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2021 First Round NFL Mock Draft : With additional clarity thanks to free agency, the draft picture is coming into view.

Your team may be bad now, but every draft brings the potential of getting better - or worse. Signing Tom Brady and few other free agents put Tampa Bay over the top in 2020, but it’s the work that GM Jason Licht put in during the three or so drafts prior that lifted his franchise into the upper echelon. From the top 5 of Round 1 to the reaches of Round 6, the Bucs unearthed talent and put it in positions to succeed. If you do not accomplish this task on a consistent basis, it can snowball and you might struggle to find traction for years. Look to the Browns, who up until very recently had the dubious title of worst drafting team in the NFL by a country mile for most of the 2000s. Their misfortune crested the flood walls in 2016 when they made 14 (!!!) picks and now have just one (!!!!!) of them still on the roster (shoutout, Rashard Higgins).

By Mike Kiwak

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