Draft Rumors: Buccaneers, Falcons, Panthers, Saints


  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer mentions a cornerback or Penn State DE Chop Robinson as logical targets for the Buccaneers in the first round with the No. 26 pick. 
  • However, ESPN’s Jordan Reid says there’s a real chance Robinson isn’t available, as he’s heard mid-Round 1 love from evaluators for Robinson. 
  • Sportskeeda’s Tony Pauline has also heard that Robinson won’t last past the middle part of the first round and a lot of teams are high on him. 


  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer does not expect the Falcons to draft a quarterback with the No. 8 pick, though that’s a sentiment in some league circles. 
  • He thinks the Falcons will be choosing between Alabama DE Dallas Turner, Texas DT Byron Murphy II or LSU WR Malik Nabers.
  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter has heard a lot of buzz recently about Murphy as a top-ten pick, perhaps even the first defender off the board. 
  • ESPN’s Jordan Reid has heard some buzz about the Falcons being interested in trading down. 


  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer mentions it would not be a shock to see Panthers GM Dan Morgan auction off the first pick of the second round to try and pick up more assets for a rebuilding team. 
  • Joseph Person of The Athletic analyzed every Panthers’ pick from Dane Brugler’s mock draft. Person feels a trade back from their first pick at No. 33 would give Morgan a “gift-wrapped opportunity” to improve the team in the short and long term, but using both picks is also an option. 
  • Person believes the Panthers will take a corner at some point in the draft, but if it’s early it likely means they won’t sign veteran CB Stephon Gilmore
  • He also notes new HC Dave Canales could be interested in drafting a running back because of their pre-draft visits with the position. 
  • Canales feels OL Austin Corbett “is wired” to move to center and likes what he sees so far. (Darin Gantt)
  • Morgan said they are “going to leave the door open” on potentially going after Gilmore . (David Newton)
  • Canales on how to help QB Bryce Young: “It’s not about surrounding Bryce with great players. It’s about building a great team.” (Person)
  • South Carolina WR Xavier Legette did an official 30 visit with the Panthers. (Chapel Fowler)
  • Legette says Carolina seems really interested in him: “I’ve met with the Panthers four or five times… They keep telling me that if I’m sitting at 33 they’re going to take me.” (John Crumpler)


  • Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer has heard the Saints connected to Oregon State RT Taliese Fuaga and thinks that New Orleans could be bullish on his potential to flip sides. 

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