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NFC North Rundown: Jaylen Waddle could fit Detroit at Pick 7 if Lions stay put

Detroit needs receiving help and the Alabama star could fit the team’s need for speed.

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Time is slowly ticking down until a new clock officially begins next week - the one that puts the Jacksonville Jaguars in position to make the first pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. As draft weekend approaches, trade talk has picked up with a number of teams jockeying for quarterback positioning on draft day.

The Minnesota Vikings could be one such team looking to move up the board after scouting the first five quarterbacks that figure to come off the board. As the Vikings plan for a future without Kirk Cousins, could a Minnesota native like Trey Lance be of interest?

As the NFC North keeps one eye on Minnesota’s activity, another will be kept on Detroit’s. The Lions may be one team trying to move down from a top-10 slot as they look to bolster their pass-catching talent. One such player is Jaylen Waddle and today’s divisional rundown begins with his possible fit in a blue and silver uniform.

Detroit Lions

Why the Detroit Lions should draft Jaylen Waddle

Speed is the name of his game, but Waddle’s hands and ability to be used as a decoy could make him even more of a weapon for Detroit.

NFL Draft Rumors: Detroit Lions ‘trying to move down from No. 7’

If a number of receiving candidates, including Waddle, are still on the board, it would not be a surprise for the Lions to move down and stockpile picks.

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A trio of defensive players opted out of bonus cash this past week, much like others around the league.

Minnesota Vikings

Are the Minnesota Vikings Going to Draft a Quarterback Early this Year?

The Vikings are said to have done extensive prep work on this year’s top five quarterbacks. Would they be willing to move up to get a slipping prospect?

Rick Spielman Needs to Get His Second-Round Pick Back

Round two has been somewhat of a goldmine for Minnesota under its current GM and the team could stand to benefit from adding an early day-two selection.

Vikings CB Patrick Peterson talks about his new team, his role as a father and Daunte Wright

In a Q & A piece, Minnesota’s new acquisition talked about his favorite fatherhood activities, his wife’s role in health care during a pandemic, and his hobbies outside football.

Chicago Bears

Roster Move: Bears sign Marquise Goodwin

After opting out of the 2020 season, Goodwin hooked on with the Bears and gives Chicago a speedy downfield threat.

S Tashaun Gipson returning to the Bears on a one-year deal

The veteran safety returns to Chicago on another one-year deal, a year after signing a very similar contract and starting 16 games.

Chicago Bears NFL Draft 2021: 5 factors that harm this year’s draft

Making the postseason last year hurt Chicago draft positioning, and a lack of fourth-round picks also puts the team at a disadvantage heading into draft weekend.