In case you missed it, here’s a look at some of our faves from the past week:
- Tuesday marked the anniversary of the first ever NFL Draft. Or, as it was known in 1935, the NFL’s “Annual Draft of College Players”. Ben Levine gave us the rundown on this absolute game-changer in football. Before the historic ’35 draft, college players were allowed to sign with professional teams at random. Obviously, that would be a major hinderance to competitive balance and parity in today’s NFL. The first NFL Draft was the brainchild of Eagles co-owner Bert Bell, who grew tired of the Bears and Packers buying the country’s best new talent.
- On Wednesday, Rory Parks ran down the top remaining free agents in the NFL, a group headlined by edge rusher Jadeveon Clowney. Devonta Freeman also appeared on the list and he’s still available after rejecting an offer from the Seahawks last week.
- In early May, the Cardinals turned down Haason Reddick‘s fifth-year option. Now that he’s no longer on the books for the 2021 season, he profiles as a clear trade candidate.
- When we ran down the longest-tenured head coaches in the NFL, we found that less than half of the league’s current coaches have been in their positions for more than three years. This past week, when we ran down the league’s longest-tenured GMs, it was a different story.
- With Jalen Ramsey entering his walk year, the Rams have some work to do. Despite a down year, Ramsey still figures to top the cornerback market and the Rams seem willing to make it happen. We explored Ramsey’s case for a monumental payday and LA’s potential salary cap barriers.
- Two years ago, the Bills released Richie Incognito from the reserve/retired list. At the time, no one was sure whether the veteran guard would play another down.
- More than 200 NFL Draft picks remain unsigned, an unusually high figure considering that we’re ~30 days removed from the 2020 Annual Draft of College Players. As we explain, the pandemic isn’t the only reason for the holdup.