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And now for the finale of our NFL Mock draft, picks 21-32. These are the playoff teams that hope to better their campaigns from last year with a Super Bowl Championship.

The beauty of the salary cap is that it keeps the playing field level, at least on paper. Many big names left these playoff teams for larger stacks of cash, leaving voids that they hope can be filled in the draft. 

The only team currently without a pick in the first round is the New England Patriots, and like they need one. They traded their 32nd pick to the New Orleans Saints in return for speedy receiver Brandin Cooks

If the Jets and Browns do pass on a quarterback, as I believe they should, then I could see the first QB having to wait until pick 25 to have their name called. Houston has yet to address QB in free agency, and if one if the top guys are available when it’s their turn to phone in the pick, then it’s highly likely that Savage will have some competition come training camp. 

In our podcast, Sports Talk With A Side Of Meatballs, Levi and Ryan are joined by Riley to discuss and dissect each mock draft pick, as well as touch on the Raiders approved move to Vegas and Tony Romo‘s decision to hang up the shoulder pads for a microphone.

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NFL Mock Draft Picks 21-32

Ryan's Mock Draft Picks 21-32

21.Takkarist McKinley, DE (UCLA)Great motor and never say die mentality make McKinley a great edge rusher. The Lions should focus primarily on defense in this draft and an elite pass rusher would immediately improve that side of the ball.
22.Forrest Lamp, OG (Western KentuckyLamp was gaining steam before the combine and he only improved his stock in Indianapolis. Played tackle in college but due to size he will most likely move inside at the NFL level. Throughout his career, Tannehill is one of the most sacked QBs every year. Bolstering the line is a must for the Dolphins.
23.Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Wisconsin)The Giants spent a ton of money in free agency in 2016 on the defensive side of the ball, and this offseason they brought in WR Brandon Marshall to create an extremely lethal wide receiving corps. Ereck Flowers has struggled at left tackle and Ramczyk is my best tackle left on the board. It would behoove the Giants to create some competition at that position.
24.Tre'Davious White, CB (LSU)The Raiders offense was a huge improvement last year. The defense was extremely lackluster and at times was the pitfall of a very talented team. White is an extremely talented CB that would bring tenacity to the back four of the defense.
25.Mitchell Trubisky, QB (North Carolina)If the Jets and Browns decide to pass on Trubisky I could see him tumbling this far in the first round. The Texans would find immense pleasure with drafting him at 25 and adding him to the quarterback room and letting him duke it out with Tom Savage.
26.Kevin King, CB (Washington)Offensive line is of great concern for the Seahawks but with all of the reports swirling that Richard Sherman has become expendable, it would be wise to add depth to that position. King is a tall and lanky corner that plays similar to Sherman and they don't have to go outside of their County Line to add him to the roster.
27.Deshaun Watson, QB (Clemson)I don't think there is a QB controversy in KC as Alex Smith is the definite starter from everything that I am told. However, if Watson slides to 27, why not add him for depth and he can take over the reigns in a few seasons (once Chiefs' fans finally come to terms that they will never win a Super Bowl with Smith under center). Taking Watson at 27 is fairly reminiscent of the Packers taking Aaron Rodgers late in the first round.
28.Quincy Wilson, CB (Florida)Arguably the biggest weakness for the Cowboys last season was at the defensive back position. Then they were hit hard when free agency started. Quincy Wilson is an extremely talented cornerback that played ball at a university that seems to breed defensive backs. He should be a day one starter in Dallas.
29.Gareon Conley, CB (Ohio State)Green Bay was another team that struggled tremendously at the cornerback position in 2016, especially late in games. Rodgers late game heroics have disguised some of this poor defensive back play throughout the years. The CB position is extremely deep in 2017 so the Packers should still have a great selection at 29. I like Conley to make the short move from Columbus to Green Bay.
30.Haason Reddick, LB (Temple)Who knows is Reddick will actually last this long, but if he does the Steelers should be tickled. He is a dynamic backer who is explosive around the edge. With an aging James Harrison, Reddick could carry on the torch in Pittsburgh.
31.T.J. Watt, LB (Wisconsin) T.J. is not getting hyped strictly because of his name. He is an extremely gifted player. Plays with the same aggression of his brother and has a knack for taking down ball carriers in the backfield. With the offense remaining primarily in tact, the Falcons should focus on the defense and Watt would be a great addition.
32.Adoree' Jackson, CB (USC)As long as Brees is still the starter in the Big Easy the Saints should focus on improving the defense to take a shot at another Super Bowl run. Adoree' Jackson may be the most talented athlete in the draft. He is a tremendous defensive back and would be an immediate starter on special teams. If Payton and the Saints want to get real creative, they could even use him on the offense for some trick plays. Great value pick for the Saints at 32.

Riley's Mock Draft Picks 21-32

21.Jalen "Teez" Tabor, CB (Florida)After having a poor showing leading up to the draft in his pro day, Tabor appears to be dropping significantly in everyone’s mock drafts. I do not believe that his pro day should be the only tape scouts and analysts look at. He has proven on the field to be a top corner in a competitive SEC conference and I believe that will translate well into the NFL.
22.Haason Reddick, LB (Temple)Looking at his size some say that Reddick is undersized, however he makes up for his “undersized” build with freakish athleticism and could bring much needed help rushing the passer for the Dolphins.
23.O.J. Howard, TE (Alabama)Howard solidified through his performance at the combine that he is the top tight end in this draft. If he falls this far, the Giants will have no choice but to add Howard to what already is one of the best receiver corps in the NFL (Beckham Jr., Marshall, and Shepard).
24.Tre'Davious White, CB (LSU)Good ball skills. If the Raiders can fill some holes on defense (assuming Carr comes back 100% healthy) they can remain a serious contender in the AFC. White can bring some much needed help in the Raiders secondary.
25.Cam Robinson, OT (Alabama)Until hearing recent news of Tony Romo’s retirement, I was a firm believer that the Texans were going to land him at some point this offseason. So if the Texans decide to roll with Tom Savage this year, bring in a veteran through free agency or draft a guy in one of the later rounds, with the 25th pick they can grab a top lineman in Cam Robinson to help out their offensive line.
26.Forrest Lamp, OG (Western Kentucky)Last year truly brought to light the help they need on the offensive line after watching Russell Wilson run for his life in most games. Forrest Lamp is a guy they can plug into the interior of their O-Line to help protect Russell and their run game.
27.Patrick Mahomes II, QB (Texas Tech)If the Chiefs don’t trade out of this pick, this would be a perfect opportunity to find Alex Smith’s successor. Nothing against Smith or his abilities, but bringing in a guy like Mahomes II with his raw potential/arm strength and allowing him to sit and learn for a season or two could play in the Chiefs' favor in the long run.
28.Charles Harris, DE (Missouri)The Cowboys lost a lot on defense this offseason and can address this pick in either two ways: pass rusher or defensive back. With how deep this DB class is and if a guy like Harris who in my opinion is one of the top pure pass rushers in this draft is still available, they can get the pass rusher they need here with the 28th pick and use rounds two and three to bring in some good talent at the corner position.
29.T.J. Watt, LB (Wisconsin)As a Packers fan this pick would be a homerun in my opinion. I am aware that the Packers need help specifically in the secondary and I hope they address those needs later on in the draft. Watt has shown both his skills on the field and his ability to lead in his two seasons at Wisconsin. Pairing up his playmaking ability with Clay Matthews could have the potential of being something special.
30.Jabrill Peppers, SS/LB (Michigan)Arguably the best pure athlete in this draft, going to the Steelers could be the biggest steal of 2017. Although he does not have a “true” position on defense, he’s a guy you can bring in right away to play at the high safety position or even in the box to help against the run. And don’t forget he can also come in and be an immediate help on special teams returning kicks as well.
31.Takkarist McKinley, DE (UCLA)The Atlanta defense was arguably the most improved defense looking back from 2015 to 2016. Fortunately, aside from losing OC Kyle Shanahan, their offense is nearly the same on paper. So the Falcons have the luxury of going defense with this pick by drafting another edge rusher like McKinley who would only improve their pass rush along with their chances of getting back to the Super Bowl.
32.Curtis Samuel, WR (Ohio State)I am not saying that the Saints traded Brandin Cooks for the 32nd pick just to replace him. However, if they do not continue to address defensive needs with this pick, a guy like Curtis Samuel (who was an electric offensive weapon at Ohio State and also a guy who already possess some chemistry with ex-Buckeye Michael Thomas) could bring some much needed help at the wide out position.

Levi's Mock Draft Picks 21-32

21.Dalvin Cook, RB (Florida State)The Lion's defense made strides last year and that was a big reason they made the playoffs. The defense could definitely use some upgrades but RB is also a big area of need and Dalvin Cook is too special of a player to pass on. Theo Riddick was a nice surprise for the Lions last year but he did most of his damage as a pass catcher. Cook offers the same pass-catching skill set with a huge upgrade running between the tackles.
22.Ryan Ramczyk, OT (Wisconsin)The Dolphins were a surprise team last year going 10-6 and making the playoffs. Unfortunately, Ryan Tannehill was injured and not able to play in their only playoff game. Keeping him healthy will be crucial to their success this season so adding depth to the O-line will be priority.
23.Malik McDowell, DT (Michigan State)The Giants rush defense needs improvement as they ranked 29th last season in rush yards allowed. The only other area that needs major improvement over last year is at the RB position. New York likes what they saw out of Paul Perkins last year and are going to give him a shot at the lead back role. Depth can be addressed at RB in later rounds and placing McDowell in the middle of the D-line will be the first step in polishing the rush defense.
24.Zach Cunningham, LB (Vanderbilt)Although Cunningham is undersized, he plays bigger than most linebackers in this class. Despite playing at Vanderbilt, he was a first team All-SEC player and his athleticism will translate at the next level.
25.Patrick Mahomes II, QB (Texas Tech)The Texans seem like they have been a QB away from being elite for the last few years. Even with JJ Watt sidelined for most of last year, their defense remained among the best. Lamar Miller is a top-10 RB and DeAndre Hopkins is one of the best receivers in the league. He just needs someone to get him the ball. Houston kicked the tires on the Osweiler experiment after one year and should look to upgrade at the QB position.
26.Cam Robinson, OL (Alabama)Only a few years ago, the Seahawks O-line was considered one of the best in the league. Since then, they have traded Max Unger, and lost Russell Okung, Patrick Lewis, and JR Sweezy in free agency. Adding Luke Joeckel will help but the offensive line definitely still needs to be addressed and Cam Robinson is as talented as they come in this year's draft. Questions about his maturity is the only red flag.
27.Corey Davis, WR (Western Michigan)Possibly the most talented receiver in this class and could see his name come off the board as early as number 5, but if he is still available at number 27, the Chiefs would be smart to take him here. The Chiefs did well in free agency by locking down Berry and although they lost Poe, the defense should still be among the best. Adding weapons to the offense will not only help Alex Smith, but will also open up the field for Hill and Maclin.
28.Takkarist McKinley, DE (UCLA)McKinley broke out last season for the Bruins recording 10 sacks and 6 pass breakups. He is an athletic player who never takes a snap off. He will wear down the offense with his ability to never give up on a play and will make a ton of stops on pure effort.
29.Jabrill Peppers, SS/LB (Michigan)The loss of Micah Hyde will hurt but if Peppers falls to the Packers at 29, they can grab a player who can serve in the same swiss army knife role on the defense with a higher ceiling.
30.Taco Charlton, DE (Michigan)Although it seems like the Steelers always have a top 5 defense, the truth is that they ranked in the bottom half in both passing and rushing in 2016 and they were ranked 28th in rushing in 2015. The Steelers defense is only getting older and adding a dynamic pass rusher in Charlton will help the youth movement in Pittsburgh.
31.T.J. Watt, LB (Wisconsin)The Falcons offense was the best in the league last year and even with the departure of Shanahan, they should remain close to the top. The defense was pretty solid as well but there are more holes on this side of the ball so expect Atlanta to use the pick in this facet.
32.Tre'Davious White, CB (LSU)If we were going to project a 7 round mock draft the same theme would continue with the Saints. Defense needs to be addressed again and again and again. White is just another name in a dynamic defensive back class and in other years may even crack the top-10. There isn't a wrong pick for New Orleans here as long as it is used on the defensive side of the ball.
Ryan Dyrud

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