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.
A surprising NFL memo, sent Wednesday, caught some off guard, when reading that the league will not be obligated to pay players who suffer injuries away from team facilities, as both sides continue to adjust to protocols.
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.
Mike McCarthy had his share of drama with Aaron Rodgers during their 13 years together in Green Bay. McCarthy now is head coach in Dallas. Rodgers remains the Packers quarterback, but for how much longer? Rodgers and the Packers are in a standoff. Initial news of the rift came on the opening day of the […]
Frank Gore didn’t make the 49ers’ first-round selection. But the team’s former running back did validate what the brain trust thought of Trey Lance before the 49ers selected the North Dakota State quarterback third overall. 49ers CEO Jed York sought input from Gore in the days leading up to the draft. “I know Frank trains […]
The Packers reportedly believe that the 49ers and Broncos may have tampered with quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers reportedly won’t be doing anything about it. Maybe they should. There’s one important reason for considering filing tampering charges against the 49ers or the Broncos. Even if the teams have covered their tracks and/or even if the […]
The Washington Football Team announced the signings of cornerback Linden Stephens and tight end Deon Yelder on Wednesday. Stephens, 26, played 13 games for the Seahawks last season and made three tackles. He was an undrafted free agent in 2018, singing with New Orleans. Stephens was with the Broncos during spent the 2019 offseason and […]
Free agent tight end Deon Yelder has agreed to terms with the Washington Football Team, the team announced. He joins John Bates, Marcus Baugh and Temarrick Hemingway in competing for spots behind starter Logan Thomas. The Chiefs did not tender Yelder as a restricted free agent. Yelder, 26, played six snaps in Super Bowl LV […]
Three years after he was a second-round draft pick, running back Kerryon Johnson is on the way out in Detroit. Johnson is being released, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. Because he has only three years in the NFL, Johnson will go on waivers, where the 31 other teams have the opportunity to claim […]
The Titans signed free agent running back Brian Hill on Wednesday, the team announced. He will compete with Darrynton Evans and Jeremy McNichols for the backup role behind Derrick Henry. The Falcons made Hill a fifth-round choice out of Wyoming in 2017. He played one game for the Falcons as a rookie and six with […]
In 2017, Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster had to wait through more than 60 picks before he was drafted. He recently said that the wait to get drafted wasn’t as stressful as his first foray into free agency. “I would probably say free agency was more nerve wracking than draft day,” Smith-Schuster told PFT PM. “Everything […]
Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians said during the draft the team “soon” hoped to complete a deal with backup quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Soon apparently is here. Tampa Bay is re-signing Gabbert to a one-year, $2.5-million deal, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports. The Bucs already re-signed third-string quarterback — and Tom Brady‘s Super Bowl parade wingman — […]
The Buccaneers made official Wednesday the additions of Thaddeus Lewis and A.Q. Shipley to the team’s coaching staff. Lewis will take over as the team’s assistant wide receivers coach. He replaces Antwaan Randle El, who was named wide receivers coach for the Lions earlier this offseason. Lewis remains in Tampa Bay after spending last season […]
The Panthers have begun initial interviews for their assistant General Manager job under Scott Fitterer. The team talked to both Eagles assistant director of player personnel Ian Cunningham and Bills director of player personnel Dan Morgan via video conference Wednesday, Albert Breer of SI.com reports. The Eagles promoted Cunningham to his current position during the […]
The NFL is saying, “I told you so.” At at time when the NFL Players Association has urged players to boycott voluntary offseason workouts, the NFL has reminded teams once again that players who suffer season-ending injuries away from team facilities need not be paid their salaries. A memo was sent to all teams today […]
This week the Patriots declined the fifth-year option on running back Sony Michel‘s contract. It’s possible Michel won’t be back for a fourth year in New England, either. Michel, a running back chosen in the first round of the 2018 NFL draft, could lose his spot on the 53-man roster if rookie Rhamondre Stevenson impresses […]
The Seahawks have claimed linebacker Nate Evans off waivers. Jacksonville cut him following the draft on Tuesday. Evans signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent out of UCF last year. While he did not appear in a game, he was on the team’s practice squad throughout 2020. He joins a group of linebackers […]
The Colts added a veteran linebacker to the roster on Wednesday. The team announced the signing of Malik Jefferson. No terms of the deal were announced. Jefferson was a Bengals third-round pick in 2018 and he played 12 games for them as a rookie before being waived ahead of the 2019 season. He was claimed […]
The Jets added some depth to their wide receivers group on Wednesday. Per Field Yates of ESPN, New York claimed Matt Cole off waivers after the 49ers cut him on Tuesday. Cole has familiarity with several members of the Jets’ coaching staff from their shared time with San Francisco, including head coach Robert Saleh and […]
The Vikings drafted 11 players and they doubled the size of their rookie class by signing 11 undrafted free agents. Former East Carolina wide receiver Blake Proehl is in that group. Proehl’s father Ricky spent 17 seasons in the NFL as a wideout and won two Super Bowl rings while his brother Austin is on […]
The Patriots aren’t the only AFC East team taking a pause before deciding about signing undrafted free agents this offseason. Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said on WGR 550 on Wednesday that the team is also holding off for the moment. In both cases, the teams are waiting for clarity from the league about the […]
Reports emerged last week that the Saints were trying to trade up from the draft’s 28th overall pick into the top 10. During an interview on the Rich Eisen Show, head coach Sean Payton confirmed those reports — admitting the club was targeting its clearest position of need. “It was pretty simple. There were a […]
Steelers cornerback Justin Layne faced a felony charge after last month’s arrest in Ohio, but the case has been resolved after he pleaded guilty to lesser charges. Layne was facing a fourth-degree felony gun charge after his arrest following a traffic stop, but the Willoughby News-Herald reports that he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor possession […]