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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