The 2021 draft will forever be known as the Year of the Quarterback.
With five passers selected among the first 15 picks, including three in a row right off the top, Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, Justin Fields and Mac Jones will come to define this year’s draft.
For better or for worse.
There have been massive quarterback hauls in previous drafts, including a whopping six in the first round of the historic Class of ’83. But while that year delivered Hall of Famers John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino, it also featured three underwhelming quarterbacks in Ken O’Brien, Tony Eason and Todd Blackledge.
It’s much easier to be a good quarterback in today’s NFL, where rules changes have come to favor the offense, but it’s still no guarantee that the player you select will turn out to be a Patrick Mahomes or a Mitchell Trubisky.
Here’s a look at our winners and losers:
Jets: Timing is everything, and the time was absolutely right for the Jets to select what they hope to be a franchise quarterback for first-year coach Robert Saleh. BYU’s Wilson is as good a quarterback prospect this side of Trevor Lawrence as there is, and the Jets now have a big-time thrower who can grow alongside a coach who has the makings of a terrific leader. GM Joe Douglas cashed in on his smart trade last year of disgruntled safety Jamal Adams, using his…