Quarterbacks dominated the first-round of the 2021 NFL draft as teams wanted to get the players they hope will be franchise cornerstones for many years to come.
There was little surprise at the No 1 total pick in Thursday night’s event in Cleveland. The Jacksonville Jaguars chose Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, thought about one of the best college potential customers in decades. Likewise, BYU quarterback Zach Wilson had long been forecasted as the second total pick for the New york city Jets, and those forecasts came to life.
The first surprise included the San Francisco 49ers, who had actually traded up for the third pick. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan stated he had been drawn to Trey Lance considering that beginning the draft procedure in January and the Niners made that decision official when they drafted him despite speculation in recent weeks that Alabama’s Mac Jones would be the choice.
” If the whole NFL is assuming you’re doing one thing and you’re not doing that, we’re not going to strive to fix that,” Shanahan said. “So let that be. Whatever way that went, it was going to go. It was insane to watch where it all went, however no one has actually understood anything but us. It’s been enjoyable to see. I have not remained in many scenarios in my career like that.”
Lance began just 17 video games at North Dakota State, where he showed a strong arm, mobility and mastery of a pro-style offense against lesser competitors. Lance played only one game in 2020 because the FCS moved its season to the spring due to the fact that of the coronavirus pandemic. But his production in 2019 was off the charts as he tossed for 2,786 backyards, 28 TDs and no interceptions and ran for 1,159 yards. Lance tossed his only collegiate interception last fall versus Central Arkansas in a game North Dakota State played in part to offer him more exposure to NFL groups.
The Chicago Bears traded up 9 spots with the New York Giants to draft Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields with the No 11 total choice. Fields tossed for 5,373 backyards, 63 goals and nine interceptions for the Buckeyes.
” I seem like I understand myself, I know just how much work I have actually put in the video game,” Fields said. “I know how much I love the video game. I know how much I want to be terrific. It just comes a moment when you need to cut all that criticism out.”
The Bears sent out the No 20 choice and a fifth-rounder this year along with a first-rounder and fourth-rounder next year to the Giants for Fields.
The next quarterback off the board was Alabama’s Jones with the No 15 choice to the New England Patriots, their greatest move to date to generate a gamer to possibly be a long-lasting replacement for Tom Brady.
It was believed the Patriots would need to trade up to get among the agreement leading five quarterbacks in this year’s draft class. It turned out Jones fell right into their lap. He ends up being the very first quarterback chosen in the first round throughout Costs Belichick’s 21-year period in New England.
The Atlanta Falcons selected the most skilled non-quarterback in the draft, tight end Kyle Pitts, at No 4. The first defensive player off the board was cornerback Jaycee Horn who went to the Carolina Panthers at No 8.
Full first-round draft choices
1) Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence, quarterback, Clemson.
2) New York Jets: Zach Wilson, quarterback, BYU.
3) San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance, quarterback, North Dakota State.
4) Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Pitts, tight end, Florida.
5) Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Marr Chase, pass receiver, LSU.
6) Miami Dolphins: Jaylen Waddle, pass receiver, Alabama.
7) Detroit Lions: Penei Sewell, offending take on, Oregon.
8) Carolina Panthers: Jaycee Horn, cornerback, South Carolina.
9) Denver Broncos: Patrick Surtain II, cornerback, Alabama.
10) Philadelphia Eagles: DeVonta Smith, pass receiver, Alabama.
11) Chicago Bears: Justin Fields, quarterback, Ohio State.
12) Dallas Cowboys: Micah Parsons, linebacker, Penn State.
13) Los Angeles Chargers: Rashawn Slater, guard, Northwestern.
14) New York Jets: Alijah Vera-Tucker, offending tackle, USC.
15) New England Patriots: Mac Jones, quarterback, Alabama.
16) Arizona Cardinals: Zaven Collins, linebacker, Tulsa.
17) Las Vegas Raiders: Alex Leatherwood, guard, Alabama.
18) Miami Dolphins: Jaelan Phillips, defensive end, Miami.
19) Washington: Jamin Davis, linebacker, Kentucky.
20) New York Giants: Kadarius Toney, pass receiver, Florida.
21) Indianapolis Colts: Kwity Paye, protective end, Michigan.
22) Tennessee Titans: Caleb Farley, cornerback, Virginia Tech.
23) Minnesota Vikings: Christian Darrisaw, offending deal with, Virginia Tech.
24) Pittsburgh Steelers: Najee Harris, running back, Alabama.
25) Jacksonville Jaguars: Travis Etienne, running back, Clemson.
26) Cleveland Browns: Greg Newsome II, cornerback, Northwestern.
27) Baltimore Ravens: Rashod Bateman, pass receiver, Minnesota.
28) New Orleans Saints: Payton Turner, protective end, Houston.
29) Green Bay Packers: Eric Stokes, cornerback, Georgia.
30) Buffalo Expenses: Gregory Rousseau, protective end, Miami.
31) Baltimore Ravens: Jayson Oweh, linebacker, Penn State.
32) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Joe Tryon, linebacker, Washington.