Last night, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland hosted the 2021 NFL Draft. Additionally, the draft was fairly…normal after more than a year of the pandemic. Yes, there were still masks present, and Kings of Leon played for about 15 minutes past the event’s start time. However, it was pleasant to notice some familiarity on draft night.
An NFL team selecting a quarterback with the first overall choice was another common sight. A quarterback was the first name off the board for the fourth consecutive season and the sixth time in the past seven. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Trevor Lawrence from Clemson this year. As a result, Lawrence will sign a contract larger than any other 2021 rookie.
Since 2011, NFL first-round picks have adhered to a rookie scale. Before Cam Newton went number one that year, rookies could sign as large a contract as a team would allow. Instead, they will receive a fixed contract and signing bonus determined by how they were chosen. Spotrac has calculated the compensation for each draft pick in 2021.
first choice Lawrence will receive a four-year, $36.8 million contract that includes a $24.2 million signing bonus. At the other end of the round, Washington’s Joe Tryon went to Tampa Bay with the 32nd pick. The most recent Buccaneer will earn $11.2 million with a $5.5 million signing bonus, which is less than one-third of Lawrence’s salary.
Second pick overall Zach Wilson (Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
New York Jets’ Zach Wilson: $35.2 million, $22.9 million
Cincinnati Bengals Ja’Marr Chase: $30.8 million, $19.8 million
Detroit Lions’ Penei Sewell: $24.1 million, $14.9 million
Denver Broncos’ Patrick Surtain II: $21.0 million, $12.6 million
Philadelphia Eagles DeVonta Smith: $20.1 million, $12 million
If they put up excellent numbers in their first few seasons, quarterbacks like Lawrence, Wilson, and Lance can certainly land a deal worth nine figures.
They are currently relishing the surreal experience of getting chosen in the NFL Draft. And they’re providing their new teams with hope and excitement of potential greatness to come.
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