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BYU quarterback Zach Wilson (1) reacts after their win against North Alabama in an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Provo, Utah. (AP Photo/Jeff Swinger, Pool)

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NFL draft could see record run of quarterbacks taken

By The Associated Press | Posted - Apr. 29, 2021 at 1:04 p.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — Quarterbacks are expected to go 1-2-3 in tonight's NFL draft, for just the third time in the common draft era that started in 1967.

Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and BYU's Zach Wilson are expected to be the top two picks, to Jacksonville and the New York Jets.

With the third pick, San Francisco is likely to choose among Alabama's Mac Jones, Ohio State's Justin Fields and Trey Lance of North Dakota State.

A record could be set with four QBs going in the top four if Atlanta drafts the successor to Matt Ryan or trades down to a quarterback-needy team.

More news and notes from around the NFL:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers are picking up the fifth-year option on wide receiver D.J. Moore's contract, according to a person familiar with the situation. The 24-year-old Moore will make $11.1 million in his fifth season, which will be the 2022 season. In three seasons with the Panthers, Moore has developed into the team's No. 1 receiver with 3,156 yards on 208 receptions along with 10 touchdowns. He has put together back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons for Carolina, including a career-high 1,193 yards last season while averaging 18.1 yards per catch. For his career, Moore is averaging 15.2 yards per reception.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have signed former first-round defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (kihm-DEE'-chay). He was a top prospect coming out of Mississippi, but his NFL career has been mostly a flop. Nkemdiche was the 29th overall pick of the 2016 draft by Arizona and appeared in 27 games over three seasons with six starts. His best season came in 2018 when he had a career-high 32 tackles and 4½ sacks, before a knee injury cut short his season. Nkemdiche last played in the NFL in 2019 with Miami, where he appeared in two games.

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