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2021 NFL Draft: Seven potential Day 1 trades that make sense | NFL.com

Kansas City Chiefs

RECEIVE: No. 25

AND

Jacksonville Jaguars

RECEIVE: No. 31

Jaguars also receive: 2021 fourth-rounder, 2021 fifth-rounder.

Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz’s injury issues came to a head when they were unable to suit up for the loss to Tampa Bay in Super Bowl LV, and the Chiefs subsequently jettisoned both offensive tackles. As part of his attempt to rebuild the offensive line, Andy Reid could very well emulate the Wirfs trade that the Bucs pulled off last year, finding at least one solid starter to keep Patrick Mahomes from constantly fleeing pressure.

Assuming the top four tackles are off the board by 25, Kansas City could target Samuel Cosmi or Alabama left tackle Alex Leatherwood here. Jacksonville could use a tackle, as well, but with Cam Robinson playing on a franchise tag, the Jags can afford to trade back and find a value at 31, or select a receiver (LSU’s Terrace Marshall, Florida’s Kadarius Toney) or a cornerback like Eric Stokes.

The Chiefs would trade fourth and fifth-round picks to the Jaguars in this deal; they own two picks in each round after being awarded free agent compensatory selections.

Ranking the 10 Biggest NFL Draft Steals of the Past 5 Years | Bleacher Report

2. WR Tyreek Hill

2016 NFL Draft, Round 5 (165th Overall)

Wide receiver Tyreek Hill fell in the 2016 draft for obvious reasons. The West Alabama product had previously been dismissed from the Oklahoma State program after pleading guilty to domestic assault and battery charges. Off-field concerns have followed Hill to the NFL, as he was accused in 2019, by then-fiancee Crystal Espinal, of breaking their son’s arm—Hill was neither criminally charged nor suspended by the league.

Judging Hill’s on-field production, the Kansas City Chiefs got a massive steal by taking a chance on him in Round 5.

Hill has gone on to become arguably the most explosive pass-catcher in the NFL. He’s a five-time Pro Bowler, a three-time first-team All-Pro and perhaps an even more dangerous game-changer than Kamara.

In five seasons, Hill has amassed 5,391 receiving yards, 623 rushing yards, 1,009 punt-return yards, 384 kick-return yards and 58 total touchdowns. He also helped Kansas City win the Super Bowl in 2019. Hill has proved his ability to impact games in a variety of ways, and that kind of impact coming from the fifth round is remarkable.

AFC West roster reset: Chiefs, Chargers focus on protecting star QBs | NFL.com

BIGGEST LOSS: Eric Fisher, offensive tackle

New team: Free agent

If the rules allowed, I would’ve put Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz in this category, as the Chiefs said goodbye to both of their starting tackles in March. It’s worth noting neither player has found a new home. Fisher, the 2013 No. 1 overall pick, turned in a second Pro Bowl season before tearing his Achilles in the AFC Championship Game. A devastating end to the year and, it seems, his Chiefs tenure.

TOP DRAFT PRIORITY: Left tackle

Because it’s a pressing need and options outside the draft are slim, the Chiefs could use the 31st overall pick on a left tackle. Or, rather than take a chance on the likes of NDSU’s Dillon Radunz, Texas’ Sam Cosmi or Notre Dame’s Liam Eichenberg, perhaps the team could trade up in Round 1 to select one of the top-ranked tackles? Either way, K.C. has no clear starting LT for ’21, so adding an option (or two) is crucial.

Ravens’ Sammy Watkins explains the decision to leave Chiefs despite Super Bowl success | CBS Sports

“I had my fun there. It was an amazing, amazing time [and] a great organization. I just wanted a new scenery for myself,” Watkins said on a conference call with reporters Monday. “There was one team that stuck out, and it was the Ravens and Lamar Jackson. I heard too many great stories about just the team and the history of Baltimore. But I think when they hired one of my favorite guys that I train with in the offseason, [pass game specialist] Keith Williams, and of course [offensive coordinator] Greg [Roman], the offensive coordinator who I worked early in my career at Buffalo, it was like, ‘Man, this will be a good fit.’

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A positive Joe Burrow recovery update | Cincy Jungle (Cincinnati Bengals SB Nation site)

“In February he started light linear running,” Dragon said. “In late February-early March, he started throwing. Nothing strenuous, he wasn’t dropping back, throwing bombs, planting on his plant leg…The Bengals, Zac Taylor said this, they like the way he is recovering, but there is still a long road to go for his recovery.

“The Bengals want to be extremely cautious with him,” Dragon continued. “That is why you don’t seen a whole lot of videos. You’re not seeing him throw passes. You’re not seeing him running around. They want to protect him. They did not do that with A.J. Green. ... They prematurely put timelines on A.J. Green and his ankle never really healed... They don’t want to make that same mistake.”

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Cincinnati Bengals release RB Giovani Bernard after eight seasons | ESPN

Bernard, 29, has played all of his eight NFL seasons with the franchise that drafted him in the second round in 2013. He has appeared in 115 games and rushed for 3,697 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also had 342 receptions for 2,867 yards and 11 touchdowns.

The former North Carolina player was entering the final year of a two-year extension he signed in September of 2019. The Bengals will gain $4.1 million in salary-cap savings with Bernard’s release and incur only $666,667 in dead money against the cap, according to Roster Management System.

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“There will be limited access to these pro days,” the GM noted. “There will be NFL representation there, but you won’t have full access and you’ll have to be selective in where you go. And you guys know how this works—it’s always interesting to me when you see 40 times. At the combine, you know what they are—they’re run indoors, on turf and the environment is similar. Now, when you go to these pro days you’ll have certain players working out in an indoor facility with a faster track under weather-controlled conditions and then you’ll have some colleges that they’ll be running in 40 degrees and the wind will be blowing in their face. So, when you click on the report, you’ll see the numbers, but it’s going to take a lot of historical research.

“There are schools that typically produce faster 40 times. I don’t want to name names, but we all know there’s a list of schools that we always say, ‘Do they run it 38-yards there or 39-yards there?’ Because you’ll have player X go to the combine and run a 4.5 and then go to their school and run 4.4, 4.38.”

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