The first round of the 2021 NFL Draft is in the books, and it didn’t disappoint.
The football world was buzzing over reports Aaron Rodgers wants out of Green Bay as the festivities got underway in Cleveland, leaving many to wonder whether a blockbuster deal was in the cards Thursday.
That didn’t come to fruition but football fans did see five quarterbacks come off the board in the top 15 (including each of the first three picks), a trio of draft trades (highlighted by a BIG move from the Bears) and plenty of surprises.
Below is the full list of who went where and how on Thursday night, including a tweet for each of the 32 picks.
2021 NFL Draft First Round
1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson
2. New York Jets – Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Zach Wilson factoids (2020):
73.5% comp, 2nd in FBS
11.0 YPA, 2nd FBS
62% comp on passes thrown 20+ yds, highest mark of any FBS passer since stat first tracked in ‘11.
69% comp on designed rollouts. 5 TDs, 0 INTs
74% comp on play action. 19 TDs, 0 INT. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 30, 2021
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
In my mind, the #Dolphins drafted the best true playmaker with high character and a high ceiling in Jaylen Waddle.
We need to stop making Tyreek Hill comparisons…but Waddle is going to offer a lot of the same value in Miami's offense.
— Eric Galko (@EricGalko) April 30, 2021
7. Detroit Lions – Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon
8. Carolina Panthers – Jaycee Horn, CB, South Carolina
RD 1 | PICK 8 – Panthers: Jaycee Horn CB, South Carolina
Horn has what you could label the ideal CB profile…
— Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats) April 30, 2021
9. Denver Broncos – Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
TRADE ALERT: Eagles acquire 10th overall pick from Cowboys for 12th and 84th overall picks
10. Philadelphia Eagles – DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama
TRADE ALERT: Bears acquire 11th overall pick from Giants for 20th and 164th overall picks in 2021, 2022 first-round pick, 2022 fourth-round pick
11. Chicago Bears – Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
12. Dallas Cowboys – Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
13. Los Angeles Chargers – Rashawn Slater, OT, Northwestern
TRADE ALERT: Jets acquire 14th and 143rd overall picks from Vikings for 23rd, 66th and 86th overall picks
14. New York Jets – Alijah Vera-Tucker, G, USC
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) April 30, 2021
15. New England Patriots – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama
16. Arizona Cardinals – Zaven Collins, LB, Tulsa
17. Las Vegas Raiders – Alex Leatherwood, OT, 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, OT, Virginia Tech
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Najee Harris, RB, Alabama
This is crazy: the 2017 Alabama recruiting class has now produced 1st round picks.
QB Tua Tagovailoa: 5th
OT Jedrick Wills: 10th
WR Henry Ruggs III: 12th
WR Jerry Jeudy: 15th
WR DeVonta Smith: 15th
QB Mac Jones: 15th
OT Alex Leatherwood: 17th
RB Najee Harris: 24th
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) April 30, 2021
25. Jacksonville Jaguars – Travis Etienne, RB, Clemson
26. Cleveland Browns – Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
27. Baltimore Ravens – Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota
28. New Orleans Saints – Payton Turner, DE, Houston
29. Green Bay Packers – Eric Stokes, CB, Georgia
30. Buffalo Bills – Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
31. Baltimore Ravens – Jayson Oweh, OLB, Penn State
32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Joe Tryon, OLB, Washington