Picks 4 through 12
4.) New York Giants – Penei Sewell – Original draft spot: 2021 7th pick
This selection may confuse many of you but in the original draft, the great Dave Gettleman chose to take Andrew Thomas, offensive tackle out of Georgia. They chose to stick with Daniel Jones despite Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Herbert being available. So odds are they would definitely look at taking the much more dominant and highly scouted Penei Sewell to guard Daniel Jones’ blind side.
5.) Miami Dolphins – Tua Tagovailoa – Original draft spot: 2020 6th pick
The hashtag #TankForTua went viral as NFL teams were having losing seasons. Tua rose to fame when in 2017 as a true freshman he replaced Jalen Hurts in the second half of the national championship game against Georgia due to Jalen’s inconsistent and ineffective level of play. Tua rallied the team for a come-from-behind win in overtime as he hit Devonta Smith on a 41-yard touchdown to seal the game and win a national title for his team.
6.) Los Angeles Chargers – Zach Wilson – Original draft spot: 2021 2nd pick
This one will be a head-scratcher for any of you who don’t follow collegiate football. Zach Wilson absolutely lit the college football world on fire during his final year at BYU. He has arm talent that appeared to rival Pat Mahomes. He was making NFL throws weekly and made them look rather routine. His final year at BYU is astronomically better than Justin Herbert’s down year at Oregon.
7.) Carolina Panthers – Justin Herbert – Original draft spot: 2020 7th pick
Justin started off his college career hot, but he slowly fizzled out. At one point in his career, he was talked about as a potential number 1 pick. Originally the Panthers selected Derrick Brown with this spot. This was the first year of new head coach Matt Rhule. He released Cam Newton and signed Teddy “Two Gloves” Bridgewater.
Teddy has carved out a nice reputation as being a “stop-gap” player. Teams sign him because he’ll help them win but it’s pretty clear he’s not going to lead you to the Super Bowl. So, for this reason, I believe if a talent like Herbert is available there’s no way Rhule passes on that for a run-stuffing DT who lacked true pass-rushing skills.
8.) Arizona Cardinals – Micah Parsons – Original draft spot:2021 12th pick
The Cards originally went defense with this pick. They selected Isaiah Simmons after he lit up the combine with a 4.3 40-yard dash. What they really needed was an edge rusher; the best edge rusher available at the time was K’Lavon Chaisson. Micah Parsons is an absolute freak of an athlete and he ran a 4.3 40-yard dash as well. He grades out as an excellent edge rusher or off-ball linebacker. There’s no way Kyle Kingsbury is passing up Parsons.
9.) Jacksonville Jaguars – Sauce Gardner – Original draft spot: Not drafted yet
You may be wondering why in the world are the Jags not taking a quarterback here there are about five or six left on the board. Well, the 2019 season saw the birth of “Minshew Mania”. The Jags went into the 2020 season believing that Gardner Minshew was their guy. Sauce Gardner comps out much better than any other corner prospect in the last 3 years. Considering he hasn’t allowed a single touchdown in his whole career that alone is worth bragging rights.
10.) Cleveland Browns – Evan Neal – Original draft spot: Not drafted yet
Originally the Browns selected Jedrick Wills who played his final year at Alabama as a right tackle. The Browns drafted him to play left tackle. Evan Neal is a left tackle and he grades better, so it’s a relatively easy decision.
11.) New York Jets – Mehki Becton – Original draft spot: 2020 11th pick
Not much needs to be said here. At the time the Jets saw Sam Darnold as their future and their goal was to protect him. Mehki grades out higher than every other tackle on this list.
12.) Las Vegas Raiders – Jamarr Chase – Original draft spot: 2021 5th pick
Mike Mayock & Jon Gruden were both highly scrutinized for their selection of Henry Ruggs. The world was under the expectation they were going to select CeeDee Lamb. No doubt, they were blinded by Ruggs’ speed. JaMarr Chase ran a 4.38 40-yard dash and grades out as the number 1 wide receiver across these three drafts, according to his collegiate accomplishments.