The 2021 NFL Draft has gotten underway, and it has been a very intriguing draft so far. With a ton of trade talks and other big-time rumors swirling, the intrigue and excitement has been at an all-time high.
As is the case each and every year, the second round has a lot of tense moments as teams look to grab more immediate starting talent outside of the first round.
In the first round, there were great picks and there were a lot of reaches as well. Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson went No. 1 and No. 2 overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets, respectively. Those two guys heading to those two teams was expected. Following those two picks, there were some surprises and some shocks.
Looking at the second round, teams always look to find a player who should have been a first-round pick. The great teams in the NFL are able to snag a second-round pick that has first-round potential. In this draft class, there were quite a few of those players.
With all of that being said, let’s dive in and take a look at the three biggest steals from the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. We’re going to leave Elijah Moore off of this list, as he was taken with the second pick of the second round, but the New York Jets absolutely got themselves a steal with that selection.
3. Cleveland Browns, 52nd Overall: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame
As the 2021 NFL Draft moved forward, there were quite a few questions surrounding why Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah had not been selected yet. There are concerns about his size at the linebacker position, but he is going to be a position-less player in the NFL. When the chance to trade up for him presented itself, the Cleveland Browns did not second-guessed themselves.
Browns pick Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah
LB2 in the 2021 NFL Draft
— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 1, 2021
He has received comparisons to Los Angeles Chargers young stud defender Derwin James. That comparison shows why he could end up being a massive steal for the Browns. In his two years with the Fighting Irish, Owusu-Koramoah racked up 142 total tackles to go along with seven sacks, five forced fumbles, one interception, and seven defended passes.
Owusu-Koramoah plays all over the field and has great speed and athleticism for any position. The Browns are getting an extremely versatile defender, which is a big get for them. He will end up being a major steal and will make Cleveland very happy they took a chance on him when other teams were letting him fall.
2. Arizona Cardinals, 49th Overall: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue
The first of two wide receivers on this list, the Arizon Cardinals made a move to make their offense even more dangerous. Rondale Moore is a small wideout at 5-foot-7, but he is tough as nails and is a big-time playmaker with elite level speed. Kliff Kingsbury’s offense will fit Moore perfectly, and he will give them an extra layer of firepower.
Moore took the college football world by storm in his freshman season at Purdue, catching 114 passes for 1,258 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was also dominant in the return game and made some plays on the ground. Since then, he has struggled with some injuries and inconsistency. He also sat out the majority of the 2020 season due to concerns about COVID-19.
New Cardinals WR Rondale Moore once squatted 600lbs 😳
Moore is 5' 7" and weighs around 180lbs
This is wild.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 1, 2021
Arizona has to feel good about this pick. Moore is a threat to take the ball to the house every time he touches it. The Cardinals now have a three-headed monster in DeAndre Hopkins, A.J. Green, and Moore for Kyler Murray to work with.
1. Carolina Panthers, 59th Overall: Terrace Marshall Jr., WR, LSU
Finally, we have another wide receiver from LSU taking the No. 1 spot on the list of steals in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. He was taken with the No. 59 overall pick by the Panthers and will give Sam Darnold another big and fast weapon. Marshall is going to have a chance to be an instant starter and could end up being one of the biggest steals of the entire draft.
Marshall put together a good 2020 season with the Tigers, racking up 48 receptions for 731 yards and 10 touchdowns. Back in 2019 with Joe Burrow, he caught 46 passes for 671 yards and 13 touchdowns. Those numbers show why the Panthers were super excited to take Marshall with this selection.
Panthers newest WR Terrace Marshall Jr. didn't drop a single pass in the redzone at LSU (25 targets) pic.twitter.com/6c7HItmU6W
— PFF College (@PFF_College) May 1, 2021
This kid has the entire package and stardom is likely in his future. With Matt Rhule’s offense, Marshall is going to be a massive threat. Darnold is going to love his new wide receiver and the Panthers are going to be ecstatic with what they get from him.