Posted on April 14, 2021
It’s a good time to start taking a look again at how Conference prospects are faring as we head into the final stretch before the Draft.
Here are some of the top storylines for the Pac-12 to watch, followed by my updated two-round mock NFL Draft.
● Can Oregon’s Penei Sewell hold off Rashawn Slater and stay in the Top 10?
The overwhelming consensus for a long time was Sewell that would easily be the first non-QB off the board, but over the past few months, Northwestern offensive lineman, Slater, has exploded and is moving ahead of Sewell in some mocks behind fantastic testing numbers and a good performance against Chase Young.
If Sewell slips it probably has more to do with teams needing QBs and WRs early and the level of talent at those positions, along with Slater’s surge, than any evaluation of him. Nonetheless, it will certainly be interesting to watch.
● The emergence of Davis Mills—Stanford’s 2020 starter and quietly the highest-rated QB in the Pac-12 last season—has started to climb up boards to the point of being the top QB after the first round shoe-ins of Lawrence-Wilson-Fiels-Jones-Lance.
I’ve liked Mills for a long time and think he put together a lot of the talent that made him a blue chip recruit coming out of high school and could go as high as the Second Round now.
● Who sneaks into the second round? The Pac-12 has a handful of players who seem right on the edge of making it into that Group of 32.
Oregon’s Jevon Holland, Stanford’s Paulson Adebo and Walker Little and Washington’s Elijah Molden and Joe Tryon, are all likely candidates to keep an eye on.
1. Jacksonville – Trevor Lawrence, Quarterback, Clemson
2. Jets – Zach Wilson, Quarterback, BYU
3. San Francisco – Mac Jones, Quarterback, Alabama
4. Denver (trade) – Justin Fields, Quarterback, Ohio State
5. Cincinnati – Ja’Marr Chase, Wide Receiver, LSU
6. Miami – Jaylen Waddle, Wide Receiver, Alabama
7. Detroit – DeVonta Smith, Wide Receiver, Alabama
8. Carolina – Penei Sewell, Tackle, Oregon
The elite talent and need at QB and WR pushes Sewell down as a huge score for the Panthers, who get what they anticipate to be a long-time franchise left tackle with the eighth pick. I think Sewell goes before Slater as his proven ability to dominate at left tackle and potential at age 20 shine through.
9. Atlanta (trade) – Kyle Pitts, Tight End, Florida
10. Dallas – Rashawn Slater, Guard, Northwestern
11. Giants – Micah Parsons, Linebacker, Penn State
12. Philadelphia – Patrick Surtain II, Cornerback, Alabama
13. Chargers – Alijah Vera-Tucker, Tackle, USC
The Chargers stay local to get Justin Herbert’s protection. AVT was superb in 2020 and it paid off, pushing him into the middle of the first round. His versatility will also be a huge value as he can play anywhere on the line, though a franchise left tackle is probably where the Chargers would like to have him most.
14. Minnesota – Christian Barmore, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
15. New England – Trey Lane, Quarterback, North Dakota State
16. Arizona – Jaycee Horn, Cornerback, South Carolina
17. Las Vegas – Teven Jenkins, Tackle, Oklahoma State
18. Miami – Jaelan Phillips, Defensive End, Miami
19. Washington – Sam Cosmi, Tackle, Texas
20. Chicago – Alex Leatherwood, Tackle, Alabama
21. Indianapolis – Greg Newsome II, Cornerback, Northwestern
22. Tennessee – Terrace Marshall, Wide Receiver, LSU
23. Jets – Travis Etienne, Running Back, Clemson
24. Pittsburgh – Caleb Farley, Cornerback, Virginia Tech
25. Jacksonville – Jalen Mayfield, Tackle, Michigan
26. Cleveland – Kwity Paye, Defensive End, Michigan
27. Baltimore – Carlos Basham, Defensive End, Wake Forest
28. New Orleans – Tyson Campbell, Cornerback, Georgia
29. Green Bay – Rashod Bateman, Wide Receiver, Minnesota
30. Buffalo – Asante Samuel Jr., Cornerback, Florida State
31. Kansas City – Rondale Moore, Wide Receiver, Purdue
32. Tampa Bay – Christian Barmore, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
33. Jacksonville – Kadarius Toney, Wide Receiver, Florida
34. Jets – Jayson Oweh, Defensive End, Penn State
35. Atlanta – Greg Rousseau, Defensive End, Miami
36. Miami – Javante Williams, Running Back, North Carolina
37. Philadelphia – Elijah Moore, Wide Receiver, Mississippi
38. Cincinnati – Jackson Carman, Tackle, Clemson
39. Carolina – Kelvin Joseph, Cornerback, Kentucky
40. Denver – Zaven Collins, Linebacker, Tulsa
41. Detroit – Ifeatu Melifonwu, Cornerback, Syracuse
42. Giants – Ronnie Perkins, Defensive End, Oklahoma
43. San Francisco – Wyatt Davis, Guard, Ohio State
44. Dallas – Levi Onwuzurike, Defensive Tackle, Washington
Onwuzurike has impressed enough in the offseason that he’s drawing major First Round interest as a versatile DT. The only problem is, value on DTs is low, and not many teams need them this year, so I think Barmore gets that final first round slot. This will be a good landing spot for him, though, as the second DT off the board.
45. Jacksonville – Trevon Moehrig, Safety, TCU
46. New England – Azeez Ojulari, Linebacker, Georgia
47. Chargers – Jamin Davis, Linebacker, Kentucky
48. Las Vegas – Nick Bolton, Linebacker, Missouri
49. Arizona – Najee Harris, Running Back, Alabama
50. Miami – Pat Freiermuth, Tight End, Penn State
51. Washington – Andre Cisco, Safety, Syracuse
52. Chicago – Davis Mills, Quarterback, Stanford
I think Mills has overtaken Kyle Trask as the best QB after those that go in the First Round, and I think a team that isn’t able to take one of them goes after Mills in the Second. Mills is big, polished, efficient and throws a nice ball with some solid mobility and pocket presence, a decent option if you can’t get one of the big names early.
53. Tennessee – Aaron Robinson, Cornerback, UCF
54. Indianapolis – Trey Smith, Tackle, Tennessee
55. Pittsburgh – Creed Humphrey, Center, Oklahoma
56. Seattle – Milton Williams, Defensive End, Louisiana Tech
57. Rams – Dillon Radunz, Tackle, North Dakota State
58. Baltimore – Jevon Holland, Safety, Oregon
I think Holland pushed himself back into the Second Round with his Pro Day. His ability to play cornerback and/or safety makes him a very nice asset and a super good value at this point in the Draft as a guy who was mocked in the First Round sometimes earlier in the cycle.
59. Cleveland – Daviyon Nixon, Defensive Tackle, Iowa
60. New Orleans – D’Wayne Eskridge, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan
61. Buffalo – Joe Tryon, Defensive End, Washington
Tryon is another guy who I think solidified himself as a Second Rounder with his Pro Day. He was super fast while checking in with good size. He’s definitely one of those prospects whose tools and body are pushing him higher than his college production, but that also means he has tons of room to grow as a player. He would be a great steal for a team looking for a pass rusher like Buffalo at this point.
62. Green Bay – Eric Stokes, Cornerback, Georgia
63. Kansas City – Walker Little, Tackle, Stanford
Injuries and uncertainty have pushed Little further and further down the board. He seems like exactly the kind of player Andy Reid and the Chiefs could rejuvenate and turn into a great NFL player. The tools are all there for him to be a Pro Bowl tackle.
64. Tampa Bay – Tylan Wallace, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State
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