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Big Blue View

Mock Draft tracker: Edge Gregory Rousseau currently top choice for Giants

Gregory Rousseau gets a sack. | Photo by Mark Brown/ Kyle Pitts, Devonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle split the receiver vote The 2021 NFL Draft doesn’t begin until April 29, more than three months from now. What anyone thinks now might not be what happens when the draft actually arrives. Still, it’s always a great topic of discussion and always informative to track the twists and turns of the draft process. With that in mind, let’s kick off our 2021 Mock Draft Tracker. As we usually do here at Big Blue View, we will update the tracker weekly to follow trends in who...

Inside the Iggles

Philadelphia Eagles: Regrading 2018’s draft class after three seasons

After three years, it’s time to assess the Philadelphia Eagles 2018 draft class. Back in 2018 the Philadelphia Eagles only made five draft picks, and as it stands right now, it might be Howie Roseman’s best performance in the NFL Draft. Heading into that 2018 draft, the Eagles were lacking assets, owning only six picks. […] Philadelphia Eagles: Regrading 2018’s draft class after three seasons - Inside the Iggles - Inside the Iggles - Philadelphia Eagles News, Opinion, and Fan Community

Behind the Steel Curtain

The 2021 NFL Draft looms large, but there’s no reason to worry

Photo by Michael Wade/Icon Sportswire via The Steelers have found a number of quality players beyond the first round of the NFL draft in recent years. The NFL Draft is basically Christmas in April for NFL fans and pundits. And while some fans fear for the selections from their respective front offices, Steelers’ fans should rest easy knowing Kevin Colbert and company are still around. Take 2020 for example, the most disorganized draft processes in modern NFL history... for one more cycle, the Steelers entered the long weekend without a pick until midway through the...

Raising Zona

Arizona Cardinals 2021 mock draft analysis

With the 2021 NFL Draft a few months away, the Arizona Cardinals have a lot of areas to address. The Arizona Cardinals are the 16th pick in this year’s draft after finishing the season 8-8. While the team improved on offense and defense compared to the 2019 season, they are still missing key pieces to […] Arizona Cardinals 2021 mock draft analysis - Raising Zona - Raising Zona - An Arizona Cardinals Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Revenge of the Birds

Will 2021 Cardinals Avoid The Insane Draft Trap?

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports One of the sure ways to thwart the development of an NFL football team is to fall into what I would call “The Insane Draft Trap.” As we know Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” The Insane Draft Trap is more apt to occur for teams that repeatedly change head coaches. With such changes, the offensive and defensive systems change, which often means that one coach’s set of player personnel prototypes are different than his predecessor’s. This is why we...

Revenge of the Birds

2021 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Arizona Cardinals have a plethora of options for the 16th pick

Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports Happy Friday one and all, we have made it. The Arizona Cardinals pick 16th in the 2021 NFL Draft, and let’s take a look at how the mock draft circuit is picking for the Cardinals heading into the 2021 NFL Divisional round in the playoffs. CBS Sports (Chris Trapasso) - Jaycee Horn, CB - South Carolina CBS Sports (Ryan Harris) - Tyson Campbell, CB - Georgia NBC Sports - Kyle Pitts, TE - Florida Pro Football Network - Jayson Oweh, EDGE - Penn State 247 Sports - Patrick Surtain II, CB - Alabama The Draft Network (Brentley Weissman) - Caleb...

The Falcoholic

Falcons post-2020 roster review: Tackle edition

Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports Jake Matthews remained an anchor while Kaleb McGary improved in 2020. The Falcons came into the 2020 season with questions that had to be answered along the offensive line. There isn’t a single position group on this team that has had more draft capital invested into its starters than the tackles — Jake Matthews was the 6th overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft and Kaleb McGary was a first rounder himself, in the 2019 NFL Draft, for whom the Falcons also sacrificed a third rounder in a trade up. As a result, expectations are high on...

Still Curtain

Steelers Draft Study: Reasons why taking a RB early is a waste of a pick

Here are the reasons that the Steelers using an early pick on a running back would be a waste in the 2021 draft While the Steelers certainly have a hole at running back, the clamoring for Najee Harris in the first round has to stop. It’s not that Harris isn’t a good prospect, but the […] Steelers Draft Study: Reasons why taking a RB early is a waste of a pick - Still Curtain - Still Curtain - A Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Hogs Haven

Building a 2021 WFT the Rivera Way

Photo by Elsa/ Coming off an inspiring 2020 season, led by Ron Rivera and a team built on youthful enthusiasm, things are looking up for the Washington Football Team in 2021, but, there’s work to be done this offseason. First up will be free agency, then the draft, and eventually the off-season competition for various roles. The strength of this team - one which pre-dates Rivera’s arrival - has been the ability to identify and acquire talent, through the draft for the past couple of years. It’s important to give those personnel evaluators - in conjunction with the...

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How will George Paton influence the Broncos’ draft process?

Photo by Chris Graythen/ Joe spoke with the man, the legend, the Math Bomb - Kent Lee Platte - to find out. Ten years is a lifetime in the NFL. With John Elway’s reign coming to an end, the Denver Broncos are going to whatever places George Paton takes them. It marks the dawn of a new era. There is no doubt this change will be felt in the Broncos NFL Draft process as Paton breathes life to his vision for the roster. It’s impossible to isolate who made which decisions in an NFL front office without leaks or admissions. While Paton’s long tenure and influential...

Vikings Territory

Justin Jefferson on Draft Day, Moss Comparisons, etc.

Minnesota Vikings receiver Justin Jefferson had about as good of a individual season as is (in)humanly possible. Breaking the record for modern receiving yards, and Randy Moss’ team record for receptions, it was an amazing year for Jet. NFL.com chatted with Jefferson this week, and he had a lot to say about his first season. … The post Justin Jefferson on Draft Day, Moss Comparisons, etc. appeared first on Vikings Territory.

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Should the Broncos draft a QB in round 1?

Photo by Matthew Stockman/ Ryan and Ben argue their cases on BCT. In one of the more entertaining segments on Broncos Country Tonight, Ryan and Ben Take the Case to Court. With the hiring of George Paton, questions about what Denver should do with their first pick in the 2021 NFL draft. In this court case, Ryan and Ben make arguments for and against the Broncos picking a QB in round one. Ryan argued for taking a QB in the first round, while Ben argued against. Ben made his arguments to the court first. In reviewing the scenario, Ben made the first argument that taking...

Pats Pulpit

New England Patriots links 1/15/21 - Divisional round previews; Revisiting the Patriots 2018 draft

Isaiah Wynn and Sony Michel after 2018 draft | Photo by Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe via Daily news and links for Friday TEAM TALK Erik Scalavino tells us how 2020’s artificial crowd noise became reality. /Please, may this be a one-and-done. Highlight: 15 years ago Thursday, Ben Watson tackles Champ Bailey at 1 yd line after 100 yard interception. (1.36 min. video) /No mention of how it should have been called a touchback. Patriots Unfiltered 1/14: The QB quandary, Divisional playoffs picks; More. (2 hours) LOCAL LINKS Doug Kyed writes a great piece on the...

Detroit Free Press

New Detroit Lions GM Brad Holmes has one very important qualification: Evaluating QBs

Detroit Lions general manager Brad Holmes has one very important qualification: The potential to draft the team's next quarterback possibly this year.        

Field Gulls

Why Seahawks shouldn’t expect a flood of inexpensive free agents this offseason

Photo by Chris Graythen/ The NFL playoffs enter the divisional round this weekend without the participation of the Seattle Seahawks for the third time in four years following the home loss to the Los Angeles Rams in the Wild Card round. That means it’s the offseason for the Hawks, and fans have started turning their attention to free agency and the draft in hopes of improving the team for next season. One of the big storylines has, of course, been the revenue drop seen by the league as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the complete lack of fans in the stands....

ClutchPoints

Doug Pederson convinced Eagles to pass on drafting Justin Jefferson

The Philadelphia Eagles have been in desperate need of a star wide receiver for a few years now. It turns out, their former head coach might have caused the organization to pass on a golden opportunity to draft one. According to Pro Football’s Benjamin Albright (via PFT’s Dalton Miller), Doug Pederson “convinced” the Eagles’ brass […] The post Doug Pederson convinced Eagles to pass on drafting Justin Jefferson appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Pride Of Detroit

Notes: Best Twitter reactions to Brad Holmes hiring

Photo by Frederick Breedon/ Has the Honolulu Blue Kool-Aid been restocked? On Thursday, the Detroit Lions community learned Brad Holmes would help dictate the future of the franchise as the next General Manager. It’s always fun to see reactions across the social media-sphere. From Lions fans to Detroit media to reporters who have spoken with Holmes in the past, I combed Twitter to see how folks are digesting the news. Pluses on Brad Holmes- #Rams and NFL people raving about his draft savvy. Seems like a great guy too and well liked and respected. Biggest risk is...

ClutchPoints

Dolphins’ Brian Flores defends Tua Tagovailoa after anonymous teammates rip him apart

There is some turmoil in the Miami Dolphins locker room when it comes to rookie quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. The head coach Brian Flores, however, has his first-round draft pick’s back. After reports surfaced that some players were questioning Tagovailoa’s ability to be a starter in the NFL, the front office of the Dolphins, including Flores, […] The post Dolphins’ Brian Flores defends Tua Tagovailoa after anonymous teammates rip him apart appeared first on ClutchPoints.

Predominantly Orange

Denver Broncos: Ranking each of team’s pending unrestricted free agents

The Denver Broncos have quite a bit of work to do this offseason. Brand new general manager George Paton will have his work cut out for him in rebuilding this Broncos team. Though his primary focus is said to be the draft, he will have to navigate the waters of free agency as well. The […] Denver Broncos: Ranking each of team’s pending unrestricted free agents - Predominantly Orange - Predominantly Orange - A Denver Broncos Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Big Blue View

Giants land 4 assistant coaches on staff for 2021 East-West Shrine Bowl

Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via There won’t be a game this year, but there will still be a program for draft-eligible players Four New York Giants assistant coaches will participate in this year’s East-West Shrine Bowl Professional Development Opportunity. Assistant defensive backs coach Anthony Blevins, offensive quality control coach Bobby Blick, defensive assistant Jody Wright and defensive quality control coach Mike Treier will be on staff at this year’s East-West Shrine Bowl. # ...

Blogging The Boys

Cowboys 2021 draft: Dallas should still be in the trade back market at pick #10

Time to get your trade on, Jerry. | Photo by / There are still opportunities to trade back a little and gain a lot for the Cowboys. During the 2020 season, the Dallas Cowboys were at one time in line to get the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. Then they went on a three-game winning streak, and slid to tenth. Many bemoan the loss of draft capital. It was believed that the fourth pick would be a prime target for some team seeking to trade up, especially one that was in need of a quarterback. Now that has been lost. Hold on a minute. That may not be the case at...

NESN.com

Future Patriots? Four Alabama Prospects Declare For 2021 NFL Draft

If you’re looking for names to fill the New England Patriots’ 15th overall pick in your mock daft, start here. Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, wide receiver Jaylen Waddle, defensive lineman Christian Barmore and cornerback Patrick Surtain II all declared for the 2021 NFL Draft Thursday. The Patriots have obvious needs at quarterback, wide receiver and […] The post Future Patriots? Four Alabama Prospects Declare For 2021 NFL Draft appeared first on NESN.com.

Stripe Hype

Pro Football Focus keeps Joe Burrow number one in 2020 NFL Draft re-rankings

Nine months after they were drafted, Pro Football Focus kept Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow as the top-ranked signal-caller from the 2020 NFL Draft. Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow was on his way to challenge to be named the 2020 NFL Rookie of the Year before tearing his ACL in week 11 against the Washington Football Team. […] Pro Football Focus keeps Joe Burrow number one in 2020 NFL Draft re-rankings - Stripe Hype - Stripe Hype - Cincinnati Bengals News and Fan Community

Field Gulls

Reviewing the Seahawks’ 2020 draft class after rookie season

Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports Despite his fancy new deal, John Schneider has not been free of criticism in Seattle. He followed the three greatest drafts in franchise history (2010-12) with what Bob Condotta of the Seattle times ranked the third worst draft in the history of the Seattle Seahawks. In fact Schneider has often been slammed for having few good drafts since 2012. A common take that’s not accurate but resonates around the PNW throughout many an April: I like the last pick but John Schneider seems to become a different exec when he drafts. Our last 6...

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GM Chris Ballard skeptical 2021 QB class deep enough for Colts to draft one at No. 21

'It's a good class. I'll say that. They all get pushed up now. We're seeing it. They all get pushed up. A little bit of luck has to come into play.'        

Daily Norseman

A brief look at the Minnesota Vikings and pick #14

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ It isn’t a long history. Nor is it a great one. Hey, everyone. My apologies for things being a little slow as of late. Every once in a while you just need to take a bit of a break, you know? But, I’ll try to get back into the swing of things here now that the season has officially come to an end for the Minnesota Vikings. As we’ve already determined, the Vikings will pick at #14 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft when it rolls around on the last weekend in April. The Vikings haven’t picked at #14 overall very many times in their history. In...

Still Curtain

5 moves Steelers must make to ensure future success

The Pittsburgh Steelers were at a loss in the first round of the 2020 playoffs. It was a terrible ending to an otherwise great season for the Steelers. Unfortunately now is the time to reload. There are already rumors on players’ retirements, coaches not being resigned, and ideas of who the Steelers should draft. Yet […] 5 moves Steelers must make to ensure future success - Still Curtain - Still Curtain - A Pittsburgh Steelers Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

Arrowhead Pride

Derrick Johnson will bang drum ahead of Chiefs-Browns at Arrowhead Sunday

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports The franchise’s all-time leading tackler will start the show for the 16,000 fans in attendance. Kansas City Chiefs legend Derrick Johnson will bang the drum prior to the team’s Divisional round matchup with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday afternoon. Johnson, 38, is the Chiefs’ all-time leading tackler. Kansas City originally selected Johnson in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft, and he went on to play 13 seasons (2005-17) in Kansas City. Johnson is a two-time All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowler. If weather permits, a B-2 Stealth...

Trading Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Steelers is a step in the Dolphins' rebuild | Golic and Wingo

Trey Wingo does not understand why the Dolphins traded Minkah Fitzpatrick to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a chance to draft a great player in the 2020 NFL draft, but Mike Golic explains that Miami is taking steps toward rebuilding the team. #NFL ✔

Fantasy Focus Live! Packers and Bears preview

With the last week of preseason upon us, Field Yates and Stephania Bell discuss what players should be on your radar heading into draft night. Today’s team preview takes a look at the Packers and Bears offense. Stream live sports and get premium content

Fantasy Focus Live! Ravens and Bengals preview

Matthew Berry and Field Yates weigh in on Andrew Luck’s retirement from the NFL and fantasy rankings ahead of draft season. Today’s team preview features the Baltimore Ravens and the Cincinnati Bengals. Stream live sports and get premium content with ESP