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Free agent signings no longer count in compensatory pick formula

When the Ravens brought in tackle Alejandro Villanueva for a visit last month, word from Baltimore reporters was that the team was not expected to make a move until after the draft. Compensatory draft picks were central to that approach. The Ravens and other teams have prized the picks doled out to teams who see [more]

21 fifth-year options picked up for 2018 first-round picks

The deadline for NFL teams to exercise their fifth-year contract options on 2018 first-round picks passed on Monday afternoon and 21 players had those options picked up. Panthers quarterback Sam Darnold is part of that group. Carolina traded for Darnold last month and announced their decision on his option after the draft. That total is [more]

Broncos looked to trade up for Jaelan Phillips before Dolphins drafted him

If the Dolphins hadn’t drafted University of Miami pass rusher Jaelan Phillips in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft, the Broncos might have. After the Broncos took cornerback Patrick Surtain II with the ninth overall pick, they wanted to add another piece to their defense and tried to trade back into the first [more]

Micah Parsons opens as favorite to win defensive rookie of the year

He wasn’t the first defensive player taken in the draft. He’s the first favorite to win defensive rookie of the year. Cowboys linebacker Micah Parsons, the 12th overall selection, has been installed by PointsBet as a +450 proposition to secure the award based on the 17 regular-season games of his first NFL season. He was [more]

Dolphins draft picks 2021: All of Miami’s selections, NFL draft results, team order

Last year Miami used the fifth overall pick to draft quarterback Tua Tagovailoa out of Alabama. Tagovailoa’s rookie season was fairly inconsistent, and the team relied on veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick for much of the year. Fitzpatrick is now in Washington and in March the Dolphins were part of a blockbuster trade with the 49ers that saw them send the third overall pick to San Francisco, seemingly boosting Tagovailoa’s standing as the franchise [more]

In the early rookie of the year odds, Najee Harris stands out

The first overall pick is the first favorite to win the rookie of the year award. But the 24th pick could be the one to watch. Via PointsBet, Jaguars quarterback Trevor Lawrence has +250 odds to win the prize the night before Super Bowl LVI. That part was predictable. After that, it gets interesting. Bears [more]

Dolphins trade with Giants, take Liam Eichenberg at No. 42

Giants General Manager Dave Gettleman wasn’t a fan of trading down in the past, but he’s developed a taste for it this year. The Giants picked up a 2022 first-round pick by trading with the Bears in the first round and they made another move while they were on the clock for the 38th pick. [more]

Dolphins add Oregon safety Jevon Holland

The first safety selected in the 2021 NFL draft has finally come off the board: Oregon safety Jevon Holland is heading to Miami. The Dolphins selected Holland in the second round this evening, with the 36th overall pick in the draft. Holland led Oregon in interceptions as a true freshman in 2018 and then led [more]

Jaylen Waddle: Chemistry with Tua Tagovailoa is there for sure

The Dolphins gave quarterback Tua Tagovailoa a familiar target by drafting wide receiver Jaylen Waddle with the sixth overall pick on Thursday. Waddle played two seasons with Tagovailoa at Alabama in 2018 and 2019 and expects the partnership they established to carry over to the NFL. “Chemistry is there for sure,” Waddle said, via Cameron Wolfe [more]

Chris Grier has “no regrets” about how things played out after first-round trades

The Dolphins helped shake up the top of the draft when they traded the third overall pick to the 49ers last month and then dealt the No. 12 pick they got in that deal to the Eagles for the sixth selection. Most observers thought they were targeting someone to catch passes from Tua Tagovailoa and [more]

Dolphins select Jaelan Phillips at No. 18

An edge rusher has come off the board, and he won’t have to go far for his new job. The Dolphins selected Jaelan Phillips out of Miami at No. 18 overall for their second pick of the night. Phillips was widely regarded as one of the best edge rushers available after recording 8.0 sacks and [more]

Dolphins select Jaylen Waddle with sixth overall pick

Reunited and it feels so good. The Dolphins selected Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle at No. 6 overall on Thursday night, giving quarterback Tua Tagovailoa one of his former collegiate weapons in the NFL. Miami initially had the third overall pick from Houston in this year’s draft, but traded it to the 49ers before moving [more]

Where will Justin Fields end up?

As to the first two picks in the draft, there’s no mystery. After that, it’s all a mystery. At the center of the mystery resides Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. Once regarded as the No. 2 quarterback in the draft (especially after shredding presumptive No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence‘s Clemson Tigers in the national semifinals), [more]

Which teams would try to trade for Deshaun Watson?

If the lawyers on both sides of the Deshaun Watson litigation have indeed decided to trade public squabbles for private negotiations, and if they can work out a settlement of the 22 civil claims pending against the Texans quarterback before or during the draft, a trade could happen. So who would trade for him? John [more]

Looking at the all-time great draft-day free falls

Wednesday’s PFT Live included, as it always does, a draft. Today’s draft, as it usually does at this time of year, looked at a subject related to the draft. With Simms’ mock draft projecting a Justin Fields free fall to No. 32 (the PFT mock has Fields going No. 3), we had an inspiration. We [more]

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