nelson Agholor around.

47. Chargers - Jevon Holland, S, Oregon

Adderley doesn't look very good at one safety spot, and Derwin James sometimes plays positions other than safety even when healthy.

48. Las Vegas – Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa

Kolton Miller is one of the few Mayock/Gruden picks that didn't end up a flaming wreck, and Brown offers some traits similar to him and former free agent acquisition Trent Brown at right tackle.

49. Arizona – Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Ask Kyler Murray: No matter how short and fast you are there's no escaping Kliff Kingsbury's incompetence. Good luck to whoever is the next prospect to gas themselves running useless Kurls for Kliff in 2021 and beyond.

50. Miami – Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

The Neo of the 2021 draft lands in an environment that suits him: splitting carries behind a 200-pound starter.

51. Washington – Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas

Washington might seek an athletic outside corner so that the otherwise strong Kendall Fuller can move into the slot in nickel formations.

52. Chicago - Nico Collins, WR, Michigan

Andy Dalton has only been serviceable when he's had a jumpball receiver to bail him out. Collins is no A.J. Green but he might be another Kenny Golladay, who the Bears missed out on in free agency.

53. Tennessee – Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame

We love our undersized blocking tight ends, don't we folks.

54. Indianapolis – Payton Turner, DE, Houston

If Indianapolis settles its offensive line in the first round then edge defender would be a reasonable target in the second.

55. Pittsburgh – Stone Forsythe, OT, Florida

Huge guy to attempt an Alejandro Villanueva impression.

56. Seattle – Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa

Nixon would be an outrageous steal here, but reporting implies he's not in huge demand.

57. Rams – Ben Cleveland, G/OT, Georgia

The Rams need some prospects for the offensive line, anywhere really. If Cleveland has to stick at guard that's fine.

58. Kansas City (from BAL) – Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC

The Chiefs could use a receiver who navigates traffic well to make plays underneath when the defense sits deep on Tyreek Hill. Demarcus Robinson does not qualify as such, desperate as Andy Reid might be to believe otherwise.

59. New England (from CLE) – Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

We're getting the band back together.

60. New Orleans - Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

A taller corner to match up with Julio (Pitts?), Mike Evans and Robby Anderson.

61. Buffalo – Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami (FL)

Rousseau is a bit lanky but if he can harness his frame well he should have the skill element well accounted for.

62. Green Bay – Jalen Mayfield, G/C, Michigan

Ted Thompson (RIP) had a recurring practice of taking college tackles and moving them to center – perhaps Mayfield is a candidate for that after testing poorly with short arms at tackle.

63. Kansas City – Hunter Long, TE, Boston College

Backup picks aren't exciting but Long can give the Chiefs a lot of quality reps even if Travis Kelce si healthy, and if Kelce were to miss any time Long would offer a stabilizing presence for the passing game.

64. Tampa Bay – Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

Seems like Trask might go somewhere in this range and Tampa makes as much sense as any other location.

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