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1. Jacksonville Jaguars:
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4/30: Christian Barmore and Tyson Campbell are two names to watch for the Jaguars. - Albert Breer, MMQB

I mocked Barmore to the Jaguars at No. 25 in early February as a replacement for Calais Campbell, so that makes sense. Tyson Campbell would fill a big need across from C.J. Henderson.


4/30: "Hearing a lot of Tyson Campbell as the first or second pick off the board in the second round." - Jonathan Jones, CBS

Both the Jaguars and Jets need a cornerback, so this makes sense. I know of some team in the middle of the second round that loves Campbell, so he won't fall too far.


4/27: Urban Meyer has narrowed down the No. 1 pick to Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Justin Fields. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

lol.


4/21: The Jaguars covet Ohio State center Josh Myers. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Pauline nots that Myers could be Jacksonville's third-round pick, though he may not get there.


4/21: I can't see [Jacksonville] drafting a safety at 25. - Hays Carlyon, 1010XL 92.5 FM

Carlyon was asked about Trevon Moehrig being an option with Jacksonville's second opening-round selection. The Jaguars could go in so many directions with that pick, just on defense alone.




2. New York Jets:
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4/30: "Hearing a lot of Tyson Campbell as the first or second pick off the board in the second round." - Jonathan Jones, CBS

Both the Jaguars and Jets need a cornerback, so this makes sense. I know of some team in the middle of the second round that loves Campbell, so he won't fall too far.


4/28: The Jets believe there's a big dropoff at running back after Najee Harris and Javonte Williams. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

The Jets could pick Harris and Williams at Nos. 23 or 34 to fill a huge hole they have at running back. I currently have Williams slotted to the Jets in my 2021 NFL Mock Draft.


4/9: The Eagles initially tried to move up to No. 3 for Zach Wilson, but were told he would be unavailable. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

This, of course, means the Jets will select JetBlue Wilson's nephew with the second pick.


4/2: Teven Jenkins is drawing lots of interest from the Steelers and Jets. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

The Jets' interest is an odd one because they have a solid offensive line. The Steelers, conversely, lost three starting offensive linemen this offseason.




3. San Francisco 49ers:
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4/29: "Our sources have told us that Mac Jones ain't going three." - Pat McAfee, The Pat McAfee Show

McAfee announced this on his show, though he admitted that he's not one to break stories or normally have sources.


4/29: "Really kind of over the last 24 hours I've got some buddies in the league that are like wait a second I really think this is going to be Trey Lance." - Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network

It seems to be trending that way, but the pick could still be Mac Jones, or the selection could be traded to the Packers.


4/29: Trey Lance is now the favorite to be the No. 3 pick at Caesar's. - Nick Wagoner, ESPN

This means one of two things: One, the sportsbooks have been getting lots of smart/big money on Lance to be the pick. Two, someone at one of the top sportsbooks has inside information. It's likely the former, but don't discount the immense resources that people who run sportsbooks have at their disposal, as they often know about injuries before the public and media do.


4/29: Trey Lance is now the favorite to be the No. 3 pick at Caesar's. - Nick Wagoner, ESPN

This means one of two things: One, the sportsbooks have been getting lots of smart/big money on Lance to be the pick. Two, someone at one of the top sportsbooks has inside information. It's likely the former, but don't discount the immense resources that people who run sportsbooks have at their disposal, as they often know about injuries before the public and media do.


4/29: "There's a lot of Trey Lance/Niners noise out there in NFL GM/coach circles this morning." - Michael Silver, NFL Network

Both Charlie and I have switched to Trey Lance, but it could just as easily be Mac Jones. The 49ers have been pressured not to let anything slip.


4/28: The 49ers are looking to obtain a "handful" of blockers on the second and third days of the draft. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

San Francisco's offensive line is solid, but old, so the team would obviously need successors/insurance plans for the likes of Trent Williams and Alex Mack.


4/26: The 49ers moved up to No. 3 with the idea of taking Mac Jones, but they've gotten to know Trey Lance, and now the decision is much more difficult. - Adam Schefter, ESPN

It's unclear why the 49ers traded two first-round picks for a quarterback they could have just gotten at No. 12, but it's not like they haven't done foolish things in the NFL Draft before (i.e. selecting Solomon Thomas over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.)


4/26: "Kyle Shanahan believes Mac Jones is the accurate coach-on-the-field type he craves." - Peter King, NBC Sports

Shanahan prefers Jones to Trey Lance, but the San Francisco personnel department likes Lance more. King points out that Shanahan doesn't care; he had Solomon Thomas and Reuben Foster as his second- and third-best players in the 2017 NFL Draft, and he chose Thomas over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson. It's obvious that Shanahan doesn't know how to evaluate talent, but it sounds like he may get his way and select an Andy Dalton with DUIs with his third-overall choice.


4/26: While many in the 49ers' personnel department prefer Trey Lance, Kyle Shanahan would like Mac Jones to be the pick. - Todd McShay, ESPN

Ouch. Shanahan might get his say, which would mean that the 49ers surrendered two first-round picks for an Andy Dalton with DUIs. Some quarterback-needy teams later in the draft told us that they have no interest in Jones. If the 49ers really plan on picking Jones, they should probably trade down.


4/25: The 49ers' choice at No. 3 is down to Mac Jones and Trey Lance. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

The 49ers are apparently passing on Justin Fields, which mirrors what Michael Lombardi said a few days ago. Trading up for Jones would make little sense, so Lance is the logical choice.


4/25: People told me the [49ers'] pick would be Trey Lance. - Tony Pauline, Draft Network

Lance makes more sense than Mac Jones, who was described as a second-round prospect by some teams.


4/21: "I'm hearing [the third pick] is Trey Lance."  - Rich Eisen, NFL Network

That's what I'm hearing now. I'm hearing the kid is supremely talented, physically, and neck-up, smart. And also, (he) really wants to learn. Already talking to people, knocking on doors, (asking), 'What can I learn now?' That's what I'm hearing. I'm hearing he's proactively searching out the individuals that evaluate to find out what's up."


4/20: There is a 70-percent chance that the 49ers pick Mac Jones. - Mel Kiper, ESPN

Kiper is obviously speculating. However, as one skeptical NFL personnel man told us, "Do you really think the 49ers watched Patrick Mahomes beat them in the Super Bowl, only to give up two firsts to move up for a mediocre talent like Mac Jones?" Kyle Shanahan said he wants a mobile quarterback, which would make Justin Fields or Trey Lance more likely. NFL personnel told Charlie Campbell that they expect Fields to be the pick.


4/17: The 49ers are very involved in Trey Lance's pro day. - Dan Graziano, ESPN

Lance has been working with quarterback coach John Beck, who has close ties to Kyle Shanahan. Speaking of Shanahan, he expressed his desire for a mobile quarterback, so either Lance or Justin Fields makes more sense for San Francisco than Mac Jones.


4/17: Justin Fields will not be the third pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. - Michael Lombardi, The Athletic

This has to be music to the ears of the Falcons, Broncos and any other quarterback-needy team. Fields was the only quarterback worth trading up for who would be available at No. 3, and yet San Francisco won't be drafting him for some reason. This, of course, wouldn't be the first time the 49ers screwed up a quarterback decision; they paid Jimmy Garoppolo tons of money, and they also picked Solomon Thomas over Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson.


4/17: The 49ers are still undecided about what to do with the third-overall pick. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

It's hard to buy this because the 49ers gave up two first-round picks to move from No. 12 to 3. If it's true, however, the 49ers probably should've had a plan before making a huge move like this.


4/9: Kyle Shanahan will attend Justin Fields' upcoming pro day. - Matt Barrows, The Athletic

People began slotting Mac Jones to the 49ers when Shanahan skipped out on Fields' pro day in favor of Jones' mediocre workout, but that was because Fields had another impending pro day. It would make the most sense for San Francisco to select Fields; he's a far superior prospect, and he has the mobility that Shanahan covets.


4/8: "I can't find anyone who thinks it's other than Mac Jones at No. 3." - Matt Miller, Rich Eisen Show

Miller also told Rich Eisen that it's difficult to be a draft analyst. Perhaps Miller should look harder because neither Charlie nor I have Jones to the 49ers in our mocks.


4/8: NFL personnel believe that the 49ers will pick Justin Fields after trading up to No. 3. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Keep in mind that teams don't know what other teams will do, but it makes the most sense. The 49ers skipped Fields' initial workout, but the Ohio State product had another workout planned for later this month.


3/29: The 49ers will be attending Mac Jones' pro day instead of Justin Fields' pro day. - Peter King, NBC Sports

This doesn't necessarily mean they'll draft Jones, which wouldn't make sense because they probably could have gotten him at No. 12. They could already like Fields and are using this as a smoke screen. They could want Trey Lance, and they're looking at an alternative. Or, perhaps they're foolish and want Jones after all. However, the latter guess goes against what Kyle Shanahan said months ago, which was that he wants a mobile quarterback running his offense.


 


4. Atlanta Falcons:
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4/29: A source with the Falcons suggested that the pick would be Trey Lance if the 49ers pick Mac Jones. - Jordan Raanan, ESPN

This echoes what Cam Marino reported earlier during the draft process. The entire draft hinges on what the 49ers do at No. 3. If San Francisco selects mediocre talent Mac Jones at No. 3, every team will benefit.


4/28: "I continue to hear that it's Kyle Pitts for the Falcons." - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Charlie Campbell reported the same thing. Of course, some people in the Falcons' front office may prefer Pitts, while others will want Trey Lance.


4/28: The Falcons, Saints and Buccaneers are interested in Kyle Trask. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Pauline notes that they would all consider him in the second round. The Falcons make sense if they pass on Trey Lance, while the Buccaneers need a successor for Tom Brady. The Saints, on the other hand, shouldn't be drafting a quarterback with all of their needs.


4/28: The Falcons like defensive tackle Levi Onwuzurike as a second-round possibility. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Atlanta must bolster its defensive line, so Onwuzurike makes sense in the early second-round range.


4/28: The Falcons sound zeroed in on Kyle Pitts with the fourth-overall pick. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Atlanta could still go with Trey Lance as well. The pick seems to be down to Lance and Pitts, and the team doesn't appear interested in trading down (at least not unless it gets a huge premium.)


4/28: The Lions tried to trade up for Ja'Marr Chase. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

Detroit failed to do so because Atlanta's asking price was too high. I think this can tell us two things beyond the Lions' obvious desire for Chase. First, the Lions believe the Bengals will select Chase, which seems to be an increasing possibility. Second, the Falcons might be leaning toward a quarterback. Would Atlanta's asking price be so high if it planned on drafting a tight end? The Falcons could move down to No. 7 and obtain a stud, but not necessarily the quarterback they want (Trey Lance). 


4/26: There's a strong reading that the Falcons will pick Kyle Pitts. - Todd McShay, ESPN

This seems more likely if Trey Lance is off the board. Cam Marino of USA Today reported that Lance is preferred over Justin Fields.


4/25: "I’ve been told that Justin Fields has maturity issues and that the Falcons are high on Trey Lance. Fields will fall out of the top five."
- Cam Marino, USA Today

Marino called A.J. Terrell to the Falcons last year, so this is legit news. With Kyle Shanahan favoring Mac Jones for some reason, Lance could be the pick at No. 4.


4/13: Many around the league expect the Falcons to draft Kyle Pitts. - Adam Beasley, Miami Herald

Keep in mind that most people around the league don't know what other teams are going to do. That said, it's a very logical selection if there's no trade.


4/9: The Falcons are now aligned with what they want to do with the fourth pick. - D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Earlier, general manager Terry Fontenot wanted a quarterback with that selection, while new head coach Arthur Smith desired to stick with Matt Ryan. We're not sure what decision the Falcons have come to, however.


4/6: The Falcons are open to trading the No. 4 pick after receiving calls for it, but they are split on whether to draft Trey Lance. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN

Head coach Arthur Smith wants to move forward with Matt Ryan, but general manager Terry Fontenot wants to select Trey Lance. The Falcons probably should have gotten on the same page when deciding their hires. At any rate, Smith is correct; it would be a mistake to draft a mediocre quarterback over an elite talent. The Falcons should trade down if they get a good deal.


4/1: Kyle Pitts said that the Falcons are very interested in him. - D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Keep in mind that prospects never know where they're going unless they're the No. 1 pick, so take this with a grain of salt. However, the Falcons have met with Pitts on numerous occasions, and he would be an obvious fit on their roster.




5. Cincinnati Bengals:
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4/29: "Team sources said on Wednesday night that the Bengals had decided on LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

It's down to Chase versus Penei Sewell. While Sewell might be the better choice, the Bengals seem locked in on Chase.


4/28: The Bengals want to stick it to A.J. Green by selecting Ja'Marr Chase. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Cue up the Seinfeld episode where Jerry tries to return a shirt because of spite. Per Pauline, the Bengals had a contentious relationship with Green at the end, and they want to send a message to him by picking Chase. I never thought a team would draft for spite purposes, yet here we are.


4/26: Penei Sewell is the favorite at No. 5. - Todd McShay, ESPN

This would be the best pick, given that Joe Burrow got hurt last year. Protecting him is extremely important, especially when considering the great defenses in the division.


4/18: The "drumbeat" in Cincinnati is loud for Ja'Marr Chase. - Peter King, NBC Sports

The connection is Joe Burrow, who had a great year when targeting Chase in 2019. However, Kyler Murray requested CeeDee Lamb last year, yet the Cardinals went with Isaiah Simmons instead.




6. Miami Dolphins:
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4/28: Assuming Kyle Pitts and Ja'Marr Chase are off the board, the Dolphins are moving away from Devonta Smith and are now preferring Penei Sewell or Jaylen Waddle. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

It would be the "worst-case scenario" for Miami if Pitts and Chase are off the board because the team would have to settle for drafting a franchise left tackle with their first-round choice.


4/27: Penei Sewell is a possibility for the Dolphins. - Adam Beasley, Miami Herald

No doubt. The Dolphins seem more likely to draft a play-maker, but if they believe Sewell is a generational talent, they couldn't possibly pass on him if the Bengals do.


4/26: Kyle Pitts is the favorite for the Dolphins, if available, followed by Ja'Marr Chase. - Todd McShay, ESPN

The Chase suggestion is interesting because the Dolphins have stated that they've devalued players who sat out in 2020. This, of course, could have been smoke to ensure that Chase would fall to them if Pitts is off the board.


4/23: The Dolphins are content with where they are because they can draft Kyle Pitts or one of the top receivers at No. 6. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Pauline notes that Pitts would be the preference over the top receivers, which makes sense.


4/22: The Dolphins and Broncos general managers have spoken to each other recently. - Zac Stevens, DNVR Sports

This would obviously spark some speculation about a possible trade between the two teams. If either Justin Fields or Trey Lance falls past the Falcons, Denver could be interested in trading up.


4/21: The Dolphins are looking for an edge player with their 18th-overall pick. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Perhaps they'll draft Zaven Collins, who will be a great fit in Brian Flores' system. Jaelen Phillips and Kwity Paye are other logical choices.


4/21: The Dolphins are "very high" on Najee Harris. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Despite this, Pauline says that he thinks it's unlikely Miami will choose Harris at No. 18. Perhaps they will do so if they can get Harris atop Round 2.


4/19: The Dolphins are considering trading the No. 6 pick. - Ian Rapoport, NFL Network

Miami has gone from three to 12 and then to six thus far, but they could be on the move again. A team like the Broncos, Patriots or Bears could opt to move to No. 6 for the fifth quarterback in the class.


4/11: The Dolphins would prefer not to select players who opted out of the 2020 college season. - Tony Pauline, Draft Network

It wouldn't surprise me if other teams feel the same way. There was no reason for these players to opt out, and teams may legitimately suspect that the players who skipped the 2020 season don't have a great passion for football.


 


7. Detroit Lions:
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4/28: The Lions tried to trade up for Ja'Marr Chase. - Jeremy Fowler, ESPN

Detroit failed to do so because Atlanta's asking price was too high. I think this can tell us two things beyond the Lions' obvious desire for Chase. First, the Lions believe the Bengals will select Chase, which seems to be an increasing possibility. Second, the Falcons might be leaning toward a quarterback. Would Atlanta's asking price be so high if it planned on drafting a tight end? The Falcons could move down to No. 7 and obtain a stud, but not necessarily the quarterback they want (Trey Lance). 


4/26: The Lions seem to prefer Kyle Pitts, Ja'Marr Chase, Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. - Todd McShay, ESPN

Penei Sewell's name wasn't mentioned, but he may not be there. This seems to be Pitts' absolute floor.


4/20: The Lions will do "whatever they can to impact the bigs on either side" in the first round. - Dan Orlovsky, ESPN

The typically clueless Orlovsky was probably just speculating, but he once played for the Lions, so maybe he has some insight for a change. I'm sure Detroit would love it if Penei Sewell fell to them at No. 7 overall.


3/8: Lions GM Brad Holmes didn't discount the possibility of drafting a quarterback early this April. -

The Lions acquired Jared Goff, but they're smart enough to know he's not the long-term answer. It's unlikely they'll take a quarterback at No. 7, but they would be foolish to automatically pass on Justin Fields if he were to fall to their pick.




8. Carolina Panthers:
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4/29: "A fourth elite prospect has enjoyed a steady rise with a lot of teams, however: South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn." - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

Campbell believes Horn could go as high as No. 8, given that he's viewed as an elite player by some teams.


4/21: NFL sources believe Jaylen Waddle will be a top-eight pick. - Charlie Campbell, WalterFootball.com

This would make the Panthers his floor. Carolina could use a receiver, given that D.J. Moore's contract is set to expire; Curtis Samuel is gone; and Robby Anderson is limited.


4/8: Indications are that the Panthers will select the best player available. - Tony Pauline, Draft Network

Pauline mentions Penei Sewell, Kyle Pitts and Patrick Surtain II as options. Sewell and Pitts are likely to be off the board, so Surtain would be the selection if this is true.




9. Denver Broncos:
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4/26: The Broncos like Mac Jones at No. 9. - James Palmer, NFL Network

This reiterates what Cecil Lammey reported about the Broncos being interested in both Jones and Justin Fields.


4/26: "It seems like Broncos like Justin Fields and Mac Jones, but may not be as high on Lance as others." - Cecil Lammey, DenverFan.com

Lammey has a long track record of nailing Denver picks. Given this news, it sounds like the Broncos could be in position to select Fields at No. 9.


4/26: "It won’t surprise me, if the Broncos do not draft a quarterback, to see Denver make a mid-round deal for Teddy Bridgewater with Carolina." - Peter King, NBC

This move wouldn't excite Denver fans very much, but there's no doubt that Bridgewater would be an upgrade over Drew Lock, or at least the version we saw in 2020.


4/22: The Dolphins and Broncos general managers have spoken to each other recently. - Zac Stevens, DNVR Sports

This would obviously spark some speculation about a possible trade between the two teams. If either Justin Fields or Trey Lance falls past the Falcons, Denver could be interested in trading up.


4/17: The Broncos have "mile high" regard for both Trey Lance and Justin Fields. - Woody Paige, Denver Post

Paige, who is either living in dank darkness or dark dankness these days, wrote that the Broncos could trade up for either quarterback. 


 


10. Dallas Cowboys:
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4/30: The Cowboys love Trevon Moehrig. - Jane Slater, NFL Network

The only question is if he'll fall to them. After missing out on Patrick Surtain yesterday, the Cowboys could be inclined to move up for Moehrig.


4/28: The Cowboys are split on Patrick Surtain versus Jaycee Horn. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Horn may not even be available, so the Cowboys may not have to make a choice. All indications are that the Cowboys will draft Surtain, but there's certainly a possibility that they'll decide on Horn instead.


4/26: Patrick Surtain will be the pick at No. 10. - Todd McShay, ESPN

This, of course, assumes Surtain will be available. If he's not, the Cowboys could trade down for Jaycee Horn or Caleb Farley, per McShay's suggestion.


4/19: An NFC coach said that he can't see the Cowboys passing on Rashawn Slater if he's available. - Peter King, NBC Sports

"The offensive line is declining fast" was the reasoning. Slater would be a good pick, but the Cowboys could also address their dreadful secondary. Regardless, coaches don't know what other teams will do.


4/9: Jerry Jones is infatuated with Kyle Pitts and could trade up for him. - Chris Mortensen, ESPN

Pitts is an incredibly gifted player, but moving up for a tight end doesn't seem like the greatest strategy, especially when a team has so many holes on its roster like the Cowboys do.




11. New York Giants:
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4/29: The prevailing thought is that the Giants pick one of the Alabama receivers at No. 11. - Jordan Raanan, ESPN

It makes a ton of sense, and if the Giants pick Jaylen Waddle or Devonta Smith, they'll go from having one of the worst receiving corps in the NFL to one of the best.


4/26: "Joe Judge loves DeVonta Smith; the Giants organization likes cornerback Jaycee Horn a lot; and Dave Gettleman loves Micah Parsons." - Peter King, NBC Sports

The Giants were split last year between Andrew Thomas and Tristan Wirfs. They should probably listen to the guys who wanted Wirfs.


4/21: The Giants are very unlikely to trade down. - Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network

Jeremiah specifically said we'll see a right turn in a Nascar race before the Giants trade down, which apparently doesn't happen. Dave Gettleman has never traded down in his history of being a general manager.


4/21: The Giants are considering trading down from No. 11. - Kevin Patra, NFL.com

I'm sure the Giants have some players they're targeting at No. 11, and if none of them are available, they'll want to move down. Of course, you could say that about more than half the league.




12. Philadelphia Eagles:
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4/28: The Eagles love Kwity Paye. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Paye could be the choice at No. 12 if both Alabama receivers are off the board, which has a higher likelihood if the Falcons pick Kyle Pitts.


4/26: The Eagles could target a running back on Day 2. - Reuben Frank, NBC Sports

Running back is one of the only positions the Eagles don't need to address, so it would make sense for Howie Roseman to spend an important draft choice on that area.


4/26: There's some interest in Justin Fields within the Eagles' organization. - Todd McShay, ESPN

Only the Eagles would waste a second-round pick on a quarterback and then address the position in the first round the following year.


4/21: The Eagles are exploring a trade into the top 10. - Ben Standig, The Athletic

Perhaps the Eagles believe that all of the receivers will be off the board by No. 12. A trade with the Panthers would make sense.


2/17: The "Eagles draft a quarterback sixth overall" if they trade Carson Wentz. - Les Bowen, Inquirer.com

This would make the Jalen Hurts draft pick even worse than it already was, and it already was the worst pick in the history of the NFL Draft.


 




13. Los Angeles Chargers:
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4/1: The Chargers' interest in Asante Samuel Jr. is "heating up." - Gavino Borquez, USA Today

The article cites that the Chargers met with Samuel on numerous occasions. Samuel would fill a need at cornerback, created by the Casey Hayward release.




14. Minnesota Vikings:
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4/21: The Vikings want to draft Christian Darrisaw, but they don't believe he'll be available at No. 14. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

We've heard from some teams that love Darrisaw and some teams that don't consider him a first-round prospect. All it takes is one team though, and if the Vikings love him, they could certainly pick him at No. 14.


4/21: The Vikings have done lots of work on the quarterbacks in this class. - Darren Wolfson, 5 Eyewitness News

Wolfson specifically mentioned Feleipe Franks as a quarterback in which the Vikings have shown interest.




15. New England Patriots:
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4/26: The Patriots could trade up for Justin Fields. - Tom Pelissero, NFL Network

The Patriots are more secretive than the CCP, so it's doubtful that any rumors about Bill Belichick's plans come to fruition.


4/20: There is a rumored Patriots-Packers trade involving Jordan Love. - , Gillette Nation

Apparently, a janitor found a paper where a proposed trade would have the Patriots and Packers swapping their first-round choices, with New England receiving Jordan Love and a fourth-round pick. I don't see this happening - the Patriots could have just drafted Love last year - but crazier things have happened.


4/12: Kellen Mond has been texting with Josh McDaniels. - Jim McBride, Boston Globe

It's unclear if they're sharing memes, or if they're discussing football. In all seriousness, it doesn't mean the Patriots necessarily like Mond over the other second-day quarterbacks, but it would be enough for me to match Mond to New England in my mock draft.


3/2: The Patriots are "aggressively" scouting the top quarterbacks from the 2021 NFL Draft. - Jeff Howe, The Athletic

So, they're going to draft a quarterback this time? That appears to be the case, though nothing is guaranteed. If Bill Belichick can't move up for Zach Wilson or Justin Fields, he may eschew the position once again.


 




16. Arizona Cardinals:
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4/21: The Cardinals will not draft Najee Harris at No. 16. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Perhaps they might if they trade down, as the Cardinals need a running back. That said, it's not very wise to use a first-round pick on a running back.


4/21: The Cardinals covet Patrick Surtain, Jaylen Waddle and Jaycee Horn. - Tony Pauline, Pro Football Network

Unfortunately for the Cardinals, all three could be off the board. Waddle certainly won't make it, and it's very likely that Surtain and Horn will be chosen as well.





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2010 NFL Mock Re-Draft Day 2 (4/23): Round 2 (Walt's) / Round 3 (Walt's) / Round 2 (Matt's) / Round 3 (Matt's)
Other 2010 Mock Drafts: Matt McGuire (4/22) /Backward Mock (4/20) /Emmitt Mock (4/17) /Celebrity Mock (4/8) /Experts (3/17) /Reader (4/13) /Consensus (2/25)
2011 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2011 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/30): Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 2 /Round 3
Other 2011 Mock Drafts: Free Agency (5/9) /Greg Cox (4/28) /Backward Mock (4/22) /Emmitt Mock (4/21) /Team Big Boards (4/21) /Celebrity Mock (4/13) /Experts (4/7) /Not Mock (4/6) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Greg Cox's 2012 Mock (2/22) /Matt McGuire (1/8)
2012 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/26): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2012 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2012 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/26) /Pick History (4/23) /Emmitt Mock (4/19) /Not Mock (4/19) /Backward Mock (4/17) /Celebrity (4/15) /Goals (4/10) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock (4/1) /Free Agent Mock (3/6) /Greg Cox (9/9)
2013 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/25): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2013 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/27): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2013 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/25) /GM Mock (4/21) /Charlie's Trade Mock (4/20) /Goals (4/19) /Rapid Reader Mock (4/18) /Emmitt Mock (4/14) /Not Mock (4/13) /Pick History (4/5) /Backward Mock (4/4) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/7) /Archived 2013 NFL Mock Drafts
2014 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATE 5/8): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2014 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 5/10): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2014 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (5/8) /Goals (5/3) /Not Mock (4/27) /Emmitt Mock (4/20) /Trades Mock (4/13) /Celebrity Mock (4/11) /Backward Mock (4/4) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/6) /Overreaction Mock (12/30)
2015 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/30): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2015 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 5/2): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2015 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/30) /Goals (4/25) /Not Mock (4/19) /Emmitt Mock (4/17) /Trades Mock (4/12) /Celebrity Mock (4/10) /Backward Mock (4/3) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Free Agent Mock (3/5) /Overreaction Mock (12/29)
2016 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2016 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/30): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2016 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/28) /Combo (5/8) /Goals (4/23) /Not Mock (4/22) /Emmitt Mock (4/17) /Trades Mock (4/16) /Celebrity Mock (4/10) /Backward Mock (4/7) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/6) /Overreaction Mock (1/4)
2017 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/27): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2017 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/29): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2017 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/27) /Combo (5/7) /Goals (4/22) /Not Mock (4/21) /Emmitt Mock (4/16) /Backward Mock (4/9) /Celebrity Mock (4/7) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/7) /Overreaction Mock (1/2)
2018 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/26): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2018 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2018 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/26) /Combo (5/6) /Goals (4/21) /Not Mock (4/20) /Emmitt Mock (4/15) /Trades Mock (4/13) /Backward Mock (4/8) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/11) /Senior Bowl (1/27)
2019 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/25): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2019 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/27): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2019 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/25) /Combo (5/5) /Goals (4/20) /Not Mock (4/18) /Witten Mock (4/14) /Trades Mock (4/12) /Emmitt Mock (4/7) /Backward Mock (4/5) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Free Agent Mock (3/10) /Senior Bowl Mock (1/26) /Video Mock (1/8) /Overreaction Mock (12/31)
2020 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/23): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2020 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 4/25): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2020 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/23) /Combo (5/3) /Goals (4/18) /Emmitt Mock (4/12) /Trades Mock (4/8) /Backward Mock (4/5) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Free Agent Mock (3/16) /Corey Long (3/13) /Senior Bowl Mock (1/27) /Overreaction Mock (12/30)
2021 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/29): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
2021 NFL Mock Re-Draft (UPDATED 5/1): Walt Round 4 /Walt Round 5 /Charlie Round 4 /Charlie Round 5 /Walt Round 2 /Walt Round 3 /Charlie Round 2 /Charlie Round 3
Other 2021 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (5/17) /Goals (4/23) /Backward Mock (4/18) /Emmitt Mock (4/11) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Senior Bowl Mock (1/30) /Overreaction Mock (1/4)
2022 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 9/15): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2
Other 2022 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (9/10)
2023 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 2/17): Round 1 /Picks 17-32
Other 2023 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (9/4)
2024 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 3/4): Round 1 /Picks 17-32
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