The 6-3 315 lb Jay Tuefele is a 3-4 nose tackle. He can play as a three down nose tackle in the NFL and is also versatile enough to line up as a 3-4 right end or a 3-4 left end. He slimmed down to 305 lbs and was once my second best defensive tackle behind Barmore in the entire draft. Incredible value by Jacksonville to start the fourth round. Amon-Ra St. Brown out of USC was my top player on the board, but Jay Tufele was my top defensive player on the board as he provides competition to DaVon Hamilton, Jacksonville's 2020 third round pick as a defensive tackle next to Taven Bryan.
New York grabs a running back here. Michael Carter had back-to-back seasons of 1,000 rushing yards after Javonte Williams became the feature back on North Carolina in 2020. Michael Carter has enough upside to develop into a quality starting running back which is something Atlanta needs.
I posted a press conference of North Carolina running back Michael Carter from the 2021 Reeses Senior Bowl. Carter stood out in Mobile to the point where he may be a day 2 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Darren Hall had a seventh round grade on my board. He's the final player in my top 260. That being said he can play nickel corner or free safety. He had 16 deflections for pass breakups in 2019 and led San Diego State with 3 interceptions in 2020.
James Hudson was my second best offensive tackle on the board as well as my top backup offensive tackle. He comes to Cleveland as Kendall Lamb's replacement as a backup left tackle. I heard Minnesota offered Cleveland two of their fourth round picks for Hudson and Andrew Berry declined.
Joey also told me the Browns are considering cutting Chris Hubbard the backup right tackle they got from the Pittsburgh Steelers in his one year as a starting right tackle. Taking these factors into consideration Hudson gets a B grade despite being a raw player that projects as a backup swing tackle if he can develop the rest of his game.
The 6-2 274 lb Cam Sample lined up at both 4-3 defensive end spots at Tulane as an edge rusher next to Patrick Johnson. He also lined up inside at 4-3 defensive tackle. Cam Sample was a third round prospect in my final mock draft, but Cincinnati gets him as a defensive lineman for depth after taking Joseph Ossai as an edge rusher for depth who can be both a DE and OLB for depth. Now Sample on the other hand can play both DT and DE in a 4-3, but he can be used in a depth role rather than starting right away which allows Sample ample time to develop.
Amon Ra'St. Brown was a player I studied before he enrolled into USC when his brother was draft eligible back in 2018. He had 72 receptions, 1,320 receiving yards, and 20 receiving touchdowns during his senior year of High School when he was a five star recruit.
The 6-1 195 lb Amon Ra'St. Brown adapted to USC very quickly and established himself as a security blanket for JT Daniels in 2018 when he had 60 receptions, 750 receiving yards, and 3 receiving touchdowns as a true freshman in 2018. Amon Ra'St. Brown had 77 receptions, 1,042 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns in 2019 when Kevon Slovis took over for Daniels. With Michael Pittman Jr. gone, Amon Ra'St. Brown will be the go-to-guy for Slovis at wide receiver in 2020.
I rewatched his USC tape with Damian Parson on Saturday and he looks like someone who can run up to all 30 routes effectively with one person saying he's the best route runner in the entire draft on their scouting report I read. He also got open on a lot of plays where Kedon Slovis failed to get him the ball despite having worse stats in 2020. You can't put any stock into the 41 receptions, 478 receiving yards, and 7 receiving touchdowns because he was wide open on a quite a few plays against Arizona State and Arizona where Slovis failed to get the ball in his hands.
Detroit is a great fit for Amon Ra'St. Brown. He could become Jared Goff's version of Robert Woods in Detroit. Unlike Slovis, Goff will make sure to get him the football.
There were three centers with starter grades and Atlanta chooses to take the top backup. Drew Dalman is probably wiling to sign for less money. Second his father helped San Francisco win Super Bowl 29. Atlanta will probably start Matt Hennessy their 2020 third round pick.
The 6-2 233 lb Jabril Cox was a 4-3 right outside linebacker playing the weak side WILL position at North Dakota State before transferring to LSU. He played 4-3 middle linebacker and 4-3 left outside linebacker at LSU. He projects to play the WILL where he played at North Dakota State in the NFL.
Dallas gets Jabril Cox for depth behind Jaylon Smith. The only reason I gave this an A grade instead of an A+ grade is because there were players with second round grades still on my board.
Elerson Smith has the body of a 4-3 defensive end not a 3-4 outside linebacker. He had a good week of Senior Bowl practice. I mocked him in the sixth round, but there were people who had him going as early as the third round. That's why I can't really give New York too much crap for taking Smith since he'll probably start out as a backup.
I had Chris Rumph II going on day 3. He's got the body of a 4-3 outside linebacker and lined up as an edge rusher at Duke. He may be asked to blitz next to Joey Bosa. Not sure he does well at the next level, but hope he proves me wrong.
Breece Hall is the starting running back on Iowa State so Minnesota spent a fourth round pick on Iowa State's backup running back. Minnesota has Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison so Minnesota would be getting a third stringer at best.
On saturday's podcast I asked Oren if the Vikings should get a D or an F grade. Oren told me to give the Vikings a D grade. After finding out that Chicago got Khalil Herbert my eighth best running back in round six, Green Bay got Kylin Hill my ninth best running back in round seven, and Detroit got Jermar Jefferson my thirteenth best running back in round seven. Minnesota gets an F grade for wasting their fourth round pick on a backup running back while the rest of the NFC North Division got excellent running backs with starter upside for depth in backup roles.
New England has Sony Michel, Damien Harris, and James White all returning. You took Rhamondre Stevenson as a replacement to Rex Burkhead. While I dislike this pick, it's a selection I can live with as a Patriots fan. You should trust Belichick, a guy who won six Super Bowls as a head coach more than my opinion on prospects.
The 6-6 255 lb Jordan Smith has a lot of speed and explosiveness off the edge. He's got rip moves and swim moves. He's decent in coverage, but not great in it. He will develop behind a up and coming edge rusher duo in Josh Allen and K'Lavon Chaisson who were both first round picks in 2019 and 2020 so taking Smith as a substitute edge rusher at 4-3 defensive end for depth is a fantastic pick considering most had a third round grade on Smith who becomes the first UAB player to be drafted since 2015.
Jordan Smith dominated with 34 solo tackles, 19 assisted tackles, 53 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, and 8 quarterback hurries in 2019. Jordan Smith only had 24 solo tackles, 19 assisted tackles, 43 total tackles, 9.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, and 8 quarterback hurries in 2020.
Philadelphia needed to take a cornerback to compliment Darius Slay. They waited a little too long for one and took a cornerback that didn't even make my mock draft. Zech McPhearson was a sixth round pick in our group mock draft on Facebook, so it's not like this was a horrible pick yet.
I did three different Camryn Bynum film cuts of him during his 2017, 2018, and 2019 seasons at California on my Youtube channel. I even got to see Bynum practice for three days in Mobile during the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl. He's a good second cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings to draft.
I had the Chargers drafting Bynum earlier in the fourth round which is why this is a great value pick. There's also some reports that Minnesota may move Camryn Bynum to strong safety to develop under Harrison Smith. It's worth pointing out that Smith is 32-years-old and enters the final year of the five year contract extension he received back in the Summer of 2016 during the final year of his rookie contract with the Minnesota Vikings.
I posted a film cut of California cornerback Camryn Bynum VS Washington. I posted three of his film cuts on my Youtube channel.
Carolina took the second best running back on my board as they had their choice between Kenneth Gainwell my top ranked third round running back and Chuba Hubbard my second best third down running back.
Indianapolis gets a tight end to groom behind Jack Doyle. Kylen Granson can line up at fullback, slot receiver, and tight end with his versatility which may be hard for the Colts to pass up at this point.
I mocked Kylen Granson to the Colts in the sixth round. They took him earlier than expected with three tight ends with starter grades and four tight ends that I had graded ahead of Granson still on the board. That being said Granson is a solid tight end to mold behind Doyle.
Pittsburgh got a C grade for taking this Texas A&M left tackle that didn't even crack my top twenty offensive tackle rankings, yet he goes to Pittsburgh as a depth player behind Chukuwuma Okorafor and Zack Banner. With Villanueva, Pittsburgh's left tackle from 2020 expected to sign with Baltimore as a right tackle. Tony Mario had a third round grade on Moore which is why the worse grade I can give this pick is a C grade.
I'm not exactly sure who will step up and fill that void at left tackle for Ben Roethlisberger in pass protection. That being said, I think Pittsburgh will be much better off as a run blocking unit in 2021 with these additions along with Najee Harris at running back. Najee should get around 300 carries, over 1,000 rushing yards, and at least 10 totall touchdowns combined through either the ground game or passing attack.
All Big Ben has to do is make sure Pittsburgh is up by 7-14 points, feed the ball to Najee Harris like he's Derrick Henry, and let this defense take some pressure off of him. Ben can still do that at a high level for one more season despite a late season decline following his 11-0 start. That's what Ben did during his first two seasons before Pittsburgh when he had Bettis before they lost to New England in the AFC Championship before winning Super Bowl 40 as a six seed the following year. It's also what he did when Pittsburgh had Willie Parker and Rashard Mendenhall on those Super Bowl 43 and 45 teams.
Tampa Bay drafts a wide receiver for depth. Jaelon Darden is one of the gems in this draft at wide receiver as he's the only target outside of DeVonta Smith and Elijah Moore to be top 5 in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. What's even more impressive is he had his best season at North Texas in 2020 after losing his teams starting quarterback. Now he gets Tom Brady to throw to.
Tampa Bay has Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and Antonio Brown back. Now you got Justin Watson the 2018 receiver you drafted out of Penn, Scotty Miller the 2019 receiver you drafted out of Bowling Green, Tyler Johnson the 2020 receiver you drafted out of Minnesota, and Jaelon Darden the 2021 receiver you drafted out of North Texas heading into training camp. Tampa Bay also has Rob Gronkowski, Cameron Brate, and O.J. Howard back at tight end.
It felt like Les Snead and Sean McVay were spending more time teeing off on the golf course next to the Rams war room then they were making quality picks during the second day of the draft. On day 3 the Rams finally made a selection that stood out.
Les Snead made his first brilliant selection by taking a corner who may be able to start next to Jalen Ramsey right away with Robert Rochell out of Central Arkansas in the fourth round. If Stafford gets the Rams to a Super Bowl, I'm already predicting that Robert Rochell will have a Malcolm Butler like moment in that game where he secures the game-winning interception. You heard it here first.
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The 5-11 193 lb Tylan Wallace had his best season in 2018 when he had 86 receptions, 1,491 receiving yards, and 12 receiving touchdowns taking over for James Washington. Wallace only had 53 receptions, 903 receiving yards, and 8 receiving touchdowns in 2019 before having 59 receptions, 922 receiving yards, and 6 receiving touchdowns in 2020.
Tylan Wallace had a good Senior Bowl week. He gives Baltimore a guy for depth who can push Miles Boykin, Devin Duvernay, and James Proche for the top backup receiver spot outside of the top three receivers on this team. I had a third round grade on Wallace too which is why the Ravens got an A grade here.
The 6-2 300 lb Tommy Togiai is a consensus third round prospect. Cleveland needed a replacement for Sheldon Richardson. They got Togiai in the fourth round at 132 and also got Marvin Wilson as a UDFA for insurance in case they need two big bodies to replace the presence Richardson provided with Andrew Billings returning in 2021 after opting out due to Covid-19. You also got Togiai and Jordan Elliott the Browns 2020 third round pick competing for that starting spot across from Billings with Wilson in a depth role. I love how Cleveland retooled their defensive tackle situation giving the Browns our second A+ grade of the draft.
New Orleans drafts a quarterback for depth to push Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston. They had to grab someone now that Drew Brees retired. Ian Book was my second best quarterback on the board behind Sam Ehlinger. Book has a better arm and can process information quicker than Ehlinger despite Ehlinger having a slightly higher ceiling.
The 6-0 210 lb Ian Book led Notre Dame to a 10-0 start before losing his final two games to Clemson in a rematch of an earlier game with Trevor Lawrence playing in the ACC Championship and Alabama in the 2021 College Football Playoff. Ian Book had 2,830 passing yards, 15 passing touchdowns, and 3 interceptions. Ian Book threw another 15 passing touchdowns in Senior Bowl practices with 12 of those touchdowns being during warmups.
His skills were lackluster during the Senior Bowl game which makes me believe he's an NFL backup, but at the same time he interviewed well and he was Oren Shiri's favorite quarterback left on the board. Oren's favorite NFC team is the Saints so if he likes the pick the worst grade I can give this pick is a B- grade despite having a sixth round grade on Book because quaerterback is a need.
Here is our interview of Ian Book from the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl. You can click the link below to listen to that recorded press conference of Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book. Book describes how fast he can learn a team playbook while processing information in 30 seconds.
He was my least favorite defensive lineman on Florida State. That being said he was the best athlete on Florida State's defensive line despite not being in Mobile. A lot of Florida State's defensive players did awful at the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl which is why Janarius Robinson was the first Florida State defensive player to be picked. Robinson will be the reserve defensive end behind Hunter, Wonnum, and Patrick Jones II.
I had a third round grade on Rashad Weaver. However, I had Patrick Jones II ranked ahead of his pass rushing teammate on the Pitt Panthers after speaking with Jones at the 2021 Reese's Senior Bowl.
The 6-5 270 lb Rashad Weaver can line up at 4-3 right end or 4-3 left end with his versatility just like Patrick Jones II. He's got the strength, block shedding, rip moves, and swim moves to win one-on-ones. His athleticism isn't what you'd like it to be because he came back from a torn ACL in 2019. He also struggles with wrapping up tackles. Weaver did outperform Patrick Jones II at Pitt's Pro Day, but I have more confidence in Jones from what I've seen on tape. It's worth noting that some boards had Weaver going ahead of Jones including Chris Simms who had Weaver in his top 5 while ignoring what Jones did.
I love Weaver as a situational pass rusher for depth behind Bud Dupree and Harold Landry in a depth role. You're probably wondering why this pick got a Ray Rice grade instead of an A grade. That's a fair question that deserves an honest reply.
Well Rashad Weaver got charged with a simple assault for punching a pregnant woman. Both the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and ESPN have confirmed this story. I refuse to link ESPN because they push way too many BS stories for clicks and woke narratives.
That being said, if the Titans chose not to sign Weaver after drafting him, I wouldn't fault them. Honestly, it feels like the Mitchell Miller incident all over again after the Arizona Coyotes 2020 fourth round pick lost his NCAA hockey scholarship at North Dakota for bullying/hazing an African American student.
I didn't have Marco Wilson in my top 35 corners. That being said you got Malcolm Butler, Robert Alford coming back from back-to-back season ending injuries, and Byron Murphy in the nickel. Arizona is simply drafting Wilson hoping he can replace Alford or maybe step in to a nickel role if they choose to move Byron Murphy back to the outside.
Tre Brown had such a bad Senior Bowl week getting torched by receivers that I took him off my board. After he got drafted, I learned he had 31 deflections in four seasons at Oklahoma. That kind of consistency along with the fact that Seattle has Ahkello Witherspoon and Tre Flowers two number two corners at best as their top cornerbacks after having the worst pass defense in the entire NFL is why you cannot give Seattle too much shit about taking Tre Brown. If he turns into a number one corner, they could be getting premium value at cornerback for the first time since drafting Richard Sherman ten years ago.
Dallas got this compensation pick at 138 when Robert Quinn signed with the Chicago Bears at 3-4 left outside linebacker which is why they got this pick. Dallas grabbed an offensive tackle for depth.
Solid pick. He learns under Tyron Smith and La'El Collins. He gets to be a swing tackle on a team that lost both of their offensive tackles to season ending injuries. Marshall began the season 7-0 before losing 20-0 to Rice before losing the Conference USA Championship to UAB before losing their bowl game to Buffalo.
Outside of quarterback Chase Luton, the top player on their offense was left tackle Josh Ball. Dallas is grooming him for the future which is why it's not a bad pick in the fourth round.
New England got this compensation pick at 139 because Kyle Van Noy signed a big contract with the Miami Dolphins as a 3-4 left outside linebacker. New England brought back Kyle Van Noy in this years Free Agency Period after Miami cut Kyle Van Noy after only one season. New England sent this pick to Cincinnati when trading up for Christian Barmore.
The 6-5 294 lb D'Ante Smith was a three year starter at left tackle for East Carolina. He reminds me of the Buffalo Bills current left tackle Dion Dawkins.
D'Ante Smith manhandled Quincy Roche in the one-on-one drills in Mobile. He also showed the versatility to play left tackle, left guard, right guard, and right tackle. He gives Cincinnati a guy who could start at right guard right away.
Pittsburgh got this compensation pick at 140 because Javon Hargrave signed a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles at defensive tackle. Pittsburgh gets a replacement for Avery Williamson as a reserve middle linebacker since they got Devin Bush, Vince Williams, and Robert Spillane back.
Buddy Johnson was a sixth rounder on my board. He's a guy who comes as a reserve linebacker to Avery Williamson for his first season. He may get a bigger role in 2022 if he develops during his rookie season.
The Los Angeles Rams got this compensation pick at 141 because linebacker Corey Litteton signed a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. Los Angeles uses this pick to get a second wide receiver.
The Rams grab another weapon for depth. It felt like the team reached and ignored a position of need. Now to be fair, Jacob Harris was the number two target across from Marlon Williams. Harris had a better Pro Day than Williams which may explain why he got picked here.
The Green Bay Packers got this compensation pick at 142 because 3-4 middle linebacker Blake Martinez signed a contract with the New York Giants. Green Bay uses this pick to get an offensive lineman for depth with experience at right tackle along with both guard spots.
There were three guards with starter grades ahead of Royce Newman on my board. One of those guards went undrafted. Royce Newman is cheaper to sign plus he provides depth at both right tackle and guard.
The Minnesota Vikings got this compensation pick at 143 because cornerback Trae Waynes signed a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals. Minnesota traded this pick to the Jets when New York moved up to fourteen in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. Then the Las Vegas Raiders made a trade with the New York Jets for this pick.
At one point I mocked Gillespie to the Raiders at 80. I absolutely love the idea of Gillespie on this roster in a depth role. He's a better tackler than second round pick Trevon Moehrig. Both Moehrig and Gillespie dominate in zone coverage giving the Raiders an immediate starter as well as depth at the free safety position.
The Kansas City Chiefs got this compensation pick at 144 because cornerback Kendall Fuller signed a contract with the Washington Redskins before they rebranded their team and changed their team name to the Washington Football Team. Kansas City gets a defensive end for depth who may push for the left end job across from right end Frank Clark.
Kansas City had two undrafted Free Agents at 4-3 left end next to Frank Clark. Kaindoh is probably a backup to Clark at best, but the Chiefs absoultely had to get someone at defensive end with no backup to Clark or player to compliment him which is what keeps this pick from getting an F grade despite being a reach.