It was clear heading into the 2021 draft that quarterbacks would be important. The top draft prospects were all signal-callers, but would the teams still use such valuable picks on all quarterbacks?
The answer was yes, making this the first draft that quarterbacks were picked 1-2-3 since 1999. The Jacksonville Jaguars picked Trevor Lawrence with the first pick. Next, the New York Jets grabbed Zach Wilson, and then the San Francisco 49ers used the pick they traded up for to get Trey Lance.
The last time this happened, Lawrence wasn’t yet born. The 1999 draft featured three quarterbacks going 1-2-3. (Lawrence was born in October of that year.) The Cleveland Browns picked Tim Couch, who had a career marked by injuries. Philadelphia picked Donovan McNabb, who took the Eagles to the playoffs six times, and the Cincinnati Bengals picked Akili Smith, who never started a full season in his four-year career.