2021 NFL mock draft: Panthers trade up, Steelers land help on offense

Zach Wilson #1 of the Brigham Young Cougars. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
Zach Wilson #1 of the Brigham Young Cougars. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Teven Jenkins #73 and tight end Baron Odom #86 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /

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25. Traded to, Tennessee Titans: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia 

The Titans still get a good player here with Ojulari. He had a great bowl game that saw him dominate the lesser competition. This defense needs work as it got exposed against the Baltimore Ravens in the playoffs. The secondary needs help as well but the former Georgia Bulldog was too hard to pass on.

26. Cleveland Browns: Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida

The Browns are coming off their best season in decades. The defense is tough and the offense is doing well with a great offensive line. Baker Mayfield continues to be suspect at times so getting him another weapon would help their cause of staying playoff contenders.

27. Baltimore Ravens: Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama 

Leatherwood had a bad week down at the Senior Bowl but he is still one of the best tackles in the NFL draft. Orlando Brown wants out of the organization so the need is there. Ronnie Stanley will be returning but Leatherwood helps provide stability along the front.

28. New Orleans Saints: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

New Orleans is at a crossroads as Drew Brees still has a decision to make in regards to his retirement. The secondary is one of the many reasons this team lost in the playoffs. Moehrig is a top safety in this class and will help provide stability in the backend as Malcolm Jenkins gets older.

29. Green Bay Packers: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri 

This team has not been able to capitalize on the Aaron Rodgers era besides winning one Super Bowl. The defense has a good front line but behind that, they’re lacking. Bolton is a speedy athletic linebacker that can help roam the middle.

30. Buffalo Bills: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse 

It was a very nice season by the Bills that ended in heartbreak at the hands of Patrick Mahomes. This is a great up and coming team that is very close to the big game. Suring up their defense and adding another good corner across from Tre’Davious White would be a huge upgrade.

31. Kansas City Chiefs: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

One thing that many learned while watching the Super Bowl was you cannot win without starting-caliber offensive linemen playing. Saying it was ugly is an understatement. Adding a tackle to help protect the franchise is always a good idea even with players coming back from injury.

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Najee Harris, RB, Alabama 

Steelers fans will hate this idea that Harris falls to them and gets selected to go play with Tom Brady. This is a win-now team and adding a player like Harris shows that even with the starter Ronald Jones still there you can never have enough weapons. Leonard Fournette is a free agent so it is unknown if he will return but adding Harris here will replace him with an upgrade.

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This year’s draft will be unique and unpredictable with trades since there are so many quarterbacks available. This mock draft displayed some players that fell and some trading up to try and secure a franchise player.