Top 11 late-round steals in 2021 NFL Draft include picks from Patriots, 49ers, Steelers
Hope you haven’t slept on the potential impact players who will be taken on the last day of the 2021 NFL Draft. While most of the round 4 through round 7 picks are made by teams with the idea of improving their roster depth, some come away with prospects who have star potential.
This year there are 11 end-of-round selections that have stood out as great values on dumped games. Here’s a look at the teams that had the biggest interceptions:
Chargers: Chris Rumph II, EDGE, Duke (fourth round, # 118 overall)
Los Angeles needed a smart and productive passer to increase their 3-4 under Brandon Staley and Rumph, once a first round consideration, can be very effective in the system. He is also underrated against running and can develop better covering skills. He’s a solid backing behind Joey Bosa as the team try to replace Melvin Ingram.
Ravens: Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State (fourth round, No.131 overall)
Baltimore has made a point of achieving a more technical sound with stronger, more stable and more reliable possession receivers for Lamar Jackson. After using his first first round on Rashod Bateman, off Minnesota, he landed a slightly different style of target, as Wallace has a small burst of big play with the ability to help well with the machine’s speed and tenacity. to slot.
Texans: Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami (fifth round, # 147 overall)
The Texans had a tough entry into the draft with third-round quarterback Davis Mills, but rebounded well to gain the assets needed for the passing game. After big possession receiver Nico Collins of Michigan, Houston landed Jordan, an athletic target who should have started in the second round. For anyone new to QB, the Texans would be smart to develop Jordan as a wide hybrid more sons than a tackle, given he has rare speed and quickness with which to stretch the court from position.
Patriots: Cameron McGrone, LB, Michigan (fifth round, No.177 overall)
New England has recognized the ideal Swiss Army Knives for Bill Belichick’s defense over the years. McGrone, from the same program as Chase Winovich, will immediately contribute as an active running scorer in their second tier rotation. At the same time, the Patriots will set McGrone behind Dont’a Hightower with rapid development of his immense potential as a pass hunter and cover man.
49ers: Talanoa Hufanga, S, USC (fifth round, No.180 overall)
The 49ers secured cornerback / safety hybrid Ambry Thomas late on Day 2 as a backup and backup plan for longtime first-round starter Jimmie Ward. They were smart to also think about the future of the position held by Jaquiski Tartt, essentially strong security. Hard-hitting security turned GM John Lynch couldn’t ignore Hufanga so late. Hufanga flies up against the run and continues to improve as a blitzer. He also has the effort, intelligence and instinct to become an asset when it comes to coverage.
Jets: Hamsah Nasirlideen, S, Florida State (sixth round, No. 186 overall)
The Jets slowed him down with safe options on Day 3 to help replace the lingering production vacuum of Jamal Adams alongside Marcus Maye. Their two previous job-related choices were disappointing, but Nasirildeen, who should have left on day 2, changes all that. He’s a clean-up man beating against the run in Kam Chancellor mode and he can also use his size and strength well on cover, where there’s a nice room for improvement.
Vikings: Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pittsburgh (sixth round, # 199 overall)
The Vikings made an excellent choice with Twyman’s teammate, ideal 4-3 defensive end Patrick Jones, on Day 2. Joining Pitt’s top four on Day 3 was another blow for general manager Rick Spielman. Twyman has a quick twitch and nimble feet for a 301-pound frame. He also uses his hands and strength well. He can turn into a very disruptive inner passer.
Steelers: Quincy Roche, EDGE, Miami (sixth round, No.216 overall)
Roche has lasted too long on the board after his Hurricanes first-round teammates Jaelan Phillips (Dolphins) and Gregory Rousseau (Bills). Roche ripped it up for Temple with 13 sacks in 2019 before cooling off for Miami. The Steelers, who lost Bud Dupree to TJ Watt, secured a valuable position with Alex Highsmith promoted to a regular role. Don’t be surprised if Roche should perform well immediately on the third downs.
Bears: Dazz Newsome, WR, NC (sixth round, No.221 overall)
The Bears got a strong second or third round value here, taking care of their need for an upgrade at the slot machine receiver. They were disappointed with Anthony Miller, and Newsome provides them with another important component for rookie quarterback Justin Fields to complement Allen Robinson and Darnell Mooney. Newsome doesn’t get the job done with traditional speed, but rather quickness, intelligence, and bursting into space after capture.
Chiefs: Trey Smith, G, Tennessee (sixth round, No. 226 overall)
The Chiefs capped off an impressive offseason rebuild of their offseason. After landing left guard Joe Thuney in free agency and left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. in a trade, Smith is an impressive inside follow-up to fellow rookie Creed Humphrey. Smith should have started in the second round and will initially be a valuable swing save with a chance to start on guard down the line.
Eagles: Patrick Johnson, OLB, Tulane (seventh round, # 234 overall)
The Eagles have a good all-round playmaker for their new defense with Jonathan Gannon. Johnson combines natural size and strength with high effort to go with his agility. He can handle tight ends in cover and also get up on the court quickly as a pass suher.