CLEVELAND (WJW)– Round 1 of the 2021 NFL Draft kicked off Thursday from downtown Cleveland. Five quarterbacks went in the opening round, as well as a slew of Alabama players.
The Cleveland Browns selected cornerback Greg Newsome II with the 26th overall pick.
Rounds 2 and 3 start Friday at 7 p.m.
12:06 a.m. update:
Edge of your seat to end the first round. The Bills take Miami edge Greg Rousseau, the Ravens take edge Jayson Oweh and the Buccaneers take edge Joe Tyron.
11:45 p.m. updates:
The Ravens select Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman, the Saints select Houston defensive end Payton Turner and the Packers select Georgia cornerback Eric Stokes.
11:28 p.m. update:
11:20 p.m. update:
The Jaguars, with their second pick of the night, take Clemson running back Travis Etienne.
11:12 p.m. update:
The Pittsburgh Steelers, amid booing from the Cleveland crowd, pick Alabama running back Najee Harris.
11:08 p.m. update:
The Minnesota Vikings draft Virginia Tech offensive tackle Christina Darrisaw. Back-to-back Hokies.
11 p.m. update:
The Tennessee Titans select Virginia Tech cornerback Caleb Farley with the 22nd overall pick.
10:52 p.m. update:
The New York Giants select Florida wide receiver Kadarius Toney and the Indianapolis Colts select Michigan defensive end Kwity Paye.
10:37 p.m. update:
The Washington Football Team take linebacker Jamin Davis. Davis checks a lot of boxes for a linebacker prospect. He’s 6 foot 3 and 234 pounds with talent, athleticism and focus.
A big concern, however, is his experience. Davis had just 11 starts during his college career.
10:32 p.m. update:
The Miami Dolphins select Miami’s Jaelan Phillips with the 18th overall pick. He’s considered one of the top edge rushers in the draft. The Las Vegas Raiders pick Alabama offensive tackle Alex Leatherhead.
10:24 p.m. update:
Cleveland players past and present were well represented for the draft.
The Arizona Cardinals pick Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins. This high school quarterback-turned-linebacker is considered one of the best defensive players in college football.
10:16 p.m. update:
Alabama’s Mac Jones becomes the fifth quarterback draft in the first round. He goes to the New England Patriots.
10:10 p.m. update:
The New York Jets trade back into the first round to take USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker.
10:01 p.m. update:
The Dallas Cowboys select Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and the LA Charges pick Northwestern offensive tackle Rashawn Slater.
9:49 p.m. update:
The Chicago Bears pick Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields with the 11th overall pick.
9:38 p.m. update:
Heisman Trophy winner wide receiver DeVonta Smith is selected by the Philadelphia Eagles. He becomes another WR reunited with his college quarterback as he joins back up with Jalen Hurts.
9:30 p.m. update:
Two CBs. The Carolina Panthers select South Carolina cornerback Jaycee Horn and the Denver Broncos pick Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II.
9:12 p.m. update:
With the seventh overall pick, the Detroit Lions take offensive tackle Penei Sewll, Oregon.
9:04 p.m. update:
The Miami Dolphins select Alabama wide receiver Jaylen Waddle. He’s back with college teammate Tua Tagovailoa.
8:58 p.m. update:
The Cincinnati Bengals give Joe Burrow a target: LSU wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase. Reunited.
8:49 p.m. update:
The Atlanta Falcons are the first to not take a quarterback. They go with the best athlete in the draft: Florida tight end Kyle Pitts.
8:42 p.m. update:
We all knew the 49ers were taking a quarterback. They select North Dakota State’s Trey Lance.
8:33 p.m. update:
The New York Jets select BYU quarterback Zach Wilson.
8:25 p.m. update:
With the first overall pick in the draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars selected Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. It’s former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer’s first draft as an NFL head coach.
8:10 p.m. update:
Commissioner Roger Goodell is greeted by the usual boos of fans to start the draft. He encourages them, saying, “I didn’t come out of my basement for nothing.”
He’s joined on stage by Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry, former quarterback Bernie Kosar and future hall of famer Joe Thomas, who leads the crowd in, “Here we go Brownies!”