The 3 Point Conversion NFL Mock Draft 2.0 – Picks (17-32)

With NFL Pro-days underway and the final scouting reports hitting GM’s desks, players stocks are being solidified. There have been some fast risers since the end of the college season, and the boards are being shuffled as we speak. Join our draft analysts Derek Worley and Courtlandt Griffin as they mint their second iteration of their Mock Draft.

 

Round 1, Pick 17. Las Vegas Raiders

Courtlandt Griffin: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock dipped into the Bama Track Factory to get speedster Henry Ruggs last year, and this year they will get his running mate in Waddle. Waddle is the best run after catch receiver in the draft, and his elusiveness will add an extra wrinkle to the Raiders’ offense.

Previous Pick – Kwity Paye, Edge, Michigan

 

Derek Worley: Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

The Raiders have to go defense here as they gave up the third most points in the league last year. The addition of Yannick Ngakoue will create a legit pass rush which helps the secondary in a sense. Collins can do it all from the linebacker spot, and adding him will give the Raiders a strong front seven.

Previous Pick – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

 

Round 1, Pick 18. Miami Dolphins

Courtlandt Griffin: Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami

Trading Shaq Lawson was a necessary move for the Dolphins, but his replacement is right in the backyard. Phillips is as good if not better than his Miami teammate Gregory Rousseau. His burst off the line and tenacity playing the run will be a welcome sight for Brian Flores’ defense.

Previous Pick – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

 

Derek Worley: Jayson Oweh, Edge, Penn State

Oweh is on a monumental climb after a solid showing at his pro-day. His skill set fits perfectly into what the Dolphins are trying to get out of their 3-4 outside linebackers. It’s hard to ignore a guy who can run a sub-4.4 in the 40, who plays right into the scheme.

Previous Pick – Trevon Moehrig, Safety, TCU

 

Round 1, Pick 19. Washington Football Team

Courtlandt Griffin: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

Although the Washington Football Team retained Taylor Heinicke and picked up Ryan Fitzpatrick in free agency, they still need to secure the future of the franchise. Kyle Trask will be able to learn under Fitzpatrick while preparing to take the mantle in 2022. Trask has the arm and all the tools to be a pro, but a season to learn doesn’t hurt.

Previous Pick – Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

 

Derek Worley: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

With the addition of Ryan Fitzpatrick at quarterback, Washington can add more playmakers to make a more diverse offense. Curtis Samuel and Terry McLaurin are well established on the edge, but getting a guy like Smith would make this offense scary fast. Smith has DeSean Jackson home run hitter vibes.

Previous Pick – Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

 

Round 1, Pick 20. Chicago Bears

Courtlandt Griffin: Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern

The Bears are in need of a solid offensive lineman to help bolster this offensive attack. Slater is a day one starter at either guard position and can kick outside to the tackle spot if needed. Nagy will love Slater’s athleticism as well, seeing as he is one of the best movers in the draft.

Previous Pick – Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State

 

Derek Worley: Christian Darrisaw, OL, Virginia Tech

After the Bears signed Andy Dalton, it looks clear that they may have settled on the quarterback bonanza for the time being. Their defense is still solid and they may trade up to grab a quarterback. If they don’t, then the pick here should be to protect the quarterback of the future, and Darrisaw is more than capable.

Previous Pick – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

 

Round 1, Pick 21. Indianapolis Colts

Courtlandt Griffin: Jayson Oweh, Edge, Penn State

After acquiring jaded veteran Carson Wentz from Philadelphia, the Colts are in need of a pass rusher. Enter Jayson Oweh, who just ran a 4.36 at his pro-day and set the world ablaze. Many view Oweh as a project, but with that kind of athleticism and size he will be a great addition to an already potent defense.

Previous Pick – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

 

Derek Worley: Jeremiah Owusu-Karamoah, LB, Notre Dame

Another team that really has no glaring weakness. Carson Wentz should come in and have some success, knowing that his most successful run in the NFL was under the Colts’ head coach, and previous Eagles’ offensive coordinator Frank Reich. With Owusu-Karamoah in the fold, the Colts linebacker crew will be elite.

Previous Pick – Daviyon Nixon, IDL, Iowa

 

Round 1, Pick 22. Tennessee Titans

Courtlandt Griffin: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

Tennessee is retooling their defense to fit Shane Bowen’s scheme. After releasing Adoree Jackson and Malcom Butler, the Titans need a long press corner to matchup with the opposing teams best deep threat. Horn brings just that with his length, tenacity and exceptional ball skills.

Previous Pick – Joe Tryon, Edge, Washington

 

Derek Worley: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

Campbell plays very fast and physical, and may have the highest ceiling of any corner in the class. Originally a five-star corner out of high school, he was supposed to be a definite All- American. Campbell didn’t even make it onto the conference All-American team, but his upside is undeniable and in the right system, he’ll be elite.

Previous Pick – Joseph Ossai, Edge, Texas

 

Round 1, Pick 23. New York Jets (via, SEA)

Courtlandt Griffin: Alex Leatherwood, Tackle, Alabama

Picking a QB is great, but not protecting him will have him seeing ghosts. Leatherwood will slot in opposite former first rounder Mekhi Becton to protect the Jets’ new asset. Leatherwood is a mountain of a man who can move the pile in the run game as well, which makes him very valuable to this Jets club.

Previous Pick – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

 

Derek Worley: Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

There are plenty of offensive lineman still on the board at this point, so the Jets should give Wilson a weapon. Waddle needs to get the ball early and often because of his ability to make players miss in space. This quick slant and screen game he excels in. It requires no pass protection so no harm, no foul.

Previous Pick – Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama

 

Round 1, Pick 24. Pittsburgh Steelers

Courtlandt Griffin: Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF

All of the top quarterbacks will be gone here, so Mike Tomlin will need to look to the defense. With aging corners and the release of Steven Nelson, they will need to reload. Robinson comes in and can be an immediate starter. He compares to Nelson in size and skill but is younger which is a plus.

Previous Pick – Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State

 

Derek Worley: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

Even though Joe Haden has been effective, he isn’t getting any younger. The Steelers need to get a lockdown corner like Horn to play physical with rest of the AFC North. At one point, Haden was a top man-to-man corner in the NFL. If he can show Horn the ropes, watch out.

Previous Pick – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

 

Round 1, Pick 25. Jacksonville Jaguars (via, LAR)

Courtlandt Griffin: Daviyon Nixon, IDL, Iowa

Urban Meyer made moves to improve the secondary in free agency. Next on the checklist is the defensive line and Nixon will check that box. His versatility to play the run from either the 0-technique or 3-technique is something the Jaguars will covet in a defense that has struggled to stop the run the last couple of seasons.

Previous Pick – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

 

Derek Worley: Wyatt Davis, OL, Ohio State

Urban Meyer is heading into the unknown, and what better way to make that trek than with one of his former players. Davis will help pave the way in the running game, and is also a rock solid pass protector in the interior of the line. He will provide passing lanes for Lawrence and running lanes for the Jaguar running backs.

Previous Pick – Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

 

Round 1, Pick 26. Cleveland Browns

Courtlandt Griffin: Carlos Basham, DL, Wake Forest

After the loss of Larry Ogunjobi, the Browns need to fill his spot with someone who can do what he did plus more. Basham is as versatile as they come, being able to play inside or outside and get after the quarterback from either spot. Pairing him with incumbent All-Pro Myles Garrett is a must.

Previous Pick – Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami

 

Derek Worley: Carlos Basham, DL, Wake Forest

General Manager Andrew Berry has done a stellar job through free agency to improve a struggling secondary. The Browns are transitioning to a 4-2-5 and have all the linebackers they will need. Basham is a versatile beast who is as efficient in rushing the passer as he is in stopping the run. This versatility will help him get on the field in various situations and make an impact.

Previous Pick – Carlos Basham, DL, Wake Forest

 

Round 1, Pick 27. Baltimore Ravens

Courtlandt Griffin: Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU

Simply put, the Ravens need to diversify their offensive attack. The best way to do so is to get Lamar Jackson a target to throw to outside of Hollywood Brown. Terrace Marshall is a great compliment: fast and long, he can stretch the field as well make the difficult grabs.

Previous Pick – Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

 

Derek Worley: Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

With the departure of Mark Ingram J.r, the primary back spot belongs to J.K. Dobbins. However, untimely dropped passes from the running back position killed this team last year. With Gus Edwards remaining as the power back, Etienne would be the perfect third down back to add another explosive element to this offense.

Previous Pick – Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

 

Round 1, Pick 28. New Orleans Saints

Courtlandt Griffin: Trevon Moehrig, Safety, TCU

The Saints need to improve their secondary after losing key pieces to free agency. Trevon Moehrig will be an instant upgrade over Malcom Jenkins and a great running mate for Marcus Williams. He is a do-it-all safety with great ball skills, which is a massive need for the Saints.

Previous Pick – Andre Cisco, Safety, Syracuse

 

Derek Worley: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

The Saints’ primary need is a linebacker, due to only having 12 career tackles amongst starters not named Demario Davis. Though grabbing one this high is a real reach, and that is why they’re slated to take Moore. With Moore underneath, it’ll provide a stable and electric target to whoever takes snaps behind center this year. Also, he will open up Michael Thomas on the outside by forcing teams to watch him over the middle.

Previous Pick – Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

 

Round 1, Pick 29. Green Bay Packers

Courtlandt Griffin: Alijah Vera-Tucker, Tackle, USC

Aaron Rodgers had a rough time with injuries along the offensive line in 2020. With veterans Corey Lindsey and David Bakhtiari being the most consistent players on the Packers’ line, Vera-Tucker can slot in at the right tackle. His athleticism will be valuable as he can get out on long runs as well as stay with speed rushers off the age.

Previous Pick – Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama

 

Derek Worley: Alijah Vera-Tucker, Tackle USC

The departure of a great center like Corey Linsley will go far from unnoticed. The best thing the Packers can do to alleviate this is grab a tackle who can keep Rodgers protected on his front side, while David Bakhtiari handles his blindside. Vera-Tucker is quick off the snap and possesses the necessary strength and agility to be a successful tackle.

Previous Pick – Christian Darrisaw, Tackle, Virginia Tech

 

Round 1, Pick 30. Buffalo Bills

Courtlandt Griffin: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

Josh Allen played at an MVP caliber in 2020: getting him more weapons will only help his progression. The Bills missed out on a tight end in free agency but get their guy here in Pat Freiermuth. An excellent blocker as well as pass catcher, Freiermuth will be the best tight end on the Bills’ roster day one.

Previous Pick – Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama

 

Derek Worley: Trevon Moehrig, Safety, TCU

This was the toughest team to pick for because the Bills are really solid in all areas. The safety tandem of Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde are really efficient for the Bills, but both will be over 30 on opening day. Having these two experienced guys to help bring along the already talented Moehrig will only pay dividends. Also, Moehrig can easily get on the field on nickel packages on early downs, due to his great tackling and coverage abilities.

Previous Pick – Jeremiah Owusu-Karamoah, LB, Notre Dame

 

Round 1, Pick 31. Kansas City Chiefs

Courtlandt Griffin: Christian Darrisaw, Tackle, Virginia Tech

The Chiefs need to revamp the offensive line, especially after the Super Bowl performance they put on. Darrisaw can play with power as well as agility on either side of the line at the tackle position. His overall tenacity will be a welcome sight for Patrick Mahomes.

Previous Pick – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa

 

Derek Worley: Jalen Mayfield, Tackle, Michigan

This is a perfect fit for a team like the Chiefs that threw the ball nearly 40 times per game last year. Mayfield excels in pass protection, and the Chiefs need edge protection with the departure of both tackles from last year, Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz. Mayfield also has the ability to play on both sides so if the Chiefs draft another tackle, Mayfield provides versatility.

Previous Pick – Jaelan Phillips, Edge, Miami

 

Round 1, Pick 32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Courtlandt Griffin: Marvin Wilson, IDL, Florida State

The Super Bowl champions returned most of their team from last year, specifically the defense. Strengthening a strength is never a bad thing and Marvin Wilson would do just that. He provides a big body that can fit in at any interior defensive line position and get after the quarterback. Todd Bowles will have a chess piece this year, and a plug and play starter when Ndomakung Suh moves on.

Previous Pick – Marvin Wilson, IDL, Florida State

 

Derek Worley: Joseph Ossai, Edge, Texas

Ndamukong Suh and Jason Pierre-Paul will need to replaced in the future, and the Bucs have the ability to cross off one replacement in round one. Ossai is a powerful rusher who can be used off the edge in a base 3-4, or as an end when the Bucs run their nickel package. Ossai needs to work on pass coverage but until he becomes more comfortable, being a formidable pass rusher will do.

Previous Pick – Jay Tufele, IDL, USC

 

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