We are on the final stretch of our NFL mock draft for the first round. In this stretch we will go over picks 21 to 32. These picks are for those teams who made the playoffs last year. Do not be surprised if one of these teams trade back into the second round as this happens every year. We will be talking over trade spots next week so that will not be included in this NFL mock draft. Let us dive in to the final picks of our NFL mock draft.
Very High = Near Lock
High = Very Good Chance
Medium = Likely but not certain
Low = Tough Spot to Call
21. Philadelphia Eagles – C.J. Henderson. Confidence: Medium.
The Eagles are either going to draft a speedy wide receiver or draft a shutdown cornerback. Being that I had Ruggs drafted earlier cornerback would be the best option here. C.J. Henderson has very good coverage skills and prevents separation. He is physical and can become a dominant player. If he is here the Eagles should not pass him up.
22. Buffalo Bills – Tee Higgins. Confidence: High.
The Bills have long needed a dominant wide receiver and they have missed out on a few. Higgins is a lengthy receiver who has the ability to make tough catches in traffic. He is a good route runner and he has very good hands. With John Brown more of a speedy playmaker Higgins could be a compliment as the big target the Bills and Josh Allen needs.
23. New England Patriots – Cole Kmet. Confidence: Medium.
You can never be 100% sure of what the Patriots will do. The Patriots struggled to have success on the offensive side of the ball and can use another weapon. The tight end position has long been important to the Patriots and Kmet could be the next great tight end. He has very good size and good hands. Being that the Patriots do not have a 2nd round pick they may want to jump on him here or trade back.
24. New Orleans Saints – Justin Jefferson. Confidence: High.
Michael Thomas had 93 more catches than all the other Saints receivers combined. They need to get a true number 2 receiver to compliment Thomas and I feel Jefferson would be that guy. Jefferson played in the New Orleans area at LSU and many around there know about him. He has speed, good length and has big play potential whenever gets the ball. Look for him to be a playmaker in the Saints offense.
25. Minnesota Vikings – Kristian Fulton. Confidence: High.
The Vikings have a lot of talent on both sides of the ball. On paper the secondary looked very strong this year again but they struggled almost all year. With Xavier Rhodes regressing more than any player and multiple free agents the Vikings will need to attack this position. Fulton has very good cover skills and prevents separation with his physical play. He could be a very good player for Mike Zimmer’s system.
26. Miami Dolphins – Austin Jackson. Confidence: Low.
With the Dolphins third pick they can go any number of directions. I already had them drafting Tua and A.J. Epenesa to secure a stud on both sides. Here I would prefer them to go tackle but the drop off at the position can be seen after the first few players. Austin Jackson is a raw talent who is very athletic. He has quick feet, is agile and can become a very solid player. However our bet is that the Dolphins will surprise us with this pick and can go many ways.
27. Seattle Seahawks – Solomon Kindley. Confidence: Low.
The Seahawks are another team where they could go many ways. Of course Clowney’s free agency decision will impact this pick but I am looking towards the Seahawks improving their line. Being in the NFC West means going against teams with dominant defensive lineman. Kindley was a dominant interior lineman for the Bulldogs who should transition well into the NFL. He is sound with his technique and is quick. With development he can become a stud in Pete Carroll’s system.
28. Baltimore Ravens – K’Lavon Chaisson. Confidence: Medium.
The Ravens defense blitzed more times than any other team last season. They were unable to get a solid pass rush due to their lack of an effective pass rusher. To me it is crucial they try to get a play who has playmaking abilities on the outside. I like Chaisson here because he has a ton of athletic ability and can be used in multiple ways for this unique defense. Of course he may be off the board by this point but if not the Ravens should draft him.
29. Tennessee Titans – Terrell Lewis. Confidence: Low.
The Titans could go several different directions here. I was very tempted to pull the trigger and give them a running back to pair with Derrick Henry such as Dobbins. However I feel they need an outside rusher who could get after the quarterback. Lewis is a dynamic playmaker who has good length. He is a very powerful pass rusher in my opinion and could develop into a very good player. This would be a good spot to take him for the Titans with a lot of edge rushers off the board.
30. Green Bay Packers – Jalen Reagor. Confidence: High.
The Packers need another explosive receiver to go along with Davante Adams. I fully believe Reagor is being undervalued as a player. He has monster speed and can be a game changer for whoever drafts him. With Rodgers arm and Reagors speed it would open up a lot of field for the Packers. I fully believe the Packers will take him with this pick.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Jeff Gladney. Confidence: Low.
The 49ers are an interesting team this draft. For one they do not have a pick until the 5th round which should be a reason for them to trade back. Without trading back I feel they need to a cornerback to compensate for an aging Sherman. Gladney may be a bit of a reach here but he has excellent cover skills for a team with minimum picks. Again this most likely will be a trade back but if not the 49ers should take the best available corner.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – Kenneth Murray. Confidence: Medium.
The Chiefs should look to improve on the defensive side of the ball. They have a ton of free agents and have never had an impactful linebacker. Murray is very quick and is a physical linebacker. He can cover the field and is a tackling machine. The Chiefs should look to draft him in this spot.
This ends the last few picks of our first round NFL mock draft. Yes we have about 2 months until the draft but we feel confidence about the route we are taking for this draft. If you have not done so check out our article on the top 10 picks and picks 11 to 20. We will be discussing about a lot of different routes this draft can take through trades over the next few weeks. With the combine in two weeks it will be very important to watch who rises and falls for the draft. Let the excitement begin.