2021 NFL Round 3 Mock Draft Picks & Predictions
Marcus Mosher lays out his 2021 NFL Mock Draft for the first three rounds, and you’re reading his 2021 NFL Round 3 Mock Draft.. Read as The Game Day’s NFL Draft expert breaks down and predicts each pick from Round 1, Round 2, and Round 3 of the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft. Here’s his full report on 2021 NFL Draft Round 3 pick predictions.
The first few waves of 2021 NFL free agency are over, and the 2021 NFL Draft is just a few weeks away. Team needs and potential landing spots for the nation’s top players are starting to take form. We are looking a three-round mock draft after the first week of free agency. So without further ado, let’s get into the picks!
2021 NFL Round 3 Mock Draft
65. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa
Jacksonville continues to add to their defense with the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year. Nixon isn’t a complete prospect, but does have a high pass-rushing ceiling.
66. NEW YORK JETS
Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami
Chris Herndon hasn’t developed the way many had hoped, so the Jets take their future TE1 at No. 66. Jordan is in the same mold as Jonnu Smith: a shorter tight end who thrives after the catch.
67. HOUSTON TEXANS
Elijah Molden, FS, Washington
Houston makes its first pick of the draft, grabbing versatile defensive back Elijah Molden. He can play both in the slot and at safety, if needed.
68. ATLANTA FALCONS
Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami
Atlanta continues to rebuild their defensive line, selecting Roche from Miami. In his college career, he has 54 tackles for a loss and 30.5 sacks. He might be a pass-rusher only in the NFL, but that still makes him worthy of this selection.
69. CINCINNATI BENGALS
Alim McNeill, DT, North Carolina State
Cincinnati moved on from Geno Atkins this offseason and needs to add depth to their defensive line. McNeill is a bit raw, but has pass-rushing potential given his size, athleticism and motor.
70. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Quinn Meinerz, C, Wisconsin-Whitewater
Jason Kelce isn’t getting any younger and the offensive line needs help. Meinerz had a fantastic Senior Bowl showing and a strong Pro Day. He could be the team’s starting center by Day 1 of the 2022 season.
71. DENVER BRONCOS
Michael Carter, RB, North Carolina
With Phillip Lindsay gone, the Broncos need to add some speed to their running back room. Carter is lightning quick and is a big-play machine. He would be a fantastic fit with Melvin Gordon, only needing 8-10 touches a game to make an impact.
72. DETROIT LIONS
Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina
New to the linebacker position, Surratt is a speedy linebacker who thrives in coverage. He’s a weakside linebacker in the NFL and a core special teamer right away.
73. CAROLINA PANTHERS
Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State
Werner isn’t the most athletic linebacker in the world, but he is instinctive and has a lot of experience under his belt. He would help a Panthers’ defense that needs to add depth to all three levels.
74. WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (from 49ers)
Kyle Trask, QB, Florida
With Ryan Fitzpatrick on just a one-year deal, Washington takes Trask as a potential replacement. Trask has some intriguing tools, but needs some seasoning.
75. DALLAS COWBOYS
Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State
Dallas needs a one-technique defensive tackle to stop the run, and that is exactly what Togiai offers. He’s likely a rotational player early in his career but does have the potential to be a 25-to-30-snap player sooner rather than later.
76. NEW YORK GIANTS
Payton Turner, EDGE, Houston
Turner is a long, athletic pass rusher who dominated in limited action in 2020. He needs to develop more pass-rushing moves, but he could be a left defensive end right away for the Giants.
77. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
Tyler Shelvin, DT, LSU
A run-stopper only, Shelvin opted out of the 2020 season. Otherwise, he could have been a top-50 pick if he showed any improvement as a pass-rusher.
78. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
James Hudson, OT, Cincinnati
Hudson is an easy mover at left tackle but needs to gain some strength. He’s likely a swing tackle early in his career but could develop into a starter with a couple of strong offseasons.
79. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (from Cardinals)
Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama
Mike Mayock and Jon Gruden love Alabama players and can’t pass up Moses here. Moses has dealt with some injuries in his career, but he has starting-caliber potential, when healthy.
80. LAS VEGAS RAIDERS
Milton Williams, DT, Louisana Tech
Williams is a bit of a tweener, but he has the athleticism that defensive line coach Rod Marinelli loves. He will need a few years to get up to the speed of the NFL, but all of the talent is there for him to be a starter.
81. MIAMI DOLPHINS
Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
Miami already drafted DeVonta Smith earlier in this mock, but they add another weapon in Tylan Wallace. Wallace can play on the outside or in the slot as a solid route runner with plus size.
82. WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM
Jevon Holland, CB/S, Oregon
Holland is a versatile defender who can play in the slot or at free safety. He might be best in the slot early in his career, but expect Ron Rivera to find him a role right away.
83. CHICAGO BEARS
Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State
Chicago has lost some of their interior defensive line depth this offseason and Wilson would be a fantastic rotational player. When he is healthy, he can be more than just an elite run-stopper. But he might need to be on a snap count in the NFL to maximize his ability.
84. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (from Colts)
Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford
After a strong Pro Day, Adebo is firmly in the Day 2 discussion. He has the size, speed, and ball skills to develop into a starting-level player in the near future.
85. TENNESSEE TITANS
Ben Cleveland, G, Georgia
Tennesee wants to run the ball and needs to improve the interior of their offensive line. Cleveland is a steal at this state in draft as he has the size and athleticism to dominate at left guard.
86. NEW YORK JETS (from Seahawks)
Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma
The Jets added Carl Lawson this offseason, but need to improve their depth as they also lost Terrell Basham. Perkins is a highly-productive pass-rusher who lacks high-end traits to go higher in the draft.
87. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M
Both Ben Roethlisberger and Mason Rudolph are in the final year of their contracts and Mond is worth taking a shot on as a developmental quarterback. He’s played in the SEC for four years and has improved each season.
88. LOS ANGELES RAMS
Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
The Rams are loaded with playmakers and they add another one in St. Brown. He’s not the flashiest receiver, but he gets open. For that reason, he does share a lot of traits as Robert Woods, who also came from USC.
89. CLEVELAND BROWNS
Tay Gowan, CB, Central Florida
Cleveland is hoping that Greedy Williams will be ready to go in 2021, but they can’t count on him. So they add Gowan late in Round 3 who could push Williams for snaps right away.
90. MINNESOTA VIKINGS (from Ravens)
Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse
Minnesota lost Anthony Harris in free agency and could use a playmaker in the secondary. Cisco needs to be more consistent, but the ball skills and instincts are there.
91. CLEVELAND BROWNS (from Saints)
Marlon Tuipulotu, DT, USC
Tuipulotu is a run-stopping defensive tackle that can occasionally push the pocket. As a rookie, he would be a rotational defensive tackle that might compete for a starting spot.
92. GREEN BAY PACKERS
Monty Rice, LB, Georgia
Green Bay continues to struggle to find linebackers that can play in space. Rice is inexperienced but has the requisite size and athleticism to be a nickel linebacker in the NFL.
93. BUFFALO BILLS
Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State
Browning is a big, throwback linebacker who does his best work when coming towards the line of scrimmage. He might be a strongside linebacker in the NFL as he can match up and handle tight ends on the line of scrimmage.
94. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Justin Hilliard, LB, Ohio State
Kansas City adds an athletic, run-and-chase linebacker who could sub in on nickel packages early in his NFL career.
95. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Davis Mills, QB, Stanford
Tampa Bay grabs its successor to Tom Brady in Mills late in the third round. Mills has a ton of talent, but injuries have taken away a lot of his chances in college.
96. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (compensatory pick)
Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
Nasirildeen should remind Bill Belicheck of Patrick Chung, who just retired this offseason. Nasirildeen can play in the box, in space and has the size to match up against tight ends.
97. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (compensatory pick)
Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
The Chargers did sign Jared Cook to replace Hunter Henry in free agency, but that isn’t a long-term solution. Long isn’t a flashy player, but he is well-rounded and could be a solid No. 2 tight end early in his career.
98. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (compensatory pick)
Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State
With Latavius Murray gone, Sermon can be the 1B to Alvin Kamara’s 1A. He’s a downhill runner who has outstanding contact balance in the open field.
99. DALLAS COWBOYS (compensatory pick)
Osa Odighizuwa, DT, UCLA
Dallas loves undersized defensive tackles who can get to the quarterback. Odighizuwa can play multiple positions and is a rotational defensive lineman early in this career.
100. TENNESSEE TITANS (compensatory pick)
Seth Williams, WR, Auburn
After grabbing Waddle earlier in the draft, the Titans select another receiver. Williams was fantastic in the SEC, but did suffer from poor quarterback play. He has a monster catch radius and his best football is still ahead of him.
101. DETROIT LIONS (compensatory pick)
D’Ante Smith, LT, East Carolina
A left tackle prospect with elite athleticism available at pick No. 101? Why not. It’s a worthwhile game for a team that could allow Smith to sit and develop.
102. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (compensatory pick)
Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Memphis
The 49ers love speed at the running back position and Gainwell certainly has it. He can also catch the ball out of the backfield and projects as a high-end complementary back in the NFL.
103. LOS ANGELES RAMS (compensatory pick)
Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma
Los Angeles lost multiple defensive backs and needs to add depth back to the unit this offseason. Brown was solid at the Senior Bowl and has a bunch of Big-12 starts under his belt.
104. BALTIMORE RAVENS (compensatory pick)
Ar’Darius Washington, S, TCU
Baltimore never shies away from smaller defenders and Washington is a ball-hawk. He might be a better slot cornerback in the NFL, but he is a playmaker and has rare instincts.
105. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (compensatory pick)
Dayo Odeyingbo, EDGE, Vanderbilt
Odeyingbo is coming off a serious injury and likely will miss all the 2021 season, but he is a top-50 talent worth gambling on at this stage in the draft.
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