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AIRS 04-29-21

NFL Draft 2021: start time, schedule, online streaming, picks, order and more

The first round is tonight (Thursday, April 29). The draft begins at 7:00 p.m central time and will run for three or four hours as 32 picks are made. The second round will kick off at 6:00 p.m. central on Friday (April 30), with the third round following right after. The 2021 NFL Draft will air in the US on ABC, ESPN, and NFL Network, as well as ESPN Deportes for Spanish speakers. In addition to airing on ABC, ESPN, and the NFL Network, the draft will also stream on the ABC app, the ESPN app, the NFL app, and on NFL.com (cable authentication is required).


First round order

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. New York Jets
  3. San Francisco 49ers (from Houston Texans through Miami Dolphins)
  4. Atlanta Falcons
  5. Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia Eagles)
  7. Detroit Lions
  8. Carolina Panthers
  9. Denver Broncos
  10. Dallas Cowboys
  11. New York Giants
  12. Philadelphia Eagles (from San Francisco 49ers through Miami Dolphins)
  13. Los Angeles Chargers
  14. Minnesota Vikings
  15. New England Patriots
  16. Arizona Cardinals
  17. Las Vegas Raiders
  18. Miami Dolphins
  19. Washington Football Team
  20. Chicago Bears
  21. Indianapolis Colts
  22. Tennessee Titans
  23. New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)
  26. Cleveland Browns
  27. Baltimore Ravens
  28. New Orleans Saints
  29. Green Bay Packers
  30. Buffalo Bills
  31. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City Chiefs)
  32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers



Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft is just hours away, and five teams bring home their quarterbacks of the future Thursday night. Let's jump right in!


Pick 1

Jacksonville Jaguars
Trevor Lawrence

Clemson · QB

Lawrence has been the pick for months. The Jags aren't changing their mind about this one.

Pick 2

New York Jets
Zach Wilson


The Jets begin the Robert Saleh era by selecting a quarterback whose rating is higher than Sam Darnold before the 2018 draft. Wilson will fit nicely into this new offense.

Pick 3

San Francisco 49ers
Mac Jones

Alabama · QB

Kyle Shanahan goes with his gut and takes the most pro-ready quarterback in the draft to put in the center of his offense.

Pick 4

Atlanta Falcons
Kyle Pitts

Florida · TE

The trade offers still aren't good enough for Atlanta to pass on Pitts, arguably the best player in this draft class. This is a huge weapon for Matt Ryan -- a playoff-caliber QB -- and his already-explosive offense.

Pick 5

Cincinnati Bengals
Penei Sewell

Oregon · OT

The Bengals debate between protecting Joe Burrow and adding a game-changing weapon in Ja'Marr Chase, but ultimately go with Sewell in an effort to keep the second-year QB upright. 


Pick 6

Miami Dolphins
Ja'Marr Chase


The Dolphins add a big-time playmaker to help further the development of second-year quarterback Tua Tagovailoa.


Pick 7

Detroit Lions
DeVonta Smith

Alabama · WR

The Lions need to upgrade their receiving corps. What better way to do that than by drafting a guy who's been labeled a mix of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley?


Pick 8

Carolina Panthers
Rashawn Slater

Northwestern · OT

After trading away Teddy Bridgewater on the eve of the draft, the Panthers go get their QB1 Sam Darnold a left tackle. They could also trade back and still get Slater.


Pick 9

Denver Broncos
Justin Fields

Ohio State · QB

With Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater already on the roster, the Broncos add another player to the QB room. They are determined to get the position fixed.


Pick 10

Dallas Cowboys
Patrick Surtain II

Alabama · CB

Dallas snags one of the best defensive players in the draft to pair with Trevon Diggs, giving new DC Dan Quinn two good, young cornerbacks.


Pick 11

New York Giants
Kwity Paye

Michigan · Edge

Big Blue desperately needs an outside pass rusher, and it's a close call between Paye and Jaelan Phillips.


Pick 12

Philadelphia Eagles
Jaycee Horn

South Carolina · CB

The Eagles fill a longtime need by nabbing a top CB prospect. They can add a receiving weapon on Day 2 or 3.


Pick 13

Los Angeles Chargers
Alijah Vera-Tucker


The Bolts continue to rebuild the O-line to protect reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert.


Pick 14

Minnesota Vikings
Teven Jenkins

Oklahoma State · OT

The offensive line has been a problem area for quite some time. Jenkins immediately helps improve the unit.


Pick 15

New England Patriots
Trey Lance

North Dakota State · QB

There are a lot of options for New England when it comes to the quarterback position, and it doesn't stops with Cam Newton. Do they trade for Jimmy G? Do they draft a guy early? In this case, they snag a QB with a lot of upside.


Pick 16

Arizona Cardinals
Jaylen Waddle

Alabama · WR

Kyler Murray gets a Tyreek Hill-esque deep threat to help stretch the field.


Pick 17

Las Vegas Raiders
Caleb Farley

Virginia Tech · CB

Farley was the top cornerback in this class prior to his recent back surgery. Even though he won't be in Cleveland to bro hug Roger Goodell, one of the most complete defensive players in the draft goes to Las Vegas at No. 17.


Pick 18

Miami Dolphins
Jaelan Phillips

Miami · Edge

Some feel Phillips has the most potential of any pass rusher in this class. He proves to be the apple of the Dolphins' eye here.


Pick 19

Washington Football Team
Micah Parsons

Penn State · LB

The best defensive player in the draft joins the league's second-ranked defense from 2020. 


Pick 20

Chicago Bears
Kadarius Toney

Florida · WR

With a lot of the same skills Minnesota's Justin Jefferson possesses, Toney gives the Chicago offense a speed receiver to help stretch the field.


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