NUMBER ONE VISIT?
NFL Roundup: Richardson Making Visits, Mac Jones Potentially Shopped, Ravens Make Offer to OBJ
Top 30 visits are ramping up as the 2023 NFL Draft nears and one of the top quarterback prospects is looking forward to a very busy three weeks.
According to NFL insider Josina Anderson, Florida QB Anthony Richardson is scheduled to meet with six teams on an upcoming visiting tour.
I'm told QB Anthony Richardson is currently expected to meet the #Raiders, #Panthers, #Falcons, #Titans, #Colts & #Ravens on his visit tour, per league source.
I'm also told while Pete Carroll has developed a good connection with Richardson, #Seahawks aren't currently scheduled.
— JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) April 4, 2023
Notably on the list, in which four of the teams are picking in the top 10, is the Carolina Panthers, who traded up with the Chicago Bears for the number one overall draft pick seemingly without a clear candidate for their future signal-caller in mind.
An impressive visit could push the 20-year-old Miami native over the edge of other top QB prospects such as Bryce Young, CJ Stroud, and Will Levis and make him the first name called to the podium on April 27.
Richardson began to rise in mock draft boards after wowing at the 2023 NFL Scouting Combine, where he set QB records for the vertical jump and broad jump. He also recorded a time of 4.43 in the 40-yard dash, the fastest at the position.
Whichever team ends up selecting the 6’4, 244-pound QB is well aware that while they will be drafting a player with excellent physical and athletic traits, they will be taking on an unfinished product.
Richardson only has one year as a starter to his name, a 2022 season where he posted only a 53% completion percentage and 2,549 passing yards. His athletic traits were on display weekly, however, rushing for 654 yards on 6.3 yards-per-carry on his way to 26 combined touchdowns from the air and ground.
The New England Patriots might be looking to add themselves to the offseason quarterback carousel.
According to Pro Football Talk, Patriots Head Coach and General Manager Bill Belichick has been shopping 2021 first round pick Mac Jones to other teams.
Among the teams mentioned as destinations includes the Las Vegas Raiders, where Jones’ former OC Josh McDaniels is the team’s head coach, as well as the Houston Texans with longtime Patriots personnel executive Nick Caserio as general manager.
After leading the team to the playoffs in his 2021 rookie season, Jones regressed in almost major statistical category in 2022 while also battling a nagging sprained ankle that caused him to miss three starts.
2022 fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe started multiple games in relief and impressed to the point where Belichick could potentially see him as a starter.
Under the guidance of de-facto Offensive Coordinator Matt Patricia and Quarterbacks Coach Joe Judge, both inexperienced at coaching their respective units, the Patriots offense as a whole went from the sixth highest scoring offense in 2021 to 17th in 2022.
With Bill O’Brien back in the fold at the helm of the offense, whoever will be under center will hope to have a better chance at success.
Odell Beckham Jr.
After spending 2022 out of football recovering from a torn ACL, teams are starting to line up for the services of free agent Odell Beckham Jr.
Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Baltimore Ravens have made a contract offer to the two-time All-Pro wide receiver.
The Ravens’ WR room has been lackluster for multiple seasons running, catching just seven total passes in 2022.
The team recently added former Eagle Nelson Agholor to a unit that currently features 2021 first round pick Rashod Bateman and Devin Duvernay.
With Baltimore’s quarterback situation currently uncertain, Beckham is in no rush to accept an offer and is reportedly also in contact with the New York Jets and Los Angeles Rams.
The 30-year-old Beckham last saw the field in Super Bowl LVI as a member of the victorious Rams, where he caught two passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.
– Benjamin Paul is a staff writer for InsideTheBirds.com
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