2021 NFL DRAFT Team Mocks NFC South

By | April 16, 2021

The Champion BUCS reside here.  And they intend to repeat that title as you might have noticed with their re-signing splurge. But nevertheless, the remainder of the division is determined to put up a fight. And those teams all have major holes to fill in quality personnel. With SAM DARNOLD now in Carolina, don’t look for the Panthers to draft a QB, at least not early. The SAINTS need to replace DREW BREES, but might settle for a year with WINSTON & HILL. We’ll know for sure when they Pick in Round 1, but it seems as though the FALCONS will try to rebuild around MATT RYAN and play-out his big contract for a few more years. No trades in my Mocks, but who knows in reality.

FALCONS

Round 1, Pick 4    KYLE PITTS   TE/WR    Florida

Round 2, Pick 35     JAMIN DAVIS   LB    Kentucky

Round 3, Pick 68     MICHAEL CARTER    RB   UNC

Round 4, Pick 108     CADEN STERNS    S    Texas

Round 5, Pick 148    ROBERT HAINSEY   IOL     Notre Dame

Round 5, Pick. 182    KEITH TAYLOR    CB    Washington

Round 5, Pick 183     RICHARD LeCOUNTE    S    Georgia

Round 6, Pick 187   DAZZ NEWSOME   WR/RS    UNC

Round 7, Pick 219     IAN BOOK    QB   Notre Dame

PITTS is the most dynamic receiving weapon in this Draft. He can line up anywhere for MATTY ICE. JAMIN DAVIS came on like gangbusters as an NFL prospect last season. Expect these two guys to both win starting jobs as soon as Training Camp opens. CARTER is a do it all RB, with speed, quickness, contact balance, and great hands as a receiver. He may be only 5’8, but he packs a wallop at 202 lbs. He and VFA MIKE DAVIS should share the RB spot. STERNS, LeCOUNTE and DAVIS. should add depth and quality to their secondary, which lost KEANU NEAL in VFA. HAINSEY can back up all 3 IOL spots, as well as OT in a pinch, but I project him as a starter at LG for them. IAN BOOK is a winning QB with a high FBI. His intangibles outweigh his skill-set. Now, if they pay more attention to URFA than DIMITROFF did, they can easily add another 12-15 competitive Rookies to their Fall roster.

PANTHERS

Round 1, Pick 8  DeVONTA SMITH   WR/RS     Alabama

Round 2, Pick 39   DILLON RADUNZ    OT     N. Dakota State

Round 3, Pick 73    JAMES HUDSON   OL     Cincinnati

Round 4, Pick 113    JERMAR JEFFERSON   RB    Oregon State

Round 5, Pick 151    BOBBY BROWN    DT     Texas A&M

Round 6,  Pick 193    NOAH GRAY   TE   Duke

Round 6, Pick 222     JALEN CAMP   WR    Georgia Tech

Don’t forget their Draft starts with QB DARNOLD, and for this year, only cost them a 6th Round Pick. For quite a while, I thought HC RUHLE was going to reverse his drafting trend from last year and take all Offensive Position players this year. However, he broke it up with BROWN, a talented DT in Round 5, Pick 151. I think their high value Pick could turn out to be RB JEFFERSON from the Pac-12. Coming off of an injury plagued 2020 season, it might be wise to reduce McCAFFREY’s workload, and maybe JEFFERSON can convince his coaches to do so. DeVONTA SMITH, who I refer to as a ‘ghost’ after the catch, should make a good receiving corps even more dangerous and more than make up for the loss of Samuel to D.C. Their last Pick in CAMP will, of course, be raw coming out of run oriented Tech, (though that is an evolving situation), but given his athletic Pro Day numbers, he may have serious long range potential. NOAH GRAY is an underrated TE, IMO. Watch for him to get more touches as the season progresses. Rounds 2 & 3 were both smart moves to add more talent to their OL group, at a lower price, and lots less mileage than the guys they will likely replace. Call it another winning Draft for RUHLE, especially when DARNOLD progresses as their QB, under Offensive Coordinator JOE BRADY.

SAINTS

Round 1, Pick 28    TERRACE MARSHALL    WR   LSU

Round 2, Pick 60    BREVIN JORDAN    TE      Miami (F)

Round 3, Pick 98     ROBERT ROCHELL CB   Central Arkansas

Round 3, Pick  105   RONNIE PERKINS    ER/OB     Oklahoma

Round 4, Pick 133      HAMSAH  NASIRILDEEN    S/LB    Florida State

Round 6, Pick 218   JAVIAN HAWKINS    RB    Louisville

Round 7, Pick 229     BUDDY JOHNSON   IB    Texas A&M

Round 7, Pick 255    ZECH McPHEARSON     CB   Texas Tech

When they started out with MARSHALL as their first Pick, I thought that some day PEYTON is going to pick LSU guys from start to finish. But not this year. MARSHALL and JORDAN give their O a big boost in energy and athleticism. They can both catch and add on some serious YAC. HAWKINS is an explosive little runner, who will determine his own amount of touches if he can improve his ball security issues. Their secondary gets a big boost with ballhawking Corners ROCHELL & McPHEARSON. S NASIRILDEEN is incredibly athletic. I know they are thinking that he could be DERWIN JAMES with time and coaching. He should dominate on Special Teams as well. PERKINS is an accomplished Edge-Rusher right now whom they hope to mold into a legit OLB. JOHNSON is a good athlete that can play a bit in space. After a few thin Drafts, this year they got 8 bodies and most have intriguing pro potential.

 

BUCS

Round 1, Pick 32     KWITY PAYE  ER/DE     Michigan

Round 2, Pick 64     RICHIE GRANT     S     UCF

Round 3, Pick 95     AARON BANKS    OG    Notre Dame

Round 4, Pick 137     KENNY YEBOAH    TE     Ole Miss

Round 5, Pick 176    MONTY RICE    ILB   Georgia

Round 6, Pick 217    KYLEN GRANSON   H-B/TE   SMU

Round 7, Pick 251   ANTONIO PHILLIPS    CB   Ball State

Round 7, Pick 259     GRANT STUARD    LB/ST     Houston

Because they kept all 22 starters from their Super Bowl victory, the team really didn’t face any “gotta have” needs in this Draft. So they took some back-ups that fit their schemes and might replace a few defections next off-season. PAYE is an impact Edge-Rusher that will be groomed most likely as a JPP successor. GRANT is a multi-skilled athletic S that will be a starter in the near future. BANKS is a big road-grader with high pedigree from Notre Dame. YEBOAH is also a talented athlete who catches well and will block when called upon. Gotta have some depth here because when/if BRADY retires, so will GRONK (again). The team doesn’t carry a FB under “B.A.”, but GRANSON gets high grades as an H-B type. Watch for STUARD when the action starts. He’s a surprisingly good athlete for his bowling-ball body type, and breathes fire when he plays. He should star on Special Teams. Barring injuries, I could picture all of these Draft Picks making their 53-man roster.

 

I like all of these Draft efforts, but I don’t see anyone catching the BUCS in this division. Only Father Time and/or the injury bug could take them down… like any team in the NFL. Out of 32 total Picks for this Division, they got 6 of my Top 50 ranked prospects.

PIGSKIN PAUL

 

Next up the AFC South.