The Miami Dolphins first sent shock waves across the NFL landscape by trading the No. 3 pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the No. 12 pick this year, a first- and third-round pick in 2022 and a first-round pick in 2023. However, the Dolphins weren’t finished jockeying for 2021 NFL Draft positioning as evidenced by their subsequent trade with Philly. The Philadelphia Eagles traded the No. 6 pick in the 2021 NFL draft along with a 2021 fifth-round pick (No. 156) to the Miami Dolphins for the No. 12 pick, a fourth-round pick (No. 123) and a 2022 first-round pick.
All signs are pointing towards the 49ers selecting a quarterback third overall. Meanwhile, Eagles fans are lamenting at the fact that it is highly unlikely that Kyle Pitts nor Ja’Marr Chase will be available when the 12th overall pick rolls around. Meanwhile, the general consensus is that the Miami Dolphins pulled a coup having traded back up to the 6th slot. Will it be Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, or Mac Jones landing in San Fran? Will the Dolphins add the playmaker at wide receiver they covet the most? Will the Eagles still be able to land a high-end prospect that can make an immediate impact as a starter? CPGM Juice and Drew discuss in full.
Top 10 2021 NFL Draft Prospects Ja’Marr Chase of LSU and Kyle Pitts of the Florida Gators wowed all spectators with their respective Pro Day performances. News of their dominant performances spread across social mediums like wild fire and while there may have been some hyperbole associated with each prospect prior to the official measurables being announced it reached critical mass after their 40-yard dash times were made public.
At Couch Potato General Manager we recognize that athletic testing is part of the equation. However, we make it a point not to over-exaggerate its significance in comparison to their game film. Still, both players deserve credit for approaching their Pro Days, which amount to a job interview, as if they had been preparing for the biggest game of their lives. That should not be under-sold. However, if you’re making wholesale changes to your rankings and throw the “tape” out the window in lieu of these impressive times than you may want to consider adjusting your 2021 NFL Draft Prospect evaluation process.
Two first round selections in 2022 and 2023 respectively and a third round selection in 2021. Furthermore, the Rams still owe Jared Goff $22.2 million in 2021 and will pick up the remaining two years on Stafford’s contract for a total of $43 million. After trading for Stafford, the Rams will have potentially gone seven consecutive seasons without a first round pick.
Clearly the Rams are “all-in” in 2021 which has been par for the course since General Manager Les Snead and Sean McVay have began working together in L.A. However, it was the battery of Snead and McVay should not (will not) continue to receive a pass for the Rams’ struggles. Snead’s aggressiveness in terms of acquiring veteran talent via trade and willingness to dole out exorbitant contracts has put the Rams in a challenging cap situation particularly with the salary cap being reduced in 2021. McVay on the other has been insulated from criticism for the most part considering Goff’s struggles. However, a close examination of his situational play-calling and use of personnel reveals that he has not adjusted effectively enough since his meteoric rise to the head coach rank.
CPGM Juice and Drew delve into the blockbuster trade from the perspective of the Rams focusing primarily on: Stafford, McVay and the future of the Rams front office/roster.
A bit late to the party but CPGM Drew and Headley weigh-in on the trade completed by the Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts earlier this offseason; sending former #2 Overall Pick Carson Wentz to the Colts where he will be re-united with his former offensive coordinator and current Colts’ head coach Frank Reich. In return, General Manager Howie Roseman of the Eagles net a 3rd Round selection and a 2nd Round Pick that may become a 1st Round Pick. Naturally, 2nd-year pro Jalen Hurts who impressed in his limited action a season ago will assume the starting quarterback position in Philadelphia. In light of the recent trade the Eagles completed with the Miami Dolphins netting an additional 1st Round pick in 2022 it appears Philly is setting entering a full rebuild.
The New York Giants didn’t enter the free agency fray immediately, instead prioritizing the retention of Leonard Williams. However, General Manager Dave Gettleman did manage to land the definitive WR1 in the 2021 Free Agent class. With Allen Robinson and Chris Godwin returning to their respective teams via Franchise Tag and Juju Smith-Schuster opting to remain in Pittsburgh at a discounted rate, it was Kenny Golladay who became the most sought after wide receiver available. Despite only playing five games due to injury in 2020, Golladay landed a 4-year $72 million deal with $40 million guaranteed making him they 7th highest paid wideout in the league on a yearly average basis.
The Arizona Cardinals Front Office has been busy. After the relatively young Cardinals team fizzled mid-way thru the 2020 NFL Season and came up just a little short of making the playoffs last year, general manager Steve Keim and head coach Kliff Kingsbury made it a point to add some veteran leadership with quite the list of accolades.
Of course the Cardinals weren’t able to retain everyone. Notable players such as Kenyan Drake (LVR), Patrick Peterson (MIN) and Haason Reddick (CAR) are no longer in town.
Chicago Bears General Manager, Ryan Pace continues to struggle to land consistent, competent quarterback play. Mitchell Trubisky is out and enter… Andy Dalton!? Pace has managed to add some impressive individual talent to the roster over the course of his tenure as GM but in a quarterback driven league Pace’s efforts have been underwhelming to say the least. CPGM Headley and Drew give their take on the embattled Pace and the Chicago Bears’ offseason as a whole.
We’re exactly two weeks away from the official start of the new league year and with that the moment these free agent deals with go through – even if a large partion of them will already come out during the tempering period. So let’s go through the characteristics for this year and break down which players are actually available!
There may not be any NFL games until September now, but we have a unique and fascinating offseason ahead of us and it all starts with where all these quarterbacks go. Let’s talk about how likely it is that these guys are on the move and where I think they could go.