2021 NFL Draft: Prospects 71 – 80
71. Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse
72. Quinn Meinerz, iOL, Wisconsin-Whitewater
73. Ronnie Perkins, EDGE, Oklahoma
74. Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma State
75. Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State
76. Jamar Johnson, S, Indiana
77. Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse
78. Kendrick Green, iOL, Illinois
79. Brady Christensen, OT, BYU
80. Cade Johnson, WR, South Dakota State
Syracuse’s Ifeatu Melifonwu has the size and speed that scouts dream of, but he relies far too much on his physical traits right now. He’s a classic boom-or-bust prospect, but not someone I’d consider until Round 3.
Quinn Meinerz will face a steep increase in level of competition in the NFL, but his blend of power, technique, and athleticism should provide a solid foundation for that transition.
Most people aren’t talking about him, but Jamar Johnson has the potential to be a Day 2 or 3 steal in this draft. It’s a weak safety class, but Johnson’s range and awareness give him upside as a ball hawk at the next level. He could be a long-term starter.
I’m also a fan of Illinois offensive lineman Kendrick Green whose athletic traits make him an excellent fit for a zone-blocking scheme as either a center or guard.
Brady Christensen is a fantastic pass blocker and he has the tools to develop into a very solid run blocker too. His age (he turns 25 in September) will put some people off, but on the field, he’s one of the better tackles in a very strong offensive line class.