Who are the best QB's in the 2021 NFL Draft?
The 2021 Draft is full of QB talent. Trevor Lawrence is expected to be the top pick on the 29th, but teams are lining up for Jones, Fields and Wilson.
In the last ten years there have been seven quarterbacks taken with the first pick of the NFL Draft. This year there are two clear cut favorites for the top picks on this years selection day and both happen to be QB’s.
This years draft will be packed full of QB's
Obviously a teams necessities supersede their need for a quarterback, but recent history suggests that this years top pick will be wind up being a spotlighted gunslinger coming out of the college ranks. Of the three picks selected in the last decade that were’t lining up under center have been two defensive ends and a offensive tackle.
The Jacksonville Jaguars have the first selection on April 29th. Almost everyone in Jacksonville is hoping for their home town franchise to take Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence. The former Tiger, who won a National Championship his freshman year only lost twice in his three year career in college.
Lawerene the leading candidate to go No. 1
He passed for over 3,000 yards in each year at Death Valley, and despite playing just 10 games this season he threw for 24 touchdowns. He has been a favorite to go first in the draft for the last few years.
Names like Joe Burrow, Baker Mayfield, and Jamis Winston have gone first overall in the last decade. Lawrence looks to be the latest to join the list of QB’s taken with the top pick, but there are a handful of other quarterbacks set to be selected in the opening round of the NFL Draft.
The New York Jets have the second pick in the draft and are widely expected take a quarterback. Zach Wilson is the odds on favorite to fill the void left by the departure of Sam Darnold.
New York Jets eyeing Wilson with second pick
Wilson, out of Brigham Young University, opened eyes and dropped jaws this year throwing just three interceptions while passing for 33 TD’s. A record of 11 wins in 12 games took the Cougars to the Boca Raton Bowl where he passed for 425 yards and three touchdowns. The BYU QB’s stock has soared over since September and looks to be the odds on favorite to land in The Meadowlands.
Lawrence and Wilson are virtual shoe ins to be have their names called in the first two slots of the draft. But who else will be called and the end of Day 1?
The San Fransico 49ers have the third pick in the draft, acquired from Houston, and are also in the mix for a quarterback. The question is, if they take a play caller, who will they take?
Fields could be the suprise of the draft
Justin Fields is one of the most promising talents to ever come out of Ohio State at the quarterback position. While the Buckeyes have never been an outstanding breeding ground for gunslingers Fields revolutionized what it is to play under center at the Horseshoe. Fields went 7-1 in a national title run passing for 22 TD’s and 5 rushing touchdowns.
Mac Jones topped Fields in the National Title game back in January of this year. The Alabama quarterback threw for 4,500 yards and passed for over 40 touchdowns. He was a Heisman hopeful, and helped his teammate DeVonta Smith become the first wide receiver to win the award since 1991.
The other dark horse in the running to be taking snaps in the 49ers future is Trey Lance. The North Dakota State QB played only one game this year, but in 2019 Lance passed for 28 touchdowns and threw 0 interceptions.
San Fransico will have their choice of these three quarterbacks, but there are plenty of gunslingers in the draft. Kyle Trask from Florida and Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond are also likely to drafted in the first round. This is one of the most QB heavy drafts we have seen in years, and we could see three quarterbacks drafted in the first three picks for the second time in two years.
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