As the twilight days of February slowly creep past us, it seems “that time is making fools of us again” — Albus Dumbledore. As the promise of Spring approaches, the lead up to the NFL Draft is really starting to build momentum. Mock Drafts continue to flood the market and the Unfiltered Sports Network team put our collective heads together once more to bring the second half of our Mock Draft 1.0.
17) Las Vegas Raiders – Gregory Rousseau, EDGE, Miami
The Raiders may WANT to get an upgrade from Derek Carr. Regardless, as long as they have the 3rd worst defense in the league in points per game, it won’t matter who’s playing Quarterback. The silver and black ranked bottom five in sacks so getting a pass rusher could do wonders to help the defense as a whole. Gus Bradley is a Defensive Coordinator who doesn’t believe in blitzing. Instead, Bradley wants to drop seven back in coverage, which makes consistent pressure from his front four an absolute must have.
A High School Wide Receiver/Safety, at 6’7″ 265 pounds, Gregory Rousseau is an athletic freak of nature who is still relatively new to the defensive end position. That alone is enough to make Raiders GM Mike Mayock salivate at the chance to bring in a kid with so much raw, untapped potential. He opted out of the 2020 season, and only played two games in 2018. Still, Rousseau’s ceiling is absolutely limitless as his 2019 season was filled with eye popping athleticism, and a fierce tenacity to get to the ball.
— Justin Polasek
18) Miami Dolphins – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
Like they did with the third pick in this draft, Miami is going to want to be surrounding Tua Tagovailoa with as much talent as possible. After getting Ja’Marr Chase with the third pick, the Dolphins will get their workhorse running back. Najee Harris is an absolute monster of a man that can be a receiving threat out of the backfield and be good for thirty carries in a game if needed. It is a close battle between Harris and Clemson RB Travis Etienne for the top running back in the class, but I think I am going to give just the slightest of edges to Harris.
Harris had an outstanding final season in Alabama, helping them to win the national championship and being a Heisman contender for much of the season. Adding him to the offense should make Tua’s life easier and that is what the NFL Draft is all about, right?
— Jackson Caudell
19) Washington Football Team – Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
The Washington Football Team’s late year run was a shock to most NFL fans. That terrific run has catapulted Washington out of rebuild mode and into win now mode in the lackluster NFC East. This team defensively is pretty much set so their attentions should be focused on the offense here. While wide receiver is currently a need, that left tackle position is the biggest position of need for the team.
The football team has multiple solid lineman in all pro Brandon Scherff, Chase Roullier, Morgan Moses, and Wes Schweitzer. They are however lacking a left tackle. With Samuel Cosmi on the board Washington would have to pull the trigger and bring him to the Football Team.
Adding Cosmi will complete their offensive line giving young RB Antonio Gibson and whoever their quarterback will be one of the top offensive lines in the league. As for Cosmi, the massive Texas sensation is 6 foot 7 and 309 pounds with only more muscle to gain. He played both left and right tackle at Texas, making hime one of the more versatile and complete offensive line prospects in the draft. While he is not the most polished lineman in the draft, he is fundamentally solid, powerful, and will help most NFL teams right away.
— Jonny Camer
20) Chicago Bears – Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
The Chicago Bears will be strong candidates to use this pick to address their greatest position of need, Quarterback, either by drafting a Quarterback here at 20, using this pick to trade up and take a Quarterback or in a trade for a veteran like Deshaun Watson, Russell Wilson or Derek Carr. If the Bears arrive at this pick with no solution at the game’s most important position, than they must do the next best thing: mask their deficiency at the game’s most important position by bolstering it’s already formidable rushing attack. A rushing attack that lead them to the playoffs last season.
Enter Christian Darrisaw, the hulking OT from Virginia Tech with top end run blocking ability day 1, Darrisaw would fit right in with the culture Chicago should be trying to implement should they actually be picking here. Current Right Tackle Bobby Massie is a good player but is on the wrong side of 30, and can be cut for a measly 1.3 million dollar cap hit after next season. So why not add his natural successor to keep the running game a peak capacity while the team tries to solve it’s QB dilemma in 2022.
— Chris Smith
21) Indianapolis Colts – Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, Southern California
Ideally the Colts would prefer a true left tackle but with three of the top ones off the board they may not be able to resist the flexibility and athleticism of Alijah Vera-Tucker. He did play left tackle this past season for USC and had success so perhaps they choose to use him there if need be.
However, he is best suited in the interior and is a good run blocker. This should help Colts control the clock with RB Jonathan Taylor and take pressure off Carson Wentz if they can dominate running the ball.
With injuries often affecting offensive lines teams are starting to look towards the athletic versatile lineman that can play multiple spots. Vera-Tucker has proven that he can.
22) Tennessee Titans – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
Arthur Smith, gone. Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith both are likley gone as well. Ryan Tannehill isn’t going anywhere. AJ Brown is certainly not going anywhere any time soon. Who could forget the rumbling freight train that is Derrick Henry. This offense has a hole at the wide receiver position that needs to be filled, but the system shouldn’t change much.
Rashod Bateman is one of the most mechanically sound receivers in this draft class. Bateman is one of the most sound route runners in the class and can pair that with great ball tracking and an impressive level of toughness. While thriving as a zone breaking wide receiver at Minnesota, Bateman’s talents aren’t limited to just finding soft spots in zones. Bateman possess an ability to high point the ball.
Should Tennessee’s ground and pound/play-action based passing offense continue, Bateman should be able to thrive both as a vertical threat and in the slot.
— Matt Duckworth
23) New York Jets – Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
The Jets are in a very interesting position where they can almost just take the best available player for this pick. After taking care of the QB position with the second pick it’s possible that the Jets will turn to the defense for this pick. Although RB is a position of need for the Jets, the position can still easily be addressed later. Instead, they could easily look to pair up LB Jeremiah Owusu out of Norte Dame with CJ Mosley.
Owusu has great short-area quickness and is so explosive off the line of scrimmage. He can also not only play LB but even play nickel and safety. Something the Jets missed in 2020 is having someone like Owusu that can be anywhere on the field and make plays. Mosley has struggled since joining the Jets after getting injured in 2019 and then opting out of the 2020 season. Owusu feels perfect to pair up with Mosley in order to try and get him back to his All-Pro form. Owusu would also be groomed to eventually take the spot as the “QB” of the defense.
— Alan Rosti
24) Pittsburgh Steelers – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
With the offensive lineman left on the board not being exceptionally intriguing at this pick, the Steelers look to address one of their biggest needs at pick 24. James Conner has been average as a starting running back, and really lacks the explosiveness needed to make this offense run like clockwork.
Travis Etienne would be a fantastic addition to this offense that has almost completely overturned in recent years. Getting an elite running back prospect to put behind either Ben Roethlisberger or whoever they plan on keeping at QB would make their lives much easier to deal with.
Etienne has absolutely scorched the college football landscape, becoming one of the top running back prospects across the league. After only playing 12 games this year (normally plays 15) he threw together the following statline:
- 168 rushing attempts for 914 yards (5.4 yards per carry)
- 14 rushing touchdowns
- 48 receptions for 588 yards (12.3 yards per reception)
- 2 receiving touchdowns
Etienne is an extremely well rounded running back. His primary strengths are elusiveness, speed, vision, and receiving. He is extremely similar to Alvin Kamara in many ways, as his balance is unmatched at times. Someone with the ability to breakout huge chunks of yards is exactly the type of spark that the Steelers offense could use.
Having Roethlisberger throw 40-50 times a game is not working anymore. Which is perfectly fine when you have many receivers that are developing nicely, and potentially Travis Etienne in the backfield.
— Jeremy Trottier
25) Jacksonville Jaguars – Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame
You HAVE to protect an investment like Trevor Lawrence. At pick 25, getting one of the top Offensive Tackles in a very deep offensive line class is exactly what the Jaguars need to do.
Notre Dame is famous for producing quality offensive lineman year in and year out. Liam Eichenberg is no exception to that. He’s fundamentally sound, and ready to step in immediately at left tackle. Eichenberg would take the place of an inconsistent Cam Robinson, who may very well be out the door in free agency anyway. Between the inconstency of Robinson and the disappointment of a still young, 23 year old Jawaan Taylor, the offensive tackle position as a whole is certainly considered a major team need.
A pushover offensive line is an issue that Lawrence should not have to deal with.
— J. Polasek
26) Cleveland Browns – Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami
The Cleveland Browns had their best season in over two decades in 2020. Now, they will look to build upon that success and add more talent to an already young and very talented roster. The Browns have one of the best pass rushers in the NFL in Myles Garrett. Aside from that, there is no one that could be counted on to give a consistent rush from the edge.
Jaelan Phillips burst onto the football season this past season at Miami after transferring from UCLA. Phillips led the Hurricanes in sacks and was their best player on defense week to week. Phillips is a very gifted athlete that is quick at the snap and bends around the edge with great athleticism.
In a draft class with no clear cut top edge rusher, Phillps’ talent could win out and he could be the steal of the draft, providing he can stay away from injuries.
— J. Caudell
27) Baltimore Ravens – Joseph Ossai, OLB/EDGE, Texas
The Baltimore Ravens are one of the most energetic and fun teams to watch in the NFL. Lamar Jackson is capturing the hearts of millions around the world. There is no doubt he needs receiver help, but I believe they will address this in free agency. With Matt Judon expecting a massive deal and facing the risk of losing Yannick Ngaukoue, the Ravens must add a pass rushing threat.
Baltimore can save a ton of money by letting Judon walk, and drafting Joseph Ossai. This move makes so much sense as Judon is not worth the 16 million that he is projected to get. Ossai can have similar production as Judon in a couple years. Ossai transitioned back in forth from D-line to linebacker while at Texas. That is until his senior year where he settled in nicely at edge rusher.
Ossai is still raw in some aspects of edge rushing since he only had one true year at the position. Still, seeing how dominant Ossai was while at Texas, he is a very enticing prospect. Gifted with a high motor, great speed, and a knack for playmaking, Ossai is capable of delivering on his promise right away.
— J. Camer
28) New Orleans Saints – Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State
Like it or not, and for the record I don’t like it, the Drew Brees era is all but over in New Orleans, and it’s time for the team to look to the future. A future that begins in literal cap hell. I believe that the Saints will roll with Jameis Winston and Taysom hill at QB next year but I do expect major cuts elsewhere. At Corner, the Saints have a star in Marshon Lattimore, and young starter in Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, but also two aging potential cap casualties in Janoris Jenkins and Patrick Robinson. I expect both to be gone next season. The Saints could look to Asante Samuel Jr. as the answer at the position as he compliments the skillsets of Lattimore and Johnson extremely well. The ball hawking Corner has the ability to play inside or outside and could very well make a huge impact as a rookie.Embed from Getty Images
— C. Smith
29) Green Bay Packers – Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss
The Packers need WR help. They didn’t address it last off-season via draft or FA but this year they must. Elijah Moore may not be projected by many to rise to a first round pick. Kadarius Toney and Terrace Marshall Jr. seem to have more “buzz” but Packers aren’t one to draft by consensus.
Moore performed exceptionally last year for Ole Miss and was step for step with Heisman winner DeVonta Smith in terms of production through his eight games played. He is a slot machine catching 10-plus passes in seven of those eight games and providing outstanding yards after catch. The Packers have missed such a slot threat since Randall Cobb departed and Moore can immediately give them that dimension back.
Some may question his size but he shows toughness over the middle. With his natural route running ability and quickness off the line Moore will be able to create separation. Ole Miss has recently produced some stud WRs in AJ Brown and DK Metcalf that, perhaps inexplicably, fell into the second and third rounds. The Packers shouldn’t let Moore be another.
30) Buffalo Bills – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
Zaven Collins is a GROWN MAN! At 6’4″ 260 lbs. Collins is a formidible looking piece that would fill a glaring hole in the Bills’ defense.
According to The Draft Network “Collins offers an exciting blend of size, length, power, football intelligence, and versatility that makes him a dynamic prospect for the NFL. Whether it’s defending the run, dropping into coverage, or rushing the passer, Collins has the requisite skill set required to execute and was arguably the most dynamic defensive playmaker in college football for the 2020 season.“.
Not only can Collins plug up running lanes, he thrives playing downhill and plays really well when dropping into coverage. A true “do-it-all” LB, Collins could become the defensive field general that the Bills need to take that Super Bowl winning next step.
— M. Duckworth
31) Kansas City Chiefs – Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State
The Kansas City Chiefs don’t have many holes in their team. However, after watching the Bucs pass rush absolutely dismantle the Chiefs offensive line in the Super Bowl, it was clear changes needed to be made. With the 31st pick the Chiefs are in line to get one of the best interior linemen of the draft in Wyatt Davis.
At 6’4 315lb, Davis dominated the line this year with Ohio State as a run blocker and as a pass protector. On over 400 pass sets Davis allowed not only 0 sacks but 0 hits on the Quarterback. That’s something Mahomes can really use. If the Chiefs are able to give Mahomes a clean pocket they will have no problem dominating games.
The slight issue with Davis is that he only has one year of starting experience. However, when you watch his film he has very polished technique so that shouldn’t be too much of an issue. This pick will also help running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire. After being taken late in the first round in the 2020 NFL Draft Edwards-Helaire didn’t have the season most were expecting. Adding someone like Davis for Edwards-Helaire to run behind might allow him to break out his sophomore year.
Overall, Davis will be a perfect fit in Andy Reid’s offense.
— A. Rosti
32) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Terrace Marshall JR., WR, LSU
To wrap up the mock draft, we have the reigning Super Bowl champions taking Terrace Marshall Jr. This may come as a surprise to some of you, as many expect the Bucs to take either defensive linemen or offensive lineman, but I disagree in this instance. With Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, and Rob Gronkowski all hitting free agency this offseason, the Bucs need to be looking at options to get receiving options should these players leave.
Marshall would be a fantastic fit for this team, and would work fantastically behind Mike Evans this season. Marshall is used to sharing the limelight, as he did in the 2019 LSU team with Justin Jefferson and Ja’Marr Chase. This season, with Jefferson being drafted and Chase opting out, he took off on his own. In only 7 games played, Marshall averaged over 100 receiving yards per game and had double digit touchdowns.
The LSU wide receiver tree has gave way to many star prospects recently, and Marshall is not one to scoff at. After declairing for the draft recently, his talents will be taken to the NFL. Marshall has exceptional hands, solid speed, versatility to play in the slot or outside. Realistically there is not many portions of his game to nitpick, as he is good at many different things. The Bucs should take the chance on him if he is there, and add another viable receiving weapon to an already fantastic unit.
— J. Trottier