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NFL Rumors & Draft Information: The Tony Pauline Mailbag (4.8.21)
This week’s installment will cowl my 2021 NFL Draft prospect rankings and numerous questions round draft rumors and gadgets from across the league.
To start with, QBs are anticipated to go within the first three picks on Day 1. The “starting of the draft” highlight is now firmly on the Atlanta Falcons. What may they do?
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What’s the newest you’re listening to on the Atlanta Falcons? And in the event that they do commerce down, what workforce do you count on to be the workforce transferring as much as No. 4?
Last draft conferences for groups begin happening subsequent week after the mix medicals, so extra data will start to leak out then.
The commerce of Sam Darnold to the Panthers places the Falcons in a troublesome spot. Any commerce now would doubtless be exterior the highest 12, until it’s with Denver. Which means the Falcons would lose out on one of many draft’s premier gamers. (We spoke about this at size throughout Wednesday night time’s episode of The Draft Insiders podcast).
The brand new regime must determine — do they need a premier participant on the high of this 12 months’s draft or a haul of future picks?
For those who assume the primary 4 picks of Spherical 1 are quarterbacks, the place does that fifth QB come off the board within the first spherical now that the Panthers have traded for Sam Darnold? Might it’s Denver? Washington? New England?
It may very well be Denver or a workforce similar to Washington or Chicago buying and selling up for the fifth quarterback.
What do you assume the Panthers will do at 8 now that they’ve their quarterback in Sam Darnold? Which gamers could be the most effective match for them?
We spoke about this at size throughout Wednesday night time’s episode of The Draft Insiders podcast. The Panthers are in a great spot as they’ll let the draft come to them and get an excellent participant.
Now, indications counsel they are going to take the most effective participant obtainable: Penei Sewell, Kyle Pitts, one of many receivers, or possibly Patrick Surtain II.
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Do you assume Kellen Mond can sneak into the primary spherical of the NFL Draft? What groups could be an excellent match for Mond’s ability set and improvement?
There’s been discuss that, however finally, it gained’t occur.
Atlanta on the high of Spherical 2, possibly Philadelphia, Detroit, or New England are all good spots for Kellen Mond. He has nice upside however wants a little bit of time and improvement earlier than he’ll be NFL-ready.
After Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater, how huge of a drop-off in expertise is there at offensive sort out?
From what I’m advised, the drop-off will not be as a lot as individuals assume. A whole lot of groups, in addition to myself, have Christian Darrisaw rated extremely. One workforce I share opinions with has Darrisaw rated a smidgen beneath Rashawn Slater.
Is there an excellent NFL comp for Kyle Pitts? Is he an identical expertise to Travis Kelce? And what do you assume Pitts’ ceiling is as an expert?
I don’t like comps, but when I’ve to make one, I imagine he’s a quicker model of Tony Gonzalez.
Yearly there’s a late-round or undrafted working again who makes noise as a rookie within the NFL. Who’re a few of the candidates to be that working again in 2021?
Chris Evans (Michigan), Pooka Williams Jr. (Kansas), Gerrid Doaks (Cincinnati), Deon Jackson (Duke).
A few years in the past, you talked about the Buffalo Payments had been concerned with tight finish Jesse James, who stays unsigned. What’s the newest? Are the Payments near signing him?
The Payments have an interest, however per my sources, they don’t seem to be near a contract. It could be a scenario the place the Payments or one other workforce comply with a take care of James on Day 3 of the draft if they’ll’t come away with a good finish in Rounds 2-4.
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