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NN Community Mock Round 2 recap: The 49ers address the interior offensive line

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Over the next couple of days, we’ll be publishing the rest of our community mock draft. Y’all were great and gave wonderful answers. Thanks for taking the time to do this. It was fun. Here is the first round if you missed it. Onto the second round we go.

33 Jaguars NYners

Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

The Jaguars already have a serviceable O-Line and a solid lead back. The next best friend for their new franchise QB is a go-to Tight End. While Pitts is a once-in-a-decade talent, Freiermuth may be the more complete TE. Known as “Baby Gronk,” Freiermuth is already an accomplished and willing blocker who also runs good routes, has a great feel for the soft spots in zones and has natural hands. He projects as a player that should have a long, solid career in the NFL.

34 Jets DeltaLima

Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State

We all know test results this year need to be taken with a grain of salt. But even if you add 0.2 seconds to Oweh’s 40-yard dash (4.39 seconds), more importantly - 3-cone drill (6.84 seconds), his results would still be elite. He’s a 6’5” pass rush specialist who moves as quickly as many NFL wide receivers or running backs. There is a need for him to grow while defending and handling misdirection, but getting to play next to Sheldon Rankins or Quinnen Williams will give him less to worry about.

Oweh has two reliable moves - inside and out - and will be an absolute nightmare for opposing lines. Opposite Carl Lawson, Oweh will help generate the kind of pressure new Head Coach Robert Saleh is used to, and that will disguise plenty of warts in the secondary. Oweh is a hard worker who’s driven to give back to his community in terms of intangibles. Check, check, check.

35 Falcons RocklinRoll

Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

Here’s the thing. On defense, we’re bad. Like, really bad. Historically bad. We’ve got holes at every position group and no money to bring in any high-end free agents.

At this point, our strategy is to bring in the best defensive players regardless of position.

I never thought we’d get so lucky as to see a player the caliber of Trevon Moehrig available at the top of round 2. To put it simply, he excels at every aspect of the safety position. Strong in coverage and against the run. He’s already the best safety on our roster, and he hasn’t even stepped foot in the facility yet.

36 Dolphins GreatOdensRaven

Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

Man, do the Dolphins need a quality RB. It’s been ages since anyone good was there (minus a half-season of Kenyan Drake). So we got ourselves a stud. Etienne should take a huge load off for Tua and be a starter on Day 1. In the olden days, Etienne would be a top 15 pick, but the devaluation of the position allows us to get him day 2. He’s quick, a great pass catcher, and is either 1a/1b to Harris (depending who you like). I see him becoming an 800-yard rusher in year one and catching 50 or so passes from the backfield. As a three-down runner, he can be spelled at times by Gaskin but asking Myles Gaskin to be your lead back was trouble.

Great get. I considered Mayfield but was worried that Etienne and Javonte Williams would be gone by 50, so I’ll get a tackle to cover my right side next pick.

37 Eagles MD49erFaithful

Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

For the Philthy Eagles, finding a first-round corner in the second round is great. Seeing its Ifeatu Melifonwu? Even better. This is a player that was great in college, and we feel could be even better in the pros with proper coaching of technique and risk management at the DB position. A player that can play a hybrid role for us on defense, allowing some hidden coverage and hopefully fulfilling his sky-high potential. If he does better on plays at the safety position, we can transition him long term to safety. Our defense needs playmakers in the back end, and he can spend the next 18-24 months learning from Darius Slay.

Welcome, Ifeatu, to the rest of your life!!!

38 Bengals Chris4949

Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

The Bengals need to improve their pass rush, as they only had a total of 17 sacks last year. They brought in Trey Hendrickson to replace Carl Lawson, who they lost in free agency. They also have Sam Hubbard, who had a down year on the other side, so their starting DE is in place. Barmore brings some pass rush to the interior, which only had 1 DT getting a sack last year. He brings good size and athletic ability, plus the Alabama defensive mentality. He may not be a full-time starter in Year 1, but his pass-rush ability will allow him to see the field and contribute, hopefully helping the edge rushers out by not allowing the QB’s to just step up in the pocket.

39 Panthers Mello Old Dude

Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

Early second round, and I see a bunch of holes on the Panthers’ roster. One of the best DTs was taken with the pick before this, and I do not see value at this point with other DTs. The top two TEs are gone, but there looks to be CBs that will fall, so I am waiting for Round 3 to address the defensive backfield.

Carolina needs help across the OL, and it is a bit early to take most IOL. That leaves me with an OT who many have a late first grade, but others, notably PFF, have ranked with an early third grade, Jaylen Mayfield. One of the younger players in the draft – 20 years old on draft day – this redshirt sophomore has only 15 games of college experience. But with six OTs off the board, I love the potential upside as an OT who played the left and right sides for Michigan and has the ability to kick inside.

40 Broncos ScaryBear

Richie Grant, S, UCF

Grant is versatile in covering the field and can even match up well against tight ends. Grant reads quarterbacks well, forcing many turnovers. Grant is an eager tackler who is happy to contribute on special teams’ efforts, as well.

41 Lions reedkrase

Jamin Davis, LB Kentucky

The Lions have Collins and Anzalone at LB, and some predict that newly hired DC Aaron Glenn will look to transition to more of a 3-4 front, reducing the need at LB. But even if that’s the case, Collins and Anzalone are not long-term answers. This pick came down to Jamin Davis vs. Jabril Cox. Elite RAS score vs. Elite Coverage. Davis is raw, but I’m betting Glenn is more confident that he can coach up coverage skills than coach up athleticism. Plus, since Anzalone and Collins will be adequate for week 1, Glenn can take his time getting Davis up to speed and setting him up for long-term success.

Adding Davis fits with Glenn’s philosophy of focusing on the player, not the scheme fit, in building his defense. Lions end up with a tackling machine for years to come.

42 Giants Buddabear78

Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State

Good defensive back DNA. Joe Judge’s mentor Bill Bellicheck drafted Asante Samuel Sr., so Judge decides to go with Junior. Giants add another quality defensive back to Adoree Jackson, James Bradberry, Logan Ryan, Jabril Peppers, and Xavier McKinney. Samuel will compete for the nickel slot corner right out of the gates against Darnay Holmes, Sam Beal, and Julian Love.

43 49ers Lancashire49er

Creed Humphrey, IOL, Oklahoma

This pick was tough. There are some decent corners/ slot corners available that make sense and a position of need. Even a wildcard at WR or two is available. Waiting now till the end of Rd3 makes this pick tough. Although I had my eye on some Day 3 Centres, this is not the most glamorous of picks, but a critical position to the 49ers, as we all know.

I was not expecting to see Humphrey still on the board...at all! Every mock I’ve seen, he more often than not goes in the 1st round. The reason for the pick is the need to upgrade the IOL talent. Here though, is an opportunity to get a guy who could fill in at IOL, start at RG perhaps (I do really like Brunskill though and his versatility), learn in the training room and on in the game next to the man who wrote the Shanahan Guide to play Centre in Alex Mack with a view to becoming our Centre once Mack more than likely retires in a season or two. Draft a high calibre guy now to soak up that knowledge and reinforce our line and protect our QB!

Leadership in spades as a former two-time captain for the Sooners, comes from a wrestling background, so understands leverage & hand technique while also demonstrating high levels of football IQ. His pro day showed off his athleticism which I hope will then translate well into our zone scheme, and he brings a nice level of nastiness to his game.

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That’s exciting Faithful!

44 Cowboys BiggySmalls

Joseph Ossai, EDGE, Texas

There were a few ways this pick could have gone, with CB and Safety both being top needs. However, two safeties were brought in during FA, so that allowed the Cowboys some wiggle room. And since the CB’s that were available at pick 44 didn’t warrant the value at this pick, the Cowboys decided to add the BPA once again and selected a beast in Joseph Ossai.

I’m surprised Ossai was sitting there at #44. He has 1st Rd talent written all over him and could well be the best Pass Rusher in this draft class. If you watch his tape, you will see someone that is explosive, quick, relentless in pursuit with a non-stop motor, and plays with a nastiness. He’s got an incredible 1st step and knows how to finish. Ossai has all the tools to become elite at the next level and someone that defenses will have to plan for. He’s a big-time playmaker and turnover machine, and he’s versatile enough to play either in a 4-3 or in a 3-4 defense. For me, he’s very similar to Khalil Mack in so many ways, especially when you compare their combine/pro day #’s and watch the way they play the game.

Ossai is almost 6’-4”, 256 #’s, 34” arms, ran a 4.63 (not Oweh freakish, but plays faster and finishes plays), a 41.5” vertical, and 10’-11” broad jump. The last stats show just how explosive he is, and at pick 44, Ossai is a steal.

45 Jaguars NYners

Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

Jags need help at WR to add to the arsenal for Lawrence. Aside from Chark and Shenault, the cupboard is bare. Toney is ranked as the 30th best player on the consensus big board, which has this to say about him:

“In a similar role to former Florida Gator standout Percy Harvin, wide receiver Kadarius Toney is the do-it-all gadget player who can affect the game every time he touches the football. Toney is the type of athlete you manufacture space for, and watch him work. Screens, jet sweeps, reverses, returning kicks, variety of routes… no matter what it is, gets the football in his hand. From a physical perspective, Toney is equally as flexible as he is explosive with straight-line speed. He is also a very physical runner, boasting fantastic contact balance for a player his size.”

His film matches with this report. He’s an explosive playmaker.

46 Patriots Rowingdave

Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

At 5’9”, 178 pounds, Moore is the same weight as Rondale Moore but two inches taller. He also has short arms, ranking in the 10th percentile of all draftable receivers. Logging only 38 snaps in press coverage in 2020, are teams going to be willing to spend first-round capital on him? I think the Patriots should capitalize on his small slide to the bottom of round one and draft him for everything he’s elite at.

The Patriots can line up Moore outside, but they don’t really need to. Moore is a YAC monster, averaging a ridiculous 3.85 yards per route run, despite operating primarily out of the slot. Similar to Rondale Moore’s usage in Purdue, Lane Kiffen tried to get the ball in Elijah Moore’s hands as often as possible. And that meant secure touches often close to the LOS.

But that’s why you have to scout the tools and consider the context of his college offense. Moore made the most of those touches, accounting for nearly 1,200 yards last year. Despite operating primarily out of the slot, Moore had most of his touchdowns in balls thrown over 20 yards. Playing only eight games, Moore was 7th in the draft class in deep yards and ninth in deep catches. Paired with his 2% drop rate and his contested catch ability despite a small catch radius, Moore’s legit 4.3 speed shows that he can thrive outside when called upon.

47 Chargers Carju1

Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame

Eichenberg took over at left tackle in the wake of Mike McGlinchey’s departure to the 49ers, but unlike McGlinchey, Eichenberg excels in pass protection and can play inside or outside. He is a good athlete who could have gone in the first round and is a high-character, versatile, and reliable option here.

He may need a year to develop as the Left Tackle of the future as he needs to get strong to solidify his anchor, and our free agency picks will allow him to do that in 2021 and become the blindside protector for Justin into the 2030s.

48 Raiders ninersfootball

Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

Las Vegas has some young W.R.s in Ruggs, Renfrow, Edwards, etc., but they take one more here as Marshall is too good to pass up. He has good size (6’3”, 200 lbs) and produced in SEC on a championship team in 2019 with Joe Burrow. An experienced, versatile W.R. who Gruden can move around the formation and for Carr to find on specific routes. With Jacobs/Drake in the backfield, Ruggs stretching the defense, Renfrow or Snead in the slot, and TE Waller threatening the middle, a W.R. like Marshall should get plenty of easy looks to make an impact as a rookie. Most of his weaknesses are coachable as long as he can stay healthy and away from Gruden’s infamous doghouse, which always has a couple of players living rent-free almost all of the time. The combination of Jenkins in 1st round and Marshall in 2nd keeps the Raiders on track to play their brand of football in an increasingly tough AFC West that is one Q.B. away (in Denver) from becoming the most offensively loaded division in the league.

49 Cardinals YuckFork

Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota State

Cardinals IOL needs help they can get, and even though Wyatt and Dickerson were still on the board, I preferred a tackle that could kick inside for a few years and help out immediately and possibly transition outside down the road as a replacement for RT Kelvin Beachum, who will be 32 when the 2021 season starts.

50 Dolphins GreatOdensRaven

Walker Little, OT, Stanford

Whew, just under the wire. The last T before a pretty big dropoff. This was CLOSE. I saw Radunz go right before this and felt lucky to make it under the gun. Walker was a highly rated draft prospect before his injury, and I feel like he can be again. Getting Walker this late is only due to him missing the season, and I think he is a Day 1 starter at R.T. with the possibility of taking over for Jackson at L.T. and letting Jackson move back to R.T. This also allows Robert Hunt to go inside where he can be an all-pro level talent at G.

We are loading up on offense, so there are no more excuses for a bad offense at this point.

51 Washington JUICEcyk

Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia

With Corners jumping off the board left and right, the WFT felt the need to join the party to solidify one of their many holes in the secondary. Eric Stokes has a lot of risk in his game. But the potential payoff is too much to let slip by this pick in the draft.

52 Bears Black47

Wyatt Davis, IOL, Ohio State

Too good to pass up, plus with the two statues at Q.B., there is a need to upgrade the O.L., would have preferred an O.T., but you should not reach just to fill a position of need.

53 Titans Reverend Harry Powell

Elijah Molden, CB, Washington

The Titans stick with the midget strategy after drafting Rondale in the first. This time they take the best nickel back in college football. Molden is going to play nickel, and he’s going to start right away. He’s not the fastest or biggest player, but he’s just a natural football player with a nose for the ball and the instincts to be in the right place at the right time.

54 Colts JUICEcyk

Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson

With the retirement of Anthony Costanzo, the left tackle spot is wide open for the Colts. Carman seemed to slip down the board in this draft, and the Colts find their new franchise L.T. Carman is a safe pick for the Colts and shows less downside than upside.

55 Steelers Reverend Harry Powell

Landon Dickerson, IOL, Alabama

The Steelers need an interior lineman; specifically, the Steelers need a center; Landon Dickerson is a center and has the versatility to step in at center or guard in his rookie year. Solidifying the line while adding a talented new running back in Najee Harris puts Big Ben in a great position to make a one last run.

Dickerson is coming off a torn ACL, but that isn’t the massive red flag it used to be. Dickerson is a very good run blocker who doesn’t stop. Plus, he has the most valuable trait I can think of for an offensive lineman; he’s not just tough, he’s mean, and he plays mean.

56 Seahawks Nologojoe

Aaron Robinson, CB, UCF

With a serious lack of draft capital, Pete Carroll knows he still has to do something to address two of his team’s most glaring needs: secondary and offensive line. After an early run on linemen, he takes one of the remaining best players available at a position of need.

Robinson is a quick, athletic Nickelback with size and the tenacity to offer up run support. Both NFL.com and PFF list him as the 7th best C.B. prospect, while PFN rates him eighth.

57 Rams ak4niner

Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

Over the past few years, the Rams have had one glaring hole in their defense: Inside Linebacker. Nick Bolton is the guy to fix it. Though a bit under-sized, he has the instincts and skills to get to the ball. He is tough and explosive. He has the ability to cover a huge portion of the field. He also has the coverage ability to be a three-down linebacker. Add him along with arguably the best DL in the NFL, and he’ll make all the NFC West offenses think twice.

58 Ravens MD49erFaithful

Davison Nixon, DT, Iowa

With the end of the second-round pick, Baltimore happily selects an impact D.T. that can slot in a rotation basis immediately as a rookie. Ravens nation will love his tenacity and growth as a player. Ranked for us near the top half of the second round, we are ecstatic he is still on the board and believe if it would have been a normal year, he would no longer be available for us at this point.

59 Browns O Liner

Quinn Meinerz, IOL, Wisconsin-Whitewater

The Browns O line is the best in the NFL. So why am I trying to make the rich richer? Simple, it’s about cap management. The O line is great, but it’s way too expensive. Conklin, Tretter, and Bitonio all have HUGE cap numbers. They need younger and cheaper talent, particularly in the middle of the line. This is where Quinn Meinerz comes in. Yeah, he’s from a small school, and we’ve only seen a bit of him, but did you see him at the Senior Bowl? The kid is a stud. And he can take a year to develop. In 2022, the team can cut Tretter for a little cap penalty, and the O line gets younger and doesn’t skip a beat.

60 Saints 14YearOldNinerFan

Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State

Across his college career, Browning showed flashes of potential, recording a career-high 7 tackles against Nebraska and Michigan and adding a 7 tackle, 2.5 TFL, 1.5 sack performance against rivals Penn State over 2019. He finished the season with 43 tackles and 10 TFL, along with 5 sacks. Browning was decent in coverage, but as his knowledge develops, he’ll begin to understand routes more and begin covering them better. He can’t cover higher-end slot W.R.s, but he can handle R.B.’s and more traditional T.E.’s (I.E. - Not oversized W.R.’s stuck at T.E.). The Saints did draft Zach Baun last year, but he didn’t have much of an impact, and after releasing Kwon Alexander, the Saints are desperate for LB help. Browning, who I had as the 3rd L.B. in the class, should slide right in.

61 Bills O Liner

Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

Bills have Tre White and a lot of ‘just ok’ across from him. Tyson Campbell is more than just ok. He’s a little raw. He’s still developing, but the potential is through the roof, with length AND speed and the necessary agility to hang with receivers. He’s got ball skills too, and he’s feisty. He’ll fit in well with Sean Mc’s D. So much to like. With him and Rousseau, the Bills now have some high-end upside on D.

62 Packers Surfer2099

Brady Christensen, OT, BYU

Packers starting left tackle Bakhtiari went out late last season with an ACL injury and isn’t expected to start in 2021. This, along with losing Corey Linsley to free agency, has put the Packers O-line in need of options. Christensen played at left tackle in college and was noted by Draftnetwork for being versatile and able to add value at right tackle as well as guard. This seems to be a good option for the Packers.

63 Chiefs ScaryBear

Carlos Basham Jr., DE, Wake Forest

Basham is tough and explosive. His instincts are good and quick, responding with agility to all types of plays. Basham’s doggedness and forcefulness often attract double-team blocks. This burly edge will be a problem for any offense and is expected to exert pressure on pockets throughout his contract years.

64 Buccaneers Lancashire49er

Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State

According to Pro Football Focus, Wilson is currently the 62nd ranked overall prospect and third-ranked interior defensive lineman for the 2021 draft....go back a season ago, and we are talking about a Round 1 talent in the discussion as a top 15 potential for the former 5-star recruit! 2018, a PFF grade of 90.1. 2019, a PFF Grade of 90.7.

2020 and further changes at FSU have not helped his draft stock this year, but with this pick, we are looking at DL depth, with experience in multiple fronts and along the DL, with the potential for those natural elite traits to be coached up, soak up all the knowledge he can from Suh & Gholston and potentially offer a superb starter at D.E. in further seasons to go alongside Vea.

Through Rounds 1 and 2, the superb Bucs defense, which dominated in the Super Bowl, has now got stronger somehow while providing a foundation for maintained and continual success over multiple years.