|Marc Lawrence — With the 2020 NFL draft now in the history books, its time to refocus our thoughts to the best quarterbacks remaining in the NFL free agency market, namely Cam Newton and Jameis Winston. While each brings plenty of baggage to the table, its safe to say Newton is the chosen one. He has been adversely affected by the NFL’s decision to barrel ahead with free agency during the COVID-19 pandemic. Teams cannot get proper medical information on a quarterback whose last two seasons have ended because of shoulder surgery and a Lisfranc issue. The Panthers weren’t secretive in their attempts to acquire draft pick compensation for the former MVP, but managed to net more for journeyman backup Kyle Allen than they did for Newton (NFL Network reported that both the Bears and Chargers balked at the chance to make a deal). It’s hard to imagine this is the end for Newton, even if he has endured a football lifetime of battery in his nine NFL seasons (concussions, ankle sprains, vertebrae fractures, rib fractures and rotator cuff tears). To read the top five teams that are most likely to secure Newton’s services, click here.|
First thought on which NFL team benefitted the most on the final day of the NFL draft (rounds 4-7): Minnesota Vikings, who featured thirteen Day 3 picks. The Vikes beefed up their defense with a pair of solid defensive linemen in the fourth round in Baylor’s James Lynch and South Carolina’s D.J. Wonnum. They stayed in the defensive lane with Oregon LB Troy Dye and Temple CB Harrison Hand in the fifth round. Runnerup: Indianapolis Colts, who selected strong-armed QB Tony Eason who will be groomed to take over for Philip Rivers in the near future. More on the 2020 draft here tomorrow.
Grinding Out The Profits
From the 2020 Playbook Football Preview Guide Magazine: Since Butch Davis took over the Florida International program three years ago the Panthers average recruiting class ranks 78.5 overall. Before his arrival it was 106.5. That a jump of 28 positions which, coupled with Davis’ coaching prowess, is why FIU has hit the bowling alley each season since he came home. Over 90% of Florida International players have graduated since Davis’ arrival.