Here’s everything you need to know before the 2021 NFL draft kicks off Thursday night in Cleveland.
What time is the draft, and how can I watch it?
The first round gets underway Thursday at 8 p.m., with Rounds 2-3 beginning Friday at 7 p.m. and Rounds 4-7 starting Saturday at noon. Coverage of all three days will be broadcast on ESPN, ABC and the NFL Network.
What is the draft order?
After some big trades in the past few weeks involving the Miami Dolphins, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers and the Ravens, the first round looks as follows: (Here’s the full order of all 259 picks)
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- New York Jets
- San Francisco 49ers (from Miami Dolphins via Houston Texans)
- Atlanta Falcons
- Cincinnati Bengals
- Miami Dolphins (from Philadelphia Eagles)
- Detroit Lions
- Carolina Panthers
- Denver Broncos
- Dallas Cowboys
- New York Giants
- Philadelphia Eagles (from Miami Dolphins via San Francisco 49ers)
- Los Angeles Chargers
- Minnesota Vikings
- New England Patriots
- Arizona Cardinals
- Las Vegas Raiders
- Miami Dolphins
- Washington Football Team
- Chicago Bears
- Indianapolis Colts
- Tennessee Titans
- New York Jets (from Seattle Seahawks)
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams)
- Cleveland Browns
- Baltimore Ravens
- New Orleans Saints
- Green Bay Packers
- Buffalo Bills
- Baltimore Ravens (from Kansas City Chiefs)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Who are the top prospects?
The class is headlined by the quarterbacks, with the possibility of four being taken with the first four picks for the first time in NFL history. According to ESPN, the earliest that five quarterbacks have ever come off the board during the common draft era (since 1967) was the opening 12 picks in 1999.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the presumptive No. 1 overall pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars, with BYU quarterback Zach Wilson likely going No. 2 to the New York Jets. After the San Francisco 49ers traded up to No. 3, it’s still uncertain which quarterback they prefer, with reports suggesting Alabama’s Mac Jones or North Dakota State’s Trey Lance.
Here’s more on some of the top players at each position, including video highlights, stats and an analyst’s take:
- Trevor Lawrence of Clemson
- Zach Wilson of BYU
- Trey Lance of North Dakota State
- Justin Fields of Ohio State
- Mac Jones of Alabama
- Kyle Trask of Florida
- Kellen Mond of Texas A&M
- Davis Mills of Stanford
- Ja’Marr Chase of LSU
- DeVonta Smith of Alabama
- Jaylen Waddle of Alabama
- Kadarius Toney of Florida
- Terrace Marshall Jr. of LSU
- Tutu Atwell of Louisville
- Rondale Moore of Purdue
- Rashod Bateman of Minnesota
- Elijah Moore of Ole Miss
- Penei Sewell of Oregon
- Rashawn Slater of Northwestern
- Alijah Vera-Tucker of USC
- Christian Darrisaw of Virginia Tech
- Teven Jenkins of Oklahoma State
- Landon Dickerson of Alabama
- Samuel Cosmi of Texas
- Liam Eichenberg of Notre Dame
- Jalen Mayfield of Michigan
- Patrick Surtain II of Alabama
- Caleb Farley of Virginia Tech
- Jaycee Horn of South Carolina
- Greg Newsome II of Northwestern
- Asante Samuel Jr. of Florida State
- Kelvin Joseph of Kentucky
- Micah Parsons of Penn State
- Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah of Notre Dame
- Zaven Collins of Tulsa
- Jamin Davis of Kentucky
- Nick Bolton of Missouri
- Jaelan Phillips of Miami
- Kwity Paye of Michigan
- Jayson Oweh of Penn State
- Azeez Ojulari of Georgia
- Greg Rousseau of Miami
Baltimore Ravens Insider
What about the Ravens? What do they need?
The Ravens have nine picks in the draft, including two in the first round:
- Round 1, No. 27 overall
- Round 1, No. 31 overall (via Chiefs)
- Round 3, No. 94 overall (via Chiefs)
- Round 3, No. 104 overall (compensatory)
- Round 4, No. 131 overall
- Round 4, No. 136 overall (via Chiefs)
- Round 5, No. 171 overall
- Round 5, No. 184 overall (compensatory)
- Round 6, No. 210 overall
After the trade of Orlando Brown Jr., offensive tackle, edge rusher and wide receiver are the team’s biggest needs. The Baltimore Sun previewed those positions and several others:
- Which edge rusher from a deep class will fill one of the biggest holes on the roster?
- How do you replace Orlando Brown Jr.? There are first-round options at tackle.
- Offensive line needs an interior upgrade — but where, exactly?
- Trevon Moehrig headlines the safety class, but where does he fit?
- Could defensive lineman Christian Barmore be the best player available at No. 27?
- Why a highly rated ILB, blocking TE and versatile RB could be surprise picks
Here’s a look at what 32 mock drafts have the Ravens doing in the first round:
Here are two divergent views of how the Ravens should spend their nine picks:
- Dueling Ravens mock drafts: How do you use nine picks? Take a tackle first, then figure the rest out later.
And here are some of the biggest Ravens storylines entering the draft:
- The Ravens want a Lamar Jackson ‘problem.’ The NFL draft is their best solution.
- Mike Preston: Ravens in good position to build with nine picks in NFL draft | COMMENTARY
- Ravens draft roundtable: With Orlando Brown Jr. traded, what happens in the first round?
Are there any local players who could get picked?
Here are the prospects with ties to Maryland.