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Trevor Lawrence then who? Experts pick 1st round


The 2021 NFL draft is a little more than three days away with the first round taking place Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. While former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is the favorite to go No. 1, how will the rest of the first round shake out? USA TODAY Network experts have put on their general manager hats to make their picks. See who they took (and why)

1. Jaguars, QB Trevor Lawrence: The prospect of coaching former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is what lured Urban Meyer out of retirement. A generational talent compared to former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Lawrence has been the presumptive No. 1 overall by the Jaguars since they clinched the top spot in late December. Nothing changes heading into draft night. — John Reid, Florida Times-Union

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2. Jets, QB Zach Wilson: One could argue that there are better choices here, but the Jets seem to have decided on Wilson and it’s hard to find fault in that choice. He has the athleticism, arm and elusiveness to be a difference maker on the next level. — Andy Vasquez, Bergen Record

3. 49ers, QB Justin Fields: I’m thrilled, if I’m the Niners, that the Jets are so infatuated with Wilson because with his strong arm, ability to sling it on the move, toughness and character, Fields is an excellent fit in Kyle Shanahan’s offense and may just be the best quarterback of this class when this is all said and done. — Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY

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