Tuesday Draft Notes -- Post-Super Bowl Edition

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Tony Pauline

Draft Analyst Writer

With the Super Bowl in the rear-view mirror, NFL teams are preparing for the combine in Indianapolis. Free agency will be the big topic of discussion over the next few weeks, and we’ve got some updated news in tonight’s edition of Tuesday Draft Notes.

Despite rumors and even a few reports, I’m told Kirk Cousins to the Denver Broncos is not a done deal. Denver is one of approximately eight franchises who intend on competing for the services of Cousins.

One surprise franchise who also intends to be part of the Cousins sweepstakes is the Jacksonville Jaguars. I initially heard about the Jags’ interest in Cousins during practices at the Shrine Game, and the rumblings have been persistent and have grown louder since.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be one of the hotter names at the tight end position in the free-agent market, but I’m told he may not get there.

The four-year veteran comes off a career season with the New York Jets and is finally meeting the awesome potential scouts placed on him when he entered the league in 2014.

Seferian-Jenkins has been vocal about his desire to stay with the Jets, and I’m told the feeling is mutual. The Jets have reached out to speak with the tight end and his reps with the hope of locking up Seferian-Jenkins.

Eyebrows were raised when Wake Forest safety Jessie Bates III announced he was entering the draft, but this was primarily from people unfamiliar with his game.

Bates’ film is impressive -- he’s an athletic center fielder who plays with excellent speed, displays great range and really stands out in pass coverage.

Though he’s just a redshirt sophomore, Bates plays disciplined, assignment football and is never out of position.

There are some who feel his ball skills are good enough that a move to corner is possible. While I don’t necessarily agree with this, I do believe Bates is the type of safety who can line up over the slot receiver when necessary and won't be a liability.

While we presently stamp Bates with a fifth-round grade, there are a few teams who believe he could go as early as the third round. The Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers are two of the teams looking hard at Bates.