2021 NFL Draft Round 1 Notes

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2021 NFL Draft Round 1 Notes

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OFFENSE RULES THE FIRST: The 2021 NFL Draft featured 18 offensive players selected in the first round, tied for the fourth-most in the common-draft era, trailing only the 1968, 2004 and 2009 NFL Drafts (19).

With each of the first seven picks on the offensive side of the ball, the 2021 NFL Draft featured the most offensive players selected to start a Draft since 1967, surpassing the previous high of six in the 1999 NFL Draft.

 

DRAFTED QBs: With five quarterbacks chosen in the first round, 2021 is the sixth consecutive draft (2016-2021) with at least three quarterbacks selected in the first round, surpassing 2002-2006 (five consecutive drafts) for the longest such streak in the common-draft era.

 

It also marks the fourth time that at least five quarterbacks have been selected in the Draft’s opening round since 1967. The 1983 NFL Draft holds the record with six quarterbacks selected in the first round, including Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN ELWAY, JIM KELLY and DAN MARINO.

 

QB1: The Jacksonville Jaguars selected TREVOR LAWRENCE with the first-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. It marks the third time in the common-draft era that a quarterback was chosen No. 1 overall in four consecutive NFL Drafts, joining 2001-05 (five consecutive drafts) and 2009-12 (four).

 

MOST CONSECUTIVE DRAFTS WITH A QUARTERBACK

SELECTED FIRST OVERALL SINCE 1967

 

DRAFT YEARS

CONSECUTIVE DRAFTS

SELECTIONS

2001-05

5

Alex Smith (2005, San Francisco)

Eli Manning (2004, San Diego Chargers)

Carson Palmer (2003, Cincinnati)
David Carr (2002, Houston)
Michael Vick (2001, Atlanta)

 

 

 

2018-21

4 (active streak)

Trevor Lawrence (2021, Jacksonville)

Joe Burrow (2020, Cincinnati)

Kyler Murray (2019, Arizona)
Baker Mayfield (2018, Cleveland)

 

 

 

2009-12

4

Andrew Luck (2012, Indianapolis)
Cam Newton (2011, Carolina)
Sam Bradford (2010, St. Louis Rams)
Matthew Stafford (2009, Detroit)

 

NOT PASSING ON QUARTERBACKS: With the selections of TREVOR LAWRENCE (No. 1 overall, Jacksonville), ZACH WILSON (No. 2, New York Jets) and TREY LANCE (No. 3, San Francisco), the 2021 NFL Draft became the third Draft since 1967 in which quarterbacks were chosen with each of the first three picks, joining the 1999 and 1971 NFL Drafts.

 

NFL DRAFTS WITH QUARTERBACKS CHOSEN WITH

EACH OF FIRST THREE PICKS SINCE 1967

 

DRAFT YEAR

QUARTERBACK

TEAM

OVERALL

2021

Trevor Lawrence

Jacksonville

1

 

Zach Wilson

New York Jets

2

 

Trey Lance

San Francisco

3

 

 

 

 

1999

Tim Couch

Cleveland

1

 

Donovan McNabb

Philadelphia

2

 

Akili Smith

Cincinnati

3

 

 

 

 

1971

Jim Plunkett

New England

1

 

Archie Manning

New Orleans

2

 

Dan Pastorini

Houston Oilers

3


NON-FBS TO FIRST ROUND: North Dakota State’s TREY LANCE (No. 3 overall, San Francisco) became the sixth quarterback from a non-FBS school to be drafted in the first round since 1979, when Division I-A was formed.

 

QUARTERBACKS FROM NON-FBS SCHOOLS CHOSEN

IN THE FIRST ROUND SINCE 1979

 

DRAFT YEAR

PLAYER

SCHOOL

TEAM

OVERALL

2021

Trey Lance

North Dakota State

San Francisco

3

2016

Carson Wentz

North Dakota State

Philadelphia

2

2008

Joe Flacco

Delaware

Baltimore Ravens

18

1995

Steve McNair

Alcorn State

Houston Oilers

3

1983

Ken O’Brien

UC Davis

New York Jets

24

1979

Phil Simms

Morehead State

New York Giants

7

 

QB-RB DUOS: Clemson, with quarterback TREVOR LAWRENCE (No. 1 overall, Jacksonville) and running back TRAVIS ETIENNE (No. 25, Jacksonville), and Alabama, with quarterback MAC JONES (No. 15, New England) and running back NAJEE HARRIS (No. 24, Pittsburgh), became the fifth and sixth colleges with both a quarterback and running back chosen in the first round of the same NFL Draft since 2000.

 

With both Lawrence and Etienne being selected by Jacksonville, it marks the first time that a quarterback and running back duo from the same college were each selected in the first round of the same NFL Draft by the same team in the common-draft era.

 

SCHOOLS WITH BOTH A QUARTERBACK AND RUNNING BACK SELECTED

IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE SAME NFL DRAFT SINCE 2000

 

DRAFT YEAR

SCHOOL

QUARTERBACK

RUNNING BACK(S)

2021

Alabama

Mac Jones

Najee Harris

2021

Clemson

Trevor Lawrence

Travis Etienne

2020

LSU

Joe Burrow

Clyde Edwards-Helaire

2009

Georgia

Matthew Stafford

Knowshon Moreno

2006

USC

Matt Leinart

Reggie Bush

2005

Auburn

Jason Campbell

Ronnie Brown, Cadillac Williams

 

ROLL CALL: Five offensive players from Alabama - quarterback MAC JONES (New England, No. 15 overall), running back NAJEE HARRIS (Pittsburgh, No. 24), wide receivers DEVONTA SMITH (Philadelphia, No. 10) and JAYLEN WADDLE (Miami, No. 6), and offensive lineman ALEX LEATHERWOOD (Las Vegas, No. 17) – were chosen in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

 

Alabama becomes the first school in the common-draft era to have a quarterback, running back and two wide receivers selected in the first round of the same NFL Draft, and this marks the first time that a school has had at least five offensive players chosen in the first round of a single Draft since 1967.

 

Additionally, with the selection of cornerback PATRICK SURTAIN II (Denver, No. 9), Alabama became the second school to have six players chosen in the first round of the same NFL Draft in the common-draft era, joining the University of Miami (six) in the 2004 NFL Draft.

 

Along with the Crimson Tide, six other schools had multiple players selected in the first round of 2021 NFL Draft: Clemson, Florida, Miami (Fla.), Northwestern, Penn State and Virginia Tech.

 

DUO OUT WIDE: Alabama wide receivers JAYLEN WADDLE (Miami, No. 6) and DEVONTA SMITH (Philadelphia, No. 10 overall) were each selected in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft.

 

Smith and Waddle are the sixth pair of wide receiver teammates to be drafted in the first round of the same NFL Draft since 1967, and the first pair to both be chosen in the top-10.

 

SCHOOLS WITH WIDE RECEIVER TEAMMATES SELECTED IN

THE FIRST ROUND OF THE SAME NFL DRAFT SINCE 1967

 

SCHOOL

YEAR

PLAYER

TEAM

OVERALL

Alabama

2021

Jaylen Waddle

Miami

6

 

 

DeVonta Smith

Philadelphia

10

 

 

 

 

 

Alabama

2020

Henry Ruggs

Las Vegas

12

 

 

Jerry Jeudy

Denver

15

 

 

 

 

 

LSU

2007

Dwayne Bowe

Kansas City

23

 

 

Craig Davis

San Diego Chargers

30

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio State

2007

Ted Ginn Jr.

Miami

9

 

 

Anthony Gonzalez

Indianapolis

32

 

 

 

 

 

Miami (Fla.)

2001

Santana Moss

New York Jets

16

 

 

Reggie Wayne

Indianapolis

30

 

 

 

 

 

Florida

1997

Ike Hilliard

New York Giants

7

 

 

Reidel Anthony

Tampa Bay

16


FLORIDA’S FINEST
: The Atlanta Falcons selected Florida tight end KYLE PITTS with the fourth overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, the highest-drafted tight end in the common-draft era.

 

Additionally, Florida wide receiver KADARIUS TONEY was selected with the No. 20 overall pick by the New York Giants. With the selections of Pitts and Toney, Florida is the second school since 1967 to have both a wide receiver and tight end selected in the first round of the same NFL Draft, joining Ohio State in the 1996 NFL Draft [wide receiver TERRY GLENN (No. 7 overall) and tight end RICKEY DUDLEY (No. 9)].

 

FOOTBALL IS FAMILY: With the selections of JAYCEE HORN (No. 8 overall, Carolina) and PATRICK SURTAIN II (No. 9, Denver), it marked the continuation of NFL family legacies.

 

Jaycee is the son of 12-year NFL veteran and four-time Pro Bowl selection Joe Horn, while Patrick is the son of 11-year NFL veteran and three-time Pro Bowl selection Patrick Surtain.

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