Three-round 2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Rashod Bateman among six WRs picked in Round 2

With the NFL Scouting Combine changing formats this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Reese's Senior Bowl was the last opportunity NFL scouts and decision-markers will have to see such a large cluster of top-level talent compete for positioning in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Most who excelled at the Senior Bowl are listed in my first mock draft of the year. Quarterback Mac Jones (Alabama) played well enough during practices to secure first-round grades. Edge rusher Carlos "Boogie" Basham was dominant at the point of attack, showing that his relative drop in production in 2020 should not overshadow his talents. Receivers lacking size but displaying great quickness made names for themselves, with D'Wayne Eskridge (Western Michigan), Cade Johnson (South Dakota State) and Amari Rodgers (Clemson) turning heads. Small-school offensive linemen Quinn Meinerz (Wisconsin-Whitewater) and Dillon Radunz (North Dakota State) backed up their tape with outstanding performances against FBS stars.

Another dozen Senior Bowlers could be in the first-to-third-round mix come April, but they just missed the cut here due to fierce competition. About 60 to 70 underclassmen and seniors who were not in attendance in Mobile, Alabama, will also be fighting to go in the first three rounds, so some worthy candidates will have to wait until Day 3 to hear their names called.

The free-agent compensatory picks listed in this exercise are based on Lance Zierlein's projections from last April. The official list will be made available by the league over the next few weeks. Four additional picks were added to the end of the third round for franchises losing minority employees to head coach or general manager positions throughout the league. These teams gain a third-round compensatory selection in 2022, as well. The San Francisco 49ers will also receive a third-round compensatory pick in the 2023 draft because two of their employees were hired away this cycle (Robert Saleh by the Jets; Martin Mayhew by Washington). The two tiers of compensatory picks are listed based on record and strength of schedule.

The Matthew Stafford-Jared Goff trade between the Lions and Rams, which included L.A. sending a 2021 third-round pick to Detroit, is factored into this mock. However, it is not yet clear which of the Rams' two third-round picks the Lions will receive once the trade becomes official on March 17. For now, I'm assuming it will be the Rams' original selection.

Pick
33
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
Eric Stokes · CB

School: Georgia | Year: Junior

Pick
34
New York Jets
New York Jets
Joseph Ossai · Edge rusher

School: Texas | Year: Junior

Pick
35
Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
Travis Etienne · RB

School: Clemson | Year: Senior

Pick
36
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
Landon Dickerson · C

School: Alabama | Year: Senior (RS)

Pick
37
Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles
Terrace Marshall · WR

School: LSU | Year: Junior

Pick
38
Cincinnati Bengals
Cincinnati Bengals
Jayson Oweh · Edge rusher

School: Penn State | Year: Sophomore (RS)

Pick
39
Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
Dillon Radunz · OT

School: North Dakota State | Year: Senior (RS)

Pick
40
Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
Trevon Moehrig · S

School: TCU | Year: Junior

Pick
41
Detroit Lions
Detroit Lions
Rashod Bateman · WR

School: Minnesota | Year: Junior

Pick
42
New York Giants
New York Giants
Christian Barmore · DT

School: Alabama | Year: Sophomore (RS)

Pick
43
San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco 49ers
Josh Myers · C

School: Ohio State | Year: Junior (RS)

Pick
44
Dallas Cowboys
Dallas Cowboys
Keith Taylor · CB

School: Washington | Year: Senior

Pick
45
Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville Jaguars
Hunter Long · TE

School: Boston College | Year: Junior (RS)

Pick
46
New England Patriots
New England Patriots
Rondale Moore · WR

School: Purdue | Year: Junior

Pick
47
Los Angeles Chargers
Los Angeles Chargers
Greg Newsome II · CB

School: Northwestern | Year: Junior

Pick
48
Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
Marvin Wilson · DT

School: Florida State | Year: Senior

Pick
49
Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals
Javonte Williams · RB

School: North Carolina | Year: Junior 

Pick
50
Miami Dolphins
Miami Dolphins
Tutu Atwell · WR

School: Louisville | Year: Junior 

Pick
51
Minnesota Vikings
Minnesota Vikings
Andre Cisco · S

PROJECTED TRADE WITH WASHINGTON


School: Syracuse | Year: Junior

Pick
52
Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears
Tamorrion Terry · WR

School: Florida State | Year: Junior (RS)

Pick
53
Tennessee Titans
Tennessee Titans
Pat Freiermuth · TE

School: Penn State | Year: Junior

Pick
54
Indianapolis Colts
Indianapolis Colts
Samuel Cosmi · OT

School: Texas | Year: Junior (RS)

Pick
55
Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
Chazz Surratt · LB

School: North Carolina | Year: Senior (RS) 

Pick
56
Seattle Seahawks
Seattle Seahawks
Alex Leatherwood · OT

School: Alabama | Year: Senior 

Pick
57
Los Angeles Rams
Los Angeles Rams
Aaron Robinson · CB

School: UCF | Year: Senior (RS)

Pick
58
Baltimore Ravens
Baltimore Ravens
Nico Collins · WR

School: Michigan | Year: Senior

Pick
59
Cleveland Browns
Cleveland Browns
Rashad Weaver · Edge rusher

School: Pittsburgh | Year: Senior (RS)

Pick
60
New Orleans Saints
New Orleans Saints
Asante Samuel Jr. · CB

School: Florida State | Year: Junior 

Pick
61
Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
Jabril Cox · LB

School: LSU | Year: Senior (RS)

Pick
62
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
Elijah Molden · CB

School: Washington | Year: Senior 

Pick
63
Kansas City Chiefs
Kansas City Chiefs
Liam Eichenberg · OT

School: Notre Dame | Year: Senior (RS)

Pick
64
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Daviyon Nixon · DT

School: Iowa | Year: Junior (RS)

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