Final Ebony Bird 2021 NFL Draft mock: Ravens get instant impact guys
9. Denver Broncos: Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
The Broncos can do all sorts of different things here, but drafting a quarterback isn’t likely one of the directions it’ll take with both Teddy Bridgewater and Drew Lock on the roster. Instead, Denver will add to its defense with Parsons and get a versatile defender who should remind many of Isaiah Simmons from a year ago.
10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Surtain II to the Cowboys is such a boring pick because it makes so much sense and we’ve been predicting it for months. It’s really very simple: there are a lot of good receivers in the NFC East and someone has to cover them. Surtain II is an eraser on the outside and will vastly improve the Dallas secondary.
11. New York Giants: Christian Barmore, IDL, Alabama
Look, Barmore is going to go a lot higher in the 2021 NFL Draft than we anticipate because of the void of talent on the defensive line class. The Giants have also favored spending quality picks on defensive linemen and could use a replacement for the recently departed Dalvin Tomlinson. Put two and two together and it makes sense, plus a defensive line of Barmore, Leonard Williams, and Dexter Lawrence sounds nasty.
12. Philadelphia Eagles: Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
The Eagles need receivers and offensive linemen in the 2021 NFL Draft. Thankfully, this draft has tons of talent at both positions. Slater is of great value here and can be moved around Philadelphia’s offensive line to plug holes made by injury and age. Whoever is playing quarterback for them in 2021 needs a clean pocket and Slater can provide that.