The 2021 NFL Draft is now over, but that doesn't mean the offseason is slowing down anytime soon. A number of different NFL players continue to be surrounded by trade rumors and it only makes sense that some of those rumors will eventually become reality.
There have already been some blockbuster trades in the past few months and more may be on the way. With that being said, here are three of the most likely players to be traded after the NFL Draft.
1. Hayden Hurst, TE, Atlanta Falcons
The Atlanta Falcons made a flashy pick at No. 4 overall this past weekend in tight end Kyle Pitts. He is widely considered a game-changer at the position and that could mean the end of Hayden Hurst's time in Atlanta. The team declined to pick up his fifth-year option, which means he will be a free agent following the 2021 season. The Falcons would be smart to get something for him now rather than just letting him walk next year. Hurst set career highs in receptions (56) and touchdowns (6) last season. The young pass-catcher would definitely draw some interest from a few TE-needy teams.
2. Stephon Gilmore, CB, New England Patriots
The trade rumors involving Stephon Gilmore have been a storyline that has been dominating headlines ever since the end of last season. The cornerback took home the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2019, but is now 30 years old and posted subpar numbers last year. The New England Patriots are quietly trying to put together a younger roster moving forward and dealing this veteran would be another way to do that. A lot of NFL teams need secondary help and Gilmore could bring back a great package from a contending team for head coach Bill Belichick to work with.
3. Nick Foles, QB, Chicago Bears
The Bears finally made a big move at quarterback by trading up to the No. 11 overall pick and selecting Justin Fields. They are all in on the young signal-caller and that means quarterback Nick Foles has been bumped down to third-string behind veteran Andy Dalton. The Bears should be looking to unload the former Super Bowl MVP to a team in in need of a high-quality backup. While it may be tough to trade Foles given how much money he is set to make, there are still some NFL teams with a lot of cap space available in 2021 that may be willing to make a deal.
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