The 2021 NFL Draft is going to be full of surprises once it kicks off later in April. After trading up to the third pick, the San Francisco 49ers are a true wild card. Which quarterback are they going to take? Could a potential Jimmy Garoppolo blockbuster trade be in the cards?
As for the remainder of the first round, the expectation is that five quarterbacks will go on Day 1. Could Florida’s Kyle Trask make that a sixth? Below, we look at five potential NFL Draft surprises we could see in the matter of weeks.
Six quarterbacks go in the first round
As of right now, it’s a virtual guarantee that the likes of Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Justin Fields, Trey Lance and Mac Jones will go in the first round. In fact, all five quarterbacks could potentially be selected within the top-10 picks. It would be an historical moment for signal callers when it comes to the annual event.
However, a team picking in the bottom end of Round 1 could very well opt to select Florida quarterback Kyle Trask. That would make it a record six quarterbacks going on Day 1. Recent reports suggest that Trask — a Heisman finalist in 2020 — is generating first-round buzz. Perhaps the New Orleans Saints or Tampa Bay Buccaneers take a look. Heck, a team selecting near the top of the second round could move up.
Washington Football Team nabs quarterback in NFL Draft
Selecting 19th overall, Washington is highly unlikely to land one of the top-five quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft. Rather, rumors coming out of D.C. suggest that new general manager Martin Mayhew is looking to make a bold move up the draft board for North Dakota State product Trey Lance. The idea would be for recent signee Ryan Fitzpatrick to start in 2021 before Lance takes over the following season.
This scenario would be super expensive for Washington. The only real comparison would be the San Francisco 49ers’ blockbuster trade up from the 12th pick to No. 3 overall last month. San Francisco yielded two future first-round picks and a third-rounder to the Miami Dolphins to move up. The cost Washington pays to the Atlanta Falcons for the fourth pick in this hypothetical deal would likely be even more expensive. With that said, Washington has been looking for a quarterback of the future all offseason. It loves Trey Lance. Expect a move come Day 1 of the daft.