The AFC North has home to some of the stronger teams in the NFL over the past decade but it’s a time of change with Big Ben nearing retirement and the Browns moving out of the basement and the Bengals starting to improve with a promising quarterback at the helm.
The AFC West is a relatively strong division – especially given the presence of the Chiefs who look to be one of those teams that is a lock in for the post season for the foreseeable future (provided Mahomes is healthy) and the Chargers also have to feel like they have a bright future given the success of Herbert early on – the Raiders feel like they are at a bit of crossroads and the Broncos remain in search of a true franchise QB to take them to the next level.
The AFC East is entering an interesting new phase as the Patriots dynasty comes to an end – the Bills look best placed to dominate the division for the next few years, but every team has needs heading into free agency and the draft (teams in order of 2021 standings).
The AFC South must be glad that the NFC East exists which stops it being the most bizarre division in the NFL. There are a number of teams in this division with series issues to address (and that is assuming that Watson stays in Houston).
The NFL announced a list of 323 college football players invited to the 2021 NFL Scouting Combine. The event normally takes place in Indianapolis, but the COVID-19 pandemic has forced some changes to the itinerary. There will be zero in-person workouts conducted. All interviews and psychological testing will be virtual.
In the late 1980s, Jimmy Johnson, head coach of the then-struggling Dallas Cowboys, concluded that trades involving draft picks, with no set currency value for each selection, were complicated at best and almost impossible at worst. Johnson, alongside team exec Mike McCoy, who came from a non-football background and was well known for having an analytical mind - got to work on a system that was the first step on the way to turning draft-day dealing from an art... to a science.