2021 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Saturday, Jan. 2, 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: Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State
    The Jaguars have missed Calais Campbell. They’ll need to find someone to replace him.

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

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

    Nick Bolton is not a great athlete, but he’s made many nice plays for Missouri, particularly in coverage.

  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: Mustafa Johnson, DT, Colorado
    Geno Atkins looked done in 2020. The Bengals will need to find a new defensive tackle.

    Mustafa Johnson broke out in 2018 after being a Juco transfer.

  6. Philadelphia Eagles: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
    The Eagles need to continue to repair their woeful secondary. Multiple picks need to be used on defensive backs.

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

  7. Carolina Panthers: Trey Smith, OT, Tennessee
    The Panthers can take a shot on a talented player to fix their offensive line.

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



  8. Denver Broncos: Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina
    The Broncos have a pair of excellent cornerbacks, but they need help at the position.

    Israel Mukuamu is a big cornerback (6-4, 205) who is enjoying a breakout sophomore campaign.

  9. Detroit Lions: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
    Marvin Jones isn’t expected back next year, so the Lions need a new No. 2 receiver.

    Kadarius Toney has big-time play-making ability, but has an injury history.

  10. New York Giants: Quincy Roche, DE/OLB, Miami
    The Giants have needed to bolster their edge for quite some time now.

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



  11. 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.

    Say hello to Jamie Newman, who has created a buzz in the scouting community. He has nice passing talent and can also beat the opposition with his legs.

  12. Jacksonville Jaguars: Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State
    The Jaguars struck gold with James Robinson, but they could use a second back to ease the burden.

    Chuba Hubbard is projected as a second-round pick. He has great vision and instincts, and he can catch passes well out of the backfield.

  13. Dallas Cowboys: Caden Sterns, S, Texas
    The Cowboys have had issues at safety for quite some time.

    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.



  14. Los Angeles Chargers: Hamlicar Rashed, DE/OLB, Oregon State
    Melvin Ingram may not be around much longer, so here’s another edge rusher.

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

  15. Las Vegas Raiders: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
    John Abram has been a huge bust thus far. The Raiders may want to find some insurance.

    Trevon Moehrig is a hybrid safety-linebacker who had an impressive 2019 season.






  16. Arizona Cardinals: Tamorrion Terry, WR, Florida State
    Larry Fitzgerald won’t be around much longer, so the Cardinals will need to draft a receiver in the early rounds soon.

    Tamorrion Terry is a big, athletic receiver who could sneak into the first round.

  17. Indianapolis Colts: Seth Williams, WR, Auburn
    The Colts have a lackluster receiving corps, so they’ll need to address that at some point.

    Seth Williams (6-3, 224) came out of nowhere to have a huge 2019 campaign.

  18. Washington Redskins: Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
    The Redskins have nothiing at receiver outside of Terry McLaurin.

    Amon-Ra St. Brown had a big sophomore campaign, catching 60 passes for 750 yards and three touchdowns.



  19. Chicago Bears: Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
    The Bears could use someone to challenge the turnover-prone Mitchell Trubisky.

    Kellen Mond was inconsistent throughout his Texas A&M career, but he has shown improvement in accuracy.

  20. Los Angeles Rams: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami
    Gerald Everett is an impending free agent, so the Rams may want another tight end.

    Brevin Jordan looks to be the next great Miami tight end. He’s drawn comparisons to Evan Engram. He’s extremely fast.




  21. Minnesota Vikings: Tylan Wallace, WR, Tulane
    The Vikings don’t have much at receiver beyond their two studs.

    Tylan Wallace doesn’t have great size and speed, but he runs routes very well. He tore his ACL in October 2019.

  22. 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.

  23. 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 any scheme. He’s raw, but has lots of upside.

  24. Tennessee Titans: Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia
    The Titans need a long-term solution at safety next to Kevin Byard.

    Richard LeCounte is a rangy tackling machine who has drawn comparisons to Eddie Jackson.



  25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Aaron Robinson, CB, Central Florida
    The Buccaneers have a weak pass defense they’ll need to improve.

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

  26. 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.



  27. Pittsburgh Steelers: Pat Friermuth, TE, Penn State
    The Steelers could use a long-term solution at tight end, particularly one who doesn’t drop lots of passes.

    Pat Friermuth has great upside and athleticism.

  28. Cleveland Browns: Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State
    The Browns could use some depth at corner after the injury issues they dealt with last year.

    Asante Samuel Jr. is a small corner (5-10, 184), but he has great play-making ability.

  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. Green Bay Packers: Thayor Munford, OT, Ohio State
    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.

    Thayor Munford must improve his ability to handle edge rushers.

  31. Kansas City Chiefs: Tony Fields, LB, West Virginia
    The Chiefs don’t value linebackers very highly, but they still need to upgrade the position.

    Tony Fields is undersized, but was a very productive player for West Virgnia.





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