Detroit Lions - Jaylen Waddle, WR Alabama (Kodiakviking) (via trade with the New England Patriots - Fan Since Fran) 16. Arizona Cardinals- Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina (Fran Since Fran) 17. Las Vegas Raiders - Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, OLB Notre Dame (MN-Fan-OutWest) 18.
Brian Baldinger: Cue the commissioner: ”With the third pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select Mac Jones, quarterback, Alabama. No. overall might be far higher up the board than Jones thought he’d be a few months ago, but Patrick Mahomes never thought he would be the 10th overall pick in 2017 either.
That same logic could apply when it comes to making more trades in the draft. They went into the offseason needing to hold onto their picks to restock their roster after what was sure to be a mass exodus in free agency. The free agency period dominoes fell in their favor though, and left them with a little bit of wiggle room to walk away from the draft with six or seven picks instead of nine-plus.