2021 NFL draft: Pros and cons for every first-round pick

The 2021 NFL draft began Thursday and continues through Saturday (ABC/ESPN/ESPN App). We will have the pros and cons for each of the 32 first-round picks. The Jacksonville Jaguars kicked off the draft by selecting Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 selection. The New York Jets and San Francisco 49ers will also likely go with a QB at Nos. 2 and 3.

We will track all 259 picks for Rounds 1-7, and you also can see all of the best available draft prospects.

The draft continues with Rounds 2-3 on Friday (7 p.m. ET) and Rounds 4-7 on Saturday (noon ET).

Here is the draft order heading into the first round. ESPN NFL Nation reporters will analyze each pick live.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars

Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson| Highlights

Why they picked him: Lawrence is the most polished QB prospect since Andrew Luck and ESPN NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper, Jr. ranks him only behind John Elway, Peyton Manning and Luck among QBs he’s graded. The Jaguars’ offense the past decade has been awful and QB play is a big reason. The Jaguars were last in points scored and ranked 30th or worst in QB completion percentage, Total QBR, passer rating and passing yards in the league from 2011-20 with Blaine Gabbert, Chad Henne, Blake Bortles, Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew II, Jake Luton and Mike Glennon taking snaps. Lawrence was 34-2 as a starter at Clemson and threw for 10,098 yards and 90 touchdowns with only 17 interceptions in three seasons. He won a national championship as a freshman and led the Tigers to two more playoff appearances.

Biggest question: There’s no such thing as a perfect prospect but Lawrence is close. Jaguars GM Trent Baalke, when asked about what he learned about Lawrence that he didn’t know during the pre-draft process, said: “No negatives.” There was a brief stir about Lawrence’s comments in a Sports Illustrated piece that he doesn’t have a chip on his shoulder and his high school coach’s comment that Lawrence could walk away from the game and be fine. That may have riled up some fans but Lawrence addressed those comments several days later and re-assured everyone he is motivated and does want to win. — Michael DiRocco

  • Analysis for every Jaguars pick

2. New York Jets

3. San Francisco 49ers (from Miami Dolphins via Houston Texans)

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 Miami Dolphins via San Francisco 49ers)

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

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