2021 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 37-40
37. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State. The Eagles employed Samuel’s father for quite some time and during a four-year span, he racked up 23 picks with the Eagles. His son isn’t quite the same ballhawk that his father was, but he did log three interceptions during his final season at FSU and 19 pass breakups the year before.
Samuel Jr. would fit well as a No. 2 cornerback across from Darius Slay. That would help shore up a major Eagles weakness on defense, as their secondary has been a problem the last couple of years.
38. Cincinnati Bengals: OT Samuel Cosmi, Texas. The Bengals need to make sure they don’t regret passing on Penei Sewell in favor of Ja’Marr Chase. To do that, they need to invest more in the offensive line of Day 2 of the draft.
Cosmi was inconsistent at Texas, but he flashed brilliance and has a hyper-athletic 6-foot-7 frame. He could become a long-term starter on either side for the Bengals and since they need to protect Joe Burrow, they’ll have to take a chance on Cosmi’s upside here.
39. Carolina Panthers: DT Christian Barmore, Alabama. Barmore logged eight sacks last year at Alabama and has the pass rushing skills needed to be a nightmare at the NFL level. He only slipped out of the first round due to coachability concerns.
Scott Fitterer and Matt Rhule have shown a desire to continue building on defense with their selection of Jaycee Horn in Round 1. They could certainly go after Barmore in hopes that he will upgrade what was a poor run defense last year while adding some pass rushing help to boot.
40. Denver Broncos: LB Nick Bolton, Missouri. Bolton was a do-it-all linebacker for Missouri and averaged 99 tackles, eight TFL, and six pass defenses per year in his final two seasons at Missouri.
The Broncos need a coverage-based partner to pair with Alexander Johnson and Josey Jewell in a linebacker rotation. Bolton could fill that need and continue to transform the Denver stop unit into one of the league’s best.