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Welcome to the Thursday edition of the Pick Six newsletter!
We are now just one week away from the NFL Draft and I have to say, if the draft is just half as crazy as the rest of this offseason has been, then we’re going to be in for a wild night.
Yesterday, Deebo Samuel added some possible spice to the draft with his trade demands since those demands could potentially lead to a monstrous deal before the start of the draft on April 28.
So will the 49ers actually trade him? I have no idea, but since the possibility is now on the table, we went ahead and produced some potential landing spots for today’s newsletter. We also have a mock draft, plus we’ll be hearing from two former Cardinals players who don’t think Kyler Murray will be in Arizona much longer.
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The NFL Draft is now just ONE WEEK AWAY and because of that, I’m guessing you can figure out what we talked about on today’s podcast and if you can’t figure it out, the answer is the NFL Draft.
For today’s episode, Will Brinson was joined by two CBSSports.com draft experts — Josh Edwards and Chris Trapasso — and the three of them spent nearly the entire podcast ranking every defensive prospect in the draft by position. From linebackers to defensive linemen to pass-rushers to the cornerbacks, Trapasso and Edwards offered their top-five players in each position group.
Edwards was in charge of ranking the top-five cornerbacks in the draft and here’s what he came up with:
1. Ahmad Gardner (Cincinnati)
2. Derek Stingley Jr. (LSU)
3. Kaiir Elam (Florida)
4. Kyler Gordon (Washington)
5. Trent McDuffie (Washington)
One corner who didn’t crack Edwards’ top five was Andrew Booth Jr. Although Booth is widely expected to go in the first round, Edwards isn’t high on the former Clemson corner.
“It’s more of [an injury thing]. He’s got a core muscle situation, he had surgery after the season, so that’s something that you have to be concerned about,” Edwards said.
If you want to listen to today’s episode and hear the guys rank the top-five players at each defensive position, be sure to click here. You can also watch today’s episode on YouTube by clicking here.
Deebo Samuel sent shockwaves around the NFL on Wednesday when he decided to go public with his trade demands. Apparently, Samuel doesn’t want to play for the 49ers anymore. In most situations like this, a player makes a trade demand because he’s unhappy with his contract, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here.
As a matter of fact, ESPN.com reported on Wednesday that the 49ers WANT to pay Samuel, but it’s not happening because he’s cut off all contract talks with the team. So why did Samuel make the trade demand? According to multiple reports, it’s because he doesn’t like the way he’s being used in the 49ers’ offense.
Here’s a look at the situation:
The 49ers star got beat up last year and if he keeps playing two positions, that could cut several years off his career, so that makes sense. California is also a long way from South Carolina, so it’s not crazy to think he might be a little homesick.
Although one report has indicated that the 49ers have “zero intention” of trading Samuel, they might not have a choice. If he refuses to play for them, San Francisco’s best option might end up being a trade. Since the possibility of a trade is now on the table, CBSSports.com’s Bryan DeArdo came up with five possible landing spots:
Personally, I don’t think the 49ers would trade him to another NFC contender — like the Packers — but I do think almost any other team would be in play. To check out DeArdo’s full explanation for why each of those five teams made his list, .
If you love QB drama, then the NFC West has probably been your favorite division this offseason. Not only did Russell Wilson force his way out of Seattle, but Jimmy Garoppolo is likely soon going to be on his way out of San Francisco. Oh, and there’s even a chance that we could see Kyler Murray get traded.
Although that third thing sounds unlikely, I wouldn’t bet against it. During , two former Cardinals players made it clear that they wouldn’t be surprised if Murray leaves Arizona in the near future.
What all of this means is that you shouldn’t be surprised at all if Murray and the Cardinals go their separate ways sooner rather than later. I’ve been saying it since February, so I’ll say it one more time here, I won’t be surprised at all if Murray gets traded before the start of the UPCOMING season.
With the NFL Draft now exactly one week away, I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t include a mock draft in today’s newsletter so I decided to include a mock draft. This one is extra special, though, and that’s because it’s coming from CBS Sports NFL insider Jonathan Jones.
This is Jones’ first mock draft of the year and he put this thing together after spending the past few weeks talking with sources around the league. Looking at the top 10 in Jones’ mock, two things really stood out to me:
With that in mind, let’s check out the top-10 picks in Jones’ mock:
If you want to see how the rest of the first round plays out — and trust me, .
Between now and the start of the 2021 NFL Draft, we’ll be going over how a few key teams can pull off the perfect draft and after going over the New York teams earlier this week, we’re going to turn our focus to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
With Ben Roethlisberger now retired, the Steelers are in an interesting position this year. They could end up drafting a quarterback at 20th overall (or even trading up for one), but they don’t necessarily have to do that because they signed Mitchell Trubisky during the offseason.
So what should the Steelers do in the draft? CBSSports.com’s Bryan DeArdo recently laid out their perfect draft plan:
You can check out DeArdo’s full . If you want to know how the rest of the AFC North can pull off a perfect draft, the Bengals should do and would make the most sense for the Browns (We don’t have a perfect draft plan for the Ravens yet. Sorry, Ravens fans).
It’s been a wild 24 hours in the NFL, and since it’s nearly impossible to keep track of everything that happened, I went ahead and put together a roundup for you.
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