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2020 NFL Mock Draft 14.0: Free agency shakes up first round

2020 NFL Mock Draft 14.0: Free agency shakes up first round

The first week of NFL free agency is in the books, and several clubs' draft boards look a lot different than they did seven days ago.

Arguably no draft board has changed more than the San Francisco 49ers'. The reigning NFC champions traded All-Pro defensive tackle DeForest Buckner to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for the No. 13 overall pick. Suddenly, the 49ers can snag a top prospect, whether that be a defensive lineman like South Carolina's Javon Kinlaw to replace Buckner or a wide receiver to help grow Jimmy Garoppolo's game.

The 49ers weren't the only team that made a major trade. The Houston Texans shipped All-Pro wideout DeAndre Hopkins to the desert in exchange for Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson and a second-round pick. Many pegged the Cardinals to take a wideout with the eighth pick, but now Arizona can perhaps snag an offensive lineman to help protect young QB Kyler Murray.

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For the first time in over two decades, the New England Patriots have a hole at the quarterback position, as Tom Brady is headed to Tampa Bay. Do the Patriots attempt to trade up in the draft to snag a signal-caller, or does one fall into their lap at No. 23? Or, do they avoid taking a quarterback in the first round altogether?

The Minnesota Vikings acquired a plethora of draft picks from Buffalo in exchange for stud wide receiver Stefon Diggs. With two first-round picks, does Minnesota try to find Diggs' replacement in a star-studded, deep receiver class?

The Redskins acquired three-year veteran QB Kyle Allen from Carolina, finding a quality backup for Dwayne Haskins and someone who can start if need be. Does this eliminate speculation that the Redskins will draft Tua Tagovailoa at No. 2, and is Chase Young even more of a lock now?

There's a lot to unpack in our latest mock draft. 

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Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team

Dan Snyder is facing mounting pressure from three of his minority investors to sell the Washington Football Team according to a new report from The Wall Street Journal.

“The stakes have attracted interest from a variety of potential buyers, but Mr. Snyder has been reluctant to give any of them the option to eventually buy control despite the attempt to oust him,” the Journal wrote in its story Thursday afternoon.  “That has prompted some would-be buyers to walk away.”

Snyder’s ownership seems to face battles on nearly every front.

In the last six weeks the team dropped its more than 80-year old “Redskins” moniker amid threats from multiple sponsors of significant lost revenue due to its racist connotations. 
Last month, a Washington Post story alleged widespread sexual harassment and verbal abuse against women inside the organization and the team is now conducting an internal investigation on the report.

The three minority investors combine own about 40% of the team but their shares would be worth much more if the entire organization was up for sale. 

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Snyder has also filed a defamation lawsuit in federal court this week that loosely claims a conspiracy against him from one of the team’s current investors. A lawyer for Snyder told NBC Sports Washington on Tuesday that a former team employee bribed an Indian media company to put out a defamatory and false story against him. 

The Journal reports that tensions between Snyder and his minority investors have simmered for “at least a year.” It writes that FedEx founder and chairman Frederick Smith, one of the three minority owners and the man whose company has the naming writes to Washington’s home stadium, attempted to sell his share of the team last year only to have a slow approval process involving Snyder sink a potential deal. The interested investor instead purchased a minority stake in another NFL team. 

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Jets DC Gregg Williams says Jamal Adams will "get bored" after trade to Seahawks

Jets DC Gregg Williams says Jamal Adams will "get bored" after trade to Seahawks

Once the Jets agreed to send Jamal Adams to the Seahawks in exchange for three draft picks, it ended a long saga between the disgruntled superstar and the franchise. Or so we thought. 

During a conference call with reporters Thursday, former Washington and current Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams expressed his concern with Adams' new team, saying he'll be "bored there." 

"Jamal may get bored there because they don't use safety-type things and all the different complexities of maybe not showing what they're doing as much as we do," Williams said. "We'll still do the same patterns of things, we'll still do a lot of the same exact things, but we'll highlight the people we have here."

The Seahawks have a reputation for their zone defense, which reached its peak with the "Legion of Boom" with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Adams figures to add to that legacy of success in the secondary and help put a contending Seattle team over the top in the NFC. 

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Still, Williams' overall point was that their defensive scheme doesn't tend to highlight the skills of its players as much as his does in New York. 

"You saw what we did [in 2019] was, [Adams] had maybe his most productive year here because we highlighted the skill sets that he's had," he said. "I've had a lot of really good guys at that position, a lot of really good safeties to build things around."

It's hard to argue with that. I mean, Adams became an All-Pro last year at the age of 24 and solidified himself as one of the best defensive players in the game.

But you also can't argue with the track record Seattle's system has had over the years. No matter what players have played on that defense, they're routinely solid and difficult to move the ball on. If the Seahawks don't bring Adams to a new level, there's a good chance he'll be able to do it for them. 

Great players typically elevate good systems. 

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