2021 3-Round NFL Mock Draft 2.0: See who the Steelers get, with trades

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The second of five mock drafts is here! The Senior Bowl is in the books, and we are now moving on to pro days. While many things will be figured out when free agency begins, we are beginning to see the dominos fall when it comes to quarterbacks. Matt Stafford is now a Ram, and Jared Goff is now leading Detroit. Carson Wentz is probably the most likely to be moved next, but we could see the likes of Deshaun Watson and Russell Wilson moved as well, the former being more likely to be traded than the latter.

The quarterback carosel is going to be interesting to watch, but I am more interested in how it could affect the Steelers. For instance, I have been a big supporter of the Steelers going tackle in round one, specifically if Christian Darrisaw or Samuel Cosmi are available. Darrisaw seems like a dream to some, but let's look at the tackle needy teams ahead of us. Sam Tevi is not the answer for the Chargers, but many people are linking Big Al Villanueva to them. Shaun Sarrett is now on staff in Los Angeles. Let's say they sign him. That's one team out of the market for a tackle in round 1.

Minnesota and Chicago could take a tackle, but they are more in need of interior help. The only other team with a glaring hole at tackle is Indianapolis, and if they trade for Carson Wentz, that would likely send their first round pick to Philly. The Eagles need offensive line help, but receiver and linebacker seem to be bigger needs for them. So if you want Darrisaw to fall to the Steelers, be praying that AV signs with LA and Carson Wentz is traded to Indy.

Most of you know the rules by now. I do project trades, and the mock is based off of what I think will happen, not what I want to happen. My first mock draft only went one rounds long, but the rest of my mocks will most likely be at least three round long. Be sure to give me your thoughts on the mock in the comment section, but first, let's get to the mock.

(Editor's Note: This mock draft was completed BEFORE the trade of Carson Wentz, and the compensation, was made official between the Colts and Eagles)

  1. Jaguars- Trevor Lawrence / QB / Clemson
    This pick can be written in pen. The national voices talk about Lawrence enough, so there is no need to discuss his traits more than we already have. Let's move on.
  2. Jets- Zach Wilson / QB / BYU
    If I was the GM, I would move out of this pick and build around Sam Darnold, but the new coaching staff may want to choose their own guy. Wilson has the arm, mobility, and accuracy to get you excited, but he needs to stay healthy. He is a gamer who plays with an edge, comparable to that of Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes.
  3. Dolphins- DeVonta Smith / WR / Alabama
    I can understand the argument for Ja'Marr Chase as WR1 in this class, but it would only make sense for Miami to get Tua Tagovailoa a weapon that he already has chemistry with. Smith is a savvy route-runner who has the speed to separate and the hands to bring in the tough catches.
  4. Falcons- Justin Fields / QB / Ohio State
    Matt Ryan is 36 and has a pretty hefty cap hit these next few years. Fields is a local product who could sit for a year and grow behind an experienced veteran such as Ryan. He needs to get through his progressions quicker, but he has all the tools in terms of arm strength, deep ball accuracy, and mobility.
  5. Bengals- Penei Sewell / OT / Oregon
    Sewell is still my #1 prospect in the entire draft. There are reports that the NFL may prefer Slater over Sewell, but I would be shocked if Cincy passed up on Sewell. He would be able to step in immediately and be one of the top blindside protectors in the league. This guy has hall of fame potential, and the Bengals are in despirate need of a natural left tackle.
  6. Eagles- Ja'Marr Chase / WR / LSU
    Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson will either both be gone or will have very limited roles, and Jalen Reagor was inconsistent in year one. Chase was unstoppable in 2019, supplanting Justin Jefferson as WR1 for the Tigers. Chase has a very balanced game and will be able to make contributions in year one once the rust from opting out is off.
  7. **PROJECTED TRADE** (Lions get Patriots 2021 1st round pick and 2022 1st round pick)
    Patriots- Mac Jones / QB / Alabama

    It would be foolish to mock Jones to New England simply based off of the Belichick/Saban connection, but I think that Jones' IQ, competitiveness, and intangibles will appeal to Belichick. I also could see Jimmy Garoppolo returning to New England, but for now, I am going to give them Jones. The Patriots are in a division with three up and coming quarterbacks, and they need to find one themselves if they want to remain relavent in the AFC East.
  8. Panthers- Trey Lance / QB / North Dakota State
    Carolina is clearly in the quarterback market, but it is hard to tell who they may want. If they are willing to start Teddy Bridgewater again in 2021, Lance could be a decent option. Joe Brady would be the perfect coordinator for Lance, who has all the physical tools but was inconsistent and played a poor level of competition in college. His footwork, delivery, and accuracy could use some work, but there is definitely upside if he is given a year or two to develop before being thrown into game action.
  9. Broncos- Caleb Farley / CB / Virginia Tech
    Patrick Surtain is often mocked here, but I believe that Farley is the better fit. Farley was one of the first players to opt out of the 2020 season, but he has the size and speed that teams will drool over. Denver also needs linebacker help, so don't rule out Micah Parsons here either. Quarterbacks are sometimes mocked to Denver as well, but I believe in Drew Lock. It is ridiculous if they move on from him already.
  10. Cowboys- Rashawn Slater / OT / Northwestern
    Dallas' secondary is atrocious, but Slater would be really tough to pass up. Their offensive line was beaten up last season and has some aging players. Slater plays a little too far back in his stance, allowing defenders to get leverage on him. But he can play all five positions on the line, and his tape against Chase Young in 2019 was maybe the best tape that any lineman could hope to put out against such an elite player.
  11. Giants- Kwity Paye / EDGE / Michigan
    We know that Dave Gettleman loves drafting the big guys and getting stronger in the trenches. At over 270 pounds, Paye is one of the quickest edge rushers in the class, and he brings tremendous upside as a run defender. This could be a spot for Micah Parsons as well, but considering Gettleman's track record, I tend to think that he will opt for a defensive lineman.
  12. 49ers- Patrick Surtain / CB / Alabama
    The Niners have some big decisions to make with their cornerbacks in free agency. No matter who they choose to re-sign, corner will still likely be a top need. Surtain is not the greatest in man coverage, but he would be a good fit for San Francisco, who would utilize his length and zone coverage abilities correctly.
  13. Chargers- Kyle Pitts / TE / Florida
    Offensive tackle is a need, but many seem to think that they will bring in Al Villanueva in free agency. Hunter Henry is a free agent too, however, and there will likely be other suitors for him. If Henry leaves, it would make sense to take Pitts, who is a matchup nightmare. He won't bring much as a blocker, but he is built like an XL receiver who will give defenses fits when he lines up in the slot.
  14. Vikings- Alijah Vera-Tucker / OL / USC
    Riley Reiff is getting older and seems to have regressed. Christian Darrisaw could be in play here, but I expect either Brian O'Neil or 2020 2nd round pick Ezra Cleveland to move to left tackle. There are needs on the interior though, and that is where I think Vera-Tucker is best suited. he played left tackle for the Trojans in 2020, but it is clear that he is much more comfortable at guard.
  15. Lions (projected from New England)- Jaylen Waddle / WR / Alabama
    Waddle would have been a target at pick seven. Getting him at fifteen would be an absolute steal. Kenny Golladay, Marvin Jones, and Danny Amendola are all free agents, and I don't see the Lions keeping more than one of them. Waddle's speed and ability after the catch make him one of the most dangerous receivers in this draft.
  16. Cardinals- Gregory Rousseau / EDGE / Miami
    Rousseau was once a potential top five pick, but opting out has caused his stock to drop. Arizona has needs at corner and running back, but Rousseau brings better value than the top available cornerback or running back. Arizona needs a consistent presence opposite Chandler Jones, and Gregory was a sack artist for the Hurricanes in 2019. He has as much upside as any pass rusher in this class.
  17. Raiders- Micah Parsons / LB / Penn State
    Just a couple weeks ago we were talking about Parsons as a potential top five pick, but after some off-field questions arising, it seems as if Parsons' stock has fallen. It may not fall as much as it did for Reuben Foster in 2017, but he could very well drop into the late teens or early twenties. Las Vegas added Cory Littleton and several other pieces at linebacker last year, but none of them have worked out as well as they had hoped for. Parsons is a physical freak who brings value on all three downs.
  18. Dolphins- Najee Harris / RB / Alabama
    Salvon Ahmed was solid down the stretch in 2020, but he is not the answer at running back for Miami. Harris is the best and most complete running back in this class. His patient running style, comparable to Le'Veon Bell, combined with his power in short yardage situations make it diffulct for defenders to bring him down.
  19. Washington- Rashod Bateman / WR / Minnesota
    Washington could be in the market for a quarterback, but it seems more likely that they will go after Cam Newton in free agency due to the fact that they are picking too low to get one of the top guys. No matter who is quarterback in 2021, Washington needs to get a receiver to compliment Terry McLaurin. Bateman has good size and knows how to make the tough catches.
  20. Bears- Kadarius Toney / WR / Florida
    Chicago believes in Darnell Mooney, but whether he turns out or not, Chicago is getting thin at wide receiver. Paring Toney with Mooney would force defenses to keep two high safeties. Matt Nagy had a lot of speed to work with in Kansas City, so it will be interesting to see if he tries to build something similar in Chicago.
  21. **PROJECTED TRADE** (Colts get Carson Wentz; Eagles get Colts' 2021 1st round pick and 2022 2nd round pick)
    Eagles- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah / LB / Notre Dame
    Howie Roseman has never taken a linebacker in rounds one or two, but he needs to consider breaking that trend this year. Philly despirately needs help at the position, and Koramoah would allow incoming defensive coordinator Jonathan Gannon to get creative with his blitz and coverage schemes.
  22. Titans- Joseph Ossai / EDGE / Texas
    I fell in love with Ossai's 2020 tape. He has such a good feel for getting after the quarterback, and he has good closing speed. Tennessee needs pass-rushing help badly, and Ossai would be a good fit for Mike Vrabel's defense.
  23. Jets- Travis Etienne / RB / Clemson
    Le'Veon Bell is gone, and La'Mical Perine is not the answer at running back. Etienne took a step back as a runner this year, but he improved as a pass-catcher and pass-blocker. His speed and elusiveness make him an ideal fit for what Mike LeFleur wants to do.
  24. Steelers- Christian Darrisaw / OT / Virginia Tech
    In this mock, the things that I said that needed to happen happened. Considering that Kevin Colbert has not traded back in round one in 20 years, it seems as if the most likely scenario that I would be happy with would be Darrisaw falling into our laps. With Maurkice Pouncey retiring, center is a glaring need, but there are no centers worthy of a first round pick. Running back may be considered as well, but Najee Harris is the more likely fit, and he went to Miami at 18. Etienne is not as good a fit as Harris is, but he is gone as well. The only other area I could see the Steelers targeting would be linebacker. Zaven Collins is available, but there is no way the Steelers could pass on Darrisaw. He is a high floor / high ceiling prospect who would immediately be an upgrade over anyone else that we could realistically put at left tackle.
  25. Jaguars- Jaycee Horn / CB / South Caroina
    CJ Henderson did some nice things as a rookie, but Jacksonville needs to get somebody better opposite Henderson. Horn does not have the greatest ball skills, but he is an excellent cover corner who would make the Jaguars secondary formidable.
  26. Browns - Jaelan Phillips / EDGE / Miami
    Phillips has had his share of concussions, which will be something that could cause his stock to drop. He finally broke out in 2020 though, displaying all of the physical tools that we knew he had. He is best suited in a 4-3 defense, and Cleveland needs somebody opposite Myles Garrett.
  27. **PROJECTED TRADE** (Ravens get Falcons 2021 2nd round pick and 2022 2nd round pick)
    Falcons- Carlos Basham / EDGE / Wake Forest
    Atlanta needs help everywhere on defense, but especially defensive end. Basham flashed his quickness and power at the Senior Bowl, showing the ability to rush the passer from both the inside and outside. Atlanta sees him as a perfect fit for their defense, so they decide to move up into the back end of the first round to secure him.
  28. Saints- Trevon Moehrig / S / TCU
    This is not an excellent class of safeties at the top, but Moehrig has seemed to separate from the rest of the group. He is best in zone concepts but has shown the ability to play man coverage against slot receivers as well. New Orleans could be in the market for both a quarterback and a receiver here, but they not set long term at safety, and Moehrig is decent value at this point.
  29. Packers- Zaven Collins / LB / Tulsa
    New Orleans had to have been tempted to take him one pick sooner, but Collins falls to the Packers who could use another linebacker. Collins is fluid in coverage, has great instincts as a run defender, and can make splash plays. He still needs to develop as a blitzer, but he has the tools to be a special three-down linebacker in the NFL.
  30. **PROJECTED TRADE** (Bills get Broncos 2nd and 3rd round picks)
    Broncos- Joe Tryon / EDGE / Washington

    It seems as if Von Miller's days in Denver are numbered. They still have Bradley Chubb, but getting someone to man the opposite side will be a top priority if Miller does indeed leave. Tryon is very fluid and agile for his size, and his upside is as high as just about anyone's in this class.
  31. Chiefs- Wyatt Davis / G / Ohio State
    Kansas City may get Dr. Duvernay-Tardif back in 2021, but the line still needs work. With no center worthy of the selection, the Chiefs take Davis, who has the talent and bloodlines to become an elite guard. Wide receiver could be in play here as well, but after seeing the performance of the offensive line in the Super Bowl, albeit without their top two tackles, I think Brett Veach sees this as a top need.
  32. Buccaneers- Christian Barmore / DL / Alabama
    Barmore came on toward the end of the 2020 season, displaying his excellent hand usage and ability to get penetration. He still needs to become a better finisher, but he has some similarities to Stefon Tuitt. The sack production may not come immediately, but he will make his presence felt if utilized properly. Tampa Bay could take an edge rusher if Shaq Barrett is not retained, but Barmore could be a perfect replacement for Ndamukong Suh.

    ROUND 2

  33. Jaguars- Samuel Cosmi / OT / Texas
  34. Jets- Aaron Robinson / CB / UCF
  35. Ravens (projected from Falcons)- Alex Leatherwood / OT / Alabama
  36. Dolphins- Jalen Mayfield / OT / Michigan
  37. Eagles- Kelvin Joseph / CB / Kentucky
  38. Bengals- Rondale Moore / WR / Purdue
  39. Panthers- Teven Jenkins / OT / Oklahoma State
  40. Bills (projected from Broncos)- Dylan Moses / LB / Alabama
  41. Lions- Nick Bolton / ILB / Missouri
  42. Giants- Terrace Marshall / WR / LSU
  43. **PROJECTED TRADE** (49ers get Sam Darnold; Jets get 49ers 2021 2nd and 2022 4th round picks)
    Jets- Azeez Ojulari / EDGE / Georgia
  44. Cowboys- Greg Newsome / CB / Northwestern
  45. Jaguars- Levi Onwuzurike / DL / Washington
  46. Patriots- Pat Freiermuth / TE / Penn State
  47. Chargers- Landon Dickerson / C / Alabama
  48. Raiders- Davyion Nixon / DL / Iowa
  49. Cardinals- Eric Stokes / CB / Georgia
  50. Dolphins- Chazz Surratt / ILB / North Carolina
  51. Washington- Liam Eichenberg / OT / Notre Dame
  52. Bears- Kyle Trask / QB / Florida
  53. Titans- Jay Tufele / DT / USC
  54. Colts- Dillon Radunz / OT / North Dakota State
  55. Steelers- Creed Humphrey / C / Oklahoma
    My day three draft crush this summer was Landon Dickerson. Unfortunately, he may now be out of reach for the Steelers in round 2. I am a big fan of Trey Hill in round 3 or 4, but Humphrey wouldn't be terrible in round 2. He is left-handed, which could be an issue for whoever is his quarterback, but he is a tough football player who consitently gets the job done. Javonte Williams and Shaun Wade could be in play here as well. If Tyson Alualu is not re-signed, Maybe even a Davyion Nixon could be in play if he falls this far.
  56. **PROJECTED TRADE** (Seahawks get Bills 2nd and 5th round picks)
    Bills- Javonte Williams / RB / North Carolina
  57. Rams- Jayson Oweh / EDGE / Penn State
  58. Ravens- Nico Collins / WR / Michigan
  59. Browns- Amon-Ra St. Brown / WR / USC
  60. **PROJECTED TRADE** (Saints get 2021 7th round pick and 2022 4th round pick)
    Washington- Davis Mills / QB / Stanford
  61. Seahwaks (projected from Bills)- Jackson Carman / OT / Clemson
  62. Packers- Elijah Moore / WR / Ole Miss
  63. Chiefs- D'Wayne Eskridge / WR / Western Michigan
  64. Buccaneers- Patrick Jones / EDGE / Pittsburgh

    ROUND 3

  65. Jaguars- Hunter Long / TE / Boston College
  66. Jets- Tylan Wallace / WR / Oklahoma State
  67. Texans- Josh Meyers / C / Ohio State
  68. Falcons- Rhomandre Stevenson / RB / Oklahoma
  69. Bengals- Trey Smith / G / Tennessee
  70. Eagles- Walker Little / OT / Stanford
  71. Bills (projected from Broncos)- Tyson Campbell / CB / Georgias
  72. Lions- Keith Taylor, Jr. / CB / Washington
  73. Panthers- Shaun Wade / CB / Ohio State
  74. Saints (projected from Washington)- Jabril Cox / ILB / LSU
  75. Cowboys- Jevon Holland / S / Oregon
  76. Giants- Baron Browning / ILB / Ohio State
  77. Chargers- Paulson Adebo / CB / Stanford
  78. Vikings- Tommy Togai / DL / Ohio State
  79. Cardinals- Michael Carter / RB / North Carolina
  80. Raiders- Aaron Banks / G / Notre Dame
  81. Dolphins- Quincy Roche / EDGE / Miami
  82. Washington- Asante Samuel, Jr. / CB / Florida State
  83. Bears- James Hudson / OT / Cincinnati
  84. Colts- Daelan Hayes / EDGE / Notre Dame
  85. Titans- Brevin Jordan / TE / Miami
  86. Jets- Richie Grant / S / UCF
  87. Steelers- Kary Vincent, Jr. / CB / LSU
    With Mike Hilton and Cameron Sutton both becoming free agents, the Steelers may have a need at nickel corner. Vincent is not much of a help in run support, but he is very good in man coverage and has good recovery speed. I considered Trey Sermon here, but the Steelers seem to try to keep drafts somewhat balanced, so I went with defense instead.
  88. Lions- Osa Odighizuwa / DE / UCLA
  89. Browns- Cameron McGrone / ILB / Michigan
  90. Vikings- Paris Ford / S / Pittsburgh
  91. **PROJECTED TRADE** (Browns get Cowboys 3rd and 6th round picks)
    Cowboys- Shaka Toney / EDGE / Penn State
  92. Packers- Quinn Meinerz / G/C / Wisconsin-Whitewater
  93. Bills- Daniel Faalele / OT / Minnesota
  94. Chiefs- D'Ante Smith / OT / East Carolina
  95. Buccaneers- Kenneth Gainwell / RB / Memphis
  96. Patriots- Pete Werner / ILB / Ohio State
  97. Chargers- Hamilcar Rashed / EDGE / Oregon State
  98. Saints- TuTu Atwell / WR / Louisville
  99. Browns (projected from Cowboys)- Alim McNeill / DT / North Carolina State
  100. Rams- Spencer Brown / OT / Northern Iowa
  101. Titans- Seth Williams / WR / Auburn
  102. 49ers- Chuba Hubbard / RB / Oklahoma State
  103. Rams- Deonte Brown / G / Alabama
  104. Saints- Kellen Mond / QB / Texas A&M
There you have it. Three rounds, 104 picks, lots of movement, and three new Steelers. What did you think of the mock as a whole? Which picks did you like/dislike? What do you think of the picks for the Steelers? Be sure to light up that comment section and give me your thoughts on all of it.

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