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NFL Draft 2021 order, start time, mock draft central, NFL news, how to watch live stream, draft tracker – CBS Sports

The 2021 NFL Draft is set to begin and you can track each pick here. This year’s draft offers one of the most anticipated first rounds in years. If you like offense, this is the draft to watch as the top three players taken are projected to be quarterbacks for the first time since 1999 and this NFL draft will attempt to break the record for consecutive offensive players taken to start a draft (six, set in 1999). 

The 2021 NFL Draft has the potential of having three wide receivers taken in the top 10 for the first time since 2017 and just the second time since 2005. There are plenty of storylines and records set to be made in this year’s NFL Draft, and we got you covered here at CBS Sports. 

Below you’ll find everything you need to know on this weekend’s draft, from prospect rankings to picks — and all the mock drafts and insider information you can get. 

First round draft order 

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars
  2. New York Jets
  3. San Francisco 49ers (from Miami via Houston)
  4. Atlanta Falcons
  5. Cincinnati Bengals
  6. Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia)
  7. Detroit Lions
  8. Carolina Panthers
  9. Denver Broncos
  10. Dallas Cowboys
  11. New York Giants
  12. Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami via San Francisco)
  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)
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers
  25. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)
  26. Cleveland Browns
  27. Baltimore Ravens
  28. New Orleans Saints
  29. Green Bay Packers
  30. Buffalo Bills
  31. Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City)
  32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Here’s the entire draft order — all 259 picks

Prospect rankings (overall)

  1. Trevor Lawrence (QB) — Clemson
  2. Penei Sewell (OL) — Oregon
  3. Kyle Pitts (TE) — Florida
  4. Zach Wilson (QB) — BYU
  5. Justin Fields (QB) — Ohio State
  6. Ja’Marr Chase (WR) — LSU
  7. Jaylen Waddle (WR) — Alabama
  8. Micah Parsons (LB) — Penn State
  9. Trey Lance (QB) — North Dakota State
  10. DeVonta Smith (WR) — Alabama
  11. Rashawn Slater (OL) — Northwestern
  12. Caleb Farley (CB) — Virginia Tech
  13. Kwity Paye (EDGE) — Michigan
  14. Christian Darrisaw (OL) — Virginia Tech
  15. Patrick Surtain II (CB) — Alabama
  16. Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (LB) — Notre Dame
  17. Trevon Moehrig (S) — TCU
  18. Azeez Ojulari (LB) — Georgia
  19. Alijah Vera-Tucker (OL) — USC
  20. Rondale Moore (WR) — Purdue
  21. Jaelan Phillips (EDGE) — Miami (Fla.)
  22. Mac Jones (QB) — Alabama
  23. Teven Jenkins (OL) — Oklahoma State
  24. Asante Samuel Jr. (CB) — Florida State
  25. Rashod Bateman (WR) — Minnesota
  26. Christian Barmore (DL) — Alabama
  27. Jaycee Horn (CB) — South Carolina
  28. Levi Onwuzurike (DL) — Washington
  29. Joseph Ossai (EDGE) — Texas
  30. Zaven Collins (LB) — Tulsa
  31. Greg Newsome II (CB) — Northwestern
  32. Kadarius Toney (WR) — Florida

Click here for the full position-by-position rankings provided by CBS Sports.  

When and where is the draft?

The 2021 NFL Draft will take place in Cleveland, one year after the annual selection meeting was virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is the list of the 13 prospects that will be attending:

The draft will be on a variety of networks. NFL Network, ESPN and ABC will provide the coverage and you can stream live on FuboTV. Here are the start times for each round: 

  • Thursday, April 29, at 8 p.m. ET
  • Friday, April 30, at 7 p.m. ET
  • Saturday, May 1, at noon ET 

Mock draft central

Trevor Lawrence is expected to be the first pick in the draft (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Zach Wilson is projected to go second (New York Jets). The San Francisco 49ers and Atlanta Falcons are the teams that will make the draft interesting for the rest of the night.

To find out who the 49ers and Falcons are projected to take, check out who our NFL writers picked here!

Here are some other draft articles leading up to Round 1:

Insider information

Or NFL insiders Jason La Canfora and Jonathan Jones have you covered leading up to the draft. Here’s the latest from each:

From a fantasy standpoint

It’s never too early to get prepared for your fantasy football season (let’s face it, rookies can win you a championship in a dynasty league). Our CBS fantasy expert Chris Towers took a look at the biggest fantasy questions in the first round. 

Dave Richard took a look at the best and worst case scenario for each player in Round 1

For a list of individual profiles on the top prospects click here.

For the bettors out there 

Want to make some money this weekend? Our Jordan Dajani took a look at the five best bets to consider, along with the player prop bets by William Hill Sportsbook. Tyler Sullivan took a look at long shot value plays he would make and some great position props

Some fun facts about this year’s draft 

This year’s draft has some history to be made. Here are some notes leading into the draft:

— If Trevor Lawrence goes to the Jaguars with the first overall pick, he’d be the first player in Clemson history to be drafted No. 1 and the first to be drafted in the top-3.

— If three quarterbacks are drafted in the top six, this will be the third time in the common-draft era (since 1967) that’s happened: 

  • 2020: Joe Burrow (1st), Tua Tagovailoa (5th), Justin Herbert (6th)
  • 1999: Tim Couch (1st), Donovan McNabb (2nd), Akili Smith (3rd)
  • 1971: Jim Plunkett (1st), Archie Manning (2nd), Dan Pastorini (3rd)

— If Mac Jones, DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle all get drafted in the first round, Alabama would be the first school ever to have a quarterback and two wide receivers drafted in the first round of the same draft in multiple drafts.

— If six quarterbacks are taken in the first round, it would be the first time that’s happened since 1983 (when Hall of Famers Jim Kelly, John Elway, and Dan Marino were drafted). Five quarterbacks were taken in the first round in 1999 and 2018 — and is expected in 2021. 

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