Patrick Surtain II to Broncos: Stay NFL Draft Outcomes Tracker

The Broncos decide Patrick Surtain II at cornerback.

Faculty: Alabama | Top: 6-2 | Weight: 208

The Carolina Panthers took cornerback Jaycee Horn from South Carolina with the eighth decide, the primary defensive participant to go within the draft. Horn (6-foot-1, 205 kilos), the son of former Saints receiver Joe Horn, will assist bolster a defensive backfield that misplaced its greatest cornerback, James Bradbury, to free company.

The decide was one thing of a shock as a result of the Panthers opted to not decide one other offensive weapon to help their new quarterback, Sam Darnold, who they acquired this month from the Jets, and since Carolina had been rumored to be a commerce accomplice for a workforce hoping to maneuver as much as choose a quarterback.

There’s believed to be a dropoff between Horn and Patrick Surtain II and the subsequent tier of cornerbacks. Which signifies that it’s doable that the Eagles (No. 12) must overtake Dallas (No. 10) to get Surtain if they need him.

Horn is an efficient participant, however the Panthers positively might have traded again and nonetheless have gotten him.

One other pivot level within the Aaron Rodgers sweepstakes. If Denver takes Justin Fields or Mac Jones, rely the Broncos out.

With CB Jaycee Horn going to Carolina at No. 8, that is longest it’s ever taken the N.F.L. to draft a defensive participant.

The Panthers take Jaycee Horn at cornerback.

Faculty: South Carolina | Top: 6-1 | Weight: 205

Penei Sewell opted out of the 2020 college football season.
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The Preventing Goffs simply may need the worst roster within the N.F.L. this aspect of Houston. In different phrases, they want upgrades eh-vree-wear. Taking Penei Sewell, the stud offensive deal with from Oregon, not solely provides Detroit a franchise cornerstone at a premium place. It additionally displays the massive FOOTBALL GUY power given off by the brand new coach, Dan Campbell, his employees and a entrance workplace that now contains former linebacker Chris Spielman.

The Lions choose Penei Sewell at offensive deal with.

Faculty: Oregon | Top: 6-5 | Weight: 331

Jaylen Waddle  
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With Ryan Fitzpatrick gone and Tua Tagovailoa entrenched because the beginning quarterback, the Miami Dolphins added one other weapon to their roster with large receiver Jaylen Waddle from Alabama.

Geared up with a stout, aggressive protection, Miami opted to draft an offensive participant to assist Tagovailoa in his second N.F.L. season, and took probably the greatest prospects off the board. Tagovailoa, who usually struggled to throw downfield as a rookie final season, now has one other reliable receiving choice to couple with Will Fuller, whom Miami added this low season in free company.

With Jaylen Waddle off to Miami, Jalen Hurts and Jalen Reagor lament the Eagles’ failure to nook the market.

The Dolphins take Jaylen Waddle at large receiver.

Faculty: Alabama | Top: 5-9½ | Weight: 180

Ja’Marr Chase after a fumble recovery for L.S.U.
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This 12 months, the Bengals centered on serving to second-year quarterback Joe Burrow. With the fifth decide within the draft, they selected large receiver Ja’Marr Chase, who performed with Burrow at L.S.U. throughout their nationwide championship run in 2019.

Chase, who’s 6 toes tall and 200 kilos, clocked a 4.38-second 40-yard sprint at L.S.U.’s professional day after not taking part in within the 2020 school season due to the pandemic. The Bengals selected to not use their first decide to bolster their offensive line despite the fact that they gave up essentially the most sacks final 12 months and have been twenty ninth in go blocking.

The Bengals select Ja’Marr Chase at large receiver.

Faculty: Louisiana State | Top: 6-0 | Weight: 201

Florida’s Kyle Pitts was the first tight end to finish in the top 10 in Heisman Trophy voting.
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Quarterback, quarterback, quarterback … tight finish! The Falcons had the audacity to snap the streak by taking the unicorn Kyle Pitts from Florida with the No. 4 decide. Placing Pitts, who was principally unguardable with the Gators, right into a playmaking group that features Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Hayden Hurst? YES, PLEASE. Let’s see how new coach Arthur Smith — who looooooooooves utilizing a number of tight-end units — maximizes Pitts.

An empty set with Pitts, Ridley, Jones and Hurst will likely be completely absurd.

Riley Odoms, transfer over. Pitts now highest drafted TE.

The Falcons choose Kyle Pitts at tight finish.

Faculty: Florida | Top: 6-6 | Weight: 245

Clearly, this knocks the 49ers out of any potential Rodgers derby.

I second what Ben stated. Exhausting for me to see Lance failing with San Francisco’s coaches and offensive scheme.

Private opinion: Trey Lance goes to be a star.

The 49ers chose North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance. 
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All eyes shifted to the San Francisco 49ers final month once they traded two future first-round picks to the Miami Dolphins in change for the third total decide.

They lastly ended the fixed hypothesis by deciding on North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, a pivot from the widely-debated prediction that they might select Alabama’s Mac Jones. By deciding on Lance over Jones, Coach Kyle Shanahan signaled that his offense will evolve with a quarterback that may lengthen performs along with his legs and stress defenses. It additionally brings into query the way forward for starter Jimmy Garoppolo, who for 2 of the final three seasons suffered main accidents and performed in fewer than seven video games.

You don’t should go to Alabama to be a excessive draft decide, children. B.Y.U. and North Dakota State reppin’ high 3 tonight.

So now, how far down does Michael McCorkle Jones slide? Out of the highest 10? To the Patriots at 15?

The 49ers select Trey Lance at quarterback.

Faculty: North Dakota State | Top: 6-4 | Weight: 224

The Jets Attempt to Discover a Quarterback … Once more

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The Jets Attempt to Discover a Quarterback … Once more

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Ben ShpigelReporting on the N.F.L. Draft 🏈

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The Jets took Zach Wilson with the No. 2 decide within the N.F.L. draft on Thursday night time, their newest try to resolve a decades-long quarterback quandary.

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And now we get our first trace about Aaron Rodgers’s tenuous standing with the Packers. If the 49ers don’t draft a quarterback …

“Broadway Zach”? Is there a Broadway in Florham Park?

Zach Wilson in a B.Y.U. game last fall.
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The Jets used the second decide within the draft to pick Zach Wilson from Brigham Younger, hoping that their lengthy seek for a franchise quarterback is over.

In a draft class wealthy on the place, Wilson stood out in his stellar junior 12 months, when he threw for 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns and simply three interceptions in 12 video games. He additionally ran for 254 yards and 10 touchdowns. After comparatively pedestrian freshman and sophomore seasons, Wilson completed eighth — fifth amongst quarterbacks — within the voting for this 12 months’s Heisman Trophy. Wilson, at 6-foot-2 and 214 kilos, hopes to construct on that momentum with the Jets and show that his junior 12 months was no fluke.

“These guys want a very good quarterback, a very good chief, and I feel I obtained these qualities,” Wilson stated after he was chosen. “I can’t wait to go in there.”

It was the second-highest the workforce had drafted a quarterback, behind the number of Joe Namath, who was taken first over all within the 1965 A.F.L. draft. The Jets’ incapacity to discover a franchise quarterback able to main them again to the Tremendous Bowl has outlined them ever since.

The workforce has usually used first-round picks to attempt to fill the place, because it did with Richard Todd in 1976, Ken O’Brien in 1983, Chad Pennington in 2000 and Mark Sanchez in 2009. Most just lately, Sam Darnold was chosen with the third total decide in 2018, however his tenure with the workforce ended along with his being traded to the Panthers this spring after compiling a 13-25 report over three seasons.

The desperation to draft a star quarterback has accelerated lately. Wilson is the sixth quarterback the Jets have chosen within the first two rounds of the draft since 2006, based on Professional Soccer Reference. (Denver, Cleveland and Miami took 5 every heading into this 12 months.)

Like Darnold, Wilson arrives with excessive expectations and lots of work forward to revive a franchise that went 2-14 final season and hasn’t made the playoffs for the reason that 2010 season, the longest postseason drought within the league.

Robert Saleh, the workforce’s new head coach, stated final week that he had no qualms about beginning Wilson instantly.

“I don’t assume there’s danger,” Saleh advised NFL Media. “I’m very snug with each resolution that’s made, and it’s our job to place him in the most effective place to achieve success.”

Forward of the draft, Wilson reportedly spoke with Pennington, Sanchez and Josh McCown, a veteran quarterback who performed elements of two seasons with the Jets, to get a really feel for what it’s prefer to play within the nation’s greatest media market and in entrance of victory-starved followers.

Wilson joins a Jets workforce in full transition. Saleh, a first-time head coach, spent 4 years as defensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers earlier than the Jets employed him this low season. Final 12 months’s Jets had the worst offense within the N.F.L. and the second worst passing recreation, which Basic Supervisor Joe Douglas has tried to enhance by signing receivers Corey Davis and Keelan Cole, in addition to operating again Tevin Coleman.

The Jets take Zach Wilson at quarterback.

Faculty: Brigham Younger | Top: 6-2 | Weight: 214

For the Jaguars story Ken Belson and I reported that was revealed Monday, I spoke with John Caputo, a fan since their inception. I requested him how he’d have a good time tonight. He stated, “I’ll drink a bottle of Dom.” Right here’s to you, John.

Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence went No. 1 over all to the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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The following part of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ grand low season overhaul arrived with a flourish Thursday night time when with the No. 1 decide they drafted Trevor Lawrence, the golden-tressed quarterback from Clemson who is taken into account the most effective prospect on the place in a decade.

Lawrence had been destined to go first on this 12 months’s draft ever since he relieved Kelly Bryant after 4 video games in 2018 and led Clemson to a nationwide title. Flaunting a powerful arm, preternatural pocket presence and consciousness and the athleticism to run, Lawrence went 34-2 throughout two-and-a-half seasons as a starter in school, throwing for 10,098 yards with 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions whereas dashing for 943 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Not since Andrew Luck in 2012 has a quarterback been so broadly deemed prepared to start out (and star) within the N.F.L. as a rookie. And simply as followers of woeful groups again then launched “Suck for Luck” campaigns, so, too, did they pine all through the 2020 N.F.L. season for Lawrence, who effectively into December appeared headed to the Jets.

However as soon as the winless Jets upset the Rams in Week 15, the one-win Jaguars vaulted forward of them on tiebreakers for the precise to draft Lawrence, setting off celebrations all through Duval County, Fla. — and attracting the eye of a sure coach wanting to attempt to recreate his school success within the N.F.L.

The Jaguars’ head teaching job appealed to City Meyer, who gained three nationwide titles at Florida and Ohio State, partly due to the prospect to draft Lawrence.

“The standards we search for in a quarterback is competitiveness, toughness, management, intelligence and flexibility,” Meyer stated in an interview in mid-April, “and he checks each field.”

As dangerous because the Jaguars have been, dropping essentially the most video games within the N.F.L. since Shahid Khan assumed possession in 2012, that they had by no means been dreadful sufficient to earn the No. 1 decide or to pick excessive in a draft teeming with robust quarterbacks. However all that dejection and despair has yielded, 26 seasons into the Jaguars’ existence, an inflection level, a transformational alternative.

They’ve waited this lengthy for Trevor Lawrence, and now he’s all theirs.

1. Jacksonville JaguarsTrevor Lawrence (quarterback, Clemson)
2. New York JetsZach Wilson (quarterback, Brigham Younger)
3. San Francisco 49ersTrey Lance (quarterback, North Dakota State)
4. Atlanta FalconsKyle Pitts (tight finish, Florida)
5. Cincinnati BengalsJa’Marr Chase (large receiver, Louisiana State)
6. Miami DolphinsJaylen Waddle (large receiver, Alabama)
7. Detroit LionsPenei Sewell (offensive deal with, Oregon)
8. Carolina PanthersJaycee Horn (cornerback, South Carolina)
9. Denver Broncos — Patrick Surtain II (cornerback, Alabama)
10. Dallas Cowboys
11. New York Giants
12. Philadelphia Eagles
13. Los Angeles Chargers
14. Minnesota Vikings
15. New England Patriots
16. Arizona Cardinals
17. Las Vegas Raiders
18. Miami Dolphins
19. Washington Soccer Crew
20. Chicago Bears
21. Indianapolis Colts
22. Tennessee Titans
23. New York Jets
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
25. Jacksonville Jaguars
26. Cleveland Browns
27. Baltimore Ravens
28. New Orleans Saints
29. Inexperienced Bay Packers
30. Buffalo Payments
31. Baltimore Ravens
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Jaguars choose Trevor Lawrence at quarterback.

Faculty: Clemson | Top: 6-6 | Weight: 213

Jags milking the clock… they’ve used 5 minutes of their allotted 10 minutes to this point.

Did the N.F.L. even hassle sending Trevor Lawrence another groups’ hats apart from Jacksonville’s?

Roger Goodell’s chair doesn’t even look THAT snug.

Nature is therapeutic. Roger Goodell is urging followers in Cleveland to boo him.

Jaguars Coach Urban Meyer, left, and the team’s owner, Shad Khan, are ready for the franchise’s moment in the spotlight.
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The Jacksonville Jaguars, who play in one of many smallest N.F.L. markets and have the draft’s first decide, will not be losing their second within the highlight.

Like all groups, Jacksonville has 10 minutes to make its choice, time when broadcasters normally promote expensive slots to advertisers. On Tuesday, the workforce teased the second on Twitter, daring: “Do it, @NFLNetwork and @ESPNNFL. Go to industrial break in the course of the first total decide. We dare you.”

And it lights up. Simply thought you must see it.

Goodell announced 2020 draft picks from his basement.
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Probably the most distinguished options of the distant N.F.L. draft final 12 months was the weather-beaten brown leather-based chair in Commissioner Roger Goodell’s basement. Asserting picks within the draft, Goodell sat and ultimately slumped within the chair because the rounds wore on, one thing viewers become a meme.

Recognizing the piece of furnishings’s star flip, Goodell determined to ship the chair to Cleveland, the place this 12 months’s draft will likely be held with some gamers and followers in attendance. The chair will make appearances all through the three-day occasion, together with within the inexperienced room the place the highest prospects wait to listen to if they’ve been drafted.

The chair was a uncommon glimpse into the non-public lifetime of the commissioner, who has watched lots of soccer video games sitting in it in the course of the 30 years he’s had it. His spouse, Jane Skinner, although, apparently isn’t so keen on considered one of his prized possessions. As one N.F.L. insider famous, “Mrs. Goodell didn’t thoughts it leaving the home.”

N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell was interviewed ahead of the draft on Thursday.
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N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell stated that the allegations of harassment and sexual assault which were made towards Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson have been “very regarding” and that the league was persevering with its personal investigation into the fees, made by 22 girls in separate civil fits filed in Houston.

“Clearly, we take that very significantly,” Goodell stated on ESPN earlier than the draft, in his first public feedback in regards to the case. “These are very regarding to us, and so we’re clearly following that and clearly taking a look at that ourselves independently, and there are necessary steps we’ll be taking clearly as a part of our private conduct coverage. So after we get to that time we’ll actually decide.”

Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II will probably be one of the first defensive players drafted Thursday. He is the son of a three-time Pro Bowl cornerback.
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This weekend, three N.F.L. draft prospects — Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II, South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn and Florida State cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. — are projected to be chosen within the early rounds, and they’re among the many sons of former gamers who’re anticipated be drafted.

Surtain’s father, cornerback Patrick Surtain, a second-round draft decide in 1998, performed 11 seasons with the Miami Dolphins and Kansas Metropolis, and was named to 3 Professional Bowls. Large receiver Joe Horn, a fifth-round choice in 1996, performed 12 seasons with Kansas Metropolis, the New Orleans Saints and Atlanta Falcons, incomes 4 Professional Bowl nods. Asante Samuel, drafted within the fourth spherical of the 2003 draft by the New England Patriots, performed 11 seasons, profitable two Tremendous Bowls and was named to the Professional Bowl 4 occasions.

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