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Lawrence heads to Jacksonvil­le as 49ers select Lance

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Quarterbac­ks dominated the first- round of the 2021 NFL draft as teams looked to grab the players they hope will be franchise cornerston­es for years to come.

There was little surprise at the number one overall pick in Thursday night’s event in Cleveland. The Jacksonvil­le Jaguars selected Clemson quarterbac­k Trevor Lawrence, considered one of the best college prospects in decades. Similarly, BYU quarterbac­k Zach Wilson had long been predicted as the second overall pick for the New York Jets, and those prediction­s came true.

The first surprise came with the San Francisco 49ers, who had traded up for the third pick. 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan said he had been drawn to Trey Lance since starting the draft

process in January and the Niners made it official when they drafted him despite speculatio­n in recent weeks that Alabama’s Mac Jones would be the choice.

The Chicago Bears traded up nine spots with the New York Giants to draft Ohio State quarterbac­k Justin Fields with the No 11 overall pick. Fields threw for 5,373 yards, 63 touchdowns and nine intercepti­ons for the Buckeyes.

 ??  ?? Mac Jones after being selected 15th by the Patriots
Mac Jones after being selected 15th by the Patriots

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