Finding a starting quarterback on the open market can be extremely difficult in the NFL. That's why teams use the draft in hopes that they'll land a quarterback that they can build their team around for years to come.
The 2021 NFL Draft is no exception to the rule, as there are several quarterback prospects that have the skill and potential to be mainstays, especially when it comes to those that could go in Round 1.
Speaking of which, FanDuel Sportsbook has set the over/under for quarterbacks taken in the first round this year at 5.5. The sportsbook is favoring the under at -650 odds, while the over is at +400.
While no odds are a guarantee, this is how many quarterbacks have been taken in Round 1 of each of the last three drafts: five in 2018, three in 2019 and four in 2020.
NFL Draft Odds 2021: Over/Under for QBs Selected in Round 1
When it comes to quarterbacks who'll be drafted in round one, the general consensus is that there are five specific quarterbacks taken in Round 1. The most obvious ones are Clemson's Trevor Lawrence going to the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 1) and BYU's Zach Wilson going to the New York Jets (No. 2).
After that, we move to the next tier of quarterbacks with Ohio State's Justin Fields, Alabama's Mac Jones and North Dakota State's Trey Lance. Where these three are drafted is anyone's guess, as there are plenty of teams in the top-10 picks alone that need a quarterback. Each team likely has their preference, but who goes where is anyone's guess.
After those five options are off the board, that's where things get interesting. Quarterbacks like Stanford's Davis Mills and Florida's Kyle Trask are projected to be second- or even third-round picks in several mock drafts. However, if a team likes them enough and doesn't think they'll be there the next time around, they could wind up reaching and drafting them in Round 1 — especially because that would give the team control of a fifth-year option on the QB's rookie contract.
Either way, when it comes to quarterbacks at the 2021 NFL Draft, it's clear that there's no consensus order as to the order in which they'll be taken or how many will go in the first round. Nevertheless, it's that kind of unpredictability that makes the draft so exciting each year.
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