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NFL Draft 2021: 'Ideal' Picks for Each Team in RD1 & RD2

Updated: Aug 5, 2022

Hours of watching film, days of writing articles, weeks of listening to podcasts, months of over-analysing; the 2021 NFL Draft is finally here.

As pundits begin to offer up their FINAL mock drafts, we will take an unconventional route and instead address the ‘ideal’ situation for each franchise come Draft Day. Drawing upon consensus draft boards to establish a semblance of ‘reality’, let’s take a look at the best-case scenario for each team’s picks in the first two rounds.

*This is writer’s choice and what the writer would do, rather than predicting what will happen*

Jacksonville Jaguars:

Pick #1 Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (Quarterback)

Pick #25 Trevon Moehrig, TCU (Safety)

Pick #33 Rondale Moore, Purdue (Wide Receiver)

Pick #45 Walker Little, Stanford (Offensive Tackle)

Trevor Lawrence has been the number one draft pick since he first stepped foot in college, the Jags just lucked into him. Jacksonville won’t turn this opportunity down, and new Head Coach Urban Meyer gets his ‘face of the franchise’. The next load of picks is where this gets interesting for the Jags who have numerous holes to fill. With needs at Safety, Receiver, Tight-End and Offensive Line, the Jaguars could go in multiple directions. Given the fact that there is a sole first-round worthy safety in this year’s draft, the Jags would be fortunate to be able to pick up Trevon Moehrig at #25 but could also look at receiver help should Rashod Bateman or Terrace Marshall Jr. be available. At the #33 pick, the Jaguars likely fill their tackle or receiver need should they go safety or defensive back with their previous pick. Electric, gadget-style receiver Rondale Moore should be available here, though NDSU’s Dillon Radunz or Texas’ Samuel Cosmi are well-touted offensive tackle prospects. The #45 pick is another great spot to be in given the depth of talent in this year’s draft. Tackle prospects Walker Little and Jackson Carman would be worthwhile pick-ups here, as would consensus number-two Tight-End Pat Freiermuth. Receiver help would also be available here if not already taken, with North Carolina’s Dyami Brown the pick of the bunch.

New York Jets

Pick #2 Zach Wilson, BYU (Quarterback)

Pick #23 Greg Newsome II, Northwestern (Cornerback)

Pick #34 Gregory Rousseau, Miami (EDGE)

Zach Wilson has become the consensus number-two QB in this draft class and the Jets will take him with the #2 pick. They should make sure they do their due diligence and look at Trey Lance, Justin Fields and Mac Jones as well, however the BYU man should remain the pick. Should Greg Newsome be available at the #23 pick he is an essential gap-filler in the Jets secondary and whilst Asante Samuel Jr. may be considered, he doesn’t necessarily fit the Jets defensive scheme. The Jets could also be interested in any available EDGE prospect here, though no player in this category comes without flaws and doubts. Michigan’s Kwity Paye, Miami’s Gregory Rousseau and Jaelen Phillips, Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari and Penn State’s Jayson Oweh are the options. That said, the NFL are higher on Running-Backs than this writer so it would not be surprising to see the Jets take Najee Harris, Travis Etienne or Javonte Williams at the #23 or #34 pick. Offensive line help is an outside bet should the versatile USC Trojan’s Offensive Lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker fall out of the top 20

San Francisco 49ers #3 Justin Fields, Ohio State (Quarterback) #43 Richie Grant, UCF (Safety) The 49ers traded A LOT to move up to the number-three pick so it’s a guarantee they are taking a QB. The buzz from the NFL suggests they are taking either Trey Lance or Mac Jones, with this viewpoint directly correlating with the negative stigma surrounding Justin Fields currently. This writer believes that ‘stigma’ is misplaced and incorrect, Fields has the potential to be the best Quarterback coming out of this draft and can add a new, fresh dynamic to Kyle Shanahan’s offence. In the second-round, San Fran will be looking at many positions, though Richie Grant is a stellar safety option should they go in that direction. Alternatively, should Wake Forest Defensive Lineman Carlos Basham Jr. fall, the 49ers would be well-suited to halt that fall at #43. Slot Receiver is another alternative option, particularly given Shanahan’s offence, though there may not be a player on the board at this point that wouldn’t be a reach. Atlanta Falcons #4 Kyle Pitts, Florida (Tight-End) #35 Gregory Rousseau, Miami (EDGE) The main question surrounding the Falcons is whether they will or will not trade back. In fact, the question may be whether any team wants to give up the draft capital to trade up to 4. Regardless, the Falcons should find a way to draft blue-chip, generational Tight-End talent Kyle Pitts, anyone else would be a wasted selection. Further back at the top of the second-round, Falcons are in a similar boat to the Jets when it comes to edge rushers. That said, the Falcons may not even get a ‘choice’ here, potentially being left with the last tier-one EDGE on the board. Given the talent and potential at the position, this writer sees Gregory Rousseau as that last man standing. UPDATE 1.0: Denver Broncos seemed the only logical trade option for the Falcons, especially given how far back the likes of Washington, Chicago and New England are in the draft. Given that the Broncos just added Teddy Bridgewater in a trade with Carolina, they are more likely to trade back than trade up now; Denver is not looking for a Quarterback anymore (even though they probably should be). UPDATE 2.0: Atlanta are in the worst position of any franchise salary cap wise, and this adds an interesting facet to their draft pick. Trade rumours are swirling regarding Falcons future hall-of-famer wideout Julio Jones – though for salary cap reason this won’t be done until June at the earliest – and thus there is chance that they draft a long-term replacement for Jones in LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase. Cincinnati Bengals #5 Ja’Marr Chase, LSU (Wide Receiver) #38 Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State (Offensive Tackle) The Ja’Marr Chase, Penei Sewell, Kyle Pitts toss-up continues to be a contentious one for the Bengals. Do the Bengals pick up another weapon for the franchise QB, or do they get him protection? Given the fact that Joe Burrow wined and dined new Offensive Tackle acquisition Riley Reiff, this writer is leaning towards taking Burrow’s former National Championship winning teammate Chase at the #5 pick. If this is the case, Cincinnati must take an Offensive Lineman come their #38 pick. Dillon Radunz would be the ideal pick should he remain available at that spot, though he may be long-gone with the likes of Alex Leatherwood, Jackson Carman and Walker Little left for the Bengals to choose from. Miami Dolphins #6 Ja’Marr Chase, LSU (Wide Receiver) #18 Jaelen Phillips, Miami (EDGE) #36 Najee Harris, Alabama (Running Back) #50 Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater (Guard/Centre) The Dolphins will be praying the Bengals take Sewell at #5 so that Ja’Marr Chase falls to them. Should he be off the board already, Alabama’s Heisman Trophy winning Wide Receiver DeVonta Smith is an excellent alternative. Following this, the Dolphins have the draft capital to go in a variety of directions but will be looking to come out of the first two rounds with additions to the pass rush, running game and offensive line. Staying close to home Miami Hurricane’s Jaelen Phillips could well be a good pick up at #18, though Alijah Vera-Tucker is an option should the Dolphins choose to bolster their offensive line. Running-Back remains a need for the side and it would be surprising – regardless of positional value – to see the Dolphins fail to draft either Javonte Williams, Travis Etienne or Najee Harris. The latter is the pick here given the Alabama man’s influence in the passing game. Assuming Miami adds to the defensive line at pick #18, Ohio State’s Wyatt Davis, Oklahoma’s Creed Humphrey or Division-III behemoth Quinn Meinerz would all be instant upgrades on the interior of the Dolphin’s offensive line. Detroit Lions #7 Penei Sewell, Oregon (Offensive Tackle) #41 Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State (Cornerback) To be frank and honest, the Detroit Lions are a bad football team that would be best served by trading down – multiple times – to accrue extra draft capital. Given the size of Jared Goff’s contract, they are likely not taking a QB this year and thus should be open to trading. That said, should Penei Sewell fall past Cincy and Miami, Detroit may struggle not to pick him. After giving Head Coach Dan Campbell a 6-year contract, Detroit are in it for the long haul and Sewell could form a long-term foundational piece of their offensive line. If they were to trade back – likely with New England or Chicago – the likes of Jaylen Waddle and Rashod Bateman could fill the void in the receiving corps left by the departure of Kenny Golladay in the off-season. Jaycee Horn could be a decent pick-up to accompany last year’s #3 pick Jeff Okudah in the secondary, though they may hope for Asante Samuel Jr. to fall to them at #41. Carolina Panthers #8 Penei Sewell, Oregon (Offensive Tackle) #39 Rondale Moore, Purdue (Wide Receiver) Another team that may be contemplating a trade back or hoping for Penei Sewell to drop, the Panthers are in an interesting position after trading for quarterback Sam Darnold. The ex-Jets signal-caller should not stop Carolina from drafting Justin Fields should he be available at #8, but it likely will. Therefore, they should address the offensive line – a notably weak area – and protect their gamble at QB. Sewell may well be off the board and in that case Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater is a logical selection. Trading back is also an option for the QB needy teams, and in that case Jaylen Waddle could be a direct replacement for Washington-bound Curtis Samuel. If this doesn’t happen, then Rondale Moore is a best-case scenario at pick #39. UPDATE 1.0: Teddy Bridgewater has gone and thus the Panthers may well be back in the QB hunt. Unless they are sold on Darnold vastly improving, as well as PJ Walker or Will Grier being a truly viable back-up, Trey Lance and Justin Fields should be considered if available. The choice would then be, Quarterback or Quarterback protection. Denver Broncos #9 Justin Fields, Ohio State (Quarterback) Patrick Surtain II, Alabama (Cornerback) #40 Jamin Davis, Kentucky (Linebacker) Drew Lock is holding a very good Broncos squad back; a Quarterback upgrade is needed. Given the media reports regarding the 49ers selecting between Lance and Jones, the Broncos could potentially stick at #9 and select Justin Fields. If not, one of – or both -Trey Lance or Mac Jones may be available. Both would also be upgrades over Lock. This writer does not to even consider Denver not selecting a Quarterback. In the second round, the Broncos should look to add to their defensive reputation with the likes of Kentucky’s Jamin Davis, Missouri’s Nick Bolton or LSU’s Jabril Cox great Linebacker options. UPDATE 1.0: The Broncos now appear ‘set’ under centre after trading for Panthers’ QB Teddy Bridgewater. Denver may now be well-placed to trade down with a QB-needy team – potentially New England – and pick up draft capital and an upgrade to a defensive position. If they stick at 9, Patrick Surtain II is a solid option, though the blue-chip ability of Linebacker Micah Parsons may tough to pass up on. Dallas Cowboys #10 Patrick Surtain II, Alabama (Cornerback) #44 Jackson Carman, Clemson (Offensive Tackle) Following Caleb Farley’s drop down draft boards after his back surgery, the consensus top Cornerback is Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II and the Cowboys should look to bring him in to partner his former college teammate, Trevon Diggs, in the secondary. This would then allow the Cowboys to get stronger and younger on the offensive line with the #44 pick, Clemson’s Jackson Carman, Alabama’s Alex Leatherwood and Michigan’s Jalen Mayfield the likely options of undrafted players at that point. New York Giants #11 Rashawn Slater, Northwestern (Offensive Tackle/Guard) #42 Gregory Rousseau, Miami (EDGE) The Giants could be another trade down contender – although this would be a first for GM David Gettleman – but may look to ‘next player on the board’ and draft Rashawn Slater with Penei Sewell already drafted. This seems a necessity given the woeful offensive line performance during the 2020 season, and Christian Darrisaw would be Offensive Tackle number-three should Slater and Sewell be gone. This selection would allow the Giants to draft for pass rush in the second round. Gregory Rousseau would be a best-case scenario should he drop, with Houston’s Payton Turner an exciting prospect as well. UPDATE 1.0: There are supposed red-flags coming out of the Medical Combine regarding a back injury for Rashawn Slater. If all five QBs go in the first 10 picks, the Giants might be better suited to ignore their offensive line needs until the later rounds – this is a deep offensive tackle class after all – and hope that DeVonta Smith is available. Whilst New York fans will argue that Darius Slayton and Sterling Shepherd are already at the club, Smith is an upgrade over both. Philadelphia Eagles #12 Micah Parsons, Penn State (Linebacker) #37 Dyami Brown, North Carolina (Wide Receiver) After trading down with the Dolphins to pick up an additional future first-rounder, the Eagles are well-placed at the #12 pick. Micah Parsons has some off-field worries but is a blue-chip prospect, with Jaycee Horn, Patrick Surtain II and Caleb Farley all potential upgrades to Philly’s secondary. Alternatively, Alabama receiving duo Jaylen Waddle and DeVonta Smith would give QB Jalen Hurts some familiar pass-catching weapons. If waiting until the second-round to take a receiver, Dyami Brown, Tylan Wallace, Amari Rodgers and Cornell Powell should all be available. Los Angeles Chargers #13 Rashawn Slater, Northwestern (Offensive Tackle/Guard) #47 Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater (Guard/Centre) To put it quite simply, Offensive Rookie of the Year, Justin Herbert, needs protection. The Chargers bolstered the centre position in the off-season by acquiring free-agent Corey Linsley from the Green Bay Packers, but now they must further cement that line by adding young, quality talent. Though a trade up with the Detroit Lions to select Penei Sewell would be a great move for the Chargers, they may well be able to sit tight and pick Rashawn Slater. Should Slater be off the board, Christian Darrisaw and Alijah Vera-Tucker become possibilities. In the second round, the Chargers should add even more O-line help and Quinn Meinerz, Creed Humphrey and Illinois’ Kendrick Green should be considered. Minnesota Vikings #14 Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC (Guard/Offensive Tackle) Another club in need of O-line help, Alijah Vera-Tucker would be a great fit here given his versatility. Christian Darrisaw remains an option, although he is unlikely to kick into guard and last year’s pick Ezra Cleveland struggled their last year – meaning he needs to move out to tackle. Another interesting move here would be Alabama’s Defensive Tackle Christian Barmore. This writer is higher on Barmore than a lot of analysts and pundits, however if one team if going to cherish what he brings to the field, it will be the Vikings. A tough, physical interior pass rusher, Barmore plays with a ferocity that would help create more opportunities for Minnesota’s existing pass-rush corps. New England Patriots #15 Mac Jones, Alabama (Quarterback) #46 Jevon Holland, Oregon (Safety/Cornerback) Let’s preface this by saying it is unlikely Mac Jones falls to pick #15. That said, weirder things have happened in the past. Regardless, New England should find a way to move up and select a Quarterback in this year’s draft. Having been aggressive in free agency this off-season, the Pats should be similarly so in the draft. Jones fits the mould of a Tom Brady style QB and New England will likely covet that, though a falling Trey Lance or Justin Fields are also considered. Outside of the first round, bolstering the secondary should be a focus for the Patriots given their offensive recruits during free agency. Jevon Holland of Oregon gives some versatility coming off of his opt-out 2020 season, whilst the likes of Kelvin Joseph and lightning-fast Eric Stokes are alternative options. Arizona Cardinals #16 Jaylen Waddle, Alabama (Wide Receiver) #49 Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky (Cornerback) Could the Cardinals sit tight and still pick up a potentially vital offensive weapon? We saw CeeDee Lamb fall to the Cowboys last year, and Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle could suffer a similar fate coming draft day. Waddle would add an immediate downfield speed-threat to Kliff Kingsbury’s offence, as well as drawing attention from defenders to free-up DeAndre Hopkins. Kyler Murray would be ever so grateful to his front-office. Another consideration is Cornerback Caleb Farley, should Arizona be willing to take a chance given his history of back surgeries. A CB that wouldn’t fit their scheme as well is South Carolina’s Jaycee Horn, even though he has become CB2 on most boards since the injuries have dropped Farley. The Cardinals may be better-suited to wait until the second round and look at Kentucky’s Kelvin Joseph or UCF’s Aaron Robinson. Las Vegas Raiders #17 Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC (Guard/Offensive Tackle) #48 Richie Grant, UCF (Safety) For some – seemingly illogical – reason, the Raiders got rid of the majority of their offensive line this off-season. Quarterback Derek Carr cannot be guarded by just one person and thus Las Vegas needs help, and fast. Alijah Vera-Tucker is the clear and obvious pick should he be available here, though a falling Christian Darrisaw would not be all that surprising. Outside of that, Teven Jenkins is a well-rounded, exciting prospect but #17 pick may seem a bit high. Should the Raiders go O-line with their first pick, Safety should be addressed in the second-round. Jonathan Abrams has failed to impress so far, and is likely a box safety moving forward, therefore the Raiders needs a coverage Safety. Richie Grant would be a good selection here, whilst Andre Cisco brings a somewhat reckless, yet graceful, yet exciting element should they look to play one-high at Safety. Washington Football Team #19 Rashod Bateman, Minnesota (Wide Receiver) #51 Kellen Mond, Texas A&M (Quarteback) Washington remain a bit of a mess at the Quarterback position, however FitzMagic should at least sure that up for this season. This likely rules the Football Team out of a trade-up for a QB, and instead they should look to pass-catchers to get enough points on the board so that their stellar defence can win them games. In this writer’s mind, Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman is the best route runner in this year’s draft, though rumours from the league suggest Kadarious Toney could go within the top-20. Bateman and Toney offer different roles and play-styles, with drafting the latter likely dependent on the role new acquisition Curtis Samuel is pencilled in to play. A wideout in the first-round should then result in a Quarterback being drafted in the second. The men at play here are Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond, Florida’s Kyle Trask and Stanford’s Davis Mills. Not without their own flaws, Mond seems the best option here given his readiness for a pro-style offence. Chicago Bears #20 Trevon Moehrig, TCU (Safety) #52 Liam Eichenberg, Notre Dame (Guard/Offensive Tackle) The Bears are in a tough position. Unless they trade up and draft a QB, their fanbase will be unhappy with whoever they pick. That said, they are likely too far back in the draft to trade up. Thus the options are likely Safety, Wide Receiver or Offensive Tackle. Should Rashod Bateman fall past Washington he should be considered, though the better choice would be TCU Safety Trevon Moehrig. The only Safety in this class with a first-round grade, Moehrig would be an immediate upgrade. Alternatively, Oklahoma State Offensive Tackle Teven Jenkins should also be available. Assuming Chicago do not go O-line in the first, Liam Eichenberg is a potential second-rounder. A Tackle with the potential to drift in to Guard, Eichenberg should be considered alongside BYU’s Brady Christensen, Ohio State’s Wyatt Davis and Northern Iowa’s Spencer Brown. Indianapolis Colts #21 Jaelen Phillips, Miami (EDGE) #54 Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky (Cornerback) Whilst the Colts need a Left Tackle, they are well-placed to go down the veteran route there. Alejandro Villanueva remains available and likely plugs the hole for a year or two. This would allow Indy to look for pass-rush and choose whoever they deem to be best player available. Jayson Oweh has Indianapolis Colt written all over him with his freakish athleticism, but this writer holds Jaelen Phillips in higher regard. Phillips brings concussion concerns with him, but is a better developed and less-raw talent when compared to Oweh. With the #54 pick the Colts should look to bolster their cornerback room – particularly given the up-and-down performance of Rock Ya-Sin since he was drafted – and Kelvin Joseph should be their ideal pick-up here. Tennessee Titans #22 Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech (Cornerback) #53 Payton Turner, Houston (EDGE) Could the Titans be the one to stop Caleb Farley’s draft fall, taking the injury risk he brings in the hope that he stays fit long enough to be the perennial talent he appears to be on film? Whether it is Farley or not, the depleted secondary needs Cornerback help in Tennessee. Greg Newsome out of Northwestern is an alternative, whilst rumours state that some clubs are particularly high on Asante Samuel Jr. With Cornerback selected in the first, Tennessee could easily double up with Kelvin Joseph, Eric Stokes or Tyson Campbell in the second, though EDGE would be a better choice. Houston’s Payton Turner is the pick of the bunch, though Joseph Ossai, Okalhoma’s Ronnie Perkins and Pitt’s Rashad Weaver are suitable alternatives. Pittsburgh Steelers #24 Teven Jenkins, Oklahoma State (Offensive Tackle) #55 Davis Mills, Stanford (Quarterback) The most Steelers things to do would be to draft a running back at #24, or a long-term replacement for Pouncey at Centre. The latter may have been a good choice had Alabama’s Landon Dickerson not shown recurring injury concerns. Najee Harris, Travis Etienne and Javonte Williams could all be available here, but in order to fix the running game, Pittsburgh needs offensive line upgrades not running backs. Thus, Teven Jenkins and Dillon Radunz become obvious choices, with both having an impact in the run as well as the passing game. After pick #24, the Steelers need to consider a viable replacement for the waning Big Ben at Quarterback. Stanford’s Davis Mills gets the ball out quick and the league supposedly holds his talent and potential in high regard. Cleveland Browns #26 Christian Barmore, Alabama (Defensive Tackle) #59 Joseph Ossai, Texas (Outside Linebacker) Following a season in which they ended their playoff drought, Cleveland seems well-placed to ‘go again’ this season, with the only glaring step back in quality from last season being the gaps left by Sheldon Richardson and Larry Ogunjobi on the interior of the defensive line. Alabama’s Christian Barmore would be a steal at the #26 pick and the Browns should rush the card in if he is available. Alternatively, the DawgPound would also be happy to see upgrades to the Linebacker room should Notre Dame’s Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah remain available. Either selection would lead to a potential Outside Linebacker or EDGE selection in the second-round with Joseph Ossai or Payton Turner preferred. Alternatively, should Barmore be drafted elsewhere, Alim McNeil and Milton Williams are the next best options in a shallow defensive tackle class. Baltimore Ravens #27 Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU (Wide Receiver) #31 Dillon Radunz, North Dakota State (Offensive Tackle) Finding themselves with two late first-round picks following the Orlando Brown Jr. trade with the Chiefs, Baltimore can upgrade an already excellent offence. Fans are clamouring for receiver help to support Lamar Jackson and LSU’s big bodied wideout Terrace Marshall Jr. seems to fit the bill here. Rashod Bateman should also remain an option if available. With receiver upgraded, the Ravens should then look to replace Brown Jr. with the #31 pick. Given the depth of talent in this year’s Offensive Tackle class, NDSU’s Dillon Radunz, Texas’ Samuel Cosmi or Michigan’s Jalen Mayfield seem the most likely to be available. UPDATE 1.0: Terrace Marshall Jr. had red-flags at his Medical Combine, with issues stemming back to both college and high school injuries. This could push him out of the first round, with the Ravens potentially needing to look at EDGE instead with the likes of Jayson Oweh and Michigan’s Kwity Paye. New Orleans Saints #28 Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah, Notre Dame (Linebacker) #60 Benjamin St-Juste, Minnesota (Cornerback) The Saints continue to use-and-abuse the salary cap, pushing inevitable issues further down the line. Now is the time for New Orleans to get younger and better, with Linebacker seemingly the go to at pick #28. Jeremiah Owusu-Koromoah is unlikely to fall this far but never say never, whilst Jamin Davis of Kentucky shone enough at his pro day to potentially push him into the first-round. Asante Samuel Jr. remains an option at Cornerback as well. Should the Saints opt for Linebacker in the first, Benjamin St Juste or UCF’s Tay Gowan must be considered at #60. Green Bay Packers #29 Elijah Moore, Ole Miss (Wide Receiver) #62 Brady Christensen, BYU (Offensive Tackle/Guard) If the Packers fail to take a first-round Wide Receiver this year it almost becomes a ‘bit’. Green Bay remain title contenders but Davante Adams cannot do it all. Elijah Moore is an exciting prospect out of Ole Miss, and despite his size limitations, Pro Football Focus believe he can have an impact on the outside in the league. He would be an immediate upgrade to the receiving corps and that’s what the Packers should be looking for. In the second-round, Green Bay should look to take advantage of the deep Offensive Tackle class with Spencer Brown, Brady Christensen or East Carolina’s D’Ante Smith. Buffalo Bills #30 Azeez Ojulari, Georgia (EDGE) #61 Benjamin St Juste, Minnesota (Cornerback) The Bills remain a Superbowl contender if Josh Allen remains consistent. In order to further cement this status, Buffalo should look to bolster their pass rush corps at pick #30. Georgia’s Azeez Ojulari may be a little undersized but has the best pash rush moves of any tier-one EDGE in this year’s draft. Though they may be tempted to ignore EDGE needs in order to draft a running-back, this notion should be rejected in the draft room, understanding Moss and Singletary can do a good enough job already. With pick #61 the Bills Mafia will be hoping for another immediate starter and Cornerback looks most likely. Benjamin St Juste would slot in immediately, whilst the physical presence of Ifeatu Melifonwu is also considered. UPDATE 1.0: News from the Medical Combine suggests Azeez Ojulari may have a degenerative lower leg issue – probably knee – and this potentially pushes him out of the first-round. He should still be considered at the #30 pick, but should Kwity Paye, Jayson Oweh or Jaelen Phillips be available they may be preferred. Tampa Bay Buccaneers #32 Carlos Basham Jr., Wake Forest (Defensive Lineman) #64 Simi Fehoko, Stanford (Wide Receiver) Reigning and defending Superbowl Champions, Tampa Bay, are extremely well-placed having brought back all their major starters this off-season. Searching for a repeat of last season, the Bucs can still upgrade or add depth to vital positions. Carlos Basham Jr. brings size and nastiness to the edge that could also seem him move to the interior, whilst the likes of Dillon Radunz and Samuel Cosmi would sure up the O-line. In the second-round, Tampa can afford to take a punt on wideout Simi Fehoko from Stanford, a player with exceptional measurables and a high-upside. When you’re the reigning champs, you can take a chance. Seattle Seahawks #56 Alim McNeil, NC State (Defensive Tackle) Just the sole #56 pick for Seattle in the first two rounds, this is a team that, despite its success’ has numerous holes to fill. One of these holes is on the interior Defensive Line, with Alim McNeil an option to come in an play Nose-Tackle. Alternatively, the Seahawks could go Kelvin Joseph at Cornerback, Ernest Jones at Linebacker or Liam Eichenberg on the O-line. Los Angeles Rams #57 Jabril Cox, LSU (Linebacker) Just another year of the Rams valuing the draft less than any other franchise. With a new QB under centre in Matthew Stafford, the Rams may want to give him another offensive weapon. However, a better option would be to continue to upgrade their already top-tier defence. The only ‘weakness’ last year was the Linebacker corps and LSU’s Jabril Cox would be a great addition should he fall to #57. Alternatively, Ernest Jones should be considered as should Safety soon-to-be Linebacker Divine Deablo. Kansas City Chiefs #58 Joseph Ossai, Texas (Outside Linebacker) #63 Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse (Cornerback) It was almost a certainty that the Chiefs would take a Left Tackle at the #31 spot. Now that they have traded that pick away in order to bring in Orlando Brown Jr., they need to look to the defensive side of the ball. Frank Clark could well be a cap casualty next off-season with KC needing to pay Brown Jr. and thus EDGE/pass rush is needed. Joseph Ossai would be a good pick here as would Pittsburgh’s Rashad Weaver. Following this, Cornerback to should a priority and Syracuse’s Ifeatu Melifonwu fits the bill. Other options should include Eric Stokes, Oklahoma’s Tre Brown and South Carolina’s Israel Mukuamu.

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