2021 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Major updates.
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The order of this 2021 NFL Mock Draft is based on my NFL Power Rankings, adjusting for playoff seeding in the 19-32 range.
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  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Patrick Jones, DE, Pittsburgh
    The Jaguars have missed Calais Campbell and Yannick Ngakoue. They need to add multiple defensive linemen.

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  2. New York Jets: Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State
    The Jets have had injury issues at linebacker the past couple of years. Perhaps they’ll add someone to finally fix this position.

    Pete Werner is a stout run defender who had a strong finish to his 2020 campaign.

  3. Houston Texans: LaBryan Ray, DT, Alabama
    The Texans finally get to pick! They had a woeful run defense in 2020, so perhaps they’ll use this pick to fix this problem.

    LaBryan Ray flashed a bit alongside Quinnen Williams and now has a larger role on Alabama.

  4. Atlanta Falcons: Kenny Gainwell, RB, Memphis
    Todd Gurley won’t be around next year. The Falcons need to find a real lead back.

    Kenny Gainwell is explosive and fast, and he can go the distance on any play. He needs to bulk up a bit, but his upside is through the roof.



  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State
    Geno Atkins looked done in 2020. The Bengals will need to find a new defensive tackle.

    Marvin Wilson has outstanding size (6-5, 311) and athleticism, and he is capable of putting consistent pressure on the quarterback.

  6. Philadelphia Eagles: Caden Sterns, S, Texas
    The Eagles need to continue to repair their woeful secondary. Multiple picks need to be used on defensive backs.

    Caden Sterns emerged as a star for Texas’ defense as a freshman, picking off four passes. Unfortunately, he missed most of his sophomore campaign with a knee injury.

    Pick change; previously Richie Grant, S

  7. Denver Broncos: Aaron Robinson, CB, Central Florida
    The Broncos have released A.J. Bouye, leaving them with just one great cornerback, the oft-injured Bryce Callahan. Denver will be interested in using an early selection on a cornerback in the wake of cutting Bouye.

    Aaron Robinson is a big corner (6-1, 193) who tackles well.

    Pick change; previously Chazz Surratt, DE/OLB



  8. Detroit Lions: Azeez Ojulari, DE/OLB, Georgia
    The Lions need to add to their pass rush if they want to beat Aaron Rodgers.

    Azeez Ojulari has great potential, but doesn’t appear ready to play in the NFL just yet. He should’ve returned to school for another year.

  9. Carolina Panthers: Jevon Holland, S, Oregon
    The Panthers must upgrade their horrible secondary.

    Jevon Holland has tremendous instincts as a very talented play-maker, though he needs to improve his tackling.

    Pick change; previously James Hudson, OT

  10. Washington Redskins: Trey Smith, OT, Tennessee
    The Redskins have a solid offensive line, but their left tackle situation needs to be upgraded.

    Despite being a freshman, Trey Smith was arguably Tennessee’s best player in 2017. Unfortunately, injuries have ruined his career.



  11. Dallas Cowboys: Paris Ford, S, Pittsburgh
    The Cowboys have had issues at safety for quite some time.

    Paris Ford was all over the field last season, and he stood out on film to several scouts.

    Pick change; previously Caden Sterns, S

  12. New York Giants: Jayson Oweh, DE/OLB, Penn State
    The Giants have needed to bolster their edge for quite some time now.

    Jayson Oweh has potential, but didn’t do all that much in 2020. He needs to become stronger for the pros.

  13. Los Angeles Chargers: Quincy Roche, DE/OLB, Miami
    Melvin Ingram may not be around much longer, so here’s another edge rusher.

    Quincy Roche needs to bulk up, but he has plenty of explosion of out of the snap.



  14. Minnesota Vikings: Jamie Newman, QB, Georgia
    The Vikings should look into spending a Round 2-4 pick on a quarterback to challenge the overpaid Kirk Cousins in a year or two.

    Jamie Newman has nice passing talent and can also beat the opposition with his legs.

  15. Arizona Cardinals: Hamlicar Rashed, DE/OLB, Oregon State
    As mentioned earlier, the Cardinals must upgrade their pass rush, which was lacking when Chandler Jones got hurt.

    Hamlicar Rashed had a great 2019 season, but took a step backward in 2020.

    Pick change; previously Aaron Robinson, CB






  16. Las Vegas Raiders: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
    John Abram has been a huge bust thus far. The Raiders may want to find some insurance.

    Hamsah Nasirildeen has nice upside and athleticism, but he needs to fill out.

  17. Miami Dolphins: Payton Turner, DE, Houston
    The Dolphins need to improve their pass rush, so I imagine they’ll focus on that this offseason.

    Payton Turner can play in any scheme. He’s raw, but has lots of upside.

  18. Washington Redskins: Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
    The Redskins have nothing at receiver outside of Terry McLaurin. They could add multiple wideouts in the first few rounds. Rashod Bateman runs routes well, but there’s question about his ability to separate.



  19. Chicago Bears: Dan Moore, OT, Texas A&M
    Here’s another offensive lineman for the Bears, who really need to improve the pass protection.

    Pick change; previously James Hudson, OT

  20. Philadelphia Eagles: Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina
    The Eagles have a lackluster receiving corps, so they’ll need to address that at some point.




  21. Tennessee Titans: Richie Grant, S, Central Florida
    The Titans need a long-term solution at safety next to Kevin Byard.

    Richie Grant is a ball-hawking safety who picked off six passes as a sophomore.

    Pick change; previously Ar’Daius Washington, S

  22. New York Jets: Alec Lindstrom, C, Boston College
    Connor McGovern didn’t perform very well as the Jets’ center, so an upgrade is needed.

    The brother of Falcons guard Chris Lindstrom, Alec had an injury history early in his collegiate career but has seemingly overcome those.

  23. Pittsburgh Steelers: Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
    The Steelers need to work on actually having a running game, as opposed to not. Michael Carter had a great week at the Senior Bowl and may have put himself into Day 2 consideration.

  24. Detroit Lions: Tedarrell Slaton, NT, Florida
    The Lions can use the pick they acquired from the Rams to fix their woeful run defense.

    Tedarrell Slaton is a massive nose tackle who causes lots of disruption.



  25. Cleveland Browns: Paddy Fisher, LB, Northwestern
    The Browns have a weak linebacking corps they’ll need to address.

    Paddy Fisher was unbelievably productive for Northwestern despite being a freshman. He’s become one of the top linebackers in the Big Ten.

  26. Minnesota Vikings: Sage Surratt, WR, Wake Forest
    The Vikings don’t have much at receiver beyond their two studs.



  27. Cleveland Browns: Josh Jobe, CB, Alabama
    The Browns could use some depth at corner after the injury issues they dealt with last year.

    Josh Jobe is a big, athletic cornerback with tremendous upside.

    Pick change; previously Greg Newsome, CB

  28. Green Bay Packers: Alaric Jackson, OT, Iowa
    The Packers should look into a tackle. Ricky Wagner is an aging player, while David Bakhtiari may not be 100 percent for the start of 2021.

  29. Buffalo Bills: Victor Dimukeje, DE, Duke
    Teams are always on the lookout for talented edge rushers.

    Victor Dimukeje lacks length, but he was a productive edge rusher for the Blue Devils.

  30. Kansas City Chiefs: Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
    The Chiefs don’t value linebackers very highly, but they still need to upgrade the position.

    Baron Browning made some nice plays in the college football playoff.

  31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State
    The Buccaneers have a weak pass defense they’ll need to improve.

    Shaun Wade has a ton of upside and was able to produce well in the slot in 2019. He has struggled this past year, however.





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