The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence as the first selection in the 2021 NFL Draft on Thursday night. In the league’s first in-person draft since 2019, 32 players were selected on Thursday night.
As the second selection, the New York Jets selected BYU quarterback Zach Wilson. Trey Lance of North Dakota State was selected third overall by the San Francisco 49ers.
Cleveland, Ohio will host the 2021 draft. A dozen or so candidates attended the first round in person, with hundreds more taking part virtually. Thousands of fans are expected to attend the three-day celebration in downtown Cleveland.
Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, which caused the postponement and cancellation of hundreds of games across various sports leagues, the NFL’s 2020 draft was held digitally.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has been vaccinated and allowed to work with players this year since hosting the 2020 draft from his basement. In 2021, Goodell brought the armchair he used to host the 2020 draft to the stage, so that different fans could sit in it for each selection.
The first round of the draft started on Thursday night, with subsequent rounds starting at 7 p.m. ET on Friday and 12 p.m. ET on Saturday.