2021 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 45-48
45. Jacksonville Jaguars: TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn State. Were Teven Jenkins not on the board at 33, Freiermuth could have been the pick there. The Jaguars need talent at the tight end spot and Freiermuth has that. He averaged 12.9 yards per catch at Penn State and has a good 6-foot-5 frame.
With yet another weapon to throw to, the Jaguars’ offense would suddenly be looking very, very good.
46. New England Patriots: WR Elijah Moore, Ole Miss. Moore got some first-round buzz but ultimately didn’t get selected in the top 32. That said, he’s a great fit with the Patriots here, as the 5-foot-9 playmaker could help to replace Julian Edelman in the slot but wouldn’t only be limited to that role.
Moore has good speed and posted 1,193 receiving yards and eight TDs at Ole Miss last year. Josh McDaniels would find creative ways to use him and Mac Jones could develop chemistry with him early in his career. Moore could eventually be a No. 1 weapon and either way, his skill set would mesh nicely with Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne in the New England offense.
47. Los Angeles Chargers: CB Aaron Robinson, UCF. The Chargers cut Casey Hayward during the offseason so they could use another cornerback.
Enter Robinson, a 6-foot-1 UCF Golden Knight who averaged 45 tackles per season in his last two years with the program. He’s solid in coverage but is an especially good tackler. That should give him a chance to emerge as a quality part of the Chargers’ secondary.
And if Robinson doesn’t go to LA, look out for New England to consider him with their pick at 46.
48. Las Vegas Raiders: LB Jabril Cox, LSU. Cox could have drawn consideration from the Washington Football Team at 51, but after they took Jamin Davis, they will look elsewhere.
The Raiders, however, will not. They need another linebacker to shore up the middle of their stop unit and Cox showed off a well-rounded skill set in his lone year at LSU. The former North Dakota State product was one of the FCS’ best players but proving he could play in the SEC helped make him a top-50 pick.