Round one of the 2021 NFL Draft is in the books and while there was a lot of talk about unpredictability and some truly wild moments, I think we saw a lot of what was expected leading up to Thursday night.
Quarterbacks went 1-2-3, with Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson going to the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets respectively, while the San Francisco 49ers selected North Dakota State’s Trey Lance. Kyle Pitts was the first non-QB off the board at #4 to the Atlanta Falcons, while former LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase will be reunited with Joe Burrow in Cincinnati. Mac Jones slid down to 15th overall, where the New England Patriots took him without having to make any trades.
Perhaps the biggest move — actually no, definitely the biggest move — was the Chicago Bears trading up from 20th to 11th, giving up their 2022 first-rounder in the process, to take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. Chicago reportedly pursued Russell Wilson and then dejected a whole fanbase by settling for Andy Dalton, and now they’ve taken someone whom they hope will finally be their superstar passer. New York Giants fans are going to be hoping the Bears crater this season, since they’re the ones who have Chicago’s first-rounder.
I already covered the Lance to San Francisco news, as the 49ers go towards a quarterback who played just one game last season and had 17 starts in college. He has tremendous physical gifts and is lauded for his intelligence, so we’ll see how that works out for SF. The Arizona Cardinals went with linebacker Zavon Collins out of Tulsa at #16 overall, pairing him up with Isaiah Simmons.
Neither the Seahawks nor Rams have a first-rounder this year. Seattle’s first-rounder and third-rounder they traded to the New York Jets for Jamal Adams wound up going to the Minnesota Vikings, who went down from 14th to 23rd. The Jets took offensive lineman Alijah Vera-Tucker at 14, while the Vikes also went OL by choosing Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw.
The draft resumes on Friday at 7 PM ET/4 PM PT on ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network. This is where we come in as the Seattle Seahawks have a second-round pick.
Round 1 Draft Results
1) Jacksonville Jaguars - Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
3) San Francisco 49ers - Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
4) Atlanta Falcons - Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
5) Cincinnati Bengals - Ja’Marr Chase, WR, LSU
6) Miami Dolphins - Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama
7) Detroit Lions - Penei Sewell, OL, Oregon
8) Carolina Panthers - Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
9) Denver Broncos - Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
10) Philadelphia Eagles - Devonta Smith, WR, Alabama
11) Chicago Bears - Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
12) Dallas Cowboys - Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
13) Los Angeles Chargers - Rashawn Slater Jr, OL, Northwestern
14) New York Jets - Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL, USC
15) New England Patriots - Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
16) Arizona Cardinals - Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
17) Las Vegas Raiders - Alex Leatherwood, OL, Alabama
18) Miami Dolphins - Jaelan Phillips, DE, Miami
19) Washington Football Team - Jamin Davis, LB, Kentucky
20) New York Giants - Kadarius Toney, WR, Florida
21) Indianapolis Colts - Kwity Paye, DE, Michigan
22) Tennessee Titans - Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
23) Minnesota Vikings - Christian Darrisaw, OL, Virginia Tech
24) Pittsburgh Steelers - Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
25) Jacksonville Jaguars - Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
26) Cleveland Browns - Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
27) Baltimore Ravens - Reshod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
28) New Orleans Saints - Payton Turner, DE, Houston
29) Green Bay Packers - Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
30) Buffalo Bills - Greg Rousseau, DE, Miami
31) Baltimore Ravens - Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State
32) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Joe Tryon, DE, Washington
Seahawks Draft Picks
Round 2: 56th overall
Round 4: 129th overall
Round 7: 250th overall