Draft

Baker Mayfield could be first QB of his draft class to get new deal

While Nick Chubb and Wyatt Teller have their contracts expiring at the end of the season, Baker Mayfield’s extension is the most important for the Cleveland Browns.

Denzel Ward joins Mayfield, Chubb and Teller as the four big extensions need among the Browns long list of upcoming free agents.

Mayfield’s situation is cluttered by the other quarterbacks in his class also seeking extensions. Lamar Jackson and Josh Allen are in the same boat as the Browns quarterback after being drafted in the first round as well. Mayfield, as the top pick in the 2018 NFL draft, has had to deal with a ton of turnover and instability in Cleveland while Jackson and Allen have been well supported by their organizations since their rookie season.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Mayfield’s deal could be the first done of the three big quarterbacks from their draft class:

Some of Fowler’s comments

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Kwity Paye Selected By The Colts In The First Round Of The 2021 NFL Draft

With the 21st pick in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected former Michigan Wolverines football defensive end Kwity Paye.

Paye is the sixth former Michigan player to be selected in the first round and 32nd player to be picked at any point since 2016 (head coach Jim Harbaugh‘s first draft as the head man).

Paye is the second edge defender off the board in this year’s draft, behind former Miami (Fla.) edge Jaelen Phillips, who was taken by the Miami Dolphins with the No. 18 pick.

“He is a physical specimen,” ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said on the broadcast. “What he needs to be is coached up. He needs to develop a secondary move and get those sack numbers up.”

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How to watch, listen to, and stream the 2021 NFL draft

The preamble and speculation is nearly at an end — the 2021 NFL draft gets underway at 8:00 p.m. EST on Thursday night, and here’s how you can watch and stream all the festivities.

Of course, you’ll want to keep it on Touchdown Wire through the entire draft, as Doug Farrar and Mark Schofield will be providing live analysis of the entire first round on Thursday night, comprehensive wrap-ups of all the happenings on Days 2 and 3, and the final grades when it’s all done on Saturday evening. In addition, check out what Luke Easterling, Laurie Fitzpatrick, and our friends over at Draft Wire are doing.

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For the 15th year, NFL Network provides live on-location coverage of the NFL Draft. NFL Network’s coverage of the 2021 NFL Draft from Cleveland kicks off Thursday, April 29 at 8:00 PM ET with first round coverage

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Panthers Reportedly ‘Considering’ Surprising Draft Move

A picture of a Carolina Panthers helmet on the field.

A picture of a Carolina Panthers helmet on the field.

The Carolina Panthers made one of the biggest moves of the offseason when they traded for New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold.

Carolina traded for Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, with the idea that he could be their longterm answer at the quarterback position.

The Panthers gave up a sixth round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, plus a second and a fourth-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. That’s not a massive package, but it’s a lot to give up for someone.

Based on that trade, you would think the Panthers are not among the teams to be considering a quarterback in Round 1. However, Carolina will reportedly “consider” Justin Fields if he’s there at No. 8 overall.

“From what I’m hearing, they would consider it,” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on

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