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Denver Broncos 1st Round Pick: CB Patrick Surtain II From Alabama | CBS Denver

Surtain II on NFL Network: “It’s a special feeling. i can’t wait to get to Denver and compete and ball out.”On playing Mahomes and Herbert: “I’m excited for the challenge. I’m so excited for this opportunity, I can’t wait.”

LSU draft hopeful Terrace Marshall Jr.’s special tie to former Chiefs star Joe Delaney | Kansas City Star

At least one mock draft predicts the Chiefs will take LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. in the second round of the NFL Draft.

If that proves true, Marshall would follow in the footsteps of his great uncle, Joe Delaney, who died in 1983 while trying to save children from drowning in a lake. Delaney had made the Pro Bowl and rushed for more than 1,000 yards in his rookie season with the Chiefs when he passed away at the age of 24.

“I never saw him in person but I’ve seen videos of him, and he played in the NFL,” Marshall told the Shreveport Times in 2017. “People say I’m a lot like him, so I’d like to meet him.”

Chasing the Chiefs: Rest of AFC West made their first-round picks. Did they close gap? | Kansas City Star

Rodgers, the reigning MVP isn’t happy with his team, according to an ESPN report, and has told some in the organization that he doesn’t want to return to Green Bay.

If that’s the case, Denver could be a landing spot and history could repeat itself. Peyton Manning spent his first 13 season with the Indianapolis Colts. In 2012, he signed with the Broncos as a free agent, and in his final four seasons, the Broncos went to two Super Bowls with one victory.

The Chargers are set at quarterback with Justin Herbert, last season’s AFC Offensive Rookie of the Year. So they sought to protect him by selecting Rashawn Slater, an offensive tackle from Northwestern, with the 13th overall pick.

Slater’s father, Reggie Slater, is a former professional basketball player who logged eight NBA seasons and among his final stops in pro ball was with the minor league Kansas City Knights.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes already amused by 2021 NFL draft theatrics | Chiefs Wire

The unhappiness seems to stem from the Packers failing to address key needs in the 2020 NFL draft, instead opting to draft a backup quarterback and backup running back with their first two selections.

Shortly after the news on Rodgers broke, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes sent out a tweet that really embodies how any fan of the NFL is feeling right about now.

Le’Veon Bell, Todd Gurley’s Best Landing Spots After 2021 NFL Draft Day 1 | Bleacher Report

After posting 789 yards and three touchdowns through 15 games with the New York Jets in 2015, he appeared in 11 games in 2020, including nine with the Kansas City Chiefs. In total, he finished 2020 with 328 yards and two touchdowns—all career-lows—even though he only appeared in six games in 2015.

Bell’s days as a RB1 are likely coming to an end, but if he had the opportunity and wasn’t buried on a depth chart, a team could benefit from his services as a top target.

Buffalo Bills

While the Buffalo Bills lost out on Bell when he was seeking a home for 2020, there’s no time like the present for the team to see how it would go.

Devin Singletary will return after posting 687 yards and two touchdowns to lead the team’s rushing offense, and Zack Moss will be there with him to follow up on a 481-yard campaign. The team acquired Matt Breida this offseason, but he’s coming off of a career-low 254-yard season with the Miami Dolphins.

Bell could provide a surge of energy to an offense that could sorely use it, especially after they concluded the first round of the draft by drafting defensive end Gregory Rousseau.

Around the NFL

Green Bay Packers ‘committed’ to Aaron Rodgers, not trading him, GM says | ESPN

The Green Bay Packers still believe Aaron Rodgers will play for them in 2021, and perhaps beyond. They have no plans to trade him.

That was general manager Brian Gutekunst’s message late Thursday night following the first round of the NFL draft, which came after sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter earlier in the day that Rodgers has become so disgruntled with the team that he has told some members of the organization he does not want to return to the Packers.

“We’ve been working through this for a little while now, and I just think it may take some time,” Gutekunst said. “But he’s a guy that kind of makes this thing go. He give us the best chance to win, and we’re going to work towards that end.”

2021 NFL Draft: Justin Fields, Kwity Paye among Day 1’s top value picks |

2 - Rashawn Slater

Northwestern · OT

Los Angeles Chargers

No. 13 overall

My top-rated tackle goes 13th overall. Slater’s versatility (can play both guard and tackle) and top 10 percent win rate among tackles (as measured by computer vision tracking who made first contact, the offensive or defensive player, over the past 10 seasons) is the reason the Chargers yet again land on this list. Slater opted out in 2020 but allowed just 5 pressures on 355 pass pro snaps in 2019 and just two total career sacks, per PFF. Slater to the Chargers adds 0.55 wins; for context, the Lions’ first-round tackle, Penei Sewell, adds just 0.49.

The Ringer’s 2021 NFL Draft First-Round Grades | The Ringer



This pick fills an obvious need for the Raiders, who offloaded multiple starting linemen this offseason. Leatherwood brings positional versatility, with the blocking chops to man either tackle or guard spot, but I don’t love the value for Las Vegas. I thought Leatherwood, who is my 42nd-ranked player, had a chance of sneaking into the end of the first round, but didn’t expect that he’d go quite this high. For GM Mike Mayock and head coach Jon Gruden, this pick is another in a long line of perceived reaches. They better hope the former Crimson Tide lineman outplays expectations.

Grade: C-

San Francisco 49ers take North Dakota State’s Trey Lance with No. 3 pick in NFL draft | ESPN

“We have been very high on Trey since the beginning, since day one,” Shanahan said. “Yes, the person everyone else is speculating about, we liked him, too, but it was just honestly to go through this whole process where no one has known — my friends, coaches, anybody — how John and I feel and how we felt this whole time.

“I would never have said it couldn’t have ended up being him, but I know how we felt about Trey the whole time, and to watch that happen and kind of watch everyone just assumes because a couple people say something that’s exactly how you feel, we weren’t going to work to correct that. At all. We thought that could be an advantage for us. ... If the whole NFL is assuming you’re doing one thing and you’re not doing that, I’m not going to work hard to correct that. So, let that be.”

Grading the Bengals’ selection of WR Ja’Marr Chase | Cincu Jungle (Cincinnati Bengals SB Nation site)

As for Chase, he’ll nicely replace A.J. Green, but wide receiver wasn’t necessarily considered a major need for this Bengals roster. That’s why it might be hard to justify, but Chase is a generational talent that would have been hard for any team to pass on.

Chase opted out for his junior season at LSU, but when he was with Bengals starting quarterback Joe Burrow on the championship-winning LSU roster in 2019, he was the top-performing receiver in America.

Chase had more touchdowns and more yards than 2019 first-round pick Justin Jefferson, who was a Pro Bowler as a rookie after being selected No. 22 overall to the Minnesota Vikings. Chase will have even bigger expectations than that for a Bengals offense poised to make a major leap in 2021 and easily be the best Zac Taylor has had since coming to Cincinnati.

Even so, many will question the Bengals for not taking Oregon Ducks tackle Penei Sewell, as offensive line was easily one of, if not the team’s biggest need, and Sewell is regarded as a generational talent.

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Brett Veach said Chiefs sought ‘real tackle’ in going after Orlando Brown

“We looked at the draft,” said Veach on a Zoom media conference after round one. “Picking 31 and wanting to have a plug-and-play guy and not just a tackle — a real tackle, a Pro Bowl-caliber tackle, and I had the opportunity to talk to a lot of people during this process that worked with Orlando in the past and knew Orlando, and it was very consistent with what we had on him coming out — just a high-character guy, really smart... all the things we talk about when we talk about the checked boxes for offensive linemen. Durable. The guy doesn’t miss any snaps, he’s smart. He’s tough.

“He loves the process. That’s an infectious trait, and losing some guys like (Eric) Fisher and (Mitch) Schwartz, it’s one thing to replace the athlete, but also the type of people these guys were and what they bring to a locker room. You talk about Orlando, and he has all those attributes you look for: the size, the length, the mental toughness, the durability, the leadership, so [it’s] hard to find that. These guys that you’re looking at, I mean, a lot of these guys (in the draft) you like and they have developmental upside, but I mean, we’re certainly built to win and built to win now and to have a plug-and-play guy is very hard and that’s why we couldn’t pass up that opportunity.

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