On Tap: April 14, 2021

Welcome to a new feature at The Draft Scout. We call it “On Tap” where you get all the news you need to know about the NFL, NFL Draft and college football in one very handy article.


UPDATE

Seven NFL teams to attend Justin Fields’ Pro Day

According to Sports Illustrated reporter Albert Breer, the six teams are the: New York Jets, San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots.

No surprises here. The quarterback-needy teams are attending the pro day of one of the top quarterbacks.

LSU linebacker Jabril Cox Pro Day set for April 26

Can Cox prove anything at his pro day just three days before the draft? Probably not, but what’s most important to NFL teams is that they get accurate numbers for Cox in terms of agility drills. He was a Senior Bowl participant, so there are accurate height/weight numbers already and teams have had a chance to see him in person this draft process, but the pro day will give Cox the agility numbers teams need on him.

Alabama wide receiver Devonta Smith cleared by NFL doctors

This was expected, as the dislocated finger Smith suffered in the National Championship game wasn’t a long-term issue. In fact, one Alabama source I spoke with said he could have returned had the game not been such a blowout.

Alabama running back Najee Harris cleared by NFL doctors

This is a little bigger than the Smith news. Harris was a partial participant at the Senior Bowl but was clearly hobbled by his ankle injury. A clean bill of health from team doctors firmly puts him into the RB1 conversation.

— Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields’ pro day will be attended by the San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons

What can Fields do at this pro day to impress the teams in attendance? Maybe nothing, but speaking from experience there is something to seeing a player in person. Especially at quarterback. If nothing else, it’s very wise for Fields to throw again for teams that missed his first workout.

Free agent Aldon Smith is visiting the Seattle Seahawks

If Smith can stay eligible under the NFL’s personal conduct policy, he is a very nice addition to any defensive front. We saw that last year in Dallas. But maybe it’s telling that the Cowboys aren’t fighting to retain his services?

This post will be updated throughout the day as needed; so come back often!