The 2021 NFL draft started Thursday and will last through Saturday (ABC / ESPN / ESPN app). We have the pros and cons for each of the 32 first round picks. The Jacksonville Jaguars started the draft in Cleveland with the selection of the Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence select with number 1. The New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers also went on QB with numbers 2 and 3 Zach Wilson and Trey Lance, respectively.
We’ll be tracking all 259 picks for Rounds 1-7, and you can also see the best design brochures available.
The draft continues with Rounds 2-3 on Friday (7pm ET) and ends with Rounds 4-7 on Saturday (12pm ET).
Here is the first round of selection analyzed by our ESPN NFL Nation reporters.
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson | Highlights
Why they chose him: Lawrence is the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck, and ESPN NFL draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. ranks him among his rated QBs, behind John Elway, Peyton Manning, and Luck. The Jaguars’ offense over the past decade has been dire, and the QB game is a big reason. The Jaguars were last in points, ranking 30th or worst in terms of QB completion percentage, overall QBR, pass rating and overtaking places in the league from 2011 to 2020 with Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, Blake Bortles, Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew II, and Jake Luton and Mike Glennon snap shots. Lawrence was 34-2 as a starter at Clemson, throwing for 10,098 yards and 90 touchdowns with just 17 interceptions in three seasons. As a freshman, he won a national championship and led the Tigers to two more playoff appearances.
Biggest question: There isn’t a perfect view, but Lawrence is close. When Jaguar’s general manager Trent Baalke was asked what he had learned about Lawrence that he didn’t know during the pre-design process, he said, “No negatives.” There was a brief buzz over Lawrence’s comments in a Sports Illustrated article that he had no chip on his shoulder and his high school coach’s comment that Lawrence might get off the game and be fine. This may have upset some fans, but Lawrence responded to these comments a few days later, reassuring everyone that he is motivated and wants to win. – Michael DiRocco
Zach Wilson, QB, BYU | Highlights
Why they chose him: The Jets traded with Sam Darnold in part because they believe Wilson can be a franchise quarterback. Among the not mentioned QBs Trevor LawrenceWilson stood out for his arm talent and ability to read in and out of your pocket quickly. The Jets quarterback clock is officially reset.
Biggest question: Can he really be a week one starter? The NFL could be a culture shock for Wilson, who dominated weak competition in 2020. The smart move will be to slowly loosen it up and let a vet learn it – assuming he adds one at some point. – – Rich Cimini
Trey Lance, QB, State of North Dakota | Highlights
Why they chose him: The 49ers weren’t afraid to make a bold trade in third place, nor were they afraid to take the player who is the biggest puzzle of the draft. That would be Lance, who fits the bill of the “greatest, fastest, and strongest” quarterback coach Kyle Shanahan he’s been looking for. At 6-foot-4,226 pounds, Lance brings a strong right arm, quick feet, quick processing skills, and the maturity to handle anything Shanahan may ask of him on his offense. Lance’s lack of experience – with 17 starts at the FCS level – is somewhat offset by the fact that he’s spent more time at the center with Shanahan staples than any other top quarterback prospect. Lance’s ball safety appeals to the 49ers too, after making 287 consecutive attempts in 2019. There is a lot of risk here, but the rewards could be huge.
Biggest question: Can Shanahan and the 49ers get Lance to realize his potential? This lack of experience against the top competition makes Lance the largest unknown among the top quarterbacks on this draft. While Lance has drawn comparisons to Buffalo Bills quarterback Josh Allen based on his physical traits, he also comes up with accuracy questions (50% graduation rate in 2020, 67% in 2019) similar to what Allen had when he was in the NFL arrived. Lance’s bottom might be lower than that of the other top quarterback prospects, but his cap could be higher, especially if he gets the chance to sit behind Jimmy Garoppolo for a season before he becomes the starter. At 20, Lance is just scratching the surface of his potential, which puts the 49ers on duty to help him achieve it. – Nick Wagoner
Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida | Highlights
Why they chose him: Pitts could be the most talented non-quarterback in the draft – and perhaps the most gifted player, regardless of his position. He might be listed as a close end, but he has the characteristics of a dominant large receiver at 6-6, 245 pounds with a reported 40 yard hit time of 4.44 seconds. He can line up throughout the formation for coach Arthur Smith, who acted as the tight-end coach. Pitts can play wide, in the slot, or in line as a close end and consistently be a matchup problem. Terry Fontenot, general manager of the Falcons, called him “a special player” on Wednesday.
Biggest question: Tight ends don’t usually go that high in design (Vernon Davis was the earliest selection for a TE, ranked 6th overall in 2006), and the transition from college to professional is difficult and typically takes a year. But Pitts is seen as a hitter on day one, so he has to defy history. The question is whether the Hawks did the right thing to bring Pitts over a quarterback. Matt Ryan turned 36 on May 17. Only time will tell. – Michael Rothstein
Yes, ‘Mar Chase, WR, LSU | Highlights
Why they chose him: The Bengals are looking for this year’s first-round selection to make an immediate contribution. Chase showed a knack for this his final season at LSU (84 catches, 1,780 yards, 20 TDs in 2019) when he and Bengal quarterback Joe Burrow led the Tigers to a national championship. Chase is another big play wide receiver that could open up the team’s offensive.
Biggest question: Will Chase’s physical style still be successful in the NFL? As good as Chase could get, Cincinnati will need its pass protection (Burrow was sacked 32 times before his end-of-season knee injury) to improve in 2021 for Burrow and the pass attack to be effective. – Ben baby
Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama | Highlights
Why they chose him: A need for speed. Waddle is believed to be the fastest player on the draft, despite not testing due to a broken ankle. Waddle is a great example of the groundbreaking playmaker the Dolphins need to help QB Tua Tagovailoa. Faced with the choice of reuniting Tagovailoa with either of his two former Alabama receivers, they leaned over to the larger, faster, and more electric waddle over the more productive and polished DeVonta Smith.
Biggest question: Can Waddle become a complete No. 1 recipient? Waddle was never the most prolific recipient in Alabama. Jerry Jeudy held that title in 2018 and Smith dominated in 2019 and 2020. High pre-draft comparisons with Tyreek Hill made headlines, but Waddle is far less advanced as a distance runner and against the press than Hill, so he has to be there make giant leaps to become Miami’s # 1 recipient. – Cameron Wolfe
Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon | Highlights
Why they chose him: Sewell was arguably the best available option in his position throughout the design class. Detroit has added another strong option to an already good offensive line that will likely be an immediate starter to provide additional protection for new quarterback Jared Goff. With the selection of the 2019 Outland Trophy winner, to be awarded to the best interior designers in the country, it fits right in with what the Lions are building under new General Manager Brad Holmes and Head Coach Dan Campbell.
Biggest question: Sewell has pulled out of the 2020 season so it remains to be seen how this will affect him. While Sewell is quick on his feet, some may wonder if his strength and technique transfer to this stage, but he seems like the safe bet at number 7 under the new Lions regime. – Eric Woodyard
Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina | Highlights
Why they chose him: A press corner was the only position General Manager Scott Fitterer believed could do the most to help the outside of the narrow end squad Kyle Pitts and go left Penei Sewell. In Horn, the Panthers have a physical, big, long-range corner, which is what Seattle believed in when it built its championship teams when Fitterer was there. With the injury-prone Donte Jackson in the last year of his contract, the Panthers have a long-term solution at one of the cornerstones.
Biggest question: Quarterback Sam Darnold had better be good because the Panthers had a shot on Justin FieldsA player who many believed would be the third best quarterback in the draft at worst. This selection shows that Carolina believes in Darnold and will give him every chance of success. It also shows that the Panthers believe a player like Horn can help them win now. – – David Newton
Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama | Highlights
Why they chose him: With the deal for Teddy Bridgewater on Wednesday, the Broncos turned to their defense with their first choice of draft. Bronco’s trainer Vic Fangio has consistently said that the key to defending in the NFL is having as many top flight cornerbacks as possible. Surtain will be a walk-in starter due to his versatility as a man-to-man cornerback or in the zone and run defender. He was one of the most complete candidates on the board.
Biggest question: Many of the team’s believers will wonder why the Broncos would pass quarterbacks on Justin Fields and Mac Jones add to defense? The only question many Boy Scouts had about Surtain, and it’s a bit of an issue given his skill set whether he was a “plateau” player, given the level of coaching he received in Alabama, or whether he still had room to grow For the Broncos, he was the most prepared NFL player on the board. – Jeff Legwold
DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama | Highlights
Why they chose him: With both top corners off the board, the Eagles rose from # 12 to # 10 to get the most productive receiver on the draft. Smith led the NCAA in receptions (117), earned yards (1,856) and TDs (23) en route to a Heisman trophy in 2020. With smooth running skills, sudden feet, and sure-footed hands, he will be instantly effective on offense from coach Nick Sirianni on the west coast.
Biggest question: Smith’s current weight is said to be less than 170 pounds. A big part of the NFL game is getting through against the human press. Although he has had few problems in Alabama, it remains to be seen whether he can make it to the next level. – – Tim McManus
11. Chicago Bears (from New York Giants)
Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State | Highlights
Why they chose him: The Bears haven’t had a real franchise quarterback since Sid Luckman retired in 1950. After the Mitchell Trubisky Experiment stalled after four seasons, the Bears were under tremendous pressure to find their next quarterback of the future. Chicago signed veteran Andy Dalton who might open the year as a starter, but Fields will be number 1 sooner rather than later. Plus, the bears had to find a way to increase their fan base, which responded to the Dalton pull with a collective yawn. Mission accomplished.
Biggest question: When do the fields start? The Bears put Trubisky into action before it finished in 2017 because the veteran they signed as bridge quarterback (Mike Glennon) was terrible. In a perfect world, the bears likely want Fields to sit behind Dalton for a short time. But the pressure to play fields will be too great to ignore. The Bears believe they have the right quarterback space and coaching staff to develop a young quarterback. We’ll see if they’re correct soon. – – Jeff Dickerson
12.Dallas Cowboys (from Philadelphia Eagles)
Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State | Highlights
Why they chose him: Coach Mike McCarthy said the Cowboys needed to get faster on defense. Parsons ran a 4.39 meter shot on his pro day. He was a hitter at Penn State and was considered one of the best athletes in the draft. He had 19 tackles for the loss, 6.5 sacks, 6 forced fumbling and 5 passing deviations in two seasons. The cowboys focused on corners, however Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II went just before her election and led her to pull down in a deal with Philadelphia.
Biggest question: How will he fit in with Jaylon Smith and Leighton Vander Esch in 2021? He has some pass rush skills. So will the cowboys use him in a certain pass rusher role? Smith is on the books for a guaranteed $ 7.2 million in 2020, while the Cowboys will likely pass the fifth year option to Vander Esch, which must be exercised by Monday. – – Todd Archer
Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern | Highlights
Why they chose him: Slater played left and right attack, and the chargers love its versatility. He’ll likely start out left and tasked with protecting franchise quarterback Justin Herbert. He is NFL capable and strong at the point of attack.
Biggest question: He is the first offensive lineman to fall from the Chargers since D.J. Fluker in 2013. He signed out as of 2020, but the chargers must have felt secure enough to pick him that high on the draft. His internal pass protection against quick defensive targets is suspicious. He has the tools, but the question remains how will he proceed to chargers fading after a year off. – Shelley Smith
Aliyah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC | Highlights
Why they chose him: When choosing a new franchise quarterback (Zach Wilson) it is worth protecting this investment. Vera-Tucker, who is expected to replace Alex Lewis on the left, will improve the offensive line. He and last year’s number 1 LT Mekhi Becton will form a solid left side of the line. It was a wise choice.
Biggest question: How badly did the Jets want Vera-Tucker? They swapped nine places, gave up their two picks for the third round (66 and 86) and received a quarter-finalist (143) from the Vikings. It’s a lot for a guard to give up, but the Jets saw him as one of the safest prospects in the draft. – – Rich Cimini
Mac Jones, QB, Alabama | Highlights
Why they chose him: The Patriots have been looking for Tom Brady’s replacement since he left for the free agency, and Jones’ strengths best reflected Brady among the top QB prospects in the draft. He is accurate and known for making choices, which are two of the most important things Coach Bill Belichick values most about the role. He has also played some of his best football games in high stakes, high pressure situations.
Biggest question: Jones was a one-year-old starter who wasn’t seen as a prospect for a first round in 2020. He’s also had players with NFL-caliber skill positions around him, which begs questions about how much of his success can be attributed to his teammates. – Mike Reiss
Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa | Highlights
Why they chose him: Collins is a surefire choice, and drawing him gives Arizona serious depth with outside linebackers. He gives the Cardinals their external linebacker of the future and can learn from Chandler Jones and Isaiah Simmons. Collins is versatile and a tough hitter, which gives Defense Coordinator Vance Joseph plenty of options to use in packages.
Biggest question:: Why did they choose Collins when there were other urgent needs and when will he come out on the field? There is now a traffic jam at the external linebacker with Jones, Simmons and Markus Golden, but Simmons can even play on the sidelines. This was a future choice, but Arizona must win now. – – Josh Weinfuss
Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama | Highlights
Why they chose him: The Raiders swapped launch center Rodney Hudson, right guard Gabe Jackson, and right tackle against Trent Brown this off-season and had an urgent need for the right tackle. And apparently they liked Leatherwood so much that they ranked 17th to pick it up instead of trying to trade back, get more picks, and get it anyway – unless there weren’t any takers.
Biggest question: Is Leatherwood the cornerstone of the right device, or could it slide in to the right guard with the newly signed Denzelle Good to get to the right device? It seemed like he was pulling a defensive player to 17th and then moving up from 48th in the second round to a player like Leatherwood, the fourth selected offensive lineman (though he’s not a consensus top 5 O-line prospect was), winning would be a better proposition. – – Paul Gutierrez
Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami | Highlights
Why they chose him: The Dolphins’ greatest defensive need was an edge rusher who could consistently win one-on-one while holding its own against the run. Enter Phillips. Many scouts viewed Phillips as the best edge rusher on the draft and a potential top 10 prospect in the draft if he was not experiencing medical issues. He played straight at the University of Miami and was the most prolific pass rusher in college football last season.
Biggest question: Phillips retired from UCLA two years ago due to a concussion and also had a wrist injury in the past. Phillips says he had two problems in college and he was right with the teams in the pre-design process. The dolphins were clearly happy with his medical history, but health is the biggest question for Phillips. – – Cameron Wolfe
Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky | Highlights
Why they chose him: Davis’ skills and versatility made him a sought-after linebacker. He can play what the team really wanted inside and he can play with his ability to cover in his sub-packages. Davis is doing well, which Washington absolutely needs with linebacker, and is considered a hard worker and disciplined player – that will go a long way with coach Ron Rivera. Washington wants to build a special defense, and Davis should improve the last seven.
Biggest question: He only started one season in Kentucky, so he’s inexperienced and needs to become more of an attacker in the game. Rivera likes to say that if you can’t stop teams on the ground, you’re always in poor passing situations. – – John Keim
Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida | Highlights
Why they chose him: One manager describes the playmaker in Florida as “explosive”. It’s an offensive weapon that the giants can use anywhere on the field, including in the background. They wanted to give quarterback Daniel Jones another weapon, and Toney was the best on the board at number 20.
Biggest question: Should the Giants have taken Michigan on the defensive end Kwity PayeSomeone you thought might be the best edge breaker in design? It seems the Giants were intent on getting Jones more help, be it a wideout like DeVonta Smith or Jaylen Waddle or more protection with an offensive lineman. Paye might have met a greater need. – – Jordan Raanan
Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan | Highlights
Why they chose him: The Colts are desperate for help in the Pass Rush department after losing a total of 15.5 bags of the exits from Denico Autry, Tennessee at the free agency and veteran Justin Houston, who is not yet signed.
Biggest question: Paye lacks consistency, and he hasn’t posted any noticeable bag numbers in Michigan with just 11.5 bags in more than three seasons. But it had the best pressure percentage of any edge breaker in the draft. – – Mike Wells
Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Why they chose him: Farley is one of the top cornerbacks on the draft, with a mix of size, skill, and speed that makes him more than trustworthy.
Biggest question: How healthy is Farley after back surgery? When he comes back strong after an injury he is the best man-to-man cover in this design. – – Turron Davenport
Christian Darrisaw, OT, Virginia Tech | Highlights
Why they chose him: With Penei Sewell and Rashawn Slater Leaving the board at number 14, the Vikings decided to retire nine spots in a trade with the Jets (# 23), taking two thirds in the process, while still holding one of the top-rated offensive tackles in the Drafts landed. Minnesota had to address the offensive line at the beginning of the draft with a player who can immediately contribute to a unit that allowed 39 sacks in last season. Darrisaw is a “left-only device,” according to General Manager Rick Spielman, and his physical abilities and fit in a zone-locking scheme make him a strong candidate to fill the left-device void in 2021. The Vikings felt they needed not just an athletic blocker, but someone the size to deal with speed rushers and powerful defensive linemen. Darrisaw’s 6-5, 322-pound frame coupled with its length was what Minnesota was looking for.
Biggest question: It appears the Vikings have four out of five positions on the offensive line, according to coach Mike Zimmer, with Darrisaw remaining in the left tackle and Brian O’Neill remaining in the right tackle. The biggest question on the O-Line this off-season was where Ezra Cleveland will play in 2021 after being drafted in the second round last year after playing left three seasons at Boise State. The Vikings have yet to find a left launch guard, a point they could address on Day 2. For now, however, some questions seem closer to being answered with the selection of Darrisaw. – – Courtney Cronin
Najee Harris, RB, Alabama | Highlights
Why they chose him: The league’s worst running game had to be reworked, and the Steelers identified Harris as the best running back on the field early in the drafting process. He’s an all-rounder ready for contact on day 1. He’s going to give Pittsburgh a much-needed lift on the floor.
Biggest question: Do the Steelers have the line of scrimmage to protect him? The line lacks star power and experience in advance. The only player who stands out, David DeCastro, is 31. Pittsburgh will trust their plan and a deep reception corps to keep Harris on balance. – – Jeremy Fowler
Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson | Highlights
Why they chose him: Urban Meyer talked about increasing and rewinding speed at the receiver, and Etienne was a dynamic playmaker at Clemson. He is the Atlantic Coast Conference’s career leader in rushing (4,952 yards), rushing TDs (70) and scrimmage TDs (78). Etienne will be heavily involved in the passing game: his 588 receiving yards last season were the second most common among FBS returns. He could also spend time in the slot.
Biggest question: The Jaguars had greater defensive needs – especially internal lines of defense and edge breakers – and they gamble to get a player in one of those positions in the second round. James Robinson ran more than 1,000 yards as an unoccupied rookie last season and now the team has added Etienne alongside Carlos Hyde to the free agency, so there is some uncertainty about his future. – – Michael DiRocco
Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern | Highlights
Why they chose him: The Browns dedicated this off-season to strengthening a defense that ranked 19th in efficiency last year. Newsome solidifies an overworked secondary player after allowing a QBR of 3.4 as main defender in coverage last season, the third best in the FBS.
Biggest question: Will Newsome start across the street from Denzel Ward? He’ll have a chance provided he can beat Greedy Williams from the 2019 second round, who missed all of last season with a shoulder injury. – – Jake Trotter
Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota | Highlights
Why they chose him: The Ravens give Lamar Jackson a Keenan Allen-type gun that creates a smooth route separation, and Bateman catches anything he can get his hands on. This marks the first time in Ravens history they have three first-round recipients on their roster (Bateman, Marquise Brown, and Sammy Watkins), which should help Baltimore avoid a third straight year of being the occupy last place in the catches and yards as wide receive recipient group.
Biggest question: Does Bateman address the need for a big goal for the ravens? Bateman measured at 6 feet on his pro day after being listed at 6-2 in college. Sometimes he doesn’t play big and doesn’t fight for contested catches. Baltimore struggled to find a sizeable recipient for Jackson who went missing with Miles Boykin (third round, 2019) and Dez Bryant (last season’s free agent). – – Jamison Hensley
Payton Turner, DE, Houston | Highlights
Why they chose him: The Saints just took the option for the fifth year 2022 for former first division club DE Marcus Davenport on Thursday. But they’ve lost a lot of depth in their line of defense this off-season, parting ways with DE Trey Hendrickson and DTs Sheldon Rankins and Malcom Brown. Turner (6-6, 268) is the size and length the Saints desire in their 4-3 DEs, and he should have the versatility to switch inward to DT as well.
Biggest question: Have the Saints missed a greater need and value? This was a surprising choice as few analysts were forecasting Turner for the first round and the Saints’ needs were clearer at CB, LB, WR, and even QB. Turner also struggled with injuries in college. But ESPN’s Adam Schefter had just reported Thursday morning that Turner could be a round one surprise after the teams received positive medical reports. – – Mike triplet
Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia | Highlights
Why they chose him: Remember when Tom Brady set Kevin King and everyone else in secondary school not named Jaire Alexander on fire in the NFC championship game? Yes, the Packers have re-signed King, but it’s only a one-year deal ($ 5 million). This is about a long-term cornerback partner for Alexander. It gives new defensive coordinator Joe Barry two fast corners to cover. Stokes allowed the second lowest completion percentage (18.2%) and the second lowest overall QBR (1.3) in coverage in the FBS last season. Alexander gave a score of 45.9 passers-by and a 46% completion percentage as the next defender according to NFL Next Gen Stats. All other Packers cornerbacks allowed a passerby rating of 95.9 and a completion percentage of 63% as the next defender.
Biggest question: It has nothing to do with Stokes. The only question that matters today, tomorrow, and until the situation is resolved, is what happens to Aaron Rodgers after ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Rodgers has told some members of the organization that he will not be returning to the Packers would like to. Poor Stokes. On a night when the packers should be able to extol his virtues, they will instead spend most of it answering questions about Rodgers and likely not providing specific answers. – – Rob Demovsky
Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami | Highlights
Why they chose him: Rousseau war während der Saison 2019 sehr produktiv, als er 19,5 Zweikämpfe für einen Verlust und 15,5 Säcke verzeichnete. Er hat die Größe und Länge, die die Bills am defensiven Ende begehren, und könnte sich mit angemessenem Coaching zu einem Elite-Edge-Rusher entwickeln.
Größte Frage: Kann er sich weiterentwickeln, während er eine relativ neue Position spielt? Rousseau hat sich aus der Saison 2020 zurückgezogen und ist immer noch roh; Er spielte Sicherheit in der High School und verpasste 2018 die Zeit mit einer Knöchelverletzung. Rousseau hat Potenzial, muss aber bestimmte Aspekte seines Spiels verfeinern, um seinen Mangel an Schnelligkeit zu überwinden. – – Marcel Louis-Jacques
Jayson Oweh. DE, Penn State | Höhepunkte
Warum sie ihn ausgewählt haben: Nachdem die Ravens Matthew Judon und Yannick Ngakoue in der freien Hand verloren hatten, gingen sie auf ihren größten Bedarf ein, indem sie sich einen Pass-Rusher mit außergewöhnlichen körperlichen Merkmalen und einer enorm hohen Decke schnappten. Oweh ist explosiv, feurig und flüssig mit seltener Höchstgeschwindigkeit. Wie sehr mag Baltimore ihn? Oweh ist der erste Pass-Rusher, den die Ravens in der ersten Runde seit Terrell Suggs vor 18 Jahren entworfen haben.
Größte Frage: Wie produktiv wird Oweh auf der NFL-Ebene sein? Oweh ist der erste FBS-Verteidiger seit sieben Jahren, der in der ersten Runde eingezogen wurde, nachdem er in seiner letzten College-Saison keinen Sack aufgenommen hatte. Todd McShay von ESPN sagte, er glaube, Oweh sei auf Band störender, als die Statistiken vermuten lassen. Aber das Fehlen von Säcken zeigt, dass Oweh eine rohe Perspektive ist. – – Jamison Hensley
Joe Tryon, DE, Washington | Höhepunkte
Warum sie ihn ausgewählt haben: Die Bucs positionierten sich, um den besten verfügbaren Spieler zu zeichnen, indem sie alle 22 Super Bowl-Starter in Angriff und Verteidigung neu unter Vertrag nahmen. Aber nach Shaq Barrett und Jason Pierre-Paul gibt es eine Abgabe, da JPP in das letzte Jahr seines Vertrags eintritt. Tryon ist an einem großartigen Ort, um sofort zu ihrem Pass-Ansturm beizutragen, ohne den Druck, sofort zu starten.
Größte Frage: Die Bucs ließen Georgia außerhalb des Linebackers Azeez Ojulari und Alabama Defensive Tackle Christian Barmore auf der Tafel. Barmore hätte Jugend und Vielseitigkeit in eine alternde innere Verteidigungslinie gebracht, und Ojulari könnte ein besser geführter Verteidiger sein. Aber sie brauchen Tryon nicht, um ein fertiges Produkt zu sein. Er hat Raum und Zeit, sich zu entwickeln. – – Jenna Laine