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The President of the United States, Donald Trump, offered up his congratulations via Twitter to rookie San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa on being the No. 2 overall pick.

“Big Talent! San Francisco will embrace you but most importantly, always stay true to yourself,” Trump added.

The President did not comment on any of the other 102 selections made during the first two days of the 2019 NFL Draft. Bosa has in the past expressed his support of President Trump via social media.

Bosa recently came under fire for his past social media activity, including pro-Trump tweets deleted by his agent. ESPN recently asked him why he wanted to abandon something he had previously embraced.

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The Saints own the 27th overall pick in this year’s draft, but they may have a higher pick before the night is over.

New Orleans has made multiple calls about making “a big leap up” in the first round, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Typically if a team is looking to make a big leap up in the first round, that team is looking to draft a quarterback. So the Saints may think they can make a move for the heir apparent to Drew Brees.

Who would it be? It’s probably not realistic to think New Orleans could move up high enough to get Baker Mayfield or Sam Darnold. Josh Allen, Josh Rosen or Lamar Jackson might be available with a pick somewhere in the range that the Saints could go up and get.

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Complicating matters is that the Saints don’t have a second-round draft pick because they sent their second-round pick to the 49ers last year in exchange for a third-round pick, which they used on Alvin Kamara. So if the Saints are looking to trade up, they’d have to be willing to include their 2019 first-round pick in the deal. That would be a big investment, perhaps for a quarterback they hope can lead their franchise as long as Brees has.

On the eve on the NFL draft, offensive tweets from a potential No. 1 pick, Josh Allen, surfaced on social media.

The former Wyoming quarterback acknowledged the tweets to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith late Wednesday night and apologized, saying he was young and dumb.

The tweets no longer appear on Allen’s account. However, they contained racial slurs and other offensive language, according to Yahoo! Sports.

The tweets cited by Yahoo! Sports were sent in 2012 and 2013, when Allen was in high school.

Allen told Smith that some of the tweets made reference to rap lyrics and television, including a saying that was part of an episode from the sitcom “Modern Family.”

On ESPN’s First Take on Thursday, NFL Insider Adam Schefter reported that his sources indicated Allen’s Twitter account was vetted in January and that the offensive tweets were removed then.

Allen is ranked as the top quarterback in the draft, according to ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr., and is projected by many to be selected by the Cleveland Browns with the first overall pick.

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A team with a top-five draft pick told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that it knew nothing about the tweets and that it had “never heard anything but positives” about Allen.

If the Chicago Bears do end up getting the chance to trade down, what are some realistic possibilities?

You hear it all the time; “Player X or trade down.” “The Chicago Bears are in prime position to trade down.” “Keep an eye on the Chicago Bears as trade down candidates.” That is easy to say, harder to do. Who are they trading down to? What are they getting back? Who is the team trading up for? Who is the team trading up? Today, we present five scenarios in which the Chicago Bears actually may incline to trade down.

Miami Dolphins

BEARS GETRD 1, #11, RD 3, #73, RD 6, #209

DOLPHINS GETRD 1, #8, RD 7 #224

The Chicago Bears are able to add a third-round pick in which they do not have this year. Also, late in the draft, they are able to jump up 13 picks and get into the bottom of the sixth round from their high seventh-round pick. According to the draft value chart this gives the Bears a total value of 1482.8 points and only giving away 1402 in value. The swapping of late picks is likely overkill, but is the icing on the cake that gets the Bears to sell a top ten asset in this draft, even if it means jumping down just three spots. Considering what the Colts go to move down three spots to number 6, this is a bargain for Miami.

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Players Bears could consider at 11: Roquan Smith, Denzel Ward, Harold Landry, Marcus Davenport 

Buffalo Bills

BEARS GETRD 1, #12, RD 2, #56

BILLS GETRD 1, #8, RD 7 #224

This one could be easy and could land the Bears in an excellent spot. The Bills trade the second round pick they got last year for Sammy Watkins, and still have a full slate of draft picks. They also move into the top ten to get their quarterback. The Bears add a second round pick, which is a better haul than moving up to the sixth round and grabbing a third round asset. According to the value chart, they are getting 1,540 points, which is more than the Dolphins offered. However, this is the Bills best bet to beat that Dolphins offer, and for the Bears to get a better asset and move down just one more spot, they would be all over this deal.

Players Bears could consider at 12: Roquan Smith, Marcus Davenport, Harold Landry, Isaiah Wynn 

Arizona Cardinals

BEARS GETRD 1, #15, RD 2, #47

CARDINALS GETRD 1, #8

This trade involves dipping further back into the first round. Still, the Bears get a higher overall pick

in the second round and do not lose their seventh-round pick. The total value of the Cardinals haul would give the team 1,480 points, which is about in range to what they have been seeing. Still, this one would take the team having more faith in how the next eight picks will fall, because it would be much easier for them to move down to 11 or 12 and know a particular player that still would be there. Still, if they have their eyes on a guy who will be there at 15, and can come home with two quick hits at 39 and 47 on Day 2, that could be a huge haul of three players for the Bears.

Players Bears could consider at 15: Marcus Davenport, Josh Jackson, Isaiah Wynn, Leighton Vander Esch

Baltimore Ravens

BEARS GETRD 1, #16, RD 2 #52, 2019 RD 2

RAVENS GETRD 1, #8

The pressure has been turned up on John Harbaugh, and they are sick of being stuck in neutral with Joe Flacco. It is time to surprise everyone and be that team to make the bold move up. However, the Ravens are in a tough spot when it comes to assets. They have eight picks this year, but their extra pick is just a 6th rounder. To lose their second rounder plus 16 to move up would equal 1,380 points on the value chart. Without completely rendering this year as a one pick committal, the Ravens reach into the bag and throw a 2019 second at Chicago. While one of their assets would not come for a full season, having the extra 2019 second rounder in the pocket makes the team much more flexible to package deals together with their two fourths and move up in this draft again. They could find a guy in the middle of the first round but also add two and potentially three more players in the first two days when it originally had looked like they would only end up with two players total.

Players Bears could consider at 16: Josh Jackson, Isaiah Wynn, Leighton Vander Esch, James Daniels 

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Patriots

BEARS GETR1, #23, R1 #31, R3 #95, R7, #219

PATRIOTS GETR1, #8, R4, #117

This one is a bit more complicated, but rumors have been around that the Patriots are invested in a quarterback this year. When they traded away Brandin Cooks, they told the league they had their eyes on someone. However, 23 and 31 do not get the Patriots up to 8, let alone into the top five. So, if a player slips, and the Bears are in a spot at 8 they get a decent haul back. The Bears get the Patriots two first round picks, which is valuable considering both of them come with fifth-year options. On top of that, their second fourth-round pick turns into a late third. A 22 pick move up. This pick is a bit more fair for the Patriots than others in terms of the point system, but the move up from into the third and the second first-round pick could easily seal the deal.

Players Bears could consider at 23: Calvin Ridley, D.J. Moore, Will Hernandez, Connor Williams 

Players Bears could consider at 31: Connor Williams, Frank Ragnow, Lorenzo Carter, Josh Sweat

Just in case there were any thoughts to the contrary, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones closed the book on any chance of wide receiver Dez Bryant returning to the team. The Cowboys released the three-time Pro Bowler earlier this month.

“I have no thoughts about the timing when we decided to move on [from Dez Bryant],” Jones said, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News (on Twitter“… I think a nice, crisp time to call it a day was the way to do this. We need to move on knowing that we don’t have Dez.”

It’s certainly not a shock that the Cowboys reiterated that Bryant’s tenure in Dallas is over. But the fact he’s yet to sign with a team could’ve have raised some eyebrows.

Bryant had expressed interst in joining the NFC East rival New York Giants but NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported last week that the Giants are not interested in signing Bryant at the moment. It’s also been reported that the Jaguars and Browns are out on the Bryant sweepstakes. It was reported that the Ravens were interested in Bryant as well, though they also signed Willie Snead to an offer sheet last week.

Despite picking up Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson in free agency, the Cowboys are still likely to pick up a receiver at some point in the draft. But they’re not going to try and directly replace the workload of Bryant. They also have Terrance WilliamsCole Beasley and Ryan Switzer on the roster at wide receiver.

“I think we recognize that we have a hole to fill with Dez,” Jones said, via Machota (on Twitter). We know we won’t [get] a pure X receiver to replace Dez [out of this draft].”

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Baker Mayfield “definitely” has been a part of the Cleveland Browns‘ considerations with the No. 1 draft pick, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and the former Oklahoma quarterback cannot be ruled out as a possibility for the top overall selection Thursday night.

The source said the Browns may have already decided whom they would select at No. 1. But before that final decision, whenever it was made, Mayfield was in that conversation.

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The inclusion of Mayfield in the Browns’ conversation adds murkiness to the top of the draft, where Cleveland owns picks Nos. 1 and 4.

Browns general manager John Dorsey didn’t provide many hints on the team’s draft strategy when he met with reporters last Thursday, saying that he expected at least four quarterbacks to be picked in the first round.

The Browns, coming off an 0-16 season, are expected to select a quarterback with one of their first two picks. ESPN’s Mel Kiper projected Cleveland to select Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen at No. 1 in his most recent mock draft, with Mayfield going to the Miami Dolphins with the 11th overall pick.

USC’s Sam Darnold also is widely viewed as a candidate for Cleveland with the first overall pick, and UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen has been projected ahead of Mayfield among draft-eligible quarterbacks.

Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, recently visited with the Browns. Dorsey referred to Mayfield as a “pleasant fella” during his Thursday news conference.