In part two of our curious look at the 2021 NFL Draft, we look at picks 13-22.
13. Los Angeles Chargers: Offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw
Darrisaw turned in the second-highest-graded season from a Power 5 tackle in 2020, according to Pro Football Focus. With the need to build a wall in front of Justin Herbert, Darrisaw can come in immediately at left tackle.
14. Minnesota Vikings: Defensive end Kwity Paye
The offensive line could also be the pick here, but the Vikings pass rush was largely nonexistent last season, and Paye had the best pass rush win rate (26 percent) in the Big Ten last season.
15. New England Patriots: Linebacker Micah Parsons
Parsons has the talent to go in the top-10, but the run on quarterbacks could cause a potential slide. That would highly favor the Patriots, where head coach Bill Belichick could move Parsons all around his front seven.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Cornerback Jaycee Horn
Even after signing Malcolm Butler, the Cardinals could still use more depth in their defensive backfield. Horn allowed only eight catches on 239 snaps in coverage last season. A receiver could also be in play here.
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
Owusu-Koramoah has been a popular mock pick for the Raiders leading up to the draft. That’s because his skill set fits their needs. He can go sideline to sideline and is excellent in coverage.
18. Miami Dolphins: Offensive tackle/guard Alijah Vera-Tucker
Miami head coach Brian Flores comes from the Patriot coaching tree, and those coaches usually love versatile players. Vera-Tucker showed he can play guard or tackle at a high level, giving Miami options in how they want to use him.
19. Washington Football Team: Safety Trevon Moehrig
Washington has the makings of a great defensive line but still needs more pieces in their back seven. Moehrig is the best safety in this class and gives them someone to secure the deep part of the field.
20. Chicago Bears: Offensive tackle Teven Jenkins
The Bears can’t afford to sabotage whoever is at quarterback once again with poor line play. Jenkins could step in quickly on the right side and help provide some stability.
21. Indianapolis Colts: Defensive end Jaelan Phillips
With the draft’s best tackles off the board, the Colts shift to defense and bring in Phillips, who can help fill their need for pressure off the edge.
22. Tennessee Titans: Wide receiver Rashod Bateman
The Titans have a ton of receiving production to replace after the departures of Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith. Bateman’s game has been compared to Justin Jefferson, making him an enticing potential running mate for A.J. Brown.
Be sure to check back soon as we next go through the final 10 picks of the first round.
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