Jacksonville neglected safety in the first two rounds. Andre Cisco can play strong safety, free safety, 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 middle linebacker, or 4-3 left outside linebacker with his versatility. Cisco is also the youngest safety in the draft. He's a perfect fit for strong safety which also happens to be the biggest need for Jacksonville on defense in the third round.
The 6-0 206 lb Andre Cisco is second behind Paulson Adebo in deflections heading into the 2020 Season. He also led the FBS with 12 interceptions among active defensive backs. Andre Cisco only played 2 games in a shortened 2020 season due to Covid-19.
Andre Cisco 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. Cisco gives Cleveland depth at safety behind Ronnie Harrison and Grant Delpit.
I posted a film cut of Syracuse safety Andre Cisco VS Pittsburgh. Andre Cisco made some nice plays, but showed a lot of inconsistent play against the Pitt Panthers after intercepting Sam Howell of North Carolina in the season opener for Syracuse.
Minnesota drafts a quality backup quarterback to develop behind Kirk Cousins here. Kellen Mond is a fourth round prospect on my big board despite winning 2021 Senior Bowl MVP and having a strong Pro Day. He's the top quarterback on the board so you cannot give this anything worse than a C+ grade.
The 6-4 235 lb Joseph Ossai had 61 solo tackles, 29 assisted tackles, 90 total tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss, 5 sacks, and 2 interceptions in 2019. Ossai had 25 solo tackles, 30 assisted tackles, 55 total tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, and 5.5 sacks in 2020. He registered 3 of those sacks against Oklahoma State while showcasing first round speed and athleticism off the edge. He relies heavily on his pass rushing and cannot do much else. If you can shut down his pass rushing, you can neutralize him. Cincinnati gets him for depth.
Carolina drafts a backup left tackle to Greg Little. Nice depth pick in the third round even though I had a fourth round grade on him. I expected him to fall to round 5, but he addresses a position of need.
New York adds a cornerback that I had a second round grade on for depth in the third round to compliment James Bradburry, Adoree Jackson, and nickel cornerback Darnay Holmes.
The 5-11 200 lb Aaron Robinson is great in both man and press coverage. He can play in a cover 0, cover 1, or cover 2 defense with two safeties playing zone coverage. He's also a good tackler who can stop the run. He's versatile enough to play cornerback inside or outside.
The 6-2 320 lb Alim McNeill is a decent 4-3 defensive tackle. He gives Detroit depth at defensive tackle at the very worst. He could give Detroit a starter at defensive tackle at the best. Pro Football Focus believes he's the second best defensive tackle in the entire draft.
The 6-4 283 lb Milton Williams had a mind boggling 30 quarterback hurries and 10 tackles for a loss in 2020. Williams entered the draft at 271 lbs, but added 12 lbs of muscle before impressing NFL scouts at Lousiana Tech's Pro Day. He's a good defensive tackle for depth.
Dallas has Trysten Hill and Neville Gallimore. They grab Osa Odighizuwa for depth.
The 6-2 280 lb Osa Odighizuwa has great explosion and first step ability. He needs to add some muscle weight and get stronger if he wants to become a starting 4-3 defensive tackle. Dallas needs depth at 4-3 defensive tackle so they take Osa earlier than expected. He can spend time in the weight room and keep honing his game until he gets an opportunity to play.
Josh Palmer is the final receiver of mine in my wide receiver rankings to have a starter grade. I had 30/40 wide receivers with starter grades. Some have Josh Palmer going in the second to third round so this is solid value here since he went 14/14 on targets against corners.
The 6-3 230 lb Chazz Surratt lined up at 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 middle linebacker, and 4-3 left outside linebacker. Chazz Surratt had 66 solo tackles, 49 assisted tackles, 115 total tackles, 15 tackles for a loss, 10 quarterback hurries, 6.5 sacks, and 3 deflections from pass breakups in his first season at linebacker in 2019 after converting from quarterback to linebacker.
Chazz Surratt had 49 solo tackles, 42 assisted tackles, 91 total tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, 6 sacks, and 6 quarterback hurries in 2020. He also did well in the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl during practices making him the perfect piece to compliment Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks.
Malcolm Koonce gets picked here and he provides a nice 4-3 defensive end for depth behind Clelin Ferrell, Yannick Ngakoue, and Maxx Crosby with Arden Key gone. I had a third round grade on Koonce so I love this pick.
Las Vegas takes a fifth to sixth round safety at 80. What's even worse is they plan on moving him to outside linebacker where he will be a situational linebacker. Deablo blitzes more than he covers which is why the Raiders get a D grade here.
The 6-5 254 lb Hunter Long had 57 receptions, 685 receiving yards, and 5 receiving touchdowns in 2020. He showed flashes of a young Austin Hooper on film as he's good at everything, but not great at anything. He dropped some passes during practices in Mobile. If you just watch the tape and look past these drops in Mobile, he's the fourth best tight end in this draft. Hunter Long would learn under Mike Gesicki for a year or two. If Miami doesn't want to overpay Gesicki, then maybe you can develop Hunter Long into a solid starter down the road
The 6-0 185 lb Dyami Brown had 55 receptions, 1,099 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns in 2020. Dyami Brown tied DeVonta Smith for the most 40+ yard receptions with 17. He also averaged 20 yards per catch. Washington gets someone who can push Kelvin Harmon for the number two receiver spot next to Terry McLaurin.
Tommy Tremble didn't even make my tight end rankings. Oren referred to him as Tommy Terrible. His one strong quality is blocking. He can be a starter down the road in Carolina if you develop his pass catching because he has teh traits of a top five blocker at tight end. I know a Falcons fan that wanted Tremble in round 2 if they didn't take Pitts so that makes me happy that the Falcons fan has to worry about Tremble.
The 5-9 201 lb Amari Rodgers dominated in Mobile showcasing his route running and Moss like catches during both the Senior Bowl practice as well as the Senior Bowl game. Amari Rogers had 77 receptions, 1,020 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns in 2020 when being the go-to-guy for Clemson at wide receiver.
You got DaVante Adams and Allen Lazard on the outside. Amari Rodgers will push for minutes from day 1 as a slot receiver in Green Bay.
Wyatt Davis was my top ranked guard in the entire draft. Rick Spielman got the one guard I had ranked ahead of Alijah Vera-Tucker with the pick he got from the New York Jets. Minnesota now has Christian Darrisaw at left tackle, Ezra Cleveland at left guard, Garrett Bradbury at center, Wyatt Davis at right guard, and Brian O'Neill at right tackle. Minnesota now has upgrades on their offensive line at every position for quarterback Kirk Cousins and running back Dalvin Cook which is why this pick earns Minnesota their second A+ grade of the draft.
Pittsburgh takes a fifth round guard in the third round, but they are taking him as a center. You got Chukwuma Okorafor at left tackle, Kevin Dotson at left guard, Kendrick Green at center, David DeCastro at right guard, and Zach Banner at right tackle. The 2021 NFL Season will be a make or break year for at least four of the offensive linemen on Pittsburgh's offensive line including Green who may move to guard if he struggles at center.
San Francisco takes my second best running back off the board around the same area they took Frank Gore. Last time the 49ers drafted a running back out of Ohio State they got Carlos Hyde so I love this pick.
Houston grabs the tallest receiver in the draft here. They get Nico Collins who is the closest thing this draft has to a DeAndre Hopkins type of receiver.
Houston gets a big body wide receiver with this pick. The Texans get the 6-4 215 lb Nico Collins who is considered to be the biggest and tallest receiver in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Finally, I have an interview of Nico Collins. This interview from the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl is only on Anchor, but you can listen to the interview while reading our SWOT report of Michigan wide receiver Nico Collins.
The 6-4 264 lb Patrick Jones II lined up as a 4-3 right end on the Pittsburgh Panthers. He packs a powerful punch with his 10 inch hands. Patrick Jones II had 25 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles, 41 total tackles, 11.5 tackles for a loss, and 8.5 sacks in 2019. Patrick Jones II had 24 solo tackles, 18 assisted tackles, 42 total tackles, 12.5 tackles ofr a loss, and 9 sacks in 2020.
Minnesota needs a 4-3 right end to take pressure off of Danielle Hunter. I gave them Patrick Jones II out of Pittsburgh with this selection.
Here is our interview of Patrick Jones II from the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl. You can click the link below to listen to that recorded press conference of Pittsburgh defensive end Patrick Jones II.
Baltimore has Ronnie Stanley at left tackle, Ben Cleveland at left guard, Bradley Bozeman at center, Kevin Zeitler at right guard, and Andrew Villanueva at right tackle. Outside of the Cleveland Browns, the Baltimore Ravens have the best offensive line in the AFC North Division heading into 2021 with five starters and stability on their offensive line. Ben Cleveland was Baltimore's best draft pick from the Orlando Brown trade.
Tampa Bay drafts a guy who can be a depth player at offensive tackle, guard, or center with his versatility. Good run blocker on his highlight reel, but got destroyed on passing plays in the pass blocking drills in Mobile.
New England got this compensation pick at 96 despite losing their first third round pick for videotaping the Bengals because quarterback Tom Brady signed with Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I've seen Elijah Moore listed as high as the mid to late second round so to get him here at 95 is an absolute steal.
The 6-3 247 lb Ronnie Perkins played 4-3 right end and 4-3 left end at Oklahoma. He's got the body of an outside linebacker and can play with his hand in the dirt or without his hand in the dirt. Ronnie Perkins is the only pass rusher in this draft with a pass rushing and run stuffing grade of 90 according to Pro Football Focus. Ronnie Perkins had 10.5 tackles for a loss, 9 quarterback hurries, and 5.5 sacks in 2020. He needs to get stronger, but he's someone who can push Anfernee Jennings and Josh Uche for a roster spot after they added Matt Judon and Kyle Van Noy in Free Agency.
Los Angeles got this compensation pick at 97 because Philip Rivers signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Now they use this pick on a tight end to backup Jared Cook Jr. for the starting tight end spot now that Hunter Henry is gone.
I got a fifth round grade on Tre McKitty. However, he's my fourth best tight end so you can't hate the pick. Reminds me of former Charger Ladarius Green.
New Orleans got this compensation pick at 98 because Teddy Bridgewater signed with the Carolina Panthers. Carolina was one of two division rivals to help New Orleans get a third round compensation pick. New Orleans can repay their division rivals by hitting on both compensation picks. They traded this pick and 105 to Denver.
The 6-3 320 lb Quinn Meinerz played left guard at Wisconsin-Whitewater. Quinn Meinerz was the player of the week at the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl. He showed the versatility to play left guard, center, or right guard on the interior offensive line in Mobile.
Denver gets depth behind left guard Dalton Risner, center Lloyd Cushenberry II, and right guard Graham Glasgow here. That's what makes this a fantastic pick for Denver.
Quinn Meinerz has the pass blocking, pass blocking strength, pass blocking footwork, run blocking, run blocking strength, run blocking footwork, and zone blocking. He was also the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl practice player of the week.
Dallas got this compensation pick at 99 when Byron Jones signed with the Miami Dolphins at cornerback which is why they got this pick. Dallas has a chance to improve their team at 99.
Dallas already has Kelvin Joseph to pair with Trevon Diggs. You also got Jourdan Lewis back at nickel cornerback with Anthony Brown as a dime cornerback. Dallas needed a quarter cornerback for depth and they get Oregon State's Nahshon Wright who is a 6-4 corner with 33 inch 4.4 speed. He was Jonah Tuls sleeper of this draft and is a nice value pick in the third round.
Tennessee got this compensation pick at 100 after Jack Conklin signed with the Cleveland Browns. Tennessee already took a right tackle in the second round so it will be interesting to see what the Titans do here.
I mocked Elijah Molden one pick earlier to Dallas at 99. He can compete with Kristian Fulton for the nickel cornerback job. If Caleb Farley gets injured you will have Kristian Fulton on the outside and Elijah Molden in a nickel cornerback role with Breon Borders still on the bench. Love it. Tennessee one of two teams to end day 2 with an A grade for each pick they made in the first three rounds.
The Los Angeles Rams got this compensation pick at 101 because Dante Fowler Jr. signed a contract with the Atlanta Falcons. This was the third round pick the Lions got in the Jared Goff Matthew Stafford trade.
The 6-2 212 lb Ifeatu Melifonwu has the man and press coverage to lock down receivers. He had 42 solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, 55 total tackles, 9 deflections from pass breakups, and 1 interception in 2020. He's someone who can play in the nickel next to Amani Oruwariye and Jeffrey Okudah on the outside with Ifeatu Melifonwu in a nickel role if he can beat out Quinton Dunbar for that nickel spot in training camp. His zone coverage needs to improve. You can put him in a cover 0, cover 1, or cover 2 defense and he should have success as long as he's playing man coverage. Ifeatu Melifonwu also gave up fewer yards in the Senior Bowl game than any other cornerback in the draft only allowing 3 receptions for 31 receiving yards in the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl.
The Los Angeles Rams got this compensation pick at 103 because Detroit hired their director of College Scouting Brad Evans as General Manager. I feel like Les Snead and Sean McVay have been playing more golf than scouting players with all of their reaches so far.
Los Angeles needed a starting 3-4 middle linebacker. They reach for a sixth round prospect on my board to end the third round.
New Orleans got this compensation pick at 105 thanks to their director of College Scouting Terry Fontenot accepting a General Manager job with the Atlanta Falcons, a division rival of New Orleans. Then New Orleans traded this pick to Denver.
The 6-2 243 lb Baron Browning is versatile enough to play 4-3 right outside linebacker, 4-3 middle linebacker, and 4-3 left outside linebacker. He does well in both man and zone coverage. He can play cover 0, cover 1, cover 2, cover 3, or cover 4 when dropping back into coverage just like a cornerback or safety. He has good, but not great athleticism. Struggles with wrapping up his tackles, but had a good week in Mobile during the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl.
Denver needed depth behind A.J. Johnson and Josey Jewell. Someone who could provide depth behind those two this late in the third round is Baron Browning who I had going a lot earlier than this. I had Browning graded ahead of Pete Werner who went to New Orleans at 60.