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5 Best Player-Team Fits In Reid’s 2021 NFL Mock Draft 3.1

  • The Draft Network
  • November 11, 2020
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With half of the season spent and already a few teams buried from playoff contention, mock draft season is in full swing for most of the league. Don’t worry, it’s not sad, it’s fine.

Here at The Draft Network, you can read a new mock draft every Monday and see my review of each mock afterward, with second and third round updates coming later in the week. If you want to do your own mock draft for your favorite team, open our Mock Draft Machine and take control of the reins yourself!

I sat down with Jordan Reid’s Mock Draft 3.1 and highlighted the five best fits from the second round that he released earlier this week.

New York Jets: Oklahoma iOL Creed Humphrey (Pick No. 33)

The Jets seem to have finally gotten an offensive line acquisition right with their selection of Mekhi Becton in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft—the Louisville behemoth is predictably dominating at the point of attack in the league, and will only get better with time. But the rest of the Jets’ facelift on the offensive line has not been so successful, and accordingly, more early-round investments are necessary.

I love the Humphrey pick for culture reasons. Humphrey is a three-year starter and about as violent a player you’ll see at center in college football. He does have a thick enough build to play guard if the Jets want to experiment with combinations to get their best five out there, but I think he should stay at the pivot, where he’ll be helpful to Trevor Lawrence as the Clemson quarterback adjusts to setting protections in the NFL.

San Francisco 49ers: Ohio State iOL Josh Myers (Pick No. 47)

Often the forgotten younger brother of presumed first-rounder Wyatt Davis, Buckeyes center Josh Myers is a quality player in his own right. Violent like Davis and still with a quality power profile, Myers has some of the most developed run-blocking technique you’ll see out of a college player. In concert with Davis, and last year, with Jonah Jackson, Myers was frequently executing combination blocks with devastating displacement in both the zone and power running games.

This is a big deal for San Francisco, who asks a ton of movement, timing, and cooperation from their offensive line as they move as one unit to execute the variety of running designs that Shanahan deploys. Myers is big enough to play guard but should likely stay at center to minimize some of the concerns about his pass protection staunchness. 

Indianapolis Colts: Stanford CB Paulson Adebo (Pick No. 50)

Adebo is being all too easily forgotten in the cornerback class in the absence of the Pac-12, and of course, his decision to opt out of the 2020 season. Adebo seemed likely to play this season given that his best year of football was 2018, not 2019, and putting another consistent year of film on tape would have assuaged some of the concerns his 2019 season created.

However, Adebo is officially in the draft, which means he’ll stand on film that showed him struggling at times in true man coverage against NFL-caliber receivers (see Davis, Gabriel) but keep his zone coverage instincts and closing speed high. Adebo’s 2018 ball production was largely due to his zone instincts, which will be maximized in Matt Eberflus’ Cover 2 defenses. If he’ll be productive in Year 1, he needs a landing spot like this one.

Los Angeles Rams: Oregon State EDGE Hamilcar Rashed Jr. (Pick No. 54)

Speaking of Pac-12 players you should know about, Hamilcar Rashed Jr. is yet another top-50 player that folks may not appreciate for his success given that his average kickoff is 9:00 p.m. ET. Rashed had 14 sacks last season, which led the Pac-12 in 2019, and he has shown steady improvement into this, his senior season. Now, he’s a pro-ready outside track rusher who has a full toolkit in his rush series and can finish quality plays with sacks.

That’s what the Rams need on the outside. They’ve been rotating veterans for the past few years: this year, Leonard Floyd leads EDGEs with four sacks; last year, it was Dante Fowler with 11.5; before that, he only had 2.0 (in eight games with Los Angeles) in 2018. Aaron Donald has and will continue to be their primary sack-getter, but Rashed can give them a yearly, consistent, multi-down starter as an outside rusher that buoys their entire defensive line while demanding some attention beyond Donald. 

Green Bay Packers: Purdue WR Rondale Moore (Pick No. 58)

I talked a little bit about the interesting factors going into Moore’s draft stock on my last publish looking at Jordan’s first round. Suffice to say that most people who are into the Packers taking Rondale Moore expect them to do it in Round 1, not in Round 2.

And perhaps it’s a little unfair to take any wide receiver and say they’re a perfect fit for the Packers—the Packers have such a dire need at wide receiver that almost any prospect, regardless of their individual skill set, would be a fit for the Packers. But Moore makes sense when you consider the Packers’ recent obsession with pre-snap motion. The Tyler Ervin role of jet motion, quick touches, screen passes, and other constraint plays is critical to the bare-bones structure of the offense, and while Ervin is a fun player in his own right, Moore brings far more athleticism and YAC talent to that position, while also adding to the downfield passing offense at face value. He makes the easy plays all the more dangerous, which is a great safety blanket to have.

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