Tonight, the 3 day NFL draft frenzy begins with one of the most intriguing 1st rounds in a long time.
There are loads on talented players at each position and several teams itching to get their guy. Although the draft is usually unpredictable, here are a few things you can expect to happen during tonight’s chaotic first round.
Multiple Teams WILL Trade Up
The first 3 picks are almost certainly going to be Quarterbacks, which will leave 2 highly touted passing prospects will fall to the 4th pick, which is held by the Atlanta Falcons who already have Matt Ryan.
There is a chance that Atlanta looks to take a QB for their future, but I say that’s unlikely.
Several teams will look to come up and draft either Trey Lance, Mac Jones, or Justin Fields (depends on who the Niners take at 3). Organizations like New England, Denver, Chicago, Washington, and maybe even Philadelphia have all been rumored to be in the market for a QB. My guess is that with so much talent on the board at the QB position will spark trade talk between the above teams and others like Miami, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Carolina, and Dallas– who hold top 10 picks but don’t need a QB.
In my 2021 mock draft, I have the Patriots and Denver coming up to get a QB, but others certainly will be looking into it.
Assuming this does go down, that leaves room for other top prospects like Kyle Pitts, Penei Sewell, Ja’Marr Chase, Devonta Smith, Micah Parson, Jeremiah Owusu-Koromorah, Jaycee Horn and others to fall out of the top 5 or even top 10– so some later round teams looking for a bargain may also look to make a trade to get a high end talent.
Trades make the draft that much more fun, so let’s hope I’m right.
Expect Some Star Vets to be Moved
Over the course of the entire off-season, there have been numerous rumors about star players being traded, and tonight may just be the night we see some of those deals go down.
There have been reports that Atlanta has shopped WR Julio Jones, Philly TE Zach Ertz wants out, and the 49ers are looking to get rid of QB Jimmy Garoppolo. I bet we see at least one of these guys moved tonight or at some point over the course of the draft weekend.
Locked In Position Picks
I really think that a large sum of tonight’s drafting teams will go a certain direction when it’s their turn on the clock. Here are the teams that I think are locked in on a specific position with their first selection:
QB: Jaguars, Jets, 49ers, Broncos,
WR/TE: Dolphins, Lions, Saints,
O-Line: Bengals, Giants, Chargers, Jets
D-Line/Edge: Bills, Colts
DB: Cowboys, Titans, Cardinals