After a flurry of both history-making and eye-raising selections from Thursday, April 29 to Saturday, May 1, 259 players were selected to join the NFL’s 32 franchises. With that, we give you our full 2021 NFL Draft recap, courtesy of the PFF analysis team.
The so-called "steals" and "reaches" often dominate the conversation about the NFL draft, and they often heavily influence draft grades. The question, of course, is how much stock should we put into these two words?
PFF's Andrew Erickson breaks down how the influx of 2021 NFL rookies will affect veteran players in fantasy football, from Los Angeles Chargers RB Austin Ekeler rushing behind an improved offensive live to Baltimore QB Lamar Jackson utilizing two dynamic young pass-catchers.
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected running back Najee Harris in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft and neglected glaring deficiencies on their roster, putting them on a path toward a rebuild sooner rather than later.
PFF highlights 10 draft prospects who found the perfect home after the 2021 NFL Draft. Among them are Ja'Marr Chase, who will reunite with Joe Burrow in Cincinnati, and Alijah Vera-Tucker, who will step in to protect Zach Wilson in New York.
Positional value is a very complex topic, especially when it comes to the NFL draft, but it looks as though NFL teams are finally catching on and focusing draft capital on the most valuable positions on the football field.
Oklahoma QB Spencer Rattler is reminiscent of Texas Tech Patrick Mahomes both situationally and stylistically. He is an uber-playmaker but has some ugly reps in big moments that are shying people away.
Eagles GM Howie Roseman explained Tuesday what was behind Friday's awkward fist bump between himself and Tom Donahoe and called the notion that he's using his personal draft board to make picks "ridiculous."
Alejandro Villanueva, who started the past six seasons for the Steelers, will remain in the AFC North after signing a two-year deal with the rival Ravens to fill the void left by the trade of Orlando Brown.
Yes, Jacksonville fans, QB Trevor Lawrence has finally arrived, with his arm, throwing ability ... and head of hair. And these football follicles of fortitude, which have sparked nicknames and tweets from The Hair itself, are now ready for prime time.
The Packers reportedly think some of the teams interested in trading for Aaron Rodgers have violated league rules by letting Rodgers know they’re interested. According to Rob Demovsky of ESPN, the Packers are upset that other teams, including the 49ers and Broncos, may have contacted Rodgers to see if he is interested in playing for […]
The Lions have a new regime with General Manager Brad Holmes and head coach Dan Campbell to make the club contenders. In choosing offensive tackle Penei Sewell at No. 7 overall, the team is setting up a strong line to be the basis of its offense. Tight end T.J. Hockenson has only been around since […]
The Cowboys tendered defensive tackle Antwaun Woods as a restricted free agent earlier this offseason and he signed the tender last month, but he won’t be around for 2021 season. PFT has learned, via a league source, that the Cowboys are waiving Woods. The Cowboys will get $2.133 million in cap space back as a […]
Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre knows current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. And Favre is willing to share his views about Rodgers’ current situation. Favre did, in the latest episode of the Bolling with Favre podcast. And Favre thinks that Aaron won’t yield in his desire to leave the Packers. “Knowing Aaron, and I think I […]
The Ja’Wuan James injury, while bad for him, could be good for NFL players generally. Players seem to be realizing that there’s a very real difference between getting injured while working out at the team facility and getting injured while working out elsewhere. The news that James, who has (or at least had) a $9.85 […]
The 49ers made Trey Lance their selection at No. 3 overall, setting him up to take over as their starting quarterback sooner than later. Jimmy Garoppolo has responded positively to the situation, saying he’s going to show Lance the ropes like Tom Brady did for him once upon a time. But other players are in […]
When the Packers cut Jake Kumerow before the start of the 2020 season, we noted that it came just a day after Aaron Rodgers referred to Kumerow as a lock to make the roster. But we didn’t expect that seemingly minor roster transaction to continue to reverberate the way it has. In fact, there have […]
Jamien Sherwood was not the first player picked in the 2021 NFL Draft, but he is set to be the first player from the class with a contract. Sherwood’s agent Drew Rosenhaus announced that Sherwood is signing his four-year rookie deal with the Jets on Wednesday. That leaves 258 more players to sign before the […]
It’s unclear whether Broncos right tackle Ja'Wuan James will miss all or a large portion of the 2021 season after tearing his Achilles this week, but Denver’s not waiting until after his surgery to start thinking about other options at the position. Mike Klis of KUSA reports that the team began making calls to available […]
The Patriots were able to pick up Mac Jones with the 15th overall pick of the draft last week, setting him up to be the team’s quarterback of the future. After signing a four-year deal in free agency to return to New England, center David Andrews will be snapping to Jones sooner than later. Andrews […]
One of the quirkier developments in this year’s draft came on the final day when the Jets followed up their fourth-round selection of running back Michael Carter by picking defensive back Michael Carter II in the fifth round. After the draft, General Manager Joe Douglas joked that the team was trying to “corner the market” […]
Linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah’s drop to the Browns in the second round of this year’s draft was a surprise given numerous predictions that he’d go in the first round and a report that a heart issue diagnosed late in the pre-draft process seemed to explain why he lasted until the second day. Browns General Manager Andrew […]
Last year, after the Packers traded up in round one to select quarterback Jordan Love, Vikings coach Mike Zimmer made an observation that was mainly joke and perhaps some wishful thinking: “I think Rodgers should retire.” Now that Rodgers reportedly wants out of Green Bay (and has said nothing publicly to push back against that), […]
The Panthers were seen as a potential landing spot for quarterbacks heading into the first round of the draft despite the presence of Sam Darnold and they had a pair of them on the board when the No. 8 pick came up last Thursday night. Neither Justin Fields nor Mac Jones was the team’s choice, […]
Four years ago, receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster waited through all of Thursday night and into Friday night to get drafted. What stands out the most for him wasn’t the phone call he got from the Steelers at No. 62 but an unrelated call that came before it. “I got a phone call and it was my […]
The Raiders have been heavily criticized for taking offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood with the 17th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft. Leatherwood was widely regarded as a player who would still be available much later than 17th overall, which means the Raiders likely could have traded down and still taken Leatherwood. Raiders General Manager […]
As rosters continue to fluctuate following the completion of the NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos have waived fullback Jeremy Cox. Cox, a former undrafted free agent out of Old Dominion in 2019, appeared in seven games for Denver last season with one start. He played just 19 snaps on offense last year with him primarily […]
Considered a top 100 talent in this year’s NFL Draft class, Tennessee guard Trey Smith fell all the way to the sixth round and the 226th overall selection in last week’s draft before he was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs. Smith’s health served as the most likely reason for his slide deep into day […]
The Washington Football Team had scenarios in mind to where they would have come out of last weekend’s NFL Draft with a new quarterback on their roster. However, those scenarios were scuttled fairly quickly as the quarterbacks they were intrigued by came off the board early. “We like a couple of those young quarterbacks an […]
The Colts saw left tackle Anthony Castonzo retire this offseason. They signed Sam Tevi as a free agent, and owner Jim Irsay said last week the team is confident “Tevi can do a solid job at left tackle.” The Colts’ actions, though, speak louder. They will have free agent left tackle Eric Fisher visit later […]