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NFL Draft Recap by Nate Cooper

Hi! This is Nate Cooper, the Newspaper Club’s Sports Writer. Currently, I am in Cleveland reporting live from the 2021 NFL Draft. The Jacksonville Jaguars are currently on the clock. Many people suspect that Trevor Lawrence will go first overall. You can view my Trevor Lawrence Draft Profile here

The pick is in! Let’s listen to Commissioner Roger Goodell: “With the 1st pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Trevor Lawrence.” It’s official! Trevor Lawrence is a Jaguar! The former Clemson Tiger will almost certainly be the starter for the Jaguars this season. 

The New York Jets are now on the clock. A QB would definitely benefit them. Sam Darnold is good, but he isn’t great. The Jets have chosen! Here is Commissioner Goodell with the pick results. “With the second pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select QB Zach Wilson.” The BYU junior is the second player in the draft that will definitely make an impact on their team in the Fall. From Utah to New York for Zach Wilson. 

The San Francisco 49ers are on the clock. Prior to the draft they traded up for this pick; Jimmy Garoppolo can’t last forever. That is why many people assume that the 49ers will draft a QB. Although the rookie QB may not beat out Jimmy G this season, the 49ers are preparing for the future. Let’s see who they take, as the pick is in. “With the 3rd pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the 49ers select Trey Lance.” The 49ers do select a QB! Trey Lance will head down south to play for the 49ers. The 49ers are counting on Jimmy G teaching him the ropes this season. 

Currently, the Atlanta Falcons are on the clock. Unlike the first 3 teams to select, the Falcons aren’t looking for a QB; they have a very good one in Matt Ryan. A tight end like Kyle Pitts from Florida could do the Falcons well. Roger Goodell will announce the Falcon’s pick. “With the 4th pick in the NFL Draft, the Falcons select Kyle Pitts.” The Gator is now a Falcon! At the end of Pitts’ sophomore year, he sat in Florida’s tight ends coach, Larry Scott’s, office. Scott’s message to Pitts was crystal clear. Find a schedule. Manage your world. The very next day, Pitts walked into Scott’s office with a laminated, color coated, and timed out schedule. This shows that Pitts is in line with his goals, which is what led him to being picked up by the Falcons. 

With the final pick in the top five, and the last one I will be here for, the Bengals are on the clock. The Bengals have been really struggling these past years- they could really use a good outlet for Burrow. The Bengals don’t need a QB after taking Joe Burrow in last year’s draft. The pick is in! The Bengals select Ja’Marr Chase. The first LSU player taken. Chase can really give Burrow a strong target to pass to. Chase and Burrow won a championship together at LSU. The Wide Receiver has top end speed along with great body control and can track the ball well. That is a great recipe for success for a WR. Let’s see if Chase and Burrow can continue their excellence and bring a championship to Cincinnati. 

Well, tonight has been nice, but I gotta get going. Nice draft picks GMs. I wish all of you the best of luck in 2021! Let’s see which one of these rookies can have the biggest impact on their team. 

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