2021 NFL Draft: Best remaining players going into Day 2

One round down, six to go.

The Titans decided to address the cornerback position by selecting Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley with the No. 22 overall selection.

The Titans still need help at several other positions, including wide receiver, tight end and offensive tackle. The good news is that there’s plenty of talent left after Round 1. In fact, a bunch of players inside my top 50 are still available.

As expected, five quarterbacks went in the first round. A few interesting patterns emerged on Day 1. It appears the NFL didn’t think much of this safety, defensive tackle or EDGE class.

Thursday was wild. The Bears traded up for Justin Fields. The Patriots drafted Mac Jones.

Tomorrow should also be a lot of fun. Here’s a list of some of the best remaining players:

1. Azeez Ojulari | EDGE | Georgia

There are reports of a medical issue here. That would explain why Ojulari didn’t hear his name called tonight. A team will surely roll the dice on him tomorrow. Ojulari has the upside to become a true sack artist at the next level. An exciting talent with a great first step and explosive get-off, Ojulari terrorized offensive tackles in 2020.

2. Teven Jenkins | OT | Oklahoma State

This one really surprised me. Jenkins is one of the toughest players in this class. He also happens to be one of the most talented and athletic offensive lineman still available. Jenkins is nasty, mean, physical and tough on tape. On the athletic front, Jenkins put up an astounding 36 reps on the bench press, an impressive 32.5-inch vertical and ran the 40 in 5.01 seconds (a 9.36/10 RAS score). I’m a huge fan of this player. It shouldn’t take long for him to come off the board tomorrow night

3. Samuel Cosmi | OT | Texas

Cosmi is a freak of an athlete at the offensive tackle position. He moves incredibly well for his size. Cosmi posted a perfect score of 9.99 on his RAS. He’s also a smart prospect that understands the game at a high level. I’m shocked that he wasn’t drafted tonight. A team is going to get one of the best offensive tackle prospects in the entire class when they draft Cosmi tomorrow night.

4. Elijah Moore | WR | Ole Miss

This one shocked Titans fans. According to the mock drafts, Moore was the favorite to be selected by Tennessee earlier tonight. Instead, the Titans went in a different direction, and Moore didn’t hear his name called at all on Thursday night. Moore was absolutely electric at his Pro Day, scoring a 4.35 in the 40-yard dash, a 6.67 in the three-cone and a 4.00 in the 20-yard shuttle. All three of those results place him in the 90th percentile (or better) among all wide receivers according to RAS. Moore is more than a workout warrior. On tape, he’s a dynamic receiver that is a threat to score every time he touches the ball. The Titans should think about moving up for him tomorrow night.

5. Landon Dickerson | C | Alabama

This one is medical related. It’s impossible not to love Dickerson the person and the player. Dickerson has a fun and goofy personality off the field but is all business when he puts the pads on. Studying Dickerson’s tape will have you believing that he has a 10-year NFL career in front of him if he stays healthy. Obviously, teams have some concern here.

6. Trevon Moehrig | S | TCU

My No. 1 ranked safety in the class, it’s a surprise to see Moehrig on this list. Moehrig can play all over the field. He can line up as a single-high safety and get his hands on the football (seven career INT’s and 21 PBU’s), or he can line up in the slot and play man coverage against tight ends and wide receivers. He’s a smart player who has a great feel for passing concepts and how quarterbacks are trying to attack the defense. He’ll get picked early tomorrow night.

7. Terrace Marshall Jr. | WR | LSU

One of the top receivers available heading into tomorrow, Marshall has terrific measurements (6-2, 205) and he pairs it with speed and strength. He understands how to use his size to his advantage. Marshall is a big pass catcher that can really move. Marshall ran a ridiculous 4.38 at LSU’s Pro Day. He also posted a 39-inch vertical jump. A bully at the catch point, Marshall was a nightmare assignment for cornerbacks in both 2019 and 2020. He’s played both inside and outside and is an excellent route runner. His ball skills are outstanding. He’s going to make a team very happy tomorrow night.

8. Asante Samuel Jr. | CB | FSU

One of my personal favorites in this class, Samuel is, simply put, a good football player. Studying Samuel’s tape is a treat. He is a natural corner that has a great feel for playing the position. Ball skills were a question mark coming into 2020, but he did a great job quieting those concerns with three interceptions in just eight games this past season. Samuel reminds me of a bit of Antoine Winfield Jr. He may be small, but like Winfield, I’d be shocked if he doesn’t become a very good NFL player. The Bucs hit the lottery with Winfield on Day 2 last year. A team may do the same with Samuel this season.

9. Javonte Williams | RB | North Carolina

Williams is undersized at 5-9, 212 pounds, but was one of the most dynamic running backs in all of college football this past season. He may be considered “small” by many, but he plays big. He is tough to bring down and has a ton of production after initial contact. Williams can also catch passes and is relatively polished in pass protection. A team is going to get a three-down bellcow when they draft Williams tomorrow night.

10. Dillon Radunz | OT | North Dakota State

Radunz didn’t get to play much football in 2020 due to the impact COVID-19 had on the season, but he went down to the Senior Bowl back in January and had an excellent showing against some of the best players in the nation. That performance did a lot to quiet the competition concerns. Radunz is an excellent athlete on tape and he tested like one. Radunz is going to be a steal on Day 2.

11. Joseph Ossai | EDGE | Texas

An aggressive linebacker with a ton of upside, Ossai had an incredibly explosive showing at Texas’ Pro Day, highlighted by an impressive 41.5-inch vertical and nearly 11-foot broad jump at 256 pounds. He’s raw as a pass rusher, and he spent a lot of time playing as an off-ball linebacker at Texas, but Ossai has all the tools to turn into a sack artist at the next level. Outside linebacker coaches will be pounding the table for him tomorrow night.

12. Pat Freiermuth | TE | Penn State

The Titans sure could use a tight end tomorrow night. Freiermuth is a big target that does an incredible job attacking the ball in the air. He’s dominant at the catch point. He’s going to be a match-up nightmare for NFL defenses. Freiermuth runs incredibly crisp routes for a man of his stature. This is a player that feels like a lock to be a good one at the next level. Tight ends are rarely major contributors as rookies, but it wouldn’t shock me to see Freiermuth hit the ground running in Year 1.

13. Boogie Basham Jr. | EDGE | Wake Forest

Basham ran a 4.64 in the 40-yard dash at 274 pounds. A man shouldn’t move that well at his size, and he should have been picked tonight. On tape, Basham is a smart player that understands the game at a high level both as a pass rusher and as a run defender. He was incredibly productive at Wake Forest and plays the game with a tremendous amount of effort. Some may view him as a tweener without a true position. That could be why he’s still available.

14. Levi Onwuzurike | DT | Washington

Onwuzurike moves incredibly well for his size. I expext him to get drafted in the second round tomorrow. He’s an excellent athlete that has some juice as a pass rusher. He’s also a solid run defender. Watching Onwuzurike on tape is a clean and easy process. This is a player that should be able to play a three-down role relatively early in his NFL career.

15. Baron Browning | LB | Ohio State

Browning is an athletic freak. It wouldn’t surprise me if a team trades up for him tomorrow night. His tape is littered with exciting, flashy plays. He’s going to make a defensive coaching staff very happy with his three-down skill set. We hope to see Browning rush the passer more at the next level than he did at Ohio State.

16. Nick Bolton | LB | Missouri

Bolton is a physical linebacker prospect that led the SEC in stops in 2019 and 2020. On tape, he’s a tough finisher that punishes ball-carriers and would-be blockers alike. I have some questions about his ability to play in pass coverage, and there are some size concerns (5-11, 237) here as well. Perhaps that’s why he wasn’t picked tonight. He’s going to make an NFL coaching staff very happy with his traditional style of play.

17. Christian Barmore | DT | Alabama

The sample size is relatively small, but the sky is the limit for Barmore. I’m a bit shocked a team didn’t draft him inside the top 32. Barmore possesses a tremendous amount of raw power. If he reaches his full potential, he’s going to cause havoc in the backfield. The arrow is very much pointing up for this player.

18. Elijah Molden | DB | Washington

Molden is one of the most fun players to study in this class, regardless of position. A nickel cornerback who also saw reps at safety, Molden is going to be a fun chess piece for an NFL defense. Instincts and ball skills are the name of the game when watching Molden on film. Molden is going to make a defense better when they draft him tomorrow night.

19. Rondale Moore | WR | Purdue

Moore is a shifty and exciting receiver after the catch. Purdue made it a priority to manufacture touches for him, and it’s easy to see why on tape. He’s a threat to score every time he has the ball. Moore is undersized at just 5-foot-7, and there aren’t many examples of successful NFL players at that height. That, and a lengthy injury history are likely the driving forces behind why he’s still available. What Moore lacks in size, he makes up for in breathtaking ability.

20. Kelvin Joseph | CB | Kentucky

Like many others, I fell in love with Joseph’s performance against Alabama this past season. Joseph is a long and aggressive cornerback that contests the catch point with violence. He hasn’t played a lot of football with just 20 games to his name, but the sky is the limit here. He was born to play press coverage. A team will roll the dice on his tools tomorrow night.

21. Tommy Tremble | TE | Notre Dame

I love Tremble and I don’t care who knows it. Notre Dame didn’t throw him the ball enough. They asked him to block a ton in their offense, and he proved he could handle it. Tremble never complained. He did his job at a high level but I sense that everyone in the league (and probably at Notre Dame, too) knows that the untapped potential as a pass catcher is exciting. He has every trait imaginable to be an excellent tight end at the next level. He’s going to be a STEAL tomorrow night.

22. Brevin Jordan | TE | Miami

We’re wrapping up this list with another tight end. Jordan reminds me so much of Jonnu Smith coming out. They’re both undersized tight ends that make up for their natural shortcomings by playing the game with a special level of physicality. Like Smith has done in the NFL, Jordan can move all around the formation and even line up in the backfield. Jordan’s testing results were underwhelming, but he’s a great athlete on tape that routinely made big plays happen, especially after the catch.

23. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah | LB | Notre Dame

This one may be the biggest surprise of the night. Owusu-Koramoah lacks traditional size for the position, but simply put, he’s a good player. He weighed in at 221 pounds at his Pro Day, placing him in the one-percentile when it comes to weight for a linebacker… and that’s after he added weight. He played lighter than that at Notre Dame. Some see him as a safety. Perhaps that’s wht he’s still available. I don’t care where he plays. Just put him on the field. His rangy skill-set impacts the game. He has exciting sideline-to-sideline ability. This is a three-down player who can be a fun chess-piece for your defense. He can play as a WILL or he can come up in the slot and cover tight ends (which he did a bunch of in college). A team should take him early tomorrow night.

The Titans are currently slated to make three more selections tomorrow night.

Round 2: Pick 53
Round 3: Pick 85
Round 3: Pick 100

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