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The 2021 NFL Draft will be the 86th annual meeting of National Football League (NFL) franchises to select newly eligible players. The draft is scheduled to be held from April 29 - May 1, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.
Host city bid process
The host city for this draft was chosen on May 22, 2019 during the NFL Spring League Meeting. Cleveland and Kansas City were announced as the hosts for 2021 and 2023, respectively, from the remaining finalists from the 2019 draft after Las Vegas, Nevada was chosen to host the 2020 event, only to have it be moved to a virtual setting due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vegas was then awarded the rights to host in 2022. Denver meanwhile withdrew their bid.
In the explanations below, (PD) indicates trades completed prior to the start of the draft (i.e. Pre-Draft), while (D) denotes trades that took place during the 2021 draft.
Minnesota -> Jacksonville (PD). Minnesota traded their second-round section, along with a conditional 2022 fifth-round selection, to Jacksonville in exchange for defensive end Yannick Ngakoue. The fifth-round selection will upgrade to a fourth rounder if Ngakoue goes to the Pro Bowl at the end of the 2020 season, or a third rounder if the Vikings win the Super Bowl.[trade 4]
New Orleans -> Cleveland (PD). New Orleans traded a third-round and 2020 third-round selections to Cleveland in exchange for Cleveland's 2020 third- and seventh-round selections.[trade 5]
San Francisco -> Washington (PD). San Francisco traded a third-round and 2020 fifth-round selections to Washington in exchange for offensive tackle Trent Williams.[trade 6]
Buffalo -> Minnesota (PD). Buffalo traded a fourth-round selection as well as 2020 first, fifth, and sixth-round selections to Minnesota in exchange for wide receiver Stefon Diggs and a 2020 seventh-round selection.[trade 9]
Chicago -> Minnesota (PD). Chicago traded a fourth-round selection to Minnesota in exchange for a 2020 fifth-round selection.[trade 10]
Philadelphia -> Cleveland (PD). Philadelphia traded a fourth-round selection to Cleveland in exchange for pass rusher Genard Avery.[trade 11]
Multiple trades: Las Vegas -> Miami (PD). Las Vegas traded a fourth-round selection to Miami in exchange for linebacker Raekwon McMillan and a fifth-round selection.[trade 12] Miami -> Las Vegas (PD). Miami traded a fourth-round selection, originally from Las Vegas, to Las Vegas in exchange for Lynn Bowden and a sixth-round selection.[trade 13]
Dallas -> Philadelphia (PD). Dallas traded 2020 and 2021 fifth-round selections to Philadelphia in exchange for a 2020 fourth-round selection.[trade 14]
Multiple trades: Pittsburgh -> Baltimore (PD). Pittsburgh traded a fifth-round selection to Baltimore in exchange for defensive endChris Wormley and a seventh-round selection.[trade 19] Baltimore -> Minnesota (PD). Baltimore traded fifth-round, originally from Pittsburgh, and 2020 seventh-round selections to Minnesota in exchange for 2020 sixth- and seventh-round selections.[trade 20]
^Lambert, Ivan (April 25, 2020). "Goodbye Trent". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2020. Williams will now become a member of the San Francisco 49ers; while in return the Redskins received a fifth round choice in this year's draft (156 overall) and also a third round choice in the 2021 draft.