NFL Draft Results

04/29/2021

NFL Draft 2021


First Round


  1. Jacksonville Jaguars selected Trevor Lawrence, QB, from Clemson. This pick is the best for the organization. An assumption can be made that with the hiring of Urban Meyers as head coach, the pick was probably part of an agreement. Jaguars are in a building stage and this was an easy one to choose. Lawrence will be expected to be the starter and replace Gardner Minshew II who ranked 27th in QBR with 55.9 and improve from a franchise worst 1-15 record.

  2. The New York Jets selected Zach Wilson, QB, from BYU. This was an obvious choice because Sam Darnold traded to the Carolina Panthers. Wilson is the more talented and a skillful QB that can boost the Jets offense. He will have WRs Corey Davis, Jamison Crowder, and Denzel Mims that provide speed and hands to make plays. Wilson is an upgrade and a prediction of him to possibly win rookie MVP.

  3. The San Francisco 49ers selected Trey Lance, QB, from North Dakota State. Lance, who played 17 college games, surprisingly, the QB for the 49ers. Many say he is a good football player and a great person. There are many that still have not seen all of what Lance is capable of on the field. Lance will surround himself with a 3WR 1TE offense under Head Coach Kyle Shanahan. With this pick, expect Jimmy Garoppolo to be traded or released. Rumors are floating around that Garopollo may head back to New England.

  4. The Atlanta Falcons selected Kyle Pitts, TE, from Florida. The pick is a big surprise since Ja"Marr Chase is available and can help the exterior at the opposite side from Julio Jones or Calvin Ridley. However, Pitts is a great pick because he can add an additional weapon that is something TE Hayden Hurst could not provide. ONly TEs Travis Kece (KC) and Darren Waller (LV) caught over 100 passes and over 1,000 reception yards. But, I would be cautious with Pitts as he had suffered a concussion during his senior year with Florida.

  5. The Cincinnati Bengals selected Ja'Marr Chase, WR, from LSU. Chase will join the WRs Tyler Boyd, Tee Higgins, and Auden Tate. Chase is the first WR to be chosen in the draft over Devonta Smith. Although the pick is great for Joe Burrow, many believed that the Bengals should have chosen an OL. Burrow and Chase played together and won the College Football National Championship in 2019.

  6. The Miami Dolphins selected Jaylen Waddle, WR, from Alabama. This is a second QB-WR relationship (first by pick 5 Bengals) where we are going to see QB Tua Tagovailoa and Waddle together. Scouts compare Waddle to Tyreek Hill from Kansas City Chiefs. Should Waddle perform to that expectation, Dolphins can surpass the Buffalo Bills.

  7. The Detroit Lions selected Penei Sewell, OT, from Oregon. The Lions need a lot of support in the offensive line. Jared Goff, who was traded in the off season, will have a comfortable play in the pocket with Sewell in position.

  8. The Carolina Panthers selected Jaycee Horn, CB, from South Carolina. Joe Horn, former NFL WR, is proud that his son made it to the NFL. And for the Panthers, they looked to improve the secondary with the addition of Horn. Surprisingly, the team chose Horn over Patrick Surtain who was also a great fit for the organization. 

  9. The Denver Broncos selected Patrick Surtain II, CB, from Alabama. The Broncos received Teddy Bridgwater from a trade. For this reason, Surtain was the best option to be selected to improve in the secondary.

  10. The Dallas Cowboys traded their pick to the Eagles. The Philadelphia Eagles selected Devonta Smith, WR, from Alabama. For the Giants, they were so close to acquiring Smith. Instead, Eagles and Cowboys shafted the Giants and Smith joined Jalen Hurts as another QB-WR duo from college.

  11.   The New York Giants traded their pick to the Bears. The Chicago Bears selected Justin Fields, QB, from Ohio State. The Bears traded up and found their QB to represent the team. This means Fields will watch his first year on the sidelines and watch Andy Dalton. Nick Foles is still there but who knows if he remains with the team. Fields is the future for the organization.

  12. The Dallas Cowboys selected Micah Parsons, ILB, from Penn State. The Cowboys defense did not play well in 2020. With Parsons, Cowboys will have speed and intellect in the middle of the field. He is a great threat to any QB with the ball.   

  13. The San Diego Chargers selected Rashawn Slater, OT, from Northwestern.

  14.   The New York Jets selected Alijah Vera-Tucker, OG, USC

  15. New England Patriots selected Mac Jones, QB, Alabama

  16. Arizona Cardinals selected Zaven Collins, OLB, Tulsa

  17. Las Vegas Raiders selected Alex Leatherwood, OT, Alabama

  18. The Miami Dolphins selected Jaelen Phillips, DE, Miami

  19. The Washing football team selected Jamin Davis, ILB, from Kentucky

  20. The New York Giants selected Kadarius Toney, WR, from Florida

  21. The Indianapolis Colts selected Kwity Paye, DE, from Michigan

  22. The Tennessee Titans selected Caleb Farley, CB, from Virginia Tech

  23. The Minnesota Vikings selected Christian Darrisaw, OT, from Virginia Tech

  24. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Najee Harris, RB, from Alabama

  25. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Travis Etienne, RB, from Clemson

  26. The Cleveland Browns selected Greg Newsome II, CB, from Northwestern

  27. The Baltimore Ravens elected Rashod Bateman, WR, from Minnesota

  28. Th3e New Orleans Saints selected Payton Turner, DE, from Houston

  29. The Green Bay Packers selected Eric Stokes, CS, from Georgia

  30. The Buffalo Bills selected Gregory Rousseau, DE, from Miami

  31. The Baltimore Ravens selected Odafe Oweh, OLB, from Penn State

  32. The Tampa Bay Buccanears selected Joe Tryon, OLB, from Washington.

That completes Round 1 of the draft!