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NFL mock draft 2021: Sam Darnold trade reshuffles QB outlook in top 10 : The race to find a franchise quarterback in the NFL draft has already begun, as three signal-callers are set to be taken in the top three picks.

With less than a month left until the start of the 2021 NFL draft, some of the first-round pieces are starting to fall into place. Much of the picture still remains murky, but a few teams' plans are starting to crystalize. With the New York Jets sending quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers in a trade Monday, both franchises sent clear signals about how they view their short-term plans behind center. But with three signal-callers poised to be taken in the top three picks for the first time since 1999, a historic rush at the position looks to be the defining trait of this year's class.

By Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz

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