The much anticipated NFL Draft 2021 is a matter of weeks away. Here is Pinnacle’s one-stop guide to what and who to look out for across the three-day extravaganza.
Where is the NFL Draft 2021?
The NFL Draft 2021 will be hosted in Cleveland, Ohio between Thursday April 29 and Saturday May 1, 2021. It will be held across three of the city’s iconic locations - the FirstEnergy Stadium, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Great Lakes Science Center.
When is the NFL Draft 2021?
The 2021 NFL Draft will be shown on the NFL Network and ESPN, although the exact schedule breakdown has yet to be determined. Last year, ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC were all involved in the Draft coverage. It’s expected that the Draft will begin at 8PM Eastern Time on Thursday April 29, 2021.
Will the NFL Draft 2021 be virtual?
Plans for a 2020 NFL Draft spectacular in Las Vegas – including a lavish floating stage on the Fountains of the Bellagio hotel were scrapped due to COVID-19. Instead, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hosted an entirely virtual event, announcing the picks from his basement.
However, one year on and the Draft is able to return to a slightly more familiar look, with a selection of this year’s prospects joining Goodell in person while others will take part remotely as the NFL works in concordance with the ever-changing COVID-19 restrictions.
Which team has got the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft 2021?
The first pick in the NFL Draft will be from the Jacksonville Jaguars after finishing the 2020 season with a league-worst 1-15 record, followed by the New York Jets on the back of their 2-14 record.
The Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings currently own the most selections with 11 apiece, while the Seattle Seahawks have the fewest with four. After winning the 2020 Super Bowl in February, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has the No. 32 pick in round one.
Who is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft 2021?
The Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to select Clemson University quarterback Trevor Lawrence as the No. 1 pick in the Draft. Elsewhere, many expect BYU quarterback Zach Wilson to go second in round one.
Alabama’s 2020 Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith – the first wide receiver to claim the honour since Desmond Howard in 1991 – could be a surprise high pick.
Oregon’s offensive tackle Penei Sewell, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, and LSU’s wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase are expected to make up the opening five selections.
How has the No. 1 Draft pick fared in the last five years?
University of California quarterback Jared Goff was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in 2016. Having competed in back-to-back Pro Bowls in 2017 and 2018, Goff was traded to the Detroit Lions in 2021.
2017 was the year of defensive end Myles Garrett. The Texas alumni was drafted by Cleveland Browns and has since claimed two Pro Bowl appearances and made the All-Pro first team in 2020 too.
Then comes three Heisman Trophy winners in a row. Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 2018. In 2020, Mayfield led them to their first playoff win since 1994 in the victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Another Oklahoma alum, Kyler Murray was drafted to the Arizona Cardinals in 2019. He has since won the Offensive Rookie of the Year award and earned a 2020 Pro Bowl appearance.
Finally, Joe Burrow was the Cincinnati Bengals pick in 2020. The quarterback had started well but his rookie season was curtailed by a knee injury.
The 2021 NFL season begins on Thursday September 9, with reigning Super Bowl champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicking things off.