The top talents in college football will find out where they’re playing next when the 2021 NFL Draft kicks off with the first round Thursday night in Cleveland. It’s the first of seven rounds as the event stretches over three days.
A draft class full of talented quarterbacks has fueled tons of hype in recent weeks, but the excitement may not start until a couple picks in.
Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, who’s considered the best quarterback prospect to come out of college since Andrew Luck, appears to be a lock to be selected with the first overall pick by the Jaguars.
The Jets, holders of the No. 2 pick, don’t have quite as obvious a move, but they’re widely expected to take BYU’s Zach Wilson after trading Sam Darnold to Carolina.
The third pick may be where the real action begins with the 49ers, who traded up earlier this offseason to have their pick of the remaining QBs available. North Dakota State’s Trey Lance, Alabama’s Mac Jones and Ohio State’s Justin Fields round out the group of passers expected to go in the first round.