We monitored every first-round trade made in the lead-up to the 2021 NFL draft, from those that took place nearly two years ago to those that took place on the first night of the draft. They all play a crucial role in the overall narrative of the NFL draft.
The Miami Dolphins traded offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans in 2019 for what turned out to be the No. 3 pick in this draft, which the Dolphins used as a springboard for trades with the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles. The Jacksonville Jaguars are also reaping the draft-pick rewards of Jalen Ramsey’s 2019 trade to the Los Angeles Rams, who haven’t had a first-round pick since 2016 and won’t have another until 2024.
Follow along through Round 1 of the 2021 draft to learn about the repercussions of recent trades and to watch further steps up and down the draft board.
Check out the entire draft order, as well as all 255 picks and the top prospects.
DEALS FOR DRAFT DAY
Starting with the most recent, here are the trades made on Thursday:
MIN sends No. 14 to NYJ in exchange for No. 23.
The New York Jets acquired the No. 14 pick and a fourth-round pick (No. 143 overall) from the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for the No. 23 pick and two third-rounders (Nos. 66 and 86 overall). In exchange for Jamal Adams, the Jets got the No. 23 pick in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks. With the 14th overall selection, the Jets selected USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker. With the No. 23 selection, the Vikings selected Virginia Tech offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw.
NYG sends No. 11 to CHI in exchange for No. 20.
The Chicago Bears traded up from No. 20 to No. 11 in the draft, earning the New York Giants the No. 20 pick and a fifth-round pick this year (No. 164 overall), as well as first- and fourth-round picks in 2022. Justin Fields of Ohio State was selected with the 11th overall selection by Chicago. With the 20th overall selection, the Giants selected Florida receiver Kadarius Toney.
DAL sends No. 10 to PHI in exchange for No. 12.
The Dallas Cowboys traded the No. 10 pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the No. 12 pick and a third-round pick in a rare intra-division deal (No. 84 overall). In a trade with the Dolphins, the Eagles got the No. 12 selection and picked Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith with the No. 10 pick. The Cowboys selected Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons with the 12th overall selection.
DEALS FOR THE DAY BEFORE THE DRAFT
KC sends No. 31 to Baltimore in a trade.
The Baltimore Ravens traded Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to the Kansas City Chiefs in a big AFC deal. The Ravens received three first-round picks (No. 31 overall), a third-round pick (No. 94), and a fourth-round pick (No. 136) in the 2021 NFL draft, as well as a fifth-round pick in 2022. Brown gives the Chiefs a starting left tackle, as well as Baltimore’s second-round pick (No. 58 overall) in 2021 and a sixth-round pick in 2022. The Ravens selected Penn State linebacker Jayson Oweh with the 31st overall selection.
MIA sends No. 12 to PHI in exchange for No. 6.
The Miami Dolphins sent the No. 12 selection, No. 123, and their 2022 first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the No. 6 and No. 156 selections in this year’s draft, which they had acquired earlier that day from the San Francisco 49ers. With the No. 6 pick, the Dolphins chose Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle, while the Eagles traded the No. 12 pick to the Cowboys for the No. 10 pick.
MIA sends No. 3 to SF in exchange for No. 12.
The Miami Dolphins shocked the NFL by trading the No. 3 overall pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the No. 12 overall pick this year, a first- and third-round pick in 2022, and a first-round pick in 2023. In a 2019 trade involving offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, the Dolphins received the No. 3 pick from the Texans. The 49ers selected North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance with the first overall selection.
SEA sends No. 23 to the New York Jets in a trade.
In exchange for Adams and the Jets’ fourth-round pick in 2022, the New York Jets agreed to swap All-Pro safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks for a package that includes first-round draft picks in 2021 and 2022, as well as a third-round pick in 2021. The original first-round pick in 2021 ended up being the No. 23 pick. The Jets gave the Minnesota Vikings the No. 23 selection in the draft.
LAR sends No. 25 to JAX in a trade.
Jalen Ramsey of the Jacksonville Jaguars was traded to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021, as well as a fourth-round selection in 2021. The Jaguars selected LSU defensive end K’Lavon Chaisson at No. 20 overall with their 2020 selection, and the Rams will earn the No. 25 pick this year. The Jaguars selected Clemson running back Travis Etienne with the 25th overall selection.
HOU gives up No. 3 to MIA in a trade.
The Miami Dolphins traded Laremy Tunsil and Kenny Stills to the Houston Texans in exchange for first-round draft picks in 2020 and ’21, a second-round pick in ’21, offensive tackle Julie’n Davenport, and cornerback Johnson Bademosi. Miami also gave Houston a fourth-round selection in 2020 and a sixth-round pick in 21. The Dolphins traded their No. 26 pick in 2020 to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for the No. 30 pick, and the Texans traded their No. 3 overall pick in 2021 to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the No. 12 overall pick.