The wait for the 2021 NFL Draft is finally over. After last year’s unprecedented virtual format, tonight’s draft will be taking place in Cleveland. Big Blue View will be covering it with live updates and analysis.
The first round of draft will start live at 8 p.m. and go until approximately 11:30 p.m. It will broadcast live on ABC, ESPN and NFL Network. Friday’s TV coverage of the NFL Draft will start at 7 p.m. ET while Saturday’s will begin at noon ET.
This post will provide updates, including surprising picks and trades, throughout the evening. The New York Giants will be on the clock with the No. 11 overall pick.
And that is a wrap on round 1! Thanks for following it live with us.
[12:05 a.m.] The Bucs take us home with the final pick in the first round: Joe Tryon, the linebacker out of Washington.
[12:00 a.m.] The Ravens select Jayson Oweh out of Penn State.
Oweh is most known for not recording a single sack last season. But he had a really strong Pro Day that turned heads.
[11:50 p.m.] The Bills selected defensive end Gregory Rousseau. He was second in the nation in sacks in 2019 behind Chase Young and then opted out last year. Rousseau was projected to go earlier heading into this year but his Pro Day hurt him.
[11:45 p.m.] The Packers selected defensive back Eric Stokes out of Georgia. A much less controversial selection than last year’s No 1 pick Jordan Love...
The quarterback question in Green Bay (if it is in fact answered) will continue to be asked for at least one more day.
[11:40 p.m.] The Saints selected defensive end Payton Turner at No. 28.
Now the Packers are on the clock...
[11:30 p.m.] The Ravens fill a major hill by selecting Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman with the No. 27 overall pick.
He may not have a lot of upside but he will be a starter and is known for being well-respectd in PJ Fleck’s offense.
[11: 25 p.m.] And the hometown Browns select CB Greg Newsome II out of Northwestern.
History for NU with two picks in the first round.
[11:20 p.m.] The Jaguars take another running back off the board and select Clemson’s Travis Etienne.
Again, a strange pick. They already have a top young running back in James Robinson. No real need to take these RB’s in the first round when there are other needs to fill.
[11:15 p.m.] Analysis on Toney pick:
[11:12 p.m.] And the Steelers take the first running back off the board by selecting Alabama’s Najee Haris.
Thought they would go offensive lineman here because Mike Tomlin stressed the need for protection up-front earlier this week but elected to go with Harris.
[11:08] And the Vikings select OT Christian Darrisaw out of Virginia Tech.
A steal and fills a major position of need.
[11:06 p.m.] More on the Giants’ pick of Kadarius Toney:
NFL Draft results: New York Giants select Florida WR Kadarius Toney at No. 20 https://t.co/YW5wjCrn38— Big Blue View (@bigblueview) April 30, 2021
[11:00 p.m.] The Titans select Virginia Tech CB Caleb Farley. The former Hokie brings some injury concerns to the NFL, but he has strong physical tools and natural instincts. He projects as a press-man starter with the potential to make the Pro Bowl if he is able to stay healthy.
[10:50 p.m.] The Indianapolis Colts selected top edge rusher Kwitty Paye out of Michigan at No. 21.
[10:45 p.m.] The Giants surprise many by selecting Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney at No. 20. Many expected (us here at BBV included) that the Giants would go defense here with an edge rusher or offensive tackle. Edge rusher Kwitty Paye and Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw were still on the board at the time.
New York elected to go with an impact player in Toney...
[10:40 p.m.] And NOW the Giants are on the clock!
[10:37 p.m.] The Washington Football Team selects Kentucky’s Jamin Davis. The linebacker has the speed and athleticism to strengthen an already-strong defense by adding depth to the linebacker corps. He had 102 tackles last season.
Thought they would go OT here but elected for linebacker help.
[10:31 p.m.] The Dolphins select the first edge of the draft in Miami’s Jaelan Phillips. He is considered by some to be the most pro-ready rusher in this year’s draft.
For the Giants, that’s one rusher off the board but the edge rusher class is deep in this draft so New York still has a lot of options, including Azzez Ojulari and Kwitty Paye.
[10:26 p.m.] The Raiders select OT Alex Leatherwood out of Alabama. Little surprising that he did not fall to the late first round or early second but can play inside and outside. But Leatherwood won’t fill the need the Raiders need at left tackle.
[10:10 p.m.] The Arizona cardinals selected linebacker Zaven Collins with the No. 16 overall pick. Another great story...Collins had no Power 5 offers out of high school.
Looking more and more likely that the Giants go edge at No. 20...
[10:15 p.m.] And Bill Belichick and the Patriots sat at No. 15...and got their quarterback.
They take Mac Jones out of Alabama. The Nick Saban-Belichick connection continues.
Mac Jones is heading to New England after being selected 15th overall.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 30, 2021
This is the first time in his career as an NFL head coach that Bill Belichick has drafted a QB in the 1st round. pic.twitter.com/P7JW0W5ckV
[10:10 p.m.] The Jets take Alijah Vera-Tucker, who will likely play left guard for them next season. He will serve as a foundation piece for New York, helping Wilson under center.
[10:05 p.m.] Another trade!
The Jets have traded with the Vikings moved up to No. 14.
[10:00 p.m.] The Los Angeles Chargers selected OL Rashawn Slater out of Northwestern. He is projected to be an All-Pro player in the NFL. Justin Herbert gets some elite protection up-front. Chargers get a guy they probably did not think would fall to them.
Justin Herbert’s new best friend is Northwestern OL Rashawn Slater Jr., who can play four different offensive line positions.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2021
[9:52 p.m.] The Cowboys select LB Micah Parsons out of Penn State. Smart move by them, filling a defensive need. Parsons should make an immediate impact after recording 109 tackles in 2019.
[9:48 p.m.] Now, the Cowboys are on the clock. While we wait, some Giants updates:
Giants return from Chicago for pick No. 11:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2021
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Giants GM Dave Gettleman traded back for the first time in nine NFL drafts, and got a haul from Chicago. Gettleman said he hadn’t traded back in eight NFL drafts because he refuses to get “fleeced.”— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2021
[9:40 p.m.] Another trade!!!
The Giants will not be picking at No. 11, but instead engage in a trade with the Chicago Bears.
Chicago selects Justin Fields. Chicago may finally be getting the franchise QB they have long been searching for.
[9:35 p.m.] The Eagles started with the No. 6 pick in this draft, traded up to No. 12 and are now at No. 10.
Philly selects Heisman Trophy winner Devonta Smith.
Smart move for the Eagles who had 11 picks heading into tonight’s draft - the most of any team in the league. They REALLY needed a receiver and they used their draft capital to get one.
[9:30 p.m.] TRADE ALERT!
The Eagles traded with the Cowboys and are now on the clock at No. 10.
[9:25 p.m.] The Broncos go defense, too! They take CB Patrick Surtain II out of Alabama.
This is interesting with one pick until the Giants are on the clock. The Cowboys were widely projected to take Horn or Surtain and now both are off the board. Is Dallas going to take someone the Giants want?
[9:18 p.m.] The Carolina Panthers selected CB Jaycee Horn out of South Carolina.
Expected the Panthers to try to get a lineman here (Rashawn Slater is still on the board) to help out their new quarterback, Sam Darnold. But instead they chose Horn, making him the first defensive player selected in the draft.
[9:10 p.m.] With the seventh overall pick, the Detroit Lions selected offensive tackle Penei Sewell. He is the first Oregon OL to be selected in the top 10 in the common draft era.
A smart pick here. Sewell allowed only one sack in 1,376 career snaps for the Ducks.
[9:03 p.m.] The Dolphins are on the board. They select Jaylen Waddle out of Alabama. He was hurt last season but turned heads in the 2019 season. In his career, 52.7% of Waddle’s career receiving yards came after the catch.
Meanwhile Giants fans...
[8:58 p.m.] With the No. 5 overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals select WR Ja’Marr Chase out of LSU. Chase had 84 receptions for 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns in 2019. Joe Burrow gets an elite weapon in his former teammate.
[8:50 p.m.] Next, the Falcons.
Atlanta selects Florida tight end Kyle Pitts with the No. 4 overall pick - a player considered by many to be the best in the draft after Lawrence. Pitts becomes the highest-drafted tight end since the AFL-NFL merger.
[8:42 p.m.] The 49ers selected...Trey Lance out of North Dakota State!
He started just 17 college football games at the FCS level but set at NCAA record for passes without an interception. He threw for 2,786 yards and 28 touchdowns in 2019. Not a single FBS school offered him the opportunity to play quarterback out of high school. He has been praised for his work ethic and character on and off the field.
New SF QB Trey Lance’s psychological tests for the 49ers were “off the charts”, per a source. The 49ers considered him the smartest quarterback in this draft class.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 30, 2021
[8:36 p.m.] With the San Francisco 49ers on the clock next, the draft officially begins to get interesting.
There has been so much intrigue about what Kyle Shanahan and the 49ers front office is going to do ever since they engaged in a blockbuster trade with the Dolphins earlier in the offseason.
[8:32 p.m.] Now, New York’s other team is on the clock.
And they confirm the rumors and select QB Zach Wilson out of BYU with the No. 2 overall pick. Not a huge surprise. Though other QB’s have soared in recent weeks, the Jets always seemed to be set on Wilson.
Wilson becomes the first QB to be selected second overall since Mitchell Trubisky. This also marks the eighth time in the Super Bowl era quarterbacks have gone back-to-back to open the draft.
[8:25 p.m.] And to the surprise of no one, the Jacksonville Jaguars select Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick. Only strange part was that is took them almost 10 minutes to do so.
[8:12 p.m.] And the Boo Birds are back for Commissioner Goodell! Things truly are getting back to normal.
Before tonight’s draft even began, the plot thickened in Green Bay. The NFL’s quarterback carousel became even more complicated following the latest news surrounding reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers...
Reigning MVP Aaron Rodgers is so disgruntled with the Green Bay Packers that he has told some within the organization that he does not want to return to the team, league and team sources told ESPN on Thursday.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2021
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The Packers have 10 picks in this year’s draft, including No. 29 overall. That’s tied for the second-most picks of any team in the league behind the Eagles, who have 11. Ten picks equals a lot of draft capital, which means that the Packers have the resources to shake up the board if they choose to. Something to keep an eye on...
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The Pick Tracker:
No. 1 Trevor Lawrence - Jacksonville Jaguars
No. 2 Zach Wilson - New York Jets
No. 3 Trey Lance - San Francisco 49ers
No. 4 Kyle Pitts - Atlanta Falcons
No. 5 Ja’Marr Chase - Cincinnati Bengals
No. 6 Jaylen Waddle - Miami Dolphins
No. 7 Penei Sewell - Detroit Lions
No. 8 Jaycee Horn - Carolina Panthers
No. 9 Patrick Surtain II - Denver Broncos
No. 10 DeVonta Smith - Philadelphia Eagles
No. 11 Justin Fields - Chicago Bears
No. 12 Micah Parsons - Dallas Cowboys
No. 13 Rashawn Slater - Los Angeles Chargers
No. 14 Alijah Vera-Tucker - New York Jets
No. 15 Mac Jones - New England Patriots
No. 16 Zaven Collins - Arizona Cardinals
No. 17 Alex Leatherwood - Las Vegas Raiders
No. 18 Jaelan Phillips - Miami Dolphins
No. 19 Jamin Davis - Washington Football Team
No. 20 Kadarius Toney - New York Giants
No. 21 Kwitty Paye - Indianapolis Colts
No. 22 Caleb Farley - Tennessee Titans
No. 23 Christian Darrisaw - Minnesota Vikings
No. 24 Najee Harris - Pittsburgh Steelers
No. 25 Travis Etienne - Jacksonville Jaguars
No. 26 Greg Newsome II - Cleveland Browns
No. 27 Rashod Bateman - Baltimore Ravens
No. 28 Payton Turner - New Orleans Saints
No. 29 Eric Stokes - Green Bay Packers
No. 30 Gregory Rousseau - Buffalo Bills
No. 31 Jayson Oweh - Baltimore Ravens
No. 32 Joe Tryon - Tampa Bay Buccaneers