2021 NFL Draft grades, analysis for every fourth-round selection from Jay Tufele to Josh Kaindoh – CBS Sports
The fourth round of the NFL Draft has wrapped up. Want to know what I think of every pick made in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL Draft? You can follow along below throughout the day Saturday as I grade all the Round 4 picks as well as the other three rounds below. Be sure to refresh this page throughout the night to get the latest grades. You can keep track of all the picks for the entire draft and my grades in our draft tracker.
Jaguars were in desperate need of some interior disruption, and they get that there with Tufele. One of the best swim moves in the class, and he hustles. Just gets washed out against the run
107. Jets, Michael Carter, RB, UNC
The best running back available. With Carter, Jets are getting someone on the Gio Bernard/James White spectrum. Small, sudden scat back with good receiving ability in the screen game. Nice juice to New York’s backfield.
108. Falcons, Darren Hall, CB, San Diego St.
Hall is a sudden outside corner who had steady production in college. Falcons add more to their secondary, which absolutely was necessary. High-floor player with the athleticism needed to start early.
109. Titans, Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Louisville
One of the better, more underrated WR prospects in this class. Tall, crisp route runner with serious downfield juice. Catches everything downfield. Titans had to add to the receiver room after losing Corey Davis.
110. Browns, James Hudson, OT, Cincy
Nasty, quick-setter OT with some rawness in pass protection. On-field twitch and fun in the run game. Nice developmental type for a great offensive line.
111. Bengals, Cam Sample, DL, Tulane
One of the most fascinating defensive linemen in the draft. Uniquely built and has a nice pass-rush move arsenal. Great leverage too. Size could hurt him in the NFL. But is decently long.
112. Lions, Amon-Ra St. Brown, WR, USC
One of the better route runners in the class. And flashes hand-catching capabilities away from his frame. But some concentration drops and lacks as a sudden, explosive athlete. Lions had to draft a WR eventually.
113. Lions, Derrick Barnes, LB, Purdue
Shorter, stocky off-ball linebacker with good short-area quickness. Crazy long arms. And crushes it as a pass-rusher off the edge. Fun, unique prospect. More defense for Detroit.
114. Falcons, Drew Dalman, C, Stanford
One of the NFL-ready centers in this class. Assignment sound, explosive athlete with great hand work. But like most interior linemen, he needs to improve the anchor. Pro Bowl ceiling.
115. Cowboys, Jabril Cox, LB, LSU
One year at the FBS level and thrived. Smooth coverage ability and can make plays on pass plays. Long. Just needs to play ID a bit quicker and get nastier against the run.
116. Giants, Elerson Smith, EDGE, Northern Iowa
Tall, well-built EDGE with a nice arsenal of pass-rushing moves. Could add more weight and pop to his frame. And coming from lesser competition. Giants needed EDGE help.
117. Rams, Bobby Brown, DT, Texas A&M
One of the highest upside defensive linemen in this class. Young and penetrates like a three technique but is built like a nose tackle. Just some inconsistency on film. Could eat next to Aaron Donald.
118. Chargers, Chris Rumph, EDGE, Duke
Son of a long-time NFL position coach. Pass-rushing toolbox of anyone EDGE in this class. Bendy too. But smaller, and skinny. If he can add weight/strength, this is a great value pick.
119. Vikings, Kene Nwangwu, RB, Iowa St.
Barely got the ball at Iowa State but is the best combination of size, thickness, and burst at running back after the top-tier of backs. Worth a pick here.
120. Patriots, Rhamondre Stevenson, RB, Oklahoma
Big, bruiser with impressive quicks for a bigger back. Elusiveness is good, not great. Is this a need?
121. Jaguars, Jordan Smith, EDGE, UAB
Super long, bendy edge who was very productive in 2020. Looks like a basketball player on the field. Pure pass rusher.
122. Bengals, Tyler Shelvin, LB, LSU
Monstrous human being with impressive athleticism and pass-rush ability. Will help the run defense instantly. Just needs to keep the weight down.
123. Eagles, Zech McPhearson, CB, Texas Tech
Twitched up speedster who was a late riser. Tested extremely well. Worth a flier here for a secondary that needs more talent.
124. Washington, John Bates, TE, Boise State
Long-term developmental pass-catching type who is deceptively good after the catch. Like more weapons for Washington.
125. Vikings, Camryn Bynum, S, Cal
Suddenness in his lower half to make plays on the football. Very steady prospect. Skinny and has shorter arms.
126. Panthers, Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma St.
Vision and burst are the names of his game. Love him as a depth option behind McCaffrey. If blocking is good, can be a home run hitter.
127. Colts, Kylen Granson, TE, SMU
Move tight end with separation ability and comes into the league with plenty of receiving production on his resume. Older prospect. And might not have the ability to stretch the seam with consistency. Great landing spot.
128. Steelers, Dan Moore, OL, Texas A&M
More patience for the Steelers pays off. This is a starting OT found in Round 4. Very long with effortless power. Good luck bull rushing him. Just needs to get a tick quicker.
129. Buccaneers, Jaelon Darden, WR, North Texas
Quick and fast. Burner type. Just played in a funky offense. And obviously is well down the depth chart in Tampa. But does have game-breaking ability. Loose-hipped, smaller gadget type.
130. Rams, Robert Rochell, CB, Central Arkansas
Super-springy small-school prospect with serious man coverage ability. Some blips in coverage down the field. Aggression is the name of his game. Serious leaps. After losing some secondary members in free agency. This is smart for Rams.
131. Ravens, Tylan Wallace, WR, Oklahoma St.
Plays faster than his timed speed and is a ball-tracking specialist. Ravens smartly address receiver again for Lamar Jackson. Just needs to play through contact better.
132. Browns, Tommy Togiai, DT, Ohio State
Bull rush is tremendous. Good twitch. But lacking sustained speed or more pass-rushing moves. But Browns had to address the interior of their defensive line. I like this pick even there’s limited upside.
133. Saints, Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame
Is this Taysom Hill 2.0? Book is not an NFL-caliber passer but his running ability is legitimate.
134. Vikings, Janarius Robinson, EDGE, FSU
Freaky specimen. Long, athletic. Flashed some bend. Just never put the pass-rush moves together at Florida State. The exact type the Vikings love to draft here and hope to develop.
135. Titans, Rashad Weaver, EDGE, Pitt
Very polished. Pass-rush moves are stellar. And despite being a bigger, thicker EDGE he flashes a special dip around the corner. Doesn’t play to his measured athleticism. But high floor prospect for a team that needs more EDGE help.
136. Cardinals, Marco Wilson, CB, Florida
Freaky athlete at his pro day who doesn’t necessarily play to that level of twitch and explosion on film. Minimal ball production and doesn’t mirror well. Worth a flier because of the timed athleticism.
137. Seahawks, Tre Brown, CB, Oklahoma
Super-feisty ready-to-go slot. Feet are lightning bolts and he loves battling. Will be an instant starter.
138. Cowboys, Josh Ball, OT, Marshall
Tall, smooth athlete with high upside despite being an older prospect. Pass protection rawness is clear. Needs to get stronger to deal with bull rushes. Long-term project-y type.
139. Bengals, D’Ante Smith, OT, East Carolina
Rocked-up blocker who needs to add serious weight to play on the edge in the NFL level but serious twitch and high-caliber nastiness. Smart for Bengals to address OL again.
140. Steelers, Buddy Johnson, LB, Texas A&M
Good athleticism and production in college. Just not sure he has the coverage upside to be a quality pro. Feels like an old-school Steelers pick at the LB spot and it was a need.
141. Rams, Jacob Harris, TE, UCF
TE who really plays as a WR. Tested like an elite athlete and had a few highly productive games in 2020. Explosion is apparent on film. Very old prospect. But this is an athleticism, receiving production flier.
142. Packers, Royce Newman, OL, Ole Miss
Can play anywhere up front. Balance. Great hand work. Agile. Just has to get stronger and add more girth to his frame. Smart pick by Green Bay.
143. Raiders, Tyree Gillespie, S, Missouri
Maybe not the biggest need after picking two safeties earlier, but Gillespie is a rocket from the safety spot. Worried about his shiftiness to be able to stick with receivers in coverage.
144. Chiefs, Josh Kaindoh, EDGE, FSU
Another tall, athletic specimen with serious pop in his hands. Just isn’t overly active with him and didn’t live up to expectations in college.