Pro Football Network’s staff has been busy cranking out their versions of 2021 NFL Mock Drafts and in the most recently released version of a four-round projection of the selection process, PFN’s Oliver Hodgkinson slotted Oregon State’s Hamilcar Rashed Jr. as the #69 overall pick (3rd Round) to the Miami Dolphins.
The third-round is quite the leap from where the Beavers star was viewed just less than a month ago in PFN’s Dalton Miller’s two-round mock draft, where he saw Rashed Jr. going off the board at the #30 overall spot (1st Round) to the Baltimore Ravens. At that time, Miller noted Rashed Jr. as a “fun prospect” who “has the fluidity and explosiveness to play in coverage picking up backs out of the backfield and play in zone in the flats and hook area. He can also really put pressure on offensive tackles with his explosiveness”.
The ironic slippage by Rashed Jr. in the mock draft process likely wasn’t helped by the Pac-12’s decision to cancel all fall sports, leaving the 6’ 4”, 240-pound rising redshirt senior without a true final campaign at the moment. It also dampens what was an accolade-heavy off-season for the hybrid linebacker/edge rusher, that included seeing himself named to watch lists for the Butkus Award, the Chuck Bednarik Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy Award, in addition to being named a Phil Steele Magazine 2020 Preseason All-American First-Team member and selected as a preseason Walter Camp First-Team All-American.
Rashed Jr. is still hoping to be the program’s first player selected in the first-round of the NFL Draft since Brandin Cooks was chosen by the New Orleans Saints with the #20 overall pick back in 2014. The last defensive player from Oregon State to go in the first-round was linebacker Nick Barnett who was chosen with the 29th pick by the Green Bay Packers all the way back in 2003.