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NFL Draft trade rumors 2021: The 10 most likely scenarios to move up, down in Round 1



NFL Draft trade rumors 2021: The 10 most likely scenarios to move up, down in Round 1

No matter how many mock drafts are done before an actual NFL draft goes on the clock, it’s impossible to predict all the trades that will happen in the first round.

The Dolphins made recent moves with the 49ers and Eagles that already shook up this year’s order. Last year, the Buccaneeers, Chargers, 49ers and Packers all moved up at certain points between Nos. 13 and No. 30 overall during the draft, while the 49ers, Patriots, Vikings and Dolphins all moved down.

When a team trades down, it isn’t locked into one particular player at its initial selection and would prefer to increase its volume of picks. When a team trades up, it is targeting a specific player it doesn’t want to risk losing to another team picking or trading up ahead of it.

Although 2020 didn’t have any early movement, the 2021 NFL Draft figures to be different because of quarterback demand vs. supply. Knowing the Jaguars, Jets and 49ers are locked into QBs 1-2-3, here’s a look at the most likely trade scenarios developing right after those picks:

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Five most likely trade-down candidates

Falcons, from No. 4

This becomes a much harder decision should North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance still be on the board, as Atlanta is enamored with him as a potential successor to Matt Ryan. Regardless if the 49ers take Lance ahead of them, the Falcons need to think more about stockpiling across positions for a rebuild with Arthur Smith and Jerry Fontenot.

For non-QB options, Florida tight end Kyle Pitts also will be tempting to put in the offense with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley. But edge rusher, tackle, outside linebacker and cornerback are all key defensive needs and the Falcons can flip this pick and still get good value at one of those positions later while adding draft capital. Between future in Lance and luxury in Pitts, there’s a strong medium available as there are enough teams wanting their pick of the fourth QB to give the Falcons great return.

Dolphins, from No. 6 or No. 18

The Dolphins first ended up three spots lower, with the 49ers picking in their old spot at No. 3 and the Eagles going down to No. 12. But the Dolphins still can use either their extra pick from the Texans or their own later pick to manipulate the board further.

Miami can still have its pick at wide receiver at No. 6, but it may better off flipping that for even more capital knowing it still holds No. 18. Or, the team can enjoy the best player available at No. 6 and use No. 19 to get a second-rounder while also still getting a player it needs near the bottom of the first round.

MORE: Latest Dolphins draft trade rumors

Panthers, from No. 8

The Panthers have freed themselves from going after a QB with the Sam Darnold trade, leaving several possibilites in the top 10. Staying put, wide receiver, offensive tackle, Pitts or a cornerback can be very helpful. But they also should realize they pick a spot ahead of the Broncos, the team set for now to take the fifth and final first-round caliber QB. Depending on where Lance goes and the Bengals, Dophins or Lions not trading down with a QB-needy team ahead of them, the Panthers can be positioned to maximize return.

Really, it’s not only a QB. Pitts, the remaining top-two tackle (Oregon’s Penei Sewell or Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater) and the presumed third wide receiver (Alabama Jaylen Waddle) all could cause any number of teams to go hard after No. 8 with the Cowboys, Giants and Eagles looming behind the Broncos at Nos. 10 through 12.

Cowboys, from No. 10

The Cowboys are starting to warm up to taking Pitts instead of addressing their pressing defensive need and taking the best cornerback available, either Virginia Tech’s Caleb Farley or Alabama’s Patrick Surtain II. But should both corners be off the board, Dallas would be smarter to trade out of its pick vs. going luxury in the passing game. It’s more of a no-brainer for Jerry Jones to trade down should Farley, Surtain and Pitts all get selected in the top nine.

Under Jones, the Cowboys tend to let the draft come to them, much like jumping on falling wide receiver CeeDee Lamb last year. Dallas picks next at No. 44, so flipping this pick for selections in the 20s and 30s would work well in using three picks on a corner, edge rusher and safety vs. sticking with two picks where the first might be a reach, anyway.

Patriots, from No. 15

There is some buzz about the Patriots trading up for Lance, Ohio State’s Justin Fields or Alabama’s Mac Jones. But that’s not been in their DNA with Bill Belichick as they have much more often been shrewd trade-down partners. If the five QBs are long gone, New England won’t be locking into one prospect as many could define “best player available” for the team.

Someone is bound to fall unexpectedly who will have great value to another team. The Patriots got the Chargers to trade up for Oklahoma linebacker Kenneth Murray last year, and a either a coveted edge rusher for a particular scheme or Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons can cause a simliar proactive reaction from another team. The Patriots have 10 picks but only three in the first rounds, so they should think about strengthening capital via quality over quantity.

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Five most likely trade-up candidates

Broncos, from No. 9

The Broncos’ clear-cut path to a top-five QB also clarifies what other teams need to do to become obstacles toward that, jumping somewhere between No. 4 and No. 8. There’s also the chance the 49ers take Jones and the Falcons pass on Lance, and the Broncos may not want to settle for who’s left between Lance and Fields.

Denver in a sense would be making a preemptive definitive trade for a QB, much like San Francisco did when it shot up to No. 3. In that scenario, Atlanta, at No. 4, and Miami at No. 6 before the Detroit-Carolina run, would be the most feasible as Cincinnati needs to be more dialed into a top-five non-QB talent.

Chargers, from No. 13

The Chargers could use Sewell or Slater at left tackle. They could use Pitts to replace Hunter Henry. They could be desperate to upgrade No. 2 wide receiver with an immediate-impact elite starter opposite Keenan Allen. With Justin Herbert coming off an impressive rookie season, it makes sense to be a little aggressive to ensure one of those three picks happens.

Sitting around for the best defensive player available or reaching for a tackle or wide receiver doesn’t feel right. The Chargers can be contenders with one or two big moves with Herbert in mind and the talent at offensive positions of need is just too valuable early. Between the Lions, Cowboys, Giants and Eagles, those plans can be ruinted in the top-dozen picks.

Washington Football Team, from No. 19

Washington signed Ryan Fitzpatrick as a bridge QB for one year and has former Panthers youngsters Kyle Allen and Taylor Heinicke behind him. The Football Team could hope to land Florida’s Kyle Trask at No. 51 overall in Round 2, but it also could want to attack to make amends for the awful first-round picking of Dwayne Haskins in 2019. Don’t be surprised if new GM Martin Mayhew makes a power move with say, the Lions (his one-time employers) at No. 7 to make Washington beat Denver to the punch.

Like the Chargers in the AFC but flipped, with WFT coming off a playoff berth and strong free agency, it could think it’s a young upside QB from turning into a consistent NFC contender. That could make landing a desired franchise QB while the class is strong well worth giving up a a future first-rounder.

Bears, from No. 20

The Bears have the same reasoning as Washington, although they might be a little less desperate now as they were following the Russell Wilson and Deshaun Watson disappointments. Andy Dalton is their bridge and they might be fine adding a later-round developmental option. 

Beyond making a big move up for a QB, which they have done before with GM Ryan Pace — see for Mitchell Trubisky in 2017 — the Bears might have their eye on defensive player or an offensive tackle to slide up a few notches.

Buccaneers, from No. 32

The Super Bowl 55 champions have won another offseason after nailing their “all in” work with Tom Brady last year. They are playing with house money at this point with no real immediate needs. Would they jump to stash a QB behind Brady? How about a key defensive reinforcement or near-future replacement? With Antonio Brown not re-signed yet, a luxury wide receiver pick can also be in the works.

Tampa Bay has been aggressive with GM Jason Licht with the present in mind so it makes sense it would push for one more key piece of choice instead of sitting on the last first-rounder.

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What channel is UFC 262 on tonight? How to watch, buy Oliveira vs. Chandler on pay-per-view



Oliveira vs. Chandler purse, salaries: How much money will they make at UFC 262?

It’s strap season for Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira.

After spending the majority of his career with Bellator MMA, the three-time lightweight champ has an opportunity to capture the vacant UFC lightweight championship on Saturday against Oliveira.

MORE: Sign up to watch the UFC 262 PPV, exclusively on ESPN+

Chandler has a hungry and ready opponent in the No. 3-ranked Oliveira: Looking for his first UFC title, the veteran enters this fight on an eight-fight win streak, his last bout a unanimous decision win over Tony Ferguson at UFC 256.

Here’s what you need to know about Saturday night’s UFC event.

What channel is UFC 262?

  • Early prelims: UFC Fight Pass
  • Prelims: ESPN/WatchESPN
  • Main card: ESPN+ (pay-per-view)

The main card of UFC 262 will air exclusively on ESPN+, with early prelims kicking off the show on UFC Fight Pass, moving to ESPN for the prelims.

As with all UFC PPVs and ESPN, the show will air exclusively on ESPN+ at a PPV cost.

What time does Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler start?

  • Early prelims: 6 p.m. ET
  • Prelims: 8 p.m. ET
  • Main card: 10 p.m. ET

The early prelims and preliminaries are expected to start at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET, respectively. The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET. Oliveira and Chandler are expected to make their ring walks around midnight. 

How much does UFC 262 cost on PPV?

  • Date: Saturday, May 15
  • Network: ESPN+

The main card will be broadcast exclusively on ESPN+, meaning you need an ESPN+ subscription to catch the fight. On top of the subscription, there is a price for the event:

  • For current yearly subscribers, the price is $69.99 on the ESPN+ app.
  • Current monthly subscribers can get UFC 262 and an upgraded bundle at a discounted rate of $84.99. They can also purchase the event itself for $69.99.
  • New subscribers will be able to pick up a yearly recurring subscription and the PPV for $89.98, which is a savings of more than 30 percent.

Click here to learn about the different pricing and bundling options with the ESPN+ platform.

UFC 262 fight card

Early prelims

  • Gina Mazany vs. Priscila Cachoeira, women’s flyweights
  • Kevin Aguilar vs. Tucker Lutz, featherweights
  • Christos Giagos vs. Sean Soriano, lightweights


  • ​Lando Vannata vs. Mike Grundy, featherweights
  • Andrea Lee vs. Antonina Shevchenko, women’s flyweights
  • Jordan Wright vs. Jamie Pickett, middleweight
  • Ronaldo Souza vs. André Muniz, middleweights

Main card

  • Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler for vacant UFC lightweight championship
  • Matt Schnell vs. Rogério Bontorin, bantamweights
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush, lightweights
  • Katlyn Chookagian vs. Viviane Araújo, women’s flyweights
  • Shane Burgos vs. Edson Barboza, featherweights

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What time is UFC 262 today? PPV schedule, main card start time for Oliveira vs. Chandler



What time is UFC 262 today? PPV schedule, main card start time for Oliveira vs. Chandler

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement from UFC has left a massive void in the UFC’s lightweight division — one that Charles Oliveira and Michael Chandler will seek to fill on Saturday.

The division’s Nos. 3- and 4-ranked fighters, respectively, will face off at the Toyota Center in Houston to become just the third non-interim lightweight champion since Conor McGregor took it from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in 2016.

Both Oliveira (30-8-1, eight KOs) and Chandler (22-5, 10 KOs) are coming off multiple wins, setting up a new era-establishing fight for the lightweight division. Will Oliveira earn the belt 11 years after first fighting under the UFC banner? Or will Chandler, fighting for only the second time under UFC since transferring from Bellator, take it?

We can’t wait to find out. With that, here’s everything you need to know to watch UFC 262, including the expected start time for the main event.

MORE: Sign up to watch the UFC 262 PPV, exclusively on ESPN+

What time does UFC 262 start today?

  • Early prelims: 6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT
  • Prelims: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
  • PPV main card: 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT
  • Oliveira vs. Chandler: 12:15 a.m. ET (approx.) / 9:15 p.m. PT (approx.)

The main card for UFC 262 is projected to start at 10 p.m. ET. Depending on how long the four prior fights on the card last, Oliveira and Chandler will make their ring walks at roughly 12:15 a.m. ET.

What channel is UFC 262 on?

The early preliminaries and first half of the prelims will stream on ESPN+; the second half of the preliminaries will move to ESPN. After that, the main card can only be watched via PPV on ESPN+.

Click here to learn more about ESPN+ pricing and bundling options.

UFC 262 card

Main card

  • Charles Oliveira vs. Michael Chandler (lightweight championship)
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Beneil Dariush (lightweight)
  • Katlyn Chookagian vs. Viviane Araujo (women’s flyweight)
  • Shane Burgos vs. Edson Barboza (featherweight)
  • Matt Schnell vs. Rogerio Bontorin (bantamweight)


  • Jacare Souza vs. Andre Muniz (middleweight)
  • Lando Vannata vs. Mike Grundy (featherweight)
  • Andrea Lee vs. Antonina Shevchenko (women’s flyweight)
  • Jordan Wright vs. Jamie Pickett (middleweight)

Early prelims

  • Gina Mazany vs. Priscila Cachoeira (women’s flyweight)
  • Kevin Aguilar vs. Tucker Lutz (featherweight)
  • Christos Giacos vs. Sean Soriano (flyweight)

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What time is the Preakness today? Post time, TV channel, horses & more to watch 2021 race



What time is the Preakness today? Post time, TV channel, horses & more to watch 2021 race

The second jewel of the Triple Crown is up for grabs on Saturday.

The 2021 Preakness Stakes, which will run at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, will help determine whether Medina Spirit can become the first horse since Justify in 2018 to win the Triple Crown. Even if the horse does win Saturday’s race, however, that lofty accomplishment might not be guaranteed.

LIVE: Follow for updates from the 2021 Preakness Stakes

That’s because Medina Spirit returned a test positive for 21 picograms of betamethasone after its win at the 2021 Kentucky Derby. Pimlico decided to let the horse race on Saturday but, if a second test confirms the first, then Churchill Downs will invalidate Medina Spirit’s Derby win and grant runner-up Mandaloun the retroactive victory. The retesting results aren’t expected for several weeks.

Mandaloun is not part of Saturday’s race at the Preakness Stakes.

Just another tantalizing tidbit for bettors and sports fans alike ahead of Saturday’s race, which will include 10 horses and jockeys — including prohibitive morning-line favorite Medina Spirit (9/5 odds).

With that, here’s everything you need to know about the 2021 Preakness Stakes, including the post time and how to watch the event.

MORE: Watch the Preakness Stakes live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

What time is the Preakness Stakes today?

  • Date: Saturday, May 15
  • Post time: 6:50 p.m. ET
  • TV coverage: NBC

NBC Sports will cover the Preakness Stakes starting at 2 p.m. ET and transfer coverage to NBC at 5 p.m. The race has a scheduled post time of 6:50 p.m. ET at the Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore.

What channel is the Preakness Stakes on?

NBC has full broadcast rights for each of the Triple Crown races, including the Preakness Stakes. Viewers can also stream the race on NBC via fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

PREAKNESS STAKES: Full draw and odds for 2021 race

Preakness Stakes horses 2021

Post position Horse Odds
1 Ram 30/1
2 Keepmeinmind 15/1
3 Medina Spirit 9/5
4 Crowded Trade 10/1
5 Midnight Bourbon 5/1
6 Rombauer 12/1
7 France Go De Ina 20/1
8 Unbridled Honor 15/1
9 Risk Taking 15/1
10 Concert Tour 5/2

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