Analysis

2021 NFL Draft: Pick-by-pick analysis for Day 3, Rounds 4-5

Below is Mark Dulgerian's analysis for every pick by every team made in Rounds 4 and 5 of the 2021 NFL Draft.

NOTE: Only trades agreed to after Day 1 began are reflected below.

ROUND 4

106) Jay Tufele, DT, Jacksonville Jaguars

Urban Meyer has been vocal about his desire to have one of the top defensive line units in the NFL. Tufele may have slipped a bit coming off an opt-out season, but he's highly disruptive inside and should make his way into the rotation early in 2021. Great value for a team looking for strong defensive line depth.

107) Michael Carter, RB, New York Jets

The best remaining running back on many teams' boards, Carter adds some versatility to the Jets' backfield. They make a great value pick and surround their new QB with another weapon to bolster one of the NFL's worst offenses in 2020.

108) Darren Hall, DB, Atlanta Falcons

Hall is a versatile defensive back addition to a team in desperate need of secondary depth. The Falcons' defense was dead last in pass yards allowed last year, resulting from a combination of injuries and poor DB play. Hall should get a shot at significant playing time as a rookie.

109) Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Tennessee Titans (via Texans through Panthers)

The Titans lost Corey Davis in free agency and had yet to address competition opposite A.J. Brown in the draft until this pick. Fitzpatrick is a smooth height/weight/speed pass catcher with strong ball skills. He needs to improve his focus and overall consistency, but he has play-making upside on the outside.

110) James Hudson, OT, Cleveland Browns

Hudson is relatively new at OL after switching from defense in 2018, so his trajectory is promising. His development on the left side should be intriguing for the Browns, who add depth to their offensive line. Hudson is talented enough to win a starting job down the line.

111) Cameron Sample, Edge, Cincinnati Bengals

Sample proved he could hang with the big boys during Senior Bowl week and improved his draft stock with many teams around the league. The Bengals' defense ranked dead last in the NFL with just 17 sacks in 2020. Sample has the traits to work his way into a significant role as a pass rusher.

112) Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, Detroit Lions

St. Brown walks into a pretty dire wide receiver room as a rookie and should expect to get a legitimate shot to crack the starting lineup. He adds the toughness Dan Campbell is looking for in his team and should also contribute as a returner.

113) Derrick Barnes, LB, Detroit Lions (via Panthers through Browns)

Detroit lost some linebacker depth in free agency so they address a need here. Barnes adds range and explosiveness as well as inside/outside versatility depending on scheme.

114) Drew Dalman, C, Atlanta Falcons (via Broncos)

The Titans ran a ton of outside zone under Arthur Smith last season, so Dalman fits what Smith is likely to bring to Atlanta. The Stanford prospect offers excellent quickness and is one of the finest technicians in this class. He should compete for immediate starter reps.

115) Jabril Cox, LB, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys continue to bolster their linebacker unit with a great value pick as long as Cox can stay healthy. Cox was one of the most versatile defenders left on the board and has the talent to stay on the field for all three downs, if he can clean up some warts in the run game. As a bonus, he adds strong locker room presence.

116) Elerson Smith, Edge, New York Giants

Smith is a long, athletic edge defender with a nice ceiling as a designated pass rusher. He is making a significant leap from Northern Iowa to the NFL, but he's a toolsy player who certainly helped himself with a strong Senior Bowl week.

117) Bobby Brown III, NT, Los Angeles Rams (via 49ers)

The Rams lost Michael Brockers in free agency and were in need of a girthy interior presence to free up their linebackers and take some attention away from Aaron Donald. Brown fills a need and has enough athletic upside to create pressure of his own on pass downs.

118) Chris Rumph II, Edge, Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers saw their sacks and pressure rate drop last season with injuries and a lack of depth up front. Rumph is a slippery edge rusher with the skill set to add immediate value to their pass rush rotation.

119) Kene Nwangwu, RB, Minnesota Vikings

Nwangwu is one of the most explosive running backs in this class and adds big-play potential as a relief ball-carrier. He's also a prime candidate to win the kick return job in his first season.

120) Rhamondre Stevens, RB, New England Patriots

New England adds more power and physicality to its backfield with this pick. Stevenson, a JUCO transfer, isn't the most versatile back and he comes with some maturity questions, but he's the type of punishing runner Bill Belichick likes -- don't be surprised if he has a couple games with 15-20 touches as a rookie.

121) Jordan Smith, Edge, Jacksonville Jaguars

A Florida Gator out of high school, Smith is super raw after making the transition from JUCO to UAB and now to the NFL. However, the blend of length and athleticism was too tough to pass up for the Jaguars, who hope he develops into an explosive pass rusher if he can stay focused on and off the field.

122) Tyler Shelvin, DT, Cincinnati Bengals (via Patriots)

The Bengals have capable defenders occupying the interior, but Shelvin is one of the most powerful nose tackles in this class and he has the ability to compete for starting reps sooner rather than later. He physically dominated SEC guards and centers on a week-to-week basis in 2019 before opting out of the 2020 season.

123) Zech McPhearson, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (via Dolphins)

The Eagles were one of the worst at defending the pass last season and desperately needed secondary depth heading into the draft. McPhearson is scheme versatile and adds play-making ability when the ball is in the air.

124) John Bates, TE, Washington Football Team

Washington needed to bolster its tight end room behind emerging playmaker Logan Thomas. Bates is cut in the mold of a prototypical "Y" tight end with limited pass-catching athleticism. He can get the job done as an inline blocker and chain mover.

125) Camryn Bynum, CB, Minnesota Vikings

There are a few levels of uncertainty in the Vikings' secondary, so defensive back depth was a need going into Day 3. Bynum was one of the most physical corners in the Pac 12 over the last couple seasons, but his future may be at safety. He's in a great situation with Mike Zimmer known for developing defensive backs.

126) Chuba Hubbard, RB, Carolina Panthers (via Titans)

The depth and play-making ability behind Christian McCaffrey is bleak, and Hubbard was one of the most explosive backs in college football over the past few seasons. Matt Rhule is familiar with the Big 12 and is aware of the former Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year's special skill set.

127) Kylen Granson, TE, Indianapolis Colts

The Colts like to get creative with multiple tight ends and H-backs in their formations. Granson is more H-back and offers intriguing versatility and receiving skills. He should also be an immediate contributor to their special teams units.

128) Dan Moore Jr., OT, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers had their fair share of issues on the offensive line last season and the unit's lack of depth caught up to them down the stretch. Moore, a career tackle in college, offers some inside/outside versatility.

129) Jaelon Darden, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (via Seahawks)

Darden was quietly one of the most productive receivers in college football last season thanks to his home run speed and play-making instincts. He's small but could fill a void as a catch-and-run weapon for the Bucs should they lose some WR firepower next year. He could see an immediate role as a returner.

130) Robert Rochell, DB, Rams (via Jaguars)

The Rams address their need for secondary depth with some losses and free agents upcoming. Rochell is a small-school prospect who had an outstanding pro day (sub-4.39 40) in addition to impressive tape. Don't be surprised if Rochell earns significant playing time in the second half of his rookie campaign.

131) Tylan Wallace, WR, Baltimore Ravens

Lamar Jackson struggled to find a wide receiver he could consistently rely on last season, and it stalled the offense in key moments and games. Wallace brings an alpha mentality as an outside receiver with dependable ball skills. He should compete for the WR4 spot as a rookie with even more upside as he continues to develop as a route runner.

132) Tommy Togiai, DT, Cleveland Browns

The Browns had one of the worst run stuff rates in the NFL last season and needed depth on the defensive interior. They tap into the nearby talent pool and select Togiai, who was an underrated piece to a strong Ohio State defensive front.

133) Ian Book, QB, New Orleans Saints

Sean Payton got a taste of what he could do with a mobile quarterback in his offense over the last few seasons. Book offers a more natural blend of passing ability and athleticism than Taysom Hill and has a chance to develop into a capable backup.

134) Janarius Robinson, Edge, Minnesota Vikings

After calling the Vikings' 2020 defense the worst he's ever coached, Mike Zimmer adds more firepower to his pass rush unit. Robinson brings power and athleticism to the edge of the Vikings' front and has the developmental traits to emerge as a larger contributor down the line.

135) Rashad Weaver, LB, Tennessee Titans (via Packers)

The Titans had the third-lowest pressure rate in the NFL last season, and Weaver offers nice value here with his pass-rush ability. He is also stout enough against the run to carve out a starting role in a year or two.

136) Marco Wilson, DB, Arizona Cardinals (via Ravens)

The Cardinals address what was arguably their top need coming into the draft. Wilson's early college film resembled more of a Day 2 pick, so the hope is that he regains that consistency to go along with his size and athletic traits.

137) Tre Brown, DB, Seattle Seahawks (via Buccaneers)

A surprise target for Seattle, who rarely drafts defensive backs at Brown's stature. Brown, however, is one of the tougher corners in this class and and has the explosive traits to make plays on the ball. He should compete for a nickel role in the Seahawks' secondary and should bring an instant impact on special teams coverage units.

138) Josh Ball, OT, Dallas Cowboys

Poor offensive line depth was a lingering problem for the Cowboys throughout the 2020 season, and it was in large part a catalyst for their collapse. Ball has the desired bookend measurables and experience playing on the left and right sides. The biggest question with him is whether is maturity issues are behind him.

139) D'Ante Smith, OT, Cincinnati Bengals (via Patriots)

After the Bengals passed on OT help early in the draft, they finally select one who was among the more impressive players at the Senior Bowl. Smith is a work-in-progress prospect from a technical standpoint, but he offers an outstanding blend of length and athleticism that can be molded into a future starter. Great value at this spot.

140) Buddy Johnson, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers' linebacker unit was ravaged by injuries last season and in dire need of depth. Johnson fits the bill as a capable inside LB in their scheme, offering the energy and physicality they covet in Steeltown.

141) Jacob Harris, TE, Los Angeles Rams

The Rams' penchant for taking toolsy/analytics-friendly athletes on Day 3 is becoming common knowledge. Harris has one of the most impressive athletic profiles in this class, but he also offers the type of receiving ability (20.1 career yards per catch) that fits an offense looking to expand its downfield prowess.

142) Royce Newman, OT, Green Bay Packers

Consistent with the Packers' eye for versatility in their offensive line unit, Newman has started at both guard and tackle. His coaches have lauded his ability to play any position along the line -- the type of versatility that could have helped the Packers during their 2020 playoff run.

143) Tyree Gillespie, DB, Las Vegas Raiders (via Vikings through Jets)

The Raiders have a void in secondary depth and continue to address it with their second safety selection. Gillespie is an impressive height/weight/speed prospect who should make an impact on special teams as he improves his positioning and awareness on the back end.

144) Joshua Kaindoh, DE, Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs lack depth and consistency from their defensive end group. Kaindoh is a nice scheme fit with the athletic profile to emerge as a potential starter if he can stay healthy.

Round 5

145) Luke Farrell, TE, Jacksonville Jaguars

Urban Meyer taps into a well he's familiar with in Farrell, who addresses a positional need. The Ohio State tight end is a depth addition who offers little as a pass catcher, but his blocking consistency is what will earn him rotational snaps.

146) Jamien Sherwood, LB, New York Jets

Robert Saleh likely converts the former box safety into a full-time linebacker/big nickel type of role. Sherwood is a highly aggressive defender who will likely make his mark on special teams early in his career.

147) Brevin Jordan, TE, Houston Texans

The Texans may look to run more 12 personnel as they rebuild their receiving corp. Jordan is a great value here as an athletic run-and-catch playmaker with versatility. He has a chance to see a healthy share of targets as a rookie.

148) Ta'Quon Graham, DT, Atlanta Falcons

One of the Falcons' biggest needs entering the draft was defensive line. Surprisingly, this was their first pick that addresses that need. Graham flashes some disruption ability as a pass rusher but may lack the dynamic skills to earn significant rotational reps.

149) Evan McPherson, K, Cincinnati Bengals

Widely regarded as the best kicker in the draft, the Bengals find their replacement for the departed Randy Bullock. McPherson can handle kicking and kickoff duties for Cincinnati.

150) Kenneth Gainwell, RB, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles struggled to put together a competent ground game when Miles Sanders went down with an injury last year. Gainwell will try to prove he wasn't a one-year wonder as he adds versatility to a young Eagles offense.

151) Larry Borom, OT, Chicago Bears (via Panthers)

It is clear the Bears want to become more tenacious in their offensive front after adding Teven Jenkins on Day 2 and now another mauler on Day 3. Borom has tackle experience but he may be a better fit inside where he can consistently move people off the ball and enhance the run game.

152) Caden Sterns, DB, Denver Broncos

The Broncos have a need for secondary depth and Sterns is rock-solid in that role. His film doesn't show much to address Denver's lack of takeaway ability, but he has single-high range and can be an impact player on special teams.

153) Tony Fields II, LB, Cleveland Browns (via Lions)

The Browns don't have too many holes in their defense, but their linebacker unit is in need of some upgrading. They add more range to that unit with this pick. Fields has outstanding run-and-chase ability and should be an impact special-teamer.

154) Michael Carter II, DB, New York Jets

The Jets' cornerback unit is young and inexperienced, so Carter enters a situation with ample opportunity. His best fit is in the slot where he could bolster a defense that allowed the third-highest completion rate (69.1%) in the league last year.

155) Jaylon Moore, OT, San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers feature one of the better offensive tackle tandems in the league, but the depth behind them is just adequate. With his size and movement skills, Moore is a perfect fit in the Niners' zone-based scheme.

156) Isaiahh Loudermilk, DE, Pittsburgh Steelers (via Dolphins)

Loudermilk offers outstanding size and length that fits the mold of what the Steelers look for in their odd front. He doesn't stand out in any one area on the field, but the Steelers like the scheme familiarity he offers and he should win coaches over with his effort and energy.

157) Ihmir Smith-Marsette, WR, Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings have two dynamic playmakers at receiver but could use more speed behind Adam Thielen and Justin Jefferson. Smith-Marsette offers the top-end speed to open up the intermediate area of the field as a WR4. His immediate value will be in the return game, averaging 26.7 yards per kick return in college.

158) Daviyon Nixon, DT, Carolina Panthers (via Texans)

Despite spending their seventh overall pick on Derrick Brown last year, the Panthers still gave up 5.2 yards per rush between the tackles last season, according to Next Gen Stats (second-most in NFL). Nixon has Day 2 talent but likely fell due to off-field concerns. He has starter potential and could wind up being a Day 3 steal.

159) Brenden Jaimes, OG, Los Angeles Chargers

A college tackle, Jaimes was announced as a guard selection on draft day where he adds value as a depth addition. He is consistent enough to carve out a starting job down the line, especially for a team looking to re-vamp its offensive line unit.

160) Shaun Wade, DB, Baltimore Ravens (via Cardinals)

While this pick wasn't necessarily a need, the Ravens could use some competition in their cornerback group. Disregard the accolades, Wade's film ranged from average to poor over the last couple of seasons. But Baltimore is hoping it can squeeze out the player seen on his freshman tape, which showed NFL-starter potential.

161) Tommy Doyle, OT, Buffalo Bills

The Bills use back-to-back picks on developmental tackles they hope can contribute in the future. Doyle had a rough go at it with multiple injuries in college, but he offers the length and physicality the Bills covet. He has played on both the right and left sides, so there is swing versatility is there.

162) Noah Gray, TE, Kansas City Chiefs (via Raiders through Jets)

The Chiefs could use another H-back/move-TE type of target when they get creative on offense. Gray lined up all over the formation and offers excellent ball skills to finish as a receiver. He adds competition to a slew of hybrid types in the TE room.

163) Darrick Forrest, DB, Washington Football Team

Washington came into the draft with a need for safety depth and finally address it here. Forrest had decent production in college and has an impressive athletic profile. He is also a special teams stalwart.

164) Jamar Johnson, DB, Denver Broncos (via Bears through Giants)

While the Broncos addressed their safety need earlier with Caden Sterns, Johnson may be the rookie safety that flashes most in camp with his combination of range and ball skills. Character flags likely caused his fall, but he has Day 2 ability.

165) Shawn Davis, DB, Indianapolis Colts

The Colts are far from set at safety, especially when it comes to rotational depth. Davis had a tough time fighting the injury bug in college, but he has the talent to make his way onto the field early with his explosiveness in coverage and ability to play in the slot.

166) Keith Taylor, DB, Carolina Panthers (via Titans)

The NFC South may have the tallest group of pass catchers in the NFL and the Panthers have taken notice. Their heavy zone scheme calls for big corners and Taylor fits the bill. Carolina's defense relies on takeaways, so his ability to improve his ball skills will be key to sticking around.

167) Nate Hobbs, DB, Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders continue the youth movement in their secondary with Hobbs, who adds competition to the cornerback room in a division that features high-powered passing attacks.

168) Zach Davidson, TE, Minnesota Vikings

Davidson is a raw small-schooler who hasn't played since 2019 due to the pandemic. He needs time to develop, likely on the practice squad, but there is enough athletic ability and receiving talent to emerge as a contributor in Year 2. Oh, and he also averaged over 42.5 yards per punt on 137 career punts -- the Vikings were second-to-last in net punt average last season.

169) Richard LeCounte III, DB, Cleveland Browns

Safety depth was a need going into the draft, and the Browns hope LeCounte can compete with some of their current backups for early playing time. LeCounte is battle-tested and offers the competitive energy and ball production to stand out in camp.

170) Garret Wallow, LB, Houston Texans (via Jaguars through Rams)

The Texans stay in-state and grab one of the more instinctive linebackers in this class. He finds the ball and is proven to be a productive tackler. There isn't a ton of depth on the Texans roster, so he'll have a chance at seeing significant reps on defense in 2021 but will need to make his mark on special teams to solidify his roster standing.

171) Daelin Hayes, LB, Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens have a knack for developing pass rushers and are in need of a youth infusion in that role. Hayes has the size and athleticism to hone in to a contributing edge rusher in the next year or two.

172) Deommodore Lenoir, DB, San Francisco 49ers

The 49ers were in need of cornerback depth with uncertainty surrounding the position. With uncertainty surrounding cornerback depth, the 49ers nab an opportunistic scheme fit who excels at reading the QB and disrupting the catch point in zone. He's also outstanding in run support, a must in that scheme.

173) Tedarrell Slaton, DT, Green Bay Packers

Slaton is a massive interior presence who needs close monitoring on his weight and technical development before he's ready to be a consistent contributor. Green Bay had the forth-lowest run stuff rate (14.4%) in the NFL last season, and Slaton has the two-gapping potential to make an impact in that area down the line.

174) Earnest Brown IV, DE, Los Angeles Rams (via Texans)

The Rams continue to add size and physicality to their defensive front to help bolster the rotation. Brown has legit edge-setting ability against the run and figures to add depth at end.

175) Jason Pinnock, DB, New York Jets (via Chiefs)

The Jets continue to add CB options to choose from once the season rolls around. Pinnock has the size, speed and physicality profile that fits Robert Saleh's scheme. He also offers upside as a special teams stand out.

176) K.J. Britt, LB, Tamp Bay Buccaneers

Britt is nowhere near the athlete Tampa's two starting linebackers are, but he can infuse an element of physicality behind them. His run fits are heavy and he plays with tone-setting energy. Special teams is where he will contribute as a rookie.

177) Cameron DeGrone, LB, New England Patriots

The Patriots could use an infusion of speed to their reserve linebacker group and McGrone brings plenty of it. Injuries have set him back throughout his career, but he's shown to be productive when he on the field in the run and pass games.

178) Shemar Jean-Charles, DB, Green Bay Packers

Jean-Charles and his FBS-leading 17 passes defended in 2020 was a great find late in the fifth round for the Packers, who were in obvious need of help in their secondary. The ability to play the ball is one of the most translatable skills, and Green Bay hopes Jean-Charles can upgrade a cornerback group that combined for just two interceptions last season.

179) Simi Fehoko, WR, Dallas Cowboys

Wide receiver wasn't considered much of a need for the Cowboys, who tout one of the more explosive groups in the NFL. However, Fehoko is an impressive size/speed specimen who can immediately help on special teams coverage units as he refines the details of route running.

180) Talanoa Hufanga, DB, San Francisco 49ers

With injuries and age becoming a factor with 49ers safeties in recent years, Hufanga offers some insurance. While he has some injury concerns of his own, Hufanga has the skill set to be a reliable safety in their zone scheme and offers enough play-making ability to win over coaches early in his career.

181) Cornell Powell, WR, Kansas City Chiefs

A one-year starter at Clemson, the Chiefs are betting on Powell's recent trajectory. He brings some physicality that is lacking in Kansas City's otherwise potent wide receiver corps.

182) Adetokunbo Ogundeji, LB, Atlanta Falcons

Falcons edge defenders combined for 9.0 sacks in 2020, tied for 30th in the NFL. New DC Dean Pees has had some success in developing pass rushers, and Ogundeji offers the length and speed to emerge as a contributor in a rotation.

183) Avery Williams, DB, Atlanta Falcons

There's no limit to how many defensive backs you select when you boast the league's worst pass defense. Williams isn't physically imposing, but he has outstanding coverage quickness to go with the toughness you want in a nickel. He's also a superb special teamer that has returned a combined nine career blocks and kick returns for touchdowns.

184) Ben Mason, FB, Baltimore Ravens

One of the few teams that consistently deploys traditional fullbacks in their offense, the Ravens get the best one on the board in Ben Mason. Patrick Ricard is a free agent in 2022 and Mason may be in line to take over some of his duties.

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