NFL mock draft 2021: Todd McShay’s predictions for all 64 picks of Rounds 1 and 2, plus where seven QBs land(5)


41. Detroit Lions

Nick Bolton, ILB, Missouri

Bolton could be the heir to the middle linebacker spot for Jamie Collins Sr. He shows range in coverage, strong tackling and an excellent ability to read the quarterback. He had 95 tackles for Mizzou last season, along with five passes broken up and a pair of sacks.


42. New York Giants

Carlos Basham Jr., DE, Wake Forest

Maybe the Giants go offensive line here — Texas’ Samuel Cosmi or Wisconsin-Whitewater’s Quinn Meinerz could fit — but their biggest need is on the edge. Basham is powerful and disruptive.


43. San Francisco 49ers

Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky

San Francisco got its QB, and now it gets its cornerback. I love Joseph’s instinctive play and the way he can start and stop on a dime. He could slide into Richard Sherman’s vacant spot.


Bama draft dominance continues

Alabama has eight picks in the first two rounds here, which would match the school’s 2020 total for Rounds 1 and 2. The most first- and second-round picks from one school over two years was Alabama in 2016-17 (13). The Tide would beat their own record with 16.

44. Dallas Cowboys

Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

Not only does Barmore fill a hole in the Dallas defense, he also comes at a great value. He is my 33rd-ranked prospect, as he’s super disruptive from the interior.


45. Jacksonville Jaguars (via MIN)

Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

Four picks on offense in the first two rounds might seem excessive, but the Jags are going to build around Trevor Lawrence, and the Jacksonville offense was one of four in the NFL last season to average fewer than 20 points per game. Freiermuth is a matchup player for offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.


46. New England Patriots

Elijah Molden, CB, Washington

Molden is a nickelback who would join Stephon Gilmore and J.C. Jackson to form an elite CB trio. He is excellent in zone defense and has good hands, hauling in five interceptions over his past 17 games.


47. Los Angeles Chargers

Creed Humphrey, C/G, Oklahoma

The Chargers just signed Corey Linsley, so I’d take Humphrey — who is versatile, strong and a good zone blocker — and move him from center to guard. Suddenly, with the free-agency signings, Penei Sewell and Humphrey, this unit has a lot of upside.


48. Las Vegas Raiders

Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

The Raiders tore down their line this offseason, meaning it will be a focus at the draft. Cosmi is massive and agile for his 6-foot-7 size, but his technique could use some work. And it’s worth pointing out that he could pop inside to guard.


49. Arizona Cardinals

Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Arizona has DeAndre Hopkins for a while, but A.J. Green and Christian Kirk will play 2021 on expiring contracts. Moore is an explosive slot receiver who makes guys miss with his speed, and he showed what he can do with a full season in 2018, when he went for 1,258 receiving yards and 14 total touchdowns.


50. Miami Dolphins

Jabril Cox, ILB, LSU

After fixating on offense in Round 1, the Dolphins now continue to concentrate on defense. They took an edge rusher at the beginning of Day 2, so linebacker seems like a good fit here. Cox excels in coverage — he has nine career interceptions — and could be a replacement for Kyle Van Noy.