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Live grades for each pick in Rounds 2 & 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft

We give our instant reaction and live grades for each pick for the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft based on positional value and team needs.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell greets a New Orleans Saints fan sitting in the commissioners chair on stage during the 2021 NFL Draft at First Energy Stadium. Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The 2021 NFL Draft is underway and day two has arrived. Friday brings the second and third round, with the Jaguars going on the clock at 7 p.m. ET to open the night. The night is scheduled until 11:30 p.m. but will likely last a little longer than that.

Last night, we provided draft grades on all 32 picks of the first round. 13 teams got some form of an A, 13 got some version of a B, four got various Cs, and two got a D for questionable decision-making.

We’re back with grades for the 74 picks on Friday. It’s too early to have any certainty on this, but that’s not going to stop us from offering up instant reactions!

Rapid reaction pick grades for Round 2

No. 33 Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyson Campbell, CB, Alabama

Grade: B-

I’m pro offensive line here for their stud rookie quarterback and Campbell was slated to go la little later than this. But he is a big physical corner with good instincts. The potential is there, but he won’t be checking top receivers for a couple years, about the time the Jaguars should be hitting their stride.

No. 34 New York Jets: Elijah Moore, WR, Ole Miss

Grade: A

Moore is a dynamic slot receiver who should make Zach Wilson’s life much easier. Corey Davos, Denzel Mima, Jamison Crowder and Moore make for a solid unit.

No. 35 Denver Broncos: Javonte Williams, RB, North Carolina

Grade: A

The Broncos made a big move here, as they traded up to steal Williams away from the Dolphins. Melvin Gordon will have a running mate this season and I think Williams can wrestle the lead job away from him. He’s that good.

No. 36 Miami Dolphins: Jevon Holland, S, Oregon

Grade: B

Holland is strong in run defense and can cover in the slot. The Dolphins are stacked in the secondary, as they look to take down the massive passing attacks in the AFC.

No. 37 Philadelphia Eagles: Landon Dickerson, G, Alabama

Grade: B

Injuries hurt him in his college career. He can crush defenders and and pave huge lanes for running backs. He does need quicker feet, but he is going to be a help in the interior for the Eagles, who need the help.

No. 38 New England Patriots: Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

Grade: A

The Patriots need more pressure up front and got their man in a trade up. Barmore is explosive off the line and has a ton of power at the attack. He was considered a first rounder by many and it’s plain to see why the Patriots moved up for him.

No. 39 Chicago Bears: Teven Jenkins, OT, Oklahoma State

Grade: A

The Bears grab some beef to protect their new quarterback Justin Fields. He has short arms, but makes up for it with his technique. He one of the more polished linemen coming out this year and should be able to adjust to the NFL quickly.

No. 40 Atlanta Falcons: Richie Grant, S, UCF

Grade: B-

Grant is a ballhawk and is best staying back and surveying the field. The Falcons pass defense needs that kind of player, but he’s not going to be as versatile as they’d like early on.

No. 41 Detroit Lions: Levi Onwuzurike, DT

Grade: B

Onwusurike can put the hammer down and has great strength at the point of attack. He needs seasoning, but he’s poised to develop into a true disruptive force. Dan Campbell has a good shin eater here.

No. 42 Miami Dolphins: Liam Eichenberg, OT

Grade: C

Eichenberg is best a run blocker and will likely be moved until he becomes better as a pass protector. The Dolphins missed out on Javonte Williams, but they will add a running back at some point and Eichenberg is going to help establish whoever that is.

No. 43 Las Vegas Raiders: Trevon Moehrig, S, TCU

Grade: A

The Raiders need all the help they can get in the secondary and Moehrig is a good get here. He is versatile, as he can stop the run, cover and dislodge the ball with big hits. He fits the Silver and Black tradition.

No. 44 Dallas Cowboys: Kelvin Joseph, CB, Kentucky

Grade: B-

The Cowboys needed a cornerback badly after missing out on their top picks. Joseph is a boom or bust pick, who has the attributes to be a top corner, but isn’t disciplined. He needs a lot more work to be ready to be on an island, but the Cowboys must believe they can take him to the next level.

No. 45 Jacksonville Jaguars: Walker Little, OT, Stanford

Grade: A

Little is a road grader who helped Stanford dominate on the ground. He has the size at 6’7” to add more weight onto his frame and excel as a left tackle. But he fell in the draft after only playing in one game in the last two seasons due to a knee injury. But as long as he can stay healthy, he’s going to help Trevor Lawrence and company.

No. 46 Cincinnati Bengals: Jackson Carman, OT, Clemson

Grade: C

Carman will likely need to move from tackle to guard at the next level, where he will have his best chance at a long career. He lacks in footwork to defend NFL edge rushers, but as long as he moves inside, he should be able to provide above average play with a little transition time.

No. 47 Los Angeles Chargers: Asante Samuel Jr, CB, Florida State

Grade: B-

The Chargers pass defense has taken a hit of late and they need some fresh talent. Samuel has good footwork, but he is undisciplined and isn’t fast enough to make up for any mistakes. He has the potential to be a plus starter, but he’ll need to cut down on mistakes.

No. 48 San Francisco 49ers: Aaron Banks, G, Notre Dame

Grade: B

Banks is a physical presence at 6’5” 338 pounds, but he is still raw compared to some other linemen in the draft. He’ll need to refine his technique, but if he does, he’s going to be imposing.

No. 49 Arizona Cardinals: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Grade: A

Moore clocked an unofficial 4.29 40, so even if that’s off, he can fly. He works great in space, and with his quickness will be tough to cover in Kliff Kingsbury’s four WR sets. He’s small, but won’t be challenged at the line in this offense.

No. 50 New York Giants: Azeez Ojulari, EDGE, Georgia

Grade: A

Ojulari fell further than many expected. He is explosive, extremely athletic and poised to develop into a strong addition to the Browns already stacked line.

No. 51 No. 51 Washington Football Team: Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

Grade: C

Cosmi has great measurables, but many scouts didn’t love what they saw on tape. He’ll need to get more consistent to stick as a starter.

No. 52 Cleveland Browns: Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, LB, Notre Dame

Grade: A

JOK fell in this draft because teams don’t know what to do with him. His body type falls between linebacker and safety, but the man is everywhere on defense. He likely fell because the Cardinals had a tough time with Isaiah Simmons last season. The Browns will likely move him to safety, where he’ll need to be more disciplined, but has all the ability to become a top player. At this point in the draft he’s a steal.

No. 53 Tennessee Titans: Dillon Radunz, OT, North Dakota St.

Grade: B

Radunz had strong practices at the Senior Bowl, which is where small school players need to shine. He has the body of a left tackle, but the Titans will likely want to start him out at guard, which he’s never played. He should be able to add weight and develop into the player they want him to be.

No. 54 Indianapolis Colts: Dayo Odeyingbo, DE, Vanderbilt

Grade: C

Odeyingbo tore his Achilles at the Senior Bowl, which is one reason he fell. He has the strength to move offensive linemen, but still needs to work on his technique and pad level. He’ll be a project as he rehabs.

No. 55 Pittsburgh Steelers: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

Grade: B

The Steelers may have finally gotten their next Heath Miller. Freiermuth is a strong blocker and red zone target. He’s a good route runner and has proven he can be a playmaker. He’s not going to blow anyone away with his speed and quicks, but he’s hard to take down. Of course, the Steelers needed OL here, so it’s hard to give them an A.

No. 56 Seattle Seahawks: D’Wayne Eskridge, WR, Western Michigan

Grade: A

The Seahawks found their David Moore replacement and there is a good chance he can surpass Moore. Eskridge is a playmaker who plays bigger than his small frame. He’s a former track star, who will be invaluable to Russell Wilson. He will need to tighten up his fundamentals as a route runner, but his raw ability will be useful from day one.

No. 57 Los Angeles Rams: TuTu Atwell, WR, USC

Grade: D

Atwell is a burner who can hit the big play, but he’s too small and light to do much else in the NFL at this point. At 5’9”, 155 pounds, his speed can only take him so far. He’ll need to develop as a route runner and be able to go over the middle of the field. I’m not sure he’ll be able to.

No. 58 Kansas City Chiefs: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

Grade: C+

Bolton isn’t a burner, so he’ll have trouble covering NFL running backs and tight ends. He’ll need to focus on run defense, which the Chiefs need.

No. 59 Carolina Panthers: Terrace Marshall, WR, LSU

Grade: A

This is a nice spot to get Marshall. He’s the prototype build for an NFL No. 1 wide receiver and has the ability to track, fight for and catch the mid to deep ball consistently.

No. 60 New Orleans Saints: Pete Werner, LB, Ohio State

Grade: A

Werner has ability as a run stopper and cover man and could become a three-down player with ease. He’s taken big strides over the last two seasons and has room to get even better.

No. 61 Buffalo Bills: Carlos Basham, DE, Wake Forest

Grade: A

Casham is a technically sound player, who has multiple moves to get to the quarterback. This is a strong pick at this point in the draft.

No. 62 Green Bay Packers: Josh Myers, C, Ohio State

Grade: B

The Packers get their Corey Linsley replacement. He’s not the caliber of Linsley of course, so it’s going to take him a while to get there, but he has all the attributes to get there.

No. 63 Kansas City Chiefs: Creed Humphrey, C, Oklahoma

Grade: A

Humphrey isn’t the most athletic center you’ll find, but he’s smart and knows how to use his feet and body without wasted space. He’s going to start.

No. 64 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kyle Trask, QB, Florida

Grade: B

Trask isn’t likely to develop into a starting quarterback in this league, but he has the arm strength to be. He’s worth giving a shot.

Rapid reaction pick grades for Round 3

No. 65 Jacksonville Jaguars: Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse

Grade: B

Cisco is a natural ballhawk, who will need to develop, but has the instincts needed.

No. 66 Minnesota Vikings: Kelly Mond, QB,m Texas A&M

Grade: A

Mond is a dual threat, who has a cannon arm. His accuracy is suspect and he’ll need a lot of work, but he’s going to stick in the NFL. And maybe turn out to be a starter. The Vikings can use him in packages early on.

No. 67 Houston Texans: Davis Mills, QB, Stanford

Grade: B

Mills has the arm to be an NFL quarterback and he’s shown that he can get better, but injuries have slowed down his progress. He loves throwing into triple coverage and sticking to his first read. But he is a player with potential.

No. 68 Atlanta Falcons: Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan

Grade: B

Mayfield only has 15 starts under his belt, but has good footwork and a willingness to get out as a run blocker. Like any player taken in the third round, he’s not going to make a big impact to start, but he has good instincts and will get better.

No. 69 Cincinnati Bengals: Jospeh Ossai, EDGE, Texas

Grade: A

Ossai has talent and after moving to the edge in college he showed that’s where he needed to be all along. NFL coaching is going to get him on the right track and fast.

No. 70 Carolina Panthers: Brady Christensen, OT, BYU

Grade: B

Christiansen has the build to hold his own in the NFL. He’s not going to be lightening quick laterally. That will keep him inside, where he is best suited.

No. 71 New York Giants: Aaron Robinson, CB, Central Florida

Grade: A

Robinson has the size and speed to excel in press coverage. He has good instincts and takes good angles, while tackling as well as any corner out there. His speed could keep him from being a No. 1 corner, but he’s on the road to be a legitimate starter.

No. 72 Detroit Lions: Alim McNeill, DT, North Carolina State

Grade: B

McNeill doesn’t have the length you’d want, but he’s still explosive and strong. He’ll need a few years of development, but he is fluid and quick enough to line up off center and be a starter.

No. 73 Philadelphia Eagles: Milton Williams, DT, Louisiana Tech

Grade: B

Williams has upside, who hasn’t quite found his best defensive fit. He has the attributes to stick in this league though and could easily become more than just a backup.

No. 74 Washington Football Team: Benjamin St-Juste, DB, Minnesota

Grade: B-

St-Juste has all the measurables to play in the NFL. But he is raw and needs a lot of work on fundamentals. But he can tackle with the best of them and is worth the investment.

No. 75 Dallas Cowboys: Osa Odighizuwa, DT, UCLA

Grade: C

Odighizuwa is a strong interior pass rusher, which is what the Cowboys will want from him early on. He may never be able to be a full time starter, but he does have strong instincts that he hopefully will be able to turn into a more diverse game.

No. 76 New Orleans Saints: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

Grade: B

At 6’1” he is tough on receivers when he challenges them for a catch. He can find the ball and take it away from you. His technique and speed keep him from being a top prospect though. And when it comes to run support, he’s going to need to become a better tackler.

No. 77 Los Angeles Chargers: Josh Palmer, WR, Tennessee

Grade: A

Palmer isn’t the fastest receiver, but he uses his feet well and is strong at the point of a catch. He’ll need to become an even better route runner to gain separation in the NFL, but he is up for the challenge. With Justin Herbert giving him a chance in tight coverage, he can win.

No. 78 Minnesota Vikings: Chaz Suratt, LB, North Carolina

Grade: B

Surratt moved from quarterback to linebacker and his athleticism was enough to produce. He’s not instinctual as a linebacker, but his determination and athleticism keep him in every play. He may be too small to stay on the field in the NFL, but as long as he keeps at it, he will likely continue to prove people wrong.

No. 79 Las Vegas Raiders: Malcolm Koonce, DE, Buffalo

Grade: C

The step up in competition in the NFL may be tough for the small school linebacker. But he has the footwork and strength to continue improving.

No. 80 Las Vegas Raiders: Divine Deablo, S, Virginia Tech

Grade: A

He’ll need to work on his coverage skills, but he will quickly help with run defense. As a hybrid LB/S, he’ll need to be coached up as a safety, but the ability is there.

No. 81 Miami Dolphins: Hunter Long, TE, Boston College

Grade: D

Mike Gesicki is already the pass-catching tight end in Miami and now they’ve added another. Long can be an offensive weapon, but has little to no ability as a blocker. A lesser version of Gesicki if he were to be injured.

No. 82 Washington Football Team: Dyami Brown, WR, UNC

Grade: B

Brown was expected to go higher than this by some, but his suspect hands likely kept teams away. He’s a strong deep ball receiver and was productive in college. His work in short areas needs work and he likely will never have an extensive route tree. But in the end, his production and tenacity make up for a lot of faults.

No. 83 Carolina Panthers: Tommy Tremble, TE, Notre Dame

Grade: A

Tremble need work, but he has better upside than most of the tight ends not named Kyle Pitts. He could have used more time in college to refine his abilities, but now he’ll just have to do it in Carolina.

No. 84 Dallas Cowboys: Chauncey Golston, DE, Iowa

Grade: C

Golston doesn’t have NFL strength, but has the frame to grow into one. He’ll be beat up in training camp and as long as he can keep growing, he’ll end up sticking in the league.

No. 85 Green Bay Packers: Amari Rodgers, WR, Clemson

Grade: A

Hey! They got Aaron Rodgers a receiver. Rodgers is a slot receiver with a running backs build. His main trouble is getting open in short areas, which isn’t great from the slot. But he has great after the catch ability and has great instincts as a pass catcher.

No. 86 Minnesota Vikings: Wyatt Davis, G, Ohio State

Grade: B

Davis can smack down the biggest d-lineman out there, but his footwork and lateral quickness leave something to be desired as a pass blocker. But he’ll be able to help out the Vikings running game if he can get on the field.

No. 87 Pittsburgh Steelers: Kendrick Green, OG, Illinois

Grade: B

The Steelers finally get their offensive lineman. He’s a better run blocker than pass protector, but has experience as a center, which the Steelers need. He’ll need reps and coaching up to be able to hold off an NFL rush, but he should get there.

No. 88 San Francisco 49ers: Trey Sermon, RB, Ohio State

Grade: A

Sermon landed in the perfect scheme for his abilities as a one-cut rusher. He’s a big, decisive back, who Kyle Shanahan will put in great spots to put up yardage.

No. 89 Houston Texans: Nico Collins, WR, Michigan

Grade: A

Collins, at 6’4”, 215 pounds, is an accomplished deep receiver, who can track the ball and make 50/50 catches with regularity. As with many receivers at this point in the draft, creating separation is a weakness unless he’s just blown by the secondary. He’ll need to work on his route running and footwork, but his hands and ball skills are great.

No. 90 Minnesota Vikings: Patrick Jones, DE, Pittsburgh

Grade: C

Jones has the physical traits to be an NFL player, but his instincts and tenacity are lacking. He’s a good tackler and has speed, but has trouble getting off of blocks.

No. 91 Cleveland Browns: Anthony Schwartz, WR, Auburn

Grade: B

Schwartz has speed to spare and legitimately will be tough for NFL corners to hold in check without help over top. But he may be a one-trick pony. But unlike Tutu Atwell, he has enough size to go with his speed to put up a fight and I think he can improve his route running and ball skills.

No. 92 Tennessee Titans: Monty Rice, LB, Georgia

Grade: C

Rice has the instincts to play in the NFL, but doesn’t have the athleticism to be a difference maker. He should be able to stay in the NFL, but it might be hard for him to be more than an early down player.

No. 93 Buffalo Bills: Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa

Grade: A

Brown is an elite athlete, but plays too upright against low leverage at times. He has great footwork and has a future as a left tackle. Adding more weight and strength is in the cards for him, but the basis for a a strong career is there.

No. 94 Baltimore Ravens: Ben Cleveland, G, Georgia

Grade: B

At 6’ 6”, 343 lbs, Cleveland is massive and athletic enough to carry that mass. He doesn’t have the lateral quickness to play tackle in the NFL, but with some coaching up he can be a productive guard.

No. 95 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Robert Hainsey, T, Notre Dame

Grade: B-

Hainsey doesn’t have the lateral movement to be a tackle in the NFL, but a move to guard could prove to keep him in the league. He doesn’t have the strength needed right now to be a starter, but his technique is strong.

No. 96 New England Patriots: Ronnie Perkins, DE, Oklahoma

Grade: C+

Perkins makes up for his lack of athleticism with tenacity and non-stop drive. Sounds like a Belichick kind of player. He’ll need to get stronger if he wants to deal with NFL lineman though.

No. 97 Los Angeles Chargers: Tre’ McKitty, TE, Georgia

Grade: C

McKitty is a great athlete, but injuries and lack of production in college are concerning. He’s a player that any NFL team would want to take a look at and hope to mold, but he is risky.

No. 98 Denver Broncos: Quinn Meinerz, G, Wisconsin Whitewater

Grade: A

Being from a small school hurt his draft prospects, but the ability is there for Meinerz. There’s no doubt the NFL is going to be a big adjustment, but his measurables and technique are NFL starting caliber. The Broncos look like they got a steal here.

No. 99 Dallas Cowboys: Nahshon Wright, CB, Oregon St.

Grade: C

At 6’4”, 183 pounds, Wright is a nightmare for wide receivers on 50/50 balls. He has good instincts, but his speed and quickness can’t catch up to his instincts. And he’ll have a lot of trouble with any kind of run support.

No. 100 Tennessee Titans: Elijah Molden, CB, Washington

Grade: B+

Molden has good instincts and ball skills, but lacks in speed and quickness. His versatility and footwork make up for his speed and should push him to be a useful player in this league.

No. 101 Detroit Lions: Ifeatu Melifonwu, CB, Syracuse

Grade: A

A physical corner, Melifonwu could be a safety, but if he can turn into a good press corner, that is much more valuable. He’ll need to get better technique to handle NFL receivers, but he has the traits to shut lesser wide receivers down completely. His tackling ability is already where it needs to be as well. He’s a great pick this late.

No. 102 San Francisco 49ers: Ambry Thomas, CB, Michigan

Grade: A

Thomas is a physical player who can get into trouble with penalties, but the aggressiveness is good to see and something the 49ers can work with. He’s consistent and willing to learn.

No. 103 Los Angeles Rams: Ernest Jones, LB, South Carolina

Grade: A

Jones is a solid player, who wraps up well and is good in one coverage. He may have trouble with man coverage, but his instincts and nose for the ball are strong.

No. 104 Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Stephens, S, SMU

Grade: B-

Stephens is physical in coverage, but isn’t the best tackler. He’s new to the position though and has raw talent to mold.

No. 105 Denver Broncos: Baron Browning, LB, Ohio State

Grade: B+

Browning is big, fast and a solid tackler. He’s best against the run, as he has poor coverage skills. His athleticism and speed give him a good chance at becoming a better pass rusher as well.