2021 FOX Sports Draft Party
There's nothing like the spectacle of the NFL Draft – and the 2021 edition was made even better by the FOX Sports Draft Party.
Trey Wingo, Eli Manning, Michael Vick and an incredible cast of expert analysts, special guests and gambling gurus were live with their reaction to all 32 first-round picks and the latest news around the NFL, including the Aaron Rodgers rumors that had the NFL world buzzing shortly before the draft began.
With that drama out of the way, it was time for dreams to come true.
After that, the draft really started, as the 49ers showed all the Mac Jones smoke was a diversion by selecting North Dakota State QB Trey Lance at No. 3.
From there, elite offensive line prospect Penei Sewell fell to the Detroit Lions at No. 7 – a move that former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz absolutely loved for Detroit.
One of the first round's biggest moments came when the Chicago Bears traded up to No. 11 to take Justin Fields. RJ Young, one of Fields' biggest proponents, was effusive in his praise for the QB.
Another quarterback whose draft position was a hot topic was aforementioned Alabama signal-caller Mac Jones, who (perhaps inevitably) fell to Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots at No. 15.
It's a move that could work out wonderfully for both sides, according to Jordan Palmer.
On the flip side, the Raiders left some scratching their heads when they selected Alabama offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood just two picks later.
While Leatherwood's upside is clear, most mocks had him available in the second or even third round, and our squad felt like the pick was kind of a stretch.
Of course, it wouldn't be an NFL Draft without the Packers potentially rankling Aaron Rodgers, as Green Bay went defense one year after drafting Rodgers' presumptive backup.
Our crew's thoughts: the Packers must know Rodgers isn't coming back.
The draft, however, will be back for round two on Friday.
And for even more on this year's draft, check out our 2021 NFL Draft tool kit, featuring Rob Rang's 259-player big board and much more.
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