The first round of the 2021 NFL Draft wrapped up Thursday night in Cleveland, and it was an historic affair. Former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018, became just the second top-ranked high school prospect to be drafted No. 1 overall when he was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Not to be outdone, Justin Fields -- another five-star prospect in the same recruiting class -- went 11th overall to the Chicago Bears.
There were some sleepers, though.
The New Orleans Saints drafted Houston defensive lineman Payton Turner No. 28 overall. Turner was a two-star prospect and ranked No. 2,548 overall in the Class of 2017, according to the 247Sports Composite. There were 14 three-star players had their names called on Thursday night, including BYU quarterback Zach Wilson, who went second overall to the New York Jets.
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One of the primary stories of the night was Alabama, which had six players drafted on Thursday night. Coach Nick Saban's 2017 recruiting class had a whopping eight players selected in the first round when you combine the 2020 and 2021 NFL Drafts.
Here's a look at all of the star rankings of the 2021 first round NFL Draft picks.
2021 NFL Draft by recruiting ranking
- 5-stars: 7
- 4-stars: 10
- 3-stars: 14
- 2-stars: 1
- 1-star: 0
- Unranked: 0
|NFL Team||Player||School||Stars||Rank (year)|
|Trevor Lawrence, QB||Clemson||5||1 (2018)|
|Zach Wilson, QB||BYU||3||958 (2018)|
|Trey Lance, QB||North Dakota State||3||2005 (2018)|
|Kyle Pitts, TE||Florida||4||162 (2018)|
|Ja'Marr Chase, WR||LSU||4||84 (2018)|
|Jaylen Waddle, WR||Alabama||4||39 (2018)|
|Penei Sewell, OL||Oregon||4||57 (2018)|
|Jaycee Horn, CB||South Carolina||4||209 (2018)|
|Patrick Surtain, II, CB||Alabama||5||6 (2018)|
|DeVonta Smith, WR||Alabama||4||62 (2017)|
|Justin Fields, QB||Ohio State||5||2 (2018)|
|Micah Parsons, LB||Penn State||5||5 (2018)|
|Rashawn Slater, OL||Northwestern||3||653 (2017)|
|Alijah Vera-Tucker, OL||USC||4||114 (2017)|
|Mac Jones, QB||Alabama||3||399 (2017)|
|Zaven Collins, LB||Tulsa||3||2,142 (2017)|
|Alex Leatherwood, OL||Alabama||5||4 (2017)|
|Jaelan Phillips, DL||Miami (FL)||5||1 (2017)|
|Jamin Davis, LB||Kentucky||3||915 (2017)|
|Kadarius Toney, WR||Florida||3||421 (2017)|
|Kwity Paye, DL||Michigan||3||486 (2017)|
|Caleb Farley, DB||Virginia Tech||3||428 (2017)|
|Christian Darrisaw, OL||Virginia Tech||3||1,848 (2017)|
|Najee Harris, RB||Alabama||5||2 (2017)|
|Travis Etienne, RB||Clemson||4||213 (2017)|
|Greg Newsome II, DB||Northwestern||3||698 (2017)|
|Rashod Bateman, WR||Minnesota||4||367 (2018)|
|Payton Turner, DL||Houston||2||2,548 (2017)|
|Eric Stokes, DB||Georgia||3||668 (2017)|
|Gregory Rousseau, DL||Miami (FL)||3||485 (2018)|
|Jayson Oweh, LB||Penn State||4||76 (2018)|
|Joe Tryon, LB||Washington||3||773 (2017)|