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Paul Salata, the Newport Beach businessman and philanthropist who founded Mr. Irrelevant Week 45 years ago, died Saturday, October 16th. Salata was 94 years old and passed the day before his 95th birthday this past Sunday. He had been in declining health for several years.
Salata was part of the rich bizarre history and lore of the NFL Draft. He created Irrelevant Week in 1976 to honor the last player selected in the NFL Draft, who would be known as “Mr. Irrelevant.” A week’s worth of activities, including a welcome party, a golf tournament, a trip to Disneyland and The Lowsman Banquet’ with a parade, were among the events.
Mr. Irrelevant would be presented the ‘Lowsman Trophy’, which looked like the famed Heisman Trophy except the football player on the Lowsman Trophy is dropping the football. This last selection in the NFL Draft also created the ‘Salata Rule’ after an incident in 1979 between the LA Rams and Pittsburgh Steeler. The Rams passed on the next to last selection to allow the Steelers to move up one spot and the Rams would get the final selection. The Steelers also passed on the selection which forced the Commissioner Pete Rozelle and NFL office to rule that no team can pass on the next to last selection to claim the final overall draft choice. Steelers retained the last draft choice.
Salata gave to many charitable causes – Irrelevant Week always benefited local charities – and created endowments at USC where he played football and baseball.
Salata was master of ceremony and guest of honor at many events for many years in Orange County. His quick wit was always on display. One example: Tampa Bay Buccaneers placekicker Ryan Succop was a Mr. Irrelevant when he was the last player drafted in 2009 by the Kansas City Chiefs. Succop’s last name is pronounced “suck up.” With that in mind, Salata’s introduction of Succop included, “He comes from a whole family of Succops.” As a Buccaneer in 2021, Succop became the first ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ to win a Super Bowl ring with the Bucs.
Salata was a successful sewer contractor. The late Orange County Register columnist John Hall often called Salata “The Sewer King.”
Before getting into the business world, Salata was an outstanding receiver at USC. He caught a touchdown pass for the Trojans in a 25-0 victory over Tennessee in the 1945 Rose Bowl game (Salata would claim he caught two touchdown passes in the game, but an official, Salata said, made a mistake when the official ruled Salata was out of bounds on what would have been a touchdown reception). At USC, he was an infielder and part of the Trojans’ first College World Series title. His USC playing days were interrupted by an 18-month stint in the Army Air Corps.
Salata played for the Baltimore Colts when the Colts were in the All-American Football Conference and rejoined the team when the Colts were integrated in the NFL. He played for the San Francisco 49ers in 1949 and 1950. During the 1950 season, he had 50 receptions, playing for the 49ers and Colts that season.
He also played in the Canadian Football League in which he was an all-star receiver with the Calgary Stampeders. Salata played college and minor-league baseball.
Salata was an extra or bit-player in 18 films, including as a prisoner of war in “Stalag 17,” as one of the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball players in the original “Angels in the Outfield,” the ‘Ten Commandments’, ‘Singin in the Rain’, and he was the guy who sliced open Frank Sinatra’s nose in “The Joker Is Wild.”
He is survived by his wife Carolyn, daughter Melanie Salata Fitch, son Brian Salata, granddaughters Alix and Marie, and brother George.
Salata Fitch assumed the leadership role in Irrelevant Week in recent years and hopefully continues this amazing tradition.
Antoine Winfield has been a major difference maker for SB Champion Bucs since starting game one as a rookie in 2020. Frank Coyle of Draft Insiders’ ranked him as one of the top safeties especially as a complete defender. He ranked among as one of premier playmakers in the NFL Draft 2020 class and predicted him an early NFL starter and playmaker. He has been a major steal in the late 2nd round and arguably one of the best values in the entire draft class. He was among the Bucs defensive leaders on their run to the NFL Championship.
This season, he has continued his impact in a diverse role in the Bucs secondary. This week vs the Patriots on Sunday night, he was a difference maker in the Bucs 19-17 victory. He totaled 5 tackles, 1 FF, 1 PD and 1 interception and kept Pats’ rookie QB Mac Jones off balance in most key situations.
* Antoine Winfield #11 – 5-9, 205, Minnesota – Sp. 4.45
NFL Player Comparison: Tyrann Mathieu Rating 86
Hard-hitting undersized dynamo safety has been the leader in the Gophers’ secondary since his true freshman season. Stepped in as a full-time starter as a true freshman with limited starting duty the following two seasons due to injuries. His 2019 performance was his best and earned first team Big Ten honors. Short compact athlete combines excellent speed, quickness and fluid athleticism to be a three-down defender with the versatility to lineup at a few spots in the nickel packages. At times, he seeks to deliver big stops, but is not a violent hitter and his marginal size is a concern related to holding up to the physicality of the game. Sure wrap down tackler, though needs to breakdown better in space and eliminate some missed tackles. Displays a quick closing burst, arriving with good pad level to maintain leverage and breakup passes. Outstanding read-react ability and attacks with an aggressive manner with a motor that knows only one speed. Drives through his target upon contact and able to finish. Lined up in a variety of ways, usually the high safety and slot corner in different alignments. Effective single-high safety with excellent range to make up ground and get to the ball. Often lined up over a slot receiver, and shows the quick footwork to mirror off the line with the closing speed to break up passes. Sometimes he drops down into the box and blitzes and added 4 sacks with 3 coming in 2019. Versatile with the range and instincts to play free in the deep middle and at times the toughness and run stopping ability to be the eighth man in the box. He has fine instincts for man-coverage, but only average matchup skills where his lack of height will be tested in the NFL. Fine field vision and reacts to the ball quickly. Attacks the throw at the catch point as if he was the receiver. Marginal height and above average leaping ability, compromises his ability to win jump-ball throws. Plays all facets of the game with a strong sense of urgency. In 2019, started 13 games and had 88 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 7 picks, 1 PBU and 2 FR. Earned 1st team Big Ten honors. In 2018, started 4 of 4 games and made 17 tackles, 1 FR, 1 pick and 1 PBU. For his career, totaled 177 tackles with 7 TFL, 9 picks and 6 PBU. Best suited for playing single high scheme. Fine athleticism to be a three-down defender. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 5’9” and 203 lbs. with 30 1/8” arms. He ran a 4.45 time and did not lift. Added a 36” VL and a 10’4“ BJ with no agility drills. He has the speed, quickness and ball skills to be an early starter and compares to Tyrann Mathieu in size, AA and versatility. Shows flexible hips and quick footwork with the instincts to continue to improve in coverage. Talent to be a difference maker. High quality athlete and football player with experience to compete for time in different packages and an excellent addition. Son of former longtime NFL corner Antoine Winfield. Probable early starting ability with the versatility and fast developing talent to be a three-down defender. Rising top 50 selection with impact talent. Teams like the Cowboys and Dolphins have on their short list in the 2nd day.
Draft Projection: 2nd Round
QB Justin Herbert has been a major difference maker for the Chargers after being taken in Round One. Frank Coyle of Draft Insiders’ ranked him as the #2 QB behind only the first overall selection Joe Burrow. He ranked him as one of premier playmakers in recent NFL Draft classes and fore casted him an early NFL starter. He has been a major steal as the #6 overall select and arguably one of the best values in the entire draft class. He has the Chargers competing for a playoff spot this fall in the very competitive AFC West which may provide three clubs for the NFL 2022 playoffs.
2 Justin Herbert #10 – 6-6, 235, Oregon – Sp. 4.70
NFL Play Comparison: Carson Wentz – Rating 90
Big athletic senior led the Ducks’ offense the past four seasons, displaying blue chip skills for the position. During his true freshman season, he flashed big play ability while starting seven games on his way to 42 career starts. Finished his career with an MVP award in the Rose Bowl and a strong performance at the Senior Bowl. He displays optimal physical traits of an NFL starting QB – very good size and overall athleticism with an elite arm along with good mobility and pocket awareness. His intangibles include poise, anticipation, toughness, vision and leadership. Operated behind a talented line which supplies three linemen likely drafted in this class. Shows the complete physical package with excellent production at a high level. Displays good footwork to set up and shows a crisp long delivery with smooth release and capable of firing strikes with touch and timing. Needs to continue to improve touch and accuracy in the shorter zones and hitting receivers in stride. Quick footwork to move in the pocket and create passing lanes with the instincts to go through his check downs fast and find secondary receivers. Capable of pulling the ball down and making a play with his feet regularly. Late in his career, he added muscle to hold up to the rigors of the NFL. Shows quick feet to avoid pressure well, reset his feet and plant to make a big throw. Operated mainly from the gun and needs work on his drop back and setting his feet while reading coverage. Shows the smarts and discipline to be a quick study. Usually makes sound decisions with the ball, by displaying the ability to deliver strikes down the seam. Possesses touch on deep passes. His long throwing mechanics are a concern, though he shortened it up over his final effort which improved his accuracy significantly. Also showed the ability to make quicker adjustments and take control and rally his offense. Makes clutch throws with the game on the line. Possesses a powerful arm with improved touch to hit receivers in stride. At times, shows a tendency to focus too long on his primary target and needs to progress to his other options quicker when under pressure. Needs to step up in the pocket and drive the ball into intermediate windows. Shows good ball security in general with quick decisions. Needs improved basic footwork and follow through while showing more pocket presence. Over his career, he played in 44 games with 10,541 passing yards for a 64% with 95 TDs and 23 interceptions. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’6” and 236 lbs. with 10” hands and 32 7/8” arms. Ran a 4.68 time with a 35.5” VJ, a 10’3” BJ and added a 4.46 shuttle and 7.06 three cone. In the passing drills, he displayed good velocity, timing and accuracy. He helped his cause with a strong performance. Threw the ball well with timing, velocity and accuracy. His competitiveness has been questioned, though his strong postseason addressed that in big games, Senior Bowl and NFL Combine. Athletic frame holds up to the physical demands of the game. Shows good defensive recognition to go through his progressions to find secondary receivers. Graded out high vs talented Pac-12 defenders with extensive time vs NFL caliber prospects. Won Pac-12 title in 2019. Despite a middling skill position supporting cast, he had excellent production with minimal mistakes. Athlete with talent and smarts, though needs some maturity at the position. Interesting prospect with the upside potential to develop quickly and start early. Compares to Carson Wentz and is similar in size, delivery, in body type, accuracy and overall development. Blue chip QB prospect with the Dolphins, Chargers, Panthers and Jaguars hoping to land with a top ten selection.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
Frank Coyle is a long-time scout with nationwide ties with NFL and college coaches, scouts and player agents. He is a member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards – Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe, Biletnikoff etc for the past 25 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for CBS, ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year-round basis related to NFL and College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites
The NFL will not hold a Supplemental Draft in 2021 it was announced prior to the 4th of July break. It was the 2nd year in a row there was not a Supplemental Draft. Over the past 10 years, no players have been chosen in 6 of those 10 years.
Under the league’s collective bargaining agreement, the NFL has the right to decide whether to conduct a supplemental draft each year. Last year, the league cancelled mainly due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the league cancelled last year’s supplemental draft, those potential draft picks did not gain free-agent status, but could instead be entered into the 2021 NFL Draft. Expect the league to deliver the same directive to those hoping to enter the supplemental draft this year.
Supplemental drafts operate differently than the annual draft, with teams instead submitting bids on prospects based on the round in which they’d like to select a player. If they are awarded the player, they then forfeit their equivalent pick in the traditional draft in the following year.
The last player chosen in a recent supplemental draft (2019) saw one player selected in Washington St safety Jalen Thompson by the Arizona Cardinals in the 5th round.
With such little interest by NFL clubs, this special player selection process should be cancelled for a few reasons. First, no significant player has been chosen since wideout Josh Gordon by the Browns in the 2nd round of the 2012 Supplemental Draft. He actually set a new NFL record for 200 yard receiving games and high short term production in a few seasons. He has struggled qualifying for many seasons with testing positive repeatedly. LB Ahmad Brooks was chosen in the 3rd round of the 2006 Supplemental Draft and he had a productive career starting for the Bengals. Virtually every other selection over the past 20 year period was at best marginal starters or short term backups. Drafted players obviously miss Rookie and Veteran mini camps and have only two or three weeks to prepare for training camp where they enter the process at a distinct disadvantage to earn a roster spot.
The 2021 NFL Draft was the 86th annual meeting of National Football League teams to select newly eligible players for the upcoming NFL season. The first round was held on April 29, followed by the second and third rounds on April 30. The draft concluded with rounds 4–7 on May 1. The NFL held the event live in Cleveland, Ohio with limited attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. All team selections took place from Cleveland with league commissioner Roger Goodell announcing the early selections from the podium.
Five quarterbacks were selected in the first round – Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, Justin Fields, and Mac Jones. It was the second highest number of first-round QB selections (tied with the 1999 & 2018 drafts) after the record six selected in 1983. The draft also marks the third time the first three picks (Lawrence, Wilson, and Lance) were QBs, following the 1971 and 1999 draft classes. A total of eight QBs selected in the first three rounds, the most in NFL Draft history. Conversely, however, only two QBs were taken in rounds four through seven. The 2021 class also marked the lowest position for the first defensive player selected in a given draft in the common era, with the Carolina Panthers’ selection of Jaycee Horn at the eighth overall choice.
In addition to the high number of QBs, six Alabama players were taken in the first round, which tied with the six Miami players in 2004 for the most 1st-round selections from an individual school. Conversely, no Big 12 Conference players were drafted in the first round for the first time since the conference’s 1994 establishment. The draft also saw no Michigan State players selected for the first time in 80 years.
The NCAA granted an extra year of eligibility and an opt-out option for athletes because of the shortened season, resulting in many prospects returning to school instead of declaring for this draft class.
2020 Resolution JC-2A picks
In November 2020 the NFL passed that year’s Resolution JC-2A, which rewards teams for developing minority candidates for head coach and/or general manager positions. The resolution rewards teams whose minority candidates are hired away for one of those positions by awarding draft picks. These draft picks are at the end of the third round, after standard compensatory picks. If multiple teams qualify, they are awarded in draft order from the first round. These picks are in addition to, and have no impact on, the standard 32 compensatory picks. Four picks have been awarded for the draft pursuant to the resolution.
San Francisco received 2021, 2022, and 2023 third-round selections when its defensive coordinator Robert Saleh was hired by the New York Jets as head coach and its vice president of player personnel Martin Mayhew was hired by Washington as general manager.
Los Angeles Rams received 2021 and 2022 third-round selections when their college scouting director Brad Holmes was hired by Detroit as general manager.
Baltimore received 2021 and 2022 third-round selections when its assistant head coach and passing game coordinator David Culley was hired by Houston as head coach.
New Orleans received 2021 and 2022 third-round selections when its director of pro scouting Terry Fontenot was hired by Atlanta as general manager.
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259 Total selections in 7 rounds
First selection – Jacksonville Jaguars – QB Trevor Lawrence
Last selection – ‘Mr. Irrelevant’ – Tampa Bucs – LB Grant Stuard
Most selections (11) – Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys & Minnesota Vikings
Fewest selections (3) – Seattle Seahawks
The following is the breakdown of the 259 players selected in NFL Draft 2021 by position:
36 wide receivers
34 defensive ends
25 offensive tackles
19 defensive tackles
18 running backs
13 offensive guards
11 tight ends
2 long snappers
Selections by NCAA Conference
A new record-high 65 players were drafted from the SEC, the most in NFL history, surpassing the previous number of selections, 64, in 2019 which was also the set by the SEC.
Selections by NCAA Conference
NCAA Division I FBS Conference Totals
American – 19
ACC – 42
Big 12 – 22
Big Ten – 44
C-USA – 4
Ind. (FBS) – 15
MAC – 4
MW – 3
Pac-12 – 28
SEC – 65
Sun Belt – 4
Schools with multiple draft selections
10 Alabama, Ohio State
9 Georgia, Notre Dame
8 Florida, Michigan
6 Kentucky, Penn State, Pittsburgh
5 BYU, Clemson, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Stanford, Texas, UCF, USC
4 Auburn, Cincinnati, Duke, Florida State, Iowa, Miami (Fl), Oklahoma State, South Carolina, Texas A&M,
Virginia Tech, Washington
3 Houston, Northwestern, Wisconsin
2 Arizona, Boise State, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Louisville, Minnesota, Mississippi State,
Nebraska, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Ole Miss, Oregon State, Purdue, SMU, Syracuse, TCU,
Tennessee, Texas Tech, Tulane, UCLA, Western Michigan
Selections by Position
Position Rd 1 Rd 2 Rd 3 Rd 4 Rd 5 Rd 6 Rd 7 Total
Center – 8
Cornerbacks – 38
Defensive end – 34
Defensive tackle – 19
Fullback – 1
Guard – 13
Kicker – 1
Linebacker – 21
Long snapper – 2
Offensive tackle – 25
Punter – 1
Quarterback – 10
Running back – 18
Safety – 21
Tight end – 11
Wide receiver – 36
Final Edition – Prior to NFL Draft 2021
# / Team / Player / Pos / School
1 Jacksonville * Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson
HC Urban Meyer came out of retirement for a generational starting QB.
2 NY Jets * Zach Wilson QB Brigham Young
Jets moved starter QB Sam Darnold and turns the page with new leader Wilson.
3 San Fran (Hous-Miami) * Mac Jones QB Alabama
49ers traded the ranch for this pick that may define the club over next decade.
4 Atlanta * Kyle Pitts TE Florida
Falcons need playmakers and Pitts is a versatile rare receiver and difference maker.
5 Cincinnati * Penei Sewell OT Oregon
Bengals want this blue-chip tackle to protect Joe Burrow.
6 Miami (Philadelphia) * Ja’Marr Chase WR LSU
Dolphins need a true #1 receiver and this rookie starter has big play talent.
7 Detroit * Justin Fields QB Ohio St
Lions begin a new regime and getting a young QB is the next step.
8 Carolina * Jaylen Waddle WR Alabama
The Panthers need to give young passer Sam Darnald a new big play threat.
9 Denver * Trey Lance QB North Dakota St
Broncos looking to add high quality starter and Lance fits perfectly sitting behind young Drew Lock.
10 Dallas * Patrick Surtain CB Alabama
Cowboys have a lot of needs, yet Surtain is an early plug and play cover man.
11 NY Giants Rashawn Slater OT Northwestern
GMen select future Pro Bowler after debating a lineman, receiver or corner here.
12 Phil (San Fran-Miami) * Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina
Eagles need a cover man to couple with Darius Slay.
13 LA Chargers * Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech
Chargers looking to protect blindside for talented Justin Herbert.
14 Minnesota DeVonta Smith WR Alabama
Vikings looking to add weapons in this class.
15 New England * Micah Parsons LB Penn State
Impact defender would excel in Belichick’s defense.
16 Arizona * Alijah Vera-Tucker OT Southern Cal
Cards looking to address offense early and this blocker carries a rookie starting grade.
17 Las Vegas * Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB Notre Dame
Raiders looking to add perimeter speed and JOK is a hybrid blue chip backer.
18 Miami Teven Jenkins OT Oklahoma St
Dolphins looking to protect Tua’s blindside and Jenkins is a beast and can start as a rookie here.
19 Washington Travis Etienne RB Clemson
WFT needs playmakers and Etienne feels home here.
20 Chicago * Caleb Farley CB Virginia Tech
Bears need cover men and Farley is a blue-chip prospect and early NFL starter.
21 Indianapolis Liam Eichenberg OT Notre Dame
Colts must replace LT Castanzo and Eichenberg forms Irish left side of line with Nelson.
22 Tennessee * Greg Newsome CB Northwestern
Titans’ coverage is weak and will undergo major changes.
23 NY Jets (Seattle) * Jaelan Phillips DE Miami
Jets looking to improve pass rush and Phillips brings the juice.
24 Pittsburgh Najee Harris RB Alabama
Steelers need a beast and Harris is the ideal fit in Steel City.
25 Jacksonville (Rams) * Gregory Rousseau DE Miami
Jaguars need an edge rusher to improve their rebuilt defense.
26 Cleveland Kwity Paye DE Michigan
Browns must provide more edge pressure opposite DE Garrett and Clowney might be one and done.
27 Baltimore Elijah Moore WR Mississippi
Ravens probably add a wideout early to open up this offense.
28 New Orleans * Eric Stokes CB Georgia
Saints looking to add a quality cover man early in the process.
29 Green Bay Kadarius Toney WR Florida
Packers better start building a stronger cast around Rodgers.
30 Buffalo * Joe Tryon LB Washington
Bills looking a land an edge playmaker and could pull the trigger in the first round.
31 Balt (Kansas City) * Zaven Collins LB Tulsa
Ravens need impact off the edge and Collins could be a rookie starter here.
32 Tampa Bay * Azeez Ojulari LB Georgia
Bucs loading cannon to repeat and another edge rusher would be a great addition.
Final Rankings – April 27, 2021
1 Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson
2 Kyle Pitts TE Florida
3 Penei Sewell OT Oregon
4 Zach Wilson QB Brigham Young
5 Ja’Marr Chase WR LSU
6 Rashawn Slater OT Northwestern
7 Jaylen Waddle WR Alabama
8 Patrick Surtain CB Alabama
9 Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina
10 Justin Fields QB Ohio State
11 Micah Parsons OLB Penn State
12 Mac Jones QB Alabama
13 Trey Lance QB North Dakota State
14 DeVonta Smith WR Alabama
15 Jaelan Phillips DE Miami
16 Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech
17 Alijah Vera-Tucker OG Southern Cal
18 Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah LB Notre Dame
19 Kwity Paye DE Michigan
20 Teven Jenkins OT Oklahoma State
21 Caleb Farley CB Virginia Tech
22 Kadarius Toney WR Florida
23 Greg Newsome CB Northwestern
24 Elijah Moore WR Mississippi
25 Liam Eichenberg OT Notre Dame
26 Gregory Rousseau DE Miami
27 Jamin Davis LB Kentucky
28 Azeez Ojulari OLB Georgia
29 Samuel Cosmi OT Texas
30 Jayson Oweh OLB Penn State
31 Trevon Moehrig S Texas Christian
32 Najee Harris RB Alabama
33 Zaven Collins OLB Tulsa
34 Terrace Marshall WR LSU
35 Joe Tryon OLB Washington
36 Travis Etienne RB Clemson
37 Landon Dickerson C Alabama
38 Asante Samuel CB Florida State
39 Rashod Bateman WR Minnesota
40 Eric Stokes CB Georgia
41 Javonte Williams RB North Carolina
42 Creed Humphrey C Oklahoma
43 Levi Onwuzurike DT Washington
44 Jevon Holland S Oregon
45 Jalen Mayfield OT Michigan
46 Davis Mills QB Stanford
47 Christian Barmore DT Alabama
48 Kelvin Joseph CB Kentucky
49 Dillon Radunz OT North Dakota State
50 Rondale Moore WR Purdue
51 Nick Bolton OLB Missouri
52 Carlos Basham DE Wake Forest
53 Pat Freiermuth TE Penn State
54 D’Wayne Eskridge WR Western Michigan
55 Alex Leatherwood OG Alabama
56 Quinn Meinerz C Wisconsin-Whitewater
57 Alim McNeill DT North Carolina State
58 Aaron Robinson CB Central Florida
59 Walker Little OT Stanford
60 Daviyon Nixon DT Iowa
61 Elijah Molden CB Washington
62 Pete Werner OLB Ohio State
63 Ifeatu Melifonwu CB Syracuse
64 Wyatt Davis OG Ohio State
65 Joseph Ossai OLB Texas
66 Hunter Long TE Boston College
67 Caden Sterns S Texas
68 Tyson Campbell CB Georgia
69 Richie Grant S Central Florida
70 Jabril Cox OLB LSU
71 Dyami Brown WR North Carolina
72 Ronnie Perkins DE Oklahoma
73 Paulson Adebo CB Stanford
74 Nico Collins WR Michigan
75 Kyle Trask QB Florida
76 Trey Smith OG Tennessee
77 Amon-Ra St. Brown WR Southern California
78 Rashad Weaver DE Pittsburgh
79 Amari Rodgers WR Clemson
80 Jordan Smith DE Alabama-Birmingham
81 Chazz Surratt OLB North Carolina
82 Brady Christensen OT Brigham Young
83 Shaun Wade CB Ohio State
84 Milton Williams DE Louisiana Tech
85 Baron Browning ILB Ohio State
86 Jackson Carman OT Clemson
87 Spencer Brown OT Northern Iowa
88 Dylan Moses ILB Alabama
89 Michael Carter RB North Carolina
90 Andre Cisco S Syracuse
91 Brevin Jordan TE Miami
92 Jay Tufele DT Southern California
93 Hamsah Nasirildeen S Florida State
94 Deonte Brown OG Alabama
95 Ambry Thomas CB Michigan
96 JaCoby Stevens S LSU
97 Josh Myers C Ohio State
98 Ihmir Smith-Marsette WR Iowa
99 Aaron Banks OG Notre Dame
100 Tutu Atwell WR Louisville
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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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
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.
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.
Key Team Needs: 1. OL 2. WR 3. LB 4. DL 5. TE
1st Round Pick – (2) #27 & #31 selections – 9 total picks
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
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.