2021 NFC South draft

Skrevet af Ulrik Gorm

Skrevet af Ulrik Gorm

den 30. april 2021

Få overblikket over divisionsrivalernes draftklasser.

Atlanta Falcons

1.runde (#4): Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

The draft’s unicorn is a unique talent utilizing his NBA power forward-like size and All-Pro-caliber receiving skills to create mismatches all over the field. Pitts will command double coverage from Day 1 while moving the chains or scoring touchdowns from the slot or perimeter.

– Analyse fra NFL.com

2.runde (#40): Richie Grant, S, UCF

The active playmaker from UCF displays natural instincts and awareness in coverage. Grant has terrific eyes and diagnostic skills attacking the ball from the deep middle, while also flashing solid tackling skills as run-pass defender. He should push for playing time as a spot starter/sub-defender early on for Atlanta.

– Analyse fra NFL.com

3.runde (#68): Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

The monstrous edge blocker from Michigan is a bully knocking around defenders at the point of attack. Despite being a little limited as a space athlete, Mayfield’s rugged game and sound technique gives him a chance to blossom.

– Analyse fra NFL.com

4.runde (#108): Darren Hall, CB, San Diego State

Hall is a versatile defensive back addition to a team in desperate need of secondary depth. The Falcons’ defense was dead last in pass yards allowed last year, resulting from a combination of injuries and poor DB play. Hall should get a shot at significant playing time as a rookie.

– Mark Dulgerian

4.runde (#114): Drew Dalman, C, Stanford

The Titans ran a ton of outside zone under Arthur Smith last season, so Dalman fits what Smith is likely to bring to Atlanta. The Stanford prospect offers excellent quickness and is one of the finest technicians in this class. He should compete for immediate starter reps.

– Mark Dulgerian

5.runde (#148): Ta’Quon Graham, DT, Texas

One of the Falcons’ biggest needs entering the draft was defensive line. Surprisingly, this was their first pick that addresses that need. Graham flashes some disruption ability as a pass rusher but may lack the dynamic skills to earn significant rotational reps.

– Mark Dulgerian

5. runde (#182): Adetokunbo Ogundeji, DE, Notre Dame

Falcons edge defenders combined for 9.0 sacks in 2020, tied for 30th in the NFL. New DC Dean Pees has had some success in developing pass rushers, and Ogundeji offers the length and speed to emerge as a contributor in a rotation.

– Mark Dulgerian

5. runde (#183): Avery Williams, CB, Boise State

There’s no limit to how many defensive backs you select when you boast the league’s worst pass defense. Williams isn’t physically imposing, but he has outstanding coverage quickness to go with the toughness you want in a nickel. He’s also a superb special teamer that has returned a combined nine career blocks and kick returns for touchdowns.

– Mark Dulgerian

6. runde (#187): Frank Darby, WR, Arizona State

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.

– Mark Dulgerian

Carolina Panthers

1.runde (#8): Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina

Horn is an explosive athlete with the tools to evolve into a shutdown corner. He has the ability to neutralize opponents with an aggressive bump-and-run style that also mixes in some shadowboxing techniques at the line of scrimmage. He isn’t a finished product, but his potential makes him an easy pick for a Panthers team looking for a premier cover corner.

– Analyse fra NFL.com

2. runde (#59): Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU

The Panthers get a big-bodied pass catcher with strong hands and outstanding ball skills. Marshall is a solid complementary receiver on the outside with the potential to evolve into a WR1 in time.

– Analyse fra NFL.com

3. runde (#70): Brady Christensen, OT, Brigham Young

As a mature player with experience, athleticism and a solid technical game, Christensen mixes power with finesse on the edges. The BYU product has a chance to be a solid starter in Joe Brady’s offense early in his career.

– Bucky Brooks

3. runde (#83): Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame

As a true H-Back with solid blocking skills, Tremble adds an element to the Panthers’ offense as the designated blocker in multi-tight end sets.

– Analyse fra NFL.com

4.runde (#126): Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State

The depth and play-making ability behind Christian McCaffrey is bleak, and Hubbard was one of the most explosive backs in college football over the past few seasons. Matt Rhule is familiar with the Big 12 and is aware of the former Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year’s special skill set.

– Mark Dulgerian

5.runde (#158): Daviyon Nixon, DT, Iowa

Despite spending their seventh overall pick on Derrick Brown last year, the Panthers still gave up 5.2 yards per rush between the tackles last season, according to Next Gen Stats (second-most in NFL). Nixon has Day 2 talent but likely fell due to off-field concerns. He has starter potential and could wind up being a Day 3 steal.

– Mark Dulgerian

5. runde (#166): Keith Taylor, CB, Washington

The NFC South may have the tallest group of pass catchers in the NFL and the Panthers have taken notice. Their heavy zone scheme calls for big corners and Taylor fits the bill. Carolina’s defense relies on takeaways, so his ability to improve his ball skills will be key to sticking around.

– Mark Dulgerian

6. runde (#193): Deonte Brown, G, Alabama

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.

– Mark Dulgerian

6. runde (#204): Shi Smith, WR, South Carolina

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.

– Mark Dulgerian

6. runde (#222): Thomas Fletcher, LS, Alabama

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

– Mark Dulgerian

7. runde (#232): Phil Hoskins, DT, Kentucky

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.

– Mark Dulgerian

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

1.runde (#32): Joe Tryon, EDGE, Washington

As a big, athletic edge defender with explosive first-step quickness and a nonstop motor, Tryon could give opponents problems at the line of scrimmage. He is a disruptive force on the edge with some “take over the game” potential as a versatile pass rusher/playmaker.

– Analyse fra NFL.com

2. runde (#64): Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

The statuesque passer lit up SEC defenses as a surgeon from the pocket. Trask lacks a big arm but he is a pinpoint thrower with intelligence, instincts and awareness.

– Analyse fra NFL.com

3. runde (#95): Robert Hainsey, OT, Notre Dame

The scrappy tackle from Notre Dame maximizes his talent with solid technique. It isn’t always pretty but Hainsey’s ability to win downs will make him a solid backup in Tampa with a chance to ascend to a starting role down the road.

– Analyse fra NFL.com

4.runde (#129): Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas

Darden was quietly one of the most productive receivers in college football last season thanks to his home run speed and play-making instincts. He’s small but could fill a void as a catch-and-run weapon for the Bucs should they lose some WR firepower next year. He could see an immediate role as a returner.

– Mark Dulgerian

5. runde (#176): K.J. Britt, LB, Auburn

Britt is nowhere near the athlete Tampa’s two starting linebackers are, but he can infuse an element of physicality behind them. His run fits are heavy and he plays with tone-setting energy. Special teams is where he will contribute as a rookie.

– Mark Dulgerian

7. runde (#251): Chris Wilcox, CB, Brigham Young

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.

– Mark Dulgerian

7. runde (#259): Grant Stuard, LB, Houston

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.

– Mark Dulgerian

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