After trading Orlando Brown to their in-conference rival in return for the 31st pick, the Baltimore Ravens drafted Samuel Cosmi to fill the hole left at tackle. With a Lamar Jackson contract extension coming in the next year, the Ravens will save some money by getting younger at the position. Cosmi should excel in the Ravens’ run-heavy offense with his immense size and ability to get out in space.
Now we arrive at the final pick of our mock. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are returning all 22 starters from the Super Bowl this year. Any conversation around this pick should start and end there. They don’t have any immediate needs and are primed to make another title run. This puts them in a spot where they can get the best player available and focus on their future. It’s very likely that the Bucs surprise with this pick, but we’ll try to narrow it down to a few positions.
Tampa Bay does not have much depth at edge behind Shaq Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul. Barrett is signed to a multi-year deal, but JPP is 32 and entering the last year of his deal. With the Bucs being set at every position this year, Jayson Oweh would have the luxury of being brought along slowly in a small-time role. Playing as a rotational rusher would maximize his athletic traits while minimizing the consistency issues that will plague him early on.
Along the offensive line, the Bucs could go a few different directions. A swing tackle is possible here, but after drafting Tristan Wirfs last year and Donovan Smith agreeing to an extension this offseason, it’s not very high on the priority list. Ryan Jensen, however, is entering the final year of his contract and while he has been stellar, the Bucs may look to the future at center. With their right guard, Alex Cappa, also entering the last year of his deal, it would be good insurance to bolster the interior should one or both of them leave in free agency. Landon Dickerson would be the pick in that case, and would bring the sort of passion and leadership that Tom Brady loves.
Finally, the Bucs could look to guard themselves against Carlton Davis leaving in free agency next year. While it’s extremely unlikely they would let him walk, smart teams always have a plan in place. Even if they are able to resign Davis, there is little depth behind him, Jamel Dean, and Sean Murphy-Bunting. Dean struggled at times early in the season and adding Eric Stokes here could provide some nice competition for the CB2 spot. He also has the ability to play outside or in the slot, meaning he could act as a do-it-all backup should the secondary struggle to maintain their momentum from the end of last season. It’s time to recap the picks for the last time before checking out the Bucs’ options.
- Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
- New York Jets - Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
- San Francisco 49ers - Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
- Atlanta Falcons - Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
- Cincinnati Bengals - Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
- Miami Dolphins - Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
- Detroit Lions - DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
- Carolina Panthers - Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
- Denver Broncos - Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
- Dallas Cowboys - Patrick Surtain, CB, Alabama
- New York Giants - Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
- Philadelphia Eagles - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
- Los Angeles Chargers - Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech
- Minnesota Vikings - Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
- New England Patriots - Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
- Arizona Cardinals - Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
- Las Vegas Raiders - Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
- Miami Dolphins - Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
- Washington Football Team - Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
- Chicago Bears - Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
- Indianapolis Colts - Jaelan Phillips, EDGE, Miami
- Tennessee Titans - Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
- New York Jets - Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Florida State
- Pittsburgh Steelers - Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
- Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU
- Cleveland Browns - Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama
- Baltimore Ravens - Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
- New Orleans Saints - Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
- Green Bay Packers - Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
- Buffalo Bills - Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia
- Baltimore Ravens - Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
Let’s check out the Super Bowl Champions’ choices at 32.
Jayson Oweh, EDGE, Penn State
Of all the edge rushers in this draft, Oweh may be the most athletic. While he didn’t record a sack in 2020, Oweh finished with 6.5 tackles for loss and was voted first-team All-Big Ten. The tools are not all there yet, but Oweh only played 20 games in college and didn’t start playing football until his junior year of high school. At 6-foot-5, 257 pounds, he has the strength and speed to be a situational rusher from day 1. Oweh does not have many pass rush moves in his arsenal and will need to develop counters to what he’ll see in the league. He may be too raw to make a real, every-down impact in his first season, but teams will be salivating over the possibilities down the line.
Landon Dickerson, C, Alabama
As the heart and soul of the top offensive line in the country, Dickerson was awarded the Rimington Trophy and named first-team All-American as the nation’s top center. At 6-foot-6, 333 pounds, he’s a mountain of a man with the capability to open up holes in the second level. He does have an injury history, including a season ending ACL tear this past season, which kept him out of the College Football Playoff. He could struggle with more athletic rushers but his base is strong enough to ward off most bull rushers. His leadership versatility at both guard and center will be attractive to many teams.
Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
Could six corners go in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft? If so, Stokes could be number six. Blessed with good size and elite speed (4.29 in the 40), Stokes broke into the starting lineup late in his redshirt freshman year and never looked back. As a junior in 2020, Stokes grabbed four interceptions, taking two of them back for touchdowns, and broke up another four passes. He also played on special teams early, blocking a punt and returning it for a touchdown as a freshman. Stokes isn’t just a burner, either, as he shows great explosiveness and ball skills.
With the 32nd pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select…
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That’s it for the 2021 Acme Packing Community Mock Draft! Thank you to all who participated and voted each day. While the real draft is bound to go wildly differently, we can’t wait to see how our mock compares. Be on the lookout for a post recapping the mock and stay tuned for more draft coverage throughout the week as we countdown the hours to Thursday night.