Monday, June 15, 2020

Buffalo Bills 2021 Mock Draft Roundup

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Buffalo Bills Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Buffalo Bills from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Buffalo Bills, check out our 2021 Buffalo Bills Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Bills:

Pro Football Network - DiCecco (6/7)
25) Buffalo Bills: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S Florida State

The formidable Bills defense could stand to get younger at the safety position, and here they bolster the unit by adding the draft's most highly regarded center fielder in Nasirildeen.

Fox Sports - McIntyre (6/7)
19. Buffalo Bills -- Creed Humphrey, OL, Oklahoma

No change on the pick, but yes, I swapped the Patriots and Bills. For now.

Walter Football (5/19)
26. Buffalo Bills: Deonte Brown, G, Alabama

The Bills struggled when battling tough pass rushes last year, so they'll need to improve their offensive line. Deonte Brown's strength is blasting open huge holes for his running backs, but he's also a solid pass protector.

CBS Sports - Edwards (5/12)
27. Buffalo Bills: Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

It would be the second consecutive year that Buffalo has used a first-round pick on a WR after trading for Stefon Diggs. John Brown may not be around long. Moore offers some strength at the position and is dynamic after the catch. His production against Ohio State two years ago was one of the more impressive individual performances in recent years.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (5/4)
27. Buffalo Bills: Rashawn Slater, OL, Northwestern

By 2021, it won't be shocking if the Bills decide to move Cody Ford to guard, meaning there'll be a need at right tackle. Slater was a steady pass blocker at offensive tackle last season for the Wildcats.

PFF - Renner (4/30)
22. Buffalo Bills -- CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama

Surtain is another long Alabama corner at 6-foot-2 and 203 pounds. He's been starting ever since he was a true freshman in 2018, and this past year allowed only 28 catches for 301 yards on 49 targets. If he's anything like his father -- a longtime Dolphins corner -- he'll be well worth this pick.

San Diego Union Tribune (4/29)
21. Buffalo (28/1) -- Trey Smith, OL, Tennessee

Another year of healthy production (Smith dealt with blood clotting his freshman season) could cement this versatile lineman as a Top-15 pick.

SI - Hanson (4/27)
25. Buffalo Bills: Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia

Signing a one-year deal with the Bills, the 32-year-old Josh Norman graded out as one of the worst cornerbacks (109th) in 2019, per PFF. Finding an upgrade opposite Tre'Davious White will be one of Brandon Beane's areas of focus next offseason. Campbell has the size, length and athleticism to hear his name called earlier than this next April.

Bleacher Report - Miller (4/27)
23. Buffalo Bills -- WR Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU

Yep, LSU has even more playmakers at wide receiver. After seeing Justin Jefferson drafted in the first round with the 2020 class, the Tigers will watch Terrace Marshall Jr. join Ja'Marr Chase on Day 1 of the 2021 draft.

Marshall is poised for a breakout as he replaces the lost production of Jefferson, but unlike the newest member of the Minnesota Vikings, this LSU wideout has elite size at 6'4" and 200 pounds. He's a lot like 2020 prospect Tee Higgins with his length and ability to track the ball down the field--two qualities the Bills need opposite Stefon Diggs.

SB Nation - Kadar (4/27)
19. Buffalo Bills: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

Veteran Josh Norman was brought in on just a one-year deal this offseason, so the Bills could go into next offseason looking for a long-term partner for Tre'Davious White.

The Athletic - Brugler (4/27)
20. Buffalo Bills -- *Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas

Cosmi has some anchor strength questions, but he is quick out of his stance and stays square to rushers, marrying his hands and his eyes to stay busy. Last season, Cosmi vs. K'Lavon Chaisson was an interesting back-and-forth matchup with wins on both sides.


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Arizona Cardinals 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Arizona Cardinals Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Arizona Cardinals from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Cardinals:

Pro Football Network - DiCecco (6/7)
12) Arizona Cardinals: Paulson Adebo, CB Stanford

I'm admittedly banking on Adebo's upside here, as the Stanford cornerback didn't quite live up to expectations in 2019, but his upside is undeniable. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound cornerback gives the Cardinals a lengthy perimeter defender with plus ball skills and physical traits. He'll team with Byron Murphy to give Arizona a new-look cornerback tandem.

Fox Sports - McIntyre (6/7)
24. Arizona Cardinals -- Jevon Holland, S, Oregon

It feels like the Cardinals are building something on both sides of the football. A secondary of Patrick Peterson, Budda Baker, Byron Murphy and Holland has some promise.

Walter Football (5/19)
17. Arizona Cardinals: Israel Mukuamu, CB, South Carolina

The Cardinals have needed a No. 2 cornerback across from Patrick Peterson for quite some time. They may need a replacement soon because Peterson's contract expires soon.

Israel Mukuamu is a big cornerback (6-4, 205) who enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign.

CBS Sports - Edwards (5/12)
10. Arizona Cardinals: Marvin Wilson, DL, Florida State

Arizona added Isaiah Simmons in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft. It can do him a favor by adding an explosive nose tackle to occupy blockers. The Cardinals would become stronger up the middle of their defense.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (5/4)
12. Arizona Cardinals: Patrick Surtain II, DB, Alabama

Surtain his big, athletic, has NFL bloodlines and emerged in 2019 at Alabama. He's primed to go very early in 2021, and the Cardinals need more defensive back help.

PFF - Renner (4/30)
11. Arizona Cardinals -- CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech

The first cornerback off the board? Farley has those kinds of physical tools. Listed at 6-foot-2, 207 pounds, Farley has the kind of size NFL evaluators love to see at the position. He also has the production we love, with a 90.3 coverage grade last year and a 26.8 passer rating allowed.

San Diego Union Tribune (4/29)
11. Arizona (50/1) -- Patrick Surtain Jr., CB, Alabama

The former five-star recruit has NFL DNA (father was an All-Pro corner who played 11 seasons) and prototypical traits.

SI - Hanson (4/27)
11. Arizona Cardinals: Shaun Wade, CB, Ohio State

Another draft, another Ohio State cornerback in the first round. After playing in the slot with 2020 first-rounders Jeff Okudah and Damon Arnette outside, Wade will move to outside cornerback next season. The former five-star recruit has the size, length and athleticism to excel there as well. Not only have the Cardinals been searching for an upgrade opposite Patrick Peterson for a long time, but Peterson is entering a contract year in his age-30 season.

Bleacher Report - Miller (4/27)
9. Arizona Cardinals -- OT Samuel Cosmi, Texas

Kliff Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals focused on defense in the first round of the 2020 draft and instead waited for Houston's Josh Jones in Round 3. But with D.J. Humphries' play uneven and his future uncertain, the front office is in position to get a very athletic, very promising left tackle in Texas' Samuel Cosmi in 2021.

Cosmi is a natural athlete and a smooth operator at left tackle. With Jones likely moving to right tackle in the NFL, if Humphries regresses to his more consistent level of play this season, the Cardinals must consider a first-rounder at tackle to keep Kyler Murray and the high-octane offense operating.

SB Nation - Kadar (4/27)
11. Arizona Cardinals: Trey Smith, G, Tennessee

Smith could be the rare top-of-the-first-round guard in 2021. The 6'6, 335-pound Smith has history at left tackle and left guard, and will probably be projected as an interior player in the NFL.

The Athletic - Brugler (4/27)
10. Arizona Cardinals -- *Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama

The son of a three-time Pro Bowler, Surtain has the bloodlines and talent to develop into a top-10 draft pick. He's a good-sized athlete, and it was easy to confuse Surtain and Trevon Diggs on Alabama's 2019 tape. He should continue to get better in 2020.


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Atlanta Falcons 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Atlanta Falcons from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Falcons:

Pro Football Network - DiCecco (6/7)
13) Atlanta Falcons: Shaun Wade, CB Ohio State

Though the Falcons selected Clemson cornerback A.J. Terrell in April, it's evident the defense needs more talent when facing explosive offenses like the Saints, Bucs, and Panthers twice a year. Wade, at his best playing the nickel cornerback role, could be the answer for slowing Chris Godwin and D.J. Moore.

Fox Sports - McIntyre (6/7)
15. Atlanta Falcons -- Caden Sterns, DB, Texas

The Falcons didn't have a cornerback or safety crack the Top 55 at their positions according to Pro Football Focus grades. And they're projected to have one of the youngest secondaries in the NFL in 2020. Sterns is an All-American who has been compared to former Longhorn Earl Thomas.

Walter Football (5/19)
12. Atlanta Falcons: Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State

The Falcons were reportedly hoping to trade up for Javon Kinlaw, but they couldn't get a deal done. They may target a defensive tackle early in the 2020 NFL Draft unless Marlon Davidson has a great rookie campaign.

Marvin Wilson has outstanding size (6-5, 311) and athleticism, and he is capable of putting consistent pressure on the quarterback.

CBS Sports - Edwards (5/12)
11. Atlanta Falcons: Patrick Surtain II, DB, Alabama

Atlanta parted ways with Desmond Trufant before drafting A.J. Terrell, but it could use another confident cornerback in that secondary. The defense could use more edge rush help, but it is not a strong draft class in that regard.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (5/4)
9. Atlanta Falcons: Patrick Jones II, DL, Pittsburgh

After declining Takk McKinley's fifth-year option, the Falcons are likely to be in the edge-rusher market in next year's draft. Jones has steadily increased his production in his first three seasons at Pittsburgh.

PFF - Renner (4/30)
14. Atlanta Falcons -- WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama

It's easy to see why Smith returned to the Crimson Tide despite a monster junior campaign that saw him rack up 1,256 yards. Listed at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, Smith needs to put some serious muscle on his frame to get selected early next year. Even at that weight, he attacks the ball in the air far better than you'd expect, going 7-for-12 on contested catches last season.

San Diego Union Tribune (4/29)
12. Atlanta (40/1) -- Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson

I was shocked when Etienne decided to return for his senior season. He would have been my top running back in the 2020 draft class. He's averaged 7.8 yards per carry (with 518 career carries) and scored 62 total touchdowns in three seasons for the Tigers.

SI - Hanson (4/27)
14. Atlanta Falcons: Xavier Thomas, EDGE, Clemson

This is a bit of a projection as the breakout sophomore campaign that many expected from Thomas in 2019 didn't materialize. The former top-five recruit had 10.5 tackles for loss in 2018, as a true freshman in a reserve role on a line that included three first-round picks. Thomas says he “got that edge back” and if he puts it all together in 2020, he could go even higher than this.

Bleacher Report - Miller (4/27)
10. Atlanta Falcons -- RB Najee Harris, Alabama

In a surprise move, the Atlanta Falcons did not draft a running back in the 2020 class and instead focused on defense, with just one selection coming on offense at center.

That'll change in 2021 with Alabama's Najee Harris, a powerful, athletic, productive runner who would have been a top-three running back had he entered the 2020 class. Harris' vision, strength and burst are eye-opening enough to make the Falcons consider a running back very early in next year's draft.

SB Nation - Kadar (4/27)
12. Atlanta Falcons: Carlos Basham, Edge, Wake Forest

Basham is coming off an impressive junior year when he had 18 tackles for loss and 11 sacks. If second-round pick Marlon Davidson plays inside, the Falcons could use another player on the outside.

The Athletic - Brugler (4/27)
14. Atlanta Falcons -- *Gregory Rousseau, edge, Miami (Fla.)

Rousseau is still very young, but he was unblockable at times on his 2019 film, posting 15.5 sacks as a redshirt freshman. With continued seasoning of his set-up and pass-rush moves, the 6-7, 255-pounder has early first-round potential.


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Sunday, June 14, 2020

Baltimore Ravens 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Baltimore Ravens Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Baltimore Ravens from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Ravens:

Pro Football Network - DiCecco (6/7)
30) Baltimore Ravens: Jay Tufele, DL USC

The Ravens are fairly deep across the board but opt to add to their defensive line contingent that features an intriguing blend of youthful talent behind their predominantly veteran starting unit. Tufele will thrive playing opposite Justin Madubuike for the next decade.

Fox Sports - McIntyre (6/7)
31. Baltimore Ravens -- Charlie Kolar, TE, Iowa State

Lamar Jackson makes a deep playoff run. Kolar could be the best tight end in America next year, and would look great opposite Mark Andrews.

Walter Football (5/19)
29. Baltimore Ravens: DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama

Lamar Jackson is being blamed for the latest playoff loss, but his receivers really let him down. DeVonta Smith is an excellent route runner with great hands and tremendous run-after-catch ability.

CBS Sports - Edwards (5/12)
30. Baltimore Ravens: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

Baltimore adds another offensive piece for Lamar Jackson. Teams in the NFL need three trusted wide receivers to be successful. Marquise Brown, Devin Duvernay and Ross would give them three pass-catchers who could make a difference.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (5/4)
30. Baltimore Ravens: Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse

All Cisco has done in his first two seasons at Syracuse is intercept 12 passes. Learning for a year or two from Earl Thomas would be amazing for this talented ball hawk.

PFF - Renner (4/30)
30. Baltimore Ravens -- S Jevon Holland, Oregon

You can't really coach instincts, and that's why it's a good thing that Holland clearly already has them. He's picked off nine passes and broken up 11 more in two seasons with the Ducks between safety and slot corner. His playmaking ability should be coveted in pretty much any defense, but he'd match especially well with the Ravens.

San Diego Union Tribune (4/29)
31. Baltimore (7/1) -- Liam Eichenberg, OT, Notre Dame

Ronnie Stanley will be a free agent in 2021. According to Pro Football Focus, Eichenberg is one of just four returning Power 5 offensive tackles to rank in the Top 10 in run blocking and pass blocking.

SI - Hanson (4/27)
30. Baltimore Ravens: Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State

Tall for a safety (6'4”), Nasirildeen has the length and speed to excel covering tight ends. A productive player for the Seminoles--192 tackles and three interceptions over the past two seasons--Nasirildeen offers some intriguing upside as a defensive playmaker.

Bleacher Report - Miller (4/27)
30. Baltimore Ravens -- IDL LaBryan Ray, Alabama

The Ravens are the best drafting team in the NFL and continue that streak with a steal of a selection in this too-early prediction of 2021 with a young nose tackle who has big-time potential.

LaBryan Ray is the No. 2 defensive tackle in the 2021 class based on early looks, but he has the movement skills and power to shoot to the top of the board. Like many Alabama defensive linemen before him, he has the potential to play 3- or 5-technique. However, his athleticism at 6'5" and 292 pounds makes him more like Jonathan Allen than Raekwon Davis when comparing former Crimson Tide D-linemen.

SB Nation - Kadar (4/27)
30. Baltimore Ravens: Joe Tryon, Edge, Washington

The Ravens have a ton of high-priced free agents after this season, including pass rusher Matt Judon, wide receiver Willie Snead, left tackle Ronnie Stanley, and cornerbacks Jimmy Smith and Marlon Humphrey. That means they'll have a lot of tough decisions to make. Judon is on the franchise tag this season and could go elsewhere.

The Athletic - Brugler (4/27)
31. Baltimore Ravens -- *Christian Barmore, DT, Alabama

Barmore has only one start on his resume up to this point, but he routinely flashed on Alabama's 2019 film as a redshirt freshman. At 6-5 and 315 pounds with power and quickness, he is an ascending player who could put himself in the first-round discussion next season.


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Kansas City Chiefs 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Kansas City Chiefs from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Kansas City Chiefs, check out our 2021 Kansas City Chiefs Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Chiefs:

Pro Football Network - DiCecco (6/7)
32) Kansas City Chiefs: Patrick Jones II, EDGE Pittsburgh

The reigning Super Bowl Champions have few needs to speak of, but land an ascending talent in Johnson. The Pitt standout exploded for 8.5 sacks and 12 tackles for loss last season and has a developing frame and skill set. In Kansas City, he should see the field as a rotational rusher almost immediately.

Fox Sports - McIntyre (6/7)
29. Kansas City Chiefs -- Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

With Patrick Mahomes angling for the richest contract in NFL history, the Chiefs will have to make some sacrifices. Probably at receiver. So they'll just draft another speed merchant.

Walter Football (5/19)
32. Kansas City Chiefs: LaBryan Ray, DT, Alabama

The Chiefs could add someone to help provide more interior disruption. LaBryan Ray flashed a bit alongside Quinnen Williams and now has a larger role on Alabama.

CBS Sports - Edwards (5/12)
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Deonte Brown, OL, Alabama

The Chiefs continue to turn over their offensive line. Brown is a strong player who should create some wide open running lanes for Clyde Edwards-Helaire.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (5/4)
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Creed Humphrey, OL, Oklahoma

This is likely to be a major need for the Chiefs in 2021, and Humphrey looked the part even as a freshman in 2018.

PFF - Renner (4/30)
32. Kansas City Chiefs -- WR Amon-Ra St. Brown, USC

St. Brown got lost in the shuffle of a loaded USC receiving corps last season, but he was arguably the most complete of the bunch. At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, he's a talented route-runner who can win at all levels of the field. He broke 18 tackles on 77 catches, and after a slow start, he averaged over 100 yards a game over his final eight games.

San Diego Union Tribune (4/29)
32. Kansas City (6/1) -- Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue

Sammy Watkins is likely gone after next season. Moore's speed and play-making ability would fit in quite nicely. Injuries limited him to just four games in 2019, but he returns a dark-horse Heisman candidate.

SI - Hanson (4/27)
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Jay Tufele, IDL, USC

The Chiefs used their franchise tag on Chris Jones and many 2020 mock drafts projected Ross Blacklock to Kansas City as a potential long-term replacement. Whether Jones is on the roster in 2021 or beyond, adding a disruptive interior pass-rusher like Tufele, who's extremely athletic for his 315-pound frame, makes sense if he's available at the end of Round 1.

Bleacher Report - Miller (4/27)
32. Kansas City Chiefs -- WR Chris Olave, Ohio State

The rich get richer as the Kansas City Chiefs select a wide receiver to replace Sammy Watkins and pair with Tyreek Hill and Mecole Hardman at the end of Round 1.

Chris Olave is ready to break out now that he isn't in the shadow of K.J. Hill and Austin Mack, senior receivers on last year's Ohio State roster. His size (6'1", 188 lbs) and route running are eerily similar to Justin Jefferson's tape. That was good enough to make the LSU star the No. 22 overall pick in the 2020 draft class. If Olave plays as expected this season, he might be long gone by the time the Chiefs are on the clock.

SB Nation - Kadar (4/27)
32. Kansas City Chiefs: Jaylen Twyman, DL, Pittsburgh

If things between the Chiefs and Chris Jones fall apart, it will be imperative to find his replacement. Twyman had 10.5 sacks from his defensive tackle spot last year, just 0.5 sack shy of Aaron Donald's single-season high at Pitt.

The Athletic - Brugler (4/27)
32. Kansas City Chiefs -- *Brevin Jordan, TE, Miami (Fla.)

The third tight end to make this mock, Jordan is oozing with potential and has athletic gifts for his size. With Travis Kelce turning 31 next season, Jordan could be worth developing for a year or two until he is ready to be the starter.


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Dallas Cowboys 2021 NFL Mock Draft Roundup

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Dallas Cowboys from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

For a more inclusive lists of mock drafts for the Dallas Cowboys, check out our 2021 Dallas Cowboys Mock Draft Database.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Cowboys:

Pro Football Network - DiCecco (6/7)
28) Dallas Cowboys: Andre Cisco, S Syracuse

The Cowboys have a solid starting cornerback tandem in Chidobe Awuzie and Trevon Diggs, and Jourdan Lewis is a fine nickel defender. However, safeties Xavier Woods and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix don't project as long-term options at safety. Cisco, my top safety, has the requisite ball skills, range, and versatility to make an impact in his first season.

Fox Sports - McIntyre (6/7)
12. Dallas Cowboys -- Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State

Jerry Jones has the makings of another Top 5 offense, but the defense is full of holes. Parsons will be talked about in the same breath as Isaiah Simmons, who went eighth in 2020 to the Cardinals.

Walter Football (5/19)
18. Dallas Cowboys: Paulson Adebo, CB, Stanford

The Cowboys drafted Trevon Diggs, but they still need another cornerback. Paulson Adebo has great size, coverage skills and play-making ability. He struggled a bit in 2019, but could rebound next year.

CBS Sports - Edwards (5/12)
22. Dallas Cowboys: Nick Bolton, LB, Missouri

Bolton needs some refinement, but he is a high-energy linebacker. By traditional standards he is undersized, but there is no overlooking his impact on the game.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (5/4)
28. Dallas Cowboys: Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State

Freiermuth runs like a gazelle in the open field and has enough twitch to create separation. More weapons for Dak Prescott.

PFF - Renner (4/30)
24. Dallas Cowboys -- TE Brevin Jordan, Miami (FL)

Jordan looks next in the long line of Miami tight ends. As a true freshman, he caught 32 balls for 287 yards and broke seven tackles along the way. He followed that up with 35 catches for 495 yards and five broken tackles last year. He has the speed to be a real downfield threat at the position.

San Diego Union Tribune (4/29)
24. Dallas (22/1) -- Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Pitts leads a tight end group significantly better than the 2020 class.

SI - Hanson (4/27)
23. Dallas Cowboys: Richard LeCounte, S, Georgia

The Cowboys nailed their 2020 draft, but one of the positions of need they didn't address was safety. They do so here. LeCounte, who has five interceptions over the past two seasons, can take over in 2021 for HaHa Clinton-Dix, who signed a one-year deal to join the Cowboys this offseason.

Bleacher Report - Miller (4/27)
28. Dallas Cowboys -- TE Pat Freiermuth, Penn State

While definitely not the biggest need, we saw in the 2020 draft that the Dallas Cowboys want to surround Dak Prescott with talented weapons. Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth is well worth the price of selecting him in the late first round.

Had Freiermuth entered the 2020 draft class, teams would have seriously considered selecting him over Notre Dame's Cole Kmet, who was the first tight end off the board. A solid 2020 season could push Freiermuth into a lock as a first-rounder.

SB Nation - Kadar (4/27)
27. Dallas Cowboys: Quincy Roche, Edge, Miami

A transfer from Temple, Roche comes to Miami with 26 career sacks. With Tyrone Crawford entering free agency next offseason, the Cowboys could save some money by replacing him.

The Athletic - Brugler (4/27)
27. Dallas Cowboys -- *Talanoa Hufanga, SS, USC

You don't need to know Hufanga's number, just follow the ball and that is where he will be. His aggressive nature will work against him at times, but he competes with outstanding effort and anticipation to make plays versus the pass and the run.


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Monday, May 25, 2020

Arizona Cardinals Post-Draft Power Rankings Roundup

Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.

Here is where the Arizona Cardinals rank in terms of average, best and worst:
  • Average ranking: 18.2 (18th)
  • Best ranking: 12th (CBS Sports)
  • Worst ranking: 24th (NFL.com)
Below you will find a post-NFL Draft roundup for the Cardinals in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.

The Athletic -- Rank: 18

If you would have told the Cardinals in January they would come out of this offseason with DeAndre Hopkins, Isaiah Simmons and a viral picture of Kliff Kingsbury's living room, I think they would have been pretty excited about it. Here we are in mid-May and we're not sure if anyone had a better offseason than Arizona.

CBS Sports -- Rank: 12

This is a team that had an outstanding offseason, landing receiver DeAndre Hopkins and fixing the defense. They will be much improved.

USA Today -- Rank: 18

Defense-heavy draft after Arizona finished 2019 last on that side of the ball. This team could be sneaky good after Kliff Kingsbury finished first in work-from-home power rankings.

ESPN -- Rank: 19

Player who benefited: OLB Chandler Jones. The Cardinals set out to upgrade their defense and overhauled most of their front seven. No one will benefit more than Jones, who had 19 sacks last season with a fraction of the talent he'll have around him in 2020. Arizona added LB Isaiah Simmons in the first round and signed DT Jordan Phillips, LB De'Vondre Campbell and LB Devon Kennard. DT Corey Peters and LB Jordan Hicks return. Jones will be surrounded by players who can get to the quarterback, which will force offensive lines to decide who to double-team and who to leave one-on-one. -- Josh Weinfuss

NFL -- Rank: 24

The Cardinals' offseason was made back in March, when GM Steve Keim fleeced Bill O'Brien in the already-legendary DeAndre Hopkins trade. Hopkins was a major addition to the roster, and many are expecting Kyler Murray to take a Lamarian Year 2 leap because of the All-Pro wideout's arrival. Not so fast. A No. 1 wide receiver wasn't the only obvious need for Arizona, and passing on a premium tackle prospect in favor of uber-talented linebacker Isaiah Simmons with the eighth overall pick could come back to bite Arizona, especially if third-round OT Josh Jones doesn't pan out. Murray was sacked 48 times last year, tied with Matt Ryan and Russell Wilson for the most in football. Of course, Simmons could turn into Darius Leonard crossed with Lawrence Taylor, and this blurb will be rendered as meaningless as all that Tyrod Taylor copy.

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