Draft Misc - Football Wiretap

No. 2 Rated Prospect Penei Sewell Opts Out Of CFB Season

Sep 7, 2020 8:23 PM

Oregon's Penei Sewell is opting out of the 2020-21 college football season to prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Sewell, the No. 2 ranked prospect in the country by ESPN, is an offensive tackle.

In his sensational second season, he became the first sophomore, and first Polynesian, to win the Outland Trophy. He also was a unanimous first-team All-American selection.

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LSU's Ja'Marr Chase Opts Out Of Season To Enter 2021 NFL Draft

Aug 30, 2020 3:03 PM

Ja'Marr Chase of LSU will opt out to etc college football season to enter the 2021 NFL draft.

Chase currently ranks fourth on Todd McShay's most recent list of the top 40 pro prospects.

Chase led the FBS in receiving yards (1,780) and touchdowns (20) last season, winning the Biletnikoff Award, which is given annually to the country's top receiver.

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Greg Rousseau Opts Out Of NCAA Season

Aug 6, 2020 3:18 PM

Greg Rousseau won't play for the University of Miami during the 2020 season.

Rousseau is a redshirt sophomore and has been projected as one of the top picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Rousseau won the 2019 ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year with 15.5 sacks, tying the second-best mark in school history for a single season.

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Browns 'Floated' Trade For Russell Wilson Before 2018 NFL Draft

May 14, 2020 6:12 PM

The Cleveland Browns "floated" the possibility of acquiring Russell Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks for the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

The Seahawks were starting at another extension for Wilson at the time.

Wilson currently has a no-trade clause and is contract will expire after the 2023 season.

Some close to the situation believe Wilson will eventually be traded.

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Trevor Lawrence, Penei Sewell Headline Mel Kiper's 2021 Big Board

May 5, 2020 4:30 PM

Mel Kiper Jr. unsurprisingly has Trevor Lawrence as his top projected prospect for the 2021 NFL Draft.

Lawrence will be a true junior in 2020 and is widely expected to be the top overall pick in 2021.

Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell ranks second, followed by Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, LSU wide receiver Ja'Marr Chase and Penn State outside linebacker Micah Parsons.

Trey Lance of North Dakota State is the third quarterback on the list at 15th overall.

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Chargers Were Prepared To Select Tua Tagovailoa At No. 6

Apr 28, 2020 3:03 PM

The Los Angeles Chargers were prepared to select Tua Tagovailoa if Justin Herbert was already off the board.

"Yeah, we felt great about both guys," Tom Telesco said. "Well, actually, we felt great about all three quarterbacks that went in the top six. All three are going to be really good players in this league, and it's a comforting factor to know. We hope we don't pick sixth very often. If we do, I won't be making very many picks here. (So) in a pick this high, if there's a potential down-the-road franchise quarterback there that you like, you have to take him."

The Chargers decided not to trade up because of how close they had the quarterbacks on their board.

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Trevor Lawrence Considered Big Favorite To Go First In 2021 NFL Draft

Apr 27, 2020 11:46 AM

Trevor Lawrence of Clemson is the overwhelming favorite to be the first overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, according to odds from SportsBetting.ag. Justin Fields of Ohio State has the second best odds at +500.

No. 1 Selection in 2021 NFL Draft
Trevor Lawrence -400
Justin Fields +500
Penei Sewell +1200
Gregory Rousseau +1800
Ja'Marr Chase +2000

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Aaron Rodgers Reaches Out To Congratulate Jordan Love

Apr 25, 2020 11:52 AM

Aaron Rodgers has reached out to Jordan Love following the Green Bay Packers' selection of the Utah State quarterback in the first round.

Rodgers initiated the conversation.

"Yeah, I was able to talk with him earlier," Love said. "You know, really good guy. [He was] just congratulating me, and I was just letting him know that I was excited to be able to work with him."

Rodgers has yet to comment publicly on the Packers' decision to draft a quarterback in the first round just months after they completed a 13-3 season.

Rodgers and Love share the same agent.

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Eagles Select Jalen Hurts At No. 53

Apr 24, 2020 8:51 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Jalen Hurts out of Oklahoma with the 53rd overall pick.

Hurts was the first quarterback selected in the second round.

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2020 NFL Draft Draws Record 15.6M Viewers, Up 37 Percent From 2019

Apr 24, 2020 4:00 PM

The opening night coverage of the 2020 NFL Draft on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, ESPN Deportes and digital drew 15.6 million viewers.

The ratings are a new record for the draft and up 37 percent from 2019.

Top-10 metered markets (across all networks): Columbus, Ohio (16.7), Cleveland (15.9), Cincinnati (15.6), Philadelphia (15.1), Kansas City (14.3), Jacksonville (14.1), Atlanta (14.0), Charlotte (13.1), Denver (12.8) and (tied) Nashville and Milwaukee (12.7).

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Jalen Hurts Given Best Odds Of Being First QB Selected On Day 2

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Packers Trade Up To Select Jordan Love

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Patriots Trade No. 23 Pick To Chargers For Nos. 37, 71

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2020 NFL Draft First Round Pick-By-Pick

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Washington Finalizes Decision To Keep No. 2 Overall Pick

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Lions Expected To Trade Down From No. 3 With Giants Or Dolphins

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Todd McShay Tests Positive For COVID-19, Won't Work Draft

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Falcons Trying To Move Up To Select Chase Young

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Bengals Inform Joe Burrow He'll Be Picked No. 1

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Washington Listening To Trade Offers For No. 2 Pick

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Giants Willing To Trade Down From No. 4

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NFL To Hold Virtual Mock Draft On Monday

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Lions Open To Trading Down From No. 3

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Dolphins Tried To Rush Tua Tagovailoa For Visit On Eve Of Shutdown

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Falcons Expected To Move Up From No. 16

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Patriots 'Love' Justin Herbert

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Several Teams Doing Serious Research On QB Jordan Love

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NFL Will Have Two Cameras In Homes Of 58 Prospects For Draft

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NFL Will Fundraise For COVID-19 Relief As Part Of Draft

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ESPN, NFL Network Could Partner For Draft Coverage

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