Picks 22 through 32
23.) Los Angeles Chargers – Devin Lloyd – Original draft spot: Not drafted yet
At this spot, the Chargers traded up to select linebacker Kenneth Murray. If they loved what Kenneth brought to the table then they would have been in awe at what Devin is capable of. PFF graded his 2021 season at 90.2. He is your do-it-all linebacker from covering tight ends to shooting gaps to meeting a running back in a hole for no gain. Plus he ran a 40-yard dash in 4.66 seconds.
24.) New Orleans Saints – Mac Jones – Original draft spot: 2021 Draft 13th pick
2020 season was Drew Brees’ final season and what better time to replace a veteran than by drafting his replacement one year prior to his departure? Then the franchise’s future can learn from the HOF legacy. Mac Jones had an insane final collegiate season. He threw for 4,494 yards, 41 TDs, and only 4 Ints. Putting a QB like him with a head coach like Sean Payton may have been enough to keep Payton from retiring.
25.) San Francisco 49ers – Devonte Wyatt – Original draft spot: Not drafted yet
The Niners obtained two draft picks in this draft because they traded away their star DeForest Buckner. Losing a talent like his is not easily replaceable. The 49ers took Javon Kinlaw who had a very impressive collegiate career. But Devonte Wyatt, defensive tackle out of Georgia was available. The Georgia Bulldogs had a front seven that absolutely owned the competition. The team rode their coattails all the way to the national championship.
26.) Green Bay Packers – Justin Fields – Original draft spot: 2021 11th pick
Green Bay shocked everyone when they moved up in the draft and used the pick to select a quarterback. This, even though the team appeared to have Aaron Rodgers tied to the team for years to come. Whatever they saw in Jordan Love, they would see more in Justin Fields. Fields has played the game of college football at its highest level, against its top competitors and he still thrived. The only part that sucks about the Packers drafting Justin is that we’d never get to see him play.
27.) Seattle Seahawks – Isaiah Simmons – Original draft spot: 2020 8th Pick
The Seahawks were originally looking to trade back from this slot. The Seahawks had a trade in place with the Packers when it was pulled from them after they detailed they found a better one with the Miami Dolphins. Seahawks general manager John Schneider stated, “he took the best available player on their board.”
Well, I have no doubt if Isaiah Simmons was on the Seahawks board they would absolutely have taken him over Jordyn Brooks. Simmons possessed rare speed and power for someone 6’3″ and 230 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash at a blazing 4.3 seconds. Drafting Simmons would give the eahawks not only a weakside linebacker but also an edge rusher.
28.) Baltimore Ravens – Zaven Collins – Original draft spot: 2021 16th Pick
Zaven stands at 6’5″ 260lbs. He’s significantly larger than your average linebacker, and he’s not limited in his physical movements. Zaven only allowed one TD on 14 targets in his final year in college. Yet he managed 4 INTs and 2 forced incompletions. During his time at Tulsa, he’s been a model of consistency.
29.) Tennessee Titans – Charles Cross – Original draft spot: Not drafted yet
This should go without saying. Isaiah Wilson was the Titans’ first pick but projections show he wasn’t supposed to be drafted until the 3rd round. Charles Cross has been better than Isaiah Wilson in every way possible.
30.) Miami Dolphins – AJ Terrell – Original draft spot: 2020 16th pick
Terrell would give the Dolphins an excellent option opposite Xavien Howard. Throughout his entire final season at Clemson AJ allowed just 23 catches on 426 coverage snaps. That is absolutely impressive.
31.) Minnesota Vikings – Andrew Booth Jr – Original draft spot: Not drafted yet
Andrew Booth Jr (ABJ) has CB1 written all over him and his tape. He shows elite athleticism and shows excellent technique and confidence when he’s out on an island with a WR1. He’s ballsy enough to stare down a QB while mirroring the receiver’s route.
32.) Kansas City Chiefs – Najee Harris – Original Draft spot: 2021 24th pick
The one thing we all know about Andy Reid is through his tenure is that he absolutely loves his running backs. Najee Harris shows he’s the better-graded 1st round running back. At 6’2 and 230 pounds, he can move a pile if he needs to. He also is an excellent weapon to use out of the backfield.