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April 29, 2021, 10:43 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 10:43 p.m. ET

Jamin Davis will be an addition the Washington Football Team’s defense.
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The Footballers took one of the draft’s total athletic freaks in 6-foot-4, 234-pound linebacker Jamin Davis of Kentucky. He destroyed his pro day, finishing in the 99th percentile in the 40-yard dash (4.41 seconds) and broad jump (11 feet) and the 100th in the vertical jump (42 inches). Another reason he’s a good fit in Washington? He harbors dreams of becoming a NASCAR driver. It just so happens that the former Washington coaching icon Joe Gibbs owns a NASCAR team.

#IDP – New Washington linebacker, Jamin Davis’ numbers from 2020:

🔹 7.0% missed tackle rate (2nd among SEC LBs)

🔹 Led all draft-eligible players in total tackles (109)

🔹 81.6 overall @PFF grade (1st among SEC LBs)

🔹 87.5 run defense grade (T-4th among P5 LBs)#FFIDP pic.twitter.com/bcJChOoIPA

— Jon Macri (@PFF_Macri) April 30, 2021

April 29, 2021, 10:40 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 10:40 p.m. ET

Jaelan Phillips, center, was an elite defensive player at Miami but has an injury history.
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Already filling its need for an offensive weapon with the No. 6 pick, the Miami Dolphins added to its defense with end Jaelan Phillips. Coach Brain Flores, a disciple of New England Coach Bill Belichick, is known for his aggressive mind-set on defense, sending constant blitzes. Phillips, who will not have to move far from his college campus in Miami, will give Flores options with exotic pressures, or by simply rushing four down linemen. But Phillips will need to stay healthy. Injuries forced him to medically retire at his first school, U.C.L.A.

Washington chooses Jamin Davis at linebacker.

College: Kentucky | Height: 6-3½ | Weight: 234

April 29, 2021, 10:37 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 10:37 p.m. ET

By Elena Bergeron

Draft prospects get asked a lot of probing questions by N.F.L. scouts. Alabama tackle Alex Leatherwood told NFL Network about a particularly divisive one he fielded before being picked by the Las Vegas Raiders.

He said an unnamed team asked if he was a dog or a cat person, to which he unequivocally responded: “Dogs. Who likes cats? Those are demons.”

April 29, 2021, 10:35 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 10:35 p.m. ET

Offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood was a surprise pick for the Raiders.
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The Las Vegas Raiders, eager to replenish their offensive line, took Alex Leatherwood of Alabama at No. 17. Last year, Leatherwood (6-foot-5, 312 pounds) won the Outland Trophy, given to the best interior lineman in college football, after allowing just five sacks in 1,400 pass-block snaps. Yet the pick was something of a surprise, because higher-rated linemen were still available.

The Raiders lost Trent Brown, Gabe Jackson and Rodney Hudson this off-season, so they were looking for a lineman to help protect quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders had the 10th best offense in the league last year.

The Dolphins selects Jaelan Phillips at edge rusher.

College: Miami (Fla.) | Height: 6-5½ | Weight: 260

April 29, 2021, 10:28 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 10:28 p.m. ET

Zaven Collins was selected at No. 16. 
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Cardinals Coach Kliff Kingsbury covets more playmakers, and he got one — on defense. At 6-foot-4, 259 pounds, Zaven Collins from Tulsa is a hybrid-type linebacker — though not quite like last year’s first-round pick Isaiah Simmons — who can run and cover. And the Cardinals, playing in a division with Russell Wilson and Matthew Stafford and Jimmy Garopposhanahan, need to bolster that side of the ball.

The Raiders take Alex Leatherwood at offensive tackle.

College: Alabama | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 312

April 29, 2021, 10:23 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 10:23 p.m. ET

Emmanuel Morgan

Surprised Arizona didn’t go cornerback. Zaven Collins is a solid pick, though.

The Cardinals pick Zaven Collins at linebacker.

College: Tulsa | Height: 6-5 | Weight: 259

April 29, 2021, 10:19 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 10:19 p.m. ET

Mac Jones was the last of the highly touted quarterbacks to be selected.
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The New England Patriots watched from home as Tom Brady, their starter of 20 years, won his seventh Super Bowl with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a blatant reminder that they needed to find a long-term solution at quarterback.

That’s why they selected Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, who was projected to be the third overall pick but ended up at No. 15. Though Cam Newton, who is an effective runner, re-signed with the Patriots on another one-year deal, Jones is an accurate pocket passer, which mimics Brady’s skill set.

Per ESPN, this is the first time Coach Bill Belichick has selected a quarterback in the first round. Jones was the fourth Alabama player to be picked tonight.

April 29, 2021, 10:17 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 10:17 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

Patriots draft a QB without having to trade up for one. Good to see things finally working out for them.

April 29, 2021, 10:15 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 10:15 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

Under Bill Belichick, the Patriots have never drafted a quarterback in the first round. The highest they had previously gone was Jimmy Garoppolo at No. 62.

April 29, 2021, 10:15 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 10:15 p.m. ET

Alijah Vera-Tucker was the second pick in the first round for the Jets.
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The Jets have taken offensive tackle Alijah Vera-Tucker from U.S.C. with the 14th pick to help protect quarterback Zach Wilson, whom they chose with the second pick. The Jets acquired the 14th pick from the Vikings, who received the Jets’ No. 23 pick and several others.

Vera-Tucker (6-foot-4, 308 pounds) played left tackle last season, allowing just eight hits, pressures or sacks in 305 pass-block snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. He is likely to shift to guard when he joins the Jets.

The Patriots choose Mac Jones at quarterback.

College: Alabama | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 217

After trade, the Jets take Alijah Vera-Tucker at guard.

College: Southern California | Height: 6-4½ | Weight: 308

April 29, 2021, 10:07 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 10:07 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

The Jets trading up to No. 14 suggests, to me, that they’re going to take an edge rusher. None have been taken, and that position has bedeviled the Jets almost as much as QB.

April 29, 2021, 10:04 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 10:04 p.m. ET

Rashawn Slater during his pro-day workout at Northwestern.
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As slap-your-head obvious a choice as there’s been tonight, by the Chargers at No. 13. A protected quarterback is a happy and productive quarterback, so wise move by GM Tom Telesco to continue upgrading the offensive line in front of Justin Herbert, happily taking Rashawn Slater from Northwestern.

Already this off-season the Bolts signed center Corey Linsley away from Green Bay and guard Matt Feiler away from Pittsburgh. Now Slater — who mauled Chase Young in 2019 during the Wildcats’ matchup with Ohio State and whom some draft analysts consider the best lineman in the draft — adds more immediate help.

April 29, 2021, 10:02 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 10:02 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

Rashawn Slater becomes the highest-drafted player from Northwestern since 1983, when the Broncos took tackle Chris Hinton at No. 4. I’m sure no one in journalism will be writing about that tonight.

The Chargers take Rashawn Slater at offensive tackle.

College: Northwestern | Height: 6-4 | Weight: 304

April 29, 2021, 9:58 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:58 p.m. ET

Emmanuel Morgan

Parsons makes a lot of sense with Sean Lee retiring and Leighton Vander Esch struggling with injuries. The Cowboys’ defense still needs help, but it should be a little bit better now.

April 29, 2021, 9:58 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:58 p.m. ET

Micah Parsons was selected 12th by the Dallas Cowboys to help their defense.
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The Dallas Cowboys fielded one of the worst defenses in the N.F.L. last season, demonstrating a need that team owner Jerry Jones addressed by drafting Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons.

With quarterback Dak Prescott recovering from a severe ankle injury, and an offense loaded with talented receiving options, the defense will be expected to perform better. Parsons, who is 6-foot-3 and 246 pounds, should help. Though he opted out of the 2020 college season, he was an All-American in 2019 and ran a 4.39-second 40-yard dash during his pro day workout. He will join a linebacker corps that has struggled with injuries.

Cowboys land Micah Parsons, who team was interested in taking at No. 10. And get Eagles’ third-round pick to boot.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2021

April 29, 2021, 9:54 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:54 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

If I’m Chargers GM Tom Telesco, I am running from Costa Mesa to Cleveland to scream “Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern” into the microphone.

The Cowboys select Micah Parsons at linebacker.

College: Penn State | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 246

April 29, 2021, 9:50 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:50 p.m. ET

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April 29, 2021, 9:48 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:48 p.m. ET

Justin Fields was selected No. 11 over all by the Chicago Bears.
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The Chicago Bears took quarterback Justin Fields with the 11th pick in the draft, signaling the end of the Mitch Trubisky era. After a lackluster season for Trubisky and the Bears, Coach Matt Nagy was eager for a change of direction. The Bears acquired the pick from the Giants in a trade just minutes before choosing Fields.

Fields (6-foot-2, 227 pounds) was a standout at Ohio State and out-dueled Trevor Lawrence in a national semifinal game. From his arm to his legs, Fields’s physical gifts — think a smaller Cam Newton, or a bigger Russell Wilson — are tantalizing, and his toughness is unquestioned. He’s also a very accurate passer. That should be a relief to Bears fans.

April 29, 2021, 9:48 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:48 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

Second time in five drafts that Bears GM Ryan Pace trades up to take a QB. He took Trubisky over Mahomes in 2017. With Pace’s luck, Mac Jones could turn into the biggest star of them all.

April 29, 2021, 9:46 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:46 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

Makes sense for Justin Fields to play his home games at Soldier Field, across from the Field Museum, no?

After trade, the Bears choose Justin Fields at quarterback.

College: Ohio State | Height: 6-3 | Weight: 227

April 29, 2021, 9:44 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:44 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

This is the first time that Dave Gettleman of the Giants has ever — EVER — traded back as a general manager.

April 29, 2021, 9:41 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:41 p.m. ET

 DeVonta Smith of Alabama running for a touchdown in the championship game against Ohio State.
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Cats and dogs living together! The Eagles traded up two spots with Dallas, their N.F.C. East blood rival, to grab the Heisman Trophy-winning receiver DeVonta Smith of Alabama at No. 10, reinforcing their commitment to surround Jalen Hurts — Smith’s former college quarterback — with offensive skill. Smith is an exquisite route runner who plays bigger than his size, which has been questioned because he declined to be measured at his pro day. But Smith does unquestionably have the best nickname of the draft: The Slim Reaper.

After trade, the Eagles take DeVonta Smith at wide receiver.

College: Alabama | Height: 6-0 | Weight: 170

April 29, 2021, 9:39 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:39 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

Oh look, the Bears did! This has to be for Fields (or Jones?)

April 29, 2021, 9:39 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:39 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

Let’s see if a team trades up to get a QB here. Hello, Chicago, WFT, New England.

April 29, 2021, 9:38 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:38 p.m. ET

Ken Belson

Eagles GM Howie Roseman telegraphed first round movement in an interview: One of the hardest things to acquire, he said, is “the ability to acquire first round picks that not only can be used on good players, but also give you flexibility to be aggressive in the trade market and to utilize in different ways.”

April 29, 2021, 9:35 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:35 p.m. ET

Ken Belson

Dallas gets a third-round pick from the Eagles in return for moving down two spots in the first-round picks.

April 29, 2021, 9:33 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:33 p.m. ET

Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II on the red carpet ahead of the draft.
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Yesterday’s trade to acquire quarterback Teddy Bridgewater signaled that the Denver Broncos planned competition for their inconsistent starter, Drew Lock.

As rumors swirled that Denver would attempt to trade for Aaron Rodgers, the team chose not to take Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II, the son of former cornerback Patrick Surtain, a second-round draft pick in 1998, who played 11 seasons with the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City, and was named to three Pro Bowls. The younger Surtain will add speed to the Broncos’ secondary and help a team that is led by defensive-minded Coach Vic Fangio and outside linebacker Von Miller.

The choice of Surtain at No. 9 immediately followed the Carolina Panthers’ selection of South Carolina corner Jaycee Horn.

April 29, 2021, 9:30 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:30 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

Speaking of quarterbacks, it’s looking possible — likely? — that the Patriots can sit at 15 and, barring any other team moving up, get Jones or Fields.

The Broncos pick Patrick Surtain II at cornerback.

College: Alabama | Height: 6-2 | Weight: 208

April 29, 2021, 9:25 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:25 p.m. ET

Jaycee Horn celebrated his second interception during a game in October.
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The Carolina Panthers took cornerback Jaycee Horn from South Carolina with the eighth pick, making him the first defensive player to go in the draft. Horn (6-foot-1, 205 pounds), the son of former Saints receiver Joe Horn, will help bolster a defensive backfield that lost its best cornerback, James Bradbury, to free agency.

The pick was something of a surprise because the Panthers opted not to pick another offensive weapon to support their new quarterback, Sam Darnold, whom they acquired this month from the Jets, and because Carolina had been rumored to be a trade partner with a team hoping to move up to select a quarterback.

Only three cornerbacks have entered the draft between 2016 and 2020 with a higher chance of making a Pro Bowl within their first three seasons than Jaycee Horn (27%):

Pro Bowlers Marshon Lattimore (31%), Denzel Ward (29%) and Super Bowl LV champion Jamel Dean (41%).

— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) April 30, 2021

April 29, 2021, 9:23 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:23 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

There’s believed to be a dropoff between Horn and Patrick Surtain II and the next tier of cornerbacks. Which means that it’s possible that the Eagles (No. 12) need to overtake Dallas (No. 10) to get Surtain if they want him.

April 29, 2021, 9:21 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:21 p.m. ET

Emmanuel Morgan

Horn is a good player, but the Panthers definitely could have traded back and still have gotten him.

April 29, 2021, 9:19 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:19 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

Another pivot point in the Aaron Rodgers sweepstakes. If Denver takes Justin Fields or Mac Jones, count the Broncos out.

April 29, 2021, 9:18 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:18 p.m. ET

Ben Shpigel

With CB Jaycee Horn going to Carolina at No. 8, this is longest it’s ever taken the N.F.L. to draft a defensive player.

The Panthers take Jaycee Horn at cornerback.

College: South Carolina | Height: 6-1 | Weight: 205

April 29, 2021, 9:15 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 9:15 p.m. ET

Penei Sewell opted out of the 2src2src college football season.
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The Fighting Goffs just might have the worst roster in the N.F.L. this side of Houston. In other words, they need upgrades eh-vree-wear. Taking Penei Sewell, the stud offensive tackle from Oregon, not only gives Detroit a franchise cornerstone at a premium position. It also reflects the big FOOTBALL GUY energy given off by the new coach, Dan Campbell, his staff and a front office that now includes former linebacker Chris Spielman.

April 29, 2021, 7:29 p.m. ET

April 29, 2021, 7:29 p.m. ET

N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell was interviewed ahead of the draft on Thursday.
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N.F.L. Commissioner Roger Goodell said that the allegations of harassment and sexual assault that have been made against Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson were “very concerning” and that the league was continuing its own investigation into the charges, made by 22 women in separate civil suits filed in Houston.

“Obviously, we take that very seriously,” Goodell said on ESPN before the draft, in his first public comments about the case. “Those are very concerning to us, and so we’re obviously following that and obviously looking at that ourselves independently, and there are important steps we’ll be taking obviously as part of our personal conduct policy. So when we get to that point we’ll certainly make a decision.”

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