Per Usual, Quarterbacks Set To Cash In At The 2021 NFL Draft

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Imagine being an agent who controls the rights to two or even three quarterbacks who will take the stage Thursday.

It’s never been a secret that quarterbacks draw the big money when drafted, and this year in Cleveland, just a few short miles away from First Energy Stadium, the home of the Browns, commissioner Roger Goodell may announce up to six quarterbacks going in Round One alone.

Trevor Lawrence QB of Clemson, Ohio State’s Justin Fields, and Trey Lance, a gunslinger from North Dakota State have high expectations, probably the highest in all of the picks that will be taken starting Thursday.

Former Clemson quarterback and presumptive first-overall pick Trevor Lawrence is set to be Jacksonville’s new starting QB whenever that first game is played.

Another QB who could be an early steal for the team is Zach Wilson of BYU. Wilson passed for 7,652 yards, 56 TDs and 15 INTs at BYU the last three season. He finished eighth in the Heisman voting last season, and he is projected to go as the 2nd overall pick to New York Jets.

He also signed a deal with Nike in April.

And Wilson isn’t the only one signing major endorsement deals. Justin Fields signed his first deal with C4 Energy, and Chipotle is naming burrito bowls after Fields, Wilson, and Trey Lance of NDSU. They’re even including a vegetarian option to coincide with Fields’ vegan diet.

Where these guys end up is still anyone’s guess, but in the mean time, they’re clearly already raking in the dough. And their agents are too.

OutKick and FanDuel have teamed up to offer free money on the NFL Draft. The rules are simple: if new users bet $5 on Trevor Lawrence to go first overall, and he “does,” they will win back $100. By “does,” we mean “when he does.”

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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