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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.
[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…
— PFF NY Giants (@PFF_Giants) April 30, 2021
[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.
— ESPN (@espn) April 30, 2021
[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.
More on NFL Live now….
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 29, 2021
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 Miami Dolphins – Jaylen Waddle
No. 7 Detroit Lions – Penei Sewell
No. 8 Carolina Panthers – Jaycee Horn