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Matt Lombardo is a seasoned NFL reporter, with over 12 years of experience covering the league. In addition to his work at Gridiron Heroics, Lombardo covers the NFL for Heavy.com, is an on air sports contributor for FOX29 Philadelphia, and writes an NFL Substack "Between The Hashmarks." Lombardo is the former Senior NFL Insider of FanBuzz, and prior to taking that role was a national NFL reporter at FanSided where he hosted a weekly podcast "The Matt Lombardo Show." A former beat reporter for NJ Advance Media (Parent company of NJ.com and the Newark Star Ledger), Lombardo covered the Philadelphia Eagles from 2011 through the 2017 season before moving to cover the New York Giants for the Star Ledger for two seasons from 2018 through 2020. During his career to date, Lombardo has covered five Super Bowls, four NFL Drafts, multiple NFL Combines, and has had his work frequently featured in publications such as Pro Football Talk, CBS Sports, and more. In addition to his journalism work, Lombardo is a strong on air presence and is a former sports talk radio host on 97.5 FM The Fanatic, Philadelphia's first FM Sports Station and the radio home of the Philadelphia 76ers and Philadelphia Flyers.

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The Miami Dolphins could go into the 2024 NFL Draft prioritizing a significant upgrade to the pass rush. Given uncertainty surrounding Bradley Chubb’s torn ACL and Jaelen Phillips’ ruptured Achilles tendon, Miami could look to bolster the front-seven with multiple selections during this year’s draft, including in the first round. While pass rush isn’t expected to be a strength in this year’s draft class, overall, there could be several gifted prospects at the position when Miami goes on the clock with the No. 21 overall pick. Chop Robinson a Perfect Miami Dolphins Fit? One of the most explosive pass rushers…

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While the 2024 NFL Draft isn’t viewed to be particularly deep at running back, and there likely won’t be one selected during the first round, but ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that teams have high expectations for the top prospect at the position, Jonathon Brooks. University of Texas standout Jonathon Brooks is working his way back from a torn ACL, but Schefter says that several teams believe he’ll be an immediate contributor as a rookie. “Had Jonathon Brooks (Texas) not torn his right ACL last November,” Schefter writes for ESPN. “He likely would have been the top running back selected, possibly…

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General manager Joe Douglas and the New York Jets have spent much of the offseason surrounding quarterback Aaron Rodgers with game-altering weapons, including trading for All-Pro wide receiver Mike Williams, and might not be done bolstering the offense yet. The Jets’ task, as Rodgers is set to return from a ruptured Achilles tendon in 2024, is to close the gap on the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills in the loaded AFC East. While running back Breese Hall, Williams, and Garrett Wilson form a formidable trio of weapons, doublding down on investing at the skill positions during the draft could be…

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The Kansas City Chiefs will likely prioritize adding a game-altering wide receiver to Patrick Mahomes’ supporting cast during the NFL Draft, especially given the likelihood Rashee Rice could be suspended for multiple games this upcoming season. Given that the Chiefs aren’t slated to pick until the final selection of the first round, general manager Brett Veach and Kansas City could be a prime team to watch to possibly trade up. That’s exactly what plays out in ESPN NFL analyst Jordan Reid’s latest mock draft projection. What Might a Kansas City Chiefs Adonai Mitchell Trade Look Like? In Reid’s latest NFL…

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Few organizations have been posturing more as if they plan on aggressively trading up in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft than the Minnesota Vikings, and few quarterbacks have seen his draft stock surge more in recent months than Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy. As the draft nears, there’s a legitimate possibility that McCarthy is wearing a Vikings hat by the end of Thursday night. Minnesota’s ability to get to the top of the board, of course, is dependant on other quarterback-needy teams willing to trade out of their slot, and thus passing on the opportunity to select a potential franchise quarterback. So,…

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The Los Angeles Chargers need to give quarterback Justin Herbert some serious help. Whether the Chargers boldly pull off a blockbuster trade for San Francisco 49ers playmaker Brandon Aiyuk, or prioritize taking the best receiver on the board when Los Angeles is on the clock with the No. 5 pick, head coach Jim Harbaugh simply cannot allow this to be the group on the receiving end of Herbert’s passes this season. Fortunately for Los Angeles, there are two potentially generational pass-catchers at the top of this year’s class. Los Angeles Chargers’ Ideal NFL Draft Target Revealed Malik Nabers, alongside Ohio…

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The Cincinnati Bengals’ Super Bowl window is contingent on continuing to surround franchise quarterback Joe Burrow with game-altering weapons. Given the uncertainty surrounding Tee Higgins’ and Tyler Boyd’s futures, Cincinnati could look to the NFL Draft to bolster Burrow’s supporting cast. As Burrow looks to return to form after suffering a season-ending elbow injury in 2023, combined with the loss of running back Joe Mixon in free agency, this year’s draft could prove to be a bit of a reset for the Bengals’ offense. Cincinnati Bengals’ Perfect Fit Revealed Bleacher Report’s Ryan Fowler put together a list of the perfect…

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Whether by aggressively trading up, or standing pat, the Kansas City Chiefs must continue to bolster Patrick Mahomes’ supporting cast during the NFL Draft. Sure, the Chiefs survived fielding a receiving corps that led the league in dropped passes, and Mahomes’ heroics against the San Francisco 49ers delivered a second consecutive Lombardi, but, if Kansas City is going to make history as the league’s first three-peat champion the receiving corps needs serious help. Even after signing Marquise “Hollywood Brown” in free agency, it wouldn’t be the least bit surprising to see Chiefs GM Brett Veach look to add a receiver…

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Russell Wilson’s next deep-threat for the Pittsburgh Steelers might be on the way during the upcoming NFL Draft. While George Pickens remains a matchup nightmare for opposing secondaries and one of the burgeoning young playmakers at the receiver position across the league, Pittsburgh is going to need to continue to add reliable pass-catchers for Wilson and Justin Fields as the 2024 season looms. Pittsburgh Steelers Best Fit at WR Revealed With the NFL Draft nearing, ESPN’s Matt Miller selected the best “value” selection for all 32 teams during the first round, and, Texas’ Adonai Mitchell is Miller’s selection for the…

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The New York Jets have spent much of the offseason adding weapons around Aaron Rodgers, hoping to set the stage for a playoff surge in 2024, but, could prioritize keeping their star quarterback upright during the upcoming NFL Draft. After Rodgers’ 2023 campaign lasted just four snaps before rupturing his Achilles tendon, it’s little surprise the Jets prioritized signing All-Pro offensive tackle Tyron Smith early in free agency. Now, as the draft nears, general manager Joe Douglas and the Jets could look to snag a top offensive tackle to bookend Smith to double down on the commitment to protecting Rodgers.…

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