Eight quarterbacks drafted in first three rounds, most in common draft era

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Eight quarterbacks have been selected so far in the 2021 NFL draft, the most through three rounds since the NFL began the “common draft” era in 1967.

Friday night saw three quarterbacks selected, when Kyle Trask went to Tampa Bay at the end of the second round and Kellen Mond went to Minnesota and Davis Mills went to Houston with back-to-back picks early in the third round.

The first round saw quarterbacks Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson and Trey Lance go 1-2-3, Justin Fields go 11th and Mac Jones go 15th.

Among the quarterbacks still available on Day 3 are Notre Dame’s Ian Book, Texas’s Sam Ehlinger, Arkansas’ Feleipe Franks and Georgia’s Jamie Newman.

Jimmy Garoppolo reaches out to Trey Lance

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After the 49ers drafted Trey Lance with the third overall choice, he expressed a desire to get to know and to learn from Jimmy Garoppolo.

Not long after that, Garoppolo reached out to Lance to welcome him to the team.

“Yeah, he sent me a text last night, and I was super thankful and grateful for that,” Lance said Friday on 95.7 The Game, via NBCSportsBayArea.com. “For him reaching out, it meant a lot to me, and I’m super excited to get to work, get to meet him and to learn as much as I possibly can from him.”

The 49ers drafted Lance as their franchise quarterback but remain committed to Garoppolo as their starting quarterback for now.

“Jimmy’s situation is, if he isn’t here on Sunday, I would be disappointed because Jimmy is the quarterback who has played one year and taken us to a Super Bowl and played at a very high level,” Shanahan said Thursday night. “He’s had some unfortunate injuries, but I believe in Jimmy as a person and he’s shown what he can do on tape.”

Jason Licht: Tom Brady isn’t worried about anybody taking his job

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The Packers’ selection of Jordan Love in the first round last year was not met with enthusiasm from starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Buccaneers expect a different response from their starting quarterback after they drafted Kyle Trask in the second round Friday.

Tom Brady signed a contract extension with the Super Bowl champions this offseason and is expected to remain as their QB1 at least the next two seasons. But Brady will be asked to groom his potential replacement.

“Oh, I think it’ll go very smooth,” Bucs General Manager Jason Licht said Friday night. “Tom’s the ultimate team guy, and I don’t think Tom is worried about anybody taking his job. We had some casual conversations throughout the past few weeks of if a scenario might come up where we could take a quarterback. I don’t have many conversations with Tom about the draft, but he was totally fine. He understands. He wants what’s best for the team.

“Tom’s gonna play as long as Tom wants to play. He’s earned that right.”

Licht previously had drafted only one quarterback since taking charge of the team’s personnel decisions in 2014. Licht took Jameis Winston with the No. 1 overall choice in 2015.

The Bucs discussed drafting Trask in the first round, coach Bruce Arians said. Instead, they selected University of Washington pass rusher Joe Tryon with the 32nd overall choice.

Trask was the 64th overall choice.

“We did our homework,” Arians said. “Everything about the guy — he’s accurate, he’s smart; he’s tough; he knows how to move inside the pocket. We don’t draft guys to run. We draft them to throw, and he’s accurate as hell. Really excited about him.

“People always want to compare people. To me, he’s a lot like Brad Johnson, and he’s pretty damn good. In my mind, he’s pretty good.”

Johnson, of course, won a Super Bowl as the starting quarterback of the Bucs.

Eagles’ choice of Milton Williams wasn’t met with enthusiasm from entire draft room

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Televised shots from draft rooms around the league have shown owners, front office personnel, coaches, scouts and other staffers celebrating picks in the first three rounds. They are always something of a photo op.

But the Eagles’ third-round selection of Louisiana Tech defensive lineman Milton Williams didn’t deliver the expected reaction from everyone in the room.

The ABC draft broadcast showed General Manager Howie Roseman in a discussion with senior football advisor Tom Donahoe. Roseman extended a fist bump to Donahoe, who half-heartedly returned the gesture.

Donahoe shrugged, keeping his hands in his pockets, after Roseman said something to him. Roseman then extended his hands, as if in dismay, before ABC left the feed.

Roseman explained in his news conference the exchange was about losing out on a player in a trade down from No. 70. The Giants selected cornerback Aaron Robinson at No. 71 and the Lions took North Carolina State defensive tackle Alim McNeill at No. 72.

“These guys spend all year scouting these guys and you get favorites, guys you feel strongly about. We all do,” Roseman said, via Chris Franklin of NJ.com. “That’s the fun part of being in the draft room, the emotions of it.”

49ers beef up running game, add Trey Sermon

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Forget quarterback. The 49ers offense flows through the running game. And the 49ers have found another running back, in round three of the 2021 draft.

With the 88th selection, San Francisco added Ohio State running back Trey Sermon.

Sermon had 870 yards in eight games last season, and he averaged 7.5 yards per carry. He had 331 rushing yards in the Big 10 championship game, and 193 rushing yards against Clemson in the national semifinal game.

Raheem Mostert continues to be the top option, but coach Kyle Shanahan likes to use multiple tailbacks — and he likes to go with the hot hand. Sermon could have a chance to become that guy right away.

Packers trade up to select Amari Rodgers

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There will be at least one ARod on the 2021 Packers.

Green Bay traded up from No. 92 to No. 85 overall to select Clemson wide receiver Amari Rodgers.

The son of former Steelers, Eagles, and Raiders quarterback Tee Martin, Rodgers caught 77 passes for 1,020 yards with seven touchdowns as a senior at Clemson. He contributed for all four years in his time at the program, winning a national championship in 2018.

The Packers are returning much of their wide receiving corps from last season, led by All-Pro Davante Adams. Devin Funchess will also return, after opting out of the 2020 season.

But the big question remains whether or not quarterback Aaron Rodgers — who reportedly wants out — will be there to throw them the ball. The Packers have also selected Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes and Ohio State center Josh Myers so far in the 2021 draft.

Green Bay traded its 92nd and 135th overall picks to the Titans to move up to No. 85.

Saints add cornerback Paulson Adebo

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The Saints waited longer than most expected them to, but they’ve finally drafted a cornerback.

With the 76th pick in the 2021 NFL draft, the Saints selected Stanford cornerback Paulson Adebo.

Saints coach Sean Payton acknowledged last week that the Saints had to add a cornerback before training camp, and now they’ve done so. The Saints lost starting cornerback Janoris Jenkins in free agency, and they’d love to see Adebo take his place.

Whether Adebo will be ready to start as a rookie remains to be seen, but the Saints certainly believe he has the potential to get significant playing time right off the bat.

Vikings select Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond in third round

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The Vikings have Klint Kubiak as their offensive coordinator. Kubiak’s father, Gary, played quarterback at Texas A&M and began his coaching career with the Aggies.

The younger Kubiak now has a Texas A&M quarterback to groom.

The Vikings used the 66th overall choice, the second pick in the third round, on Kellen Mond.

After five quarterbacks were taken in the first round, the drama built for who would be the sixth. It was Florida’s Kyle Trask, but he had to wait until the final choice of the second round when he went to the Bucs.

Two choices later, the Vikings took Mond and then the Texans followed with Stanford’s Davis Mills.

Mond can sit behind and learn from Kirk Cousins, who has two years left on his contract.

Mond threw for 2,282 yards with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions in 10 games last season. For his career, he threw for 9,661 yards and 71 touchdowns.

Texans take Davis Mills in third round

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Deshaun Watson‘s availability for the 2021 season is very much in the air and the Texans have added a quarterback to go with Tyrod Taylor in the event Watson isn’t around.

The Texans didn’t have picks in the first two rounds, but they used the 67th overall pick to take former Stanford quarterback Davis Mills.

Mills was seen as a second-day prospect and went into Friday night with the best odds of being the first quarterback taken. Kyle Trask and Kellen Mond came off the board before he did, but he lands in a spot that could offer a quick path to a starting job if Watson is out of the picture come the start of the regular season.

Mills played 14 games at Stanford and threw for 3,468 yards, 18 touchdowns, and eight interceptions while completing 65.5 percent of his passes.

Chiefs pick up a center, select Creed Humphrey in second round

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The Chiefs continue to revamp their offensive line, selecting center Creed Humphrey out of Oklahoma in the second round.

After Patrick Mahomes ran 497 yards behind the line of scrimmage before throwing or getting sacked in Super Bowl LV, Kansas City has overhauled its five up front. The Chiefs cut left tackle Eric Fisher and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz, both of whom missed the Super Bowl due to injury. Kansas City also let center Austin Reiter walk in free agency.

But Humphrey now joins a team that has added left tackle Orlando Brown Jr. via trade, signed guard Joe Thuney, lured guard Kyle Long out of retirement, signed center Austin Blythe, and will get back guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif back after he opted out of the 2020 season.

Humphrey was a two-time Big 12 offensive lineman of the year in 2019 and 2020, starting at center in both seasons.

Buccaneers made Kyle Trask the sixth quarterback

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It wasn’t Davis Mills. It wasn’t Kellen Mond. The sixth quarterback taken in the 2020 draft is Florida’s Kyle Trask.

The Buccaneers took Trask with the last pick in round two. He gives them a player who can develop behind Tom Brady over the next year or two or three.

Brady, for his part, likely will react better than the last time his team used a second-round pick on a quarterback.

Trask played college football at Florida, so he won’t have far to go for his next NFL address.

Packers add C Josh Myers with 62nd pick

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The Packers have come under fire for not picking players who would help Aaron Rodgers in recent years, but they used their second-round pick on a player who could provide protection for Rodgers in 2021.

Assuming he remains with the team, of course.

Packers defensive lineman and Michigan alum Rashan Gary announced that the team took former Ohio State center Josh Myers with the 62nd overall pick of the draft. Gary snuck in a “Go Blue” after the selection, but the Cleveland crowd didn’t have much interest in hearing about the school up north.

Myers will be in the mix to fill the hole left by another Ohio State product. Corey Linsley signed with the Chargers as a free agent and his replacement will be a big part of the plan to keep Aaron Rodgers or Jordan Love upright during the 2021 season.

Panthers pick first offensive player, reunite LSU’s Terrace Marshall with Joe Brady

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For the first time since Matt Rhule took over as head coach last year, the Panthers have drafted an offensive player.

It’s LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall, who played for Panthers offensive coordinator Joe Brady when Brady was LSU’s offensive coordinator.

Marshall has impressive talent, although his injury history had some teams concerned and resulted in him dropping to late in the second round.

The Panthers drafted only defensive players last season and went defense in the first round as well. After trading down in the second round, they’ve finally gone with offense, and they’ll put Marshall into an offense he knows well.

Chiefs stay local, take Nick Bolton with 58th pick

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The Chiefs traded their first-round pick to get tackle Orlando Brown Jr. from the Ravens, so they had to wait until the 58th pick to add their first player of the 2021 draft.

Kansas City used that selection to take linebacker Nick Bolton. Bolton played his college football at the University of Missouri, so he’ll be staying in state as he moves to the professional ranks.

Bolton was a second-team All-American last year after posting 95 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and two sacks in his final collegiate season.

The Chiefs have Anthony Hitchens and Willie Gay back at linebacker, but often go with at least five defensive backs so Bolton’s earliest route to playing time could come on special teams.

Rams make first selection of 2021 draft with Tutu Atwell

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The Rams have made their first pick of the draft and they apparently had a need for speed.

Los Angeles selected wide receiver Tutu Atwell out of Louisville at No. 57 overall.

Atwell gives the club another receiving option for new quarterback Matthew Stafford. Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp should remain the team’s top to wideouts. L.A. also selected Van Jefferson with the 57th pick in 2020. Plus the club signed DeSean Jackson in free agency.

There are some questions about Atwell’s size, as he weighed in at 155 pounds during his Pro Day. But Atwell’s speed may make up for it, as he ran a 4.32 40-yard dash .

The Rams’ brass is spilt up for the draft, as General Manager Les Snead tested positive for COVID-19 and is making picks from home.