Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Draft starts in two hours. I read tweets earlier stating that both Dane Brugler and Benjamin Allbright believe this pick is going to be Georgia cornerback Tyson Campbell. Tyson Campbell is also the odds on favorite to be picked at 33 on Fanduel.
Tyson Campbell isn't even the best defensive player from Georgia on my board. That honor goes to Azeez Ojulari, but the medical concerns with Ojulari are why he's dropping. You also got Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah the Notre Dame linebacker, Christian Barmore the Alabama defensive tackle, plus the two safeties Richie Grant and Trevon Moehrig.
Jacksonville needs a cornerback to pair with C.J. Henderson and Shaquill Griffin who was the number one cornerback on Seattle who will go to Jacksonville as a number two cornerback. There are lots of great cornerbacks that dominate in either man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage still on the board. Three of those cornerbacks that are graded ahead of Tyson Campbell on my board are Kelvin Joseph, Aaron Robinson, and Ifeatu Melifonwu.
Tyson Campbell is a great athlete. He's not as talented in coverage as his teammate Eric Stokes who went to Green Bay in the first round.
My biggest issue with this pick is that I got a late second round grade on Tyson Campbell. He's my fourth best cornerback on the board, plus there are still eight players with first round grades on my board that do not play cornerback.
This pick addresses a position of need. The biggest reason this pick gets a C- grade to start the second round is because you have eight players with first round grades on my board plus three cornerbacks ranked ahead of Tyson Campbell still there to pick from at 33 despite having a second round grade.
Tyson Campbell will be competing with Sidney Jones for the nickel cornerback spot in Jacksonville. If he wins that competition this pick warrants this C- grade, but if he doesn't win that competition you may have just wasted your second round pick.
The 5-9 185 lb Elijah Moore had 86 receptions, 1,193 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns in 2020. New York gets a slot receiver to Denzel Mims and Corey Davis for quarterback Zach Wilson here. I had a third round grad eon Moore, but he's one of three receivers to be top five in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns so he will make plays happen. This pick gets a B grade here.
Denver got a running back to replace Philip Linsday. Javonte Williams reminds me of Nick Chubb. Denver trades up for the top running back in the draft to push Melvin Gordon. Denver had bigger needs, and I don't know if Williams is going to be as producive than Chubb. Overall it's a good pick since Williams is the only second round running back.
Miami grabs a safety here as their two current starting safeties are cornerbacks that converted to safety. The 6-1 201 lb Jevon Holland can play in man coverage, zone coverage, or press coverage. He entered the season as the top safety in the draft. He can play in cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 schemes. With Miami cutting team captain and free safety Bobby McClain, Jevon Holland is now set to start at free safety in week 1.
New England gets Christian Barmore in the second round. They trade 46 and 122 to Cincinnati. They get the top defensive tackle in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The 6-5 311 lb Christian Barmore can play 3-4 right end, 3-4 nose tackle, 3-4 left end, and 4-3 defensive tackle. New England grabs Alabama's interior defensive lineman who had 22 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles, 37 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 8 sacks, and 6.5 quarterback hurries as a player who may be an immediate starter on day 1 in New England.
The 6-6 320 lb Teven Jenkins played both left tackle and right tackle at Oklahoma State. He can pass block, run block, and zone block effectively. He got the best of Joseph Ossai in a pretty intense one-on-one contest between both Big 12 prospects. Jenkins also had a good week in Mobile proving that he's a first round prospect. Teven Jenkins is going to be the blindside for Andy Dalton, Nick Foles, or Justin Fields who Chicago traded up for in the first round after Ian Rappaport broke the news that Chicago released left tackle Charles Leno.
Richie Grant out of Central Florida has the best backpedal I've seen on tape from a safety since Eric Berry came out of Tennessee for the 2010 NFL Draft. Richie Grant had 69 solo tackles, 40 assisted tackles, and 109 total tackles in 2018. Grant really showcased his superb coverage along with 8 deflections from pass breakups in 2019.
The 6-0 194 lb Richie Grant made K.J. Costello look like a day 3 pick on tape last year in one of Costello's worst starts at Stanford prior to transferring to Mississippi State. Richie Grant can play man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage. He can play in cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes. He can also line up at cornerback, strong safety, or free safety playing defensive back everywhere on the secondary. He also got a 90 grade for run stuffing among safeties which is best in the 2021 NFL Draft among safety prospects.
Richie Grant and his teammate Aaron Robinson did not play in the bowl win where BYU defeated Central Florida. Grant doesn't miss tackles on tape and I feel like he's the only plug-in-play defensive back that can play cornerback or safety in the 2021 NFL Draft. Atlanta could be getting a second starter here with Richie Grant. He turns 24-years-old in November which is the only reason this first round safety on my board didn't receive an A+ grade.
On April Fools Day, I asked Reese's Senior Bowl director Jim Nagy if Richie Grant would be a good pick at 22. His response is in the conversation below. Also, there is no t in Richie Grant.
I gonna have the titans taking Ritchie grant as vaccarros replacement at 22 overall. I loved his backpedal on film in 2019 before I had the privilege and opportunity to watch him in mobile. Think that’s too early Jim?
The 6-3 293 lb Levi Onwuzurike lined up at 4-3 defensive tackle, 3-4 right end, 3-4 defensive tackle, and 3-4 left end. He has good rip and swim moves, but can be neutralized with a double team. He also only missed tackles on 4 percent of his plays on tape which is fewest among prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft edging out Micah Parsons. Levi Onwuzurike is a hard worker who trained his ass off to earn an invite to Mobile. He looked solid before an injury limited him at the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl. I can see why Daniel Jeremiah had a first round grade on him.
Miami now has their right tackle. Their offensive line has Austin Jackson at left tackle, Solomon Kindley at left guard, Matt Skura at center, Robert Hunt at right guard after previously playing his rookie season at right tackle, and Liam Eichenberg now as Tua Tagovailoa's blindside.
The 6-6 305 lb Liam Eichenberg is a good pass blocker, run blocker, and zone blocker. He needs to improve his strength and footwork in order to maximize both his blocking strength along with his blocking footwork on both passing and running plays. Miami gets a right tackle.
The 6-2 208 lb Trevon Moehrig was voted the top safety in College Football by Pro Football Focus in 2019 when he had 43 solo tackles, 19 assisted tackles, 62 total tackles, 11 deflections from pass breakups, 4 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles. Moehrig had 30 solo tackles, 17 assisted tackles, 47 total tackles, 9 deflections from pass breakups, and 2 interceptions in 2020.
Despite a decline in production, he did enough to win the Jim Thorpe Award and supplant Jevon Holland as the top safety in the 2021 NFL Draft. Trevon Moehrig is good in man coverage and great in zone coverage to the point where he can play in a cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 scheme. He's inconsistent when it comes to stopping the run and has a tendency to miss tackles. His game speed is through the roof with his backpedal and hip movement being the fastest I've seen in a few years. He's probably the fastest safety I've seen in terms of game speed since Jamal Adams and you can get him in the second round like the New York Jets did with Marcus Maye making this such a good value pick to start the second round. The Raiders got this guy as a day 1 starter at free safety next to 2019 first round pcik Jonathan Abram at strong safety and kept both of their third round picks.
Dallas grabs a cornerback here. He's a heck of a talent if he can clean up his act.
Kelvin Joseph showcased impressive man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage for Kentucky on tape in 2020. He can play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4. You can put him in any coverage scheme and he should find a way to succeed. He did so good that Voch Lombardi called him his cornerback 2 behind Jaycee Horn. He gave Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith fits. Kelvin Joseph is the perfect cornerback to compliment Janoris Jenkins.
Jacksonville takes the fourth best offensive tackle on my board. Cam Robinson enters a contract year at left tackle and here Jacksonville drafts a left tackle that may end up being Robinson's replacement.
The 6-7 315 lb Walker Little was a five star recruit in High School. He has proven to be an effective pass blocker, run blocker, and zone blocker. Walker Little's biggest concern is durability. He won't have to play unless Cam Robinson is injured.
Cincinnati gets a swing tackle behind Jonah Williams at left tackle and Riley Reiff at right tackle. Jackson Carman held his own at left tackle against Chase Young in the 2019-2020 College Football Playoff at left tackle. He's the blindside for Trevor Lawrence and run blocks well for Travis Etienne. He's also someone who turned down a hometown deal with Ohio State to play for Clemson. He maintains blocks well, but has the foot speed of a guard which may end up being where Carman moves at the next level.
Jackson Carman played High School in Ohio just like Joe Burrow. Now he returns to Ohio as the Bengals draft Carman here.
Jason Bantle told me that Pro Football Focus has Jackson Carman as Cincinnati's starting left guard. The problem is Carman was mainly a left tackle in both High School and in College. I see him as a swing tackle, but he may be able the move to left guard if Cincinnati opts to kick him inside since he mauled a lot of edge rushers by knocking those pass rushers on their ass in High School. He's got a guard body 6-4 317 lbs according to Clemson's Pro Day which is why I changed his position to guard, but if you want to read about Carman you have to click on our offensive tackle rankings in the link below.
Asante Samuel Jr. is awesome in coverage. I think the Chargers could have gotten a better corner to play on the outside. He's also raw against the run.
Asante Samuel Jr. looks elite in man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage. He can play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4. If he was 6-1 instead of 5-10 you could make an argument for him being the top cornerback in this years draft.
Aaron Banks would be a good left guard for depth to add. I had a fourth round grade on him, but he's good enough to start and will push current starting left guard Laken Tomlinson to the limit. Tony Mario actually mocked Banks to the 49ers in the second round.
The 5-9 180 lb Rondale Moore is a player that compliments DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, and Christian Kirk. Love this fit because if one receiver gets injured, Moore can come in and take the league by storm.
Rondale Moore played both wide receiver and running back in his first year at Purdue while also being the teams kick returner and punt returner. Moore dominated as a freshman with David Blough at quarterback and Brycen Hopkins taking pressure off of him at tight end. Moore had 114 receptions, 1,258 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns along with 21 carries, 213 rushing yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns. After Blough left Moore's play declined as he only had 29 receptions, 387 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns in 2019. Rondale Moore didn't have a receiving touchdown in 2020. He's great at getting open in space, but he needs to improve his route tree.
New York gets the second A+ grade in the second round. Fantastic pick by the New York Giants.
The eleventh best player on my draft game is Georgia 3-4 right outside linebacker Azeez Ojulari. He's also the second best defender on my personal big board behind Micah Parsons.
The 6-3 240 lb Azeez Ojulari dominated on film against Alex Leatherwood in one-on-one situations pass rushing quarterback Mac Jones. Azeez Ojulari had 21 solo tackles, 9 assisted tackles, 30 total tackles, 16 quarterback hurries, 11.5 tackles for a loss, and 8.5 sacks. He may not have the production of a sack artist, but he has better twitch and hip movement than Gregory Rosseau. His production in the SEC makes me believe he can give the New York Giants one of the best pass rushing units in the NFL moving forward starting in 2021.
Washington drafts a left tackle to groom behind Cornellius Lucas. Samuel Cosmi was third on my board behind Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah and Oklahoma center Creed Humphrey.
The 6-7 310 lb Samuel Cosmi is versatile enough to play left tackle or right tackle. Cosmi started at right tackle in 2018 and moved to left tackle in 2019. Cosmi has the strength to maintain blocks for 5-7 seconds in pass protection, but he's more likely to maintain blocks for 3-5 seconds once he gets to the NFL. He plays too aggressive at times which leads to holding penalties see his game against Kansas State in 2019. Samuel Cosmi cut back on the holding penalties in 2020 to solidify himself as a first round prospect.
The 6-1 216 lb Jeremiah Owosu-Koramoah can play everywhere at linebacker just like Micah Parsons and Zaven Collins. Jeremiah Owusu-Koromah showed the versatility to play 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 middle linebacker, 4-3 left outside linebacker, 3-4 right outside linebacker, 3-4 middle linebacker, and 3-4 left outside linebacker with his versatility.
Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah has great speed and zone coverage. His speed allows him to be an asset as both a pass rusher and a run stuffer. His best fit in my opinion is at 4-3 right outside linebacker. The Cleveland Browns get a starter at 4-3 right outside linebacker as well as someone that covers tight ends effectively. They also have a third fourth round pick now.
The 6-5 304 lb Dillon Radunz lined up at left tackle, right tackle, and left guard in Mobile during the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl. The blindside to Trey Lance is good in pass protection, but even better as a run blocker.
Tennessee gets a right tackle to compliment Taylor Lewan. Dillon Radunz is a fantastic pick here and my only offensive tackle with a second round grade still on the board.
I posted a film cut of North Dakota State left tackle Dillon Radunz VS Central Arkansas. Dillon Radunz was fantastic on tape.
Creed Humprhey was my top player on the board. This wasn't a bad pick though. Pittsburgh had a first round grade on Freiermuth and was considering him as a backup plan to Najee Harris and Travis Etienne.
The 6-5 256 lb Pat Freiermuth had a career high 8 receiving touchdowns as a true freshman taking over for Mike Gesicki in 2018. Pat Freiermuth 43 receptions, 507 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns in 2019. His 7 receptions for 101 receiving yards against Antoine Winfield Jr. and the Minnesota Golden Gophers was one of his signature games in 2019.
Pat Freiermuth would have been the top tight end selected and a first round tight end in the 2020 NFL Draft if he declared last year. Pat Freiermuth went back to school and had 23 receptions, 310 receiving yards, and 1 receiving touchdown in 4 games before tearing his ACL.
Pat Friermuth has great hands and can get yards after the catch when healthy. Pittsburgh may have found a guy who can replace Vance McDonald and supplant Eric Ebron of the starting tight end job.
The 5-9 188 lb D'Wayne Eskridge is probably the shiftiest receiver in this draft outside of Kadarius Toney. He had a strong week in Mobile after having 8 receiving touchdowns despite the lack of production in a shortened 2020 season and is the best route running receiver Western Michigan has had since Corey Davis.
Seattle grabs a slot receiver to compliment Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf. This guy is a good slot receiver for Seattle.
The Los Angeles Rams get a fifth round receiver over Terrace Marshall Jr. and Amon Ra'St. Brown are both second round receivers and both steals at this point. That's why this pick is a D grade. That being said the thing that saved this pick from being an F grade is that Tutu Atwell has starter upside unlike Josh Reynolds. The Rams have Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and Van Jefferson.
Kansas City gets a linebacker who may have a higher ceiling than any linebacker on their roster if he improves his strength. They also get a local player so this fantastic pick gets an A grade.
The 6-0 232 lb Nick Bolton played middle linebacker in High School. He is also capable of playing on the outside as Nick Bolton lined up as a 4-3 right outisde linebacker at Missouri next to Cale Garrett when Garrett was playing in the middle. When Garrett moved to the left Bolton would move to the middle so Washington could draft Bolton as either a starting 4-3 right outside linebacker or a starting 4-3 middle linebacker. Nick Bolton is probably versatile enough to play 4-3 left outside linebacker as well as well as 3-4 middle linebacker.
Nick Bolton dominated in his sophomore season with 74 solo tackles, 33 assisted tackles, 107 total tackles, 10 deflections from pass breakups, 7.5 tackles for a loss, 2 interceptions, and 1 sack in 2019. Bolton is great at stopping the run and dropping back into coverage. His football IQ is just as phenomenal as his vision. Nick Bolton gives Philadelphia's linebacker core a leader and face they can depend on after winning Division 13-5A defensive MVP two years in a row during his junior and senior years in High School in the state of Texas before earning playing time as a freshman prior to Bolton's breakout season in 2019.
Nick Bolton had 53 solo tackles, 42 assisted tackles, 95 total tackles, 8 tackles for loss, and 2 sacks in 2020. Nick Bolton played middle linebacker at Missouri, but projects as a 4-3 right outside linebacker where he'd play the WILL on the weak side at the next level.
Philadelphia gets the linebacker help that they desperately seek here. Nick Bolton can come in and be a true difference maker on defense.
The 6-3 201 lb Terrace Marshall Jr. had 46 receptions, 671 receiving yards, and 13 receiving touchdowns in 2019. Somehow he improved with 48 receptions, 731 receiving yards, and 10 receiving touchdowns in 2020.
Carolina gets Terrace Marshall Jr. as a number two target to D.J. Moore. Roby Anderson moves to the slot. Or better yet, Carolina can rotate someone from this trio into the slot which will make it hard to game plan against them.
New Orleans gets a linebacker here. Pete Werner is a three down linebacker. The 6-2 238 lb Pete Werner is versatile enough to play 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 middle linebacker, and 4-3 left outside linebacker. He's a three down linebacker. Houston uses both of their third round picks on Ohio State linebackers as Baron Browning and Pete Werner get to play together in the New Orleans.
Buffalo doubles up at edge rusher. They take Carlos Basham Jr. in round 2 after taking Gregory Rosseau in round 1.
The 6-5 275 lb Carlos Basham Jr. had 18 tackles for a loss and 11 sacks as a 4-3 left end in 2019. Carlos Basham Jr. only had 5.5 tackles for a loss and 5 sacks in 2020 which is why you are probably asking yourself why Basham cracked my first round. Carlos Basham Jr. cracks my first round because he won the only one-on-one battle against Alex Leatherwood in Mobile during the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl. Carlos Basham Jr. also showed the versatility to play 3-4 defensive end as well as 4-3 defensive end on either side of the field against Clemson.
I posted a film cut of Wake Forest defensive end Carlos Basham Jr. VS Clemson. Carlos Basham Jr. did well in this game.
Finally, I have an interview of Carlos Basham Jr. This is the only interview from the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl to be featured on both Anchor and Talkshoe.
The 6-4 312 lb Creed Humphrey has the pass blocking, run blocking, and zone blocking to play center. Humphrey pass blocked for Jalen Hurts and was great with run blocking for running back Kennedy Brooks. Creed Humphrey got the highest grade that I ever gave a center. Even higher than guys like Eric Wood, Alex Mack, Garrett Bradbury, and Maurkice Pouncey.
I mocked Creed Humprhey at 23. He goes to the Chiefs and may win the center job and snap the ball to Mahomes in week 1.
Off the record, I have a third round grade on Kyle Trask and don't see anything more than a career backup. Kyle Trask is a boom or bust prospect who could have Ben Roethlisberger's arm and Drew Bree's accuracy behind.
Joseph Potter the co-host of my podcast has Kyle Trask ahead of Mac Jones following the Pro Day's. Oren Shiri the other co-host of my podcast gave New Orleans 2021 NFL Group Mock in a mock where Joey, Oren, Jason Bantle, and myself took turns making picks. My friend Bruna in Brazil who taught me some Portugese also told me in confidence she wanted Kyle Trask when I asked her who the Saints should take at 28. Tampa Bay gets Trask an they can groom him behind the goat Tom Brady.