21. Seattle Seahawks
The Pick Will Be: S Johnathan Abram, Mississippi State
Seattle never goes the conventional route, and draft value is meaningless to the franchise. Assume secondary, and assume the idea is to get more playmakers at either corner or safety. The Seahawks will have their pick of safety options, but Abram is the right fit.
22. Baltimore Ravens
The Pick Will Be: WR DK Metcalf, Ole Miss
The Ravens desperately need defensive line help, and it’ll kill them to not take Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons and sit on him for a year while the torn ACL heals. It’ll also kill them to not give Lamar Jackson someone to throw to.
23. Houston Texans
The Pick Will Be: C Garrett Bradbury, NC State
The Texans will be big players in the second round and can bulk up on certain positions then. First, they need an upgrade across the board on the offensive line to give Deshaun Watson a fighting chance. Nick Martin is a fine center, but Bradbury is better.
24. Oakland Raiders (from Chicago)
The Pick Will Be: QB Drew Lock, Missouri
You just know the Gruden/Mayock tandem is dying to find a new quarterback to build around. They might overpay with all of their draft picks to move up to take Lock, or they can sit right here and wait for him to drop right to them. He’s the deep bomber they’re going to want.
25. Philadelphia Eagles
The Pick Will Be: CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
And here comes the slight curveball. Out of the top corners, Murphy and Baker will be gone, and Greedy Williams will be right there, but … the Eagles go with the local guy with the massive upside.
26. Indianapolis Colts
The Pick Will Be: DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson
This is a team on the verge of true greatness, and they just need one part of the puzzle to potentially get over the top. A massive prototype defensive tackle in Lawrence – a top five talent who’ll slide because of the PED suspension – could be just that guy.
27. Oakland Raiders
The Pick Will Be: DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State
Mock drafts are fickle things. One trade screws everything up, so the idea is to get as close to the pin as possible, while trying to come up with a gameplan for how things could and should work out.
Where’s the value? What might be there? If the Gruden and Mayock don’t overthink this and royally screw this up, they should be able to 1) go best player available at the four. 2) grab one of the key quarterback options at 24, and 3) get a steal in Simmons right here.
This is one of the few teams that doesn’t have to win right now and really is thinking about 2022. Put Simmons with whatever defensive star they get at the 4, along with a quarterback that gets a few years to develop, and helloooo Vegas.
28. Los Angeles Chargers
The Pick Will Be: OT/OG Cody Ford, Oklahoma
It seems like this gets said in every draft, but it remains true – whatever it takes to keep Phil Rivers upright. The Charger line could use a few pieces, and the versatile Ford should be an instant fit for some spot.
29. Seattle Seahawks (from Kansas City)
The Pick Will Be: WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma
The Chiefs would’ve gone with Hollywood Brown here, but the Seahawks need to boost up the D line now after trading away Frank Clark. Stick with the same guy, same slot, unless Seattle packages its two first round picks to move up to take a pass rusher. The offense really, really needs a playmaking receiver, too.
30. Green Bay Packers (from New Orleans Saints)
The Pick Will Be: TE Noah Fant, Iowa
Take the best offensive lineman on the board at the 12 to protect Aaron Rodgers, and wait for either Alabama’s Irv Smith or for Fant to fall here. One or both will absolutely be on the board for the taking.
31. Los Angeles Rams
The Pick Will Be: C Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
The Rams need a center, and McCoy or NC State’s Garrett Bradbury will be here to make the rich even richer.
32. New England Patriots
The Pick Will Be: OG Chris Lindstrom, Boston College
The fan base will dream he impossible and hope to get a tight end who might be able to replace Rob Gronkowski, but with two picks in the second round, there are a few chances to play around the pass catching options. No, Bill Belichick isn’t going to keep this pick – assume he trades down into the early second – but if he stays, flip a coin between Lindstrom or Kansas State’s Dalton Risner for the interior of the line.