PFT’s one and only 2022 NFL mock draft

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The draft starts Thursday. That means time is running short for mock drafts. Since everyone and their uncle’s mailman’s cousin has a mock draft, we’re continuing to post one, too.

I don’t like mock drafts. Some say they’re a vehicle for framing conversations. They’re actually a crutch. There has to be a better way to talk about the draft than to say, “Let’s pretend we know what’s going to happen and then talk about that.”

It gets even more bizarre when it comes to predicting trades. The potential permutations extend into numbers that the human mind can’t comprehend.

But here we are. Our one and only mock draft of the year. I don’t care if any of the picks are right. I don’t care if you call it the “worst mock draft ever.” (One or more of my past mock drafts will be happy to lose that crown.)

We used to do umpteen versions of mock drafts. That was before I developed a thorough and complete hatred of them. In recent years, we’ve shifted to a one-shot mock draft, with no concern for accuracy and no pride in authorship. Especially since I have now exported the assignment to a seasoned scout whose credentials would not be questioned if his name were to be mentioned.

I thought about tinkering with his selections. But then I realized I just don’t care. If any of these picks are right, the anonymous, unattached scout with no skin in the game gets the credit. For all that are wrong, I’ll gladly take the blame.

Here goes nothing. Literally.

1. Jaguars: Travon Walker, defensive end, Georgia.

They thought about taking a tackle. The current thinking is they will stick with a pass rusher.

2. Lions: Aidan Hutchinson, defensive end, Michigan.

He fills a need, and his Michigan connection is great for business. If he’s there, it’s a no-brainer.

3. Texans: Evan Neal, tackle, Alabama. 

A team that has plenty of needs could go in plenty of different directions here.

4. Jets: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, cornerback, Cincinnati.

The Jets migrate from Revis Island to Sauce City.

5. Giants: Ikem Ekwonu, tackle, N.C. State.

The offensive line is and has been a mess. Ekwonu starts the process of cleaning things up.

6. Panthers: Charles Cross, tackle, Mississippi State.

They need a quarterback, but they ultimately may not like one enough to make him the sixth pick.

7. Giants: Drake London, receiver, USC.

I’d personally go with Jameson Williams here, but I’m deferring to the person who crafted this draft.

8. Falcons: Kyle Hamilton, safety, Notre Dame.

A potential generational talent becomes the anchor of a team that is hoping to once again become a perennial contender.

9. Seahawks: Derek Stingley, Jr., cornerback, LSU.

They could trade down, or they could grab a guy who could become one of the cornerstones of Legion of Boom 2.0.

10. Jets: Kavon Thibodeaux, edge rusher, Oregon.

All those people who are talking about Thibodeaux sliding out of the top 10 could be hoping he does, so that they can draft him.

11. Commanders: Garrett Wilson, receiver, Ohio State.

A new Buckeye receiver could replace a current Buckeye receiver to whom they may not want to give big money.

12. Vikings: Jermaine Johnson II, edge rusher, Florida State.

Za'Darius Smith is a short-term move; they need pieces for their 3-4 defense.

13. Texans: Chris Olave, receiver Ohio State.

They don’t have a franchise quarterback any longer. A great receiver could make their non-franchise player look a lot better.

14. Ravens: Trevor Penning, tackle, Northern Iowa.

With Orlando Brown gone and Ronnie Stanley still a question mark, the Ravens need blockers.

15. Eagles:  Jameson Williams, receiver, Alabama.

Don’t be surprised if he goes higher — or if the Eagles trade up to take him at a higher spot.

16. Saints: Kenny Pickett, QB Pitt.

They wouldn’t have pursued Deshaun Watson if they were fully sold on Jameis Winston.

17. Chargers: Andrew Booth, Jr., cornerback, Clemson.

They’re doing what they have to do to keep up with great offenses in the AFC West.

18. Eagles: Jordan Davis, defensive tackle, Georgia.

Fletcher Cox is getting closer to the end. They need someone who’s just getting started.

19. Saints: Tyler Smith, offensive lineman, Tulsa.

The post-Payton offense needs more talent, and not necessarily a receiver.

20. Steelers: Malik Willis, quarterback, Liberty.

They may trade up to get him. They quite likely don’t intend on having an extended gap between franchise quarterbacks, like they did before drafting Ben Roethisberger.

21. Patriots: George Karlaftis, edge rusher, Purdue.

Best available player, an assessment informed by their struggles when it comes to drafting and developing receivers.

22. Packers: Treylon Burks, receiver, Arkansas.

They need a new No. 1 receiver, desperately. Don’t be stunned if they trade up to get him or someone else.

23. Cardinals: Demarvin Leal, defensive tackle, Texas A&M.

The defense needs a boost. Leal could provide it.

24. Cowboys: Kenyon Green, guard, Texas A&M.

It’s time to get back to taking care of the offensive line.

25. Bills: Trent McDuffie, cornerback, Washington.

They need help in the secondary, especially with Tre'Davious White returning from a torn ACL.

26. Titans: Jahan Dotson, receiver, Penn State.

Julio Jones didn’t work out. They need a solid No. 2.

27. Buccaneers: Devin Lloyd, linebacker, Utah.

Another Devin becomes the successor to Lavonte David.

28. Packers: Bernard Raimann, tackle, Central Michigan.

With Aaron Rodgers sticking around, they need people to keep him upright.

29. Chiefs: Zion Johnson, guard, Boston College.

They need to draft and develop competent blockers for Patrick Mahomes.

30. Chiefs: Daxton Hill, safety, Michigan.

Combined with the signing of Justin Reid, taking Hill could beef up the last line of defense, considerably.

31. Bengals: Tyler Linderbaum, center, Iowa.

Talented but undersized, the Bengals need to be looking for guys who can protect Joe Burrow.

32. Lions: Matt Corral, quarterback, Mississippi.

They could trade this pick to someone who wants to get a quarterback — and the last five-year contract of the 2022 draft — or they could go ahead and take Corral here. He’s got the intangibles the Lions need as they try to turn the page on three decades of dysfunction.

FMIA: 2022 NFL Mock Draft Features A Top 10 Trade, An Early Wideout Run And A Couple Quarterback Surprises

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Truest statement about the 2022 NFL Draft, from NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah: “If this draft was an emoji, it’d be 🤷‍♂️.”I have Bernhard Reimann and Arnold Ebiketie going in the first round, and Malik Willis not. I don’t have a quarterback going till the 20th pick. I have Kayvon Thibodeaux, the first pick in mockland [more]

FMIA: ‘A Mysterious Year’ — Twelve People In NFL Draft Rooms Share Notes On Picks, Prospects & Trades

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It’s a different year in the draft. It’s too early to say who’s going where, and too early to know who’s trading with whom, because most teams are in the final days of stacking their boards and placing values on players. But there are two things in the NFL’s 87th draft that stand out, from conversations [more]

Aidan Hutchinson, Ickey Ekwonu among 21 prospects set to attend draft

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If Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson is the first overall pick in this year’s draft, he’ll be in Las Vegas to commemorate the moment.

The NFL announced a list of 21 players who are expected to be in attendance for this year’s draft. It is highlighted by Huntchinson, who is the consensus favorite to go to the Jaguars with the top pick.

Other players expected to go off the board early in the proceedings are also set to be in Vegas. N.C. State tackle Ickey Ekwonu, Alabama tackle Evan Neal, Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux, Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton, and Cincinnati cornerback Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner are also on the list of attendees.

The rest of the players that are expected to be on hand on April 28 are listed below.

Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral
Mississippi State tackle Charles Cross
Georgia defensive tackle Jordan Davis
Georgia linebacker Nakobe Dean
Washington cornerback Kyler Gordon
Florida State edge rusher Jermaine Johnson II
Boston College offensive lineman Zion Johnson
Purdue edge rusher George Karlaftis
Utah linebacker Devin Lloyd
USC wide receiver Drake London
Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave
Alabama wide receiver Jameson Williams
Liberty quarterback Malik Willis
Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson
Georgia defensive tackle Devonte Wyatt

FMIA: Perspective From A Coaching Legend As Bill Belichick Turns 70; Dwayne Haskins Gone Too Soon

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Bill Belichick turns 70 on Saturday, with no end in sight to his transcendent coaching tenure in New England. It’s so hard today to figure out how big a deal that is, because modern life has changed what age means.Most of the greatest coaches of all time, in all sports, have been gone long before [more]

Brian Flores joins Texans as defendant to lawsuit

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In February, it was reported that former Dolphins coach Brian Flores would join the Texans to his landmark lawsuit against the NFL, based on the argument that the Texans didn’t hire Flores as the successor to David Culley because of the lawsuit. Today, Flores officially made that move.

Flores alleges at paragraph 17 of the amended complaint, “[T]he Texans retaliated against Mr. Flores by removing him for consideration for its Head Coach vacancy due to his decision to file this action and speak publicly about systemic discrimination in the NFL.”

The amended complaint also lays out the unusual facts that resulted in the hiring of Lovie Smith. At paragraph 211, Flores points out that it was widely reported that Flores, Jonathan Gannon, and Josh McCown had become the three finalists for the job. Then, Gannon was removed from consideration, narrowing the choices to Flores and McCown.

“[T]he Texans were rightfully concerned that if it hired Mr. McCown over Mr. Flores, it would bolster Mr. Flores’ allegations of systemic discrimination against Black candidates, particularly given that the team had just fired Black Head Coach David Culley after only one season,” the amended complaint alleges at paragraph 214.

At the same time, Smith publicly emerged for the first time as a candidate. Flores alleges that the Texans ultimately hired Smith and not Flores in retaliation for Flores filing his lawsuit. Flores suggests that the Texans potentially didn’t act alone.

From paragraph 218 of the amended complaint: “[E]ither the Texans made this retaliatory decision on its own or the NFL — through the Commissioner’s office and/or other member teams and/or surrogates from the NFL or its member teams — pressured the Texans not to hire Mr. Flores to be its Head Coach after he filed this lawsuit, or some combination thereof.”

The discovery process will go a long way toward proving this claim, or not. Apart from the grilling of key witnesses, Flores will try to find emails, text messages, or other documents generated by the Texans’ coaching search. When did Smith emerge as a candidate? How did he emerge? What, if anything, was said about the Flores lawsuit? What communications, if any, happened with the NFL or other teams about the lawsuit?

Although the NFL probably will try to move this claim to arbitration because it always tries to move claims like this to arbitration, Flores never worked for the Texans. He had no contract with the Texans. The league and the Texans would need some other path to invoke arbitration, like it’s doing in the Jon Gruden case.

Regardless, the Texans have now officially been added to the case, along with the Dolphins, Giants, Broncos, Cardinals, and Titans. And the Texans eventually will have to explain why and how Smith emerged as a candidate so late in the search, and whether (as many suspect) McCown would have gotten the job, but for the Flores lawsuit.

Brian Flores says he sent memo to Dolphins executives regarding Stephen Ross’s desire to lose games

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In his original complaint, former Dolphins coach Brian Flores alleged that he’d been offered $100,000 per loss in 2019 by owner Stephen Ross. However, the complaint contained no specific legal claim tied to that contention.

The amended complaint does.

Flores’s amended lawsuit, filed on Thursday, includes a claim for retaliation under the Florida Private Whistleblower Statute. He contends that his employment was terminated because he refused to intentionally lose football games “in violation of the Sports Bribery Act, among other laws.”

Because Flores claims he was a whistleblower, an obvious question arises. Did Flores actually blow the whistle before he was fired? Consider this, from paragraph 166 of the amended complaint: “Mr. Flores memorialized Mr. Ross’ desire to have Miami lose games in a December 4, 2019 memorandum that was provided to General Manager, Chris Grier; Chief Executive Officer, Tom Garfinkel; and Senior Vice President of Football and Business Administration, Brandon Shore. In this letter, Mr. Flores detailed the toxicity that existed within the organization and explained the unreasonable position he was being placed in by the team ownership and upper management.”

That’s a hugely significant allegation. Flores says he reduced his concerns to writing and distributed them to several key employees of the team. Immediate questions include whether they did anything about it. Did they investigate? Did they alert the league? Did the NFL receive a copy of the memo? Did the league investigate? Did the Dolphins or the league resolve the claim by finding it had merit, or by finding it was baseless? Did the team or the NFL simply ignore it?

These are questions that will be developed in the litigation. If, that is, the NFL isn’t permitted to move the case to private arbitration, where the case would play out in secret and the dirty laundry would never be aired publicly.

The amended complaint also alleges that the Dolphins retaliated against Flores by failing to make severance payments to Flores — and by allegedly “seeking to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars” of earned income based on his decision to file a lawsuit and to not pursue his claims in secret arbitration.

Steve Wilks, Ray Horton join Brian Flores lawsuit, with claims against Cardinals, Titans

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As expected, former Dolphins coach Brian Flores has added two plaintiffs to his landmark lawsuit against the NFL.

Former Cardinals coach Steve Wilks (pictured) and former NFL assistant coach Ray Horton have joined the action, with claims against the NFL generally and allegations against the Cardinals and Titans, respectively.

Wilks alleges that the Cardinals hired him as a “bridge coach” without giving him a meaningful chance to succeed. Wilks points out that he had to operate without a General Manager “during a critical time of the preseason” (Steve Keim had been suspended following a DUI) and Wilks was “stuck with an unready rookie quarterback drafted by [Keim] contrary to Mr. Wilks’ suggestion.” (Wilks says that he wanted to trade up to draft Josh Allen in 2018, not Josh Rosen.)

Wilks also alleges that he was fired after one year, “even though [he was] dealt a difficult hand.” Wilks points out that Keim “had personal responsibility for the team’s performance” and “had engaged in fireable conduct,” but wasn’t terminated. Wilks notes that the Cardinals had to buy out three years of his contract, while Keim had only one year remaining on his deal. The team chose to pay Wilks to not work, and to extend Keim’s contract.

Wilks further alleges that he was replaced by a white coach, Kliff Kingsbury, who “has been given a much longer leash than Mr. Wilks and, to his credit, has succeeded.” Wilks doesn’t point out that the Cardinals have regressed during each of Kingsbury’s three seasons, capped by a 10-2 start in 2021 followed by a dramatic collapse and a one-and-out playoff appearance.

Among his allegations, Wilks contends that Keim was involved in negotiations on a new contract with running back David Johnson, and that “there is evidence of Mr. Keim’s input and participation during his so-called suspension.”

Wilks also alleges that Keim and owner Michael Bidwill were “pissed” that the Cardinals won a late-season game in 2018 against the Packers, given that it may have compromised the team’s ability to secure the first overall pick in the 2019 draft.

Wilks is currently the defensive passing game coordinator and secondary coach of the Panthers.

Horton claims that, in 2016, he received a “sham interview” with the Titans. The team hired Mike Mularkey instead, and he later said during a podcast interview that the Titans told him he would be the coach, “before they went through the Rooney Rule.”

“And so I sat there knowing I was the head coach in 2016, as they went through this fake hiring process knowing . . . a lot of the coaches that they were interviewing, knowing how much they prepared to go through those interviews, knowing that everything they could do and they had no chance to go that job,” Mularkey said, via the amended complaint. “And actually, the GM Jon Robinson, he was in an interview with me. He had no idea why he is interviewing me, that I have a job already. I regret it. . . . and I regretted it since then. I am sorry I did that, but it was not the way to do that. Should have been interviewed like everybody else and got hired ’cause of the interview not early on.”

Horton, who most recently worked for Washington in 2019, is not currently employed by any NFL team.

The league surely will have a response to these allegations. Hopefully, it won’t provide a statement that the claims are “without merit” before later saying things that contradict the knee-jerk effort to disclaim liability.

NFL 2022 regular-season over/under win totals

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[Editor’s note: The folks at PointsBet have listed the over-under win totals for 31 NFL teams for the 2022 regular season. The Browns are off the board, presumably due to the impact of a potential Deshaun Watson suspension.]

Bills: 11.5.

Buccaneers: 11.5.

Packers: 11.5.

Cowboys: 10.5.

Broncos: 10.5.

Chiefs: 10.5.

Chargers: 10.5.

Rams: 10.5.

49ers: 10.5.

Bengals: 9.5.

Patriots: 9.5.

Cardinals: 9.5.

Ravens: 9.5.

Colts: 9.5.

Titans: 9.5.

Raiders: 8.5.

Dolphins: 8.5.

Vikings: 8.5.

Eagles: 8.5.

Saints: 7.5.

Giants: 7.5.

Steelers: 7.5.

Commanders: 7.5.

Panthers: 6.5.

Bears: 6.5.

Lions: 6.5.

Jaguars: 6.5.

Seahawks: 6.5.

Jets: 5.5.

Falcons: 5.5.

Texans: 4.5.

NFL announces offseason workout schedules for all 32 teams

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Monday kicks off the next phase of the NFL offseason.

Any team that hired a new head coach can start their offseason program on April 4 and the NFL announced on Friday that the Bears, Dolphins, Saints, and Giants will be doing exactly that. The other six teams that hired new head coaches, including the Buccaneers, will be starting their programs on April 11 while the rest of the league’s teams will have to wait until April 18 to get the ball rolling.

Most of those teams will start on the 18th or 19th, but the Eagles will wait another week and the Bengals aren’t scheduled to start their program until May 2.

Teams with new head coaches are also permitted to hold a three-day voluntary minicamp and all 32 teams are allowed to hold a mandatory three-day minicamp. The NFL announced the dates of these camps and other offseason workouts, although neither the Bengals nor the Eagles have dates listed for the mandatory session.

The full offseason calendar for all 32 teams is below:

ARIZONA

First Day: April 19

OTAs: May 23-25, June 1-3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

ATLANTA

First Day: April 19

OTAs: May 24-26, June 1-3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

BALTIMORE

First Day: April 18

OTAs: May 24-26, May 31-June 2, June 7-10

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

BUFFALO

First Day: April 19

OTAs: May 23-24, May 26, May 31, June 1-2, June 6-7, June 9-10

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

CAROLINA

First Day: April 18

OTAs: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

CHICAGO

First Day: April 4

Voluntary Minicamp: April 19-21

OTAs: May 16-17, May 19, May 23-24, May 26, June 6-7, June 9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

CINCINNATI

First Day: May 2

OTAs: June 6-7, June 9, June 14-16

CLEVELAND

First Day: April 19

OTAs: May 24-26, May 31-June 2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

DALLAS

First Day: April 18

OTAs: May 24-25, June 1-2, June 6-7, June 9-10

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

DENVER

First Day: April 11

Voluntary Minicamp: April 25-27

OTAs: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 6-7, June 9-10

Mandatory Minicamp: June 13-15

DETROIT

First Day: April 19

OTA Offseason Workouts: May 24-26, June 1-3, June 13-16

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

GREEN BAY

First Day: April 18

OTAs: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 13-14, June 16

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

HOUSTON

First Day: April 11

Voluntary Minicamp: April 26-28

OTAs: May 23, May 25-26, May 31, June 2-3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

INDIANAPOLIS

First Day: April 18

OTAs: May 24-26, June 1-3, June 13-16

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

JACKSONVILLE

First Day: April 11

Voluntary Minicamp: April 26-28

OTAs: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 13-15

KANSAS CITY

First Day: April 18

OTAs: May 25-26, May 31-June 2, June 7-10

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

LAS VEGAS

First Day: April 11

Voluntary Minicamp: April 25-27

OTAs: May 23-24, May 26, June 1-3, June 13-14

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

LA CHARGERS

First Day: April 18

OTAs: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 6-7, June 9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-15

LA RAMS

First Day: April 18

OTAs: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 2

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

MIAMI

First Day: April 4

Voluntary Minicamp: April 19-20

OTAs: May 16-17, May 19, May 23-24, May 26, June 6-7, June 9-10

Mandatory Minicamp: June 1-2

MINNESOTA

First Day: April 11

OTAs: May 16-17, May 19, May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 3

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

NEW ENGLAND

First Day: April 18

OTAs: May 23-24, May 26, June 1-3, June 13-14, June 16-17

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

NEW ORLEANS

First Day: April 4

Voluntary Minicamp: April 25-27

OTAs: May 24-26, May 31-June 2, June 7-10

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

NY GIANTS

First Day: April 4

Voluntary Minicamp: April 19-21

OTAs: May 16-17, May 19, May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 3

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

NY JETS

First Day: April 18

OTAs: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 7-10

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

PHILADELPHIA

First Day: April 25

OTAs: May 31, June 2-3, June 6-8

PITTSBURGH

First Day: April 18

OTAs: May 24-26, May 31-June 2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

SAN FRANCISCO

First Day: April 19

OTAs: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 1, June 3, June 6-7, June 9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 13-15

SEATTLE

First Day: April 19

OTAs: May 23, May 25-26, May 31, June 2-3, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

TAMPA BAY

First Day: April 11

OTAs: May 17-19, May 24-26, May 31-June 3

Mandatory Minicamp: June 7-9

TENNESSEE

First Day: April 18

OTAs: May 23-24, May 26, May 31-June 2, June 6-9

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

WASHINGTON

First Day: April 18

OTAs: May 23-26, May 31-June 2, June 6-8

Mandatory Minicamp: June 14-16

Bruce Arians steps down as Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach; Todd Bowles picked to be successor

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Add this to the craziest, newsiest NFL offseason in modern league history: Bruce Arians, who coached the Buccaneers to a Super Bowl LV victory less than 14 months ago, is stepping aside to take a front-office role with the team effective immediately.Tampa Bay will install Arians’ preferred successor, defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, as the new [more]

FMIA: New Overtime Rule Proposal Has Its Moment; Tyreek Hill Trade Shows How The NFL Is Changing

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We could be looking at one of the all-time sleepy NFL meetings if the one thing that matters this week—the proposal to make overtime fair—doesn’t pass when it comes to a vote in Palm Beach, Fla.I canvassed a few people at the meetings over the weekend. Some are sure the vote to mandate at least [more]

FMIA: The Truth And Shame Of The Deshaun Watson Trade, And How The Davante Adams Mega-Deal Got Done

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I am not going to write about the difference Deshaun Watson makes in the Cleveland Browns as a football team. There will be time for that—five years. Five obscenely expensive years, in which the Browns will pay a question mark $2.7 million per game to play football.I am going to write about the Browns selling [more]

Rams, 49ers lead NFL with five compensatory draft picks

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The NFL announced on Tuesday which teams will be receiving compensatory draft picks this year and the two NFC West teams that played for the conference title earlier this year received the most selections.

The Rams and 49ers will each add five picks to their draft capital. Four of the Rams’ picks come as a result of five players departing via free agency last offseason. The other pick comes because the Lions hired Brad Holmes as their General Manager in 2021 and the league awards two compensatory picks to teams who have minority candidates hired for head coaching or G.M. positions.

Holmes’ departure resulted in a third-round compensatory pick. The 49ers added two of them because Robert Saleh became the Jets head coach and Martin Mayhew became the G.M. in Washington. That resulted in three third-round picks over three years and they added an additional one after Mike McDaniel became the Dolphins head coach this offseason.

The Chargers received four compensatory picks and the Lions received the highest compensatory pick at No. 97 overall. The full list of picks is:

Third Round

No. 97 — Lions
No. 98 — Saints
No. 99 — Browns
No. 100 — Ravens
No. 101 — Saints
No. 102 — 49ers
No. 103 — Chiefs
No. 104 — Rams
No. 105 — 49ers

Fourth Round

No. 138 — Steelers
No. 139 — Ravens
No. 140 — Packers
No. 141 — Ravens
No. 142 — Rams
No. 143 – Titans

Fifth Round

No. 176 — Cowboys
No. 177 — Lions
No. 178 — Cowboys
No. 179 — Colts

Sixth Round

No. 211 — Rams
No. 212 — Rams
No. 213 — Falcons
No. 214 — Chargers
No. 215 — Cardinals
No. 216 — Colts
No. 217 — Lions
No. 218 — Rams
No. 219 — Titans
No. 220 — 49ers
No. 221 — 49ers

Seventh Round

No. 254 — Chargers
No. 255 — Chargers
No. 256 — Cardinals
No. 257 — Cardinals
No. 258 — Packers
No. 259 — Chiefs
No. 260 — Chargers
No. 261 — Buccaneers
No. 262 — 49ers