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Draft Notes: Chargers, Lions, Bucs, Jags, Steelers, Odunze, DeJean, Nabers

While reports have suggested that some teams favor Malik Nabers above Marvin Harrison Jr., Tony Pauline of Sportskeeda.com takes a position that may further cloud the decision-making process among the best wide receivers in the draft. Rome Odunze is ranked higher than Nabers by a number of teams on their big boards. This class’s quarterback ranks have been heavily loaded by transfers, but the top three receivers only attended one school. Over the previous two seasons, Odunze was a standout player at Washington, recording two seasons with 1,100 yards and greatly boosting his stature last year. His 40-yard sprint time at the Combine was 4.45 seconds, which was one tenth slower than Nabers’ time from LSU’s pro day. On his pro day, Odunze did not run. He scheduled visits with the Cardinals, Bears, and Jets.

Last season, the 6-foot-3, 212-pound player had 10 100-yard games, including five in a row that helped the Huskies advance to the CFP national championship game. Daniel Jeremiah agrees with the teams that have Odunze higher, rating the Washington prospect third overall, between Harrison and Nabers. Mel Kiper Jr.’s ESPN.com big board has Odunze ranked fifth overall, one spot behind Nabers. Each of the three could be selected from the top seven or eight options. For the Cardinals, who have a clear need at wide receiver and have been connected to a trade-down from No. 4, this definitely ups the ante.

This is the most recent to emerge from the draft:

 

NFL.com’s Cameron Wolfe reports that in addition to Nabers’ visit with the Cardinals this week, he also traveled to Los Angeles to speak with the new Chargers staff. The Chargers are a squad to keep an eye on if you’re looking for a top receiver because they cut Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. The Cardinals might select the best wide receiver prospect in the draft at number five if they trade out of the fourth round. Naturally, moving down has also been associated with the Chargers. Additionally, it’s important to keep an eye on if the Bolts value a receiver this highly given Jim Harbaugh’s previous and some recent remarks.

Iowa cornerback Cooper DeJean is back in action after breaking his fibula in November. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports that the highly regarded cover man has informed all 32 clubs via letter that he is approved for all football activities. On April 8, DeJean will work out in Iowa City. On his big board, Jeremiah has the former Hawkeyes star ranked 25th, while Kiper has the 6-1 defender ranked 21st. Despite the injury, DeJean quit school early in 2022. As a sophomore, he recorded five interceptions and three pick-sixes.

In this draft, the Jaguars are devoting considerable time to other corners, particularly Alabamans. They used “30” visits on Terrion Arnold and Kool-Aid McKinstry, according to Jordan Schultz of Bleacher Report and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. McKinstry also visited with the Buccaneers and Lions, according to Schultz and Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. Ronald Darby, who is thirty years old and signed a two-year contract with a relatively easy out clause in 2025, took Darious Williams’ spot on the team after the two-year starter was cut by the Jags. Even though Detroit signed Amik Robertson and acquired Carlton Davis, the Lions still need a cornerback after Cameron Sutton’s arrest and subsequent discharge. Davis’ trade with the Bucs opens up a cornerback slot in Tampa opposite Jamel Dean. Compared to McKinstry, who entered the previous season as a stronger prospect, Arnold is rated higher. McKinstry is ranked 36th overall by Jeremiah. Given that McKinstry missed the Combine due to a toe fracture yet managed to record a 4.47-second 40-second time (on Alabama’s pro day) without having surgery yet, more visits are probably in order.

Nate Wiggins’s stock rose after he ran a scorching 4.28 at the Combine. The Clemson product paid the Steelers a visit on Thursday, as Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. Wiggins spent all three of his collegiate years at Clemson, where he was selected to the first team of the All-ACC and recorded two pick-sixes. Donte Jackson was added by the Steelers, who released Patrick Peterson. The 6-foot-1 Wiggins is one of the players the team is considering as a longer-term alternative to Joey Porter Jr., albeit the trade pickup’s contract expires after 2024.

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