There was nobody on this planet busier over the weekend than Ryan Wilson — nicely, apart from the fellows making an attempt to get the boat unstuck within the Suez Canal — and that is as a result of Wilson needed to fully revamp his mock draft after the Dolphins determined to tug off two massive trades on Friday.
With the 2021 NFL Draft now precisely ONE MONTH away, we’ll be going draft heavy in right now’s publication. Not solely will we be overlaying Wilson’s latest mock, however we’ll additionally cowl the winners and losers of the 2 trades that Miami made. Additionally, in non-draft associated information, I believe Alvin Kamara hates that the NFL is about to increase the regular-season schedule. We’ll contact on that and extra in right now’s rundown, so let’s get this factor began.
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1. Immediately’s present: Mock Draft Monday
From now till the draft begins on April 29, each Monday might be Mock Draft Monday on the podcast. What this implies is that we’ll be bringing in our draft gurus every week to speak about how they suppose the draft will play out. This week, which means Will Brinson was joined by Ryan Wilson and Josh Edwards.
For Monday’s present, the fellows spent some critical time speaking about a couple of of the large professional days arising on the NFL calendar. As an example, Tuesday might be an enormous day on the professional day circuit and that is as a result of each Ohio State (Justin Fields) and Alabama (Mac Jones) might be holding their occasions. Wilson has been carrying the Mac Jones flag longer than anybody on the web and he is not going to be shocked in any respect if Jones finally ends up going third general to the 49ers.
The blokes additionally analyzed some early draft props as a result of now you can guess on the draft in most states. If you wish to make some cash whereas watching the draft this yr, then you definitely’re positively going to wish to try right now’s present. To take heed to right now’s episode — and to observe the podcast — be sure you click on right here.
Additionally, because it’s Mock Draft Monday, this is a take a look at Wilson’s weekly mock.
- 1. Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
- 2. Jets: QB Zach Wilson (BYU)
- 3. 49ers: QB Mac Jones (Alabama)
- 4. Falcons: OL Penei Sewell (Oregon)
- 5. Bengals: Rashawn Slater (Northwestern)
- 6. Dolphins: WR Jaylen Waddle (Alabama)
- 7. Lions: WR Ja’Marr Chase (LSU)
- 8. Panthers: QB Justin Fields (Ohio State)
- 9. Broncos: LB Micah Parsons (Penn State)
- 10. Cowboys: CB Patrick Surtain II (Alabama)
One factor you may discover about this week’s mock is that Wilson has Florida tight finish Kyle Pitts falling out of the highest 10. To seek out out the place Pitts will land and who the Patriots might be taking as their quarterback of the long run, be sure you click on right here.
2. Winners and losers of the large draft trades
Issues bought type of loopy on Friday and that is primarily as a result of the Dolphins determined to tug off two monstrous draft trades. First, they despatched the No. 3 general choose within the 2021 NFL Draft to the 49ers in trade for the No. 12 general choose, a first-round choose in 2022, a third-round choose in 2022 and a first-round choose in 2023. After which 5 minutes later — like, actually, 5 minutes later — the Dolphins despatched their newly acquired twelfth general choose to the Eagles so they may transfer as much as No. 6 general. (To maneuver up the six spots, the Dolphins additionally needed to throw in a 2022 first-round choose and 2021 fourth-round choose, 123rd general.)
When you could have an enormous commerce like that, there are going to be some winners and there are going to be some losers, so we determined to make a listing of each.
- Tua Tagovailoa: By buying and selling out of the third spot, that probably means the Dolphins really feel comfy going ahead with Tua as their starter, at the very least for 2021.
- Jalen Hurts: By buying and selling out of the sixth spot, that probably means the Eagles really feel comfy going ahead with Hurts as their starter, at the very least for 2021.
- Zach Wilson: The BYU quarterback now looks as if a lock to be the second general choose.
- Jimmy Garoppolo: They will not admit it publicly, nevertheless it looks as if the 49ers are prepared to maneuver on from Garoppolo.
- Panthers: It’ll be so much tougher for them to get a quarterback within the first spherical now that the 49ers have jumped in entrance of them.
- Texans: While you make a listing of winners and losers, you virtually really feel obligated to place the Texans within the losers part and to seek out out why they made the losers record this time round, you may need to click on right here to take a look at the complete piece from Jordan Dajani.
3. City Meyer spoiling the NFL’s draft drama
In the case of the highest choose within the draft, the NFL loves when there’s some thriller concerned about who’s going to be chosen, however apparently, City Meyer did not get that memo, as a result of the brand new Jaguars coach principally admitted over the weekend that his crew is nearly definitely going to take Trevor Lawrence.
“I might need to say that is the path we’re going,” Meyer advised Peter King. “I will depart that as much as the proprietor once we make that call official. However I am definitely not stepping out of line that that is definitely the path we’re headed.”
So what does Meyer like about Lawrence?
“Trevor checks all of the packing containers, you already know?” Meyer stated. “The primary widespread high quality of each nice participant, not simply quarterback, is aggressive maniac. He is 34-2. Received a nationwide title as a real freshman. Is a winner.”
A winner is precisely what the Jaguars want and that is primarily as a result of they have not fielded too many winners over the previous decade. Over the previous 10 seasons, the Jaguars have solely completed the yr with a successful report ONE time (2017). Alternatively, they’ve completed with six wins or fewer a complete of 9 occasions.
As for that draft drama, it appears like we’ll have to attend till the Jets are on the clock earlier than the true enjoyable begins.
4. Alvin Kamara shouldn’t be a fan of enjoying 17 video games
The NFL’s 32 homeowners might be holding their annual assembly this week and when that occurs, they will be voting on whether or not or to not increase the common season to 17 video games (spoiler alert: It’ll occur). Over the weekend, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted concerning the topic and Kamara noticed the tweet, which prompted him to reply with a tweet of his personal.
“[Crap] dumb… as hell..” Kamara wrote of increasing the schedule to 17 video games. Additionally, he didn’t use the phrase “crap,” he used a phrase that rhymes with spit. (You can see the tweet by clicking right here, however keep in mind, there’s a phrase in there that is NSFW.)
Kamara wasn’t the one one who lodged a grievance concerning the NFL’s plan so as to add a sport. Packers security Adrian Amos and Eagles cornerback Darius Slay additionally did not appear too thrilled concerning the concept of enjoying 17 video games.
Sadly for all three of those guys, the 17-game schedule goes to occur and it is probably going to be voted by means of as quickly as Tuesday. In accordance to NBC Sports activities, the homeowners might be holding a two-hour Zoom assembly that day (1-3 p.m. ET) and that is once they’re anticipated to vote on the expanded schedule.
5. Rating the very best NFL draft picks of all time
With 31 days to go till the beginning of the 2021 NFL Draft, we determined to kickoff a brand new sequence this week that options the highest draft picks of all time. The best way that is going to work is fairly easy: Since there are 32 picks within the first spherical, we went by means of and listed the top-five picks for every a type of 32 spots and we’ll be releasing them over the subsequent 32 days. (The sequence really began over the weekend, so don’t be concerned, we’ll get all of it in earlier than the draft really begins.)
With that in thoughts, this is our record of the top-five No. 32 general picks of all time:
If you wish to learn a deeper clarification on the record, be positive to click on right here so you possibly can try Tyler Sullivan’s full story. Alternatively, if you would like to yell at Sullivan on Twitter for his record, be at liberty to click on right here.
To maintain tabs on our complete rankings as we depend all the way down to the top-five No. 1 picks of all time, you may wish to click on right here.
6. Speedy fireplace roundup
After a number of massive trades went down on Friday, I assumed issues may get somewhat loopy over the weekend, nevertheless it seems, that did not occur in any respect. As a substitute, there have been only some strikes made, so that is what we will cowl in right now’s roundup.
7. The Kicker: Tom Brady celebrated his favourite vacation over the weekend
I am unsure what Tom Brady’s favourite day on the calendar is, however I am guessing that March 28 is within the prime 5 and that is as a result of Brady appears to say it on social media yearly. (You may see his tweet celebrating the day by clicking right here.)
So why does Brady point out this random day? I do know what you are pondering, and nope, it has nothing to do with the truth that March 28 is Nationwide Scorching Tub Day. Brady celebrates March 28 as a result of it is written out numerically as 3-28 and as everyone knows that was the rating the Patriots have been trailing by within the third quarter of Tremendous Bowl LI. For the reason that most well-known soccer participant on the planet celebrates the 3-28 day yearly, I am beginning to really feel just like the Falcons won’t ever dwell down that blown lead.