It’s almost here; the 2021 NFL draft is only a few short days away. Cowboys fans have been endlessly speculating what the team will spend its well-earned tenth overall pick on ever since the season came to a merciful end. They’ve enjoyed a promising offseason so far, with Dak Prescott being locked up on a long-term contract and several key additions on defense via free agency.
Now comes the draft. The hype around the tenth pick involves the debate between Patrick Surtain II and Jaycee Horn, while others are praying Kyle Pitts or Penei Sewell falls that far. Either way, this draft is likely to be full of surprises all around. This mock draft, which includes mock trades in the first round, has plenty of surprises of its own as well.
1. Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, QB - Clemson
The Jaguars have all but announced Trevor Lawrence at this point, and the odds of them going anywhere else with this pick are less than zero. Lawrence has probably already closed on a house in Duval.
For a while it seemed that New York really was going to stick with Sam Darnold, but trading him to Carolina - combined with the team’s not-so-secret interest in Zach Wilson - has all but confirmed this pick.
3. San Francisco 49ers (from MIA) - Mac Jones, QB - Alabama
Here’s where the draft really begins. Will San Francisco actually go with Mac Jones, or take someone that makes more sense like Justin Fields or Trey Lance? I still won’t believe Jones is the pick until Goodell announces it, but all signs point to the Alabama quarterback being the pick, and San Francisco really has no reason to be lying about this pick at this point.
4. Atlanta Falcons - Kyle Pitts, TE - Florida
The Falcons don’t seem like they’re interested in finding Matt Ryan’s successor yet, so the expectation here is that they’ll try to get a haul of draft picks from a QB-needy team. The issue is that the QB-needy teams at this stage don’t have enough to justify moving down from this spot, so Atlanta instead lands the best pass catching weapon in this draft and goes full #Team40Burger.
If the Falcons do manage to trade down, Cincinnati would likely jump at the chance to land Pitts. But they’re also going to be overjoyed at the thought of reuniting Joe Burrow with his favorite receiver from a year ago in Ja’Marr Chase.
6. Los Angeles Chargers (from MIA) - Penei Sewell, OT - Oregon
*** MOCK TRADE ***
Dolphins get: LAC 1st (13 overall), LAC 3rd (77 overall), LAC 5th (159 overall), LAC 6th (198 overall)
Chargers get: MIA 1st (6 overall)
By all accounts the Dolphins are looking to surround Tua Tagovailoa with weapons, but with Kyle Pitts and Ja’Marr Chase going off the board right before their pick, Miami will dangle the pick in front of the Chargers, who make an aggressive move up to get the best non-QB in this draft in Penei Sewell, who already has experience protecting Justin Herbert’s blind side at Oregon.
7. New England Patriots (from DET) - Trey Lance, QB - North Dakota State
*** MOCK TRADE ***
Lions get: NE 1st (15 overall), NE 2nd (46 overall), NE 4th (120 overall), NE 4th (139 overall), NE 6th (197 overall), NE 7th (242)
Patriots get: DET 1st (7 overall)
The Lions are reportedly reaching out to teams about a trade down, and with Sewell coming off the board after the Chargers’ trade up, the Lions decide to pull the trigger. In comes Bill Belichick, who spent a bunch of money in free agency to ensure his Patriots don’t have another losing season. He continues that commitment by moving up for Trey Lance, a high ceiling prospect who would do very well to learn from Cam Newton in the Patriots system.
8. Carolina Panthers - Patrick Surtain II, CB - Alabama
The Panthers may still be in the market for a quarterback even after trading for Sam Darnold, but a look at the roster presents both cornerback and offensive tackle as two big needs. It may come down to who they like more between Rashawn Slater and Patrick Surtain II, but perhaps the opportunity to take the first defensive player in this draft is too appealing. If so, Surtain is the pick, and Carolina will continue to invest draft capital into rebuilding their defense after spending every single draft pick last year on this side of the ball.
The Broncos have been pretty upfront about two things this offseason: they want to bring in competition for Drew Lock, and they’re not going to be reckless in doing so. As a result, they didn’t sign anyone in free agency or trade for a quarterback, and they resist the urge to trade up here. New GM George Paton gets rewarded by having Justin Fields fall into his lap, and he doesn’t pass up the opportunity.
10. Minnesota Vikings (from DAL) - Rashawn Slater, OT - Northwestern
*** MOCK TRADE ***
Cowboys get: MIN 1st (14 overall), MIN 3rd (90 overall), MIN 5th (157 overall)
Vikings get: DAL 1st (10 overall)
After seeing Surtain come off the board two picks prior, the Cowboys start working the phones, something Stephen Jones has already hinted at. Minnesota, who needs to upgrade their pass protection, makes a solid offer to go up and get Rashawn Slater. Arguably the second best offensive lineman in this draft, Slater can play any position on the line, and is an immediate starter for the Vikings.
11. New York Giants - DeVonta Smith, WR - Alabama
Reports indicate that Giants GM Dave Gettleman isn’t done restocking his offensive weapons after signing Kenny Golladay and John Ross, and that he’s very high on DeVonta Smith as a reliable weapon for Daniel Jones. There are legitimate concerns about Smith’s size, but if Gettleman is willing to look past that he’ll get his guy.
12. Philadelphia Eagles (from MIA) - Jaylen Waddle, WR - Alabama
Don’t be surprised if the Eagles make a jump into the top 10 for a quarterback, but Philly still has a big financial incentive to at least see what Jalen Hurts can do. So it makes sense to pair him with a former teammate in Jaylen Waddle, a ridiculously versatile weapon who could make life easy for the Eagles’ new starting quarterback.
13. Arizona Cardinals (from MIA) - Jaycee Horn, CB - South Carolina
*** MOCK TRADE ***
Dolphins get: AZ 1st (16 overall), AZ 7th (247), AZ 2022 2nd, AZ 2022 6th
Cardinals get: MIA 1st (13 overall)
The Cardinals have been a very popular connection for Jaycee Horn, as have the Cowboys. And part of the Cowboys’ decision to trade back was the idea of still being able to land Horn. But that only forces Arizona’s hand, who swing a deal with the Dolphins to move up and grab Horn right before the Cowboys can take him.
14. Dallas Cowboys (from MIN) - Christian Barmore, DT - Alabama
Fans will undoubtedly be upset at this point, as the Cowboys lost out on both Patrick Surtain II and Jaycee Horn. But on the bright side, the trade down netted them some really solid draft capital, and they still get a chance at an impact defensive player, albeit at a different position. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report recently said he thinks Christian Barmore could easily be the third defensive player taken, and for good reason. Barmore has flashed some dominant traits as a game wrecker up the middle, and he would instantly upgrade what was a porous interior defensive line for Dallas this past season.
The Lions really get an ideal scenario here, accumulating more draft capital and still landing a great tackle prospect. Christian Darrisaw is the second best offensive tackle on my draft board, and his combination of technical refinement and pure tenacity should make head coach Dan Campbell drool in the draft room.
16. Miami Dolphins (from AZ) - Azeez Ojulari, EDGE - Georgia
After trading down a total of three times now, Miami finally makes a pick and lands the best edge rusher in the draft. Ojulari had success as a pass rusher in Georgia’s hybrid defense, which will translate very well to the varied fronts Miami uses under Brian Flores.
One of the first moves the Raiders made this offseason was hiring Gus Bradley as the defensive coordinator. Bradley runs the same scheme Dan Quinn does in Dallas, and thus needs a true centerfield safety to make it work. Trevon Moehrig fits that bill to a tee, and at 17th overall the value is perfect.
18. Miami Dolphins - Kadarius Toney, WR - Florida
It wasn’t long before the Dolphins were back on the clock, and this time they land a dynamic receiver for Tagovailoa to throw to. Toney can move all over the field but is at his best in the slot, and with DeVante Parker, Will Fuller, and Preston Williams feasting on the outside in Miami, Toney will be set up for tons of success.
Washington is a real wild card here, as they could go in any direction, including trade up or down. But assuming they stand pat, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah makes a lot of sense in an effort to keep their defense performing at a high level while the offense figures things out.
The Bears are likely drafting a quarterback later in this draft, but Andy Dalton is going to be the starter for the foreseeable future. He showed in Cincinnati that he can play at a high level with a good offensive line, so Chicago needs to bolster their pass protection. Teven Jenkins has the potential to become one of the league’s best right tackles, and right tackle is a need for the Bears anyway. This almost makes too much sense.
21. Indianapolis Colts - Alijah Vera-Tucker, OT - USC
The Colts have a couple of holes along their offensive line now, and they’ll need to shore that up quickly for Carson Wentz, who struggles mightily with handing pressure. Alijah Vera-Tucker played left tackle at USC but has the versatility to move inside, giving Indianapolis options on where to play him. Either way, Vera-Tucker is a clear upgrade somewhere in the trenches.
22. Tennessee Titans - Caleb Farley, CB - Virginia Tech
Caleb Farley has a good argument for being the best defensive player in this draft, but injuries and a lack of experience have tanked his stock a bit. Farley offers a lot of risk, sure, but his upside is sky high. And at this point in the first round, Tennessee feels comfortable gambling on Farley to become a fixture of their defense going forward.
23. New York Jets (from SEA) - Kwity Paye, EDGE - Michigan
There’s a lot of uncertainty around the edge rushing group in this draft, and Kwity Paye is no exception. He offers immense raw potential and moves in a way that you don’t expect from a guy his size. If he lasts this long, Paye could be a dangerous fit in Robert Saleh’s scheme.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Najee Harris, RB - Alabama
Ben Roethlisberger is still the quarterback in Pittsburgh, for better or worse, and last year showed that the Steelers need to have a better ground game to supplement Roethlisberger’s declining passing skills. After losing James Conner in free agency, Pittsburgh targets the dynamic Najee Harris here in hopes of recapturing the magic they once had in Le’Veon Bell.
25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR) - Rashod Bateman, WR - Minnesota
As talented as Trevor Lawrence is, one valid criticism is that he was working with some great receiving talent at Clemson. So Jacksonville seeks to replicate that formula by snagging Rashod Bateman, a well-rounded receiving threat who can make plays anywhere on the field. This could be a deadly duo for years to come.
26. Cleveland Browns - Jaelan Phillips, EDGE - Miami
The Browns just signed Jadeveon Clowney to give them a legitimate edge rushing presence opposite Myles Garrett. But at 28 years old and signing a one-year deal, Clowney isn’t a long-term answer. Jaelan Phillips is a bull in a China shop off the edge, with a need to refine his techniques. He can offer rotational pass rushing reps in the short term while developing into a fearsome presence in the long run.
27. Baltimore Ravens - Terrace Marshall Jr., WR - LSU
Opinions are split on Terrace Marshall Jr., but he’s a versatile, big target that has produced both as a secondary target and the primary receiver. In Baltimore he would join a stable of receivers featuring Sammy Watkins, Marquise Brown, and Miles Boykin and give Lamar Jackson a reliable target each week.
28. New Orleans Saints - Joe Tryon, EDGE - Washington
The Saints lost one half of their quietly effective RDE rotation in Trey Hendrickson this offseason, and they’ll look to bolster their pass rush with Washington’s Joe Tryon, an uber-athletic force of nature off the edge who opted out this past season but is generating a lot of buzz. New Orleans can pair him with Marcus Davenport as a good rotational tandem on the other side of Cameron Jordan, arguably the most underrated edge rusher in the NFL, and continue to enjoy some elite defensive play.
29. Green Bay Packers - Greg Newsome II, CB - Northwestern
The Packers did bring back Kevin King, but they waited a very long time to do so. Even then, they locked him up for just a year. It’s clear that Green Bay is still looking for another starting cornerback opposite Jaire Alexander, and Greg Newsome II offers the same combination of traits and upside Alexander once did. There’s great potential for these two to significantly improve the Packers defense right away.
30. Buffalo Bills - Micah Parsons, LB - Penn State
This will surprise quite a few but Micah Parsons isn’t the slam dunk prospect many seem to think. Off-field concerns and better players at other positions will push Parsons down, but the Bills - who drafted a similar prospect in AJ Epenesa last year - take the bait. Parsons is an off ball linebacker with the most value as a blitzer and occasional edge rusher. As such, Parsons would fit seamlessly into the role Lorenzo Alexander filled on this Buffalo defense before retiring after the 2019 season. He was clearly missed in 2020, but Parsons could help replace his production.
31. Baltimore Ravens (from KC) - Alex Leatherwood, OT - Alabama
The Ravens ended up trading away Orlando Brown for this pick because Brown was intent on playing left tackle, the spot that Ronnie Stanley has locked down in Baltimore. But they end up finding their right tackle in Alex Leatherwood, a big road-grader who should fit very well in the Ravens’ run-heavy scheme from day one.
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jayson Oweh, EDGE - Penn State
In the Super Bowl, the Buccaneers unleashed a pass rush headlined by Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul on Patrick Mahomes and won a ring as a result. Tampa Bay smartly locked up Barrett this offseason, but Pierre-Paul is 32 years old and they need to bolster this pass rush if they hope to have a repeat of 2020. Jayson Oweh’s evaluations are all over the place, but he’s got the kind of athleticism and length that teams only ever dream of. He’s incredibly raw, so playing behind Pierre-Paul and refining his craft would be a massive boon to his development, but Oweh has perennial All Pro potential written all over him.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars - Samuel Cosmi, OT - Texas
34. New York Jets - Eric Stokes, CB - Georgia
35. Atlanta Falcons - Zaven Collins, LB - Tulsa
36. Miami Dolphins (from HOU) - Travis Etienne, RB - Clemson
37. Philadelphia Eagles - Jamin Davis, LB - Kentucky
38. Cincinnati Bengals - Liam Eichenberg, OT - Notre Dame
39. Carolina Panthers - Elijah Moore, WR - Ole Miss
40. Denver Broncos - Baron Browning, LB - Ohio State
41. Detroit Lions - Kelvin Joseph, CB - Kentucky
42. New York Giants - Ronnie Perkins, EDGE - Oklahoma
43. San Francisco 49ers - Wyatt Davis, OG - Ohio State
44. Dallas Cowboys - Jalen Mayfield, OT - Michigan
The general thinking is that if the Cowboys somehow don’t go cornerback in the first round, they’ll land one here. But when they come on the clock at 44, the draft board has plenty of other talent that changes things, including Michigan’s Jalen Mayfield. A potential late-first round pick, Mayfield offers immense value here. He’s still a bit raw but flashed elite traits during his time at Michigan. Mayfield has the profile to switch to guard, where he could potentially supplant Connor Williams at LG, or continue to develop and grow as a tackle behind Tyron Smith and La’el Collins.
45. Jacksonville Jaguars (from MIN) - Dillon Radunz, OT - North Dakota State
46. Detroit Lions (from NE) - Amari Rodgers, WR - Clemson
47. Los Angeles Chargers - Asante Samuel Jr., CB - Florida State
48. Las Vegas Raiders - Levi Onwuzurike, DT - Washington
49. Arizona Cardinals - Javonte Williams, RBG - North Carolina
50. Miami Dolphins - Landon Dickerson, C - Alabama
51. Washington Football Team - Creed Humphrey, C - Oklahoma
52. Chicago Bears - Rondale Moore, WR - Purdue
53. Tennessee Titans - Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR - USC
54. Indianapolis Colts - Aaron Robinson, CB - UCF
55. Pittsburgh Steelers - Joseph Ossai, EDGE - Texas
56. Seattle Seahawks - Payton Turner, EDGE - Houston
57. Los Angeles Rams - Brady Christensen, OT - BYU
59. Cleveland Browns - Nick Bolton, LB - Missouri
60. New Orleans Saints - Dyami Brown, WR - North Carolina
61. Buffalo Bills - Pat Freiermuth, TE - Penn State
62. Green Bay Packers - Quinn Meinerz, OG - Wisconsin-Whitewater
63. Kansas City Chiefs - Trey Smith, OG - Tennessee
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Brevin Jordan, TE - Miami
65. Jacksonville Jaguars - Daviyon Nixon, DT - Iowa
66. New York Jets - Jabril Cox, LB - LSU
67. Houston Texans - Milton Williams, DT - Louisiana Tech
68. Atlanta Falcons - Elijah Molden, CB - Washington
69. Cincinnati Bengals - Tommy Tremble, TE - Notre Dame
70. Philadelphia Eagles - Gregory Rousseau, EDGE - Miami
71. Denver Broncos - Jevon Holland, S - Oregon
72. Detroit Lions - Richie Grant, S - UCF
73. Carolina Panthers - Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB - Syracuse
74. Washington Football Team (from SF) - Jamar Johnson, S - Indiana
75. Dallas Cowboys - Paulson Adebo, CB - Stanford
Finally! A cornerback! Paulson Adebo is the best case scenario here at 75 considering how underrated he is as a prospect. A year ago, Adebo was considered a late-first round cornerback, but he returned for the 2020 season before opting out. But Adebo has great traits that directly translate to the Cowboys’ new scheme. Dane Brugler of The Athletic had this to say about Adebo:
Overall, Adebo is a leggy, upright athlete prone to false steps, but his size, foot agility and instinctive ball skills are traits worth gambling on. He projects best as a press-man corner who can also play in a Cover 3 scheme.
76. New York Giants - Pete Werner, LB - Ohio State
77. Miami Dolphins (from LAC) - Janarius Robinson, EDGE - Florida State
78. Minnesota Vikings - Tommy Togiai, DT - Ohio State
79. Las Vegas Raiders (from AZ) - Jackson Carman, OT - Clemson
80. Las Vegas Raiders - Josh Myers, OG - Ohio State
81. Miami Dolphins - D’Wayne Eskridge, WR - Western Michigan
82. Washington Football Team - Davis Mills, QB - Stanford
83. Chicago Bears - Kellen Mond, QB - Texas A&M
84. Philadelphia Eagles (from IND) - Tyson Campbell, CB - Georgia
85. Tennessee Titans - Spencer Brown, OT - Northern Iowa
86. New York Jets (from SEA) - Tylan Wallace, WR - Oklahoma State
87. Pittsburgh Steelers - Olaijah Griffin, CB - USC
88. Los Angeles Rams - Jay Tufele, DT - USC
89. Cleveland Browns - Chazz Surratt, LB - Wake Forest
90. Dallas Cowboys (from MIN) - Cameron McGrone, LB - Michigan
Some buzz that hasn’t gotten nearly enough attention this draft cycle is that Dallas has invested a lot of time scouting linebackers in this class. That, in addition to signing Keanu Neal to play WILL, says that the Cowboys are looking for an upgrade. Dan Quinn prefers highly athletic linebackers who can cover, a profile which neither Leighton Vander Esch or Jaylon Smith fits. But Cameron McGrone does. He’s lean and flies all over the field, and would be a natural fit as a MIKE in Quinn’s scheme.
91. Cleveland Browns (from NO) - Nico Collins, WR - Michigan
92. Green Bay Packers - Kenneth Gainwell, RB - Memphis
93. Buffalo Bills - Michael Carter, RB - North Carolina
94. Baltimore Ravens (from KC) - Hamsah Nasirildeen, S - Florida State
95. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Stone Forsythe, OT - Florida
96. New England Patriots - Divine Deablo, S - Virginia Tech
97. Los Angeles Chargers - Ar’Darius Washington, S - TCU
98. New Orleans Saints - Benjamin St-Juste, CB - Minnesota
99. Dallas Cowboys - Andre Cisco, S - Syracuse
The Cowboys brought in Damontae Kazee to man the middle of the field at free safety, but his one-year deal says that Dallas is still looking for a free safety in this draft. Andre Cisco offers a ton of potential to become a star in that role. He was a ballhawk at Syracuse, where he snagged 13 interceptions in three years, and the only reason he’s still available at this point is because his 2020 season was cut short with an injury. But the Cowboys don’t need him to play right away, and he can develop behind Kazee, who has a very similar play style to Cisco.
100. Tennessee Titans - Ben Cleveland, OG - Georgia
101. Detroit Lions (from LAR) - Tyler Shelvin, DT - LSU
102. San Francisco 49ers - Quincy Roche, EDGE - Miami
103. Los Angeles Rams - Hunter Long, TE - Boston College
104. Baltimore Ravens - Marlon Tuipulotu, DT - USC
105. New Orleans Saints - Kyle Trask, QB - Florida
106. Jacksonville Jaguars - Trey Sermon, RB - Ohio State
107. New York Jets - James Hudson, OT - Cincinnati
108. Atlanta Falcons - Victor Dimukeje, EDGE - Duke
109. Houston Texans - Jaylen Twyman, DT - Pitt
110. Cleveland Browns (from PHI) - Trill Williams, CB - Syracuse
111. Cincinnati Bengals - Jordan Smith, EDGE - UAB
112. Detroit Lions - Deonte Brown, OG - Alabama
113. Carolina Panthers - Tyree Gillespie, S - Missouri
114. Denver Broncos - Hamilcar Rashed Jr., EDGE - Oregon State
115. Dallas Cowboys - Cameron Sample, EDGE - Tulane
The Cowboys look to have a really formidable edge rushing duo in DeMarcus Lawrence and Randy Gregory, but they will surely want to add depth. Cameron Sample is an intriguing sleeper candidate because of his versatility. He rushed the passer as a defensive tackle, defensive end, and linebacker at Tulane and had success in each role. In Dallas, Sample would function in a similar manner to the recently retired Tyrone Crawford, having the ability to produce as a base end and move inside on passing downs in a rotational role.
116. New York Giants - Israel Mukuamu, CB - South Carolina
117. San Francisco 49ers - Alim McNeill, DT - NC State
118. Los Angeles Chargers - Aaron Banks, OG - Notre Dame
119. Minnesota Vikings - Robert Rochell, CB - Central Arkansas
120. Detroit Lions (from NE) - Dylan Moses, LB - Alabama
121. Las Vegas Raiders - Derrick Barnes, LB - Purdue
122. New England Patriots (from AZ) - Rhamondre Stevenson, RB - Oklahoma
123. Philadelphia Eagles (from MIA) - JaCoby Stevens, S - LSU
124. Washington Football Team - D’Ante Smith, OT - East Carolina
125. Minnesota Vikings (from CHI) - Talanoa Hufanga, S - USC
126. Tennessee Titans - Kylin Hill, RB - Mississippi State
127. Indianapolis Colts - Frank Darby, WR - Arizona State
128. Pittsburgh Steelers - Tre Brown, CB - Oklahoma
129. Seattle Seahawks - Dayo Odeyingbo, EDGE - Vanderbilt
130. Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR) - Patrick Jones II, EDGE - Pitt
131. Baltimore Ravens - Osa Odighizuwa, DT - UCLA
132. Cleveland Browns - Robert Hainsey, OT - Notre Dame
133. New Orleans Saints - Chatarius Atwell, WR - Louisville
134. Minnesota Vikings (from BUF) - Daelin Hayes, EDGE - Notre Dame
135. Green Bay Packers - Richard LeCounte III, S - Georgia
136. Baltimore Ravens (from KC) - Seth Williams, WR - Auburn
137. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Shaun Wade, CB - Ohio State
138. Dallas Cowboys - Marvin Wilson, DT - Florida State
After the 2019 season, many thought Marvin Wilson would declare for the draft but he chose to come back for the 2020 season. The decision cost him dearly, as Wilson struggled in every facet of the game amid injuries. But Wilson has flashed enough potential as a versatile interior defender to justify teams taking him in the third or fourth round, and Dallas does just that. Wilson can be productive at both 3-tech and 1-tech, and offers an intriguing combination with Barmore.
139. Detroit Lions (from NE) - Keith Taylor Jr., CB - Washington
140. Pittsburgh Steelers - Adetokunbo Ogundeji, EDGE - Notre Dame
141. Los Angeles Rams - David Moore, OG - Grambling
142. Green Bay Packers - Kendrick Green, C - Illinois
143. Minnesota Vikings - Walker Little, OT - Stanford
144. Kansas City Chiefs - Elerson Smith, EDGE - Northern Iowa
145. Jacksonville Jaguars - Rodarius Williams, CB - Oklahoma State
146. New York Jets - Chuba Hubbard, RB - Oklahoma State
147. Houston Texans - Ambry Thomas, CB - Michigan
148. Atlanta Falcons - James Wiggins, S - Cincinnati
149. Cincinnati Bengals - Marco Wilson, CB - Florida
150. Philadelphia Eagles - Kenny Yeboah, TE - Ole Miss
151. Carolina Panthers - Monty Rice, LB - Georgia
152. Denver Broncos - Joshuah Bledsoe, S - Missouri
153. Detroit Lions - Tedarrell Slaton, DT - Florida
154. New York Jets - Caden Sterns, S - Texas
155. San Francisco 49ers - Rashad Weaver, EDGE - Pitt
156. Miami Dolphins (from DAL) - Dez Fitzpatrick, WR - Louisville
157. Dallas Cowboys (from MIN) - Charles Snowden, LB - Virginia
Charles Snowden is my biggest draft crush, so resisting the urge to mock him to Dallas here is nearly impossible. But it also makes plenty of sense. The Cowboys already took McGrone, who is a natural fit at MIKE, and Snowden has the versatility to fit at either SAM or WILL in this scheme. More than that, his rare combination of size, length, and athleticism would make Snowden a chess piece for Quinn to play around with. Snowden has some areas to improve upon before seeing the field, but if Jaylon Smith is unable to regain his 2018 form then the Cowboys will have a good insurance policy in this linebacker.
158. Houston Texans (from NE) - Anthony Schwartz, WR - Auburn
159. Miami Dolphins (from LAC) - Bryce Thompson, CB - Tennessee
160. Arizona Cardinals - Jonathan Cooper, EDGE - Ohio State
161. Buffalo Bills (from LV) - Chauncey Golston, EDGE - Iowa
162. Las Vegas Raiders (from MIA) - Kary Vincent Jr., CB - LSU
163. Washington Football Team - Marlon Williams, WR - UCF
164. Chicago Bears - Thomas Graham Jr., CB - Oregon
165. Indianapolis Colts - Patrick Johnson, EDGE - Tulane
166. Tennessee Titans - Jamien Sherwood, S - Auburn
167. Seattle Seahawks - Dazz Newsome, WR - North Carolina
168. Minnesota Vikings (from PIT) - Javian Hawkins, RB - Louisville
169. Cleveland Browns (from LAR) - Shaka Toney, EDGE - Penn State
170. Jacksonville Jaguars (from CLE) - Deommodore Lenoir, CB - Oregon
171. Baltimore Ravens - Khyiris Tonga, DT - BYU
172. San Francisco 49ers (from NO) - Camryn Bynum, CB - California
173. Green Bay Packers - Shi Smith, WR - South Carolina
174. Buffalo Bills - Brenden Jaimes, OT - Nebraska
175. Kansas City Chiefs - Pooka Williams, RB - Kansas
176. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Wyatt Hubert, EDGE - Kansas State
177. New England Patriots - Demetric Felton, WR - UCLA
178. Green Bay Packers - John Bates, TE - Boise State
179. Dallas Cowboys - Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR - Iowa
Ihmir Smith-Marsette has been a mainstay in mock drafts for me, and it’s easy to see why. He was a dynamic threat at Iowa who was used very much like Oklahoma used CeeDee Lamb. Smith-Marsette isn’t quite that good, but he still offers loads of value both on the outside and in the slot, and would certainly be a good replacement option for either Amari Cooper or Michael Gallup, should it come to that. In the short-term, Smith-Marsette has a lot of value as a special teams returner, which should make John Fassel very happy.
180. San Francisco 49ers - Jaelon Darden, WR - North Texas
181. Kansas City Chiefs - Cade Johnson, WR - South Dakota State
182. Atlanta Falcons - Malcolm Koonce, EDGE - Buffalo
183. Atlanta Falcons - Trey Hill, C - Georgia
184. Baltimore Ravens - Josh Imatorbhebhe, WR - Illinois
185. Los Angeles Chargers (from JAX) - Kylen Granson, TE - SMU
186. New York Jets - Sadarius Hutcherson, OG - South Carolina
187. Atlanta Falcons - Khalil Herbert, RB - Virginia Tech
188. New England Patriots (from HOU) - Bobby Brown III, DT - Texas A&M
189. Philadelphia Eagles - Simi Fehoko, WR - Stanford
190. Cincinnati Bengals - Tony Fields III, LB - West Virginia
191. Denver Broncos - Joshua Ross, LB - Michigan
192. Dallas Cowboys (from DET) - Shakur Brown, CB - Michigan State
The Cowboys added Adebo earlier in the draft, and he’ll compete with Anthony Brown for the chance to start outside opposite Trevon Diggs. But Dallas still needs more corner depth. Shakur Brown offers exactly that. He has the size and traits to play outside or in the slot and his aggressive style of play fits this scheme perfectly. He also offers special teams ability, which is what teams generally need from prospects at this point in the draft.
193. Carolina Panthers - Drew Dalman, C - Stanford
194. San Francisco 49ers - Tommy Kraemer, OG - Notre Dame
195. Houston Texans (from DAL) - Rachad Wildgoose Jr., CB - Wisconsin
196. New York Giants - Brady Breeze, S - Oregon
197. Detroit Lions (from NE) - Jamie Newman, QB - Georgia
198. Miami Dolphins (from LAC) - Tre’ McKitty, TE - Georgia
199. Minnesota Vikings - Tariq Thompson, S - San Diego State
200. Las Vegas Raiders - Jack Anderson, OG - Texas Tech
201. New York Giants (from AZ) - Adrian Ealy, OT - Oklahoma
202. Cincinnati Bengals (from MIA) - Joshua Kaindoh, EDGE - Florida State
203. Houston Texans (from WFT) - Damar Hamlin, S - Pitt
204. Chicago Bears - Drake Jackson, C - Kentucky
205. Tennessee Titans - Cornell Powell, WR - Clemson
206. Indianapolis Colts - Darrick Forrest, S - Cincinnati
207. Kansas City Chiefs (from PIT) - Michael Strachan, WR - Charleston
208. Miami Dolphins (from SEA) - Tay Gowan, CB - UCF
209. Los Angeles Rams - Pro Wells, TE - TCU
210. Baltimore Ravens - Jermar Jefferson, RB - Oregon State
211. Cleveland Browns - Chris Evans, RB - Michigan
212. Houston Texans (from NO) - Austin Watkins, WR - UAB
213. Buffalo Bills - Justin Hilliard, LB - Ohio State
214. Green Bay Packers - Tre Norwood, CB - Oklahoma
215. Tennessee Titans (from KC) - Brandon Smith, WR - Iowa
216. Pittsburgh Steelers (from TB) - Avery Williams, CB - Boise State
217. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Quintin Morris, TE - Bowling Green
218. New Orleans Saints - Sage Surratt, WR - Wake Forest
219. Atlanta Falcons - Christian Uphoff, S - Illinois State
220. Green Bay Packers - Dan Moore Jr., OT - Texas A&M
221. Chicago Bears - Manny Rugamba, CB - Miami (OH)
222. Carolina Panthers - Jaylon Moore, OT - Western Michigan
223. Arizona Cardinals (from AZ) - Tristen Hoge, OG - BYU
224. Philadelphia Eagles - Garrett Wallow, LB - TCU
225. Philadelphia Eagles - Paris Ford, S - Pitt
226. Carolina Panthers - Alaric Jackson, OT - Iowa
227. Dallas Cowboys - Shaun Beyer, TE - Iowa
Yes, the Cowboys drafted a tight end, but it wasn’t Kyle Pitts. Shaun Beyer isn’t going to have the same first-year impact as the Florida tight end, but he could still be an impactful pick down the road. Beyer had minimal playing time behind current NFL stars who came from Iowa, but he’s flashed good potential at the position and seems to be a good developmental tight end. With Dalton Schultz entering the final year of his contract, Dallas could potentially look to groom Beyer throughout his rookie year to replace Schultz, whose breakout 2020 season is almost certainly going to net him better options elsewhere next year.
228. Chicago Bears - Miller Forristall, TE - Alabama
229. New Orleans Saints (from JAX) - Dax Milne, WR - BYU
230. San Francisco 49ers (from NYJ) - DJ Daniel, CB - Georgia
231. Miami Dolphins (from HOU) - Trevon Grimes, WR - Florida
232. Tennessee Titans (from ATL) - Naquan Jones, DT - Michigan State
233. Houston Texans (from CIN) - Tamorrion Terry, WR - Florida State
234. Philadelphia Eagles - Chris Rumph II, EDGE - Duke
235. Cincinnati Bengals (from DET) - Aashari Crosswell, S - Arizona State
236. Buffalo Bills (from CAR) - Tarron Jackson, EDGE - Coastal Carolina
237. Denver Broncos - Ernest Jones, LB - South Carolina
238. Dallas Cowboys - Ian Book, QB - Notre Dame
Are the Cowboys going to give up on Ben DiNucci already? It would be hard to blame them, but this pick is more about the player they’re getting - Notre Dame’s Ian Book - than the one they’re potentially replacing. Book was a standout passer for the Irish, and his intangibles and mobility offer some good upside entering the draft. The issue for Book is he’s in a draft class with at least five first round quarterbacks, driving his value down. But Book can be a serviceable backup for Dak Prescott and develop under Mike McCarthy and Kellen Moore until a team in need of a quarterback comes calling.
239. Denver Broncos (from NYG) - Shemar Jean-Charles, CB - Appalachian State
240. Philadelphia Eagles (from SF) - Drew Himmelman, OT - Illinois State
241. Los Angeles Chargers - Rakeem Boyd, RB - Arkansas State
242. Detroit Lions (from NE) - Nick Eubanks, TE - Michigan
243. Arizona Cardinals - Nick Niemann, LB - Iowa
244. Washington Football Team (from LV) - Nahshon Wright, CB - Oregon State
245. Pittsburgh Steelers (from MIA) - Chris Wilcox, CB - BYU
246. Washington Football Team - Zach Davidson, TE - Central Missouri
247. Miami Dolphins (from AZ) - Samuel Cooper, OG - Merrimack
248. Indianapolis Colts - Josh Ball, OT - Marshall
249. Jacksonville Jaguars (from TEN) - KJ Britt, LB - Auburn
250. Seattle Seahawks - Brady White, QB - Memphis
251. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from PIT) - Shane Buechele, QB - SMU
252. Los Angeles Rams - Sam Ehlinger, QB - Texas
253. Denver Broncos (from CLE) - Cole Van Lanen, OT - Wisconsin
254. Pittsburgh Steelers (from BAL) - Luke Campbell, OT - Michigan State
255. New Orleans Saints - Grant Stuard, LB - Houston
256. Green Bay Packers - Darius Stills, DT - West Virginia
257. Cleveland Browns (from BUF) - Lorenzo Burns, CB - Arizona
258. Kansas City Chiefs - Jordan Scott, DT - Oregon
259. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jaret Patterson, RB - Buffalo