This year’s NFL Draft kicked off Thursday night with the Jacksonville Jaguars picking Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence as their 2021 first pick. Thirty-two players will be picked Thursday night, in the league’s first in-person draft. since 2019.
The New York Jets selected Zach Wilson, a BYU quarterback, as their second choice. The San Francisco 49ers took on North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance as third.
The 2021 Draft is being held in Cleveland, Ohio. According to CBS Sports, about a dozen prospects attended in person, and dozens more participated virtually. Thousands of fans are expected to flock to downtown Cleveland for the three-day event.
The 2020 NFL Draft took place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the postponement and cancellation of hundreds of games in several sports leagues.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, who hosted the 2020 draft from his basement, has been vaccinated and is cleared to interact with players this year.
The first round of the draft began Thursday night, with additional rounds starting Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 12 p.m.