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With the 72nd pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select....

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Nico Collins, WR, Michigan

Former Michigan wide receiver Nico Collins enters the 2021 NFL Draft process after having opted out of the 2020 college football season. That was a decision made due to uncertainty around the status of the college schedule amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic—Collins wanted to be as productive with his time as possible, so he began advanced training for the NFL Scouting Combine. On the field, Collins is a big-play threat vertically down the field that pairs very good vertical speed with excellent ball skills. There’s little question upon a deep dive of Collins’ tape that he was not done any favors by the Wolverines' passing game during his tenure with the team—his college quarterbacks failed to really take advantage of the mismatch he presents on the boundary and the Wolverines’ team identity wasn’t rooted in feeding their receivers the football. All that does is make Collins a major breakout candidate and someone I expect will be a much better professional player than a collegiate one. Collins has overwhelming size and the second gear needed to consistently stack defensive backs; projecting him into a vertical passing offense would make the most sense in trying to find an ideal role. Collins isn’t the most well-rounded wide receiver and because of that he may take some time to fully flesh out the rest of the game, but he has a trump card and translatable traits that should carve him an immediate role in the NFL. Just how big that is will likely depend on the rest of the wide receiver room he lands in.

Ideal Role: X-receiver, developmental starter.

Scheme Fit: Vertical passing offense.
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Fit for the Lions:

The Lions starting WRers right now is Breshad Perriman and Quintez Cephus.

The Carolina Panthers and @G00seY3 is up
 

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@G00seY3 left me his selection:

Elijah Molden, DB, Washington


The son of former Oregon and NFL defensive back Alex Molden was a top-200 overall recruit nationally out of West Linn, Oregon. His brother, Isaiah, was a defensive lineman at Western Oregon. Elijah Molden played in all 13 games as a reserve and on special teams as a true freshman in 2017 (19 tackles, one pass breakup). He earned all-conference status as a sophomore, garnering second-team honors as a special teams ace (also won the team's Special Teams Player of the Year Award) by making 29 total tackles while also breaking up five passes in 14 games (two starts) on defense. Molden pulled off a rare feat for a cornerback, leading the Huskies with 79 tackles in 13 starts as a junior. He also topped the squad with four interceptions, 13 pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles on his way to first-team All-Pac-12 honors. League coaches voted him to the top squad in 2020, as well (26 tackles, one interception, one pass breakup). He was a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is also known as the Academic Heisman. -- by Chad Reuter


Hopefully G00seY comes back and writes up a longer bio. I wanted him to fall to my next pick, he's a hell of a player despite his lack of height.

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With the 75th Pick, The DALLAS COWBOYS select:

Baron Browning, The Ohio State University
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  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 240 pounds
  • Position: Linebacker
  • 40 Yard Dash: 4.53 (per Daniel Jeremiah at his pro day)

The Cowboys see this as a major steal for their club. Another local kid from 40 minutes outside of Dallas. Browning was the number 1 OLB prospect (Rivals, 247 and Scout) coming out of high school. Athletic, explosive linebacker who flashed dominance. Fast moving in every direction, fluid getting to the play laterally, and possesses a burst to the ball. Cuts off the corners from running backs, shows strength, and makes the tackle in space. Explosive hitter who jars the ball loose, forcing fumbles. Quick and fluid in reverse, displays outstanding range, and fires to the ball out of his plant in coverage. Plays off blocks, redirects to the ball handler, and immediately alters his angle of attack getting to the action.



Could be another impact player in year 1 for the Cowboys, who feel they've added 3 starting caliber players for their defense in their first three selections.

1st- Patrick Surtain II; CB; Florida State
2nd- Levi Onwuzirke; IDL; Washington
3rd- Baron Browning; LB; Ohio State

@Snowblind
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With the 76th pick in the 2021 RCF Mock Draft, The New York Jones' select

Alim McNeill, DT, NC State

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Measurables​

Height: 6020 (6-foot-2 inches)
Weight: 320 pounds

Career Stats​

Games Played: 32
Tackles: 77
Tackles For a loss: 17.5
Sacks: 10.0
Forced Fumbles: 2
Passes Defensed: 5

Strengths
  • Broad through chest and thighs with low center of gravity.
  • Three-for-one big man with power, explosiveness and athleticism.
  • Operates with desired contact balance and body control.
  • Moves fluidly with athletic gait in pursuit.
  • Has potential to become more disruptive if allowed to one-gap.
  • Strong base to play through the edge and maintain positioning.
  • Upper-body turn helps him find the edge.
  • Harmonious hands and feet to maneuver around protection.
  • Flashes bull-rush potential when playing the angles.
  • College rush production is a big plus for him.
Weaknesses
  • Effectively neutralized by Clemson in 2019.
  • Started fewer than 20 games.
  • Strong but sawed-off, with stubby arms.
  • Slow diagnosis will get him reached by blocks.
  • Unable to quickly shed and rid blocks due to lack of length.
  • Occasionally swallowed by size on double teams.
  • Limited range to tackle working off of blocks.
  • Not much secondary rush when initial attack stalls.
  • Needs to find go-to move for quicker wins as rusher.

Gettlemen gets his hogmolly
 
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With the 77th pick in the 2021 RCF Mock Draft, the Los Angeles Chargers select Landon Dickerson, Offensive Lineman, University of Alabama.

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After drafting for need with our first two picks, the Chargers have a bit of freedom to take the best player available left on their board. Dickerson plummets down draft boards after his injury in the SEC title game, but the Chargers scoop him up to continue improving their offensive line to both protect Justin Herbert when he drops back, and make the game easier for him by improving our running game. We feel comfortable that Dickerson, if healthy, is a day one upgrade at guard for us, and can profile as a future center if we need to move on from Linsley to save money.

Per PFF, "His tape was as dominant as we've seen at the center position this past year, though. He earned a 91.3 overall grade."

Per PFN, Dickerson is a "...tough, physical center with nice size but a long injury history. Plays smart football, keeps his head on a swivel, and works well with linemates. Nasty, attacks opponents, and will hit two or even three defenders on a single snap. Stays square, keeps his feet moving, and gets his hands into defenders. Strong, seals opponents from the action with great body positioning, and blocks with leverage. Effective with the shotgun snap."

@Rookie and the Baltimore Ravens are on the clock.
 

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With the 78nd pick in the 2021 RCF Mock Draft, The Baltimore Ravens select

Dyami Brown WR North Carolina
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  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 185 pounds

Really excited to draft Brown to a WR room that just added Sammy Watkins. This should make for a dynamic and fun to watch group while also finally giving Lamar some weapons

Tony Pauline’s Scouting Report -

Positives: Game-breaking receiver with an underrated game. Fluid releasing off the line, quickly gets into breaks and stays low on exit, positioning himself to make the reception. Tracks the ball in the air, looks the pass into his hands, and easily makes the reception in stride or at full speed. Extends and makes the catch away from his frame.

Tracks the pass in the air and makes the difficult over-the-shoulder reception downfield. Displays good eye/hand coordination in the deep field. Goes over the middle, adjusts to the errant throw, and grabs the pass from the air. Displays terrific timing on receptions and looks the ball into his hands. Plays with balance as well as body control.

Negatives: Struggles in battles. Lacks a true second gear.

Analysis: Brown has displayed himself as a legitimate vertical threat in the North Carolina offense the past two years, as he’s a receiver who consistently comes away with big plays down the field. He needs to fill out his frame, but Brown has all the tools necessary to develop into a No. 2 wideout at the next level.

@CosmoKramer is on the clock.
 

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With the 82nd pick in the NFL Draft the Packers select....

OT/G Spencer Brown from Northern Iowa

(@Randolphkeys another big man for ya just like you like them)

(Ill update this later, dinner is just about ready)

@bronko is up, @KIisKing on deck and @Amherstcavsfan is in the hole!
 

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With the 83rd pick in the NFL draft, the Chicago Bears select D'wayne Eskridge , wide receiver from Westerm Michigan.
With Nick Foles and Andy Dalton in my QB room, I really needed a developmental quarterback here, but the value isn't there at 83. Kyle Trask? So I went with a receiver/gadget guy with blazing speed but deficient size. Should pair up with Robinson, but probably a slot guy. Averaged over 30yards a catch final two years and doesn't have the injury issues other top remaining wr's have. We'll look for a qb in the later rounds.

@KIisKing is on the clock.




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D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan – NFL Draft Player Profile​

There’s always the need for speed in the NFL. That’s why Western Michigan wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge has immense NFL Draft potential.

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Published
February 23, 2021
D'Wayne Eskridge, Wide Receiver, Western Michigan - NFL Draft Player Profile

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There exists a perpetual need for speed at the NFL. Players who can not only create space but elongate that space, are in short supply. No matter their limitations, they generate an exclusive kind of interest on the draft circuit. Western Michigan wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge will no doubt benefit from this in the 2021 NFL Draft.

D’Wayne Eskridge 2021 NFL Draft Profile​

  • Position: Wide Receiver
  • School: Western Michigan
  • Current Year: Redshirt Senior
  • Height: 5’9 1/8″
  • Weight: 190 pounds
  • Wingspan: 74 1/8″
  • Arm: 30 1/8″
  • Hand: 9″

Tony Pauline’s D’Wayne Eskridge Scouting Report​

Positives: Three-year starter coming off a terrific senior campaign. Eskridge is quick-footed, uses his hands to separate from defenders, and can turn it on in a single step. Fast and possesses a second gear as well as a legitimate downfield burst.
Nicely adjusts to the errant throw, makes the difficult catch in contorted positions, and looks at the ball go into his hands. Easily makes the reception in stride at full speed. Comes back to the ball out of breaks and displays soft hands. Gives effort blocking when the situation presents itself.
Negatives: Small, struggles in battles, and will struggle to handle press coverage at the next level. Easily brought down at the point by a single defender. Needs space to work.
Analysis: Eskridge is a home-run threat at the receiver position, averaging more than 20 yards per catch the past three years. He’s a big-play wideout who has size limitations, but he should get late-round consideration as a slot receiver/return specialist.
 
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@G00seY3 left me his selection:

Elijah Molden, DB, Washington


The son of former Oregon and NFL defensive back Alex Molden was a top-200 overall recruit nationally out of West Linn, Oregon. His brother, Isaiah, was a defensive lineman at Western Oregon. Elijah Molden played in all 13 games as a reserve and on special teams as a true freshman in 2017 (19 tackles, one pass breakup). He earned all-conference status as a sophomore, garnering second-team honors as a special teams ace (also won the team's Special Teams Player of the Year Award) by making 29 total tackles while also breaking up five passes in 14 games (two starts) on defense. Molden pulled off a rare feat for a cornerback, leading the Huskies with 79 tackles in 13 starts as a junior. He also topped the squad with four interceptions, 13 pass breakups and tied for the team lead with three forced fumbles on his way to first-team All-Pac-12 honors. League coaches voted him to the top squad in 2020, as well (26 tackles, one interception, one pass breakup). He was a finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy, which is also known as the Academic Heisman. -- by Chad Reuter


Hopefully G00seY comes back and writes up a longer bio. I wanted him to fall to my next pick, he's a hell of a player despite his lack of height.

@sportscoach is on the clock with the Sex Packers.
Elijah Molden - DB

College: Washington

Height: 5'10"

Weight:
190 lbs


Elijah Molden is a baller, all the way. There are some limitations in his game but he just plays the game of football so well. He has a few foundational traits around which he molds his game, most notably his instincts and quick processing ability.

Molden is a smart player who sees things with impressive quickness. He can diagnose plays preemptively with his awareness of alignments and motions, and he also has the quick reaction ability to divert course mid-play. Molden’s processing enables him to remain one step ahead.

Washington’s Elijah Molden fits the mold of what could be the next Honey Badger. Lacking long speed and length, Molden wins with his ability to have natural instincts finding the football. He has an excellent feel for taking away the football not just in the air but forcing fumbles in a way that in a manner similar to vintage Tyrann Mathieu. Molden will win with elite instincts at the next level that is mixed in with a competitive nature to fill the role as both a starting nickel with value to give you snaps as a two-high safety.

Molden has solidified himself as one of the best hybrid defensive backs in the country. He has great closing speed and ball skills that he shows off while lined up at single high, and his instincts in coverage make him a healthy projection to nickel corner and safety at the next level. He would be a perfect Swiss army knife for Phil Snow’s cover 3 defense.
 

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With the 84th pick in the NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select, OT James Hudson from the University of Cincinnati.

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After the offensive line was ravaged by injuries in 2020, it's time for the Eagles to invest in depth. Lane Johnson is a great RT, but with mounting injuries and big salary, it’s the perfect time to pair him with a raw, but promising prospect in Hudson. A late bloomer, Hudson finally come to play his last year with Cincy. He needs to improve his footwork and work on his stiffness, especially against quick defensive linemen, but he is explosive and a hell of a run blocker. A year as an understudy and he should slide well into the Eagles starting lineup in 2022.

Analysis (from Lance Zierlein): Raw but athletic with big, strong hands and the potential to get substantially better with additional technique and strength training. His 2020 tape is erratic, with highs and lows on any given snap. However, teams will be much less interested in his inconsistency and much more interested in the flashes and potential. Hudson’s pass-pro technique and lack of redirect strength are substantial issues and must be corrected before he is game-ready. His lateral quickness and second-level radar will make him a favorite for move-oriented rushing attacks, since he can get to positioning that most linemen can’t. He’s still very much in a developmental phase, but a high ceiling will likely push him up the draft board.

Strengths:
  • Enticing blend of agility and athleticism.
  • Sweet feet take him to the toughest angles as a zone blocker.
  • Moves like a tight end on linebacker cut-offs and pulling blocks.
  • Patient and natural climbing to second level.
  • Above-average radar to find and seal the edge on play-side runs.
  • Displays hand strength to snatch and secure throughout tape.
  • Instinctive feet drive and finish when blocker tries to escape.
  • Raw but possesses talent to handle protection on left side.
  • Traits to become attack-oriented left tackle in protection.
  • Continued to improve technique as season wore on.
Weaknesses:
  • Just 11 starts and 778 total snaps in his career.
  • Pass protection fundamentals require complete overhaul.
  • Over-setting and opening inside post is lingering concern.
  • Despite athleticism, can be slow to activate inside counter slide.
  • Premature opener with weak outside hand.
  • Lacks functional power to fight back when edges are challenged.
  • Positioning and footwork are a work in progress.
  • Lands on faulty landmarks on inside zone.
  • Needs to get hips engaged and eliminate leaning as run blocker.
  • Leaves feet behind and falls off blocks.
@Amherstcavsfan - the Tennessee Titans are on the clock!
 
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