The subsequent football event that supporters can convert their attention to is April’s 2021 NFL Draft, as spring camp’s throughout the region will soon be around if they have not concluded previously as Florida’s has.
Florida experienced nine of its 14 qualified draft prospective buyers get fake invitations to the 2021 NFL Combine, which was correctly canceled owing to the coronavirus pandemic. NFL scouts will depend upon plan-held pro days for athletic tests outcomes, medical examinations, and interviews with gamers pursuing a pro job.
One particular player we hope to soar up draft boards following Florida’s professional working day is broad receiver Trevon Grimes, who has not received as a lot attention in the system as some of his Gators’ teammates in spite of a successful 2020 season and intriguing intangibles. At the Senior Bowl, Grimes measured in at 6-foot-3 and 7/8 inches and 217 kilos with a 77-inch wingspan.
Right after a wild NFL cost-free company interval in which, for the most section, broad receivers did not crack the financial institution, Grimes could be in a fantastic situation to come across a residence where he could arise as a contributor at the following amount with a superior displaying in UF’s March 31 professional working day.
Based on staff requires and his projected healthy, which groups could opt to find Grimes occur draft working day and in what round? Hold in intellect, we project Grimes’ worth will increase right after he conducts the 40-lawn dash (he ran a blazing 4.47 in substantial school at 6-foot-3, 202 lbs) and other exams, so we involved day two-to-early working day three selections as Grimes’ draft vary.
Doable alternatives: 58th in general (2nd round), 104th all round (3rd round, compensatory decide on), 131st overall (fourth round)
The Ravens experimented with to indication Kenny Golladay in cost-free agency, who we as opposed Grimes to through his Gators’ job as their skillsets are equivalent. Golladay went on to sign with the New York Giants, leaving Baltimore still looking for passing video game weapons.
Baltimore does not possess a demonstrated X-receiver on its roster, a huge element of why Golladay emerged as a concentrate on in the course of free of charge agency. Grimes matches the mould of an X and is the correct time of obtaining expertise that the Ravens are severely missing: A boundary weapon that quarterback Lamar Jackson can trust to arrive down with 50-50 balls, particularly kinds he can launch underneath strain.
Miles Boykin (was drafted to fill a related purpose by the Ravens in the 3rd spherical of the 2019 draft, and he has only 32 receptions to his name thus significantly in his NFL vocation. Soon after targeting Golladay and ending up unsuccessful in its pursuit, it is really tricky to imagine Baltimore is carried out searching for a significant-bodied receiver with speed on the outside the house. Grimes can deliver that to the Ravens’ offense.
Feasible picks: Achievable picks: 41st total (2nd spherical), 72nd all round (third round), 101st total (3rd spherical, through Los Angeles Rams), 112th total (fourth round)
Speaking of Kenny Golladay, the Detroit Lions are tasked with changing their former large receiver this offseason, alongside with fellow receiver Marvin Jones Jr. Actually, the overall extensive receiver place is set to endure a makeover.
In order to add some expertise to the place, the Lions signed veterans Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman in no cost agency. Each are skilled and have been effective in the past, but neither are deemed prolonged-phrase solutions or a lot extra than trustworthy No. 2 and 3 receivers.
If the Lions would like to create a vertical offense beneath new head coach Dan Campbell, incorporating Grimes would be a sensible decision. Perriman is 6-foot-2 and Williams is 6-foot-4 and the two are rapidly gamers, so Grimes won’t suit an fast require accurately, but he arguably features a lot more prospective than the veterans and could establish nicely in a rotation with those people players.
Eco-friendly Bay Packers
Doable options: 62nd general (second spherical), 92nd all round (3rd spherical), 135th overall (fourth round), 142nd general (fourth spherical, compensatory decide on)
Substantially like the Ravens, the Packers desperately require to insert talent to their offense with a playoff-caliber quarterback at the helm. Their strategies with Aaron Rodgers are tricky to determine out following picking quarterback Jordan Adore in the initial spherical past 12 months, but it would be an utter disservice to permit Rodgers’ Corridor of Fame expertise go to waste because of to a absence of weapons close to him in the course of his remaining years in Inexperienced Bay.
Davante Adams is an elite receiver with the size to make acrobatic catches, but also some of the greatest route-working skills in the league. Their future main huge receiver had 33 receptions in 2020, behind tight stop Robert Tonyan and running again Aaron Jones.
Even though Adams and other receivers on the roster that have demonstrated some flashes provide dimensions, pace, and deep danger intangibles, incorporating a further boundary weapon would not damage. Rodgers throws a single of the greatest deep balls in the NFL, and Grimes’ means to stretch the subject would either result in touchdowns or some easier prospects to focus on Adams underneath.
Las Vegas Raiders
Attainable choices: 48th over-all (2nd round), 79th general (third spherical, via Arizona Cardinals), 80th all round (third round), 121st general (fourth spherical)
The working joke is that the Raiders prioritize velocity across the entire subject, as late, prior operator Al Davis had a bit of a pointed out obsession with fast gamers. Whilst he passed in 2011, the Raiders have ongoing to stick to his guide in introducing the quickest of the bunch, notably deciding on vast receiver Henry Ruggs in the very first round final calendar year soon after he posted a 4.27 40-lawn sprint.
Ruggs is 5-foot-11, 188 pounds though, and only one particular vast receiver more than 6-foot on Las Vegas’ roster has 100+ career receptions (Zay Jones). Incorporating a receiver like Grimes or 1 with his skillset to a passing offense with Ruggs, John Brown, restricted finish Darren Waller, and functioning backs Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake would be best and littered with several sorts of threats.
Quarterback Derek Carr has set jointly two sound seasons consecutively following some struggles in 2017-18, possibly because of to a lack of talent all-around him. Wanting to build upon his current achievements, Grimes would be an great addition to an thrilling offense as is to balance out the air attack.
Attainable choices: 37th overall (second spherical), 70th over-all (3rd round), No. 84 all round (third round, via Indianapolis Colts)
Philadelphia entered a rebuild this offseason right after trading quarterback Carson Wentz away to the Indianapolis Colts, following a disastrous 2020 year for the fifth-calendar year pro. As of now, the Eagles will ride with next-year pro Jalen Hurts as the commencing signal-caller – but it really is truly worth remembering that Philadelphia owns the No. 6 choose and 4 alternatives in the first three rounds, so a top QB could be in perform.
A single way or yet another, whoever commences at quarterback will require some playmakers. The Eagles’ recent extensive receiver corps has merged for 181 catches between 7 players, no player hauling in much more than 53 catches in one particular season. Philadelphia selected 5-foot-11 receiver Jalen Reagor in the 1st round final calendar year and he caught 31 passes as a rookie. Grimes, or any pass-catching expertise, will be welcomed.
There is also a connection to continue to keep in intellect here: The Eagles’ new quarterbacks mentor is Brian Johnson, who was with the Gators for the entirety of Grimes’ tenure at UF as quarterbacks coach as properly as offensive coordinator in 2020. Must Johnson have any say-so in who his QB will throw to for the foreseeable upcoming, Grimes would make a great deal of feeling supplied their familiarity.