2021 NFL DRAFT Team Mocks AFC South

By | April 19, 2021

This is the division which contains the most woeful team in the NFL from last season. That would be the JAGUARS, which means this division will add the consensus best overall player in this Draft in TREVOR LAWRENCE/QB, once the Draft gets underway. With football sage URBAN MEYER now at the helm, this team has a solid chance to experience a reversal of fortune and this Draft will be a big part of that turnaround. The JAGS possess 10 Draft Picks and have already landed a solid VFA group. Worst to first? I doubt it. But they may escape the basement, which could be owned by the TEXANS, given that QB WATSON wants out, and is also embroiled in a massive list of civil lawsuits. Stay tuned to that soap opera folks.

TEXANS

Round 3, Pick 67   IFEATU MELIFONWU    CB     Syracuse

Round 4, Pick 109    TAMORRION TERRY    WR    Florida State

Round 5, Pick 147   BOBBY BROWN   DT    Texas A&M

Round 5, Pick 158     BEN CLEVELAND    OG    Georgia

Round 6, Pick 195      NOAH GRAY     TE    Duke

Round 6, Pick 203    JONATHAN MARSHALL   DT   Arkansas

Round 6, Pick 212     DARRICK FORREST     S    Cincinnati

Round 7, Pick 233    KENE NWANGWU    RB     Iowa State

This crew was hard to project for 2 basic reasons. New GM NICK CASERIO was a busy guy signing and dealing for over 30 roster additions during the VFA period. Which, given the sorry personnel scenario he inherited, was the right thing to do. In addition, the team also has the sorry state of having no Picks until Round 3. I found it difficult to identify what to pick next. So in the end, I did pick players I thought were of good value at the Pick. TERRY has appeal because their top 3 vet wideouts are all under 6′ tall. TERRY is a solid 6’3/207 with good athleticism. The heart of their secondary is fairly solid, but a big, athletic DB like MELIFONWU could possibly make a solid S in time. CLEVELAND is a huge, but fairly athletic guy who might make a push for a starting OG slot, sooner rather than later. The sleeper of the group could well be RB NGWANGU, who played behind a star in BREECE HALL at Iowa St, but showed flashes of some serious speed and balance in limited touches.

 

COLTS

Round 1, Pick 21   ALIJAH VERA-TUCKER    OL    Southern Cal

Round 2, Pick 54     KELVIN JOSEPH   CB    Kentucky

Round 4, Pick 127     JEROME JOHNSON   DT   Indiana

Round 5, Pick 165    TONY POLJAN     TE   Virginia

Round 6, Pick 206   DANIEL MOORE  OT  Texas A&M

Round 7, Pick 248    JOSHUAH BLEDSOE    S     Missouri

Retire PHILIP RIVERS, enter CARSON WENTZ via trade. So much for the early excitement. Now what’s up with the group above?  Their 2nd best OL CASTONZO retired. The drafting of VERA-TUCKER may or may not have filled that void. Most seem to feel that he’s best inside at OG, but he looked great at LT last season for the Trojans. My guess is that he gets an early Training Camp audition in CASTONZO’s LT slot, but if his short arms (32 1/8″)  are too challenging, then they will slide him inside and look for OT help elsewhere. KELVIN JOSEPH had an excellent season at Kentucky, after transferring from LSU.  Maturity and technique may be lacking a bit, but talent is not. JOHNSON, in Round 4, was underrated in college, but is a difference maker that dominated in the Big Ten showdown with Ohio State. POLJAN is a very large man (6’7/263) with high end potential, but underachieved in college, overall.

 

JAGUARS

Round 1, Pick 1    TREVOR LAWRENCE   QB     Clemson

Round 1, Pick 25     CHRISTIAN DARRISAW   OT    Virginia Tech

Round 2, Pick 33     JAYSON OWEH   DE    Penn State

Round 2, Pick 45     RASHOD BATEMAN   WR    Minnesota

Round 3, Pick 65    RICHIE GRANT    S     UCF

Round 4, Pick 106   PAYTON TURNER   DE    Houston

Round 4, Pick 130    TREY SERMON   RB   Ohio State

Round 5, Pick 145     KENNY YEBOAH    TE   Ole Miss

Round 5, Pick 170    MONTY RICE    LB   Georgia

Round 7, Pick 249   ZECH  McPHEARSON    CB    Texas Tech

With 4 Picks in the first 44 of the Draft, they ended up with 4 of my Top 50 players for their rebuilding roster. Of course, they began with LAWRENCE who we have been in luv with since his freshman season. KIPER refers to him as his 4th highest ranked QB in his 40+ years of ranking pro prospects, behind only ELWAY, ANDREW LUCK, PEYTON… in that order. Then they got DARRISAW to man an OT spot and protect him. BATEMAN will upgrade their receiving corps immediately, YEBOAH at TE a bit later. OWEH may be the best overall athlete in this Draft, but they will have to figure out how to best utilize his freakish size and athleticism. He’s another CLOWNEY in my eyes. SERMON will add solid depth to their RB room. The rest of their Draftees are all defenders that should be better than the guys on the vet roster that they are about to replace. And that is important when you look at the team’s defensive stats for 2010. Nice start, Mr. MEYER. Maybe this team will excite the fans enough to fill the stadium, and Owner SHAD KHAN can stop thinking about moving the team to England.

 

TITANS

Round 1, Pick 22    KADARIUS TONEY    WR/RS   Florida

Round 2, Pick 53    ALEX LEATHERWOOD   OL    Alabama

Round 3, Pick 85   AARON ROBINSON    CB     UCF

Round 3, Pick 100    DAYO ODEYINGBO    DL    Vanderbilt

Round 4, Pick 126    TRE BROWN    NB     Oklahoma

Round 5, Pick 166   TRE’ McKITTY    TE     Georgia

Round 6, Pick 205    EVAN McPHERSON    K     Florida

Round 6, Pick 215    DREW DALMAN   OC   Stanford

Round 7, Pick  232     TEDARRELL SLATON   DT    Florida

Every selection for this team was important this year. They lost quite a few significant starters to VFA this off-season. However, the biggest loss may be that of their Offensive Coordinator ARTHUR SMITH. Perhaps their biggest addition defensively, ODEYINGBO, will spend 2021 as a Redshirt year after tearing his Achilles in a Performance Camp. TONEY should be a big boost to their offense, as will LEATHERWOOD, whether he plays OT, or more likely, OG. DALMAN has NFL genes from his dad, Chris, and had a 2-year starter’s job at OC for the Cardinal, and he’s a smart player. Their TE group looks a bit feeble, and they hope the physical attributes of McKITTY can be refined as an all-around TE. After a disastrous adventure at Kicker last season, the highly touted McPHERSON will be counted on to shore things up. ROBINSON could start on one outside CB spot, while the feisty and quick TRE BROWN may grab the Nickel Back role in a rebuilding secondary. SLATON is monstrous physically, at 6’4/330, and just needs to be immovable on the Nose to contribute greatly to defensive improvement. This is the most important Draft of VRABEL’s 3-year stint as the TITANS Head Coach.

Some nice draft work here for some teams that really needed to get help from the 2021 Draft. The division got 6 of my Top 50 prospects, with 4, rightly so, going to Jacksonville. If LAWRENCE indeed improves the Jags QB spot immediately, the team from North Florida could be the most improved in the NFL. Going from 1 Win, to say 6, could be doable for URBAN upon his return to the Sunshine State. He will want more, and that’s what JAGS fans want to hear, but the Draft is a bit more limiting than recruiting high school kids to your campus.

Pigskin Paul

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