The LA Chargers’ other two options go in the next three picks
14. Minnesota Vikings: Alijah Vera-Tucker, IOL, USC
The Minnesota Vikings could use some protection on the interior offensive line and the decision becomes very easy to make with the LA Chargers passing on AVT in favor of Darrisaw. AVT gives the Vikings a starting-caliber guard with the potential to play tackle on an at-need basis.
The Vikings were added to the Chargers’ schedule as their 17th opponent. It will be interesting to see which offensive lineman is playing better when the two teams eventually meet up, whenever that is.
15. New England Patriots: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
The New England Patriots miss out on the quarterback frenzy as they likely are not going to outbid the Chicago Bears nor send enough to get past the Denver Broncos. Thus, they take the most exciting defensive prospect still on the board, Micah Parsons.
Parsons is the big faller of my mock draft, largely because of the Giants taking Slater. If it is not Slater with the 11th pick then it is probably Parsons.
Parsons is someone who Bill Belichick could turn into an elite linebacker and the Patriots push off the quarterback need yet another year.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
Out with the old, in with the new. Patrick Peterson is now in Minnesota and the Cardinals draft the team’s next great CB1 in Jaycee Horn. Horn is a great man-coverage cornerback who would help some of the defensive issues in the secondary for Arizona.
Horn and Isaiah Simmons are a really promising defensive tandem to build around and could be something really special in 2-3 years.
The Las Vegas Raiders get blocking help to slow down Joey Bosa and the LA Chargers
17. Las Vegas Raiders: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State
Teven Jenkins has been one of the fastest climbers in the 2021 NFL Draft and finds himself going 17th to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Las Vegas just signed Kolton Miller to an extension and Jenkins would help complete a promising tackle duo, sliding in as the team’s right tackle. Brandon Parker is currently the Raiders’ projected right tackle and he was awful last season.
Jenkins also has the versatility to play on the inside for the Raiders.
18. Miami Dolphins: Jaelen Phillips, EDGE, Miami
The best edge rusher in the draft falls to the Miami Dolphins at 18 and it is another case where the Dolphins cannot pass on the talent that is available. They land the most exciting offensive prospect in Pitts and then get a bonafide edge rusher in Jaelen Phillips.
The Dolphins already have a great secondary that forces turnovers and a solid interior defensive line. Phillips would start at outside linebacker and help bolster what is already a good defense.
19. Washington Football Team: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
The Washington Football Team is probably the biggest loser of the first round. They do not get a quarterback and they do not get one of the elite skill position players to add to the offense.
Might as well add to an already great defense with another great defensive prospect. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is one of the most versatile prospects in the draft and could do truly special things in that Washington Football Team defense.