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Arms Race: Jags, Jets ignite run on quarterbacks with Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson

The primary spherical of the NFL Draft is predicted to be an arms race in Cleveland on Thursday night time.  

As quickly because the San Francisco 49ers traded three first-round picks to maneuver as much as No. 3 total, it grew to become clear that quarterbacks would come off the board at a file tempo on the NFL draft.

Whereas QBs are broadly anticipated to go 1-2-3 for simply the third time within the frequent draft period that began in 1967, there are nonetheless questions on what number of others will comply with within the prime 10 and first spherical.

Inexperienced Bay Packer followers cheer earlier than the 2021 NFL Draft at First Power Stadium

An total view of the stage earlier than the 2021 NFL Draft at First Power Stadium

Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson are anticipated to be the highest two picks, to Jacksonville and the New York Jets, with the Niners possible selecting amongst Mac Jones, Trey Lance and Justin Fields at No. 3.

That may match 1971 (Jim Plunkett, Archie Manning, Dan Pastorini) and 1999 (Tim Sofa, Donovan McNabb, Akili Smith) as the one drafts with quarterbacks taken with the highest three picks.

A file could possibly be set with 4 QBs going within the prime 4 if Atlanta drafts the successor to Matt Ryan or trades all the way down to a quarterback-needy group.

If Fields, Jones and Lance all get taken within the prime 10, that may even be a primary, beating the 4 top-10 QBs taken within the 2018 draft when Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen all went off the board shortly.

All 5 of these QBs are nearly assuredly first-round picks, one thing that additionally occurred in 1999 when the 5 got here off within the prime 12, and in 2018 when Lamar Jackson was picked thirty second to hitch the 4 top-10 QBs.

If someway, Kyle Trask, Kellen Mond or Davis Mills go off the board late within the first spherical, the 2021 draft might match the 1983 class with six first-round QBs.

That class that featured Corridor of Famers John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino, together with Todd Blackledge, Tony Eason and Ken O´Brien, is broadly thought of one of the best ever for quarterbacks.

Not like the 2020 NFL Draft, which commissioner Roger Goodell hosted from his basement (pictured), this 12 months’s occasion was held in Cleveland the place followers, gamers, and officers have been required to be vaccinated as a way to get anyplace close to the stage 

TOP PICKS

With Lawrence set to be the twenty sixth quarterback to be picked first total for the reason that merger, quarterbacks will account for precisely half of the highest picks since 1970.

This would be the sixth time prior to now seven years {that a} QB went first total, with Cleveland defensive finish Myles Garrett the one different participant to interrupt by means of in 2017.

It wasn´t all the time this manner, with a stretch from 1994-97 when the highest picks have been defensive sort out Dan Wilkinson, operating again Ki-Jana Carter, receiver Keyshawn Johnson and sort out Orlando Tempo.

There was even an 11-year stretch from 1976-86 when Elway was the one QB to go first total.

The preferred place moreover quarterback to go first total for the reason that merger is defensive ends with 11, adopted by operating backs (six), offensive linemen (3), receivers (2), linebackers (2) and defensive tackles (two). There has by no means been a decent finish or defensive again drafted first.

WAITING FOR D

With a lot of the groups on the prime of the draft showing to be concentrating on quarterbacks and different offensive gamers, this could possibly be the longest wait ever for a defensive participant to return off the board.

The newest the primary defensive participant has gone within the frequent draft period starting in 1967 was seventh total in 1999, when Corridor of Famer Champ Bailey was taken by Washington.

As not too long ago as 2019, 4 of the primary 5 gamers drafted got here on the defensive facet, with Nick Bosa, Quinnen Williams, Clelin Ferrell and Devin White following prime decide Kyler Murray that 12 months.

This might additionally mark the primary time since 2012 {that a} defensive lineman didn´t get picked within the prime 10. Dontari Poe was the primary one off the board that 12 months at No. 11 to Kansas Metropolis.

RARE TERRITORY

Florida tight finish Kyle Pitts might make some draft historical past this week. If Atlanta picks Pitts at No. 4 total, he might be highest drafted tight finish within the frequent draft period.

The one time a decent finish was picked within the prime 5 got here in 1972, when Denver took Riley Odoms fifth total. Odoms was a two-time All-Professional and four-time Professional Bowler with 396 catches in 12 seasons.

Simply 15 tight ends in all have gone within the prime 10 within the draft since 1967, with the gamers doing it prior to now 25 drafts being T.J. Hockenson (eighth to Detroit in 2019), Eric Ebron (tenth to Detroit in 2014), Vernon Davis (sixth to San Francisco in 2006), Kellen Winslow Jr. (sixth to Cleveland in 2004) and Ricky Dudley (ninth to the Raiders in 1996).

DOUBLE TROUBLE

Alabama is about to have a pair of receivers picked within the first spherical for the second straight 12 months, with DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle set to comply with 2020 first-rounders Henry Ruggs III and Jerry Jeudy.

The one different faculties to have a pair of receivers picked within the first spherical within the frequent draft period are 2007 LSU (Dwayne Bowe and Craig Davis), 2007 Ohio State (Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez), 2001 Miami (Santana Moss and Reggie Wayne) and 1997 Florida (Ike Hilliard and Reidel Anthony).

Jacksonville Jaguars proprietor Shad Khan speaks at EverBank Discipline in Jacksonville on this March 8, 2017, file picture

It is simple to see proprietor Shad Khan’s pleasure and enthusiasm for the Jacksonville Jaguars nowadays. He is smiling, cracking jokes, taking refined photographs at his earlier coach/common supervisor regime.

It is undoubtedly probably the greatest weeks of his 10-year tenure, proper up there with enjoying within the AFC championship sport in January 2018.

‘It is unbelievable,’ Khan stated Tuesday, two days earlier than Jacksonville chosen Lawrence with the primary decide within the NFL draft. ‘If this is not a second to take pleasure in for me and for all of the Jags followers, you want extra espresso otherwise you want one thing else. It is a great-to-be-alive sort of second, frankly.’

Khan was downright giddy understanding the Jaguars will land Lawrence, broadly thought of one of the best quarterback prospect since Andrew Luck in 2012. Khan was a wide-eyed NFL proprietor again then, with little greater than a notion about how the league labored.

He is since discovered sufficient that he stored coach Doug Marrone and common supervisor Dave Caldwell in place an additional 12 months in 2020 to have them clear up their mess. That call, which got here shortly after Khan fired prime govt Tom Coughlin, was the second he felt he was ‘able to take the coaching wheels off.’

He employed City Meyer to interchange them, bringing in probably the most embellished coaches in school soccer historical past and giving him full reign to alter something and every thing he desires throughout the group.

‘9 years in the past, shopping for the group, it was like the nice journey, step one on a 1,000-mile journey and trying to the horizon,’ Khan stated. ‘And what it’s now? We have been by means of ups and downs, largely downs, and now you are an excellent upside.’

Though Khan declined to tip the apparent prime decide, he did not balk at and even attempt to deflect any questions that talked about Lawrence by title or alluded to him as the selection.

‘We’re hope, optimism,’ he stated. ‘I need to benefit from the second. I would like all of the followers, all of us in Jacksonville, to take pleasure in this second and our time within the nationwide highlight. If now we have hope and we’re successful, clearly, that is quite a bit higher for town and it is quite a bit higher for the Jags.’

The group went 41-106 in Khan’s first 9 years, together with 2-1 in its one playoff 12 months. The proprietor has endured eight seasons with double-digit losses whereas failing repeatedly to discover a franchise quarterback. The Jaguars gave Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, Blake Bortles, Cody Kessler, Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew, Jake Luton and Mike Glennon probabilities throughout Khan’s tenure.

‘It is that one participant (who) is the toughest factor to (discover),’ he stated.

City Meyer not too long ago accepted the top teaching job with the Jacksonville Jaguars 

The Jaguars are relying on Lawrence fixing a decades-old downside for the small-market franchise. Lawrence comes off a stellar school profession at Clemson, going 34-2 because the starter and main the Tigers to a few Atlantic Coast Convention titles and the 2018 nationwide championship.

He accomplished 66 % of his passes for 10,098 yards, with 90 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. Lawrence additionally ran for 18 scores.

He completed second in Heisman Trophy balloting to Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith final season. Lawrence threw for 3,153 yards, 24 touchdowns and 5 interceptions whereas lacking two video games after testing optimistic for COVID-19 in October.

He is anticipated to be the face of Jacksonville’s franchise, together with Meyer, for the foreseeable future.

Khan sat in on a number of video calls involving potential quarterbacks in current weeks, together with no less than one with Lawrence. The proprietor, who plans to be extra concerned with choice making than throughout earlier regimes, additionally has been available for just a few mock drafts.

He insists this draft might be totally different from earlier ones in Jacksonville that ‘nonetheless had surprises within the draft room.’

Nobody might be shocked when Jacksonville takes Lawrence, who will step into an instantaneous management position on a group nonetheless attempting to make sense of all Meyer’s methodologies. Even Khan is studying increasingly about them daily.

‘The coaches need to have accountability if the gamers aren’t growing,’ Khan stated. ‘I believe that sense of accountability is actually sort of refreshing. You try this in regular walks of life. … We have all the time stated, `Effectively, every thing is about expertise.’

‘Effectively, if they do not have the psyche to mix into the group, it is not a great factor. After which if the coaches aren’t growing them, then we will have what now we have had.’

IS IT SAFE TO ATTEND SPORTING EVENTS YET?  

Is it protected to go to massive sporting occasions throughout the pandemic?

Not but, however there are methods to make it safer for those who go.

‘Yelling, chanting, hugging and customarily pouring out our sports activities enthusiasm remains to be not the most secure exercise,’ famous Jennifer Dowd, affiliate professor of inhabitants well being at College of Oxford and chief scientific officer of Expensive Pandemic, an internet site that gives skilled opinions.

If you happen to do resolve to go to a sport, out of doors stadiums are safer than indoor arenas, which will not be as nicely ventilated. Venues that restrict attendance and require masks are safer as nicely. Some groups are requiring proof of vaccination or a destructive take a look at for the coronavirus.

Detroit Lions followers cheer earlier than the 2021 NFL Draft at First Power Stadium

Rick Dermer, a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers, factors out his ‘Horrible Masks’ as he waits for potential draftees to look on the Purple Carpet on the Rock & Roll Corridor of Fame earlier than the NFL soccer draft, Thursday, April 29, 2021, in Cleveland

As soon as on the stadium, keep away from indoor bars, eating places and field seating, Dowd stated. ‘Areas which might be indoors with numerous folks consuming and ingesting with out masks are nonetheless among the many riskiest,’ she stated.

Going to a sport is way safer for those who’re totally vaccinated, notes the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention. However the company advises carrying masks at crowded sports activities occasions no matter whether or not you have had your photographs.

Proof on the protection of huge video games is blended. The NFL says it safely hosted 1.2 million followers at 119 video games throughout the 2020 season. Some research that have not but been vetted by outdoors specialists have reached differing conclusions about whether or not the soccer season led to extra infections. The examine findings cannot be sure, since they have been primarily based on illness charges in counties, not on contact tracing investigations.

Dr. Peter Hotez, an infectious illness specialist at Baylor Faculty of Medication in Houston, stated sufficient People will possible be totally vaccinated by June or July to see important declines in transmission of the virus.

‘The chance will not go to zero,’ Hotez stated, however it would drop sufficient that sporting occasions, eating places and bigger gatherings could also be a lot safer.

The CDC presents extra steering to assist sports activities followers make selections because the pandemic continues, equivalent to checking with occasion organizers about what security measures are being taken. An essential reminder: When you have signs, are ready for a virus take a look at end result or have been uncovered to somebody who’s contaminated, you must keep dwelling, the CDC says.

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Followers benefit from the Bud Gentle Legends Bar on the NFL Draft Expertise on Thursday, April 29, 2021 in Cleveland

Reigning NFL MVP and Jeopardy host Aaron Rodgers has reportedly turn out to be dissatisfied in Inexperienced Bay and has informed Packers officers that he would not need to return to the group

Rodgers has been busy this low season. Along with a stretch internet hosting Jeopardy, he revealed his engagement to actress Shailene Woodley (close to proper) when he accepted his third MVP award again in February

The draft wasn’t the one main NFL information on Thursday. 

Reigning NFL MVP and part-time Jeopardy host Aaron Rodgers has reportedly turn out to be dissatisfied in Inexperienced Bay and has informed Packers officers that he would not need to return to the group.

The 37-year-old is pissed off by contract extension negotiations, in response to NFL Community. Rodgers is reportedly in search of ‘contractural safety’ in a deal that may stop the necessity for any future restructuring – a typical observe by NFL groups with their highest-paid gamers. 

As ESPN reported forward of Thursday’s NFL Draft, the Packers are conscious and anxious about Rodgers’s displeasure. Sources informed ESPN that Packers president Mark Murphy, common supervisor Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur have all met with Rodgers privately this low season, and outwardly, the group stays dedicated to the previous Tremendous Bowl champion.

‘As we have acknowledged for the reason that season ended, we’re dedicated to Aaron in 2021 and past,’ Gutekunst informed ESPN. ‘Aaron has been an important a part of our success and we stay up for competing for one more championship with him main our group.’

Rodgers’s agent didn’t instantly reply to DailyMail.com’s request for remark.

In line with ESPN, he is been upset in Inexperienced Bay courting again to the 2020 NFL Draft, when the group chosen Utah State QB Jordan Love (pictured) as Rodgers’s inheritor obvious

In line with ESPN, he is been upset in Inexperienced Bay courting again to the 2020 NFL Draft, when the group chosen Utah State quarterback Jordan Love as Rodgers’s inheritor obvious within the first spherical. 

Rodgers additionally made cryptic feedback earlier than the 2020 NFC title sport, saying his future is a ‘lovely thriller.’

The Packers have proven little interest in buying and selling him, and in response to ESPN, turned down presents from the Los Angeles Rams, who in the end dealt for the Detroit Lions’ quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Rodgers has performed his complete 16-year NFL profession with the Packers, successful three MVP awards and Tremendous Bowl XLV over that point.

He’s signed by means of the 2023 season, however has an out clause in his contract that might enable him to turn out to be a free agent in the summertime of 2022. Rodgers has earned greater than $240 million in wage over his 16-year profession.

Rodgers has been busy this low season.

Along with a stretch internet hosting Jeopardy, he revealed his engagement to actress Shailene Woodley when he accepted his third MVP award again in February.

Rodgers’s commerce worth is buoyed by his personal current success after main the NFL in completion share (70.7) and landing passes (48) in 2020, whereas throwing simply 5 interceptions.     

As ESPN reported, the Packers are conscious and anxious about Rodgers’s displeasure. Sources informed ESPN that Packers president Mark Murphy, common supervisor Brian Gutekunst (pictured) and head coach Matt LaFleur have all met with Rodgers privately this low season, and outwardly, the group stays dedicated to the previous Tremendous Bowl champion

Again in Jax? NFL QB-Turned-Minor League Baseball Participant Tim Tebow ‘Works Out for Jaguars as a TIGHT END’ and Might Reunite City Meyer in Jacksonville 

After stints as an NFL quarterback and a minor league baseball participant, Tim Tebow is reportedly making an attempt an expert soccer comeback as a decent finish, and his former school coach City Meyer could also be prepared to present him an opportunity. 

Tebow, a former Denver Broncos and New York Jets quarterback, labored out for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a decent finish, NFL Community and ESPN reported Thursday.

Tebow, 33, starred on the College of Florida underneath Meyer, who’s coming into his first season because the Jaguars’ head coach. Though he was born within the Philippines, Tebow grew up in Jacksonville earlier than enrolling at Florida.

NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport tweeted that “there was no less than some dialogue” of Jacksonville signing him.

Tebow, the son of Christian missionaries, remains to be an on-air analyst for ESPN’s school soccer protection. He not too long ago celebrated his one-year anniversary with spouse Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (proper), the 2017 Miss Universe winner

Tebow performed within the New York Mets’ group from 2016 to 2019, reaching as excessive as Triple-A in 2019, however introduced his retirement from baseball in February. In 2019, which turned out to be his last season as a result of pandemic, Tebow batted .163 in 77 video games at Triple-A – the very best stage of minor league baseball – earlier than struggling a season-ending pinky damage. He finishes his profession with a .223 common over 287 minor league video games

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner was a dual-threat quarterback who ran for 57 touchdowns over 4 seasons at Florida, whereas additionally passing for 88 TDs. At 6-foot-3, 255 kilos, Tebow has a body that might translate to the tight-end place regardless of not enjoying there at any level since highschool. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce is 6-5, 260, whereas San Francisco 49ers tight finish George Kittle is 6-4, 250

Denver chosen Tebow within the first spherical of the 2010 NFL Draft. After solely lasting three seasons within the NFL with the Broncos and Jets, Tebow modified focus to skilled baseball. 

He performed within the New York Mets’ group from 2016 to 2019, reaching as excessive as Triple-A in 2019, however introduced his retirement from baseball in February.

In 2019, which turned out to be his last season as a result of pandemic, Tebow batted .163 in 77 video games at Triple-A – the very best stage of minor league baseball – earlier than struggling a season-ending pinky damage. He finishes his profession with a .223 common over 287 minor league video games.

‘I need to thank the Mets, Alderson, the followers and all my teammates for the possibility to be part of such an excellent group,’ Tebow stated in an announcement launched by New York Mets. ‘I cherished each minute of the journey, however at the moment I really feel referred to as in different instructions.’

Tebow, the son of Christian missionaries, remains to be an on-air analyst for ESPN’s school soccer protection. He not too long ago celebrated his one-year anniversary with spouse Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, the 2017 Miss Universe winner. 

‘My prayer is that God will bless him & his spouse on this subsequent chapter,’ tweeted preacher Franklin Graham. ‘I am certain He has nice issues in retailer. Thanks Tim to your friendship—& your constant witness for Jesus Christ.’

The 2007 Heisman Trophy winner was a dual-threat quarterback who ran for 57 touchdowns over 4 seasons at Florida, whereas additionally passing for 88 TDs.

At 6-foot-3, 255 kilos, Tebow has a body that might translate to the tight-end place regardless of not enjoying there at any level since highschool. Kansas Metropolis Chiefs tight finish Travis Kelce is 6-5, 260, whereas San Francisco 49ers tight finish George Kittle is 6-4, 250.

Accuracy points restricted Tebow’s potential as a quarterback and he in the end did not win the beginning job with the New York Jets in 2012. He went on to have temporary stints with the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles, however by no means formally performed for both group in a daily season sport. 

There stays some debate over how good Tebow actually was within the NFL, however the numbers are usually not on his facet. 

In 2011, the one season he performed recurrently, Tebow accomplished 46.5 % of his passes. For comparability, no qualifying NFL passer had a decrease completion mark than 57 % in 2020.  

Reuters and Alex Raskin, sports activities information editor for DailyMail.com 

Tebow, a former Denver Broncos and New York Jets quarterback, labored out for the Jacksonville Jaguars as a decent finish, NFL Community and ESPN reported Thursday. Tebow, 33, starred on the College of Florida underneath Meyer (proper), who’s coming into his first season because the Jaguars’ head coach. Though he was born within the Philippines, Tebow grew up in Jacksonville earlier than enrolling at Florida


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