2021 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 73-76
73. Carolina Panthers: LB Chazz Surratt, North Carolina. The defensive build continues! The Panthers certainly missed Luke Kuechly after his retirement at the end of the 2019 season.
Chazz Surratt is an athletic replacement who is still developing at the position. Phil Snow can mold him behind Denzel Perryman and Shaq Thompson and hope that he emerges as a starter within a year. The potential is certainly there, so this is a good upside pick.
74. Washington Football Team: QB Davis Mills, Stanford. Speaking of upside picks, that’s exactly what Mills is. The Stanford QB only started 14 games in college but he has great mobility and arm talent. He could be a diamond in the rough if properly developed, and he was once the No. 1 overall QB recruit in the nation.
Washington needs some sort of upside at the quarterback position. Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke have a little, but Ryan Fitzpatrick is just a bridge. Mills could battle with Allen and Heinicke for roles on the depth chart and see what happens. Maybe Ken Zampese can get the most out of Mills and turn him into a quality NFL QB.
Either way, the Washington Football Team likes Mills, so they will be in play for him. It’s just a matter of when he might be selected.
75. Dallas Cowboys: DT Daviyon Nixon, Iowa. Nixon had 45 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and an interception last year. Not bad for a 305-pound fella. The Cowboys desperately need help at all levels of their defense so in landing Parsons, Moehrig, and Nixon, their stop unit is looking better already.
76. New York Giants: EDGE Elerson Smith, Northern Iowa. The Giants need some help on the edge and it’s easy to imagine Joe Judge and Dave Gettleman liking Smith. He’s 6-foot-7 and has good athletic ability and a solid motor. He could become a strong starter on the outside, so grabbing him at this point is a nice upside move.