With just days until the conference championship games, we face the cold reality that the NFL season is soon coming to an end. While I will be bummed about not having live football on my TV every weekend for the foreseeable future, that extra free time will allow for more film consumption as we prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.
As we begin to fully shift our coverage to the draft and the many storylines that it entails, be sure to check out all of the work I and my colleagues have in store. Here at The Draft Network, we put out a new mock draft every week, and this week Benjamin Solak was on the clock. I already reviewed his first-round mock, but now that he has added his second and third rounds, I wanted to sit down and review my five best player-team fits from Solak's 2021 NFL Mock Draft 1.2.
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New York Jets: Alabama RB Najee Harris (Pick No. 34)
The Jets haven’t had a 1,000-yard rusher since 2015 when Chris Ivory ran for 1,070 yards. The running back position has been one the Jets haven’t been able to get right in nearly a decade. They have usually signed veteran running backs way past their primes to get by (i.e. Frank Gore, Matt Forte, and LaDainian Tomlinson) and it is clear that they need to invest top draft capital in order to secure their running back of the future.
Najee Harris is one of the top two best running backs in this class and would be an absolute home run of a pick here in the top of the second round. Harris has outstanding size for the position, but it's his vision, patience, and balance that make him such a good prospect. With newly hired offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur likely to adopt the Shanahan-style offense which utilizes heavy inside and outside zone, adding a running back like Harris that has the vision and burst to hit gaps just makes too much sense.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Miami TE Brevin Jordan (Pick No. 46)
The biggest slam dunk of this entire upcoming draft is the Jaguars selecting Clemson’s quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick. Lawrence is set to be coached by Urban Meyer who, after one of the greatest college coaching careers we have ever seen, will try his hand at the professional ranks. It’ll be the job of Meyer to make sure his rookie quarterback is set up for success, and the best way to do that is to surround him with talented players.
Miami’s Brevin Jordan gets lost a bit in this talented tight end class. Sure, he isn’t Kyle Pitts, but who is? Jordan is an outstanding receiving option and has nice speed to go along with his excellent hands and body control. He is a willing blocker, but due to his lack of strength, will give up ground against stronger defenders—but the effort is there to wall off guys at the point. Jordan will give Lawrence a great option down the seam and over the middle of the field.
Another reason I like this fit is that the Jaguars just hired Darrell Bevell to be their offensive coordinator. Bevell, who coordinated the offense for the Detroit Lions last two seasons, made use of his tight ends and saw T.J. Hockensen have a breakout season in 2020.
Baltimore Ravens: Oklahoma iOL Creed Humphrey (Pick No. 59)
The Ravens should thank their lucky stars if Creed Humphrey is available this late in the second round. This is a situation where team need meets best player available. The Ravens' interior offensive line got exposed this season and is a huge reason for the drop off we saw offensively from 2019 to 2020. The Ravens tried two options at center this year and neither of them worked out.
Enter Humphrey, who is widely considered to be one of, if not the best center prospect in the class. What he lacks in athleticism, he makes up for with smarts, angles, toughness, and strength. He wins in short areas and looks to maul people in the running game. He would fit in well in Baltimore's run-centric offense.
Philadelphia Eagles: LSU LB Jabril Cox (Pick No. 70)
Philadelphia needs to prioritize linebackers who can cover and play in space this offseason. The likes of Nate Gerry, Duke Riley, and T.J. Edwards just simply aren't going to cut it. Jabril Cox transferred to LSU after a stellar career with North Dakota State. Cox had a good season playing against NFL-caliber players in the SEC and proved that he is a top linebacker prospect. Cox is a fluid athlete who excels when playing in space and in pass coverage. He has excellent range in sideline-to-sideline pursuit and can even rush the passer. Cox is a versatile player who can be used as a WILL in a 4-3 scheme or could even be used as a match-up piece in a hybrid defense.
Newly hired head coach Nick Sirianni has work to do as it pertains to filling out his staff. We don’t know if Sirianni is going to switch up schemes or who he is going to bring in as his defensive coordinator. Having versatile players who can play in most schemes will be something that should appeal to Sirianni.
Baltimore Ravens: Auburn WR Seth Williams (Pick No. 95)
This is another awesome fit for the Ravens. Baltimore must prioritize adding better receivers to this receiving corps. While everyone is quick to knock Lamar Jackson and his ability as a passer, it is hard to judge him when his No. 1 receiver is a 5-foot-9, 170-pound receiver in Hollywood Brown. The Ravens need a receiver who not only has size, but has the ball skills, strength, and catch radius to win in contested situations or when the ball is not thrown 100% perfectly. Auburn’s Seth Williams fits the bill perfectly.
At 6-foot-2 with long arms and outstanding hands, Williams could be that X receiver who can make plays on the football that Baltimore needs. Williams may not be the best separator, but his ability to high point the football and put his body in position to win 50/50 situations is special. He would be a double-digit touchdown candidate as a rookie if he landed in Baltimore.