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List of Current NFL Offensive Coordinators (Updated 2023)

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The coaching carousel was in full motion in 2022, and the offensive coordinator landscape around the NFL has changed considerably. Let’s take a look at the OCs for each of the 32 NFL franchise and their coaching background before becoming coordinators.

Current NFL Offensive Coordinators

AFC Offensive Coordinators

Baltimore Ravens | Vacant

Update: The Baltimore Ravens and offensive coordinator Greg Roman have mutually agreed to part ways.

Greg Roman has been with the Ravens since 2017. He joined as a senior offensive assistant and the tight ends coach before moving into the role of assistant head coach in 2018. Roman was then made the Ravens OC in 2019 when Marty Mornhinweg retired.

Before joining the Ravens, Roman was an offensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills (2015-16) and San Francisco 49ers (2011-14). He had previously worked with the Ravens in 2006-07 as an offensive line assistant. Roman is best known for getting the most out of mobile QBs, having worked with Colin Kaepernick and Lamar Jackson when they were at their best.

Buffalo Bills | Ken Dorsey

Ken Dorsey has stepped up to be the Bills’ offensive coordinator following the departure of Brian Daboll. Dorsey has worked as the quarterbacks coach since 2019 and has received a lot of credit for the development of Josh Allen. Dorsey was also the Bills passing game coordinator in 2021. He was the Panthers’ quarterbacks coach from 2013 to 2017.

Cincinnati Bengals | Brian Callahan

After three years as a quarterbacks coach with the Lions and Raiders, the Cincinnati Bengals hired Brian Callahan as their offensive coordinator in 2019. Callahan also spent six years working with the Broncos in various roles between 2010 and 2015.

Cleveland Browns | Alex Van Pelt

Alex Van Pelt is heading into his third season as the Browns OC. His offenses have ranked in the middle of the pack through the first two years in Cleveland. His only previous experience as an OC came in 2009 with the Bills. Before arriving in Cleveland, Van Pelt spent time with the Buccaneers, Packers, and Bengals as either quarterbacks or running backs coach.

Denver Broncos | Justin Outten

Justin Outten will take up the role of an NFL offensive coordinator for the first time in 2022. Outten was brought from the Packers by Nathaniel Hackett when he was hired as the head coach of the Broncos. Prior to arriving in Denver, Outten was the tight ends coach of the Packers for three seasons. He also spent three seasons working for the Falcons as a coaching intern and an offensive assistant.

Houston Texans | Pep Hamilton

Pep Hamilton will get his first chance to run an NFL offense since his time with the Colts between 2013 and 2015. Hamilton spent 2021 with the Texans as the passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The success of Davis Mills in 2021 saw Hamilton promoted to OC after the departure of Tim Kelly.

Hamilton has previously worked with a number of teams both in college and the NFL. Included among those are the Chargers, Browns, 49ers, Bears, Jets, and both Stanford and Michigan.

Indianapolis Colts | Marcus Brady

Update: The Colts have relieved Marcus Brady of his offensive coordinator role after the team’s Week 8 loss to the Washington Commanders.

Marcus Brady took over as the Colts OC in 2021, following the departure of Nick Sirianni to the Eagles. He has been with the Colts since 2018, joining them as the assistant quarterbacks coach before being promoted to quarterbacks coach in 2019. Prior to joining the Colts, Brady worked as the offensive coordinator of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes (2012) and Toronto Argonauts (2013-17).

Jacksonville Jaguars | Press Taylor

Press Taylor is our third rookie offensive coordinator so far as he returns to work with Doug Pederson in 2022. Taylor was previously with Pederson between 2016 and 2020 with the Eagles. During that time, he worked as the assistant quarterbacks coach (2016-17), quarterbacks coach (2018-20), and passing game coordinator (2020). Taylor spent 2021 as a senior offensive system with the Colts.

Kansas City Chiefs | Eric Bieniemy

A name often linked with head coaching roles in the last few seasons, Eric Bieniemy will serve his fifth season as offensive coordinator in 2022. The Chiefs offense has ranked in the top six in yards gained and points scored in the past four seasons. Before becoming OC in Kansas City, Bieniemy was the running backs coach for the Chiefs and the OC for the Colorado Buffaloes. He was also the Vikings RB coach for five years between 2006 and 2010.

Las Vegas Raiders | Mick Lombardi

Mick Lombardi is yet another rookie NFL offensive coordinator in the AFC. Lombardi moved with new Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels when he came across from the Patriots to lead the Las Vegas organization. He had been with the Patriots for three seasons (2019-21) as the assistant quarterbacks coach and then the wide receivers coach.

Lombardi began his coaching career at Fordham before spending time with the 49ers and Jets. Lombardi also spent two years working as a scouting assistant with the Patriots. He is the son of former NFL executive Michael Lombardi, who spent several years as a senior personnel executive with the Raiders organization.

Los Angeles Chargers | Joe Lombardi

Update: After a disappointing playoff loss, the Los Angeles Chargers have fired offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi.

Another Lombardi, but this one from a different footballing family. Joe Lombardi is the grandson of Hall of Fame head coach Vince Lombardi. The 2021 season was Lombardi’s first as the OC of the Chargers. He had previously held the title with the Lions in 2014 and 2015. Lombardi also worked with the Saints from 2007-2013 and 2016-2020.

Miami Dolphins | Frank Smith

Now we come to the fifth rookie NFL offensive coordinator in the form of Frank Smith. Smith heads to Miami to work with rookie head coach Mike McDaniel, having spent 2021 as the run game coordinator and offensive line coach of the Chargers. Before heading to Los Angeles, Smith worked as a tight ends coach with the Bears (2015-17) and Raiders (2018-20) and as an assistant offensive line coach with the Saints (2010-14).

Smith does have experience as an offensive coordinator, but only in college. Smith spent three years as the OC at Butler between 2007 and 2009.

New England Patriots | Bill O’Brien

After the departure of Josh McDaniels to the Raiders, the Patriots seemed to use a combination of Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia, and Joe Judge to run the offense last season.

Ultimately, that was a somewhat failed experiment. For 2023, the Patriots have decided to bring in a familiar name in Bill O’Brien. O’Brien was a Patriots’ assistant coach from 2007-2011 and now returns to coach Mac Jones, whom he worked with at Alabama. After being let go as head coach of the Texans, O’Brien spent the last few years back with the Crimson Tide as OC.

New York Jets | Nathaniel Hackett

After parting ways with offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, the New York Jets have decided to bring in former one-and-done Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett to take over the position.

Pittsburgh Steelers | Matt Canada

Matt Canada was another first-time offensive coordinator in 2021. He joined the Steelers in 2020 as the quarterbacks coach. Canada has spent several seasons as OC of various college football programs. In 2018, he was the interim head coach of Maryland.

Tennessee Titans | Vacant

Update: The Titans relieved Downing of his duties after they were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 18.

A former Minnesota Vikings executive, Todd Downing is getting a second chance at being an offensive coordinator in the NFL. He took over as the Titans OC when Arthur Smith moved to become the Falcons head coach. His last opportunity came with the Raiders in 2017. However, he was fired after just one season when Jack Del Rio and his staff were let go following the 2017 NFL season.

NFC Offensive Coordinators

Arizona Cardinals | Vacant

Update: The Cardinals have moved on from head coach Kliff Kingsbury, who was the defacto offensive coordinator. 

The Cardinals are the second NFL team on this list who have not officially named an offensive coordinator. As an offensive-minded NFL head coach, Kliff Kingsbury is the de facto OC. However, he is supported by Sean Kugler (run game coordinator/offensive line coach), Cam Turner (co-pass game coordinator/quarterbacks coach), and Spencer Whipple (co-pass game coordinator.

Atlanta Falcons | Dave Ragone

Having spent the previous five seasons in the Chicago Bears organization, Dave Ragone got his first opportunity as an NFL offensive coordinator in 2021. He served as the passing game coordinator for the Bears in 2020, having been the quarterbacks coach for the previous four years.

Carolina Panthers | Ben McAdoo

Panthers head coach Matt Rhule let former offensive coordinator Joe Brady go in the middle of the 2021 NFL season. Replacing him is Ben McAdoo, most notably the former offensive coordinator and head coach of the New York Giants. After two years as the head coach in New York, he served as the Jaguars quarterback coach for one year (2020) and most recently was a consultant for the Cowboys in 2021.

Chicago Bears | Luke Getsy

Our first rookie OC in the NFC is Luke Getsy. After Matt Eberflus was hired as the head coach in Chicago, he snatched Getsy away from his position with the Packers. Getsy has served as the quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator in 2020 and 2021 after being just the quarterbacks coach in 2019. He has experience as an OC in college football for one season with Mississippi State in 2018. Prior to that, he spent four seasons with the Packers.

Dallas Cowboys | Kellen Moore

Since retiring as a player in 2017, Kellen Moore has been an offensive coach for the Cowboys. In 2018, he was the quarterbacks coach before being promoted to offensive coordinator in 2019. Following the firing of Jason Garrett, the Cowboys hired Mike McCarthy, who kept Moore as OC.

Detroit Lions | Ben Johnson

Johnson will be the second rookie OC for the NFC in the 2022 NFL season. He has spent the previous three seasons with the Lions as an offensive quality control coach in 2019 and the tight ends coach from 2020 to 2021. He has previously worked with the Miami Dolphins between 2012 and 2017 in varying roles.

Green Bay Packers | Adam Stenavich

The departures of both Hackett and Getsy mean we see a significant change in the situation in Green Bay. Matt LaFleur has promoted offensive line coach and run game coordinator Adam Stenavich to his offensive coordinator in 2022. Stenavich will be the NFC’s third rookie OC in 2022. He spent the last three years as the Packers offensive line coach, having been the assistant offensive line coach with the 49ers in 2017 and 2018.

Los Angeles Rams | Vacant

Update: The Los Angeles Rams and Liam Coen have parted ways. 

Liam Coen will make it four rookie NFL OCs in the NFC. He worked with Sean McVay and the Rams between 2018 and 2020, coaching receivers and quarterbacks. He then moved to serve as the offensive coordinator at Kentucky for a single season before heading back to Los Angeles.

Minnesota Vikings | Wes Phillips

As Kevin O’Connell moves from the Rams to the Vikings to be their head coach, he brings the Rams passing game coordinator from 2021, Wes Phillips. This will be Phillips’ first time as an offensive coordinator. Previously, he was the tight ends coach for the Rams, Washington, and Cowboys. Phillips is the son of Wade Phillips and the grandson of Bum Phillips.

New Orleans Saints | Pete Carmichael

By far the longest-serving of the NFL offensive coordinators, Pete Carmichael has been in the role with the Saints since 2009. He has been with the organization since 2006 and worked closely with Drew Brees during that time. Carmichael is often credited with a significant role in the planning and preparation of the team’s offense.

New York Giants | Mike Kafka

Mike Kafka makes it six rookie NFL OCs in the NFC. Kafka has previously worked with the Chiefs as an offensive quality control coach (2017), quarterbacks coach (2018-21), and passing game coordinator (2020-21). Kafka also spent five years as a player in the NFL.

Philadelphia Eagles | Shane Steichen

Shane Steichen’s recent career has been intriguing. He took the interim offensive coordinator title in 2019 with the Chargers. He then took the role on a permanent basis in 2020. With the Chargers changing head coaches, Steichen moved to the Eagles, where Nick Sirianni was hired as the lead man. Before becoming OC in LA, Steichen was the quarterbacks coach between 2016 and 2019.

San Francisco 49ers | Vacant

There is no official offensive coordinator for the 49ers. Head coach Kyle Shanahan serves as the de facto OC. He is supported by Bobby Slowik and Chris Foerster as the passing game and run game coordinators, respectively.

Seattle Seahawks | Shane Waldron

Shane Waldron spent four seasons working with Sean McVay and the Los Angeles Rams (2017-20). In 2021, he became an NFL offensive coordinator for the first time. The Seattle Seahawks replaced outgoing OC Brian Schottenheimer with Waldron for the 2021 season.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers | Vacant

Update: The Buccaneers have fired OC Byron Leftwich after the team was eliminated from the NFL playoffs in the Wild Card Round.

After the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Bruce Arians, he added Byron Leftwich as his offensive coordinator. Leftwich was given responsibility for the Buccaneers’ offense in 2020 — the year the team went on to win Super Bowl LV. Leftwich was the Cardinals’ interim OC in 2018 and quarterbacks coach between 2017 and 2018.

Washington Commanders | Vacant

Update: The Commanders fired Scott Turner at the conclusion of the regular season. The Commanders missed the playoffs with an 8-8-1 record.

The Washington Commanders hired Scott Turner as offensive coordinator alongside head coach Ron Rivera. Turner previously worked with Rivera as quarterbacks coach of the Carolina Panthers in 2018 and 2019. The Panthers promoted him to interim OC following Rivera’s firing in 2019.



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What Teams Do Will Anderson Jr., Bijan Robinson, and Jalen Carter Fit Most Often in Mock Drafts?

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With the 2023 NFL Draft less than a month away, mock drafts are everywhere. And at Pro Football Network, our Mock Draft Simulator is always free for everyone. Every selection is tracked, giving us a fun dataset to look at for trends among players and teams. Where does Will Anderson Jr. land most often, and is the fit right? Just because a player is mocked to a team often doesn’t inherently mean it’s a good fit.

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Over the next month, we’ll dive into some players and teams that tend to find one another most often in our mock drafts.

Alabama EDGE Will Anderson Jr.

Arizona Cardinals – 52.6%
Seattle Seahawks – 10.1%

Others listed among the favorites were the Texans (drafting a QB), Broncos (how, exactly?), Dolphins (again, how?), and the Lions (possible). But the Cardinals and Seahawks feel like the two teams vying for Will Anderson Jr.‘s services.

It’s unlikely a team gives Arizona a package to move to No. 3 that they’d take for a non-QB. Their dream would be to pick up assets from the Colts to move back one spot and still draft Anderson while also adding some necessary draft capital to rebuild their shattered roster.

MORE: Will Anderson Jr. First Non-QB Taken in Latest Mock Draft

Anderson would fit like 99% of gloves we’ve seen people put on. Jonathan Gannon would deploy Anderson exactly like he should be, and he’ll be productive immediately because he is already a professional run defender on the edge. Just look at what Gannon was able to do with Haason Reddick. Anderson spoke about a Cardinals’ pairing at the NFL Combine.

“You can see what the coach did at Philadelphia. He had his guys on the edge going,” Anderson told reporters at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine. “That’s something that I really like — get on the edge and go. So I’m very excited about that.”

The Seahawks are another good fit. They already have outside linebacker types in Uchenna Nwosu and Darrell Taylor, but there’s no such thing as having too many pass rushers. Anderson fits the Seahawks about as well as he does the Cardinals because of his endless versatility.

Texas RB Bijan Robinson

Los Angeles Chargers – 18.2%
Dallas Cowboys – 15.5%
Philadelphia Eagles – 12.4%

Bijan Robinson is one of the most intriguing and talented prospects in this draft class. But simply because he plays running back, he’s also one of the most controversial.

If the free agency market is any indication, It appears the “running backs don’t matter” narrative has finally seeped into the brains of front offices. But while the NFL draft has 32 picks in the first round (31 this year, thanks to Miami), the draft doesn’t have 32 first-round-caliber players. However, it’s largely believed that Robinson is one of those few who are.

So when does the talent overtake the devaluation of the position?

Our Mock Draft Simulator suggests it’s somewhere around the Chargers’ 21st pick. While using a first-round pick on a running back is treated like riding a dog like a small horse (shoutout, E-Trade baby), is it so wrong to have a player you can almost surely count on as being good at a relatively inexpensive rate for five seasons?

It’s not easy to weigh because many will point to recent Super Bowl teams and their runners as proof that using a high draft pick on a running back is the definition of foolishness.

MORE: Texas RB Roschon Johnson Could Be Drafted Relatively High

There’s no doubt that Kellen Moore would know exactly how to use Robinson. He’d be an absolute workhorse for the Chargers. However, that always comes with the risk that he’ll wear down quickly, much like Ezekiel Elliott did for the Cowboys after three seasons. However, the Chargers have other needs that should be addressed first, most specifically adding some speed at wide receiver, and the 21st pick could accomplish that depending on how the board falls.

The wrench in all this is that Chargers RB Austin Ekeler has requested a trade after not coming to terms with the team on a contract extension. Yet, Brandon Staley is steadfast in his desire to retain Ekeler.

“We want him to be a Charger,” Staley told NFL Network. “I think that that’s something that (general manager) Tom (Telesco) has said. It’s something I’ve said. We want this guy to be a Charger. We’re also respectful of his position, and we’re gonna see where it goes.”

Speaking of the Cowboys, the Texas product certainly makes for Dallas in one area; he’ll sell a metric crapload of jerseys, in turn making the Cowboys a lot of money. Pair that with Jerry and Stephen Jones’ constant calls for running the ball as often as possible, and you have your recipe for this selection with the 26th pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Trading for Stephon Gilmore and Brandin Cooks addressed the Cowboys’ two most-pressing needs.

The Philadelphia Eagles are an intriguing option. Kenneth Gainwell is still on the roster, but adding a high-level replacement after losing Miles Sanders in free agency could be a route Howie Roseman goes with two picks in Round 1. Obviously, drafting Robinson happens at 30 and not 10.

Georgia DT Jalen Carter

Detroit Lions – 17.8%
Atlanta Falcons – 17.2%
Las Vegas Raiders – 16.9%
Chicago Bears – 15.4%
Seattle Seahawks -13.2%
Philadelphia Eagles – 12.4%

On behalf of the entire NFL, I vote not to allow Jalen Carter to fall to the Eagles in the draft. A quartet of Jordan David, Fletcher Cox, Milton Williams, and Carter would be tough to digest for opposing offensive lines. Replacing Javon Hargrave with Carter to extend the life of Philadelphia’s dominant defensive line to what feels like the past two decades shan’t be allowed!

The Lions would be a fun fit. Carter would get to pin his ears back a bit playing alongside Aidan Hutchinson, Alim McNeill, and a whole host of other rushers along the defensive line. It would put Carter in an advantageous situation early on where he could win with athleticism as he learns the finer points of the position from a technical perspective because he would get more favorable matchups on the interior.

The storyline in Atlanta could be cool because Carter would effectively take the mantle over from Grady Jarrett eventually. However, the Falcons paid David Onyemata and still have Jarrett, while their EDGE play is a bigger defensive weakness at this point in time.

Chicago’s entire defensive front could still use a facelift, so drafting the best available defensive lineman with the ninth pick isn’t a bad option. Between Anderson, Carter, and Tyree Wilson, one of the three should realistically be there.

Seattle is interesting because they’ve never made a huge effort to add interior pressure as part of the package from a defensive tackle perspective. Guys like Michael Bennett could do it as big edge defenders, but additions like Dre’Mont Jones and Jarran Reed might change the calculus. What Seattle plans on the defensive interior is a mystery.

The Raiders need offensive and defensive line help like nobody’s business. But they must wrestle with the optics of drafting Carter just a few years after Henry Ruggs. If they’re comfortable with the potential backlash and PR hit they’d receive from the pick, then it makes sense.



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Drake Maye Throws for North Carolina, DeWayne McBride Sidelined at UAB, and More

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North Carolina was the headliner on Monday’s NFL Pro Day schedule, and there were some terrific performances at Southern Miss. With the latest on those two workouts, as well as a few updates from last week, here is today’s pro day report.

Pro Day News and Rumors | Drake Maye Throws at North Carolina

Most of the league’s 32 teams sent representatives to Chapel Hill for UNC’s Pro Day, and those on hand got to do a little advanced scouting. Drake Maye, the soon-to-be junior projected as a top-10 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, was the passing quarterback for the workout.

The pro day workout was a little disheveled, as it usually is at UNC. Players first ran the 40, then did position drills as well as participated in jumps, shuttles, and the bench press. The position drills took anywhere from 20 to 40 minutes for each group, and most of the players were beaten down when they finished the workout with the jumps, shuttles, and bench.

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Senior Bowl participant Asim Richards timed between 5.12 to 5.18 seconds in the 40, then later ran an admirable 7.77-second three-cone and 4.81-second short shuttle at the end of the workout. Richards measured 6’4 1/2″ at the Combine. Teams like his versatility to line up just about everywhere on the offensive line. Richards even did a little bit of snapping at center today.

The Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills had offensive line coaches on-site. The Tennessee Titans had director of football operations John Streicher at UNC as well.

Receiver Josh Downs did position drills and looked terrific. He’s a quick wideout who runs well and looked natural making deep receptions. One comment passed on to me about Downs was about his size — he’s “very small.” Downs measured a smidge over 5’8 1/2″ and 171 pounds at the Combine. The Dallas Cowboys’ newly hired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was on hand for Downs.

Eric Scott Jr. Shines for Southern Miss

The big story at Southern Miss’ Pro Day centered around cornerback Eric Scott Jr., a Shrine Bowl participant. Scott, who looked good each day in Las Vegas, touched 39 1/2″ in the vertical and 11’5″ in the board. He tweaked his quad during his first attempt in the 40 and pulled up. Scott had been running
in the 4.3s during training.

The hopes are he will be able to run the 40 by April 21, and his time will be
sent to teams around the league. There’s a feeling Scott, who was not on the scouting radar prior to the season and was not invited to the Combine, could land somewhere on Day 3 of the draft. He met with the Cowboys at the pro day, and the New York Jets, who hope to come away with a slot corner at some point in the draft, have shown interest.

Jason Brownlee, who was one of my winners from the receiver workout at the Combine, sat on his numbers from Indianapolis and did position drills.

Cincinnati WRs Tre Tucker and Tyler Scott Showcase Speed

Cincinnati’s Pro Day took place last Thursday for a program that has a host of middle-round picks as well as a pair of receivers who may end up on Day 2. The Baltimore Ravens sent their inside linebackers coach to watch Ivan Pace, Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel was on hand, and the Cowboys had a special teams coach at the workout for the two receivers.

Here’s what I heard: Tre Tucker and Tyler Scott both ran the 40 and improved from their times at the Combine. Both timed right around 4.35 seconds. Scott timed a best of 4.44 in Indianapolis, with Tucker coming in at 4.40.

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Besides position work at receiver, both fielded punts for scouts at the pro day. The Los Angeles Rams, New Orleans Saints, and New England Patriots met with Tucker and Scott the night before their pro day.

Shrine Bowl participant Leonard Taylor, who did not work out at the Combine, sat out the pro day as he continues to recover from a mild Grade 1 strain he suffered in his right knee. Taylor, who presently holds a sixth-round grade on my tight end board, will work out for scouts at Nippert Stadium on April 12.

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There was a large group of scouts on hand for UAB’s Pro Day last week. The Blazers have two of the more highly-rated non-Combine players in this year’s draft. Cornerback Starling Thomas V, who stood out during Shrine Bowl practice, really lit up the pro day. He measured just over 5’10”, timed in the low 4.3s in the 40 (4.32), and touched 37.5″ in the vertical jump and 10’5″ in the broad jump.

He also completed 14 reps on the bench. Thomas looked smooth
and fluid in drills. The Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts have shown interest in Thomas. He also met with the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Jets assistant defensive coach Ricky Manning Jr., who was on-site. Thomas cemented himself as a Day 3 pick.

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Offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort, another Shrine Bowl participant, completed 19 reps on the bench press and touched 25″ in the vertical jump. Telfort’s arms measured 35 7/8″ at the Shrine Bowl. A left tackle at UAB, Telfort ran through right tackle drills with the Green Bay Packers. The RT-needy Jacksonville Jaguars met with Telfort.

DeWayne McBride, the record-setting junior running back, continues to rehab from injury and did not participate in the pro day. He will try to work out for scouts next month, though an exact date was not communicated to me.



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Landing Spots Include Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons, and Houston Texans

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On Monday, March 27, Lamar Jackson tweeted out that he had submitted a trade request to the Baltimore Ravens on March 2. Given that the Ravens never honored that request by trading him, it seems unlikely that a Jackson trade will ever materialize.

But it’s near the end of March now, and Jackson has not signed his franchise tender. It’s more likely now that he gets traded than it was then, and it could lead to him finding a new landing spot after all of the hubbub around free agency has died down.

Jackson’s stance is pretty definitive. He said in his tweet, “As of March 2nd I requested a trade from the Ravens organization for which the Ravens has not been interested in meeting my value, any and everyone that’s has met me or been around me know I love the game of football and my dream is to help a team win the super bowl. You all are great but I had to make a business decision that was best for my family and I.”

On March 1, the day before Jackson’s trade request, GM Eric DeCosta told reporters that he was “optimistic” about ongoing negotiations with Jackson. The two sides are at odds publicly about the progress they’ve been making and may be at odds privately as well. Public statements like Jackson’s are somewhat rare, especially when they run counter to the messaging of the organization.

With this in mind, let’s take a look at some potential landing spots for Jackson in a trade and why those teams might make those moves.

Lamar Jackson Trade Predictions

Lamar Jackson Could Just Stay With the Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens hold all the cards. They could simply refuse the trade request and hold firm with the offer that they’ve provided. Jackson doesn’t have much recourse, and though he can technically contact other teams because of the parameters of the franchise tag rules — unlike most situations with a player request — Baltimore basically doesn’t have to entertain anything other teams have to offer.

Though Jackson’s trade request comes with an implied threat of potentially holding out the season, that likely hurts his value more than it hurts the Ravens.

MORE: Free Mock Draft Simulator With Trades

Very few player holdouts result in missed game time. Le’Veon Bell’s holdout with the Steelers was notable because it was rare. It wouldn’t be a holdout in the traditional sense because Jackson won’t have signed the franchise tender, which means without a contract, he’s not withholding services and cannot be fined. Nevertheless, it’s a massive restriction on Jackson.

The Detroit Lions Have the Means and the Need To Trade for Lamar

With the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft and some questions at the quarterback position, the Detroit Lions have the draft capital to trade for Jackson and become a dominant force for the NFC for the first time in a long time.

Already positioned as Vegas’ favorites to win the NFC North, Detroit could take their excellently built team and turn it up a level by adding Jackson. There’s an excellent offensive and defensive line already in place, a great running game, and some high-level receiving talent.

While it would force the Lions to lose out on using their first-round pick to improve their secondary, they’ve already done excellent work shoring up their weaknesses with smart free agent signings and could easily absorb missing out on some team-building capital in order to turn from contenders into favorites.

Jackson Could Revive the Atlanta Falcons

Jackson is following the trail blazed by Michael Vick as an elite QB runner, and bringing that element back to Atlanta already sounds appealing. It’s even more appealing when accounting for the fact that Arthur Smith’s scheme is perfectly suited for a player like Jackson. It incorporates a heavy dosage of quarterback runs as part of a complete offense — instead of an offense that happened to put some QB runs in the playbook.

Without much quarterback talent, there were some brilliant moments put together by the Atlanta offense, and with players like Kyle Pitts and Drake London on the roster, the Falcons could do some damage through the air as well.

Underrated second-year RB Tyler Allgeier would benefit enormously from Jackson’s presence. Additionally, Atlanta was lucky enough to re-sign who they needed to in free agency to maintain their offensive line. The NFC South is open for the taking, so the Falcons could easily use this as a springboard to take themselves to the playoffs.

The Houston Texans Could Supercharge Their Rebuild

The second overall pick is a massive chip, and the Houston Texans are in a rare spot where they might be able to trade it for Jackson and get some picks back in return to allow them to remain relevant in this year’s draft.

MORE: Lamar Jackson Traded to AFC South Team in Latest 2023 NFL Mock Draft

The Texans are negotiating from a position of strength and don’t have any desperation listening to trade deals. If they don’t like something, they’ll just turn their card in for one of the top two quarterbacks in this year’s draft. As a result, Houston might be able to get Baltimore’s first-round pick back in such an exchange, where the Ravens give up Jackson and a first-round pick in order to obtain a QB on a rookie deal.

Jackson Could Play for the Newest NFL Owner of the Washington Commanders

The Washington Commanders don’t have a quarterback that many on the outside are confident in and have opted out of the QB market in free agency and in trade negotiations. That might be because big moves would have to go through ownership in some way, and without clarity at the top, it could be tough to make a move.

Of course, Washington’s front office and coaching staff might be genuinely committed to Sam Howell, but it’s tough to think that faith in a fifth-round pick exceeds the promise of a potential MVP. There’s a lot in place to make that team go — they still have to work out the offensive line, but the Commanders have a tremendous skill corps and will need all the help they can get to be competitive in a tough NFC East.

Given that there’s a good chance that Ron Rivera and Martin Mayhew might be on the outside looking in with a new ownership group, winning right away with a new quarterback could do a lot to secure their jobs.





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