The NFL Draft starts at 5 p.m. PT. airing live in Cleveland, Ohio.
This is your place to discuss the first round and how it affects the Las Vegas Raiders, who have the No. 17 overall pick.
I will be spending time adding to this post when developments, trades and picks happen that will interest this community. And if anything so shocking happens that everyone will be talking about! (FYI, I will have to jump out when the Raiders are on the clock.)
This is going to be fun. See you soon!
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4:55 p.m.: Is Aaron Rodgers close to coming to the AFC West ... but in Denver? If that’s the case, will that prompt the Raiders to draft more defense, or trade up for a quarterback?
Mark Schlereth just reported on @1043TheFan that a deal for the Broncos to land Aaron Rodgers is “as close to a done deal as it can get”— Zac Stevens (@ZacStevensDNVR) April 29, 2021
The first star on stage in Cleveland is Roger Goodell’s easy chair from his virtual basement broadcast in 2020.
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5:17 p.m.: Get on with it.
In a move that surprised no one, the Jacksonville Jaguars drafted Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 pick.
In a similarly expected result, the New York Jets replaced Sam Darnold with BYU quarterback Zach Wilson (who made his walk from the green room to the stage before his name was even read out). Wilson also got the first Goodell hug of the night.
Now, the intrigue starts with the San Francisco 49ers on the clock at No. 3.
Trey Lance is the guy for the 49ers at No. 3. The Raiders were rumored to like him ... they won’t get him.
I think this means Justin Fields goes higher than expected. Could that kickstart a Denver Broncos’ trade for Rodgers?
Kyle Pitts to the Atlanta Falcons at No. 4. My favorite player in the draft.
Ja’Marr Chase and Joe Burrow reunite in Cincy.
Jaylen Waddle to the Miami Dolphins at No. 6. Last year, the Raiders took Henry Ruggs at No. 12, making him the first receiver off the board, Now, receivers go at No. 5 and 6.
Is it Fields for Denver? Nope.
Broncos bypass Justin Fields for Patrick Surtain. The AFC West caught a break there. Now that they have picked, does this end Rodgers trade talk?
The trade market for Fields has to heat up here right?
Dallas Cowboys go for Micah Parsons here?
By the way, all the tackles are on the board. Do Raiders move up?
Philadelphia Eagles move from No. 10 to No. 12 in NFC East trade with Cowboys. DeVonta Smith?
Yep, it’s Smith. Three WRs in top 10. Wow.
Parsons? Trade at No. 11 for New York Giants?
Bears trading up for a QB it seems.
Chicago is trading up from No. 20 to the Giants’ turn at No. 11. QB time....— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2021
This pushes Slater and Parsons closer to the Raiders.
And takes the Bears out of a potential Derek Carr market.
Fields is a Bear.
Looks like that talk of a QB falling to the Raiders won’t happen. Unless it‘s Mac Jones. I mean ...
The Parsons’ dream for the Raiders is over.
I can see the Slater dream ended at No. 13 with the Chargers.
Yep, Slater to the Chargers. Great pick. He and Justin Herbert will grow old together. Nobody has really fallen to the Raiders. Maybe Las Vegas should trade down.
Will the Minnesota Vikings take a tackle at No. 14?
It’s Surtain, Slater and Orlando Brown to the AFC West. Impressive.
Jets and Vikings have a trade.
Here comes the O-linemen. Jets take Alijah-Vera Tucker. A guy I liked for the Raiders. Jets agreed with me. It is Teven Jenkins for the Raiders?
NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport just connected the Raiders to Mac Jones. Wow. Still, think he goes to New England at No. 15.
Don’t worry about Jones. He’s a Patriot. Good pick. First-round QBs are gone.
It looks like Darrisaw or Jenkins for Raiders. Or a trade.
Raiders are on the clock. Have fun. Gotta go.