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- The Falcons selected one of the best college tight end prospect ever in the first round of the draft. Kyle Pitts is that good. Back in 2019, while at Florida, Pitts played against a stacked championship LSU team, one that would claim an undefeated season and the national championship. Pitts ate LSU defenders’ lunch that night, including the current best college cornerback in America and future first round pick Derek Stingley Jr. Atlanta got a good one.
- What selecting Kyle Pitts means for quarterback Matt Ryan. By taking a tight end in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft, the Falcons made it clear that their future still lies with Matt Ryan. At least for another year.
- Where do the Falcons go from here? After picking Kyle Pitts with their first round selection in the draft, what are the most pressing needs now for Atlanta?
- Tampa Bay selected edge rusher Joe Tryon in the first round. Who? When you’re the champs, and you’re returning all 22 starters from last season’s Super Bowl-winning team, you can afford to take a project with the 32nd pick in the draft.
- The son of former Saints wide receiver Joe Horn will not play for the Saints. With the 8th overall pick in the 2021 NFL draft, the Carolina Panthers selected cornerback Jaycee Horn, the son of the Saints’ former No 87. Horn will get to play twice a year against his father’s former team.
- Carolina boldly passed on Justin Fields. Showing that they have full confidence in Sam Darnold, the Panthers passed on quarterback Justin Fields, who eventually went to Chicago. Will Carolina live to regret that decision the way the Bears did when they passed on both Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson?
- Panthers pick up Sam Darnold’s fifth-year option. Doubling down on their trade, the Carolina Panthers picked up Sam Darnold’s fifth-year option. The move ensures that Darnold will be in Carolina through the 2022-2023 season, so the Panthers will have two seasons to figure out whether he is worth their investment.
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