NFL Fifth-Year Option Decisions

NFL Fifth-Year Option Decisions for First Round Players from the NFL Draft 2020

The deadline for NFL teams to exercise the fifth-year option on the rookie contracts for 2020 first-round picks was Tuesday, May 2. Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was the first from that class to have his option picked up.

All players selected in the first round of the NFL draft sign four-year contracts with a team option for a fifth season. After the player finishes his third year in the league, clubs must decide if they want to exercise the option.

Below are the 28 first-round picks from the 2020 draft eligible for fifth-year options and their statuses ahead of the deadline. Three first-round players from that class — Henry Ruggs III (#12 overall), Damon Arnette (#19) and Isaiah Wilson (#29) — are no longer in the league and, therefore, are not eligible for a fifth-year option. Ruggs and Arnette were selected by the Las Vegas Raiders while Wilson was chosen by Tennessee. Jeff Gladney, the #31 overall pick in 2020 who played for both Minnesota and Arizona, died tragically in a car accident in May 2022.

Fifth-Year Option Deadline for clubs to exercise the option was Tuesday, May 2.

Under the new CBA signed in 2020, the option is fully guaranteed once exercised (previously it was only guaranteed for injury).

Four Tiers of Salary

  1. Multiple Pro Bowls: Players who made more than two Pro Bowls on the original ballot (not alternate) will have their fifth-year base salary equal to the franchise-tag tender at their position.
  2. One Pro Bowl: Players who made one Pro Bowl on the original ballot (not alternate) have their fifth-year base salary equal to the transition tag at their position.
  3. Playing time: These players didn’t make a Pro Bowl, but their snap counts during their first three seasons meet one of the following three requirements: a) 75 percent or greater in two of their first three seasons b) an average of 75 percent or greater over all three seasons. c) 50 percent or greater over all three seasons. These players will have their fifth-year base salary calculated from the average of the 3rd- to 25th-highest salaries at their position over the past five seasons.
  4. Basic: Players who do not meet any of the requirements above will have their fifth-year base salary calculated from the average of the 3rd- to 25th-highest salaries at their position over the past five seasons.

Fifth-Year Option Tracker

Here’s a look at the players selected in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft, their fifth-year option totals and whether their clubs picked up or declined their options (number in front of name represents player’s overall drafting position)

5th year option decisions for the NFL Draft 2020 class

2020 pick    Name              Team           Pos      5th yr option    Exercised        Not exercised

1          Joe Burrow                  Bengals            QB       $29,504,000        X

2          Chase Young               Commanders   Edge    $17,452,000                              X

3          Jeff Okudah                 Lions               CB       $14,362,000      not eligible

4          Andrew Thomas          Giants             LT        $21,172,000        X

5          Tua Tagovailoa            Dolphins          QB       $25,382,000      X

6          Justin Herbert             Chargers          QB       $29,504,000      X

7          Derrick Brown             Panthers          DT        $13,192,000      X

8          Isaiah Simmons           Cardinals         LB        $11,369,000                              X

9          C.J. Henderson            Panthers          CB       $14,362,000                              X

10        Jedrick Wills                Browns            LT        $21,172,000      X

11        Mekhi Becton               Jets                  RT        $20,239,000                              X

13        Tristan Wirfs                Buccaneers     RT        $18,244,000      X

14        Javon Kinlaw               49ers               DT        $12,245,000                              X

15        Jerry Jeudy                 Broncos           WR       $19,071,000                              X

16        A.J. Terrell                   Falcons            CB       $15,724,000       X

17        CeeDee Lamb             Cowboys         WR       $17,991,000        X

18        Austin Jackson            Dolphins          RT        $21,172,000                              X

20        K’Lavon Chaisson       Jaguars           Edge    $7,114,000                                 X

21        Jalen Reagor               Vikings            WR       $19,071,000                               X

22        Justin Jefferson          Vikings            WR       $19,743,000       X

23        Kenneth Murray           Chargers          LB        $9,954,000                                X

24        Cesar Ruiz                   Saints             RG       $21,172,000                                    X

25        Brandon Aiyuk             49ers               WR       $20,639,000       X

26        Jordan Love                Packers           QB       $21,770,000      signed extension  5/2

27        Jordyn Brooks             Seahawks        LB        $11,369,000                               X

28        Patrick Queen             Ravens            LB        $11,369,000                                X

30        Noah Igbinoghene       Dolphins          CB       $14,362,000                              X

32        Clyde Edwards-Helaire  Chiefs            RB       $7,525,000                                X

NFL Draft 2023 -Top Three Round Results

NFL Draft 2023 -Top Three Round Results

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    Day One – First Round – April 27
   Day Two – 2nd & 3rd Rounds – April 28
  Day Three – 4th-7th Rounds – April 29 – 12 pm

First Round
1 Carolina (Chicago) – QB Bryce Young – Alabama
2 Houston – QB CJ Stroud – Ohio State
3 Houston (Arizona) – Edge Will Anderson – Alabama
4 Indianapolis – QB Anthony Richardson – Florida
5 Seattle (Denver) – CB Devin Witherspoon – Illinois
6 Arizona (LA Rams-Detroit) – OT Paris Johnson – Ohio State
7 Las Vegas – DE Tyree Wilson – Texas Tech
8 Atlanta – RB Bijan Robinson – Texas
9 Philadelphia (Carolina-Chicago) – DT Jalen Carter – Georgia
10 Chicago (New Orleans-Phil) – OT Darnell Wright – Tennessee
11 Tennessee – OT Peter Skoronski – Northwestern
12 Detroit (Cleveland-Arizona-Houston) – RB Jahmyr Gibbs – Alabama
13 Green Bay (NY Jets) – DE Lukas Van Ness – Iowa
14 Pittsburgh (New England) – OT Broderick Jones – Georgia
15 NY Jets (Green Bay) – Edge Will McDonald – Iowa State
16 Washington – CB Emmanuel Forbes – Mississippi State
17 New England (Pittsburgh) – CB Christian Gonzalez – Oregon
18 Detroit – LB Jack Campbell – Iowa
19 Tampa Bay – DT Calijah Kancey – Pittsburgh
20 Seattle – WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba – Ohio State
Miami (pick forfeited)
21 LA Chargers – WR Quenton Johnston – TCU
22 Baltimore – WR Zay Flowers – Boston College
23 Minnesota – WR Jordan Addison – Southern California
24 NY Giants (Jacksonville) – CB Deonte Banks – Maryland
25 Buffalo (NY Giants-Jacksonville) – TE Dalton Kincaid – Utah
26 Dallas – DT Mazi Smith – Michigan
27 Jacksonville (Buffalo) – OT Anton Harrison – Oklahoma
28 Cincinnati – DE Myles Murphy – Clemson
29 New Orleans (San Fran- Miami-Denver) – DL Brian Bresee – Clemson
30 Philadelphia – Edge Nolan Smith – Georgia
31 Kansas City – DE Felix Anudike-Uzomah – Kansas State

Round Two
32 Pittsburgh (Chicago) – CB Joey Porter – Penn State
33 Tennessee (Houston-Arizona) – QB Will Levis – Kentucky
34 Detroit (Arizona) – TE Sam LaPorta -Iowa
35 Las Vegas (Indianapolis) – TE Michael Mayer – Notre Dame
36 LA Rams – OL Steve Avila – TCU
37 Seattle (Denver) – Edge Derick Hall – Auburn
38 Atlanta (Las Vegas-Indianapolis) – OT  Matt Bergeron – Syracuse
39 Carolina – WR Jonathan Mingo – Mississippi
40 New Orleans – Edge Isaiah Foskey – Notre Dame
41 Arizona (Tennessee) – Edge BJ Ojulari – LSU
42 Green Bay (Cleveland-NY Jets) – TE Luke Musgrave – Oregon State
43 NY Jets – C Joe Tippmann – Wisconsin
44 Indianapolis (Atlanta) – CB Juju Brents – Kansas State
45 Detroit (Green Bay) – S Brian Branch – Alabama
46 New England – DE Keion White – Georgia Tech
47 Washington – S Quan Martin – Illinois
48 Tampa Bay (Detroit-Green Bay) – OL Cody Mauch – North Dakota State
49 Pittsburgh – DT Keeanu Benton – Wisconsin
50 Green Bay (Tampa Bay) – WR Jayden Reed – Michigan State
51 Miami – CB Cam Smith – South Carolina
52 Seattle – RB Zach Charbonnet – UCLA
53 Chicago (Baltimore) – DT Gervon Dexter – Florida State
54 LA Chargers – DE Tuli Tuipulotu – Southern California
55 Kansas City (Jacksonville-Detroit) – WR Rashee Rice – SMU
56 Chicago (Jacksonville) – CB Tyrique Stevenson – Miami
57 NY Giants – C John Michael Schmitz – Minnesota
58 Dallas – TE Luke Schoonmaker – Michigan
59 Buffalo – OG O’Cyrus Torrence – Florida
60 Cincinnati – CB DJ Turner – Michigan
61 Jacksonville (San Francisco-Carolina-Chicago) – TE Brenton Strange – Penn State
62 Houston (Philadelphia) – C Juice Scruggs – Penn State
63 Denver (Kansas City-Detroit)) – WR Marvin Mims – Oklahoma

Round Third
64 Chicago – DT Zaach Pickens – South Carolina
65 Philadelphia (Houston) – OL Tyler Steen – Alabama
66 Philadelphia (Arizona) – S Sydney Brown – Illinois
67 Denver (Indianapolis) – LB Drew Sanders – Arkansas
68 Detroit (Denver) – QB Hendon Hooker – Tennessee
69 Houston (LA Rams) – WR Tank Dell – Houston
70 Las Vegas – DL Byron Young – Alabama
71 New Orleans – RB Kendre Miller – TCU
72 Arizona (Tennessee) – CB Garrett Williams – Syracuse
73 NY Giants (Cleveland-Houston-LA Rams) – WR Jalin Hyatt – Tennessee
74 Cleveland (NY Jets) – WR Cedric Tillman – Tennessee
75 Atlanta – DE Zach Harrison – Ohio State
76 New England (Carolina) – LB Marte Mapu – Sacremento State
77 LA Rams (New Engalnd-Miami) – LB Byron Young – Tennessee
78 Green Bay – TE Tucker Kraft – South Dakota State
79 Indianapolis (Washington) – WR Josh Downs – North Carolina
80 Carolina (Pittsburgh) – Edge DJ Johnson – Oregon
81 Tennessee (Detroit-Arizona) – RB Tyjae Spears – Tulane
82 Tampa Bay – Edge YaYa Diaby – Loyuisville
83 Denver (Seattle) – DB Riley Moss – Iowa
84 Miami – RB Devon Achane – Texas A&M
85 LA Chargers – LB Daiyan Henley – Washington State
86 Baltimore – LB Trent Simpson – Clemson
87 San Francisco (Minnesota) – S  Ji’Ayir Brown – Penn State
88 Jacksonville – RB Tank Bigsby – Auburn
89 LA Rams (NY Giants) – DT Kobie Turner – Wake Forest
90 Dallas – LB DeMarvion Overshown – Texas
91 Buffalo – LB Dorian Williams – Tulane
92 Kansas City (Cincinnati) – OT Wanya Morris – Oklahoma
93 Pittsburgh (San Francisco thru Carolina) – TE Darnell Washington – Georgia
94 Arizona (Philadelphia) – WR Michael Wilson – Stanford
95 Cincinnati (Kansas City) – S Jordan Battle – Alabama
96 Detroit (Arizona) – DT Brodric Martin – Western Kentucky
97 Washington – C Ricky Stromberg – Arkansas
98 Cleveland – DT Siaka Ika – Baylor
99 San Francisco – PK Jake Moody – Michigan
100 Las Vegas (KC-Giants) – WR Tre Tucker – Cincinnati
101 San Francsico – TE Cameron Latu – Alabama
102 Minnesota (San Francisco) – CB Mekhi Blackmon – Southern California

NFL Draft 2023 -First Round Results

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  Day One – First Round – April 27
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  Day Three – 4th-7th Rounds – April 29 – 12 pm

1 Carolina (Chicago) – QB Bryce Young – Alabama
2 Houston – QB CJ Stroud  – Ohio State
3 Houston (Arizona) – Edge Will Anderson – Alabama
4 Indianapolis – QB Anthony Richardson – Florida
5 Seattle (Denver) – CB Devin Witherspoon – Illinois
6 Arizona (LA Rams-Detroit) – OT Paris Johnson – Ohio State
7 Las Vegas – DE Tyree Wilson – Texas Tech
8 Atlanta – RB Bijan Robinson – Texas
9 Philadelphia (Carolina-Chicago) – DT Jalen Carter – Georgia
10 Chicago (New Orleans-Phil) – OT Darnell Wright – Tennessee
11 Tennessee – OT Peter Skoronski – Northwestern
12 Detroit (Cleveland-Arizona-Houston) – RB Jahmyr Gibbs – Alabama
13 Green Bay (NY Jets) – DE Lukas Van Ness – Iowa
14 Pittsburgh (New England) – OT Broderick Jones – Georgia
15 NY Jets (Green Bay) – Edge Will McDonald – Iowa State
16 Washington – CB Emmanuel Forbes – Mississippi State
17 New England (Pittsburgh) – CB Christian Gonzalez – Oregon
18 Detroit – LB Jack Campbell – Iowa
19 Tampa Bay – DT Calijah Kancey – Pittsburgh
20 Seattle – WR Jaxon Smith-Njigba – Ohio State
Miami (pick forfeited)
21 LA Chargers – WR Quenton Johnston – TCU
22 Baltimore – WR Zay Flowers – Boston College
23 Minnesota – WR Jordan Addison – Southern California
24 NY Giants (Jacksonville) – CB Deonte Banks – Maryland
25 Buffalo (NY Giants-Jacksonville) – TE Dalton Kincaid – Utah
26 Dallas – DT Mazi Smith – Michigan
27 Jacksonville (Buffalo) – OT Anton Harrison – Oklahoma
28 Cincinnati – DE Myles Murphy – Clemson
29 New Orleans (San Fran- Miami-Denver) – DL Brian Bresee – Clemson
30 Philadelphia – Edge Nolan Smith – Georgia
31 Kansas City – DE Felix Anudike-Uzomah – Kansas State

NFL Draft 2023 – Top 100 Pro Prospects

NFL Draft 2023 – Top 100 Pro Prospects

Update Edition Rankings             April, 2023 – Final Edition                 

Photo – Jalen Carter – Georgia                        

#  Pro Prospect                            Pos                      School          

1 Will Anderson                                 Edge                  Alabama
2 Bryce Young                                     QB                    Alabama
3 CJ Stroud                                         QB                    Ohio State
4 Will Levis                                         QB                    Kentucky
5 Peter Skoronski                               OT                    Northwestern
6 Tyree Wilson                                     DE                    Texas Tech
7 Lukas Van Ness                                Edge                Iowa
8 Devon Witherspoon                         CB                    Illinois
9 Jalen Carter                                       DT                    Georgia
10 Christian Gonzalez                          CB                    Oregon
11 Paris Johnson                                   OT                    Ohio State
12 Broderick Jones                               OT                    Georgia
13 Bijan Robinson                                RB                    Texas
14 Michael Mayer                                 TE                    Notre Dame
15 Nolan Smith                                     Edge                Georgia
16 Dalton Kincaid                                 TE                    Utah
17 Joey Porter                                        CB                    Penn State
18 Darnell Wright                                 OT                    Tennessee
19 Anthony Richardson                       QB                   Florida
20 Jaxon Smith-Njigba                        WR                   Ohio State
21 Myles Murphy                                   Edge                Clemson
22 Quentin Johnston                           WR                   TCU
23 Brian Branch                                    S                      Alabama
24 Deonte Banks                                  CB                    Maryland
25 Zay Flowers                                      WR                   Boston College
26 Luke Musgrave                                TE                    Oregon State
27 Jordan Addison                              WR                   Southern Cal
28 Trent Simpson                                LB                    Clemson
29 Jahmyr Gibbs                                  RB                    Alabama
30 Will McDonald                                Edge                Iowa State
31 Joe Tippmann                                  C                      Wisconsin
32 Bryan Bresee                                   DT                    Clemson
33 Cam Smith                                       CB                    South Carolina
34 Drew Sanders                                  LB                    Arkansas
35 Keion White                                     DE                    Georgia Tech
36 Cody Mauch                                    OG                   North Dakota State
37 Isaiah Foskey                                  Edge                Notre Dame
38 Calijah Kancey                                DT                    Pittsburgh
39 Felix Anudike-Uzomah                  Edge                Kansas State
40 O’Cyrus Torrence                            OG                   Florida
41 Kelee Ringo                                       CB                    Georgia
42 Adetomiwa Adebawore                  Edge                Northwestern
43 Darnell Washington                       TE                    Georgia
44 Marvin Mims                                   WR                   Oklahoma
45 Daiyan Henley                                 LB                    Washington State
46 Mazi Smith                                      DT                    Michigan
47 Josh Downs                                    WR                   North Carolina
48 John Michael Schmitz                     C                      Minnesota
49 Hendon Hooker                               QB                   Tennessee
50 Jalin Hyatt                                       WR                   Tennessee
51 Blake Freeland                                OT                      BYU
52 Jack Campbell                                LB                      Iowa
53 Emmanuel Forbes                           CB                    Mississippi State
54 Keeanu Benton                                DT                    Wisconsin
55 Steve Avila                                        C                        TCU
56 D.J. Turner                                      CB                    Michigan
57 Cedric Tillman                                WR                   Tennessee
58 Anton Harrison                               OT                    Oklahoma
59 BJ Ojulari                                        Edge                 LSU
60 Antonio Johnson                            S                      Texas A&M
61 Dawand Jones                                 OT                    Ohio State
62 Sam LaPorta                                   TE                    Iowa
63 Darius Rush                                    CB                    South Carolina
64 Zach Charbonnet                           RB                    UCLA
65 Tyrique Stevenson                         CB                    Miami
66 Derick Hall                                      Edge                Auburn
67 Rashee Rice                                    WR                   SMU
68 Zach Harrison                                DE                    Ohio State
69 Tuli Tuipulotu                                DT                    Southern Cal
70 Siaki Ika                                          NT                    Baylor
71 Devon Achane                                 RB                    Texas A&M
72 Tyler Scott                                       WR                   Cincinnati
73 Clark Phillips                                  CB                    Utah
74 Kendre Miller                                  RB                    TCU
75 Luke Wypler                                     C                      Ohio State
76 Julius Brents                                   CB                    Kansas State
77 Noah Sewell                                     LB                    Oregon
78 Sydney Brown                                 S                      Illinois
79 Gervon Dexter                                 DT                    Florida
80 Jartavius Martin                              S                      Illinois
81 Riley Moss                                       CB                    Iowa
82 Nick Herbig                                     LB                    Wisconsin
83 Kyu Blu Kelly                                  CB                    Stanford
84 Michael Wilson                               WR                   Stanford
85 Tucker Kraft                                     TE                    South Dakota State
86 Tyjae Spears                                    RB                    Tulane
87 Dylan Horton                                   DE                    TCU
88 Jakorian Bennett                             CB                    Maryland
89 JL Skinner                                        S                      Boise State
90 Jarrett Patterson                             C                      Notre Dame
91 Zack Kuntz                                      TE                    Old Dominion
92 Owen Pappoe                                  LB                    Auburn
93 Zach Evans                                     RB                    Mississippi
94 Matt Bergeron                                 OT                    Syracuse
95 Nick Broeker                                    OG                   Mississippi
96 Ji’Ayir Brown                                   S                      Penn State
97 DeMarvion Overshown                  LB                    Texas
98 Zacch Pickens                                  DT                    South Carolina
99 Dorian Williams                              LB                    Tulane
100 Jordan Battle                                 S                      Alabama

NFL Draft 2023 – First Round Mock Draft – Final

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Photo – RB Bijan Robinson – Texas
              Photographer – Adam Davis – Sportswire/AP

 First Round
   #          Team                                          Player                Position                School
   1         Carolina (Chicago)                     Bryce Young                QB                   Alabama
  2         Houston                                         CJ Stroud                    QB                   Ohio State
  3         Arizona                                         Will Anderson              Edge                Alabama
  4         Indianapolis                                Will Levis                     QB                   Kentucky
  5         Seattle (Denver)                          Anthony Richardson    QB                   Florida            
  6         Detroit (LA Rams)                      Christian Gonzalez      CB                    Oregon
  7         Las Vegas                                      Jalen Carter                 DT                    Georgia
  8         Atlanta                                          Tyree Wilson                DE                    Texas Tech     
  9         Chicago (Carolina)                     Devon Witherspoon     CB                    Illinois
10         Philadelphia (New Orleans)      Joey Porter                  CB                    Penn State
11         Tennessee                                       Paris Johnson              OT                    Ohio State       
12         Houston (Cleveland)                   Peter Skoronski           OL                    Northwestern
13         Green Bay (NY Jets)                  Lukas Van Ness           Edge                Iowa
14         New England                              Broderick Jones          OT                    Georgia
15         NY Jets (Green Bay)                 Darnell Wright             OT                    Tennessee
16         Washington                                Bijan Robinson            RB                    Texas              
17         Pittsburgh                                   Deonte Banks              CB                    Maryland
18         Detroit                                         Michael Mayer              TE                    Notre Dame     
19         Tampa Bay                                Dalton Kincaid             TE                    Utah
20         Seattle                                        Jaxon Smith-Njigba     WR                   Ohio State
 –          Miami (pick forfeited)                             
21         LA Chargers                              Brian Branch                S                      Alabama
22         Baltimore                                  Quentin Johnston        WR                   TCU
23         Minnesota                                 Hendon Hooker            QB                   Tennessee
24         Jacksonville                              Nolan Smith                 Edge                Georgia
25         NY Giants                                  Keion White                 DE                    Georgia Tech  
26         Dallas                                         Luke Musgrave            TE                    Oregon State
27         Buffalo                                        Myles Murphy              Edge                Clemson
28         Cincinnati                                  Jahmyr Gibbs              RB                    Alabama
29         New Orleans (S Fran-Miami-Den) Zay Flowers              WR                   Boston College
30         Philadelphia                                Felix Anudike-Uzomah  Edge               Kansas State
31         Kansas City                                  Will McDonald                Edge                Iowa State

NFL Draft 2023 – Edge Defenders Head Strong Defensive Class

NFL Draft 2023 – Edge Defenders Head Strong Defensive Class

The NFL Draft 2023 is strongest on the defensive side of the ball and the edge class is the leader. This year 5-7 prospects will probably fall in the first round with a total of 12-15 selected in the top 100 selections. Edge defenders are the most important defensive position with the ability to change games with one play. This year’s group is a high quality class with many well developed prospects to step in as rookies and make a difference. Clubs will invest heavy here with many prospects demanding a top selection, making this position the riskiest on the defensive side of the ball.

Photo – DE Luke Van Ness – Iowa     
Photographer – Bryon Houlgrave/ The Register/USA Today

Edge Defenders – Grade: A

    Positional Overview:

This year’s edge defenders’ class is a very strong group which could produce as many as six #1 picks. There are several blue-chip prospects at the top and probably 5 could go in the top 25 selections. There could be as many as 12-15 in the top three rounds with as many as 20+ thru the middle rounds. Will Anderson is the best defender in this draft class and could be a top three overall pick. He is NFL ready and a three-down starter.  He is an explosive edge defender and the best of this special class of edge rushers. He figures in the top few selections. Tyree Wilson is a complete fast-rising player who figures in the top ten selections. He could surprise and has the freakish athleticism to fit both NFL fronts in two positions. Keion White figures in the top 40 players. He is well developed and can be a day one starter and difference maker. Lukas Van Ness had an impressive final season and displayed a special burst off the edge. He is rated a top 15 selection with a prospect with impact ability in either scheme. Ade Adebawore is a player on the rise and coveted by contenders in the first round to plug and play. He is an emerging edge rusher who may be the wild card in the top 30-40 selections. Twelve prospects figure in the top 100 picks and fit the edge rusher role. Will McDonald, Zack Harrison and Felix Anudike-Uzomah are quality edge rushers with fine production and have the developed talent to start in either front. Tuli Tuipulotu figures both outside and inside and could fit best in a five-technique position. There should be an expected run throughout the top 150 picks especially from the 2nd thru the 4th rounds. With the huge demand for rushers, clubs will draft into this deep group for prospects. Expect approximately 25-30 prospects chosen over the three-days with the importance of rushers playing a huge part in game strategy. This is a top-heavy group and deep class through the middle rounds.

          NFL Teams in need:

  1. Cardinals           5. Colts
  2. Broncos              6. Falcons        
  3. Chiefs                  7. Jaguars
  4. Saints                  8. Texans

 NFL Premier Player
Nick Bosa

Blue Chip – Will Anderson
Blue Chip – Tyree Wilson
Red Chip – Lukas Van Ness
Rising – Keion White
Falling – Andre Carter
Underrated – Dylan Horton
Overrated – Tuli Tuipulotu
Sleeper – Jose Ramirez
Boom/Bust – Zach Harrison
Long term Gem – Lukas Van Ness
Overdrafted – Ade Adebawore

Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Will Anderson
Best Rusher – Will Anderson
Best Run Stuffer – Tyree Wilson
Best Pursuit – Nolan Smith
Shed Blocks – Lukas Van Ness
Recognition – Dylan Horton
Best Intangibles – Andre Carter
Ball Instincts – Isaiah Foskey
Strongest – Keion White
Most Developed – Will Anderson

Top Edge Prospects    

1 Will Anderson                    Alabama
2 Tyree Wilson                      Texas Tech
3 Myles Murphy                   Clemson
4 Lukas Van Ness                Iowa
5 Nolan Smith                      Georgia
6 Keion White                      Georgia Tech
7 Isaiah Foskey                    Notre Dame
8 Ade Adebawore                 Northwestern
9 Will McDonald                    Iowa State
10 Felix Anudike-Uzomah              Kansas State
11 Zach Harrison                               Ohio State
12 BJ Ojulari                                       LSU
13 Derick Hall                                     Auburn
14 Tuli Tuipulotu                               Southern Cal
15 Dylan Horton                                TCU
16 Isaiah Maguire                              Missouri
17 Andre Carter                                 Army
18 Mike Morris                                   Michigan
19 Byron Young                                 Tennessee
20 Jose Ramirez                                 Eastern Michigan

Jets Finalize Deal for Packers’ Aaron Rodgers

Jets Finally Complete Deal for Packers’ Aaron Rodgers

QB Aaron Rodgers  
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The long awaited trade between the NY Jets and the Green Bay Packers for star QB Aaron Rodgers was finally completed. The blockbuster trade has been discussed for the past few months with only final compensation delaying the completion. The Jets receive the 4-time league MVP Aaron Rodgers along with the Packers first round 2023 pick (#15) and a 5th round this year (#170) in exchange for New York’s 2023 1st-rounder (#13), 2023 second-round (#42) and sixth-round (#207) picks, as well as a conditional 2024 second-round selection that could become a first-round pick if Rodgers plays in at least 65% of the Jets’ snaps this year.

The Jets have spent the offseason working on this trade, plus bringing in new offensive players on the roster to facilitate transforming their 25th ranked offense into a playoff contender. They signed wideouts Allen Lazard and Mecole Hardman to boost a receiving corps that features rookie sensation former #1 pick, Garrett Wilson and vet Cory Davis. The Jets also look to running back Breece Hall returning from an ACL injury. He was having an outstanding rookie performance when injured at midseason. Jets will probably focus on their offensive line with their early selections #15 and #43 in the NFL Draft 2023 which begins Thursday night at 8 pm

NFL Draft 2023 – Two Round Mock Draft

Tw0 Round Mock Draft for the NFL Draft 2023

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First Round

#          Team                                                 Player                Position                School
1          Carolina (Chicago)                   CJ Stroud                     QB                   Ohio State
2          Houston                                      Bryce Young                 QB                   Alabama
3          Arizona                                      Will Anderson                Edge                Alabama
4          Indianapolis                             Will Levis                      QB                   Kentucky
5          Seattle (Denver)                       Tyree Wilson                 DE                   Texas Tech      
6          Detroit (LA Rams)                    Devon Witherspoon       CB                    Illinois
7          Las Vegas                                 Anthony Richardson      QB                   Florida
8          Atlanta                                        Jalen Carter                  DT                    Georgia
9          Chicago (Carolina)                   Broderick Jones            OT                    Georgia
10         Philadelphia (New Orleans)     Bijan Robinson          RB                    Texas                          
11         Tennessee                                   Peter Skoronski            OT                  Northwestern
12         Houston (Cleveland)                Quentin Johnston          WR                   TCU     
13         NY Jets                                    Paris Johnson               OT                    Ohio State       
14         New England                           Christian Gonzalez         CB                    Oregon
15         Green Bay                                Dalton Kincaid               TE                    Utah
16         Washington                              Joey Porter                   CB                    Penn State
17         Pittsburgh                                Lukas Van Ness            Edge                Iowa
18         Detroit                                      Michael Mayer               TE                    Notre Dame
19         Tampa Bay                               Nolan Smith                  Edge                Georgia
20         Seattle                                      Jordan Addison             WR                   Southern Cal
–           Miami (pick forfeited)                          
21         LA Chargers                             Jaxon Smith-Njigba       WR                   Ohio State
22         Baltimore                                 Darnell Wright               OT                    Tennessee
23         Minnesota                                Myles Murphy               Edge                Clemson
24         Jacksonville                             Zay Flowers                  WR                   Boston College
25         NY Giants                                 Deonte Banks               CB                    Maryland
26         Dallas                                       Jahmyr Gibbs               RB                    Alabama
27         Buffalo                                     Brian Branch                 S                      Alabama
28         Cincinnati                                Joe Tippmann                 C                      Wisconsin
29         New Orleans (S Fran-Miami-Den) Keion White          DE            Georgia Tech               
30         Philadelphia                             Isaiah Foskey               Edge                Notre Dame
31         Kansas City                             Cody Mauch                  OL                    North Dakota State
Second Round
32         Pittsburgh (Chicago)          Will McDonald               Edge                Iowa State
33         Houston                                   O’Cyrus Torrence           OG                   Florida
34         Arizona                                    Cam Smith                    CB                    South Carolina
35         Indianapolis                             Jalin Hyatt                   WR                   Tennessee
36         LA Rams                                  Drew Sanders               LB                    Arkansas 
37         Seattle (Denver)                       Daiyan Henley           LB                  Washington St         
38         Las Vegas                                Luke Musgrave             TE                    Oregon State
39         Carolina                                   Trent Simpson              LB                    Clemson
40         New Orleans                            Bryan Bresee                DT                    Clemson
41         Tennessee                                Jack Campbell              LB                    Iowa
42         NY Jets (Cleveland)                 John Michael Schmitz    C                      Minnesota        
43         NY Jets                                    Darnell Washington       TE                    Georgia
44         Atlanta                                    Kelee Ringo                  CB                    Georgia
45         Green Bay                                Dawand Jones              OT                    Ohio State
46         New England                           Adetomiwa Adebawore  Edge                Northwestern
47         Washington                              Zach Charbonnet           RB                    UCLA
48         Detroit                                      Keeanu Benton             DT                    Wisconsin
49         Pittsburgh                                Mazi Smith                    DT                    Michigan
50         Tampa Bay                               Felix Anudike-Uzomah   Edge                Kansas State
51         Miami                                       Sam LaPorta                TE                    Iowa
52         Seattle                                      Tyrique Stevenson        CB                    Miami
53         Chicago (Baltimore)                 Rashee Rice                 WR                   SMU
54         LA Chargers                             Antonio Johnson           S                      Texas A&M
55         Detroit (Minnesota)                 Devon Achane               RB                    Texas A&M
56         Jacksonville                             Blake Freeland              OT                    BYU
57         NY Giants                                 Marvin Mims                 WR                   Oklahoma
58         Dallas                                       Steve Avila                   C                      TCU
59         Buffalo                                     Calijah Kancey              DT                    Pittsburgh
60         Cincinnati                                Emmanuel Forbes         CB                    Mississippi State
61         Chicago (San Fran-Carolina)    Zach Harrison              DE                Ohio State                   
62         Philadelphia                            D.J. Turner                    CB                    Michigan
63         Kansas City                             Josh Downs                  WR                   North Carolina

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NFL Draft 2023 – Strong Corner Group Tops Talented Defensive Class

Strong Cornerback Group Tops Talented Defensive Class

Cornerbacks – Grade: A

     Frank Coyle/ Head scout

Positional Overview:

This year’s cornerback class is a high-quality group which is very deep, though not as top heavy as last year. There are a few blue chips expected to go in the mid-1st round with many other highly regarded corners expected to go through the top 50-100 overall selections. Underclassmen dominate our top ten prospects, though the senior group is a very solid with nice development. Devon Witherspoon is our #1 prospect with Christian Gonzalez and Joey Porter expected to earn mid first round selections. Witherspoon could be selected in the top 10 overall picks with a rookie starting grade. Gonzalez has the skill set to start early and is NFL ready after an awesome final performance. Porter is another in a long line of PSU corners to enter the NFL. He is a physical cover man with the NFL makeup to excel on the outside. Deonte Banks has prototypical shutdown skills for the pro game. He is rising fast and could earn a late 1st round selection. Teammate Jakorian Bennett is a rising cover man with well-developed talent to press for early starting time. Cam Smith and Kelee Ringo are possible late first round or early 2nd round picks. Both are SEC battle tested and figure to press for starting jobs in camp. Darius Rush and Emmanuel Forbes are another pair of talented big SEC corners. Rush is coming off an impressive career finish. Forbes is the best ball hawk in this class and has the length DCs like in outside defenders. Tyrique Stevenson and DJ Turner are well developed athletes who are NFL ready. Turner is coming off an impressive final performance plus an amazing NFL Combine sprint. They could go on the mid-2nd day. This is a deep group that will supply many NFL starters well into the 3rd day of the process. There could be at least 12 prospects selected in the top 100 choices. There will probably be 15+ prospects selected in the top 150 picks with the expected run-on corners from the mid-1st round through the early 3rd day. This class has very good depth and will provide a number of middle round steals. This position has annually provided the most overall selections and could duplicate that again. This group could supply as many as 35 total prospects and another 40 high priority FA. This deep crop of corners will supply a huge group of big corners with some versatility to also slide to safety in the nickel and dime sub packages.   

 NFL Teams in need:

  1. Patriots             5. Rams
  2. Colts                  6. Commanders
  3. 49ers                7. Ravens           
  4. Steelers            8. Vikings    

NFL Premier Player
Jalen Ramsey

Blue Chip – Devon Witherspoon
Blue Chip – Christian Gonzalez
Red Chip – Joey Porter
Rising – Deonte Banks
Falling – Jaylon Jones
Underrated – Darius Rush
Overrated – JuJu Brents
Sleeper – Darrell Luter
Boom/Bust – Jakorian Bennett
Biggest Upside – Deonte Banks
Hidden Gem – Garrett Williams
Long Term Gem – Darius Rush

   Positional Traits
Best Athlete – Christian Gonzalez
Best Man Cover – Emmanuel Forbes
Best Zone Cover – Darrell Luter
Best Run support – Joey Porter
Best Tackler – Joey Porter
Best Nickel – Devon Witherspoon
Hands – Emmanuel Forbes
Best Intangibles – Joey Porter
Ball Instincts – Devon Witherspoon
Most Versatile – Riley Moss
Over drafted – Tyrique Stevenson
Major College Sleeper – Jarrick Bernard-Converse

Top Cornerbacks

1 Devon Witherspoon       Illinois
2 Christian Gonzalez        Oregon
3 Joey Porter                      Penn State
4 Deonte Banks                 Maryland
5 Cam Smith                      South Carolina
6 Kelee Ringo                    Georgia
7 Darius Rush                    South Carolina
8 Tyrique Stevenson         Miami
9 Emmanuel Forbes         Mississippi State
10 DJ Turner                        Michigan
11 JuJu Brents                     Kansas State
12 Jakorian Bennett            Maryland
13 Riley Moss                       Iowa
14 Kyu Blu Kelly                   Stanford
15 Clark Phillips                   Utah
16 Garrett Williams             Syracuse
17 Darrell Luter                    South Alabama
18 Jaylon Jones                   Texas A&M
19 Rejzohn Wright               Oregon State
20 Terrell Smith                   Minnesota