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Four-round 2021 NFL mock draft 1.0: Saints trade up for QB in Round 1 | NFL.com

25 - Kansas City Chiefs

(via Jaguars)

TRADE

Jaelan Phillips

Miami · Edge · Junior (RS)

Tom Brady was sacked only once in the Super Bowl, which will likely be weighing on the Chiefs’ collective minds as the draft approaches. Phillips played a strong power end for Miami in 2020, showing the ability to rush the passer and corral ball-carriers on the edge. That’s an element the team will need if Tanoh Kpassagnon, Taco Charlton and Alex Okafor depart as free agents. Andy Reid might be willing to give up fourth- and fifth-round selections to secure his services, especially if Kansas City receives selections in those rounds as compensation for 2020 free agent losses.

2021 NFL free agency mock draft: Jameis Winston to Bears, Aaron Jones to Dolphins, Ryan Fitzpatrick to Saints | CBS Sports

31. Kansas City Chiefs: WR Nelson Agholor

The Chiefs aren’t desperate for weapons. In truth, they need defensive help more. But with Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson headed out, Agholor offers some big-play pop on the outside. As a bonus, this hurts the rival Raiders.

NFL mock draft 2021: Todd McShay’s predictions for all 32 first-round picks heading into NFL free agency | ESPN

Kansas City Chiefs

Nick Bolton, ILB, Missouri

Offensive line might be the move (perhaps Michigan’s Jalen Mayfield or Oklahoma State’s Teven Jenkins), and the defensive back group is also accepting reinforcements. But this pick offers great value and brings a fast, versatile matchup component to the second level of the defense to pair with Anthony Hitchens. Bolton is a tackling machine with great instincts and solid coverage ability.

Adam Teicher on his fit with the Chiefs: Bolton would fit the pattern, as the Chiefs have tried to become more athletic at linebacker. He might not be a regular immediately — defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is demanding of rookies — but he should eventually be an upgrade in an area where the Chiefs have struggled.

Tom Brady Autographed Patriots Rookie Card Sells for Record $1.32M at Auction | Bleacher Report

As Tom VanHaaren of ESPN noted, an autographed 2000 Playoff Contenders Championship Ticket Brady rookie card sold for $1.32 million on Thursday through PWCC Marketplace. James Park, who is a Brady fan, made the purchase.

“I lived in Boston for 10 years and so am a huge fan of Brady,” Parks said in comments on PWCC Marketplace’s Instagram account. “I’ve also had a love of collecting cards since I was a kid. Given Brady’s uncontested status as GOAT in football, this card is an important piece of sports history and of any collection.”

VanHaaren noted the $1.32 million price tag for a football card was well above the previous record of $861,000 that a Mahomes autographed card sold for in February.

6 replacement options for Chiefs FB Anthony Sherman in the draft or free agency | Chiefs Wire

Draft: Miami TE Brevin Jordan Jordan has the makings of one of the top tight ends in the draft class, but… Jordan has the makings of one of the top tight ends in the draft class, but he’s also been utilized as an H-Back at Miami. He’s someone the Chiefs have already met with too.

Dynasty Risers and Fallers: Myles Gaskin, Tyreek Hill, Antonio Gibson | Roto Baller

Tyreek Hill

Age: 27

Movement: Rising

Previous Rank WR3

Updated Rank WR1

Even the slightest movement near the top of the dynasty startup rankings needs to be considered significant. Tyreek Hill was our WR3, and has now firmly moved to the WR we covet the most. We put our ranks to the test in a competitive startup draft, where RosterWatch co-founder Alex Dunlap was picking in the 11 spot. After 10 RBs went off the board, Alex was sitting there with his choice of every WR to draft. When push came to shove, he confidently clicked “draft” on Patrick Mahomes’ number one wide receiver.

Hill is in his peak production age (27) and is attached to Patrick Mahomes for the long term. The young rising stars like Justin Jefferson and DK Metcalf are certainly worth consideration as the dynasty WR1, but Hill’s resume of banked production is of greater value than the age difference between him and the other players. RosterWatch urges its readers to play dynasty in two to three-year windows versus five to six-year windows with your first-round pick. Tyreek Hill profiles as a player who should age well. His body type and game style traditionally have a longer shelf life than players of the past like Calvin Johnson and Andre Johnson.

Around the NFL

Maia Chaka becomes first Black woman named to NFL’s officiating staff | NFL.com

Chaka was added Friday to the NFL roster of game officials for the 2021 season, becoming the first Black woman in league history to be named to the NFL’s officiating staff.

“I am honored to be selected as an NFL official,” Chaka said in a statement. “But this moment is bigger than a personal accomplishment. It is an accomplishment for all women, my community, and my culture.”

Russell Wilson trade winds: Bears’ top QB priority is acquiring Seahawks superstar, per report | CBS Sports

Chicago will stop at nothing to land Wilson in a trade form the Seattle Seahawks. Per Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, the Bears have prioritized making a run at Wilson — as Chicago is one of the four teams Wilson would prefer a trade to if Seattle were to deal him away. The New Orleans Saints, Dallas Cowboys, and Las Vegas Raiders are the other teams Wilson would prefer a trade to — but Chicago is the franchise in the most desperate need of a quarterback amongst the four.

District attorney declines to charge Denver Broncos LB Von Miller after investigation | ESPN

Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller will not face criminal charges after an investigation by the Parker (Colorado) Police Department earlier this year, according to the district attorney’s office for the 18th Judicial District.

The office declined to file charges “based on our review of information that is currently available,” according to a statement Friday.

The district attorney’s office said the case did not meet the standards of probable cause of admissible evidence “to support a conviction beyond a reasonable doubt, and that the decision to charge is in the interests of justice.

Ten wide receivers worth pursuing via free agency or 2021 NFL Draft | NFL.com

6 - Corey Davis

A first-round pick in 2017, Davis hasn’t lived up to his draft standing just yet, as he’s battled nagging injuries that have prevented him from being a consistent baller. But we have seen glimpses. He’s coming off his best campaign, in which he finished just shy of 1,000 receiving yards and had five 100-yard games, including a monstrous 11-catch, 182-yard effort in Week 12. Davis has all of the ability and tools to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. With the right fit and some better luck on the health side, I believe he meets his potential at his next stop.

Jason Kelce announces he’s returning to the Eagles in 2021 | Bleeding Green Nation (Philadelphia Eagles SB Nation site)

The Philadelphia Eagles’ starting center announced he’s returning for 2021 via his official Instagram account.

Man, the first week of March 2021 is one for the record books!!!! Got to welcome baby #2 Elliotte Ray Kelce into the world, got my first dose of the Moderna Vaccine at the wonderful Puentes de Salud medical clinic, and restructured my contract to ensure I will continue to be the Center for the Philadelphia Eagles. 2021 already off to a better start!! The more people that get their #FauciOuchie, the sooner we get back to normal. Don’t let the name fool ya, #Elliotte is a girl. #GoEagles couldn’t be more excited!!

In case you missed it at Arrowhead Pride

A 3-round Chiefs mock draft based on the comments of general manager Brett Veach

63. TE Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame

Back-to-back Fighting Irish? We’re going to make a very niche subset of Chiefs fans in Northern Indiana very happy. Veach mentioned getting a tight end behind Travis Kelce — and with the Thursday retirement of fullback Anthony Sherman, the Chiefs should look at Tommy Tremble to help solve multiple problems. Tremble is a young, promising athlete with upside to develop at tight end. He didn’t see many targets at Notre Dame but showed natural hands, good linear speed and some promise snapping off routes. What is most intriguing about him is as a blocker. He can line up inline, in the backfield and deliver devastating blocks. He’s a versatile piece that should only get better — he will only be 20 years old on draft weekend.

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