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Colts' Kwity Paye Becomes First 2021 First-Rounder To Sign

May 7, 2021 8:59 AM

Indianapolis Colts defensive end Kwity Paye has become the first 2021 first-round pick to sign his rookie contract.

The Colts signed five rookies on Thursday.

Paye is set to account for approximately $2.4 million in 2021, per Over The Cap's rookie pool estimations.

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Tags: Indianapolis Colts, Draft, Misc Rumor, Signing

Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah: I Never Really Had Any Heart Issues

May 5, 2021 9:01 AM

Cleveland Browns second-round pick Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is disputing the notion that a heart issue popped up in his pre-draft medical reviews.

The Notre Dame product was seen as a potential first-round pick, but fell to the middle of the second round.

"You get news," he told Jim Rome. "You get a lot of news within the draft and the process you're going through. There was something that came up in terms of what guys were saying, but in terms of me, in terms of the personal aspect there were no really heart issues at all. There was nothing that was too ticked off and we went back to Notre Dame and looked at the medical records and everything. I never really had any heart issues or anything going on there. You know, you hear a lot of things, but you've got to get it from the source."

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Tags: Cleveland Browns, Draft, Misc Rumor

Kyle Shanahan Details Why 49ers Selected Trey Lance

May 3, 2021 1:29 PM

The San Francisco 49ers settled on Trey Lance as their pick at No. 3 on April 19th, several weeks after trading up to No. 3.

Kyle Shanahan was asked by Peter King how they decide upon Lance.

“It’s so hard for me to give a quick answer,” Shanahan said from California.

“His natural ability to play the quarterback position, just in terms of how he plays in the pocket, how he can go through the progressions, how, when no one’s open, that he gives it a chance, that he recognizes it. And how quick he reacts to turning it into an off-schedule play. He plays on tape like he’s a very poised, smart person who’s been playing the position for a while.

“Then you look into the other attributes, and you’re like ‘Oh, I haven’t even gotten to the running skill set.’ I haven’t gotten to the upside of how much better he can get, the more he plays. That’s what made me like him so much right away.

“But it’s also, once you do that, you see all this, now let’s talk about what’s wrong. Why isn’t this a slam dunk? You hear his school [level of play], the lack of throws, not playing the 2020 season. Those are real things. That’s why I’m glad that we had a long time to go through it. Because you love the tape, but just like everyone in the league, there are some stuff you can’t just say it’s a slam dunk. That’s the stuff that worries you about it. But that’s what was so cool about the kid, that going through this process after we moved up to where I talked to him so many times, to have him go through the number of tests and stuff that we have them all go through . . . I can’t tell you how special of a person he is. It has nothing to do with football.

“He’s extremely intelligent. He knows how to handle situations. He knows how to carry himself. The guy that I see on tape that I tried to describe that I see such a natural quarterback, such a smart player. Well, if I never saw the tape, and I got to hang out with him first, I would’ve felt that same way with him as a person and been like, ‘Man, I hope the tape matches this person!’ You know? That’s kind of what was cool about it. The first time you watch the tape, ‘Man, hell yeah!’ But no decision’s set in stone in January. That’s how I felt in January when I saw him. But I was going to do the process right. Watch everybody. Every guy. I can always spend two hours and get myself to like anyone. Then, I go to the time getting myself to not like him. And I see what ends up sticking. That’s what was cool about him through the process at the end. No matter what I tried to do to say, It’s too risky!, all that stuff kind of went away the more I got to know the person. I went back to how I originally felt about the tape.”

Peter King/NBC Sports

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Draft, Draft Misc, IQ

Vikings Tried To Trade Up For Justin Fields

May 3, 2021 11:38 AM

The Minnesota Vikings tried to trade up in the draft to select Justin Fields.

The Chicago Bears traded up to select Fields.

The Vikings eventually selected Kellen Mond of Texas A&M in the third round.

According to multiple sources, a Vikings coach reached out to Cousins in the lead-up to the draft to let him know Minnesota was considering taking a quarterback at some point.

Courtney Cronin/ESPN

Tags: Minnesota Vikings, Draft, Draft Misc, Misc Rumor

Mike Mayock On Leatherwood Pick: 'We Knew It Would Be Controversial'

Apr 30, 2021 9:49 AM

The Las Vegas Raiders raised eyebrows when they selected Alabama offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood with the 17th overall pick on Thursday night.

"We knew it would be controversial," Mike Mayock said. "We completely understand that."

Mayock said Jon Gruden, offensive line coach Tom Cable and the team's scouts were high on Leatherwood too.

"Coach Cable has been all over him for months now," Mayock said. "Gruden loved this guy. Our scouts loved this guy. And what I like is, when the second floor in our building, which is all the coaches, and the third floor, which is all the scouts, when we’re united on a conversation like Leatherwood, that makes me feel really good about the pick."

Las Vegas Review-Journal

Tags: Las Vegas Raiders, Draft, Misc Rumor

Jets Draft Alijah Vera-Tucker 14th After Trading Up

Apr 29, 2021 10:31 PM

The New York Jets traded up to acquire the 14th overall pick in Thursday's first round.

New York used the pick on USC offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker to help protect second overall selection Zach Wilson.

In addition to the 14th pick, the Jets acquired a fourth-round pick from the Minnesota Vikings for the 23rd overall and two third-rounders.

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Tags: New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Draft, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Bears Trade Up, Draft Justin Fields

Apr 29, 2021 9:44 PM

The Chicago Bears have traded up in the first round to take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

To acquire the 11th pick, the Bears dealt the 20th overall pick, a fifth-rounder, and a first- and fourth-round selection in 2021 to the New York Giants.

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Tags: Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Draft, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Eagles Take DeVonta Smith After Trade With Cowboys

Apr 29, 2021 9:37 PM

The Philadelphia Eagles have traded up to the tenth pick in a deal with the Dallas Cowboys.

Dallas received the No. 12 pick and a 2021 third-rounder.

With the selection, the Eagles selected DeVonta Smith.

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Tags: Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Draft, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

49ers Kept Decision On Trey Lance From Coaches, Scouts

Apr 29, 2021 9:06 PM

The San Francisco 49ers were very secretive about who they wanted with the third overall pick on Thursday night.

The front office, along with head coach Kyle Shanahan, didn't tell the team's coaching staff and scouts that Trey Lance would be the selection.

The 49ers were linked to Alabama quarterback Mac Jones for weeks after trading up to No. 3.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco 49ers, Draft, Misc Rumor

Full 2021 NFL Draft First-Round Recap

Apr 29, 2021 7:37 PM

The first round of the 2021 NFL Draft began as many expected with quarterbacks selected first, second and third, but things got wild once the Panthers and Broncos took cornerbacks with the eight and ninth picks, respectively. The Eagles, Bears and Jets traded up over the course of five picks to grab the players they badly wanted with Chicago paying a high price for Justin Fields.

1) Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, Clemson QB
2) New York Jets - Zach Wilson, BYU QB
3) San Francisco 49ers (from Texans through Dolphins) - Trey Lance, NDSU QB
4) Atlanta Falcons - Kyle Pitts, Florida TE
5) Cincinnati Bengals - Ja'Marr Chase, LSU WR
6) Miami Dolphins (from Eagles) - Jaylen Waddle, Alabama WR
7) Detroit Lions - Penei Sewell, Oregon OT
8) Carolina Panthers - Jaycee Horn, South Carolina CB
9) Denver Broncos - Patrick Surtain II, Alabama CB
10) Philadelphia Eagles (from Cowboys) - DeVonta Smith, Alabama WR
11) Chicago Bears (from Giants) - Justin Fields, Ohio State QB
12) Dallas Cowboys (from Eagles via 49ers through Dolphins) - Micah Parsons, Penn State LB
13) Los Angeles Chargers - Rashawn Slater, Northwestern OT
14) New York Jets (from Vikings) - Alijah Vera-Tucker, USC OL
15) New England Patriots - Mac Jones, Alabama QB
16) Arizona Cardinals - Zaven Collins, Tulsa LB
17) Las Vegas Raiders - Alex Leatherwood, Alabama OT
18) Miami Dolphins - Jaelan Phillips, Miami DE
19) Washington Football Team - Jamin Davis, Kentucky LB
20) New York Giants (from Bears) - Kadarius Toney, WR Florida
21) Indianapolis Colts - Kwity Paye, Michigan DE
22) Tennessee Titans - Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech CB
23) Minnesota Vikings (from Jets via Seahawks) - Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech OL
24) Pittsburgh Steelers - Najee Harris, Alabama RB
25) Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams) - Travis Etienne, Clemson RB
26) Cleveland Browns - Greg Newsome, Northwestern CB
27) Baltimore Ravens - Rashod Bateman, Minnesota
28) New Orleans Saints - Payton Turner, Houston DE
29) Green Bay Packers - Eric Stokes, Georgia CB
30) Buffalo Bills - Gregory Rousseau, Miami DE
31) Baltimore Ravens (from Chiefs) - Jayson Oweh, Penn State DE
32) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Joe Tryon, Washington DE


The Philadelphia Eagles acquired the 10th pick from the Dallas Cowboys for the No. 12 pick and a 2021 third-round selection.

The Chicago Bears acquired the 11th pick from the New York Giants for the 20th overall pick, a fifth-rounder, and a first- and fourth-round selection in 2021.

The New York Jets acquired the 14th overall selection and a fourth-round pick from the Minnesota Vikings for the 23rd overall and two third-rounders.

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Trey Lance Becomes Oddsmakers Favorite At No. 3 For 49ers

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Saints Trying To Move Into Top-10

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Lions Explored Trading Up To No. 4 To Take Ja'Marr Chase

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Justin Herbert Lobbying For Chargers To Draft Penei Sewell

NFL Network

Caleb Farley Tests Positive For COVID, Won't Attend Draft

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Steelers Eyeing Najee Harris, Zaven Collins At No. 24

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Zac Taylor Hints Bengals Could Draft Ja'Marr Chase

Jeff Kerr/CBS Sports

Jaguars Interviewed Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields

Ian Rapoport/NFL Media

Patriots 'Doing A Lot Of Homework' On Kyle Trask

Daniel Jeremiah/NFL Network

Eagles May Be Looking To Trade Back Into Top 10

Tom Pelissero/NFL Network

49ers Like Five QBs At No. 3 Overall Pick

Nick Wagoner/ESPN

'Almost All' Teams Have Zach Wilson Rated As No. 2 QB In Draft

Todd McShay/ESPN

49ers Shifting Focus To Mac Jones, Trey Lance With No. 3 Pick

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Lions Open To Trading No. 7 Pick

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Cardinals GM: Larry Fitzgerald's Status Won't Impact Draft

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Broncos Want 'Competition' At QB With Drew Lock

Jeff Legwold/ESPN

Sean Payton Doesn't Believe Drafting A QB Is A 'Must' For Saints


Justin Fields Reveals He Is Managing Epilepsy

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Panthers Discuss Trading Down From No. 8

Adam Schefter/ESPN

Justin Fields Now Betting Favorite To Go Third Overall

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk