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Upcoming events: 2/23: First day for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players; 3/1: Deadline for eligible college football players to notify the NFL Player Personnel department of their intent to forgo the 2021 NFL Draft and return to college; 3/9: Deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players; 3/17: New league year and free agency begins; 4/5-4/19: Offseason workout programs begin; 4/29-5/1: 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland, OH.

Here is what happen in sports this month:

Lance Zierlein 2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Patriots, 49ers select QBs in Round 1

In my first mock of the 2021 NFL Draft, which is scheduled for April 29 – May 1, I have quarterbacks going first and second overall — something we haven’t seen since Jared Goff and Carson Wentz were taken with the top two picks in the 2016 draft. Remember, this mock is a projection of where I believe players will go — not necessarily a reflection of my opinion as to where the players should go.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2939783-2021-first-round-nfl-mock-draft-updated-picks-after-pro-days

2021 First-Round NFL Mock Draft: Updated Picks After Pro Days

We’re down to about a fortnight now.

It feels as though it was just yesterday when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were whipping the Vince Lombardi Trophy around above the deep waters of the Hillsborough River, but that’s ancient history in terms of the NFL offseason, and free agency is already a memory.

We’re into the final countdown for the 2021 draft. And with basically the entire predraft process complete, we’re able to mock the draft with an increasingly clear picture.

Here’s our latest stab at it.

Why the Packers traded up to get WR Amari Rodgers

To say the Packers were happy to get him would probably be an understatement. The team thinks Rodgers can be an impact player for the Packers – on offense and special teams – right away.

“His pedigree, his performance in college at a big-time stage were things that comforted us and feeling like he could step in and be a productive player for us early in his career,” Gutekunst said.

Gutekunst and his staff were enamored with Rodgers’ fit in the Matt LaFleur offense. He said the Packers have been looking for this type of player – a dynamic playmaker in the slot – for at least the last two years.

https://www.nfl.com/news/marshawn-lynch-dr-anthony-fauci-covid19-vaccine-conversation

Watch Dr. Anthony Fauci’s amazing interview with Marshawn Lynch

Leave it to a running back from Oakland and a doctor from Brooklyn to stage the year’s most ambitious crossover event.
Marshawn Lynch hosted the nation’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, for a conversation on COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy. The results? Thirty-two minutes that perfectly straddled the line between education and entertainment.

https://theeagleswire.usatoday.com/2021/03/03/philadelphia-eagles-travis-fulgham-breakout-season-2021/

Why Eagles WR Travis Fulgham will have a breakout season in 2021

Last season, Eagles wide receiver Travis Fulgham made the most of the first NFL action of his career.

The Eagles claimed Fulgham off waivers before signing him to the practice squad and when his number was called he instantly became a fan favorite.

Here are a few reasons why you should expect Fulgham to have a breakout season.

https://www.pff.com/news/draft-2021-nfl-mock-draft-denver-broncos-trade-up-for-qb-trey-lance-florida-te-kyle-pitts-lands-with-the-miami-dolphins-at-no-6

2021 NFL Mock Draft: Denver Broncos trade up for QB Trey Lance, Florida TE Kyle Pitts lands with the Miami Dolphins at No. 6

The trades involving San Francisco, Miami and Philadelphia have reshaped the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft. It now seems all but a foregone conclusion that quarterbacks will come off the board with the first three picks in the draft, potentially forcing other QB-needy teams to move up to secure one of the top-five quarterbacks before the run ends. There’s a real chance that this run ends inside the top 10 picks, as it does in my second attempt at a 2021 mock draft.

Packers 7-round 2021 NFL mock draft: Post Senior Bowl Edition

With the Super Bowl yet to be played, it’s, unfortunately, time for the Green Bay Packers to direct their full attention toward the offseason. While the more immediate need is to fill the defensive coordinator position, we’ll take a moment and focus on the all-important 2021 NFL Draft by conducting our own mock draft.

https://www.jaguars.com/news/mock-draft-tracker-11-0-increasingly-popular-at-no-25

Mock Draft Tracker 11.0: Increasingly popular at No. 25

When it comes to the No. 1 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, that has been the norm throughout the offseason – and the norm continues this week, with analysts unanimously continuing to project Clemson University quarterback Trevor Lawrence to the Jaguars there.

3 reasons Steelers will regret letting James Conner walk

The Steelers have shown this past season that there is not an abundance of talent in the RB room.

Pittsburgh made it known pretty early this offseason that they believe the struggles with their offense stem from the running game. It is not an easy thing to disagree with as for the last 3 seasons the Steelers have failed to rank higher than 29th in rush yards per game. It is not as if there is no hope for the run game in 2021, but the failure to resign James Conner definitely puts a damper on things.

Todd McShay has Lions selecting a WR & LB in his latest two-round mock draft

ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay released his latest mock draft, a two-rounder that involves some movement with the Lions at No. 7.
McShay mocked the Carolina Panthers moving up one spot with Detroit to make sure they can draft North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance. The Panthers give the Lions a third-round pick (No. 73) to move up the one spot.

https://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2021/4/4/22366760/cowboys-2021-nfl-mock-draft-tracker-weve-reached-peak-consensus-when-it-comes-to-dallas-pick-at-10

Cowboys 2021 NFL mock draft tracker: We’ve reached peak consensus when it comes to Dallas’ pick at 10

How much mystery will there be when the Cowboys go on the clock at pick #10 in the 2021 NFL draft? If you believe the mock drafts, the position that the Cowboys take is already a known entity. We surveyed 10 recent mocks and all 10 had the Cowboys taking a cornerback at pick #10. Now they’re just debating of which one the Cowboys will take. Some of the argument is really just about which one is available at pick #10.

https://www.pff.com/news/nfl-washington-football-team-sign-ryan-fitzpatrick-terry-mclaurin-2021-free-agency

Washington Football Team’s addition of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick could spell a career year for WR Terry McLaurin

Few wide receivers have been dealt a tougher hand than Terry McLaurin during his first two seasons in the league, but that could all change thanks to the free-agency acquisition of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The veteran signal-caller agreed to terms with the Washington Football Team on a one-year deal worth $10 million, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday. He will enter training camp as the presumptive Week 1 starter, with competition from Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen.

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