The 6-5 312 lb Alex Leatherwood has a high ceiling and if he reaches that ceiling he could be the top offensive tackle in this draft class. Las Vegas gets a solid right tackle. Las Vegas now has Kolton Miller at left tackle, Richie Incognito at left guard, Nick Martin at center, Denzelle Goode at right guard, and Alex Leatherwood at right tackle.
Alex Leatherwood pass blocked for Tua Tagovailoa at left tackle in 2019 and was a run blocker for Najee Harris. He also zone blocks effectively. His 2020 tape wasn't as good as his 2019 tape. He got promoted to team captain though for the 2020 Season. He can still maintain blocks for 3-5 seconds in pass protection. He's got the run blocking strength and run blocking footwork to make an immediate impact. Hand placement on passing plays could use some work, but the good on tape outweighs the bad in spades. He's a first round prospect and a great addition for the Las Vegas Raiders at 17 after a strong week at the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl.
The 6-4 234 lb Jamin Davis had 50 solo tackles, 52 assisted tackles, and 102 total tackles in 2020 when lining up at middle linebacker on the Kentucky Wildcats. Jamin Davis gives Washington a middle linebacker here. Davis does well in man and zone coverage having the skill set to play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 like a cornerback plus he's a tackling machine too. He ran a 4.39 40-time and had a 37-inch vertical.
Washington got the final piece to their championship defense with this pick. You got four first round picks Chase Young, Jonathan Allen, Da'Ron Payne and Montez Sweat on the defensive line. You added Jamin Davis at left outside linebacker to compliment Cole Holcolm who is taking over for Thomas Davis and Jarrad Davis at middle linebacker. Washington has William Jackson III and Kendall Fuller at cornerback with Landon Collins and Kamren Curl starting at safety.
Tennessee kept Breon Borders from playing. Janoris Jenkins and Caleb Farley will play on the outside. Kristian Fulton will play nickel cornerback.
Caleb Farley is a cornerback that warrants an A grade in man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage. I feel he's the most well rounded cornerback in this draft. In his worst game against Notre Dame in 2019, he had 20 good plays to 5 bad plays. The 6-2 207 lb cornerback opted out in 2020 after leading the ACC with 16 deflections as a sophomore redshirt in 2019. Understands cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, and cover 4 schemes.
I have Caleb Farley graded higher than Patrick Surtain II. Tennessee got awesome value here.
Minnesota gets a blindside for Kirk Cousins after trading down to 23. The 6-5 314 lb Christian Darrisaw can pass block, run block, and zone block effectively. Maintains blocks for 5-7 seconds. Has the pass blocking footwork, run blocking footwork, pass blocking strength, and run blocking strength to dominate at the next level. This guy played left tackle in High School and won the left tackle job as a freshman and has three years of experience as Virginia Tech's blindside.
Kirk Cousins's offensive line on the Minnesota Vikings has Christian Darrisaw at left tackle and Brian O'Neill at right tackle with Garrett Bradbury at center.
Pittsburgh lost James Conner to Arizona. They get their running back here. Najee Harris is my top ranked running back in this class, but Pittsburgh also loves Clemson running back Travis Etienne and would take him in the event that Harris is gone at 24. You can click on Najee's name or any other running backs name to get access to our running back rankings for the 2021 NFL Draft.
I posted a film cut of Alabama running back Najee Harris VS Florida. Najee Harris ran the ball like an All Pro during the 2020 SEC Championship Game.
Travis Etienne has the highest ceiling in this draft outside of Najee Harris. The only downside is Etienne is a liability as a blocker. Trevor Lawrence has James Robinson at running back who finished third in rushing yards behind Derrick Henry and Dalvin Cook. I like Travis Etienne, but Jacksonville had bigger needs at 25.
Yes, having someone who Lawrence played with will help, but you're going to have to split carries with Robinson and Etienne. Also this pick is great from a team chemistry standpoint which is something Oren brought up during the podcast.
Urban Meyer came out today and said that James Robinson will be the first and second down running back with Travis Etienne coming in on third down as the teams third down running back. In wake of this news, this pick is now a C+ grade.
I posted a film cut of Clemson running back Travis Etienne VS Wake Forest. Travis Etienne did well in this game.
Cleveland gets my second best cornerback on the board and fifth best cornerback in this draft in Greg Newsome II who isn't as durable as Eric Stokes. Cleveland could have gotten better value with Jeremiah Owusu-Koromah, Christian Barmore, Rashod Bateman and Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes who is far more durable cornerback and better in terms of yards per coverage in 2020 than Patrick Surtain II would have been a better pick than Greg Newsome II because Newsome II had some durability concerns at Northwestern which is a concern Greedy Williams had. Cleveland has four really good cornerbacks when healthy, but the downside is that two of those four corners have durability concerns.
Baltimore lost Matt Judon and Yannick Ngakoue as their starting 3-4 outside linebackers. Both of the 3-4 outside linebackers that I have Pro Bowl grades on in Azeez Ojulari and Joseph Ossai are gone.
One player in my top 20 is still available at 27. That player is Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman. Evan Massey of NFL Analysis reported that the Ravens are looking at drafting Rashod Bateman at 27 to get Lamar Jackson his number one target.
The 6-2 210 lb Rashod Bateman was a great number two receiver next to Tyler Johnson the last two seasons, but he wasn't as sharp as a number one receiver in 2020. Luckily for Bateman, he can come in and compliment A.J. Brown if the Titans choose to move on from Corey Davis.
Rashod Bateman had a Minnesota freshman record 51 receptions, 704 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns next to Tyler Johnson as a true freshman in 2018. Bateman had a Minnesota sophomore record 60 receptions, 1,219 receiving yards, and 11 recieving touchdowns in 2019. Bateman only had 35 receptions, 472 receiving yards, and 2 receiving touchdowns in 2020.
Rashod Bateman can run all 30 routes effectively plus his vertical is projected to be in between 35 and 45 inches with a minimum of a 35 inch vertical and a maximum of a 40 inch vertical. The route tree and vertical alone make Rashod Bateman a first round prospect despite a down year in 2020. Unlike Tyler Johnson, he's clean off the field making him an ideal player for Baltimore at 27 as Lamar Jackson finally gets a number one target allowing you to put Sammy Watkins next to him on the outside with Marques Brown in the slot. You also got Miles Boykin, Devin Duvernay, and James Proche in depth roles at wide receiver giving Baltimore one of the leagues deepest receiving cores.
The 6-5 268 lb Payton Turner is versatile enough to play 4-3 right end, 4-3 defensive tackle, and 4-3 left end. He's someone who exploited BYU left tackle Brady Christensen on tape. I like his rip and swim moves a lot. He's got speed and strength along with better overall intangibles than Jayson Oweh out of Penn State which is why New Orleans grabs competiton for Marcus Davenport as well as a replacement for Trey Hendrickson.
I gave Eric Stokes an A- grade in man coverage, zone coverage, and press coverage. He only gave up 1 touchdown all season and that was to DeVonta Smith against Alabama. Eric Stokes had a 0.51 yards per coverage snap which was second among cornerbacks in 2020. He can play in cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4.
Green Bay gets competition for Kevin King next to Jaire Alexander. That's why this pick got an A- grade.
The 6-7 253 lb Gregory Rosseau can line up at 4-3 right end, 4-3 defensive tackle, and 4-3 left end. He can also line up as a 3-4 right outside linebacker or a 3-4 left outside linebacker. He has the speed off the edge. Rosseau needs to develop his rip and swim moves as most of his big plays are a result of his speed and atheltciism on tape. He lacks twitch and displays a lot of hip stiffness which is why I feel he's a boom or bust prospect. He followed that up having the worst Pro Day of the three Miami FL defenders which is why Rosseau dropped all the way to 30.
Gregory Rosseau had 19.5 tackles for a loss and 15.5 sacks in 2019. Rosseau gives Minnesota 4-3 right end that can anchor their pass rush for years to come. Rosseau had the most sacks by a Miami Hurricane since Greg Mark in 1989 and the most tackles for a loss since Calias Campbell had 20.5 tackles for a loss in 2006. Campbell was so impressed by Rosseau's tape, that he said Rosseau would have a better NFL career than himself.
Jayson Oweh had 0 sacks. His tape against Ohio State and Maryland was awful. There were better pass rushers on the board despite what the media says which is why the Ravens got the only F grade in the first round here.
The 6-5 262 lb Joe Tryon lined up as a 4-3 right end at Washington, but he's versatile enough to play 3-4 right outside linebacker. Practicing against Trey Adams helped him develop. Joe Tryon had 12 tackles for a loss and 8 sacks in 2019 having success against Penei Sewell.
Tampa Bay grabs a pass rusher for depth behind Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul here. Joe Tryon is the best pass rusher on the board.