2021 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 69-72
69. Cincinnati Bengals: C Quinn Meinerz, Wisconsin-Whitewater. Piece No. 2 in the Bengals’ quest to improve their offensive line is a Div. III product. Meinerz was the toast of the town during the Senior Bowl and showed off impressive athleticism.
The Bengals just declined the fifth-year option on former first-round pick Billy Price, who has been demoted to the team’s backup center role. Meinerz could be the future starter at center so adding him here seems like a good move.
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70. Philadelphia Eagles: DT Levi Onwuzurike, Washington. This is probably late for Onwuzurike, who got some first-round buzz, but it’s not a very good D-Line class and other positions have become hotter commodities in this mock draft.
The Eagles could stand to add some depth up front and Onwuzurike had multiple sacks in each season that he played for Washington. He could end up being a cheaper replacement for Javon Hargrave at some point in the future.
71. Denver Broncos: EDGE Rashad Weaver, Pittsburgh. The Broncos need some edge rush help behind Von Miller and Bradley Chubb. Weaver had 14 sacks in his last two college campaigns and should be a strong backup for the team. The only question is about how well he would fit into Vic Fangio’s scheme.
72. Detroit Lions: QB Kellen Mond, Texas A&M. I didn’t forget about quarterbacks. They just happened to fall because there aren’t a ton of obvious landing spots for them in Round 2. Even the Lions aren’t an obvious spot given that they have Jared Goff under contract.
Still, the Lions don’t have a lot of talent behind him and Goff has been shaky at best during his NFL career. Mond can come in as an experienced college starter (44 starts) and provide a solid backup for Goff.
Mond can continue to work on becoming more consistent and if he succeeds, he could eventually overtake Goff on the depth chart. If not, then he can be a solid, mobile backup.