2021 NFL Draft: Pick-by-pick analysis for Day 3, Rounds 6-7

Below is Mark Dulgerian's analysis for every pick by every team made in Rounds 6 and 7 of the 2021 NFL Draft.

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


185) Nick Niemann, LB, Los Angeles Chargers

If there's an area that needed beefing up on the Chargers defense, it's inside linebacker. While Niemann projects as a reserve in the NFL, he adds competition for rotational snaps and special teams units.

186) Hamsah Nasirildeen, LB, New York Jets

Interestingly, Nasirildeen was announced as a linebacker on draft day and it fits the safety-to-hybrid mold Robert Saleh likes in his defense. A college DB, Nasirildeen is a thumper with tone-setting ability in the box and enough coverage ability to carry tight ends upfield.

187) Frank Darby, WR, Atlanta Falcons

Darby shows flashes of explosive ability downfield and possesses some of the best ball tracking skills in this receiver class. The backups behind the stars are all free agents next year, so he'll push for a more significant role in 2022.

188) Joshuah Bledsoe, DB, New England Patriots

Bill Belichick likes guys who can play both up front and in the secondary. Bledsoe is athletic enough to be sticky in coverage as well as clean up plays inside the box.

189) Marlon Tuipulotu, DT, Philadelphia Eagles

While the Eagles could certainly use more depth in their defensive interior, this was also a best player available pick for the Eagles. Tuipulotu emerged as one of the Pac 12's best defenders last season and adds a disruptive force as a rotational one-gapper.

190) Trey Hill, C, Cincinnati Bengals

The interior of the Bengals' offensive line was a major need heading into the draft. Hill isn't dominant in either the run or pass and may have trouble winning a starting job, but he projects as a viable backup.

191) Tarron Jackson, DE, Philadelphia Eagles (via Broncos through Panthers)

Two picks after selecting a defensive tackle, they take a defensive lineman with a little more scheme versatility. A bit of a tweener, Jackson has traits that can be utilized at end or tackle, where he adds some juice to their pass rush.

192) Quinton Bohanna, NT, Dallas Cowboys

In today's game, two-gapping nose tackles aren't as valued as they once were. However, this could wind up being one of the Cowboys' best value picks as Bohanna offers upside as a primary nose tackle Dan Quinn's defense.

193) Deonte Brown, OG, Carolina Panthers

The Panthers could use an infusion of beef in their interior. Brown is a people mover who instantly bolsters the run game inside. He needs to shore up his consistency in pass pro and keep his weight in check if he's going to ascend from a backup role.

194) Eli Mitchell, RB, San Francisco 49ers

Kyle Shanahan has opened up the competition in his RB rotation. Mitchell plays fast and offers some splash-play ability, but he may need to build on some of his return production to stick on this roster.

195) Roy Lopez, DT, Houston Texans

Despite some size and athletic deficiencies, Lopez could compete for a reserve role with his energy as a one-gap disruptor. The Texans are open to competition with mediocre depth at defensive tackle.

196) Gary Brightwell, RB, New York Giants

Certainly, the Giants have felt the impact of losing Saquon Barkley to injuries over the last couple of seasons. Brightwell is somewhat of a surprising pick here as he lacks dynamic play-making ability and versatility, but he likely won scouts over with his combination of size and hard running style.

197) William Sherman, OG, New England Patriots

The Patriots have one of the better offensive line units in the league, but there is a significant drop-off in their depth. Sherman has experience at both right and left tackle but may project better inside, which is where the Patriots view him. Either way, he offers good value and versatility as a reserve.

198) Larry Rountree III, RB, Los Angeles Chargers

The Chargers like Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson to carry the load, but there is some uncertainty behind them. Joshua Kelley showed flashes as a rookie last year but was inconsistent. Rountree should push him for a roster spot in camp.

199) Jaylen Twyman, DT, Minnesota Vikings

A 2020 opt-out, Twyman is coming off a 10.5 sack campaign as primarily an interior lineman in 2019. His pass rush upside is intriguing, but teams worried about his trajectory after his absence from the field last season and a disappointing pro day.

200) Brandin Echols, DB, New York Jets (via Raiders)

Echols is small with average instincts and offers little outside of a nickel role in the secondary. However, he is an outstanding athlete who can be sticky in man coverage. Having a special teams impact will be key for his NFL future.

201) Rodarius Williams, DB, New York Giants

The Giants' defense ranked in the bottom 10 in completion percentage allowed last season. Williams improved his draft stock with a strong 2020 campaign and looks like a contender to compete for a rotational job in the Giants' secondary as early as 2021.

202) Chris Evans, RB, Cincinnati Bengals

Joe Mixon and Samaje Perine are the main guys in the RB room, but an infusion of competition behind them is needed. Evans has enough skill in the pass game to gain an edge over other hopefuls in camp.

203) Marquez Stevenson, WR, Buffalo Bills (via Texans)

Stevenson isn't likely to win a significant role as a wide receiver in a stacked position group next year, but his explosiveness should be coveted as a returner, where he's scored three touchdowns in the last two seasons. His downfield ability aids his chances as an offensive contributor in the next few years.

204) Shi Smith, WR, Carolina Panthers (via Bears)

There is room for competition among Carolina's reserve wide receivers, and it could be Smith's combination of speed and toughness that wins coaches over in camp, particularly in a slot role. Still, he will need to flash on special teams to stick around.

205) Racey McMath, WR, Tennessee Titans

In the sixth round, teams look for guys with traits who can contribute on special teams, and McMath fits that bill. There isn't much upside as a receiver, but he may be the best gunner in this year's draft. Not bad work if you can find it.

206) Landon Young, OT, New Orleans Saints (via Colts)

The Saints boast maybe the best tackle combo in the league, but you can always add insurance. Young, as a reserve tackle, is a nice value here midway through the sixth round.

207) Jonathan Marshall, DT, New York Jets (via Chiefs)

The Jets will look to develop Marshall into a rotational disruptor who can line up over center, but he's likely better as a 3-technique. He doesn't offer much as a pass rusher but can help their run defense.

208) Stone Forsythe, OT, Seattle Seahawks (via Bears)

With their third and final pick of the draft, the Seahawks finally address their biggest need. Forsythe excels as a pass protector, but he'll need to become a more consistent run blocker in order to gain the trust of his coaches as a starter.

209) Jalen Camp, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (via Rams)

The Jaguars take a classic height/weight/speed prospect with the hope of stashing and developing him into a contributor down the line. Camp is very raw from a technical standpoint, but offers explosive traits you take a flyer on this late.

210) Victor Dimukeje, LB, Arizona Cardinals (via Ravens)

A proven technician, Dimukeje has the production and flashes intrigue teams like on Day 3. His ability to defeat blocks with his hands and angles should elevate him above other rotational contenders in camp.

211) Demetric Felton, RB, Cleveland Browns

Felton will be competing with fellow rookie Anthony Schwartz for the gadget/return role in camp. While Schwartz offers world-class speed, don't sleep on Felton's play-making skills as a RB, WR and returner.

212) Damar Hamlin, DB, Buffalo Bills (via Texans)

The Bills take one of the more productive defensive backs in the ACC in Hamlin. His ball skills, speed and toughness stand out, but his mark will be made on special teams early in his career.

213) Rachad Wildgoose, DB, Buffalo Bills

Looking for secondary depth and special teams contributors, the Bills take the versatile Wildgoose, who has experience inside and outside. His competitive nature will garner a close look from coaches, but he must prove he offers a standout trait to stick around and develop.

214) Cole Van Lanen, OG, Green Bay Packers

Van Lanen was a career tackle at Wisconsin, but many teams value him inside, including the Packers. His strength is in the run game, but there is some lower body work he needs to clean up to become a reliable pass protector.

215) Brady Breeze, DB, Tennessee Titans

The Titans have used their late picks to bolster their special teams. After selecting the best gunner in this class, they follow up with one of the most productive special teams coverage performers over the last few seasons.

216) Quincy Roche, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have a penchant for finding productive defenders late on Day 3 and Roche is no exception. What he lacks in athletic traits he makes up for in on-field results. His 54 career TFL and 30.5 career sacks are worth taking a closer look at, and he has a great shot at not only making the team, but earning a rotational job in 2021.

217) Khalil Herbert, RB, Chicago Bears (via Bucs through Seahawks)

The Bears were rumored to seek out RB competition within their committee. Herbert's strong cutting ability and vision are a perfect fit for Chicago's heavy-zone blocking scheme.

218) Sam Ehlinger, QB, Indianapolis Colts (via Saints)

Ehlinger impressed many teams with his intangibles and toughness on the field, but the arm talent shortcomings will be difficult to overcome. He brings dual-threat ability to a room of backups who are more pocket-centric in Indy, but if he doesn't stick, he should find a home with another squad looking to add a backup who can add a spark to their depth chart.

219) Seth Williams, WR, Denver Broncos (via Falcons)

Williams will have a tough time sticking on a team that has invested heavily in his position in the past few seasons. However, if the flashes of dominance he showed in college re-emerge in camp, he'll make it tough on coaches to cut him with their WR unit has dealt with its share of injuries.

220) Isaiah McDuffie, LB, Green Bay Packers

Over the past couple of seasons, the Packers have had to tap into their linebacker depth more often than they'd have liked. McDuffie has the speed and special teams value to stick around as a bottom-of-roster option.

221) Dazz Newsome, WR, Chicago Bears

Newsome flashed intriguing play-making skills in North Carolina's explosive passing offense. The Bears are adding legit competition for a reserve slot and returner role.

222) Thomas Fletcher, LS, Carolina Panthers

Fletcher could be a replacement for the Panthers' current long snapper, 35-year old J.J. Jansen.

223) Tay Gowan, DB, Arizona Cardinals

Gowan has a shot at making this roster due to his combination of size, athleticism and ball skills. His future with the Cardinals will depend on his special teams performance in camp.

224) JaCoby Stevens, LB, Philadelphia Eagles

Stevens is a tweener who has lined up at free safety and outside linebacker throughout his career. His toughness and impact on special teams could impress Eagles' coaches enough to sign him to the active roster.

225) Camaron Cheeseman, LS, Washington Football Team (via Eagles)

Cheeseman joins a team without a long snapper, so the job looks to be his unless he's outplayed in camp by a late addition.

226) Trey Smith, OG, Kansas City Chiefs (via Panthers through Jets)

The Chiefs make a great value pick here as Smith is one of the nastiest finishers in the draft. A four-year starter in the SEC, Smith fell due to health concerns, but he offers starter talent and could be a late-round steal for a team looking to bolster its line.

227) Israel Mukuamu, DB, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys select a second CB measuring over 6-foot-3 to add to Dan Quinn's newly installed defense. Mukuamu is battle-tested and showed he can match up with big targets using his length and athleticism.

228) Thomas Graham Jr., DB, Chicago Bears

Graham isn't a dynamic athlete, but he's ball-aware and plays smart. Don't be surprised if Graham not only makes the team but impresses enough in camp to earn significant rookie snaps on defense.

Round 7

229) Mike Strachan, WR, Indianapolis Colts (via Saints)

Chris Ballard doesn't shy away from small-school, toolsy athletes in the draft. Strachan is an impressive specimen with dynamic ball skills but has a ways to go before he sees in-game reps. He's a project who likely spend the next year or two on a practice squad.

230) Jimmy Morrissey, C, Las Vegas Raiders (via 49ers)

The Raiders are thin up front behind their starters. Morrissey's resume (four-year starter at center) and assignment consistency should help his chances to land a reserve job as a rookie.

231) Larnel Coleman, OT, Miami Dolphins

A defensive lineman when he arrived at UMass, Coleman is still growing into his position at tackle and now making the leap to face NFL competition. He is likely a couple years away from earning a backup job.

232) Phil Hoskins, DT, Carolina Panthers (via Titans)

Hoskins will likely serve as a camp body with some upside to compete for a backup job due to his measurables and experience competing in the SEC.

233) Jake Funk, RB, Los Angeles Rams (via Texans)

Don't be fooled by Funk's lack of college production (968 rush yards in five seasons), as multiple knee injuries derailed his career. His impressive athletic profile and big-play flashes on film are worth a look this late in the draft.

234) Patrick Johnson, LB, Philadelphia Eagles

The Eagles continue to add bodies to their defensive front, this time with Johnson, who followed up a productive career (40.0 TFL and 24.5 sacks) with an impressive pro day.

235) Wyatt Huber, DE, Cincinnati Bengals

With another pass-rush specialist, the Bengals made it clear they want to improve one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL. Hubert is more of a clean-up artist who could find it difficult to separate himself from others at his position in camp. However, his energy and quickness give him a fighting chance to stick around.

236) Jack Anderson, OG, Buffalo Bills

Buffalo runs a decent amount of outside zone, which is where Anderson has excelled. His length and athletic limitations do make his roster chances a longshot this year.

237) Kary Vincent Jr., DB, Denver Broncos

Vincent's lack of size and strength will make it an uphill climb to earn a roster spot with the Broncos. However, his SEC experience playing in the slot as well as his explosive athletic traits are worth stashing for development.

238) Matt Farniok, OG, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys add some late-round OL insurance that they'll evaluate in camp for a backup spot. Farniok has experience inside and outside.

239) Jonathon Cooper, LB, Denver Broncos

Cooper dealt with some injuries in college, but his production and playing energy when he was on the field are worth kicking the tires on. As a bonus, he's one of the stronger character guys in this class.

240) Will Bradley-King, DE, Washington Football Team (via Eagles)

Ron Rivera values length in his edge defenders and Bradley-King fits that mold. His pursuit effort and football character give him a fighting chance at a rotational role.

241) Mark Webb, DB, Los Angeles Chargers

A budding defensive back, the former WR offers intriguing developmental upside for a defense that values versatility. He can play in the slot and has a chance to make an immediate impact on special teams coverage units.

242) Tre Nixon, WR, New England Patriots

Nixon was a standout on one of the nation's most explosive passing attacks as a downfield target. The Patriots are kicking the tires on a project who can potentially help them stretch defenses down the line.

243) James Wiggins, DB, Arizona Cardinals

Wiggins is arguably the most athletic safety in this year's class, but injuries have caused him to slip into the seventh round. He flashed play-making skills in coverage when he was on the field and could wind up as one of the better value picks.

244) Gerrid Doaks, RB, Miami Dolphins (via Washington)

Doaks adds legitimate competition to the Dolphins' RB room with his blend of size and strength as a runner. He's not flashy, but he is well-rounded and can stay on the field regardless of down.

245) Tre Norwood, DB, Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Tomlin valued Norwood's experience at corner and safety. He flashed impressive ball skills, but the inconsistencies in coverage and as a tackler could cause coaches to second guess in camp.

246) Shaka Toney, DE, Washington Football Team

Toney is a solid value pick here after posting strong numbers as a pass rusher in college and following it up with an impressive pro day. He needs polish, but there is enough promise to stash him on the practice squad and develop him into a rotational edge rusher.

247) Michal Menet, C, Arizona Cardinals

Menet held his own against blue-chip competition in his three years as a starter at center. His technical approach could be enough to overcome physical deficiencies and allow him to compete for a starting job down the road.

248) Will Fries, OT, Indianapolis Colts

In the final round, Chris Ballard finds a guy who has started games across the offensive line, and expect the Colts to find his best fit. He's likely a practice squad player.

249) Ben Skowronek, WR, Los Angeles Rams (via Jaguars)

Skowronek hangs his hat on his toughness and size to finish at all levels of the field, but his athletic limitations may force coaches to get creative with how they deploy him should he stick with the team. He may have a future as a move tight end.

250) Khyiris Tonga, NT, Chicago Bears (via Seahawks)

The Bears found a massive gap occupier with above average range for his size. There is a role for him in the NFL, and Bears coaches are likely to give him a legit shot at competing for a roster spot in 2021.

251) Chris Wilcox, DB, Tamp Bay Buccaneers

Wilcox opened some eyes with his pro day testing (4.38-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-2, 198 pounds). His coverage fluidity and production are underwhelming, however, so he'll need to stand out on special teams.

252) Chris Garrett, LB, Los Angeles Rams

Garrett caught the Rams' attention with his college production (48.5 TFL, 36.5 sacks in three years), albeit vs. poor competition. His size and speed are worth kicking the tires on in camp.

253) Marquiss Spencer, DE, Denver Broncos

Spencer is a grinder who relies on his size and strength to create disruption, but he needs ample technical development, which is a concern for a five-year senior. His traits are worth evaluating in camp as a potential stash guy.

254) Pressley Harvin III, P, Pittsburgh Steelers

The 2020 Ray Guy Award winner is the leading candidate to take over the Steelers' punting duties after the team ranked in the lower half of the NFL in punt average last season.

255) Kawaan Baker, WR, New Orleans Saints

Baker is a big, tough receiver with above average speed to compete against NFL defenders. He's as raw as they come, however, and will likely spend a couple seasons on the practice squad as he learns to separate against pro corners.

256) Kylin Hill, RB, Green Bay Packers

Hill was a productive back in the SEC before opting out for most of the 2020 season. His talent is better than his draft slot as he can contribute on all downs.

257) Jermar Jefferson, RB, Detroit Lions (via Browns)

The Lions are likely to utilize a heavy-running back committee, and Jefferson should add some legitimate competition for that third RB spot. He has the big-play potential to open some eyes during camp.

258) Dax Milne, WR, Washington Football Team (via Dolphins)

Washington takes a flyer on Zach Wilson's favorite 2020 target. Milne won't grab your attention with his athleticism, but he's a reliable player from the slot and could win coaches over with his consistency as a chain mover.

259) Grant Stuard, LB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mr. Irrelevant has a great shot at earning a roster spot as a rookie. The Senior Bowl invite plays with great competitive energy and has the play speed and tenacity to excel on special teams coverage units early in his career.

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