Chiefs Ravens Trade Changes Top Choices – NFL Team Report – Chiefs Update

NFL Team Report 2021 – Kansas City Chiefs Update
Chiefs Ravens Trade Changes Top 100 Selections

The Ravens pulled off a recent major trade with the Chiefs dealing OT Orlando Brown for the KC #1, #3 and #4 picks and another future late choice. Baltimore now will have two #1 picks while surrendering their #2 and #6 picks along with the massive Brown. Ravens will most likely address the offensive line early and probably with one of their two top selections. The Chiefs addressed their huge problem at tackle with both veteran starters Fisher and Schwartz unsigned and recovering from health issues. Both the Chiefs and Ravens have a few openings along the line and it becomes one of their highest need areas and possibly with a few early draft choices.

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 Kansas City Chiefs – 14-2 – Head Coach Andy Reid – 9th Year

         Key Team Needs:  1. OT       2. CB      3. Edge      4. DT       5. C
               2nd Round Picks – (2) #58 & #63 selections – 6 total picks

 1. Offensive Tackle – The Chiefs will most likely draft into a strong tackle class early and probably with one of their two #2 picks. They released starters, Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz this offseason. Schwartz is coming off back surgery and may return later in the year if healthy. They liked Samuel Cosmi and Liam Eichenberg very much and would consider trading up to select either developed lineman. They may need a developed tackles and could land one with their 6 selections. They like Walker Little very much in the 2nd round.

2. Cornerback – The Chiefs’ secondary has little depth and did not resign vet corner Bashaud Breeland. The secondary could be addressed twice among their top selections. They like corners Kelvin Joseph, Asante Samuel or Aaron Robinson in the late 2nd round. Samuel is a top nickel and a defender needed in that role. Look for two quality picks here to improve their changing defense.

3. Edge Defenders/ Linebacker – The Chiefs’ lost veterans, LB Damien Wilson and DE Tanoh Kpassagnon in FA. They like young edge defenders, Zaven Collins, Joseph Ossai and Ronnie Perkins and any would be good fits in the first two round area. They have only marginal backups in place and could use a quality outside LB with starting talent.

        Chiefs – Short List Players

 1st Round – No pick

 2nd Day Prospects
  2nd Round – (2) #58 & #63
Walker Little                          OT           Stanford
Joseph Ossai                        LB           Texas
Dyami Brown                        WR          North Carolina
Ronnie Perkins                     DE          Oklahoma
Aaron Robinson                   CB          Central Florida
Brady Christensen               OT           Brigham Young
Tyson Campbell                  CB          Georgia
Jackson Carman                 OT           Clemson

 3rd Round – no pick

Insiders’ Insights

The Chiefs won the AFC West title for the fifth consecutive season and rode the powerful arm of former top pick Patrick Mahomes back to the Super Bowl. They lost to the Bucs struggling behind an injury riddled offensive line. Mahomes was not able to overcome a weak front line. HC Andy Reid has guided this roster well and they remain a threat for the NFL title. They were once again among the best air attacks and highest scoring teams in the league. Their defense was improved under DC Steve Spagnuolo behind vets Chris Jones, Frank Clark and Tyrann Mathieu. They need to address the secondary with a major problem at corner. They need to draft into the deep cornerback group and like several corners with their top picks. They want a three down linebacker and have earmarked a few for the early rounds. They like Pete Werner on the 2nd day of the process. They have 6 selections and with probably make multiple picks along the offensive line and at cornerback. In free agency, they signed guards Joe Thuney and Kyle Long to solidify the interior. The offensive tackle spot is the highest priority and they could entertain moving up for the right player. They resigned WR Damarcus Roberson and offensive linemen, Mike Remmers and center Austin Blythe. On defense, they resigned safety Daniel Sorenson and DE Taco Charlton and then signed DT Jarran Reed in the FA market. This class needs to also fill defensive positions immediately if they expect to defend their AFC West title.

 2nd Round Pick – Walker Little – Tough athletic tackle would be a fine addition for this changing line.
   Alternate Pick – Aaron Robinson – Seasoned cover man has performed well in big time games.
2nd Round Pick – Dyami Brown – Athletic receiver would be a fine addition for this explosive offense.
  Alternate Pick – Brady Christensen – Rising tackle has graded high in big time games.

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Ravens – Chiefs Trade Changes Late First Round Selections

The Ravens pulled off a recent major trade with the Chiefs dealing OT Orlando Brown for the KC #1, #3 and #4 picks and another future late choice. Baltimore now will have two #1 picks while surrendering their #2 and #6 picks along with the massive Brown. Ravens will most likely address the offensive line early and probably with one of their two top selections. The Chiefs addressed their huge problem at tackle with both veteran starters Fisher and Schwartz unsigned and recovering from health issues. Ravens have a few openings along the line and it becomes their highest need area and possibly with a few early draft choices.

AFC North

       Baltimore Ravens – 11-5 – Head Coach John Harbaugh – 14th Year

         Key Team Needs:  1. OL      2. WR     3. LB     4. DL      5. TE
          1st Round Pick – (2)  #27 & #31 selections – 9 total picks 

  1. Offensive Line The Ravens’ signed veteran guard Kevin Zeitler to a three-year contract. They have had problems on the interior in recent years. Center is a huge void inside and starter Matt Skura left in FA. They look to add quality interior linemen with both center and guard important. They have weak depth and need to address this unit by the middle rounds. They like a few tackles, Teven Jenkins and Liam Eichenberg in the late first and both are NFL ready to fill the right tackle position. OL Alex Leatherwood is a prospect they like and feel he can line up at both tackle and guard and a possibility. They also like centers Landon Dickerson or Creed Humphrey in the 1st round. They will consider guards Wyatt Davis and Trey Smith on the 2nd day.

 2. Wide Receiver – The Ravens have had major issues at this position with aging veterans and yearly turnover. They signed Sammy Watkins to a one-year deal. He is a player who got buried in the Chiefs potent passing game and struggled with career injuries. He could be a major surprise here. Young vets, Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin show interesting promise. They will consider Kadarius Toney and Terrace Marshall with a late first round pick. They also like Amari Rodgers and Dyami Brown in the 3rd round. Both are high-quality athletes who shows impact ability and good after the catch ability. They will most likely address this position at least once and probably early in the process.

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 3. Linebacker – The Ravens resigned many veteran defensive players including Tyus Bowser. They lost edge rusher Matt Judon in FA and he leaves a huge void. They are looking for a difference maker off the edge with three down versatility. They will probably consider LBers, Azeez Ojulari and Zaven Collins. Both would be good fits here. Collins is a natural here and a kid with a big upside going forward. They like Joseph Ossai, a three-down defender with playmaking ability. They look to young LBers to continue to develop.

   Ravens – Short List Players

1st Round Prospects (2) – #27 & #31
Teven Jenkins                     OT           Oklahoma State
Kadarius Toney                   WR          Florida
Liam Eichenberg                OT           Notre Dame
Zaven Collins                      LB           Tulsa
Azeez Ojulari                       LB           Georgia
Terrace Marshall                 WR          LSU
2nd Day Prospects  
2nd Round  – No pick
3rd Round (2) – #94 & #104
Amari Rodgers                    WR          Clemson
Rashad Weaver                   DE          Pittsburgh
Jackson Carman                 OT           Clemson
Quincy Roche                      OLB        Miami
Ihmir Smith-Marsette       WR          Iowa
Josh Myers                           C             Ohio State

Insiders’ Insights

The Ravens’ finished 2nd in the AFC North with a 11-5 record behind star QB Lamar Jackson. The Ravens led the league in rushing, but finished dead last in the passing game. Jackson is a magical athlete, though his passing from the pocket is still inconsistent. He is the best dual threat in the game. His season ended abruptly in the postseason with another loss. His scrambling ability plus rookie JK Dobbins helped the Ravens lead the league in rushing. They will continue to build around Jackson with both line and skill positions being key areas. Their front office continues to be one of the best in the league under the direction of GM Eric DeCosta who gets consistently good value for his selections. He is one of the most astute talent evaluators in the NFL and has built the Ravens’ culture. They need a strong class this spring to compete in the tough North division. They will consider the offensive line early with both tackle and interior positions major need areas. They look to improve their pass pressure with new rushers and like Collins very much. They will probably address the front seven mainly on the edges a few times among their selections. They have had the willingness to move up and back in the early rounds for the right prospect. They usually address need and value very well and effectively.

1st Round Pick – Teven Jenkins – Physical right tackle would be great fit, though currently out of reach at #27.
Alternate Pick – Liam Eichenberg – Tough technician would give them Irish bookend tackles.
 1st Round Pick – Zaven Collins – Athletic versatile LB would be a great addition behind their tough front line.
Alternate Pick – Terrace Marshall – Tough possession receiver fits in here very well.

NFL Team Report 2021 – Philadelphia Eagles

          NFL Team Report 2021 – Philadelphia Eagles
Philadelphia Eagles – 9-7 – Head Coach Nick Sirianni – 1st Year

        Key Team Needs:  1. CB        2. LB         3. WR         4. DE       5. OL       
             1st Round Pick – 12th selection – 11 total picks

1. Cornerback – The Eagles traded for vet Darius Slay two years ago. They lost Jalen Mills and Nickell Robey-Coleman remains unsigned in FA. They have little depth here and could entertain a prospect early. They will consider Patrick Surtain or Jaycee Horn in the first round. They like Eric Stokes and Shaun Wade on the 2nd day. They could address corner twice with little depth behind starters. Expect a starting nickel type in the middle rounds like Kary Vincent or Ambry Thomas there. They also need a safety and like Jevon Holland and Caden Sterns in the 2nd round.

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  1. Linebacker – They received little impact here and will look to add a starter with one of their four top 84 selections. They need unproven young talent to step up after some losses. With their top pick, they like versatile LB Micah Parsons. He is a three-down defender for multiple roles. They also like Pete Werner and Chazz Surratt on the 2nd day.
  1. Wide Receiver – The Eagles parted ways with veteran wideouts, Alshon Jeffery and DeSean Jackson. They drafted Jalen Reagor in the 1st round last year with mixed results. Veteran TE Zach Ertz may part in a trade while young Dallas Goedert is a quality #1 player. They could entertain a few receivers early after no additions in FA. They like Devonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle in the first and Rashod Bateman and Nico Collins on the 2nd day. Hoping to add playmakers here with at least one early choice and maybe two top 100 choices here.

  Eagles – Short List Players
1st Round Prospects
Patrick Surtain                     CB          Alabama
DeVonta Smith                    WR          Alabama
Jaycee Horn                        CB          South Carolina
Micah Parsons                    LB           Penn State
2nd Day Prospects  
   2nd Round
Eric Stokes                           CB          Georgia
Rashod Bateman               WR          Minnesota
Jevon Holland                     S             Oregon
Alex Leatherwood              OG          Alabama
 3rd Round – #70 & #84
Shaun Wade                      CB          Ohio State
Alim McNeill                       DT           North Carolina State
Caden Sterns                     S             Texas
Nico Collins                        WR          Michigan
Dylan Moses                      ILB          Alabama
Ifeatu Melifonwu                CB          Syracuse
Dyami Brown                     WR          North Carolina
Jackson Carman               OT           Clemson
Insiders’ Insights 
The Eagles fell to the NFC East basement with a weak 4-11-1 record, including quitting during big late season games. They traded starting QB Carson Wentz after another injury riddle season with young Jalen Hurts getting the starting assignment. He was average working in the fragmented offense behind an injury battered line. They have relied on a strong committee ground game that has been very effective. Their recent draft classes have been weak with Wentz falling from grace after struggling to stay healthy. They need more production from the skill positions and look to draft into this amazing class and land a quality receiver. They have no depth there. They could address this area twice among their first three picks. They like Smith and Waddle very much. They hope to draft into the strong group of cornerbacks and like blue chip defenders Surtain and Horn. They want to add a starting LBer and safety and will press to move up within the top rounds. They love LB Jamin Davis and safety Jevon Holland. Davis has moved into the late first. They like Pete Werner and Dylan Moses in the 3rd round. They could address the secondary with a few top selections and look to add both a safety and corner. They hope to draft into the good safety class and may use their 2nd round pick there. They will consider edge rushers thru the middle rounds. Look for possibly additional trades for future draft picks as bait to move up in the early rounds.

 1st Round Pick – Patrick Surtain – Well-rounded cover man would be an impact weapon here.
Alternate Pick – Jaycee Horn – Savvy corner fits well and can provide an immediate starter and leader.

Pro Days Continue With QBs, Justin Fields and Trey Lance on Schedule

Pro Days Added for QBs, Justin Fields & Trey Lance

QB Justin Fields will throw today again for NFL teams at Ohio State’s second pro day. It gets another chance to showcase his talent in front of scouts with a number of teams in the top half of the first round present. Fields will perform in front of the San Francisco 49ers who have the 3rd pick overall at this month’s draft, in addition to the Falcons, Panthers and Broncos, all holding top ten selections. The Patriots will be in attendance and may inquire about moving into the top ten selections for a young passer.

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49ers’ G.M. John Lynch and head coach Kyle Shanahan will be there after they missed Fields’ first pro day on March 30th to attend Mac Jones’ pro day performance at Alabama’s pro day. The Patriots’ HC Bill Belichick also missed Field’s first workout at the Bama Pro Day and could be present today.

All the interested teams will probably commit to attending Trey Lance’s workout at North Dakota State’s second pro day on Monday, April 19th. He performed well on his first pro day on March 12th. Both Fields and Lance are marginal top five selections according to the team’s system and coaching staffs. Each QB hopes to leave a last late impression after other prospects Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Mac Jones all performed very well in their scripted drills that improved their stock.

LSU linebacker Jabril Cox will also have a late pro day on Monday April 26th. He missed the Tigers’ pro day on March 31th due to hamstring tightness which kept him sidelined. Cox started his college career at North Dakota State before transferring to Baton Rouge for the 2020 season. He played well and handled the SEC competition weekly. He is a rangy defender who has agility, speed and range to be a coverage backer in the NFL. At 6’3” and 232 pounds, he has the frame to put on weight and has shown he can take on tight ends at the line and in space.

First Round Mock Draft 2021 – 4.0

First Round Mock Draft 2021 – 4.0

#  /       Team /            Player /     Pos /     School
First Round

1 Jacksonville               * Trevor Lawrence         QB 6-6, 225 Clemson
HC Urban Meyer only came for a generational starting QB.

2 NY Jets                      * Zach Wilson                QB 6-3, 215 Brigham Young
Jets hoping to move starter QB Sam Darnold and turn the page with new leader.

3 San Fran (Hous-Miami) * Mac Jones               QB 6-3, 215 Alabama
49ers traded the ranch for this pick that may define the club over next decade.

4 Atlanta                       * Trey Lance                 QB 6-4, 225 North Dakota St
Falcons looking to add high quality starter and Lance fits perfectly sitting behind vet Matt Ryan.

5 Cincinnati                   * Penei Sewell               OT 6-6, 325 Oregon
Bengals don’t hesitate if this blue-chip tackle is on the board.

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6 Miami (Philadelphia)    * Kyle Pitts                    TE 6-6, 245 Florida
Dolphins need playmakers and Pitts is versatile and toughest receiver to cover in this class.

7 Detroit                       * Ja’Marr Chase            WR 6-1, 210 LSU
Lions lost two starters here and need a rookie starter with big play talent.

8 Carolina                     * Justin Fields               QB 6-3, 225 Ohio St
Panthers will attempt to move up but must get a starting QB to take the next step.

9 Denver                       * Micah Parsons            LB 6-3, 245 Penn State
Impact defender would give this unit new life.

10 Dallas                      Rashawn Slater             OT 6-4, 315 Northwestern
Cowboys debating lineman or corner here.

11 NY Giants                * Gregory Rousseau     DE 6-7, 265 Miami
GMen need an edge rusher to challenge for the NFC East.

12 Phil (San Fran-Miami) * Patrick Surtain          CB 6-1, 205 Alabama
Eagles have a lot of needs, yet Surtain is an early plug and play cover man.

13 LA Chargers             * Jaylen Waddle            WR 5-10, 185 Alabama
The Bolts need to give young passer Herbert a big play threat.

14 Minnesota                DeVonta Smith              WR 6-1, 170 Alabama
Vikings looking to add weapons in this class.

15 New England            * Christian Darrisaw       OT 6-5, 315 Virginia Tech
Patriots looking to protect Cam Newton better and a top flight blocker helps here.

16 Arizona                    * Jaycee Horn               CB 6-1, 205 South Carolina
Cards need a cover man after losing vet Patrick Peterson.

17 Las Vegas                * Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB 6-2, 220 Notre Dame
Raiders looking to add perimeter speed and JOK is a hybrid blue chip backer.

18 Miami                       Kwity Paye                   DE 6-4, 270 Michigan
Dolphins sustained LB losses in FA and Paye gives them a versatile edge playmaker.

19 Washington              * Alijah Vera-Tucker       OT 6-4, 310 Southern Cal
WFT looking to address offense early and this blocker carries an early starting grade.

20 Chicago                   * Caleb Farley               CB 6-2, 205 Virginia Tech
Bears need cover men and Farley is a blue-chip prospect and early NFL starter.

21 Indianapolis              * Jaelan Phillips             DE 6-5, 265 Miami
Colts looking to improve pass rush and Phillips brings the juice.

22 Tennessee                * Greg Newsome           CB 6-1, 190 Northwestern
Titans’ coverage is weak and will undergo major changes.

23 NY Jets (Seattle)       Teven Jenkins               OT 6-5, 320 Oklahoma St
Jets looking to protect the right edge better and Jenkins can start as a rookie here.

24 Pittsburgh                Najee Harris                  RB 6-2, 230 Alabama
Steelers need a beast and Harris is the ideal fit in Steel City.

25 Jacksonville (Rams) Travis Etienne               RB 5-10, 205 Clemson
Jaguars will build around Lawrence early in his career for him to succeed.

26 Cleveland                 * Rashod Bateman        WR 6-2, 210 Minnesota
Browns give QB Mayfield another weapon.

27 Baltimore                 Kadarius Toney             WR 5-11, 195 Florida
Ravens probably add a wideout early to open this offense.

28 New Orleans             Aaron Robinson            CB 6-1, 195 Central Florida
Saints looking to add a quality cover man early in the process.

29 Green Bay                * Jalen Mayfield             OT 6-5, 325 Michigan
Packers better start building a strong cast around Rodgers.

30 Buffalo                    * Joe Tryon                  LB 6-5, 260 Washington
Bills looking a land an edge playmaker and could pull the trigger in the first round.

31 Kansas City             * Zaven Collins              LB 6-4, 260 Tulsa
Chiefs lack impact off the edge and Collins could be a rookie starter here.

32 Tampa Bay              * Azeez Ojulari              LB 6-3, 240 Georgia
Bucs loading cannon to repeat and another edge rusher would be great addition.


Blockbuster Trades Shake up the Top Picks of the First Round

Blockbuster Trades Shake up the First Round

 49ers, Dolphins and Eagles Move in the Top 12 Selections

The peak of the Pro Day workout schedules continues with a few major trades recently during the height of the workout season that shuffled the top draft selections. The Dolphins set off the shift when they traded the 3rd overall selection to the 49ers who held the 12th overall selection for multiple addition future #1 draft choices. The Dolphins then traded the newly acquired 12th overall pick for the Eagles first round choice, the 6th overall selection. The Dolphins surrendered one of the #1 picks they received from the 49ers to land the 6th overall pick.

These moves were key statements about the teams involved – namely that the Dolphins and Eagles have decided to past on the top 3-4 QB prospects. The major trades were completed within minutes of each other with the Dolphins and Eagles transaction discussed over the past two weeks. Both trades transpired as the BYU pro day just began. BYU QB Zach Wilson had a very impressive workout and most likely solidified the 2nd overall selection behind generational QB Trevor Lawrence. With the 49ers at #3 selection, they will likely choose between Marc Jones, Justin Fields or Trey Lance. QBs could fall in the first four selection with the Falcons at #4 in the market for a QB and either Jones, Fields or Lance high on their list. The top 4 QB prospects could come off the board in the top four selections with the 5th prospect not out of the question of going in the top 10 choices or higher.

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The Dolphins reset at the 6th overall pick and will most likely get a one of the top three non QB prospects. The 49ers are basically saying they love the top 3 QBs and were willing to pay the price – three #1 selections over the next three drafts. Do not rule out the 49ers moving up one spot with the Jets if the price is not outrageous. The Falcons also could be interested in moving up if the #4 QB is not as high as their 2nd or 3rd prospect.

Jets hold the #2 overall pick and have been debating using for their new starting QB (Z Wilson) or trading QB Sam Darnold in deals with the Seahawks for starters, Russell Wilson or Texans Deshaun Watson. Seattle is still a possibility with HC Pete Carroll interested with long ties to USC and liking Darnold as a reclamation project for the right deal. The Texans will most likely have a difficult time trading Watson at this time with the recent claims of multiple abuse incidents still pending. In addition, the NFL office could suspend Watson if specific charges including abuses prior to an expected long court battle. Teams still interested in moving up for a top QB would be the Panthers and Broncos along with the Lions being a surprise bidder.

The pro days of 2021 have become more elaborate due to the cancellation of the NF Combine in February because of the ongoing Pandemic. Pro day drills have been very inclusive for NFL personnel men to get the broadest view of a prospect in March and April with the most update information related to his physical skills and in person scouting.

Top Prospects Featured in Upcoming Pro Day TV Workouts

Pro Day Workouts 2021 – Top Prospects Featured at Bama, Ohio St, Penn St, Notre Dame, BYU, USC and Florida in Coming Weeks

Top Prospects Featured in Upcoming Pro Day TV Workouts

With the NFL Combine 2021 cancelled this year, the Pro Days have become more important than ever. NFL scouts, coaches and general managers continue to canvas the country to prepare for the NFL Draft. College pro days have become more extensive in their drills to replicate the standard drills at the annual NFL Combine. Clubs have trying to get the most updated information on prospects with so many players having the short playing resumes collectively that makes this draft a risky selection process.

NFL teams will attend college campuses this offseason to catchup on prospects with back film work, in addition to  workouts, interviews and medical updates. Draft Insiders’ staff will attend many college Pro Days. We did attend several spring football drills last year scouting upcoming prospects along with interviewing many coaches.

Many of the top prospects will workout over the next few weeks that will probably have a huge impact of the early rounds this April. This updated schedule is expanded and updated schedule that will be fluid according to the Pandemic situation and college settings.

Pro Days 2021
        Updated March 22

March 22
Air Force
Bowling Green
Colorado State
Florida State

March 23
Alabama – Pro Day televised
Central Michigan
Iowa State

March 24
Michigan State
Mississippi State
South Carolina
Southern California – Pro Day televised

March 25
Georgia Southern
North Texas
Penn State
San Diego State
Western Michigan

March 26
Boston College
BYU – Pro Day televised
South Dakota State
South Dakota
Virginia Tech

March 29
Arizona State
Miami (Oh)
North Carolina
Washington State

March 30
Alabama – Pro Day televised
East Carolina
Florida Atlantic
NC State
Ohio State – Pro Day televised
Texas A&M

March 31
Boise State
Notre Dame
Wake Forest


April 1
Appalachian State
Central Florida
Oklahoma State
Oregon State
South Florida
Western Kentucky

April 2

April 7
Texas Tech

April 9
Ball State


NFL War Rooms Open for Business

NFL War Rooms Open for Business
Salary Cap Boosted to $182.5 Million Per Team

The NFL told teams this week they will be allowed to operate from their team War Rooms both during the upcoming 2021 NFL Free Agency and the April NFL Draft. This returns the teams to their annual format that was interrupted last year due to the Pandemic. The 2020 NFL Draft in Las Vegas was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year, the entire NFL Draft was held virtually with every team’s personnel executives, coaches and scouts working privately from their homes, offices or third-party, offsite facilities.

Teams must still follow firm protocols like physical-distancing and wearing masks in rooms. Every team must submit a plan for its 2021 draft operations to the league by March 26th and approval by Dr. Allen Sills, the NFL’s chief medical officer. Currently, it is unlikely that fans will be permitted to attend this year’s NFL Draft.

The 2021 NFL Draft is scheduled to take place in Cleveland from April 29-May 1. As of now, it’s still on as planned with safety precautions. Teams are excited about the ability to get back to normal and gather in-person to discuss pro prospects who could shape their clubs for years.

The NFL office also informed teams that their salary cap will be officially set at $182.5 million. The NFL had previously set the salary cap floor at $180 million. Clubs were expecting the final figure to come somewhere between $180 million and $185 million.

The expected decrease is primarily due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced teams to compete in front of no or limited fans in stadiums throughout the season to accommodate safety protocols. With no or limited ‘Live Gate” for teams, the salary cap was cut by more than $15 million off the previous salary cap, which sat at $198.2 in 2020. The cap was $188.2 million in 2019 and $177.2 million in 2018. In addition to the salary cap, franchise tag values for the 2021 season were confirmed Wednesday. Ten players received the Franchise tag prior to the March 9th deadline.

The result of the huge decline in the 2021 salary cap, NFL teams have already begun a quick roster reduction of high-priced veterans. Many veteran players have been released ahead of the new league year, which begins on March 17, as clubs must get below the $182.5 million salary cap number. Despite a broad-based release of veterans leaguewide, the player movement of free agent veterans may be the slowest in years with many clubs very limited to pursue the new available talent.

NFL Announces 36 Compensatory Draft Choices for 2021

NFL Announces 36 Compensatory Draft Choices to 17 Clubs

​​​​Revised list of 2021 compensatory draft selections. The previous list incorrectly indicated that the San Francisco 49ers would receive two special compensatory draft selections in Round 3 of the 2021 NFL Draft. A club that loses two minority employees to other clubs, as did San Francisco, will receive a special compensatory draft selection in the next three drafts. The revised list correctly indicates that San Francisco will receive one such selection in Round 3 of the 2021 Draft.

A total of 36 compensatory draft selections in the 2021 NFL Draft have been awarded to 17 teams. Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents (“CFA”) than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks. The compensatory picks will be positioned within the third through sixth rounds based on the value of the compensatory free agents lost.

Compensatory free agents are determined by a formula based on salary, playing time and postseason honors. The formula was developed by the NFL management council. Not every free agent lost or signed by a club is covered by this formula. No club may receive more than four compensatory picks in any one year. If a club qualifies for more than four compensatory picks after offsetting each CFA lost by each CFA gained of an equal or higher value, the four highest remaining selections will be awarded to the club.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement limits the number of compensatory selections to the number of clubs then in the League (32). This year, seven clubs, the Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Indianapolis Colts, Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers qualified for a compensatory selection under the net loss formula but will not receive that pick because the final numerical value of the CFA who was lost ranked 33rd or lower among the final numerical values of all compensatory selections. Each of those clubs except Indianapolis will receive compensatory selections for other CFAs lost whose final numerical values ranked within the top 32.

In addition to the 32 compensatory selections awarded under the net loss formula, four special compensatory selections were awarded to four clubs: the San Francisco 49ers, Los Angeles Rams, Baltimore Ravens, and New Orleans Saints under a recent amendment to the League’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, which was agreed upon by the NFL and the NFLPA to promote equal employment opportunities and an inclusive workforce within NFL clubs. This initiative provides that the prior employer-club of a minority employee who has been hired by another club as its head coach or primary football executive (general manager) will receive compensation in the form of a special compensatory draft selection in the third round of each of the next two drafts, or in each of the next three drafts if two minority employees from the employer-club are hired for these positions by another club or clubs. Special compensatory selections are awarded in draft selection order after all other compensatory selections in round three.

The following 2021 compensatory draft picks have been awarded for the 2021 NFL Draft, which will be held on April 29-May 1 in Cleveland:

Round/Round Choice/Overall Selection / Team
* – Compensatory Picks for Coaching/ Front Offices losses
3 33-96 New England
3 34-97 Los Angeles Chargers
3 35-98 New Orleans
3 36-99 Dallas
3 37-100 Tennessee
3 38-101 Los Angeles Rams
* 3 39-102 San Francisco
* 3 40-103 Los Angeles Rams
* 3 41-104 Baltimore
* 3 42-105 New Orleans

4 33-138 Dallas
4 34-139 New England
4 35-140 Pittsburgh
4 36-141 Los Angeles Rams
4 37-142 Green Bay
4 38-143 Minnesota
4 39-144 Kansas City

5 33-177 Green Bay
5 34-178 Dallas
5 35-179 Atlanta
5 36-180 San Francisco
5 37-181 Kansas City
5 38-182 Atlanta
5 39-183 Baltimore

6 33-216 Tampa Bay
6 34-217 New Orleans
6 35-218 Atlanta
6 36-219 Green Bay
6 37-220 Chicago
6 38-221 Carolina
6 39-222 Minnesota
6 40-223 Philadelphia
6 41-224 Philadelphia
6 42-225 Carolina
6 43-226 Dallas
6 44-227 Chicago

Updated Top 50 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2021

Top 50 Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2021

         * underclassmen eligible
Updated March 6, 2021 – Pre-Pro Day Workout schedule        

Here is an updated entering the Pro Day schedule. We continue to attend Pro Days and review film entering the final 7 weeks of preparation for the NFL Draft 2021.

#  Pro Prospect      Pos     Ht / Wt           School
1 * Trevor Lawrence   QB        6-6, 225 Clemson
2 * Penei Sewell          OT       6-6, 330 Oregon
3 * Zach Wilson          QB      6-3, 210 Brigham Young
4 * Ja’Marr Chase     WR       6-0, 210 LSU
5 * Kyle Pitts               TE        6-6, 245 Florida
6 * Caleb Farley         CB        6-2, 205 Virginia Tech
7 Rashawn Slater      OG        6-4, 315 Northwestern
8 * Patrick Surtain    CB        6-2, 205 Alabama
9 DeVonta Smith      WR       6-1, 175 Alabama
10 * Justin Fields      QB        6-3, 225 Ohio St
11 * Gregory Rousseau  DE   6-7, 265 Miami
12 * Jaylen Waddle      WR    5-10, 185 Alabama
13 Kwity Paye              DE      6-4, 270 Michigan
14 * Trey Lance          QB       6-4, 225 North Dakota St
15 * Jaelan Phillips   DE       6-5, 265 Miami
16 * Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB 6-2, 215 Notre Dame
17 * Christian Darrisaw  OT   6-5, 315 Virginia Tech
18 * Micah Parsons        LB    6-3, 245 Penn State
19 * Jaycee Horn            CB    6-1, 205 South Carolina
20 Kadarius Toney        WR   5-11, 195 Florida
21 * Alijah Vera-Tucker  OT   6-4, 315 Southern Cal
22 Travis Etienne            RB 5-10, 205 Clemson
23 * Mac Jones                QB 6-3, 215 Alabama
24 * Wyatt Davis            OG 6-4, 315 Ohio St
25 Levi Onwuzurike      DT 6-3, 290 Washington
26 Aaron Robinson       CB 6-1, 195 Central Florida
27 Najee Harris             RB 6-2, 230 Alabama
28 * Nick Bolton           LB 6-0, 235 Missouri
29 * Azeez Ojulari         LB 6-3, 240 Georgia
30 * Jalen Mayfield      OT 6-5, 325 Michigan
31 * Zaven Collins         LB 6-4, 260 Tulsa
32 * Jevon Holland       S 6-1, 200 Oregon
33 * Greg Newsome      CB 6-1, 190 Northwestern
34 * Trevon Moehrig    S 6-2, 205 Texas Christian
35 * Joe Tryon               LB 6-5, 260 Washington
36 * Terrace Marshall  WR 6-3, 200 LSU
37 Teven Jenkins           OT 6-6, 320 Oklahoma St
38 * Ronnie Perkins      DE 6-3, 245 Oklahoma
39 * Javonte Williams   RB 5-10, 220 North Carolina
40 * Samuel Cosmi        OT 6-7, 310 Texas
41 * Rondale Moore      WR 5-9, 180 Purdue
42 * Christian Barmore  DT 6-5, 315 Alabama
43 * Rashod Bateman    WR 6-2, 210 Minnesota
44 * Creed Humphrey   C 6-5, 320 Oklahoma
45 * Joseph Ossai          LB 6-4, 250 Texas
46 * Jayson Oweh         DE 6-5, 255 Penn St
47 Alex Leatherwood    OG 6-6, 315 Alabama
48 Carlos Basham         DE 6-4, 285 Wake Forest
49 Landon Dickerson   C 6-6, 325 Alabama
50 * Pat Freiermuth      TE 6-5, 255 Penn St