AP Sports writer Tom Pelissero has been reporting on the NFL and its free agency process for more than a decade.
Now, he joins The MMQB to offer up his take on some of the biggest moves and the biggest storylines.1.
The NFL Draft2.
The best players to watch at the combine3.
How to predict the NFL draft4.
How the NFL can improve its free-agent system.5.
The Super Bowl MVP candidates6.
Which players could get a big raise in the next few years?7.
Who should be the next coach of the 49ers?8.
How will the NFLPA respond to a collective bargaining agreement?9.
How much can a player earn in free agency?10.
What do we know about NFLPA negotiations?11.
What can the 49er’s front office do?12.
The latest on the draft and free agency11.2.
A big move is made by the 49s.
The 49ers are a rebuilding team that will need to find ways to compete for a championship.
They can make a big splash and potentially take the team to the Super Bowl.3.
The draft begins.
The Patriots take quarterback Sam Darnold with the No. 1 overall pick.
The Titans, who drafted quarterback Marcus Mariota, take quarterback Marcus Smith.4.
The Packers select wide receiver Randall Cobb with the fourth overall pick in the first round.
The Seahawks pick defensive end Raekwon McMillan with the fifth pick.5,6.
The Bears select defensive end Jared Allen with the first overall pick, then the Rams select defensive tackle David Irving with the second overall pick and the Steelers select defensive back T.J. Watt with the third overall pick among other teams.7.
The Vikings select cornerback Jourdan Lewis with the 17th pick.
Lewis, a defensive back from Ohio State, is an explosive playmaker who can rush the passer.8.
The Steelers draft wide receiver Josh Jones with the 14th pick in what will be a big class.
Jones, who played defensive end in high school, is a talented athlete who can make plays down the field.9.
The Falcons select cornerback Jalen Collins with the 20th pick and then the Bengals select offensive tackle David Bakhtiari with the 28th pick, making it easier for them to move up.10.
The Saints draft wideout DeVante Parker with the 32nd pick.
Parker is a versatile wideout who can cover receivers in the slot, in the backfield, on the outside and at tight end.11.
The Eagles select quarterback Carson Wentz with the 34th pick of the first pick, the seventh overall pick of next year’s draft.12.
Bengals select defensive lineman Raekwan McMillant with the 43rd pick.
McMillman, a six-foot-three, 300-pound player, can play inside or outside linebacker and will be an excellent pass rusher.13.
The Raiders select wideout Myles Jack with the 54th pick with the Eagles picking defensive end Myles Garrett with the 57th pick among the teams.14.
The Chargers select linebacker Anthony Barr with the 56th pick to go with the 49th pick this year.15.
The Browns select cornerback Isaiah Crowell with the 60th pick at No. 61 overall.
Crowell is a quick player who can play the run or the pass.16.
The Rams select cornerback Bradley Marquez with the 64th pick ahead of the Jaguars.17.
The Jets select cornerback Marlon Humphrey with the 65th pick as the Jets pick cornerbacks.18.
The Ravens select running back Joe Williams with the 71st pick.
He is a power back who can run the ball and catch passes.19.
The Texans select defensive linemen Cam Robinson and Kyle Emanuel with the 73rd pick and Robinson is a linebacker who can do it all.20.
The Colts select cornerback Eli Apple with the 80th pick from the 49st pick with an offensive tackle who can blitz the passer and defend the run.21.
The Giants select linebacker Jonathan Allen with one of the best linebackers in the draft.
Allen has been a productive player at the college level and is a great athlete with a strong arm.22.
The Lions select wide receivers Calvin Johnson with the 89th pick after he had been with the Patriots since 2013.23.
The Dolphins select linebacker Derrick Morgan with the 96th pick out of Tennessee.24.
The Redskins select defensive ends Chris Baker and Michael Bennett with the 103rd pick among all teams.25.
The Bills select defensive tackles Kyle Williams and John Jenkins with the 114th pick following their trades to the Steelers.26.
The Chiefs select cornerback Eric Berry with the 121st pick, which is the sixth pick overall.
Berry has been solid as a run defender but has been overshadowed by safety Eric Berry Jr.27.
The Bengals select wide cornerback Carlos Dunlap with the 130th pick overall, who is a playmaker with speed and a knack for getting open.28.