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2021 NFL Draft Recap: AFC South

The AFC South’s 2021 NFL Draft featured a new quarterback in Houston, a new cover corner in Tennessee and a pass rusher for the Colts. Kwity Paye and Caleb Farley will be expected to provide immediate dividends for the Texans and Titans. In Jacksonville, new head coach Urban Meyer brought two former teammates back together in hopes of reinvigorating the fan base.

Houston Texans      
SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPosition-SchoolDN Big Board Rank/GradeNotes
3rd Round, 67th overallHouston TexansDavis Mills6’4 225/ QB-Houston166/3rd RoundThe trend of injuries dates back to his high school days, where he was once ranked ahead of Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa in 247Sports’ 2017 rankings. So what does he bring to the table? Mills is an inexperienced quarterback with a smooth delivery, good mobility and an even-keeled nature. That calm in the face of the storm helped him deliver after falling behind in games as a junior.
3rd Round, 89th overallHouston Texans (from Cleveland Browns)Nico Collins6’4 215/WR-Michigan157/3rd RoundAbove all else, it is his tremendous high-wire acts that grabbed the attention of scouts. In order to maximize those flurries of splashes, Collins has to play with more attention to detail.
5th Round, 147th overallHouston TexansBrevin Jordan6’3 247/TE-H-back-Miami (Fla.)66/2nd RoundHe has operated as a fullback, flexed-out slot receiver, outside receiver, down tight end and even off the ball tight end. Injuries may have caused his draft slide.
5th Round, 170th overallHouston Texans (via Jacksonville Jaguars from Cleveland Browns)Garret Wallow6’2 220/LB-TCU120/3rd RoundThere is little wasted motion and he fires his frame downhill in a burst that is reminiscent of a gun fighter in an old Western movie. His quick-twitch reactions also show up in the passing game to get into position versus quick route concepts
6th Round, 195th overallHouston Texans (from Dallas Cowboys through New England Patriots)Roy Lopez6’2 304/DT-Arizona, New Mexico State462/6th RoundLopez, a former state heavyweight wrestling champ, was a factor creasing gaps throughout two different stops. He finished with 23.5 career tackles for loss. 36 bench press reps at 225 pounds on his Pro Day.
Indianapolis Colts
SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPosition-SchoolDN Big Board Rank/GradeNotes
1st Round, 21st overallIndianapolis ColtsKwity Paye6’3 270 DE-Michigan9/1st RoundPaye was one of the draft’s best run defenders and he should get better as a pass rusher. With all of that said, however, the Colts need him to be a front line player from Day 1 on a roster that no longer features Justin Houston.
2nd Round, 54th overallIndianapolis ColtsDayo Odeyingbo6’5 285/DE-Vanderbilt52/2nd RoundA recent Achilles injury may hold back his draft stock, but the Colts went ahead and took a chance on Odeyingbo, who could end up as one of the best players in this year’s draft class. Their defense may allow them to sit him for a redshirt year while he recovers. His profile is similar to Colts DL DeForest Buckner.
4th Round, 127th overallIndianapolis ColtsKylen Granson6’2 245/H-back/SMU307/4th RoundThose run after the catch skills were apparent at SMU whenever he got the ball in his hands. He actually may have been faster with the ball in his hands than when running routes. A viable NFL comparison could be drawn to NFL free agent H-back/fullback Trey Burton (Eagles, Bears, Colts).
5th Round, 165th overallIndianapolis ColtsShawn Davis5’10 199/S-Florida318/4th RoundDavis is a well-built, muscular safety who brings a load down-to-down as a hitter. He can tend to play a step too fast and not break down consistently in space. We think his play speed is adequate and it allows him to overcome any lower body stiffness.
6th Round, 218th overallIndianapolis Colts (from New Orleans Saints via compensatory selection)Sam Ehlinger6'1 222 QB-Texas304/4th RoundOver the course of his career, he has improved his accuracy. Ehlinger’s adequate arm strength is offset by inconsistent footwork. Speeding up the efficiency of his drops could help timing on possession route concepts. To earmark Ehlinger’s effectiveness as a goal line runner, look no further than his production against Oklahoma in his career. In those contests alone, he rushed for nine touchdowns.
7th Round, 229th overallIndianapolis Colts (from New Orleans Saints via Jacksonville Jaguars)Michael Strachan6’5 226/WR-Charleston (West Virginia)237/4th RoundThe Division II All-American tends to get choppy in-and-out of his routes while counting some of his steps. Those are the technical flaws, but he gives an NFL wide receivers coach plenty to work with this summer. One possibility that could be intriguing is moving Strachan to an H-back position.
Jacksonville Jaguars
SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPosition-SchoolDN Big Board Rank/GradeNotes
1st Round, 1st overallJacksonville JaguarsTrevor LawrenceQB-Clemson5/1st RoundLawrence's underrated athleticism works for an offense that already features a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers.
1st Round, 25th overallJacksonville JaguarsTravis Etienne5’10 215/RB-Clemson22/1st RoundEtienne re-unites with Trevor Lawrence in what could prove to be a game-changing backfield combination. He will team with James Robinson for a powerful one-two punch.
2nd Round, 33rd overallJacksonville JaguarsTyson Campbell6’2 194/CB-Georgia126/3rd RoundA big corner with good foot speed and at least satisfactory quickness. His balance is a characteristic that needs to improve.
2nd Round, 45th overallJacksonville JaguarsWalker Little6’7 313/OT-Stanford167/3rd RoundLittle has not played for a two-year period. When he was on the field, his smooth nature stood out. Rarely did he get overwhelmed with the pace of the defensive end. Can he stay healthy?
3rd Round, 65th overallJacksonville JaguarsAndre Cisco6'0 203/FS-Syracuse54/2nd RoundThe fact that he can make a number of tough tackles hides some of the flaws on the makable misses. Nevertheless, his middle of the field instincts and overall activity are similar to former Wake Forest safety Jessie Bates (Cincinnati Bengals). Due to the ACL knee injury he suffered in October, his final draft position does not reflect his overall value.
4th Round, 106th overallJacksonville JaguarsJay Tufele6’2 305/DT-USC75/2nd RoundTufele is a strong player. We have even noted repetitions where he overpowered guards to make tackles when he didn’t even get lined up prior to the snap (3rd QTR/11:07, Colorado ‘19). Versus double teams, he works to defeat one blocker to prevent the chip from the other blocker.
4th Round, 121st overallJacksonville JaguarsJordan SmithDE-OLB/UAB, Florida 185/3rd RoundFluidity at his size. Rushes from the two-point ROLB/LOLB spots and has lined up at both defensive end spots. Plays the Sam in a number of their packages. He was one of the C-USA’s best players for a two-year period and still found time to run down on kickoffs after off the field issues at Florida.
5th Round, 145th overallJacksonville JaguarsLuke Farrell6’6 250 (E)-TE-Ohio State377/5th RoundFarrell is a player who accepted his role in school and did it with a good amount of attitude as a blocker. He aligned at a number of spots, moved in motion and was asked to block both in-line and in space.
6th Round, 209th overallJacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)Jalen Camp6’2 226/WR-Georgia Tech199/4th RoundMuscular. 33 3/4” arms. Reportedly bench presses 400 pounds and squats nearly 550 pounds. Stride length can get on top of CBs in the move area. His one-hand grab vs. Alcorn State in 2018 showed his catch radius.
Tennessee Titans
SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPositionSchoolNotes
1st Round, 22nd overallTennessee TitansCaleb Farley6’2 207 CB-Virginia Tech17/1st RoundOne of the draft’s most talented corners has ball skills, instincts and health concerns. His skills fit Tennessee’s defensive
2nd Round, 53rd overallTennessee TitansDillon Radunz6’6 300/OT-North Dakota State50/2nd RoundHe has worked on keeping a bent posture over the last year, and this despite appearing in just one game in 2020. There were never any question marks regarding the All-American’s pace, foot speed, or quickness.
3rd Round, 92nd overallTennessee Titans (from Green Bay Packers)Monty Rice6’0 235/LB-Georgia93/3rd RoundThere were still the flash outstanding athletic plays from Rice in 2020 (see Tennessee), but a nagging foot injury hampered his effectiveness for stretches. The overall range and speed in his play are both in place. Rice plays a little bit narrow in his stance and tends to get too thick versus offensive linemen.
3rd Round, 100th overall Tennessee TitansElijah Molden5'9 1/2" 192/Nickel-Washington74-2nd RoundNumbers may not tell the entire story for Molden, who seems to be a player capable of filling a myriad of roles for an NFL defense. Despite being primarily a nickel back during school (even on first/second down), there are possibilities for him working off the hash.
Molden has very good quickness, change of direction and elite eye speed.
4th Round, 109th overallTennessee Titans (from Houston Texans via Carolina)Dez Fitzpatrick6'2 204/WR-Louisville244/4th RoundFitzpatrick helped himself with a second-team All-ACC performance as a senior. His career was full of big moments sprinkled in spots. In fact, he was one of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson’s favorite targets all the way back in 2017.
4th Round, 135th overallTennessee Titans (from Green Bay Packers)Rashad Weaver6’4 265/DE-Pittsburgh122/3rd RoundIt is impressive that he was able to come back from a knee injury with so much success in one year. We expect him to be a step quicker by the fall. The consensus All-American has somewhat of an unorthodox style in that his initial hand usage sets up his counter moves.
6th Round, 205th overallTennessee TitansRacey McMath6’2 224/WR-H-back-LSU329/5th RoundFormer TE moved to WR and never really was able to fully cut loose with his 4.4 speed. He was seen running down on kickoffs at inside positions, played gunner in school on the punt team and was used as a hold-up blocker on punt return.
6th Round, 215th overallTennessee Titans (from Kansas City Chiefs)Brady Breeze5’11 204/S-Oregon336/5th RoundWhen discussing Oregon’s talented secondary, Breeze is often the player forgotten about. It is hard to believe considering he was the team’s Defensive MVP in the 2020 Rose Bowl. The first thing teams will like about Breeze is the energy he plays with snap-to-snap. Breeze overcomes any rigidness with his play speed.

2021 NFL Draft Recap: AFC North

In the AFC North’s 2021 NFL Draft recap, the Ravens picked a couple of receivers to provide competition, the Bengals gave Chase his former QB and the Browns added another corner. In Pittsburgh, the Steelers decided to get back to playing bully ball with an emphasis on its lines and picked up a bruising running back along the way.

Baltimore Ravens     
SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPosition-SchoolDN Big Board Rank/GradeNotes
1st Round, 27th overallBaltimore RavensRashod Bateman6’0 190/WR-Minnesota18/2nd RoundBateman gives Jackson yet another weapon after the signing of Sammy Watkins. The team is continuing to attempt to get it right at the position.
1st Round, 31st overallBaltimore RavensJayson Oweh6’5 252/DE-Penn State143/3rd RoundThe Ravens bet on Oweh’s upside, which includes 4.3 speed and very good upper body strength.
3rd Round, 94th overallBaltimore RavensBen Cleveland6’6 354/OT-Georgia92/3rd RoundIn today’s NFL, however, he is going to have to make sure that he becomes more efficient in pass protection. This becomes even more paramount when you weigh in the 355-pound range. It is at least pretty well-distributed on his 6-foot-6 frame. His experience and anticipation of how teams would attack on line games was much better in 2020.
3rd Round, 104th overallBaltimore RavensBrandon Stephens6’1 219/CB-SMU277/4th RoundStephens is a former running back who transitioned to cornerback in college and did so admirably. One of the things that makes that transition so hard is you’re seeing the game from the outside-in as opposed to inside-out. Technically, he is going to have to work on some things if he plans to stay on the perimeter.
4th Round, 131st overallBaltimore RavensTylan Wallace5’11 193 WR-Oklahoma State82/3rd RoundThe best projection for Wallace, who is a smooth route runner with body control, could be to the slot position. He is a bit of an enigma due to his build and injury history. He projects as a solid No. 3 receiver initially with an opportunity to grow into a No. 2 receiver.
5th Round,160th overallBaltimore Ravens (from Arizona Cardinals)Shaun Wade6’1 195/Nickel-Ohio State87/3rd RoundUnlike many of the Buckeyes’ pure cover corners, Wade had more experience playing the nickel back spot. At that spot, he has shown the ability to blitz, tackle, read route combinations, play man coverage and pass off routes in zone.
5th Round, 171st overallBaltimore RavensDaelin Hayes6'3 261/DE-OLB-Notre Dame139/3rd RoundHayes is a very good athlete with plenty of opportunity to become a better pro than collegian. Right when he was about to take off in 2019, he went down to injury against Virginia. His versatility is intriguing.
5th Round, 184th overallBaltimore Ravens (compensatory selection)Ben Mason6’2 256/TE-H-back-Michigan282/4th RoundMason is sort of a Patrick Mekari-clone. He could take the place of former Hayden Hurt in some of the team’s three tight end sets.
Cincinnati Bengals
SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPosition-SchoolDN Big Board Rank/GradeNotes
5th overallCincinnati BengalsJa’Marr ChaseWR-LSU12/1st RoundChase re-unites with his former Heisman QB in hopes of re-igniting their 2019 national championship rhythm.
46th overallCincinnati Bengals (from New England Patriots)Jackson Carman6’5 317/OT-Clemson88/3rd RoundSome of his blocks in space were highlight film worthy. He can lean on defenders with his mass. Managing his weight, however, could help alleviate some of the technical flaws. Did the weight contribute to the former five-star recruit's recent back surgery in January 2021?
69th overallCincinnati BengalsJoseph Ossai6’3 255/LB-Texas120/3rd RoundThe notes kept piling up for Ossai as we broke down his game. In 2019, we were not at all that impressed with his work at the exchange linebacker position. In 2020, he turned it on as a defensive end. He set the edge versus tight ends, flattened on run away and used hip swivel to turn the corner on occasion versus offensive tackles.
111th overallCincinnati BengalsCam Sample6’2 274/DE-OLB-Tulane67/2nd RoundWhile he has played some as an inside-shade defensive end, the team is now using him to stand up and rush (as it has in the past) with his hand in the dirt. His increased feel of influencing the offensive tackle off of his third step up the field now complements his unique combination of power and hand usage.
122nd overallCincinnati BengalsTyler Shelvin6’2 350/DT-NG/LSU112/3rd RoundHe was not capable of being single blocked by one man and routinely required two blockers as the zero-technique or one-technique defensive tackle. His athleticism should not be underestimated. While at Northside High School (La.), he punted, kicked and played defense.
139th overallCincinnati Bengals (via New England Patriots (compensatory selection)D’Ante Smith6’5 305/OT-ECU81/3rd RoundThe ECU lineman does provide some positional versatility, having seen action at both left guard and left tackle in school. He combines with current Bengal Hakeem Adeniji to give the team added swing versatility.
149th overallCincinnati BengalsEvan McPherson5’11 177/PK-Florida407/5th RoundThe last Gators kicker to leave early for the NFL Draft was Eddy Pineiro, who actually is nearly identical in size to McPherson. Like McPherson, Piniero was extremely accurate while at Florida (88-percent). McPherson will compete with former Oklahoma PK Austin Seibert for the job in Cincinnati.
190th overallCincinnati BengalsTrey Hill6’4 330/OC-Georgia331/5th RoundHill is a true junior who was forced to play early in his career and responded favorably. The clean-up procedures that he went through on his knees in 2020 were due to pain, but prior to this year he had been relatively durable. Hill has a number of interior line veterans to compete with for a roster spot.
202nd overallCincinnati Bengals (from Miami Dolphins through Houston Texans)Chris Evans5'10 219/RB-Michigan293/4th RoundSmooth. Deceptive. Capable of stopping his charge to plant laterally when the ball has been cupped by the defense.
Evans catches the ball, does not have a lot of mileage on his tires and fumbled just four times in school. Can he beat out Samaje Perine or Trayveon Willliams for the backup spot?
235th overallCincinnati Bengals (from Detroit Lions through Seattle Seahawks)Wyatt Hubert6'2 265/DE-OLB-Kansas State186/3rd RoundAthletic bloodlines. Has some dawg in him. Will talk noise to the opponent. Instinctive. Plays at one speed. Positive knee bender. Spins back to regain contain if he loses it initially. Finished his career with 20 QB sacks and 33 TFLs. Can he earn the third or fourth pass rusher’s role in Cincinnati?
Cleveland Browns
SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPosition-SchoolDN Big Board Rank/GradeNotes
26th overallCleveland BrownsGreg Newsome II6'1 190/CB-Northwestern64/2nd RoundNewsome’s technique goes along with smooth on-field movement. The Browns now have three cornerbacks to match up with the AFC’s fast-paced offenses.
52nd overallCleveland Browns (from Chicago Bears)Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah6’1 220/LB-Notre Dame24/2nd RoundOwusu-Koramoah plays the game as if blockers aren’t on the field. His skill at triggering allowed him to overcome some lower body stiffness. We thought he was the best special teams player we saw on film (see Georgia ‘19).
91st overallCleveland BrownsAnthony Schwartz6’0 186/WR-Auburn297/4th RoundSchwartz displayed all of the foot speed (4.28) and flashes to get NFL teams excited if they project him as a gadget-type prospect. We think he can be used in fly motion on speed sweeps, speed shovel passes and even on end-arounds. Despite not doing it collegiately, he could be an option as a kickoff returner.
110th overallCleveland Browns (from Philadelphia Eagles)James Hudson6'4 313/OT-Cincinnati80/3rd RoundIn 2020, the first-team All-AAC selection performed like a seasoned veteran. He displayed easy feet in pass protection, aggressiveness as a run blocker and positive down-to-down intensity. The former Michigan Wolverine is somewhat over-aggressive in some of his movements, but he naturally compensates with quickness winning to the spot.
132nd overallCleveland BrownsTommy Togiai6’2 300/DT-Ohio State362/5th RoundMaintaining his original gap control was something he did with far more consistency as a junior, but are there still some questions about his overall anticipation of blocking schemes. It seemed as if he made a decision in 2020 to sit down and play with increased torque.
153rd overallCleveland Browns (via Detroit Lions)Tony Fields II6’1 222/LB-West Virginia, Arizona306/4th RoundDurable. Started all 47 games of his college career at two different stops. Lines up all over the field as an edge rusher, ILB and OLB. Communicates to line up defensive personnel in the pre-snap. Instinctive. Fields II has to be productive on special teams to beat out some of the Browns current linebackers.
169th overallCleveland Browns (from Los Angeles Rams)Richard LeCounte III5’11 190/S-Georgia151/3rd RoundIt has been slightly hit-or-miss -literally- for LeCounte III as a tackler in the film viewed. We do, however, think it is an area he improved in 2020. There are some instances (see Notre Dame ‘19, 4th QTR; Kentucky ‘20) where he wraps with the correct intent. A midseason motorcycle accident hurt his charge. LeCounte III adds depth in the team’s safety room and will compete for the third or fourth safety spot.
211th overallCleveland BrownsDemetric Felton5’9 184/All-Purpose-UCLA207/4th RoundBall security. Fumbled just twice in 358 combined touches in school. Former WR with excellent toughness running in-between the tackles as a dot RB. Carries his pads well.
His meal ticket in the NFL will be as an all-purpose performer. The key for the All-Pac-12 performer is to have his game day field speed from college translate to the NFL. Can he beat out D’Ernest Johnson for the kickoff return role?
Pittsburgh Steelers
SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPositionSchoolNotes
24th overallPittsburgh SteelersNajee Harris6’1 231 RB-Alabama11/1st RoundThe Steelers get the former five-star recruit whose game continues to grow, both as a receiver and blocker. They get one of the better prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft.
55th overallPittsburgh SteelersPat Freiermuth6’5 251 TE-Penn State85/3rd RoundFreiermuth, the 2020 Big Ten Tight End of the Year, earned the honor despite missing over half of the year due to a shoulder injury. Prior to that, he averaged nearly six catches and 78 receiving yards per game.
87th overallPittsburgh SteelersKendrick Green6'2 305/OL-Illinois48/2nd RoundGreen is one of the top interior offensive lineman available in this year’s class due to his combination of speed and pad level. The All-Big Ten guard excels with a low and balanced approach; particularly on combination blocks. He exhibits a level of savvy to cut-off backside defenders on run action away.
128th overallPittsburgh SteelersDan Moore, Jr.6’5 309/OT-Texas A&M148/3rd RoundMoore did not have to be an outstanding technician in school. He was a good enough as an athlete to get away with setting short corners. He often used his width to widen defensive ends over the top of the pocket. Now with that said, we felt he played much better in 2020 than he had in 2019, where he was inconsistent in the film viewed.
140th overallPittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection)Buddy Johnson6’0 228/LB-Texas A&M71/2nd RoundThe former high school quarterback is a natural leader with very good football awareness and instincts. He usually offers up one highlight film worthy hit per game in inside-out pursuit or in the box.
156th overallPittsburgh Steelers (from Miami Dolphins via Dallas Cowboys through Philadelphia Eagles)Isaiahh Loudermilk6’6 274/DE-Wisconsin325/4th RoundIn sub-packages, he may be able to provide an occasional change-up by working at a zero-technique because his width can make the pocket cloudy for the quarterback. The 6-foot-6 defensive lineman uses his prep level All-State basketball skills to bat passes as well as anyone in this year’s draft (nine career pass deflections).
216th overallPittsburgh Steelers (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers)Quincy Roche6’2 238/DE-OLB-Miami (Fla.), Temple128/3rd RoundThere may be some questions about Roche’s size, but his activity should not be underestimated. Keep in mind that this is a prospect with 54 career tackles for loss to go along with 30.5 sacks, eight forced fumbles and three blocked kicks.
245th overallPittsburgh Steelers (from Miami Dolphins)Tre Norwood6’0 189/DB-Oklahoma360/5th RoundNorwood is a hard-working player who concentrates on his technique and attempts to be where he is supposed to be down-to-down. There is a level of detail in his play that is commendable. The big question comes down to how NFL teams view his upside. Is he quick enough to be a full-time nickel? Does he have the necessary bulk to move inside to free safety full-time?
254th overallPittsburgh Steelers (from Baltimore Ravens)Pressley Harvin III5’11 263/P-Georgia Tech215/4th RoundWhat a year it was for Harvin III. He made history by becoming the first African American to win the Ray Guy Award and it was not even close. Consider this. Harvin III’s 44-yard net punting average as a senior would have been tied for fifth with Buffalo Bills punter Corey Bojorquez in the NFL. The accomplished musician’s touch on pooch punts is equally impressive, mainly due to his superb ability to execute drop punts. He’ll compete with Jordan Berry for a roster spot.

2021 NFL Draft Round 1, Recap

The 2021 NFL Draft’s first round is complete and the offensive players took much of the focus early. Five quarterbacks were selected in the draft’s first 15 selections. Later in the round, teams made sure that they took plenty of pass rushers to contend with some of the NFL’s high-powered offenses. In fact, defensive players comprised the final five picks of the first round. We look at each pick in our recap of the draft’s first night.

       
Round 1
SelectionTeamPlayer selectionPosition-SchoolDN Big Board Rank/GradeNotes
1st overallJacksonville JaguarsTrevor Lawrence6’5 5/8” 213/QB-Clemson5/1st RoundLawrence's underrated athleticism works for an offense that already features a 1,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers.
2nd overallNew York JetsZach Wilson6’2 214/QB-BYU25/2nd RoundWilson could be a BYU mix of former Cougar standouts Jim McMahon and Steve Young.
3rd overallSan Francisco 49ersTrey Lance6’4 226/QB-North Dakota State34/2nd RoundLance goes to an offense that should spotlight his ability to operate on the edges or from inside the pocket.
4th overallAtlanta FalconsKyle Pitts6’6 245/TE-Florida10/1st RoundNew HC Arthur Smith adds to Ryan's vast array of weapons in hopes of recapturing MVP form.
5th overallCincinnati BengalsJa’Marr Chase6’0 201/WR-LSU12/1st RoundChase re-unites with his former Heisman QB in hopes of re-igniting their 2019 national championship rhythm.
6th overallMiami DolphinsJaylen Waddle5’9 1/2” 180/WR-Alabama28/2nd RoundWaddle is the next receiver to go off the board to be re-united with his former college QB. His foot speed expands the Dolphins’ vertical passing game.
7th overallDetroit LionsPenei Sewell6’5 331 OT-Oregon3/1st RoundSewell’s nastiness made him one of the best picks in this year’s draft and fits what the Lions are trying to do with a physical running game.
8th overallCarolina PanthersJaycee Horn6’1 205 CB-South Carolina19/2nd RoundThe Panthers needed a big corner and they took one of the draft’s longer ones in Horn.
9th overallDenver BroncosPatrick Surtain II6’2 208 CB-Alabama7/1st RoundThe Broncos take the second consecutive CB off of the board and his technique is arguably the best.
10th overallPhiladelphia Eagles (from Dallas Cowboys)DeVonta Smith6’0 166 WR-Alabama1/1st RoundThe 2020 Heisman Trophy winner will get an opportunity to re-unite with his former QB too, just like Waddle and Chase earlier in the draft.
11th overallChicago Bears (trade from New York Giants)Justin Fields6’3 227 QB-Ohio State31/2nd RoundFields goes to a football team where he can add arm strength to pierce balls through the wind and add diversity to the team’s running team.
12th overallDallas Cowboys (from Philadelphia Eagles)Micah Parsons6’3 246 LB-Penn State2/1st RoundParsons’ speed goes with rare size at the position. He has a chance to develop in Dan Quinn’s system.
13th overallLos Angeles ChargersRashawn Slater6’4 304 OT-Northwestern16/2nd RoundSlater’s technique gives the Chargers added flexibility on its offensive lineman, as the former OL has started at both RT and LT.
14th overallNew York Jets (from Minnesota Vikings)Alijah Vera-Tucker6’4 302 OT-USC6/1st RoundVera-Tucker could pair with Becton on the left side to potentially power an offensive line that could develop into one of the AFC’s best.
15th overallNew England PatriotsMac Jones6’2 217 QB-Alabama39/2nd RoundJones goes to the Patriots to develop in a system that could spotlight all of his respective strengths.
16th overallArizona CardinalsZaven Collins6’4 260 LB-Tulsa13/1st RoundCollins’ skills can now pair with Simmons to give the Cardinals defensive flexibility in spades. The team adds a player who creates difficult one-on-one matchups for teams on third down.
17th overallLas Vegas RaidersAlex Leatherwood6’5 312 OL-Alabama104/3rd RoundThe 2020 Outland Trophy winner may make a move to the inside, where he was a second-team All-SEC player at RG in 2018.
18th overallMiami DolphinsJaelen Phillips6’5 260 DE-Miami (Fla.), UCLA43/2nd RoundPhillips has all of the tools to become an instant contributor opposite Emmanuel Ogbah. Can he stay healthy?
19th overallWashington Football TeamJamin Davis6’4 234 LB-Kentucky61/2nd RoundHC Ron Rivera finds a linebacker who has the traits to become like the LBs he had in Carolina.
20th overallNew York Giants (from Chicago Bears)Kadarius Toney5’11 189 All-Purpose/Florida49/2nd RoundHis ability to get in-and-out of traffic with the ball in his hands makes him a threat as an all-purpose prospect and slot WR.
21st overallIndianapolis ColtsKwity Paye6’3 270 DE-Michigan9/1st RoundPaye was one of the draft’s best run defender and he is going to get better as a pass rusher.
22nd overallTennessee TitansCaleb Farley6’2 207 CB-Virginia Tech17/1st RoundOne of the draft’s most talented corners has ball skills, instincts and health concerns. His skills fit Tennessee’s defensive
23rd overallMinnesota Vikings (from New York Jets)Christian Darrisaw6’5 314 LT-Virginia Tech4/1st RoundThe Vikings get one of the draft’s best offensive line talents after sliding back in the first round. Good moves again by the Vikings front office.
24th overallPittsburgh SteelersNajee Harris6’1 231/RB-Alabama11/1st RoundThe Steelers get the former five-star recruit whose game continues to grow both as a receiver and blocker. They get one of the better prospects in the 2021 NFL Draft.
25th overallJacksonville JaguarsTravis Etienne5’10 215/RB-Clemson22/1st RoundEtienne reunites with Trevor Lawrence in what could prove to be a game-changing backfield combination. He will team with James Robinson for a powerful one-two punch.
26th overallCleveland BrownsGreg Newsome II6'1 190/CB-Northwestern64/2nd RoundNewsome’s technique goes along with smooth on-field movement. The Browns now have three cornerbacks to match up with the AFC’s fast-paced offenses.
27th overallBaltimore RavensRashod Bateman6’0 190/WR-Minnesota18/2nd RoundBateman gives Jackson yet another weapon after the signing of Sammy Watkins. The team is continuing to attempt to get it right at the position.
28th overallNew Orleans SaintsPayton Turner6’5 290/DE-Houston111/3rd RoundTurner impressed on his Pro Day with a 4.33 20-yard shuttle time at 290 pounds. Turner got better during his career week-to-week.
29th overallGreen Bay PackersEric Stokes6’1 194/CB-Georgia35/2nd RoundStokes continued to get better year-to-year, but prior to 2020 he hadn’t finished on the ball. The 10.39 100-meter sprinter finished with four interceptions as a senior.
30th overallBuffalo BillsGregory Rousseau6’6 5/8” 266/DE-Miami (Fla.)8/1st RoundThe Bills take a pass rusher with 11-inch hands and an 83” wingspan. Rousseau had 15.5 QB sacks in 2019 and was tough to latch while working from a number of spots.
31st overallBaltimore RavensJayson Oweh6’5 252/DE-Penn State143/3rd RoundThe Ravens bet on Oweh’s upside, which includes 4.3 speed and very good upper body strength.
32nd overallTampa Bay BuccaneersJoe Tryon6’5 252/DE-Washington69/2nd RoundTryon has played from a two-point stand-up OLB or with his hand in the dirt. This was a perfect scheme-fit for the Buccaneers.

Round 1 trades/notes:

•   The Dallas Cowboys traded the 10th pick overall to the Philadelphia Eagles to the Dallas Cowboys for the 12th overall pick and the Cowboys picked up Philadelphia’s 2021 third-round pick.
•   New York Giants traded the 11th overall pick to the Chicago Bears in return for the Bears 2021 fifth-round pick, 2022 first-round pick and  2022 fourth-round pick   
•   Minnesota Vikings traded the 14th overall pick to the New York Jets in exchange for the 23rd overall pick 
•   The first quarterback to ever get selected in the first round of the draft by a Bill Belichick-led team becomes Alabama’s Mac Jones
•   New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman traded back for the first time in his career
•   There were four sets of teammates reunited in the first round.  Former LSU WR Ja'Marr Chase (1st Round, 5th pick overall) teams back up with his Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in Cincinnati, Alabama WR/All-Purpose threat Jaylen Waddle (1st Round, 6th pick overall) teams up with former Alabama quarterback and current Miami Dolphins starter Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama WR DeVonta Smith (1st Round, 10th pick overall) will play with former Alabama starting quarterback Jalen Hurts in Philadelphia, Clemson RB Travis Etienne (1st Round, 25th overall) gets to share the backfield again with Jacksonville first overall pick Trevor Lawrence.

2021 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: AFC West

The Broncos lost Pro Bowl running back Phillip Lindsay, the Chiefs picked up a second-team All-Pro and the Chargers added an All-Pro offensive lineman. The Raiders traded away starting offensive linemen for draft picks and the Chiefs cut a couple of their own starting linemen to create more cap flexibility. The AFC West has been busy so far this offseason.

AFC West

Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive free agents

LT Eric Fisher

RT Mitchell Schwartz

WR Sammy Watkins

WR Demarcus Robinson

C Austin Reiter

RB Anthony Sherman

LG Kelechi Osemele

RT Mike Remmers (Re-signed)

LG Stefen Wisniewski

C Daniel Kilgore

RB Le’Veon Bell

TE Ricky Seals-Jones

LG Andrew Wylie (Re-signed)

TE Deon Yelder

WR Gehrig Dieter (Re-signed)

RB Darrel Williams

WR Byron Pringle (Re-signed)

TE Nick Keizer

Defensive free agents

S Daniel Sorensen

CB Bashaud Breeland

DE Alex Okafor

LB Damien Wilson

DE Tanoh Kpassagnon

DT Mike Pennel

CB Antonio Hamilton

DE Taco Charlton (Re-signed)

LB Ben Niemann

CB Charvarius Ward (Re-signed)

CB Alex Brown

LB Emmanuel Smith (Re-signed)

Joe Thuney OG Kansas City Chiefs
Former NC State OL Joe Thuney, pictured, recently agreed to a five-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Thuney started in three consecutive Super Bowls to start his career.

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Re-signed DE Taco Charlton, WR Gehrig Dieter, LB Emmanuel Smith, LG Andrew Wylie, RT Mike Remmers, WR Byron Pringle, CB Charvarius Ward
  • Agreed to terms with OG Joe Thuney (Patriots) on a five-year deal, TE Blake Bell (Cowboys), OG Kyle Long
  • Released OT Eric Fisher, OT Mitchell Schwartz

Los Angeles Chargers

Offensive free agents

RG Trai Turner

TE Hunter Henry (Agreed to terms with Patriots)

C Mike Pouncey (Retired)

QB Tyrod Taylor (Agreed to terms with Texans)

TE Virgil Green

LG Forrest Lamp

G Dan Feeney (Agreed to terms with Jets)

LG Ryan Groy

G Cole Toner (Agreed to terms with Texans)

RB Kalen Ballage

TE Stephen Anderson

LT Sam Tevi

RG Tyree St. Louis (Re-signed)

WR Jeff Cotton

Defensive free agents

DE Melvin Ingram

CB Casey Hayward

LB Denzel Perryman (Agreed to terms with Panthers)

CB Michael Davis (Re-signed)

LB Nick Vigil (Agreed to terms with the Vikings)

DT Damion Square

S Jaylen Watkins

S Jahleel Addae

DE Isaac Rochell (Agreed to terms with Colts)

LB B.J. Bello

S Rayshawn Jenkins (Agreed to terms with the Jaguars)

LB Malik Jefferson

CB Tevaughn Campbell (Re-signed)

CB Brandon Facyson

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Re-signed P Ty Long, OG Tyree St. Louis, CB Michael Davis, CB Tevaughn Campbell
  • Agreed to terms with OL Matt Feiler (Steelers) on a three-year deal, OC Corey Linsley (Packers) to a five-year deal, TE Jared Cook (Saints)
  • Released CB Casey Hayward, OG Trai Turner
  • Lost S Rayshawn Jenkins (Jaguars), C Mike Pouncey (Retired), QB Tyrod Taylor (Texans), TE Hunter Henry (Patriots), LB Nick Vigil (Vikings), LB Denzel Perryman (Panthers), G Dan Feeney (Jets), G Cole Toner (Texans), DE Isaac Rochell (Colts)

Denver Broncos

Offensive free agents

RT Elijah Wilkinson

RT Demar Dotson

QB Blake Bortles

WR Tim Patrick (Re-signed)

TE Jake Butt

TE Troy Fumagalli

WR Diontae Spencer (Re-signed)

RB Phillip Lindsay

LG Austin Schlottmann (Re-signed)

LT Calvin Anderson (Re-signed)

C Patrick Morris (Re-signed)

Defensive free agents

DT Jurrell Casey

CB A.J. Bouye

S Justin Simmons (Re-signed)

CB Kareem Jackson

DT Shelby Harris (Re-signed)

S Will Parks

DE Jeremiah Attaochu

DT DeMarcus Walker

DT Sylvester Williams

DE Anthony Chickillo

CB De’Vante Bausby

LB Joseph Jones

S Trey Marshall (Re-signed)

CB Kevin Toliver II

LB Austin Calitro

CB Alijah Holder

DT Kyle Peko

LB Natrez Patrick (R-signed)

LB Alexander Johnson (Re-signed)

DT Jonathan Harris (Re-signed)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with CB Ronald Darby (WFT) on a three-year deal, RB Mike Boone (Vikings)
  • Placed the franchise tag on S Justin Simmons and eventually agreed to terms with Simmons on a four-year deal
  • Re-signed DL Shelby Harris, S Trey Marshall, WR Tim Patrick, LB Natrez Patrick, WR Diontae Spencer, LB Alexander Johnson, RB Phillip Lindsay, DT Jonathan Harris, OT Calvin Anderson, OG Austin Schlottmann, C Patrick Morris
  • Picked up OLB Von Miller’s option
  • Placed an original round tender on RB Phillip Lindsay, rescinded it, and then he signed with the Texans

Las Vegas Raiders

Offensive free agents

WR Tyrell Williams (Agreed to terms with the Lions)

RG Gabe Jackson (Traded to the Seahawks)

LG Richie Incognito (Re-signed)

TE Jason Witten (Retired with Cowboys)

LG Denzelle Good (Re-signed)

TE Derek Carrier (Re-signed)

WR Zay Jones

RT Sam Young

WR Nelson Agholor (Agreed to terms with Patriots)

RB Devontae Booker (Agreed to terms with Giants)

TE Nick O’Leary

QB Nathan Peterman (re-signed)

RB Theo Riddick (Re-signed)

Defensive free agents

S Lamarcus Joyner (Agreed to terms with Jets)

DT Maliek Collins (Agreed to terms with the Texans)

DT Johnathan Hankins (Re-signed)

LB Nicholas Morrow

DE Takkarist McKinley (Agreed to terms with the Browns)

S Erik Harris (Agreed to terms with the Falcons)

CB Nevin Lawson

LB Raekwon McMillan (Agreed to terms with Patriots)

LB Kyle Wilber

DE Chris Smith

LB Vic Beasley

CB Daryl Worley

DE Jeremiah Valoaga

LB Ukeme Eligwe

S Dallin Leavitt (Re-signed)

CB D.J. Killings

DT Kendal Vickers (Re-signed)

Special Teams

K Daniel Carlson (Re-signed)

LS Trent Sieg (Re-signed)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with DE Yannick Ngakoue (Ravens) on a two-year deal, WR John Brown (Bills), DE Quinton Jefferson (Bills), DE Solomon Thomas (49ers), RB Kenyan Drake (Cardinals), DT Quinton Jefferson (Bills), C Nick Martin (Texans)
  • Traded OG Gabe Jackson to the Seattle Seahawks for a 2021 fifth-round pick
  • Traded OC Rodney Hudson and a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a 2021 third-round pick
  • Re-signed OG Richie Igcognito, LG Denzelle Good, K Daniel Carlson, TE Trent Sieg, QB Nathan Peterman, DT Kendal Vickers, S Dallin Leavitt, DT Johnathan Hankins, RB Theo Riddick, TE Derek Carrier
  • Released WR Tyrell Williams (Lions)
  • Lost TE Jason Witten (retired-Cowboys), DT Maleik Collins (Texans), DE Takk McKinley (Browns), RB Devontae Booker (Giants), WR Nelson Agholar (Patriots), S Erik Harris (Falcons), S Lamarcus Joyner (Jets), LB Raekwon McMillan (Patriots)

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2021 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: AFC North

The Ravens finally signed a wide receiver late in the process, inking a deal with former Chiefs wideout Sammy Watkins. Earlier in the free agency process, the Browns inked a deal with one of the league’s best safeties in former Rams standout John Johnson III. Find out what else has happened in the AFC North this offseason.

AFC North

Baltimore Ravens

Offensive free agents

WR Willie Snead

RB Mark Ingram (Agreed to terms with Texans)

C Matt Skura (Agreed to terms with Dolphins)

QB Robert Griffin III

WR Chris Moore (Agreed to terms with Texans)

RG D.J. Fluker

WR Dez Bryant

WR De’Anthony Thomas

TE Eric Tomlinson (Re-signed)

WR DeAndrew White

RB Gus Edwards (Placed a second-round tender)

C Trystan Colon-Castillo (Re-signed)

WR Antoine Wesley

Defensive free agents

DE Matt Judon (Agreed to terms with Patriots)

DE Yannick Ngakoue (Agreed to terms with Raiders)

DT Derek Wolfe (Re-signed)

S Anthony Levine

DE Tyus Bowser (Re-signed)

DE Pernell McPhee (Re-signed)

CB Tramon Williams

DT Justin Ellis (Re-signed)

DT Jihad Ward (Agreed to terms with Jaguars)

S Jordan Richards (Re-signed)

CB Davontae Harris (Re-signed)

CB Khalil Dorsey (Re-signed)

LB Kristian Welch (Re-signed)

LB L.J. Fort

LB Chris Board (Re-signed)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Re-signed TE Nick Boyle to a two-year extension, OLB Tyus Bowser to a four-year deal, OLB Pernell McPhee, DE Derek Wolfe on a four-year deal, LB Chris Board, DT Justin Ellis, CB Khalil Dorsey, LB Kristian Welch, C Trystan Colon-Castillo, TE Eric Tomlinson, CB Davontae Harris, S Jordan Richards
  • Agreed to terms with OG Kevin Zeitler (Giants), WR Sammy Watkins (Chiefs), C Greg Mancz (Texans), CB Chris Westry (Cowboys),
  • Lost OLB Matt Judon (Patriots), DT Jihad Ward (Jaguars), WR Chris Moore (Texans), C Matt Skura (Dolphins)
  • Released RB Mark Ingram (Texans) and did not pick up the contract option on LB L.J. Fort
  • Placed a second-round tender on RB Gus Edwards
  • Traded a conditional draft pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for TE Josh Oliver

Cleveland Browns

Offensive free agents

LT Kendall Lamm (Agreed to terms with the Titans)

WR JoJo Natson (Re-signed)

WR Rashard Higgins (Re-signed)

WR Taywan Taylor

LG Anthony Fabiano

WR KhaDarel Hodge (Re-signed)

WR Marvin Hall

RG Malcolm Pridgeon

TE Stephen Carlson (Re-signed)

TE Jordan Franks (Re-signed)

Defensive free agents

DE Olivier Vernon

CB Kevin Johnson (Agreed to terms with Titans)

CB Terrance Mitchell (Agreed to terms with Texans)

DE Adrian Clayborn

S Karl Joseph

LB B.J. Goodson

S Andrew Sendejo

LB Malcolm Smith (Re-signed)

DT Larry Ogunjobi (Agreed to terms with Bengals)

S Tedric Thompson

LB Elijah Lee (Re-signed)

CB Robert Jackson (Re-signed)

CB Brian Allen

DT Vincent Taylor (Agreed to terms with the Texans)

DE George Obinna

LB Tae Davis (Agreed to terms with Texans)

CB Tavierre Thomas (Agreed to terms with Texans)

DE Porter Gustin (Re-signed)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with S John Johnson (Rams) on a three-year deal, DE Takk McKinley (Raiders) on a one-year deal, CB Troy Hill (Rams), LT Greg Senat (Cowboys), LB Anthony Walker, Jr. (Colts), DT Malik Jackson (Eagles)
  • Lost CB Terrance Mitchell (Texans), DT Vincent Taylor (Browns), LT Kendall Lamm (Titans), CB Tavierre Thomas (Texans), LB Tae Davis (Texans), DT Larry Ogunjobi (Bengals), CB Kevin Johnson (Titans)
  • Re-signed CB Robert Jackson, WR KhaDarel Hodge, TE Stephen Carlson, DE Porter Gustin, TE Jordan Franks, LB Malcolm Smith, WR JoJo Natson, WR Rashard Higgins, K Cody Parkey, LB Elijah Lee

Cincinnati Bengals

Offensive free agents

WR A.J. Green (Agreed to terms with the Cardinals)

WR John Ross (Agreed to terms with the Giants)

C B.J. Finney (Agreed to terms with the Steelers)

TE Cethan Carter (Agreed to terms with the Dolphins)

WR Alex Erickson

LG Quinton Spain

WR Mike Thomas (Re-signed)

QB Brandon Allen (Re-signed)

RG Alex Redmond

RB Samaje Perine (Re-signed)

Defensive free agents

S Shawn Williams

CB Mackensie Alexander

CB William Jackson III (Agreed to terms with the WFT)

S Brandon Wilson (Re-signed)

CB LeShaun Sims

LB Josh Bynes

DT Christian Covington

DT Mike Daniels

DT Margus Hunt

DT Xavier Williams

DE Carl Lawson (Agreed to terms with the Jets)

CB Jalen Davis (Re-signed)

CB Tony Brown (Re-signed)

LB Jordan Evans

DT Amani Bledsoe

CB Torry McTyer (Agreed to terms with the WFT)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with DE Trey Hendrickson (Saints) on a four-year deal, CB Chidobe Awuzie (Cowboys) on a three-year deal, CB Mike Hilton (Steelers) on a four-year deal, DT Larry Ogunjobi (Browns), LT Riley Reiff (Vikings), FS Ricardo Allen (Falcons)
  • Re-signed CB Jalen Davis, WR Mike Thomas, QB Brandon Allen, RB Samaje Perine, CB Tony Brown, S Brandon Wilson
  • Lost WR A.J. Green (Cardinals), DE Carl Lawson (Jets), CB William Jackson III (WFT), TE Cethan Carter (Dolphins), CB Torry McTyer (WFT), OL B.J. Finney (Steelers), WR John Ross (Giants), K Randy Bullock (Lions)
  • Released DT Geno Atkins

Pittsburgh Steelers

Offensive free agents

C Maurkice Pouncey (Retired)

LT Alejandro Villanueva

RT Matt Feiler (Agreed to terms with the Chargers)

RT Zach Banner (Re-signed)

WR JuJu Smith-Schuster (Re-signed)

RG Danny Isidora

TE Trey Edmunds (Re-signed)

RB James Conner

RT Jerald Hawkins

WR Ray-Ray McCloud (Re-signed)

QB Joshua Dobbs

C J.C. Hassenauer (Re-signed)

LT Jarron Jones (Re-signed)

Defensive free agents

OLB Bud Dupree (Agreed to terms with Titans)

LB Avery Williamson

CB Mike Hilton (Agreed to terms with Bengals)

DT Tyson Alualu (Agreed to terms with Jaguars)

DE Cassius Marsh

DE Jayrone Elliott

DT Chris Wormley (Re-signed)

S Jordan Dangerfield

S Sean Davis

CB Cameron Sutton (Re-signed)

LB Tegray Scales (Re-signed)

LB Marcus Allen (Re-signed)

LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (Agreed to terms with Titans)

LB Robert Spillane (Re-signed)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Restructured the contract of QB Ben Roethlisberger
  • Re-signed CB Cameron Sutton, RT Zach Banner, TE Trey Edmunds, WR Ray-Ray McCloud, LB Tegray Scales, LB Marcus Allen, C J.C. Hassenauer, LB Robert Spillane, OT Jarron Jones, DT Chris Wormley, WR JuJu Smith-Schuster
  • Agreed to terms with OC B.J. Finney (Bengals), S Miles Killebrew (Lions), T Joe Haeg (Buccaneers)
  • Released LB Vince Williams, CB Steven Nelson
  • Lost DT Tyson Alualu (Jaguars), CB Mike Hilton (Bengals), OLB Bud Dupree (Titans), OC Maurkice Pouncey (retired), OL Matt Feiler (Chargers), LB Olasunkanmi Adeniyi (Titans)

2021 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: AFC East

During the first couple of days, the AFC East added and lost some major league talent. Former New England offensive lineman Joe Thuney led the charge, signing with the AFC Champion Kansas City Chiefs. The Patriots picked up two of free agency’s top tight ends and a Pro Bowl outside linebacker. We take a look at all the transactions. Please come back to visit this document as we will provide live updates.

AFC East

New England Patriots

Offensive free agents

LG Joe Thuney (Agreed to terms with Chiefs)

RT Marcus Cannon

RB James White

C David Andrews

LG Jermaine Eluemunor

RB Rex Burkhead

QB Cam Newton (re-signed)

WR Damiere Byrd

QB Brian Hoyer

WR Donte Moncrief

LG Marcus Martin (re-signed)

LG James Ferentz

WR Quincy Adeboyejo

FB Jakob Johnson

RG Caleb Benenoch

TE Jake Burt

Defensive free agents

CB Jason McCourty

DT Lawrence Guy

DT Adam Butler

DE John Simon

S Terrence Brooks (Agreed to terms with Texans)

S Cody Davis (re-signed)

DE Shilique Calhoun

CB Justin Bethel

DE Brandon Copeland

DE Carl Davis (re-signed)

DE Deatrich Wise (re-signed)

CB J.C. Jackson (re-signed)

LB Michael Pinckney (re-signed)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with OLB Matt Judon (Ravens) on a four-year deal, TE Hunter Henry (Chargers) on a three-year deal, TE Jonnu Smith (Titans) on a four-year deal, DB Jalen Mills (Eagles) on a four-year deal, WR Nelson Agholar (Raiders) on a two-year deal, WR Kendrick Bourne (49ers) on a three-year deal, DT Davon Godchaux (Dolphins) on a two-year deal and DE Henry Anderson (Jets) on a three-year deal, OC Ted Karras (Dolphins)
  • Lost LG Joe Thuney (Chiefs), FS Terrence Brooks (Texans)
  • Traded OL Marcus Cannon to the Houston Texans in a deal that involved swaps of draft picks in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds
  • Re-signed QB Cam Newton (one-year deal), OG Marcus Martin, DE Deatrich Wise, LB Michael Pinckney, DE Carl Davis, FB Jakob Johnson, CB J.C. Jackson, FS Cody Davis

Buffalo Bills

Offensive free agents

C Mitch Morse (re-signed)

WR John Brown (Agreed to terms with the Raiders)

RT Ty Nsekhe (Agreed to terms with the Cowboys)

TE Tyler Kroft

RG Jon Feliciano (re-signed)

RG Brian Winters

RT Daryl Williams (re-signed)

QB Matt Barkley

RB Taiwan Jones (Re-signed)

RB T.J. Yeldon

WR Andre Roberts (Agreed to terms with the Texans)

WR Isaiah McKenzie

RG Jordan Devey (re-signed)

LG Ike Boettger (Re-signed)

Defensive free agents

DE Trent Murphy

DT Quinton Jefferson (Agreed to terms with Raiders)

CB Josh Norman

S Dean Marlowe

CB E.J. Gaines

CB Levi Wallace (re-signed)

LB Andre Smith (re-signed)

LB Matt Milano (re-signed)

LB Del’Shawn Phillips

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with WR Emmanuel Sanders (Saints), WR Jake Kumerow (Saints)
  • Re-signed LB Matt Milano to a three-year deal, RT Darryl Williams to a three-year deal, OG Jon Feliciano, RG Jordan Devey, OC Mitch Morse, LB Andre Smith
  • Lost WR Andre Roberts (Texans), RT Ty Nsekhe (Cowboys), WR John Brown (Raiders), DT Quinton Jefferson (Raiders)

Miami Dolphins

Offensive free agents

QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (Agreed to terms with WFT)

RB Matt Breida

C Ted Karras (Agreed to terms the Patriots)

RB DeAndre Washington

WR Mack Hollins

WR Isaiah Ford

QB Jake Rudock

LT Julie’n Davenport

LG Adam Pankey

Defensive free agents

LB Kyle Van Noy (Agreed to terms with Patriots)

LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (Agreed to terms with the Texans)

LB Vince Biegel

LB Elandon Roberts

S Kavon Frazier

DT Davon Godchaux (Agreed to terms with the Patriots)

LB Calvin Munson (re-signed)

CB Nik Needham (re-signed)

CB Jomal Wiltz (re-signed)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with QB Jacoby Brissett (Colts), RB Malcom Brown (Rams), CB Justin Coleman (Lions), TE Cethan Carter (Bengals), P Michael Palardy (Panthers)
  • Lost QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (WFT), DT Davon Godchaux (Patriots), OC Ted Karras (Patriots), P Matt Haack (Bills), LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (Texans)
  • Re-signed K Jason Sanders to an extension, LB Calvin Munson, CB Nik Needham
  • Traded DE Shaq Lawson for LB Benardrick McKinney (Texans)
  • Traded a 2021 seventh-round pick to the Tennessee Titans for OT Isaiah Wilson and a 2022 seventh-round pick
  • Released LB Kyle Van Noy

New York Jets

Offensive free agents

WR Breshad Perriman

QB Joe Flacco

RB Frank Gore

TE Daniel Brown

RG Pat Elflein (Agreed to terms with the Panthers)

C Josh Andrews

TE Ross Travis

RB Josh Adams

WR Vyncint Smith

WR Jeff Smith

Defensive free agents

DT Henry Anderson (Agreed to terms with the Patriots)

CB Brian Poole

S Bradley McDougald

DE Jordan Jenkins

LB Neville Hewitt

LB Patrick Onwuasor

S Marcus Maye (Franchised)

S Matthias Farley

LB Bryce Hager

CB Arthur Maulet

DT Trevon Coley

DE Tarell Basham

LB Frankie Luvu

CB Bennett Jackson

LB Harvey Langi

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with WR Corey Davis (Titans) on a three-year deal, DE Carl Lawson (Bengals) on a three-year deal, LB Jarrad Davis (Lions), CB Justin Hardee (Saints)
  • Franchised S Marcus Maye
  • Lost OG Pat Elflein (Panthers), DE Henry Anderson (Patriots)
  • Traded QB Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers in exchange for a 2021 sixth-round pick, and second and fourth round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft

2021 NFL Free Agency, Live Updates: AFC South

The AFC South features two new head coaches and potentially three new signal-callers heading in 2021. How is each team stacking up heading into the 2021 NFL Draft? Please come back day-to-day as we will provide live updates on each of your favorite teams.

AFC South

Tennessee Titans

Offensive free agents

WR Adam Humphries

WR Corey Davis (Agreed to terms with the Jets)

TE MyCole Pruitt

LT Marshall Newhouse

RB Senorise Perry

TE Geoff Swaim (re-signed)

TE Jonnu Smith (Agreed to terms with Patriots)

RB D’Onta Foreman

WR Kalif Raymond

TE Anthony Firkser

FB Khari Blasingame

Defensive free agents

DE Jadeveon Clowney

CB Malcolm Butler

DT DaQuan Jones

S Kenny Vaccaro

DT Jack Crawford

LB Daren Bates

LB Nick Dzubnar

LB Will Compton

CB Breon Borders (re-signed)

CB Tye Smith

CB Desmond King

LB Jayon Brown

DT Matt Dickerson

S Joshua Kalu

DE Tuzar Skipper (re-signed)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Re-signed CB Breon Borders, DE Tuzar Skipper, TE Geoff Swaim, K Tucker McCann
  • Released CB Adoree Jackson, OT Dennis Kelly
  • Agreed to terms with OLB Bud Dupree (Steelers) on a multi-year deal, DE Denico Autry (Colts) on three-year deal, LT Kendall Lamm (Browns), DE Davin Bellamy (Texans), CB Janoris Jenkins (Saints)
  • Lost WR Corey Davis (Jets), TE Jonnu Smith (Patriots)
  • Traded 2020 first-round pick OT Isaiah Wilson and a 202 seventh-round pick to the Miami Dolphins for a 2021 seventh-round pick

Houston Texans

Offensive free agents

RB David Johnson (re-signed)

C Nick Martin

RB Duke Johnson

QB A.J. McCarron

WR Will Fuller

RG Senio Kelemete

LT Roderick Johnson

QB Josh McCown

RT Brent Qvale

TE Pharaoh Brown (re-signed)

RB Dontrell Hilliard (re-signed)

FB Cullen Gillaspia (Agreed to terms with the Giants)

RB Buddy Howell (re-signed)

C Greg Mancz (Agreed to terms with Ravens)

Defensive free agents

DE J.J. Watt (Agreed to terms with Cardinals)

DE Brennan Scarlett

CB Gareon Conley

LB Dylan Cole

CB Vernon Hargreaves

CB Phillip Gaines

S Michael Thomas

LB Tyrell Adams

LB Kyle Emanuel

DT P.J. Hall (re-signed)

DT Carlos Watkins (Agreed to terms with the Cowboys)

CB Mark Fields (Agreed to terms with 49ers)

DT Eddie Vanderdoes

DE Peter Kalambayi

CB Cornell Armstrong (re-signed)

S Geno Stone

CB A.J. Moore (re-signed)

DE Davin Bellamy (Agreed to terms with Titans)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded LB Bernardrick McKinney to Miami for DE Shaq Lawson and swapped draft picks in the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds in a trade with New England for OL Marcus Cannon
  • Agreed to terms with QB Tyrod Taylor (Chargers) on a one-year deal, WR Andre Roberts (Bills), WR Chris Moore (Ravens), RB Mark Ingram (Ravens), DT Maleik Collins (Raiders), LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (Dolphins), LB Kevin Pierre-Louis (WFT), LB Joe Thomas (Cowboys), G Justin McCray (Falcons), CB Terrance Mitchell (Browns), CB Tremon Smith (Colts), FS Terrance Brooks (Patriots), DT Vincent Taylor (Browns), OLB Derek Rivers (Rams)
  • Re-signed RB David Johnson, DT P.J. Hall, RB Dontrell Hilliard, RB Buddy Howell, CB Cornell Armstrong, CB A.J. Moore
  • Lost OC Greg Mancz (Ravens), DE Davin Bellamy (Titans), CB Mark Fields (49ers), FB Cullen Gillaspia (Giants), DT Carlos Watkins (Cowboys)
  • Released DE J.J. Watt (Cardinals)

Jacksonville Jaguars

Offensive free agents

TE Tyler Eifert

WR Keelan Cole

WR Chris Conley

LT Cam Robinson (Franchised)

C Tyler Shatley (re-signed)

RB Chris Thompson

QB Mike Glennon (Agreed to terms with the Giants)

TE James O’Shaughnessy (re-signed)

TE Eric Saubert

WR Dede Westbrook

RB Dare Ogunbowale (re-signed)

RG Derwin Gray (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

CB D.J. Hayden

DT Abry Jones

DE Aaron Lynch

DE Dawuane Smoot (re-signed)

DT Caraun Reid

DE Adam Gotsis

CB Greg Mabin

CB Sidney Jones (re-signed)

CB Rashaan Melvin (Agreed to terms with the Panthers)

DT Daniel Ross

S Josh Jones

CB Tre Herndon (re-signed)

LB Dakota Allen (re-signed)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Agreed to terms with CB Shaquill Griffin (Seahawks) on a three-year deal, DE Roy Robertson-Harris (Bears) on a four-year deal, DE Jihad Ward (Ravens), RB Carlos Hyde (Seahawks) on a two-year deal, WR Marvin Jones, Jr. (Lions) on a two-year deal, S Rayshawn Jenkins (Chargers) on a four-year deal, S Johnathan Ford (Eagles), DL Tyson Alualu (Steelers) on a two-year deal, WR Phillip Dorsett II (Seahawks), TE Chris Manhertz (Panthers), KR Jamal Agnew (Lions), LB Chappelle Russell (Buccaneers)
  • Re-signed CB Sidney Jones, DE Dawuane Smoot, RG Derwin Gray, RB Dare Ogunbowale, C Tyler Shatley, LB Dakota Allen
  • Traded for New Orleans Saints DT Malcom Brown (Saints)
  • Lost QB Mike Glennon (Giants), CB Rashaan Melvin (Panthers)

Indianapolis Colts

Offensive free agents

QB Jacoby Brissett (Agreed to terms with Dolphins)

QB Philip Rivers (Retired)

WR T.Y. Hilton

RT Le’Raven Clark

C Joey Hunt

TE Trey Burton

LT Chaz Green

WR Zach Pascal (re-signed)

TE Mo Alie-Cox (re-signed)

RB Marlon Mack (re-signed)

WR Ashton Dulin (re-signed)

Defensive free agents

DE Justin Houston

DE Denico Autry (Agreed to terms with the Titans)

S Malik Hooker

CB Xavier Rhodes

S Tavon Wilson

CB T.J. Carrie

DT Taylor Stallworth (re-signed)

CB Tremon Smith (Agreed to terms with the Texans)

LB Anthony Walker Jr.

DE Al-Quadin Muhammad

S George Odum (re-signed)

2021 Free Agency report/Other Notes:

  • Traded a 2021 third-round pick, a 2022 conditional second-round draft pick for QB Carson Wentz (Eagles)
  • Re-signed WR Zach Pascal, S George Odum
  • Lost QB Jacoby Brissett (Dolphins), QB Philip Rivers (retired), DE Denico Autry (Titans), CB Tremon Smith (Texans)

DraftNasty Throwback (circa 2014): Oklahoma State’s Tyreek Hill vs. FSU’s Jalen Ramsey

On August 30, 2014, the Florida State Seminoles squared off against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Advocare Classic. The result? A hard-fought 37-31 victory for the top-ranked Seminoles. The game within the game featured two future NFL All-Pros matching up at different positions then they would eventually star at in the NFL. At the time, current Kansas City WR Tyreek Hill was a running back/return specialist and Los Angeles Rams CB Jalen Ramsey was starring in a safety/nickel back role. In what proved to be a precursor for the future, Hill tallied an incredible total of 278 all-purpose yards. Ramsey contributed 12 tackles and 1/2 tackle for loss, while displaying outstanding agility and body control. We go inside one of college football’s best matchups of the past decade.

Hill (No. 24 pictured) was used in a myriad of ways during the matchup with the Seminoles, but Ramsey’s responsibilities (No. 8 covering Hill out of the backfield) varied quite a bit during the day as well.

2020 NFL Draft recap: AFC North

Baltimore Ravens  Notable picks: The Ravens went LB twice in its first five picks. It is a position that they plan to revamp with Queen and Harrison. Harrison relied on his natural instincts in school and Queen outran any poor reads. Both players have to develop quickly for the team to come close to its 2019 success in 2020.
Round, Selection,
Player School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (28) Patrick Queen6’1 229
LB/LSU
90/3rd Round Despite being just a one-year starter, the Ravens are banking on Queen’s foot speed to outrun any rookie mistakes.
2 (55) J.K. Dobbins5’9 209
RB/Ohio State
45/2nd Round This was an interesting selection. Sure it looks good to have another RB in the mix, but where does his insertion into the rotation leave Gus Edwards (back-to-back 700-yard campaigns) and Justice Hill (2019 4th -round pick).
3 (71) Justin Madubuike6’3 293
DT/Texas A&M
30/2nd Round For a DT with just 9-inch hands, Madubuike certainly overpowered a number of OL in school. His biggest weakness actually revolves around hand placement. He was flagged for four facemask penalties in 2018.
3 (92)Devin Duvernay5’10 202
WR/Texas
/3rd Round Duvernay’s breakout 2019 season featured increased understanding of the position. He has flashed as an outside receiver as well. If he can begin to use his strength more on the outside lanes, there are possibilities for multiple roles.
3 (98)Malik Harrison6’3 247
LB/Ohio State
18/2nd Round Harrison fits more of the 1980s profile for exchange LBs. His eyes have often taken him where he needs to get but he left some plays on the field. His coverage capability will either make him a starter or solid backup.
3 (106) Tyre Phillips6’5 331
OG/Mississippi State
273 /4th Round
The collegiate left tackle more than held his own as the Bulldogs blindside protector in 2019. During the postseason, he displayed starting capability as a guard. Either way, his presence (84 5/8-inch wingspan) gives the Ravens one of the bigger offensive lines in the league.
4 (143)Ben Bredeson6’5 310
OG/Michigan
125/3rd RoundBredeson plays balanced and completes a large majority of his assignments. His latch needs to improve when sustaining blocks. Bredeson was the rare junior team captain in the Jim Harbaugh-era at Michigan.
5 (170)
Broderick Washington
6’3 305
DT/Texas Tech
374/5th Round
Washington has enough quickness to play the four-technique in three-man fronts, three-technique in four-man fronts and occasional one-technique DT. He is heavy-handed and durable (37 straight starts to end career).


Baltimore Ravens third-round pick Tyre Phillips (seen pictured in the 2019 Music City Bowl) starred at the LT spot in college for the Bulldogs. The Ravens could possibly use him at guard, where he played well in the postseason all-star circuit.
6 (201) James Proche  5’11 201
WR/SMU
119/3rd Round
Proche caught 301 passes for 3,949 yards for an eye-popping 39 TDs in school. He excelled at making the acrobatic catch in school but also has outstanding strength (20 reps-225 lbs.).
7 (219) Geno Stone 5’10 207
S/Iowa
266/4th RoundThe junior-entry has enough instincts to play a nickel linebacker spot in school. He carries a number of similarities to former Tennessee Titans fourth-round pick Amani Hooker in terms of size, responsibility in school and play speed. He will have to make an impact on special teams to make the final roster.
Cincinnati Bengals  Notable pick:  The Bengals have a number of weapons available at Burrow’s disposal. The most important -RB Joe Mixon- can serve the role of Burrow’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire at LSU. Burrow may just be the QB to take advantage of Mixon’s skill-set.
Round, Selection,
Player Position/School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (1)Joe Burrow6’3 221
QB-LSU
15/2nd Round Burrow’s quick decision-making will be asked to ramp up early in a division that may be competitive down to the last week of the season. He excelled in spread sets as a senior and expect the Bengals to incorporate plenty of those concepts.
2 (33) Tee Higgins 6’4 216
WR-Clemson
33/2nd Round A.J. Green’s long-term prospects with the team is uncertain. Higgins’ long arms and deceptive running style carry similarities to Green’s and the two would be a viable pair to complement John Ross and Tyler Boyd.
3 (65) Logan Wilson6’2 241
LB-Wyoming
27/2nd Round Wilson -a former star high school DB- recorded 10 interceptions in college and was a magnet chasing plays down sideways. If he can improve his initial footwork, he should be able to compete early in an underrated LB corps.
4 (107) Akeem Davis-Gaither6’2 224
LB-Appalachian State
85/2nd Round It could be argued that Davis-Gaither fits the LB room as good -if not better- than Wilson. He was one of the more impressive LBs during the postseason and his on-field range stands out week-to-week.
5 (147)Khalid Kareem 6’4 268 OLB/DE-Notre Dame172/4th Round Kareem is a power rusher with positive awareness to affect the passing game once his rush has been stopped. He has experience rushing from a four-point, three-point or two-point stance.
6 (180)
Hakeem Adeniji
6’4 302
OG/OT-Kansas
89/3rd RoundOne of the most durable OL in the draft, Adeniji made starts at LG, RT and LT in school. He needs to improve versus line games, but exhibited quickness and explosiveness in school.
7 (215)
Marcus Bailey
6’1 235
LB-Purdue
309/5th Round
If not for durability concerns during his career, Bailey would likely have gone much higher in the draft. He finished his career with 327 tackles and 28 TFLs.
Cincinnati Bengals sixth-round pick Hakeem Adeniji started 48 straight games for Kansas during his career.
Cleveland Browns   Notable pick:  The team has been looking for a consistent left tackle it seems since Baker Mayfield entered the lineup. Although Wills, Jr. protected the blindside for Tua Tagovailoa, it was from the right side. How he adjusts to the other side will determine the Browns success in 2020.
Round, Selection,
Player School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (10) Jedrick Wills, Jr. 6’4 312
OT-Alabama
3/1st RoundWills, Jr. continued to improve what was already satisfactory hand placement in 2019. The penalties were a problem. For a team that had its issues with those in 2019, it must be something they address with him early in the season.
2 (44) Grant Delpit6’2 213
S-LSU
50/2nd Round Perhaps no prospect was as mystifying as Delpit. The 2019 Jim Thorpe Award winner missed so many tackles during his award-winning year that injuries were given as part of the problem. Either way, he will have to make the one-on-one tackles in a bruising division. If he can live up to the task, then his athleticism should shine getting off of the hash marks.
3 (88) Jordan Elliott6’4 302
DT-Missouri
121/3rd Round Elliott was probably most effective when the team clearly defined his responsibilities. He is a positional-flex candidate with quickness and a slippery nature.
3 (97) Jacob Phillips6’3 229
LB-LSU
160/3rd Round He can slide effectively for a taller LB and actually sink to tackle. Phillips does take an extra step or two to get in-and-out of transition. As he grows into his role for the team, making positive weight gains could help his cause.
4 (115)Harrison Bryant 6’5 243
TE-FAU
114 /3rd Round Bryant went to a team that may use him in two TE sets quite a bit of the time. With David Njoku’s injury history a subject of concern, Bryant may get an opportunity sooner than later.
5 (160) Nick Harris6’1 302
OC-Washington
166/3rd Round Harris will get the opportunity to become the team’s eighth OL on game day with the new NFL rules allowing for two more OL to suit up on game day. His mobility could add layers to the Browns offense.
6 (187)Donovan Peoples-Jones6’2 212
All-purpose-Michigan
168/4th Round The former Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year was an underrated punt returner in school and routinely made some spectacular adjustments on difficult catches. Rounding out his consistency could give him a chance to make the team.
Cleveland Browns first-round pick Jedrick Wills, Jr. frequently handled the blindside protection for Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa.
Pittsburgh Steelers  Notable picks:  McFarland may seem like a pick to simply add a different element, but if 2018 is any indication, he could steal valuable playing time from a number of quality RBs in front of him on the depth chart.
Round, Selection,
Player School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
2 (49)Chase Claypool 6’4 238
All-purpose/
Notre Dame
23/2nd Round We were trying to find a way to put into perspective the number of special teams plays Claypool made while at Notre Dame (25 tackles). But those plays only amplify some of his high-wire body control full extension grabs. He gets stronger as the season progresses.
3 (102)Alex Highsmith
6’3 247
OLB-Charlotte
170/4th RoundConsistent three-year starter with non-stop energy. He reacts well to counter OTs, but his tendency to leave his feet as a pass rusher is something the team may look to adjust early in training camp.
4 (124)Anthony McFarland 5’8 208
B-Maryland
120/3rd RoundMcFarland’s home run gear will add a jolt to the Steelers offense not seen since the days of Willie Parker.
4 (135)Kevin Dotson6’4 310
OG-Louisiana Lafayette
178/4th Round
Standing 6-foot-4 with 10 1/2-inch hands, Dotson does not have a lot of bulk in the lower body. Instead, he wins with solid hat-and-hand placement on a down-to-down basis. His length gives him a chance to keep pass rushers at bay on the interior.
6 (198)
Antoine Brooks 5’11 220
S/LB-Maryland
77/2nd Round
There’s not much Maryland did on the football field defensively without Brooks in mind. Over the course of his stay in school, he was used at LB, nickel, safety and on the punt team. Brooks contains an outstanding feel for working through tight spaces to make tackles.

7 (232)

Carlos Davis
6’2 314
DT-Nebraska
237/4th Round
The two-sport athlete was a second-team All-American in the discus. On the football field, he is an effective two-gap defender who needs to improve his balance.
Pittsburgh Steelers second-round pick Chase Claypool averaged 15.7 yards per reception with 13 TDs for Notre Dame in 2019.

2020 NFL Draft recap: AFC West

Denver Broncos  Notable pick: Muti was unable to stay healthy in either of his final two seasons, but the former college LT has the footwork to demand a look during training camp.
Round, Selection,
Player School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (15)
Jerry Jeudy
6’1 193
WR-Alabama
22/2nd Round Jeudy’s ability to run through the reception should immediately make him a highly targeted threat in the Broncos ever-evolving offensive scheme. QB Drew Lock is very accurate on skinny posts into the middle of the field, and that is a route (along with the quick slant) that Jeudy excelled on during school.
2 (46) K.J. Hamler
5’9 178
WR-Penn State
63/2nd Round Hamler has a different level of speed of anyone else in the Broncos receiving corps. In an attempt to get him the ball, the Nittany Lions moved him around quite a bit, but there is no doubt that the team could use him on the outside on vertical concepts. He may have gone higher if he had been able to workout for scouts prior to the draft.
3 (77) Michael Ojemudia
6’1 200
CB-Iowa
215/4th Round Ojemudia certainly increased his level of play as a senior. Since his days as a high school safety, he has always been physical. In fact, the Hawkeyes matched him on different personnel in 2018 (inside) to take advantage of his size in coverage.
3 (83) Lloyd Cushenberry
6’3 312
OC-LSU
24/2nd Round Cushenberry should be able for a job at any of the three interior line positions. Although he was our top-ranked center, there are little doubts about his ability to transition to a guard spot.
3 (95) McTelvin Agim
6’3 309
DT-Arkansas
159/3rd Round Agim started his career as a multi-dimensional DE/DT for the Razorbacks but he eventually just grew into the defensive tackle spot. His quickness and ability to gain an edge on opponents should make him a good fit as a four-technique DE for the Broncos.
4 (118)Albert Okwuegbunam
6’5 260
TE-Missouri
174/4th RoundOkwuegbunam never exactly played to his workout numbers in school, but that doesn’t mean he was not a field-stretching presence. His Red Zone productivity was evident (23 career TDs). Although he improved as a blocker, the team frequently used him more in an H-back/FB type of role within their offense. He may take targets away from Noah Fant due to his relationship with QB Drew Lock.
5 (178)Justin Strnad
6’3 238
LB-Wake Forest
190/4th Round Strnad was one of the more active LBs in the ACC the last two seasons and proved his worth in coverage. He may start out on special teams, but he could compete for a backup role in nickel packages at LB.
6 (181)Netane Muti
6’3 315
OG-Fresno State
134/3rd Round Where would Muti have gone had he been able to stay healthy in either of his final two seasons. That point is debatable, but what is not up for debate is the aggression he plays the game with down-to-down. His technical deficiencies surround a tendency to dip his head when latching.
7 (252)
Tyrie Cleveland
6’2 209
WR-Florida
249/4th Round
Cleveland flashed as a downfield threat, gunner and kickoff returner in school. His best chance to make the team will be to upend former CFL star Diontae Spencer for the KR role. It won’t be an easy task.
7 (254)
Derrick Tuszka
6’4 247
DE-OLB-North Dakota State
235/4th Round
Tuszka is effective on the move or getting out of his three-point stance. There were even times when the Bison would use him inside (DT) on third downs. His energy gives him an outside chance of making the team despite entering a crowded OLB room.
Denver Broncos first-round pick Jerry Jeudy -the 2018 Biletnikoff Award Winner- averaged 17.2 yards per reception with 26 receiving TDs in his career.
Kansas City Chiefs  Notable pick: Sneed is the type of developmental prospect that the Chiefs have traditionally loved to take over the years. His 4.37 speed will be used most effectively in man coverage. The team will need him to locate the ball down the field but his profile fits their defensive scheme.
Round, Selection,
Player School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (32) Clyde Edwards-Helaire5’7 207
RB-LSU
68/2nd Round Edwards-Helaire runs option routes, pops off of tacklers in-or-out of the box and competes in every phase of the game. The Chiefs will have a plan for his skill set.
2 (63)Willie Gay, Jr.6’2 243
LB-Mississippi State
21/2nd Round Gay, Jr. was arguably the most explosive LB in this year’s draft class. A litany of suspensions and games missed in 2019 did him no favors. The fact that he remained an integral part of nearly every special teams unit, however, speaks to his football character.
3 (96)Lucas Niang6’6 315
OT-TCU
133/3rd Round Niang is long, relatively light on his feet and aggressive. It can be argued that he was perhaps more impressive as a run blocker.
4 (138) L’Jarius Sneed6’1 192
CB-Louisiana Tech
283/4th Round Sneed didn’t look the part consistently at safety and part of that was due to an uneven feel for the position. What he did do a very good job of was competing in man coverage, which seems to be his favorite thing to do.
5 (177) Michael Danna6’2 261/
DE-Michigan, CMU
345/4th RoundDanna moved in-and-out of a number of line spots for Michigan after standing out as an edge defender at CMU. His power and explosiveness stood out in the postseason.
7 (237)Thakarius “BoPete” Keyes6’1 202/CB-Tulane220/4th RoundKeyes has length, patience and positive foot speed. DC Jack Curtis challenged him over a three-year period in loads of man-to-man coverage and he responded favorably.
Kansas City Chiefs fourth-round pick L’Jarius Sneed ran a 4.37 40-yd dash, had a 41″ VJ and went 10’11” in the broad jump at the 2020 NFL Combine. Sneed returned three of his eight career interceptions for touchdowns while at Louisiana Tech.
Las Vegas Raiders  Notable pick: If Robertson produces anywhere near the level of his collegiate productivity, then the Raiders will get at least a viable nickel back candidate. His toughness is exemplary, but his wrap tackling was inconsistent in school.
Round, Selection,
Player School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (12) Henry Ruggs III 5’11 188
WR-Alabama
43/2nd Round
Ruggs was arguably one of the better kickoff and punt cover guys in the country (17 tackles in career). Aside from starring in those roles, he stood out with his field speed on downfield routes and after the catch.
1 (19) Damon Arnette 6’0 195 
CB-Ohio State
56/2nd Round Arnette’s physical playing style didn’t dissipate while playing with a broken hand in 2019. In fact, it could be argued that he took his game to another level. His style fits that of a classic Raiders DB.
3 (80) Lynn Bowden, Jr. 5’11 203
All-Purpose Kentucky
118/3rd Round Bowden will have to be located if used in a number of ways, which may in fact be the plan in Las Vegas. If there was ever a player worth hitting the jackpot on in Round 3, then the all-purpose SEC standout fits the bill.
3 (81) Bryan Edwards 6’3 212 WR-South Carolina 61/2nd Round
While we talked about the Raiders potentially hitting the lottery in Round 3 earlier, they may have doubled down with the selection of Edwards. South Carolina’s all-time leader in receptions is smooth, fast and contains outstanding spatial awareness on the field.
3 (100) Tanner Muse 6’2 227 S-Clemson 313/5th Round
Muse was Clemson’s Special Teams Player of the Year back in 2016 and took his game to another level each year. His speed was on display when he ran down Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins in the 2019 CFP semifinal to save a TD.
4 (109) John Simpson  6’4 321
OG-Clemson
101/3rd Round
Simpson has the burly build and overall wrestling-type background make him tough to get away from once latched. He was the first Clemson offensive lineman selected since 2014.
4 (139) Amik Robertson 5’8 187
CB-Louisiana Tech
66/2nd Round
Robertson’s production speaks for itself. During his time in Ruston, the former Bulldog notched 14 INTs (265 yds, 3 TDs) and 34 PBUs. In addition, he posted 23.5 tackles for losses.
Las Vegas Raiders first-round pick Damon Arnette was an active four-year contributor for the Buckeyes at the cornerback spot, but he also saw time at nickel back in 2019.
Los Angeles Chargers  Notable pick: The Chargers already have Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson in the fold and they typically have used a running back by committee approach. If Kelley is going to penetrate the lineup, then his ability to get the grind it out yardage is the route.
Round, Selection,
Player School DN Big Board Rank/ Grade ‘Nasty’ Take:
1 (6) Justin Herbert6’6 238
QB-Oregon
13/1st Round Herbert’s physical skills often outpaced his decision-making but he began to learn how to win the tough games as a senior. Staying in school to get more repetitions proved to be the right decision for the former Duck. Can he eventually compete with the high-octane offenses developing within the division?
1 (23)Kenneth Murray6’1 241
LB-Oklahoma
28/2nd RoundMurray improved dramatically in Alex Grinch’s defensive scheme in 2019. His discipline improved but his activity (155 tackles in 2018) largely remained the same.
4 (112)Joshua Kelley5’10 214
RB-UCLA, UC-Davis
92/3rd Round Kelley used a strong postseason to backup his solid production while at UCLA. His vision may be his strongest asset. Although he wasn’t used much in the passing game, he displays potential as a receiving threat.
5 (151)Joe Reed6’0 223 All-purpose-Virginia149/3rd Round Reed was used in the screen game to almost serve as an extra RB in 2019. This came a year after averaging nearly 19 yards per catch. His real value comes in the return game.
6 (186)Alohi Gilman5’10 202
S-Notre Dame, Navy
183/4th Round Gilman may be quicker than fast but his play speed stands out. While at Navy, he displayed tremendous timing as a blitzer. His eye speed is outstanding for the position but his effort has stood out on both the punt and kickoff cover units.
7 (220)K.J. Hill6’0 196
WR-Ohio State
194/4th Round Hill had the occasional concentration lapse, but his feel for setting up defenders is without a doubt one of his better characteristics as a route runner. He is strong enough to handle the inside duty of being a slot receiver.
After arriving from the Naval Academy, Los Angeles Chargers sixth-round pick Alohi Gilman posted 94 tackles, 3 TFLs, 2 FFs, 2 INTs and 5 PBUs for the Fighting Irish in 2018.