The first round of the 2021 NFL draft wrapped up Thursday night following the expected run on quarterbacks and a couple of notable trades.

Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence went first overall to the Jacksonville Jaguars as expected, while BYU’s Zach Wilson went second to the New York Jets and North Dakota State’s Trey Lance went third to the San Francisco 49ers. The Chicago Bears traded up to get Ohio State’s Justin Fields and the New England Patriots sat tight and waited for Alabama’s Mac Jones to reach them at No. 15.

Here’s a list of all the first-rounders taken, as well as complete coverage of what unfolded in Cleveland — and a look at the first round’s biggest winners and losers.

First-round picks

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: QB Trevor Lawrence, Clemson

2. New York Jets: QB Zach Wilson, Brigham Young

3. San Francisco 49ers: QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State

4. Atlanta Falcons: TE Kyle Pitts, Florida

5. Cincinnati Bengals: WR Ja’Marr Chase, LSU

6. Miami Dolphins: WR Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

7. Detroit Lions: OT Penei Sewell, Oregon

8. Carolina Panthers: CB Jaycee Horn, South Carolina

9. Denver Broncos: CB Patrick Surtain II, Alabama

10. Philadelphia Eagles (trade with Dallas): WR DeVonta Smith, Alabama

11. Chicago Bears (trade with Giants): QB Justin Fields, Ohio State

12. Dallas Cowboys (trade with Philadelphia): LB Micah Parsons, Penn State

13. Los Angeles Chargers: OT Rashawn Slater, Northwestern

14. New York Jets (trade with Minnesota): OL Alijah Vera-Tucker, Southern California

15. New England Patriots: QB Mac Jones, Alabama

16. Arizona Cardinals: LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa

17. Las Vegas Raiders: OT Alex Leatherwood, Alabama

18. Miami Dolphins: DE Jaelan Phillips, Miami

19. Washington Football Team: LB Jamin Davis, Kentucky

20. New York Giants (trade with Chicago): WR Kadarius Toney, Florida

21. Indianapolis Colts: DE Kwity Paye, Michigan

22. Tennessee Titans: CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech

23. Minnesota Vikings (trade with New York Jets): OT Christian Darrisaw, Virginia Tech

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: RB Najee Harris, Alabama

25. Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Travis Etienne, Clemson

26. Cleveland Browns: CB Gregory Newsome II, Northwestern

27. Baltimore Ravens: WR Rashod Bateman, Minnesota

28. New Orleans Saints: DE Payton Turner, Houston

29. Green Bay Packers: CB Eric Stokes, Georgia

30. Buffalo Bills: DE Gregory Rousseau, Miami

31. Baltimore Ravens: LB Jayson Oweh, Penn State

32. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: LB Joe Tryon, Washington

Winners and losers on Day 1 of the NFL draft

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Winners

Bears: The Bears clearly weren’t as enamored with Andy Dalton being their starter at quarterback as they appeared before the draft. They made a bold and aggressive move by trading up nine spots in the opening-round to take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields 11th overall. Many regarded Fields as the second-best quarterback available in the draft. It was only four years ago the Bears passed on Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson to draft Mitchell Trubisky as their would-be franchise quarterback. Now, trading up to land Fields could end up saving the jobs of Coach Matt Nagy and General Manager Ryan Pace.

Patriots: Trade up to get Mac Jones? Why? The Patriots stayed put at No. 15 and snagged Jones, the quarterback once thought by some to be headed to the 49ers with the third pick. Coach Bill Belichick used a first-round choice on a quarterback for the first time during his Patriots tenure. He spent big in free agency to refortify the roster, and now he has a well-regarded young quarterback to go with Cam Newton.

49ers: Jones would have been an uninspiring choice at No. 3. Taking Trey Lance was the proper move. Lance has the potential to be an upper-tier NFL quarterback. His development might take a little longer as he makes the jump from North Dakota State to the NFL. But San Francisco can afford to wait by retaining Jimmy Garoppolo as a temporary starter.

Cowboys: Dallas traded down two spots, from 10th to 12th, and still got the draft’s most talented defensive player in linebacker Micah Parsons. The defense desperately needed help and the Cowboys got it.

Eagles: The Cowboys-Eagles trade worked well for both sides. The Eagles moved into position to land wide receiver DeVonta Smith at No. 10. Smith was only the third wideout taken, behind Ja’Marr Chase and Jaylen Waddle. But the Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama could be a playmaking difference-maker for second-year quarterback Jalen Hurts.

Alabama: Six of the first 24 players taken Thursday night — Waddle, cornerback Patrick Surtain II, Smith, Jones, offensive tackle Alex Leatherwood and running back Najee Harris — were Alabama products. Perhaps the entire team should have just remained intact and applied for NFL membership.

Losers

Aaron Rodgers: If Rodgers hoped to force the Packers into trading him by telling the team, according to people familiar with the situation, that he might not return to play for Green Bay in the 2021 season, it didn’t work, at least not during Thursday night’s opening round of the draft. Rodgers remains under contract to the Packers through the 2023 season. The Packers could, if they want, force him to play for them or play for no one in 2021.

Packers: This stalemate is not good for anyone. The Packers have managed to alienate an all-time-great quarterback and the reigning league MVP. Their use of a first-round pick in last year’s NFL draft on quarterback Jordan Love was the beginning of the end of Rodgers’s tenure in Green Bay. Love was an idle bystander as the Packers lost a second straight NFC championship game, and now there is plenty of room to wonder if the relationship between Rodgers and the organization is irreparable.

Raiders: Leatherwood is a good NFL prospect and a fine addition to the Las Vegas offensive line. But the Raiders did not have to use the draft’s 17th overall pick to get him.

Panthers: How about giving quarterback Sam Darnold some help? The Panthers traded for Darnold after Darnold failed with the Jets, in large part because of that franchise’s inability to surround him with enough capable players on offense. Carolina could have fortified Darnold’s offensive line by using the No. 8 pick on tackle Rashawn Slater. Instead, the Panthers chose cornerback Jaycee Horn and allowed Slater to be taken five choices later by the Chargers. Darnold’s loss was Justin Herbert’s gain.

4:14 a.m.
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Adam Kilgore: So, what did we learn from the first round? Teams are more willing than ever to be aggressive to go after a young quarterback with potentially elite traits. People who throw and catch the ball are the most valuable players. The Patriots may have their long-term Tom Brady replacement in Mac Jones. It was a down year for pass rushers.
Adam Kilgore, Reporter covering national sports

Bucs take Joe Tryon to complete first round

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The opening round of the 2021 NFL draft is done.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the reigning Super Bowl champs, used the 32nd pick on Washington edge rusher Joe Tryon.

The Buccaneers focused in free agency on keeping their championship roster intact and the addition of Tryon could further bolster the pass rush that chased Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes all over the field in the Super Bowl.

Ravens use 31st pick on Jayson Oweh

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The Baltimore Ravens used their second opening-round pick on Penn State edge rusher Jayson Oweh.

It’s an interesting and risky choice. The Ravens need pass-rushing help. Oweh didn’t have a sack during the 2020 college season after having 5.5 sacks in 2019. But he has the physical skills to be a capable edge rusher in the NFL.

The Ravens earlier used the draft’s 27th selection on wide receiver Rashod Bateman.

Bills choose pass rusher Gregory Rousseau with 30th pick

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The Buffalo Bills added a pass rusher with potential in Miami’s Gregory Rousseau with the 30th overall pick.

Rousseau opted out of the 2020 college football season after being one of the country’s most productive edge rushers in 2019. His pro-day performance for NFL scouts was disappointing, by many accounts.

Still, he’s a player with undeniable talent and he could fill a significant need for the Bills.

Packers take cornerback Eric Stokes with 29th choice

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The Green Bay Packers did not feel compelled, obviously, to use the 29th pick in the NFL draft on an offensive player to attempt to pacify disgruntled quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

They selected Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes.

People familiar with the situation said earlier Thursday that Rodgers remains unhappy with the Packers and has told the team that he might not return to play the 2021 season in Green Bay. Rodgers’s displeasure traces, in part, to the Packers’ decision to use a first-round choice in last year’s NFL draft on quarterback Jordan Love.

The Packers, at least, didn’t take another quarterback this time.

Payton Turner taken by Saints at No. 28

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There had been speculation about the New Orleans Saints attempting to trade up in the first-round draft order, perhaps even into the top 10.

It didn’t happen. The Saints stayed put at No. 28 and selected Houston defensive end Payton Turner.

Turner gives the Saints a pass-rushing prospect to help offset the loss of Trey Hendrickson in free agency.

Ravens use 27th pick on wide receiver Rashod Bateman

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The Baltimore Ravens’ seemingly perpetual search for help at wide receiver continued as they used the 27th overall pick on Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman.

The Ravens also needed pass-rushing help but opted against taking Miami edge rusher Gregory Rousseau.

Instead, they made Bateman the fifth wide receiver selected in the opening round. He follows Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith and Kadarius Toney.

Browns’ pick of Greg Newsome II cheered by fans in Cleveland

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In a pick that seemed popular with the hometown fans in Cleveland, the Browns used the 26th overall choice on Northwestern cornerback Greg Newsome II.

The selection drew cheers from the crowd gathered at the in-person event.

Newsome was the fourth cornerback taken in the first round following Jaycee Horn, Patrick Surtain II and Caleb Farley.

He gave Northwestern two first-rounders Thursday. Offensive tackle Rashawn Slater went 13th to the Los Angeles Chargers.

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Adam Kilgore: The Browns, the hosts of the draft, are a sneaky Round 1 winner. Cornerback was a position of need, and Greg Newsome II fell to them in a big way. He’s better than the 26th pick.
Adam Kilgore, Reporter covering national sports
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Jerry Brewer: So far, Northwestern has two first-round picks. Ohio State and Michigan have two combined. Crazy year.
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Jaguars reteam Travis Etienne with Trevor Lawrence

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Travis Etienne is joining Trevor Lawrence in Jacksonville.

The Jaguars, hours after making Lawrence the first player chosen in this NFL draft as their would-be franchise quarterback, circled back and used the 25th overall selection on Etienne, the tailback who was Lawrence’s college teammate at Clemson.

Etienne was a versatile player with the Tigers who should be able to succeed in the NFL both as a pass-catcher coming out of the backfield and as a runner.

The Clemson duo immediately becomes the centerpieces of Urban Meyer’s attempt to turn around the Jaguars in his first foray into NFL coaching.

3:20 a.m.
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Jerry Brewer: At 6 feet 1 and 230 pounds, Najee Harris is a big running back who can play every down. He has freakish agility and breaks tackles with ease. If any running back is worthy of a first-round selection, it’s him.
Jerry Brewer, Sports columnist

Najee Harris taken by Steelers at No. 24

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The Pittsburgh Steelers needed help for their running game. They got it with the 24th overall pick by selecting Alabama running back Najee Harris.

It’s no longer in fashion for NFL teams to use first-round choices on running backs. But Harris was too good for the Steelers to pass up, particularly when their need was so great.

Harris is the sixth Alabama player taken in the opening round of this draft. That matches the record for the most first-rounders from one school.

3:09 a.m.
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Jerry Brewer: I wonder if Caleb Farley actually benefited from this draft process. His back injury concerns couldn’t be over-scrutinized. Teams had to take a leap of faith or not. The Titans went for the high reward and accepted the risk. If healthy, he’s an elite athlete at corner — with solid ball skills.
Jerry Brewer, Sports columnist
2:46 a.m.
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Adam Kilgore: One trend from this unusual draft process has been teams seeking certainty. Part of that has been shopping name brands. Of the first 20 picks, 17 have come from Power Five schools and 10 have come from the SEC. Only Zach Wilson, Trey Lance and Zaven Collins came from smaller programs — that’s one non-quarterback from outside the Power Five.
Adam Kilgore, Reporter covering national sports
2:41 a.m.
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Les Carpenter: Ron Rivera and Jack Del Rio were linebackers as players and have always loved great linebacker play. They were disappointed with Washington’s linebacker play last season so it makes sense they would want to take one early in this draft. In this case, Washington goes for an off-the-ball player who can cover a lot of ground and help in pass coverage.
Les Carpenter, Reporter covering Washington's NFL team and NFL
2:39 a.m.
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Adam Kilgore: History says not every first-round quarterback will pan out, and in fact more will bust than hit. But one interesting aspect of this first round is how many good situations quarterbacks find themselves in, a rarity for first-round picks. Trevor Lawrence will play for an inventive offensive coach; Zach Wilson will play in a quarterback-friendly offense behind a line with two first-round picks; Trey Lance fits into a roster two years removed from a conference title; Justin Fields plays for an Andy Reid disciple with a strong receiving corps; Mac Jones goes to the Patriots. It’s not hard to be hopeful for all of them, even though we know not all will thrive.
Adam Kilgore, Reporter covering national sports
2:37 a.m.
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Jerry Brewer: Jaelan Phillips, the first true pass rusher selected, goes No. 18 to Miami. Again, this was expected, but it’s still disorienting to see pass rushers as a medium priority.
Jerry Brewer, Sports columnist
2:35 a.m.
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Les Carpenter: Washington should get a defensive difference maker here
Les Carpenter, Reporter covering Washington's NFL team and NFL
2:34 a.m.
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Jerry Brewer: And after tearing apart what was a decent O-line. Raiders so weird.
Jerry Brewer, Sports columnist
2:33 a.m.
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Adam Kilgore: Alex Leatherwood is a safe pick and he had a great college career at Alabama, but the Raiders have developed a reputation for reaching in the first round, and they’ve done it again with this pick. There’s no question they could have traded down and taken Leatherwood late in the first round, if not early in the second.
Adam Kilgore, Reporter covering national sports
2:23 a.m.
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Jerry Brewer: We wasted an entire draft season listening to folks tinker, sometimes crazily, with the order of the five first-round caliber quarterback prospects. It ends up a tad more predictable — Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, Justin Fields and Mac Jones — with Lance being the upset, not Jones. All seem, at least tonight, to be in intriguing situations. But history promises that all will not be successful. In terms of fit, Jones, who went No. 15 to New England, is as perfect as it gets. And he doesn’t have the pressure of being perceived as drafted too high.
Jerry Brewer, Sports columnist
2:00 a.m.
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Les Carpenter: The Cowboys traded down and still got a linebacker in Micah Parsons who can play all three downs. It could be an excellent pick, especially given the injuries that have slowed Leighton Vander Esch over the last two years. Dallas takes a big step toward fixing a defense that was one of the NFL’s worst in 2020.
Les Carpenter, Reporter covering Washington's NFL team and NFL
1:53 a.m.
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Adam Kilgore: So it seems the 49ers could have stayed at 12 and taken Mac Jones.
Adam Kilgore, Reporter covering national sports
1:52 a.m.
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Barry Svrluga: The Washington Football Team won the NFC East — with a 7-9 record. It sits with the 19th pick. And all their divisional rivals are maneuvering ahead of them. The Cowboys traded back two picks with the division rival Eagles, who took an insanely talented receiver, Alabama’s DeVonta Smith, before drafting the best linebacker in the draft in Micah Parsons. More than that: The New York Giants traded down and allowed the Chicago Bears into their spot at 11 to take/steal Justin Fields. That’s a bet on Daniel Jones, but it’s also a savvy assessment of the market. Is Washington going to sit there at 19? The division has gotten better around it in the past two hours. Alabama QB Mac Jones is still out there. Everyone else in the division is moving and shaking. Can they just stand still?
Barry Svrluga, Sports columnist with beat writing experience on baseball, golf, the NFL, college basketball and college football
1:40 a.m.
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Adam Kilgore: Every mock draft in the world had Dallas taking a cornerback at 10. Instead, they traded back and allowed the Eagles to take a Heisman Trophy-winning wide receiver who can burn their corners twice a year.
Adam Kilgore, Reporter covering national sports
1:38 a.m.
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Jerry Brewer: This wasn’t expected to be a draft of elite pass rushers, and now we know that NFL talent evaluators agree. For the first time since 2012, no defensive lineman or pass-rushing linebacker was selected in the top 10. It’s only the second time that has happened since 2005.
Jerry Brewer, Sports columnist
1:32 a.m.
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Adam Kilgore: Patrick Surtain II might be the best cornerback in the draft. But the Broncos, who have Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater, may regret passing over quarterbacks Mac Jones and Justin Fields. Unless, of course, they end up trading for Aaron Rodgers, who reportedly had the Broncos on his trade wish list.
Adam Kilgore, Reporter covering national sports
1:21 a.m.
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Adam Kilgore: Now this is getting fascinating. With both Justin Fields and Mac Jones available past the Lions-Panthers corner, following Carolina’s selection of cornerback Jaycee Horn, the No. 1 question is whether either QB gets to the Patriots at No. 15 — and what they would do if they’re still there, or if another team (or teams) would move ahead of them.
Adam Kilgore, Reporter covering national sports
1:18 a.m.
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Adam Kilgore: The first seven picks have been quarterbacks, pass catchers and a pass protector. Anybody wonder if the passing game matters in the 2021 NFL?
Adam Kilgore, Reporter covering national sports
1:10 a.m.
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Barry Svrluga: Kyle Pitts, Ja’Marr Chase and Jaylen Waddle become the first pass catchers off the board. They are all studs. But are we missing the most exciting player in college last year? DeVonta Smith won the Heisman at Alabama. But more than that: Watch a Crimson Tide game, and try taking your eye off Smith. It was darn near impossible. No, he’s not 6-foot-5. (He’s 6-1.) No, he’s not 225 pounds. (He’s 166.) But it’s hard to imagine the team that ends up with him — particularly outside of the top 10 — will be disappointed. Some players have it. Seems like Smith is one of those. How long will he last?
Barry Svrluga, Sports columnist with beat writing experience on baseball, golf, the NFL, college basketball and college football
1:05 a.m.
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Jerry Brewer: Ja’Marr Chase is an incredible, high-ceiling receiver who already has great chemistry with Joe Burrow. But in terms of value, passing on Penei Sewell — an offensive lineman who can do just about anything — could be a decision the Cincinnati Bengals regret. Sewell and Kyle Pitts may be the surest things in the draft, and the stars most likely to pop early, even more so than Trevor Lawrence.
Jerry Brewer, Sports columnist
1:00 a.m.
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Les Carpenter: Ten years ago, the Falcons used the sixth overall pick to draft receiver Julio Jones, who became a seven-time Pro Bowl selection. Tonight, they might have used the fourth selection to take their top playmaker for the next decade in Kyle Pitts.
Les Carpenter, Reporter covering Washington's NFL team and NFL
12:51 a.m.
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Adam Kilgore: Barry makes a good point about the possibility of Jones or Fields sliding. But with the Panthers and Lions in position to trade back after acquiring quarterbacks this offseason, it seems like at least one team — Chicago? New England? Maybe even the Steelers? — moves up to take a passer seventh or eighth.
Adam Kilgore, Reporter covering national sports
12:47 a.m.
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Barry Svrluga: With Trey Lance gone to the 49ers, and tight end Kyle Pitts almost certain to go to Atlanta, a draft that has been focused on forever now turns. From a QB perspective, how far do Mac Jones and Justin Fields fall? Out of the top 10? This just got intriguing, because there is talent all over the field from this point on — but two stud QBs still there.
Barry Svrluga, Sports columnist with beat writing experience on baseball, golf, the NFL, college basketball and college football
12:46 a.m.
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Adam Kilgore: In making the third overall pick, you wonder if Kyle Shanahan relived his Washington past. Mac Jones offered the accuracy and quick-processing of Kirk Cousins with a higher ceiling. Trey Lance offered a chance to coach a quarterback with athleticism similar to Robert Griffin III. In the end, the Niners took Lance out of North Dakota State — and now an FCS quarterback who started 17 games takes over for a Super Bowl-caliber roster.
Adam Kilgore, Reporter covering national sports
12:39 a.m.
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Jerry Brewer: No phrase may better explain the evolution of the quarterback — and of the preferences of NFL teams — than “off-platform throws.” Zach Wilson, the new hope for the New York Jets, is this draft’s king of off-platform throwing. He has the arm strength and creativity to create big plays down the field from angles that would’ve been unimaginable 10 years ago. Wilson is somewhat of a beneficiary of Patrick Mahomes’s ridiculousness, as well as the unique skills of QBs such as Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson. The quarterback position is no longer just about how fundamentally precise you are throwing from a sound base.
Jerry Brewer, Sports columnist
12:38 a.m.
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Barry Svrluga: After a half an hour to make two picks, the 2021 NFL draft can begin ... with the 49ers. Let’s hope we’re all alive on Sunday.
Barry Svrluga, Sports columnist with beat writing experience on baseball, golf, the NFL, college basketball and college football
12:29 a.m.
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Adam Kilgore: With the Trevor Lawrence pick official, a quarterback has been picked first overall in six of the past seven years, including the last four. It’s a near-certainty five quarterbacks will go in the first round, and possibly five will go in the top 10 for the first time.
Adam Kilgore, Reporter covering national sports
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Adam Kilgore: One draft-related thing to consider amid the sudden Aaron Rodgers drama: It’s frequently noted that the Packers have not used a first-round pick on an offensive player aside from Jordan Love since 2012. But they have acquired an elite wide receiver in Davante Adams, a top left tackle in David Bahktiari, running back Aaron Jones and on-the-rise tight end Robert Tonyan. Regardless of the draft resources allocated, the notion that the Packers haven’t surrounded Rodgers sufficiently isn’t supported by the talent around him. The Love pick may have ticked Rodgers off, but it didn’t prevent the Packers from building a strong offensive roster.
Adam Kilgore, Reporter covering national sports