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2021 NFL draft analysis updated live for every pick

The 2021 NFL draft started Thursday and continues by way of Saturday (ABC/ESPN/ESPN App). With quarterbacks going 1-2-3 — Trevor Lawrence to the Jacksonville Jaguars, Zach Wilson to the New York Jets and Trey Lance to the San Francisco 49ers — the remainder of the draft guarantees to be simply as thrilling.

If you missed any of it — or simply need to make amends for deeper analysis — learn on for insights on every workforce from our crew of reporters and take a look at updated depth charts for all 32 teams.

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Selecting linebacker Zaven Collins out of Tulsa was a secure pick for the Cardinals, that is fairly clear. Collins is a expertise and he is versatile, which can go away defensive coordinator Vance Joseph dreaming about the place to line him up — very similar to he did with Isaiah Simmons final season. But the Cardinals are going through a make-or-break season, and it looks like it will’ve made extra sense for them to both commerce again to assemble extra picks — even some for subsequent yr’s deep draft — or to take an opportunity on a large receiver or cornerback, each of that are positions that might assist them win this season. Collins, who received each the Bronko Nagurski Award because the nation’s prime defensive participant and the Bednarik Award because the defensive participant of yr, is not the difficulty right here. It’s the choice to take him. Collins will likely be somebody Arizona can groom at inside linebacker and play outdoors in a pinch. But with these positions already established, the necessity to win appeared prefer it was placed on the again burner. Analysis of every Cardinals pick from Josh Weinfuss


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Kyle Pitts is one of the best non-quarterback within the draft and a participant new coach Arthur Smith can use everywhere in the subject — in-line, within the slot and out broad if crucial. He could also be listed as a good finish, however that is maybe an antiquated description for a participant like Pitts, who initiatives to be a dynamic pass-catcher on the Falcons. Consider, too, he’ll be paired not less than with Calvin Ridley and Hayden Hurst subsequent season (we’ll see about Julio Jones), and groups will not be capable to focus solely on him. It’s a pick that makes all of the sense on the earth for a coach who got here up within the NFL working with tight ends. Analysis of every Falcons pick from Michael Rothstein


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Every week after basic supervisor Eric DeCosta mentioned he was “insulted” by the criticism of the workforce’s present broad receivers, Baltimore confirmed its dedication to improve the weapons on the skin for Lamar Jackson by choosing a large receiver (Rashod Bateman) over changing Orlando Brown Jr. at proper deal with or filling the largest want at pass-rusher. Analysis of every Ravens pick from Jamison Hensley


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The Bills continued so as to add younger expertise to their entrance seven, grabbing Miami pass-rusher Gregory Rousseau at pick No. 30. He joins latest excessive picks AJ Epenesa (No. 54, 2020) and Ed Oliver (No. 9, 2019) on Buffalo’s defensive entrance. Analysis of every Bills pick from Marcel Louis-Jacques


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By taking Jaycee Horn, the Panthers confirmed how assured they’re in quarterback Sam Darnold and that they imagine they’re very near changing into a contender this season. In Horn, they chose a participant who may make the largest affect on the roster, since Florida tight finish Kyle Pitts and Oregon left deal with Penei Sewell had been already gone. Carolina handed on quarterbacks Justin Fields and Mac Jones for a press nook, which was an enormous lacking piece final season. With injury-plagued Donte Jackson getting into the ultimate yr of his rookie deal, look for Horn to step proper in as a starter reverse Jackson. Horn is far larger than Jackson at 6-foot-1 and 205 kilos and has an extended wingspan, which the teaching employees needed since they face so many massive receivers within the NFC South. He was simply too good to go up. Analysis of every Panthers pick from David Newton


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Bears basic supervisor Ryan Pace needed to swing for the fences with Justin Fields out there at No. 11. The Bears paid a hefty worth (together with subsequent yr’s first-round pick) to maneuver up 9 spots for Fields, however the payoff could possibly be huge. Finally, the Bears gave their fan base purpose to be excited.Analysis of every Bears pick from Jeff Dickerson


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The built-in chemistry between Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow may assist repair the Bengals’ deep-ball woes. But it additionally offers them one other dynamic outdoors receiver that might flip the Bengals’ offense into probably the most potent within the NFL. Analysis of every Bengals pick from Ben Baby


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The Browns entered the offseason aiming to improve every stage of their protection. Grabbing a premier nook like Greg Newsome II with the twenty sixth pick was the crowning glory on the revamping of a protection that must be a lot improved in 2021. Analysis of every Browns pick from Jake Trotter


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The Cowboys have made no secret about their need so as to add defenders through the draft, and so they had their eyes on cornerbacks Jaycee Horn and Patrick Surtain II. When these decisions went off the board Thursday night time, Dallas traded the No. 10 pick inside the NFC East to the Eagles and chosen at No. 12 linebacker Micah Parsons, who has loads of expertise but in addition opted out final season at Penn State. Analysis of every Cowboys pick from Todd Archer


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The Broncos have proved all through the offseason they like quarterback Drew Lock greater than many others do. They largely sat out free company on the place till they made a commerce for Teddy Bridgewater on Wednesday. Hours after Bridgewater was within the Broncos’ facility to take a bodily and meet the coaches, the Broncos handed on quarterbacks Justin Fields and Mac Jones to take cornerback Patrick Surtain II out of Alabama. Surtain will likely be an instantaneous contributor on a protection that signed cornerbacks Ronald Darby and Kyle Fuller in free company and signed security Justin Simmons to a long-term extension. Welcome to life within the Patrick Mahomes-led AFC West. Analysis of every Broncos pick from Jeff Legwold


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All of the indicators say that Penei Sewell was the secure pick in Detroit underneath the brand new regime. Detroit first-year head coach Dan Campbell and basic supervisor Brad Holmes had been looking for toughness, and Sewell positively suits the mould. He received the 2019 Outland Trophy because the nation’s finest inside lineman and is anticipated to contribute instantly. Analysis of every Lions pick from Eric Woodyard


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Should it actually be any shock that the Packers went protection within the first spherical? This is the ninth time of their final 10 first-round picks they’ve addressed that aspect of the ball, with the lone offensive participant being quarterback Jordan Love final yr. The number of cornerback Eric Stokes says Mike Pettine wasn’t the one drawback with the Packers’ protection final yr. Analysis of every Packers pick from Rob Demovsky


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Given the uncertainty across the quarterback place in Houston, it made sense for the Texans to spend money on Davis Mills, a participant they really feel they may develop on the place. Yes, extra will likely be recognized about Deshaun Watson future after the season and there is a good chance that the Texans nonetheless commerce Watson and/or goal a top-tier quarterback within the 2022 draft, however including Mills now offers Houston a chance to take one other shot on the place. The largest purpose this transfer was stunning? The Texans have so many holes on the roster coming off a 4-12 season and numerous turnover, and went into the draft and not using a pick within the first or second spherical. Analysis of every Texans pick from Sarah Barshop


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The Colts have their anchors on protection in lineman DeForest Buckner and linebacker Darius Leonard. Buckner’s presence is felt in the midst of the defensive position, however they’ve a gap to fill on the subject of discovering a pass-rusher off the sting. The hope is that Kwity Paye will assist make up for the departures of Denico Autry (7.5 sacks) and Justin Houston (8.0 sacks). General supervisor Chris Ballard has been steadfast about wanting his groups to dominate the defensive and offensive strains, particularly in December and January. Using a first-round pick on Paye is a potential indication that the Colts aren’t bought that Kemoko Turay, who has battled accidents the previous couple of seasons, and Ben Banogu are able to step up. Paye unimaginable bodily abilities will slot in with defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus’ aggressive and quick protection. The knock in opposition to Paye is that he had solely 11.5 sacks whereas at Michigan. Analysis of every Colts pick from Mike Wells


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Trevor Lawrence was a no brainer for the Jaguars, who’ve been looking for a franchise quarterback since Mark Brunell led the workforce to 4 consecutive playoff appearances (together with two AFC title video games) from 1996 to ’99. Lawrence is one of the best QB prospect since Andrew Luck, and he has misplaced simply 4 video games as a beginning QB since he started highschool. Lawrence steps right into a scenario with a 1,000-yard rusher (James Robinson), a veteran receiver (Marvin Jones Jr.) and an offensive line that returns all 5 starters. He’s additionally acquired an skilled offensive coordinator in Darrell Bevell, so issues are in place for him to have success as a rookie. Analysis of every Jaguars pick from Michael DiRocco


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The Chiefs misplaced Damien Wilson — certainly one of their prime linebackers final season when it comes to taking part in time — to free company. Second-round pick Nick Bolton out of Missouri may instantly declare not less than a few of Wilson’s snaps. He’ll have it earn them, although. Defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is infamous for making rookies show they’re prepared for any sport motion they get. Bolton’s means to hit will likely be helpful for the Chiefs and he’ll be a part of veteran linebackers Anthony Hitchens and Willie Gay, a second-round draft pick final season, as the primary candidates for taking part in time. Analysis of every Chiefs pick from Adam Teicher


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Um … yeah, the Raiders had an enormous gap at proper deal with, however Alex Leatherwood in all probability may have been taken 20-plus picks later, and protection remains to be the largest gap on the workforce. Is this a attain? Taking a defensive participant right here or buying and selling again from 17 to get extra picks and nonetheless being in place to draft Leatherwood, the fourth O-lineman chosen however not a consensus top-five O-lineman, appeared a extra worthwhile transfer. Unless there have been no takers or the Raiders merely beloved Leatherwood that a lot. Perhaps the Raiders transfer Leatherwood, who performed guard to start out his school profession, to proper guard and slide Denzelle Good, who performed proper deal with and left guard final season, to proper deal with. Analysis of every Raiders pick from Paul Gutierrez


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The 6-foot-4, 304-pound Rashawn Slater is taken into account one of the best OT within the draft by many scouts, even over Penei Sewell, who went No. 7 to the Detroit Lions. He has NFL-ready approach and good motion on the level of assault. He’s a steal for an offensive line that wants a left deal with badly to guard second-year quarterback Justin Herbert. Herbert is coming off an NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year season in 2020 that noticed him set an NFL rookie report with 31 landing passes. Herbert did this regardless of being pressured 217 instances final season, probably the most for a rookie quarterback since 2009, in line with ESPN Stats & Information. Slater can play proper deal with, too, and the Chargers love his versatility and suppose he is the actual deal. Analysis of every Chargers pick from Shelley Smith


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Rams coach Sean McVay and basic supervisor Les Snead acknowledged this offseason that they lacked a large receiver final season who may constantly stretch a protection. With their first pick within the draft, they wasted no time addressing the necessity by choosing Louisville’s Tutu Atwell. The small — he weighed solely 155 kilos at his professional day final month — however speedy Atwell may instantly be that deep-threat playmaker, particularly since buying and selling for quarterback Matthew Stafford. Atwell has the instruments to line up in a number of positions and be utilized in a number of methods in McVay’s offense. Analysis of every Rams pick from Lindsey Thiry


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Much of the Dolphins’ offseason purpose was to proceed the franchise’s rebuild whereas discovering playmakers to construct round quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. Miami made some headway in conducting these targets Thursday by drafting Alabama broad receiver Jaylen Waddle at No. 6 and Miami defensive finish Jaelan Phillips at No. 18. Analysis of every Dolphins pick from Cameron Wolfe


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The Vikings could not have carried out any higher for the worth they acquired out of their first-round pick, Christian Darrisaw. Minnesota tried to commerce up within the first spherical and get in rivalry for one of many prime two offensive tackles within the draft. When that did not work out, the Vikings traded again 9 spots and drafted the identical participant basic supervisor Rick Spielman mentioned they had been contemplating taking at No. 14. Analysis of every Vikings pick from Courtney Cronin


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The Patriots entered the draft with a obtrusive want for a long-term answer at QB. Despite hypothesis they’d commerce as much as fill the necessity, Bill Belichick sat nonetheless at pick No. 15 and landed Alabama QB Mac Jones, a participant New England had been linked to since early within the draft course of. Analysis of every Patriots pick from Mike Reiss


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This pick raised eyebrows since Payton Turner wasn’t extensively graded as a Round 1 prospect by many analysts — and since different wants had been seen as extra urgent. But New Orleans positively wanted extra defensive position depth after parting methods with DE Trey Hendrickson and DTs Malcom Brown and Sheldon Rankins this offseason. And it ought to come as no shock that the Saints’ mind belief values larger, longer DEs just like the 6-foot-6, 268-pound Turner greater than another groups and analysts may. That has at all times been their prototype on the place forward of smaller, “tweener” OLB varieties, and he may doubtlessly play DT in some packages. Analysis of every Saints pick from Mike Triplett


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Dave Gettleman made the primary commerce again in his 9 drafts as a basic supervisor, dropping from pick No. 11 to No. 20, and nonetheless completed his purpose of including a playmaker for quarterback Daniel Jones. Florida receiver Kadarius Toney can be utilized everywhere in the subject and will give the offense a jolt. Analysis of every Giants pick from Jordan Raanan


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For a workforce that completed 2-14 final season and wanted assist at most every place, the Jets began off the draft’s Round 1 by drafting BYU quarterback Zach Wilson in a seminal second for the franchise. And basic supervisor Joe Douglas stayed the course on offense by shifting the Jets up from No. 23 to No. 14 to draft USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker, who can shield the workforce’s rookie QB. Analysis of every Jets pick from Rich Cimini


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The Eagles did not let dimension scare them off of the most efficient broad receivers on this draft, and the reward for that leap of religion in shifting as much as choose Alabama’s DeVonta Smith (6-foot, 166 kilos) yield a quite giant return. Smith additionally reunites with former Crimson Tide teammate Jalen Hurts, who’s vying for Philadelphia’s QB1 job. Analysis of every Eagles pick from Tim McManus


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In a draft stuffed with surprises, Najee Harris and the Steelers was a predictable match. Harris was Pittsburgh’s goal all alongside, the workforce’s first first-round operating again choice since Rashard Mendenhall in 2008. Many groups thought of the 6-foot-2, 230-pound Harris one of the best tailback within the class. Analysis of every Steelers pick from Jeremy Fowler


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After taking a giant threat to commerce as much as this spot, it is solely becoming that the 49ers took the largest threat on probably the most unknown participant — North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance. And it is an impressed selection. Who is aware of whether or not Lance will attain his super upside however every participant coming into the league by way of the draft comes with threat. What we do know is Lance has every little thing it is advisable to turn into a celebrity on this league and the 49ers provide the perfect scenario to assist him attain that ceiling. Analysis of every 49ers pick from Nick Wagoner


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For all of the surprises the Seahawks have a tendency to tug off early within the draft, taking D’Wayne Eskridge wasn’t a lot of 1. A 3rd receiver is a necessity for Seattle and Eskridge carries apparent enchantment together with his velocity and big-play means. He’s small (5-foot-9, 190 kilos) however ran a 4.39 40 and averaged round 19 yards per catch over 5 school seasons. His return means might need added to his worth within the Seahawks’ eyes as they’ve tried to take a few of these duties off Tyler Lockett‘s plate. According to ESPN Stats & Information, Eskridge averaged 213 all-purpose yards per sport in 2020, second within the FBS, and was a finalist for the Paul Hornung Award because the nation’s most versatile participant. Analysis of every Seahawks pick from Brady Henderson


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By returning every starter on offense and protection from their Super Bowl LV win, plus key contributor Antonio Brown this week, the Bucs positioned themselves to take one of the best participant out there in Joe Tryon, who can bolster their rotation with Shaquil Barrett and Jason Pierre-Paul, who has one yr left on his contract. Tryon also can contribute on particular groups straight away. Analysis of every Buccaneers pick from Jenna Laine


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Caleb Farley is a traditional high-risk, high-reward participant. The Titans felt the chance was too good to go up similar to after they chosen Jeffery Simmons within the first spherical of the 2019 draft. A wholesome Farley, who opted out of the 2020 season because of the pandemic, will be capable to line up on the skin and be trusted in man protection. He is greater than keen as a tackler and might create turnovers. Adding Farley permits the Titans to make use of second-year cornerback Kristian Fulton on the within as a nickel nook in sub packages. Farley completed his 2019 season with 4 interceptions and 12 passes defended. Analysis of every Titans pick from Turron Davenport


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After specializing in the offense throughout free company, Washington used it is first pick within the draft to proceed constructing a protection that has an opportunity to be particular. Athletic Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis, chosen with the No. 19 pick, may flourish behind the workforce’s stout defensive position. Analysis of every Washington pick from John Keim

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