NFL mock draft 2021: Todd McShay’s predictions for all 64 picks of Rounds 1 and 2, plus where seven QBs land(4)


31. Kansas City Chiefs

Azeez Ojulari, OLB, Georgia

It’s difficult not to force an offensive tackle in here, and maybe the Chiefs reach a little for Notre Dame’s Liam Eichenberg or Michigan’s Jalen Mayfield. But the class is deep enough that they could find a solid tackle in Round 2, and the signings of Joe Thuney and Kyle Long — along with the return of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif — at least help shore up the interior. Edge rushing is a big concern too. Ojulari is a real specialist there, and a quartet of Chris Jones, Frank Clark, Jarran Reed and Ojulari could be problematic for opposing QBs.


32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Zaven Collins, OLB, Tulsa

It’s best available player for a team that is returning all of its starters from a Super Bowl-winning roster. Collins is a 3-4 OLB who could replace Jason Pierre-Paul if the Bucs don’t bring him back in 2022. He sneaks in to close Round 1, marking Tulsa’s only first-round pick in the common draft era (since 1967).

33. Jacksonville Jaguars

Tutu Atwell, WR, Louisville

The Jags kick off Round 2 still on board the “Get Trevor Lawrence help” train. Atwell is an undersized yet lightning-quick receiver who can work out of the slot.


34. New York Jets

Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame

The Jets also stick to building the offense around Zach Wilson. Eichenberg excels in pass protection and can play inside or outside. The Jets hit on Mekhi Becton in the first round last year and will try to do it again here in the second. And remember, they also have two third-rounders.


35. Atlanta Falcons

Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

Williams has burst through the hole and has excellent contact balance, making him a nice complement to the newly signed Mike Davis. He’s a complete running back, and Atlanta ranked No. 31 in the NFL last season with 3.7 yards per carry.


36. Miami Dolphins (via HOU)

Ronnie Perkins, DE, Oklahoma

After two offensive picks on Day 1, Miami pivots to the other side of the ball here and gets an edge rusher who closes quickly on the quarterback. Perkins had 5.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss in just six games last season.


37. Philadelphia Eagles

Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota

OK, exhale, Philadelphia. The Eagles got a receiver — and a good one — in the second round after missing out on a top guy in Round 1. Bateman has a little JuJu Smith-Schuster to his game — he is versatile with good hands and underrated speed, and he isn’t afraid to work the middle of the field.


38. Cincinnati Bengals

Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

After opting for Ja’Marr Chase in Round 1, the Bengals can now grab the top available tackle in a deeper class. Mayfield is a powerful drive blocker who could end up as the starter opposite Jonah Williams.


39. Carolina Panthers

Joe Tryon, DE, Washington

Carolina signed Haason Reddick in free agency, and 2019 first-rounder Brian Burns is an impact player. But the Panthers still want edge depth, and Tryon has solid pass-rush moves and is scheme-versatile.


40. Denver Broncos

Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

In 2020, the Broncos’ opponents had an 86.3 QBR when targeting receivers, and Samuel is an instinctive corner with great change-of-direction skills. They brought in Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller this offseason, but Fuller is on a one-year deal, and Samuel can slide into a nickel role if needed.