NFL Draft - Round 1 Results

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First Round - 2021 NFL Draft

1 Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson
We knew he'd be the first overall pick in the 2021 draft before he beat Alabama as a freshman. Easy pick, but now Jacksonville has to make the most of it.

2 New York Jets
Zach Wilson QB BYU
Joe Douglas failed to support Sam Darnold, traded him to the Panthers, and replaced him with another young gunslinger. Will the Jets give this one enough help?

3 San Francisco 49ers
Trey Lance QB North Dakota State
After a silly tattoo led the NFL to endless speculation about the pocket bound Mac Jones, Kyle Shanahan picks the perfect scheme fit for his offense.

4 Atlanta Falcons
Kyle Pitts TE Florida
Great player for the Falcons and Pitts should be special in Arthur Smith's offense, but Atlanta chose a tight end at 4 instead of trading down or taking a QB. With a tight cap and holes across the roster, it's a questionable decision.

5 Cincinnati Bengals
Ja'Marr Chase WR LSU
The Bengals have receivers, but they clearly missed prime A.J. Green last year. Chase will quickly become Joe Burrow's favorite target and a true WR1.

6 Miami Dolphins
Jaylen Waddle WR Alabama
The Dolphins grab an elite separator who helps maximize Tua Tagovailoa's strengths in the short and intermediate game. Waddle's a threat to score from anywhere on the field.

7 Detroit Lions
Penei Sewell OT Oregon
The Lions have a good left tackle in Taylor Decker, which means Penei Sewell will probably fight his way to a starting job on the right side. Detroit's going to be so bad we may forget about him for a year or two, but his potential is sky high.

8 Carolina Panthers
Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina
While the Panthers went all defense in the 2020 draft, they were still abysmal last season. Horn gives them an alpha dog who excels in press coverage.

9 Denver Broncos
Patrick Surtain II CB Alabama
Barring some sort of information we don't have access to, I believe George Paton will live to regret passing on Justin Fields. With that said, Patrick Surtain II is the next best pick the Broncos could have made. Bryce Callahan and Ronald Darby have made it through a full season healthy once since 2015. Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan, and Kareem Jackson have contracts that expire after 2021. Vic Fangio played nickel / dime 75% of the time in 2020. Surtain is pro ready with the skillset to blossom into an elite eraser who can match up with any receiver on the Broncos' schedule.

10 Philadelphia Eagles
DeVonta Smith WR Alabama
Ever since the Eagles traded off of 6 we knew they were going to give Jalen Hurts a chance at the starting job this year. Smith's size is a huge question mark, but he has the complete skillset to help Hurts make the most of it.

11 Chicago Bears
Justin Fields QB Ohio State
Ryan Pace just won the draft. Justin Fields combines arm talent and accuracy with 4.4 speed. I would have taken him at 2. Bears got him at 12.

12 Dallas Cowboys
Micah Parsons LB Penn State
Micah Parsons is a freaky athlete who should be a good pass rusher, but I suspect Jerry Jones wanted Surtain or Horn.

13 Los Angeles Chargers
Rashawn Slater Jr. OT Northwestern
The Chargers were counting on Trey Pipkins to protect Justin Herbert's blindside. Slater should quickly find his way into the starting lineup where his combination of mobility, reactive athleticism, and hands should make him a steady presence.

14 New York Jets
Alijah Vera-Tucker OL USC
The Jets traded up in the first round to get a guard. It's a horrible use of resources and their roster is not a guard away from relevance. AVT may be a good player, but this was a horrible decision.

15 New England Patriots
Mac Jones QB Alabama
Jones has been a bit of a punchline because of the 49ers trade, but he's a savvy player who throws with anticipation. The McDaniels offense is a fantastic landing spot to maximize his strengths.

16 Arizona Cardinals
Zaven Collins LB Tulsa
Collins is a supersized linebacker who can run and he should be able to contribute rushing the passer early. He'll pair with Isaiah Simmons to give Vance Joseph an extremely versatile pair of second level defenders.

17 Las Vegas Raiders
Alex Leatherwood OL Alabama
After Gruden gutted the Raiders' offensive line it became obvious Vegas would need to acquire a right tackle and a guard. Leatherwood's a mauling run blocker who has had issues in pass pro so he could land at either spot.

18 Miami Dolphins
Jaelen Phillips Edge Miami
A scary injury history including at least four concussions forced Phillips to medically retire from UCLA, but he's the closest thing in this class to a Bosa brother. If he can stay healthy, Miami got a stud.

19 Washington Football Team
Jamin Davis LB Kentucky
Washington's linebacker corps. was pretty shaky heading into the draft so Davis should find his way to the field quickly. He's a big, rangy backer who excels in zone coverage.

20 New York Giants
Kadarius Toney WR Florida
Toney is a speedy slot option with elite quickness and agility. New York must feel better about his hands and off field questions than I do.

21 Indianapolis Colts
Kwity Paye DE Michigan
Fantastic pick for an Eberflus defense that rushes four and plays coverage on the back end. Paye is a twitch 4-3 end who can win inside and become a devastating force player.

22 Tennessee Titans
Caleb Farley CB Virginia Tech
A swing for the fences. Farley's 2019 was as good as Patrick Surtain's, but he opted out of 2020 and brings a really scary medical history with him into NFL.

23 Minnesota Vikings
Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech
The Vikings ran into a situation last year where their first round tackle looked best at guard, which makes the Darrisaw pick a perfect way to try and address the offensive line. He needs to play to his talents more consistently, but has the feet, hands, and raw power to dominate the league.

24 Pittsburgh Steelers
Najee Harris RB Alabama
Big Ben is on a retirement tour in 2021 and the Steelers tried to give him another LeVeon Bell to make the most of it.

25 Jacksonville Jaguars
Travis Etienne RB Clemson
Urban Meyer adds an explosive element to his offense who can contribute immediately who just so happens to be a college teammate of Lawrence's.

26 Cleveland Browns
Greg Newsome II CB Northwestern
I love this pick for the Browns. Newsome has some injury questions that hurt his stock, but he's a physical player who excels in coverage.

27 Baltimore Ravens
Rashod Bateman WR Minnesota
Lamar Jackson loves to work the middle of the field and needs targets that can compliment that. Bateman's inside/outside versatility, route running, and hands make him a perfect fit for the Raven's offense.

28 New Orleans Saints
Payton Turner DE Houston
I think Sean Payton acquired the eventual heir to Cam Jordan. Turner's got inside/outside versatility and surprising burst and quickness for a man his size.

29 Green Bay Packers
Eric Stokes CB Georgia
After last year's playoff loss, Green Bay hired new defensive coordinator who is moving them towards a Fangio scheme. Stokes brings elite long speed and fits as a boundary corner who can win along the line of scrimmage.

30 Buffalo Bills
Greg Rousseau DE Miami
The Bills are taking a swing on sacks and potential. Rousseau's production in 2019 isn't as good as the box score suggests, but he's a long edge who is still growing into his frame.

31 Baltimore Ravens
Jayson Oweh Edge Penn State
A few numbers stand out about Oweh: he had zero sacks in 2020 before he ran a 4.37 at his Pro Day. He's football young and still figuring it out, but the ceiling is as high as any edge in this class.

32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Joe Tryon Edge Washington
Bucs get a toolsy edge prospect who opted out of last year. He's a big edge with very good athletic ability, but he needs to improve his hands and block shedding.
 

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First Round - 2021 NFL Draft

1 Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence QB Clemson
We knew he'd be the first overall pick in the 2021 draft before he beat Alabama as a freshman. Easy pick, but now Jacksonville has to make the most of it.

2 New York Jets
Zach Wilson QB BYU
Joe Douglas failed to support Sam Darnold, traded him to the Panthers, and replaced him with another young gunslinger. Will the Jets give this one enough help?

3 San Francisco 49ers
Trey Lance QB North Dakota State
After a silly tattoo led the NFL to endless speculation about the pocket bound Mac Jones, Kyle Shanahan picks the perfect scheme fit for his offense.

4 Atlanta Falcons
Kyle Pitts TE Florida
Great player for the Falcons and Pitts should be special in Arthur Smith's offense, but Atlanta chose a tight end at 4 instead of trading down or taking a QB. With a tight cap and holes across the roster, it's a questionable decision.

5 Cincinnati Bengals
Ja'Marr Chase WR LSU
The Bengals have receivers, but they clearly missed prime A.J. Green last year. Chase will quickly become Joe Burrow's favorite target and a true WR1.

6 Miami Dolphins
Jaylen Waddle WR Alabama
The Dolphins grab an elite separator who helps maximize Tua Tagovailoa's strengths in the short and intermediate game. Waddle's a threat to score from anywhere on the field.

7 Detroit Lions
Penei Sewell OT Oregon
The Lions have a good left tackle in Taylor Decker, which means Penei Sewell will probably fight his way to a starting job on the right side. Detroit's going to be so bad we may forget about him for a year or two, but his potential is sky high.

8 Carolina Panthers
Jaycee Horn CB South Carolina
While the Panthers went all defense in the 2020 draft, they were still abysmal last season. Horn gives them an alpha dog who excels in press coverage.

9 Denver Broncos
Patrick Surtain II CB Alabama
Barring some sort of information we don't have access to, I believe George Paton will live to regret passing on Justin Fields. With that said, Patrick Surtain II is the next best pick the Broncos could have made. Bryce Callahan and Ronald Darby have made it through a full season healthy once since 2015. Kyle Fuller, Bryce Callahan, and Kareem Jackson have contracts that expire after 2021. Vic Fangio played nickel / dime 75% of the time in 2020. Surtain is pro ready with the skillset to blossom into an elite eraser who can match up with any receiver on the Broncos' schedule.

10 Philadelphia Eagles
DeVonta Smith WR Alabama
Ever since the Eagles traded off of 6 we knew they were going to give Jalen Hurts a chance at the starting job this year. Smith's size is a huge question mark, but he has the complete skillset to help Hurts make the most of it.

11 Chicago Bears
Justin Fields QB Ohio State
Ryan Pace just won the draft. Justin Fields combines arm talent and accuracy with 4.4 speed. I would have taken him at 2. Bears got him at 12.

12 Dallas Cowboys
Micah Parsons LB Penn State
Micah Parsons is a freaky athlete who should be a good pass rusher, but I suspect Jerry Jones wanted Surtain or Horn.

13 Los Angeles Chargers
Rashawn Slater Jr. OT Northwestern
The Chargers were counting on Trey Pipkins to protect Justin Herbert's blindside. Slater should quickly find his way into the starting lineup where his combination of mobility, reactive athleticism, and hands should make him a steady presence.

14 New York Jets
Alijah Vera-Tucker OL USC
The Jets traded up in the first round to get a guard. It's a horrible use of resources and their roster is not a guard away from relevance. AVT may be a good player, but this was a horrible decision.

15 New England Patriots
Mac Jones QB Alabama
Jones has been a bit of a punchline because of the 49ers trade, but he's a savvy player who throws with anticipation. The McDaniels offense is a fantastic landing spot to maximize his strengths.

16 Arizona Cardinals
Zaven Collins LB Tulsa
Collins is a supersized linebacker who can run and he should be able to contribute rushing the passer early. He'll pair with Isaiah Simmons to give Vance Joseph an extremely versatile pair of second level defenders.

17 Las Vegas Raiders
Alex Leatherwood OL Alabama
After Gruden gutted the Raiders' offensive line it became obvious Vegas would need to acquire a right tackle and a guard. Leatherwood's a mauling run blocker who has had issues in pass pro so he could land at either spot.

18 Miami Dolphins
Jaelen Phillips Edge Miami
A scary injury history including at least four concussions forced Phillips to medically retire from UCLA, but he's the closest thing in this class to a Bosa brother. If he can stay healthy, Miami got a stud.

19 Washington Football Team
Jamin Davis LB Kentucky
Washington's linebacker corps. was pretty shaky heading into the draft so Davis should find his way to the field quickly. He's a big, rangy backer who excels in zone coverage.

20 New York Giants
Kadarius Toney WR Florida
Toney is a speedy slot option with elite quickness and agility. New York must feel better about his hands and off field questions than I do.

21 Indianapolis Colts
Kwity Paye DE Michigan
Fantastic pick for an Eberflus defense that rushes four and plays coverage on the back end. Paye is a twitch 4-3 end who can win inside and become a devastating force player.

22 Tennessee Titans
Caleb Farley CB Virginia Tech
A swing for the fences. Farley's 2019 was as good as Patrick Surtain's, but he opted out of 2020 and brings a really scary medical history with him into NFL.

23 Minnesota Vikings
Christian Darrisaw OT Virginia Tech
The Vikings ran into a situation last year where their first round tackle looked best at guard, which makes the Darrisaw pick a perfect way to try and address the offensive line. He needs to play to his talents more consistently, but has the feet, hands, and raw power to dominate the league.

24 Pittsburgh Steelers
Najee Harris RB Alabama
Big Ben is on a retirement tour in 2021 and the Steelers tried to give him another LeVeon Bell to make the most of it.

25 Jacksonville Jaguars
Travis Etienne RB Clemson
Urban Meyer adds an explosive element to his offense who can contribute immediately who just so happens to be a college teammate of Lawrence's.

26 Cleveland Browns
Greg Newsome II CB Northwestern
I love this pick for the Browns. Newsome has some injury questions that hurt his stock, but he's a physical player who excels in coverage.

27 Baltimore Ravens
Rashod Bateman WR Minnesota
Lamar Jackson loves to work the middle of the field and needs targets that can compliment that. Bateman's inside/outside versatility, route running, and hands make him a perfect fit for the Raven's offense.

28 New Orleans Saints
Payton Turner DE Houston
I think Sean Payton acquired the eventual heir to Cam Jordan. Turner's got inside/outside versatility and surprising burst and quickness for a man his size.

29 Green Bay Packers
Eric Stokes CB Georgia
After last year's playoff loss, Green Bay hired new defensive coordinator who is moving them towards a Fangio scheme. Stokes brings elite long speed and fits as a boundary corner who can win along the line of scrimmage.

30 Buffalo Bills
Greg Rousseau DE Miami
The Bills are taking a swing on sacks and potential. Rousseau's production in 2019 isn't as good as the box score suggests, but he's a long edge who is still growing into his frame.

31 Baltimore Ravens
Jayson Oweh Edge Penn State
A few numbers stand out about Oweh: he had zero sacks in 2020 before he ran a 4.37 at his Pro Day. He's football young and still figuring it out, but the ceiling is as high as any edge in this class.

32 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Joe Tryon Edge Washington
Bucs get a toolsy edge prospect who opted out of last year. He's a big edge with very good athletic ability, but he needs to improve his hands and block shedding.
I'm happy with the Ravens pick of Rashod Bateman. I'm on the fence with the Oweh pick, but Ravens DC Wink is in love with the pick, so I'll defer to his judgement this time around. I wanted Elijah Moore in purple and black, but it wasn't in the cards. Eric DeCosta did a lot of "high risk, high reward" picks in this draft, so we'll see who booms and who bust. Thought the Jets had a great draft.