NFL Draft 2nd & 3rd Round Recap: Eight Pac-12, Two Oregon HS Products Selected

By Matthew Zimmer

Friday night was a big night for the 2021 NFL Draft as the second and third rounds wrapped up, and several Pac-12 players came streaming off the board including another Oregon Duck and the first Oregon State Beaver.

The Pac-12

Off the board first of the Pac-12 group was Jevon Holland, the Oregon safety, as the fourth pick in the second round (No. 36 overall) to Miami.

Then, we saw Washington DT Levi Onwuzurike went ninth in round two (No. 41 overall) to Detroit. Soon after, Stanford OT Walker Little went to Jacksonville — 13th pick in the second round (No. 45 overall).

The Pac-12 had three players picked in the entire first round, they had three in the first 13 picks of round two.

Round three started and we couldn’t have known the run of Pac-12 players that were coming, including some Oregon High School products.

First, Stanford QB Davis Mills went third in the third (No. 67 overall) to Houston. This could be a telling sign about the Deshaun Watson proceedings, or it’s just Houston being cautious given all that’s going on with Watson.

Next, former David Douglas HS defensive tackle Osa Odighizuwa, who went to UCLA, went with the 11th pick in round three (No. 75 overall) to Dallas. The Cowboys weren’t done in the State of Oregon.

Back to Stanford, cornerback Paulson Adebo would go 12th in the third round (No. 76 overall) to New Orleans.

Then, Dallas snagged Oregon State corner Nahshon Wright with the 36th pick in round three (No. 99 overall). He was the first Beav off the board, as mentioned.

Finally, of the Pac-12 players, former West Linn HS star Elijah Molden, who played at UW, went to Tennessee as the 100th overall pick — No. 37 in the third round.

There are still some Ducks and Beavers with a chance to get drafted on Saturday in rounds 4-7, including Deommodore Lenoir and Jermar Jefferson just to name a couple.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks didn’t have a pick in the first round on Thursday, but they did make their first pick of the 2021 Draft on Friday.

No, it wasn’t an offensive lineman to protect Russell Wilson, but it was a wide receiver for Russ to throw to … so that’s something, right?

Western Michigan wide receiver D’Wayne Eskridge was solid in his healthy seasons; he broke his clavicle in 2019.

For a full breakdown on Eskridge, check out our web post on him here.

Friday Night Surprises

There were a few surprises throughout the night that didn’t specifically involve the Pac-12 or Seattle.

Tampa Bay drafted Florida QB Kyle Trask at No. 64 overall, the last pick in round two. Then, Minnesota also drafted a quarterback, Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond, at No. 66 (second pick, round three). Penny for your thoughts, Kirk Cousins?

Also, Cleveland seemed to get the consensus steal of the second round in Notre Dame inside linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah at No. 52 overall.

At last the Packers finally drafted Aaron Rodgers a weapon in 2021 even if the 2020 MVP doesn’t come back. In fact, it was another A. Rodgers which provided some fun word play. Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers is heading to Green Bay after being picked No. 22 in round three (85th overall).

The 2021 NFL Draft resumes on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.

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