2021 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 53-56
53. Tennessee Titans: OT Jackson Carman, Clemson. Call me crazy, but I think we see a big offensive lineman run in the middle of Round 2. Here’s the fourth straight one selected with Carman.
Carman has a 340-pound frame, solid athleticism, and experience playing in the College Football Playoff. He could prove to be the big-bodied tackle that the Titans were hoping to get when they drafted Isaiah Wilson in the first round last year.
Of course, they’re hoping this selection would work out better than that one.
54. Indianapolis Colts: OT Spencer Brown, Northern Iowa. I swear I didn’t forget there are other positions in the NFL. There are just a lot of teams that need tackles and this class is really strong.
Brown is a bit of a project but he’s an amazing athlete with a 6-foot-8 frame. The Colts need a successor to Anthony Castonzo, so if Frank Reich and Co. believe that they can coach Brown up, they could take him here. The sky is the limit for the FCS product though in may take him time to reach his ceiling.
55. Pittsburgh Steelers: C Landon Dickerson, Alabama. The Steelers lost Maurkice Pouncey to retirement this offseason and they don’t have a true replacement for him. JC Hassenauer and B.J. Finney are the two options on the roster right now.
Needless to say, Dickerson would be an upgrade. The Alabama product is a great leader and a high-character guy. He could’ve gone in Round 1 if not for injury concerns that have dogged him throughout his career.
For the Steelers, Dickerson fills a need and the Ravens reportedly like him. So, Pittsburgh will grab him here and upgrade their team while spiting one of their rivals at the same time.
56. Seattle Seahawks: CB Ifeatu Melifonwu, Syracuse. Welcome to the 2021 NFL Draft, Seattle! The Seahawks only have three selections in the draft, so they will probably trade down from this one or offload a pick from next year to pick up extra ones this year.
If Seattle stays put, they could consider Melifonwu here. He fits the mold they like a corner (he’s 6-foot-3, physical, and athletic) and could have a chance to earn a starting job eventually. Maybe they want to grab a tackle to block for Russell Wilson, but it makes more sense to grab a guy like Melifonwu if they stay put here.