1 Patrick Mahomes - QB
Original pick: Myles Garrett, Edge.
Mahomes was actually drafted: by the Chiefs in Round 1 (No. 10).
This will likely cause a lot of cringing, because poor Patrick shouldn’t be subjected to playing for the Browns, given what we’ve seen happen to other quarterbacks who have played for the Browns. And while I will stop short of saying Mahomes would have saved the career of then-coach Hue Jackson, I’m sure Mahomes still would have ended up with a lot of success — with the Chiefs, who would have traded a fourth-round pick for him after two bad years in Cleveland, paving the way for Mahomes to lead Kanas City to a Super Bowl win. Just like he did this year.
When it comes to contract options for the 2021 season, I tried my best to make judgement calls. Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson are technically scheduled to become free agents next year, but we know that won’t happen. They’ll likely sign long-term deals before that day comes. And the Chiefs and Texans will almost certainly exercise their fifth-year options, which means nobody should expect Mahomes and Watson to actually hit free agency next year. Obviously, if the Texans are going to get rid of Watson, they’ll trade him for a running back DeAndre Hopkins style. So, I left both of them off the list. But on the other hand, I did include someone like Mitchell Trubisky, who belongs to the same draft class as Mahomes and Watson, because there’s a real chance the Bears won’t use the fifth-year option on him. Players with contract options for 2021 are marked with asterisks.
Biggest question to be answered: Do Jones and Watkins play for the Chiefs in 2020? The Chiefs are finding it difficult to meet Jones’ long-term contract demands, so if he plays in Kansas City it will likely be on a one-year contract worth about $16 million. Trading Jones is another possibility. Last year, the Chiefs traded their franchise player, Dee Ford, to the 49ers. It’s difficult seeing the Chiefs, given their tight salary cap situation, retaining Watkins at a cost of $21 million. His production simply hasn’t merited that kind of price. But he played well for the Chiefs in the playoffs, and GM Brett Veach has said they signed Watkins for important games like those. — Adam Teicher
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) April 1, 2020
Ross Blacklock - DT
School: TCU | Year: Junior (RS)
The defending champions scoop up one of the fastest-rising prospects in the draft. Blacklock is a dynamic pass rusher and run stuffer, but an Achilles tear in 2018 could scare some teams off. Kansas City’s D stepped up when needed last year down the stretch. Blacklock would be a promising young addition.
Round 1 - Pick 32
Noah Igbinoghene CB
Everything about Igbinoghene screams first-round pick although he only played corner for two years in college after starting as a wideout.
1) Patrick Mahomes and Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs
It’s hard to remember, considering we saw them win a Super Bowl just about two months ago (in COVID-19 times that feels like two years) but we didn’t even see this duo at the height of their powers in 2019. Patrick Mahomes played 14 games, while Tyreek Hill suited up for just 12.
Going into 2020, there isn’t a more powerful pair in fake football. Mahomes began to show stunning mobility to complement his already god-like passing ability in last season’s playoffs. He has a strong chance to be the top-scorer in the game this coming season.
Hill scored seven times despite not playing a full campaign and remains one of the game’s best big-play threats.
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But someone, anyone, at some point, should’ve raised their hand and asked the same question that could’ve saved the NFL a lot of trouble over the last decade, in countless scandals that made pro football look like a ruthless circus: Are we doing the right thing?
Given the circumstances we’re all facing, I personally don’t think it’s right to threaten coaches or executives not to speak out about the problems, both human and football-wise, with keeping the draft scheduled for the end of April, as the NFL did last week. I’m also not sure it’s right to tell a society that needs to be taking every precaution possible—and needs to be treating this international crisis as something that will get a lot worse if we don’t—that everything’s going to be just fine in a few months.
And maybe the NFL didn’t mean for it to come off that way. But it did.
Jaguars get: 2020 first-round pick (fourth overall), 2020 second-round pick (36th overall), 2021 second-round pick
Giants get: Yannick Ngakoue, 2020 first-round pick (ninth overall)
He praised medical workers as “champions and warriors.” He called Covid-19 “a difficult opponent,” and implored everyone to show “teamwork, discipline and commitment” in fighting it. In essence, he gave a pandemic halftime speech, with all of the trademark charm and charisma he could muster.
Which is to say, he stepped up his personality a tic above “cardboard,” and quite honestly I appreciate the effort. Belichick is a wildly successful and influential man, and his words can only help encourage Americans to practice smart social distancing. Especially given how some of his friends have handled messaging during the pandemic.
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Tyreek Hill’s Chicago Bears defeated Tyrann Mathieu’s Kansas City Chiefs in The Checkdown’s Madden 20 tournament, 62-32. Hill will face either Derwin James or Keenan Allen of the Los Angeles Chargers in the semifinals on Thursday. If Hill wins, he will participate in the final round, also set for Thursday.
The Hill-Mathieu matchup was never a game, with Hill dominating from wire to wire. Hill showboated by running around in the backfield during a two-point conversion late in the matchup, and Mathieu shut off the game.
A tweet to make you think
Free agent safety Eric Reid is demanding the new CBA be invalidated https://t.co/Yxc7Fa5HSB— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) April 2, 2020
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