SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports’ Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz takes a close look at teams like the Cowboys, Vikings and Patriots and what their strategy will be on draft night.
No one is likely to get forget the NFL’s 2020 offseason any time soon, marred – like seemingly most aspects of daily life – by the coronavirus pandemic.
Yet it will also mark a point in league history when so many prominent quarterbacks were due new contracts, some – namely Hall of Fame-level passers Tom Brady and Philip Rivers plus (eventually) Cam Newton – leaving the franchises that launched them to stardom.
But even as Newton and Jameis Winston wait to learn where they’ll take their next snaps, the league’s collective QB depth chart is also set to absorb four likely first-rounders in the draft – LSU’s Joe Burrow, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, Oregon’s Justin Herbert and Utah State’s Jordan Love – and other high-end prospects, like Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts and Georgia’s Jake Fromm, who project as eventual starters.
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