INDIANAPOLIS – The weeklong NFL Super Bowl kicks off on Tuesday.
The gathering of generals, coaches, agents, and top prospects at the NFL Scouting Combine has always created commercial negotiations, a framework for free agency, and a basis for draft boards. .
Here are the 12 expected informants, including staff members on the team scheduled to conduct interviews Tuesday and Wednesday, and a draft outlook scheduled for Wednesday through Saturday:
Liberty QB Malik Willis
The prospect of boom or bust will be impressive in settings where arm strength is demonstrated through in-game decision making. He could force a team to trade ahead of Panthers that might be interested to make it to the top five of the draft – with Jaguars, Jets or Giants, all with a head start for 2022 – and possibly This draft compartment becomes only the second since 2001 without a top-10-draft midfield.
Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett
It’s time to measure Pickett’s combined hands — he declined at Senior Rugby — so teams can decide if they’re too small to throw a larger NFL ball, like concerns before combining with recent No. 1 picks Joe Burrow and Baker Mayfield. Pickett is the most professional quarterback on and off the pitch, having enjoyed a resounding success during his senior year’s production and passing the first round of team interviews.
Oregon EDGE Kayvon Thibodeaux
Passers have been the top pick on the last two occasions where it hasn’t been a midfielder. Thibodeaux was the favorite for the No. 1 spot until the mid-season question about his attempt surfaced. Is this a case of overthinking? He had 19 bags in 30 college games. The combination has the power to change the draft for the oddball athlete, and that’s how Thibodeaux was able to overtake Michigan pass runner Aidan Hutchinson.
Because Alabama’s Evan Neal – the other top interceptor – doesn’t do combo drills, Ekwonu has a lot to gain or lose. A stout 6-foot-4, 325-pound body with a stock-market brain and possibly Harvard or Yale schooling brought him into the conversation for being the #1 choice.
LSU CB Derek Stingley Jr.
The former can’t-miss lead won’t show up until LSU’s Pro Day, after two crash-laden seasons. He’ll be meeting teams here to try to prevent his pre-draft slip from the top 10. Stingley’s background includes how his late grandfather, Darryl, was paralyzed after a major hit in a 1977 NFL pre-season game.
Rams coach Sean McVay
The Super Bowl winner won’t be in Indianapolis – the Rams don’t have a first-round pick for the sixth year in a row – but is expected to speak to the media. His decided to reject a five-year, $100 million contract According to The Post’s Andrew Marchand, leaving coaching to broadcast games for Amazon, will be the talk of the town. It’s like a tipping point when successful teams now have a new threat against maintaining continuity.
Giants Coach Brian Daboll
The process that led to Daboll’s recruitment is under attack in a lawsuit filed by coach Brian Flores alleging racial discrimination and “fake” NFL interviews. The suit raised three interesting questions for Daboll: When did he find out he was hired in relation to Patriots Coach Bill Belichick’s Mistaken Congratulation Message? Is he willing to make the move from Bills to Giants offensive coordinator? Does he mind that ownership is supposed to be in favor of hiring Flores?
Cowboy Coach Mike McCarthy
How many questions will McCarthy face until he hears the name Sean Payton? The unretired former Saints coach is likely to replace McCarthy if the 2022 season doesn’t get off to a good start. For that matter, so did the two McCarthy coordinators after neither Dan Quinn nor Kellen Moore were hired elsewhere. This is a hot seat.
Jaguars Coach Doug Pederson
Pederson is back after a season absence. Does he have malice towards the Eagles? He certainly looks better now that the old thorn next to him, Carson Wentz, seems to have exhausted his welcome with the Colts after just one season.
Packer GM Brian Gutekunst
The biggest decision of the season could go to Gutekunst if MVP Aaron Rodgers asks for a trade. Would he fulfill that request, as Rodgers understood? Or will he play hardball, as suggested recently when he said no such handshake agreement existed? The Packers also have a decision to tag the franchise against the league’s top free agent, receiver Davante Adams.
Texan GM Nick Caserio
A new set of questions await Deshaun Watson’s commercial markets after the latest court hearing revealed an April 1 deadline to file criminal charges over sexual misconduct allegations. . Plus, how exactly did the Texans deal with promoting Lovie Smith — who wasn’t even on their initial interview list — as coach when it seemed like a battle between Flores and Josh McCown?
Seahawks GM John Schneider
Do the Seahawks consider last season’s 7-10th record a bad year for an annual contender? Or the beginning of a rebuild? The answer to that question will determine the fate of Russell Wilson. Presumably Wilson’s agent, Mark Rodgers, has an updated list of teams his client will waive the ban on. Could it include swapping the Giants for last year’s Cowboys and Bears?
Cardinal Steve Keim
It’s no coincidence that Erik Burkhardt, Kyler Murray’s agent, released a “trade him or pay him” statement regarding the renewal on the eve of the union. The ball is in Keim’s court, especially after anonymous members of the organization called Murray “selfish” in a recent ESPN report. Let’s also hear if the relationship between Murray and coach Kliff Kingsbury is as strong as before.
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