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1. Jacksonville Jaguars:
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No rumors reported as of yet.



2. New York Jets:
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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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4/9: 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: 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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4/13: 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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6. Miami Dolphins:
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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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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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4/8: 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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10. Dallas Cowboys:
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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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12. Philadelphia Eagles:
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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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15. New England Patriots:
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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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