Drae Harris recently released the latest edition of his three-round 2021 mock draft. There were lots of fits that made sense and ones that are easy to picture happening down the road next April. While he did a great job with projecting names and matches for each team through Day 2 of the draft, there were some that were omitted that are easy to envision hearing their name called within the top 100.
Daviyon Nixon, IDL, Iowa
Outside of BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, there isn’t a prospect that’s helped their draft stock more this season. The Iowa interior defender has been on a tear as he’s recorded a Big Ten-high 13.5 tackles for loss. On his way to being named the conference Defensive Player of the Year, Nixon has wreaked havoc throughout the 2020 season. As the first Hawkeye defender to take home the award since Josey Jewell, the defensive tackle has been the anchor of the team's defensive front. It’s not too far-fetched to say that he’s trending toward being a first-round pick if he elects to enter his name into the draft.
Hunter Long, TE, Boston College
On Friday, Long officially declared for the draft. One of the more underrated prospects at the position, he led all tight ends in the country in catches (57) and receiving yards (685). His five touchdowns finished as the eighth-best mark in the country. In a league that’s centralized having tight ends as the focal point as dual threats, Long is a modern-day version of what’s required at the position. Also set to play in the Senior Bowl, if able to have a standout pre-draft process, he could enter his name into the discussion among the top tier of the group that includes Kyle Pitts, Pat Freiermuth, and Brevin Jordan.
Tyree Gillispie, SAF, Missouri
In a safety group that’s struggling to find an alpha candidate, it includes a mixture of a bunch of candidates vying to claim the top spot of the position rankings. TCU’s Trevon Moehrig is trending toward being at the top, but there are some opinions that remain mixed. Gillispie is the definition of a heat seeking missile that doesn't have much remorse for his endpoints, as he’s a natural striker at the position. Even though he’s yet to record an interception in his career, he has lots of reliability as a zone defender.
Myjai Sanders, EDGE, Cincinnati
On a defense that’s loaded with future NFL talent, Sanders has managed to stand out among the pack. At 6-foot-3 and 260 pounds, he possesses a tremendous first step combined with natural bend to get home to the quarterback. Having long limbs, torso, and the frame to add plenty more weight to his body, there’s plenty of intrigue with him as a potential top-75 pick.
Chase Lucas, CB, Arizona State
In a cornerback class that has a bit of a precipitous drop off after the second round, one player that teams could find intriguing is Lucas. While he isn’t a master of any one category, he’s solid all around at multiple. A prospect that possesses a high floor, there’s lots of room for improvement in his game, which makes it well worth the risk in the tail end of the top 100.
- Aug 22, 2022
- Aug 22, 2022