All the Best Photos from the First Round of the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland
Guests attending the NFL Draft in Cleveland, Ohio, had to adhere to COVID-19 protocols — including masks and temperature checks for fans — as their teams selected the next generation of talent in the league
Fans represented their teams at Cleveland's FirstEnergy Stadium, including 2021 Super Bowl champions the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who selected Joe Tryon as their first-round pick.
Headed to Denver
Picked ninth, Alabama cornerback Patrick Surtain II — posing here with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell — will now play for the Denver Broncos.
Showing His Stripes
Ja'Marr Chase went fifth in the first round, selected by the Cincinnati Bengals.
Sports commentator Michael Irvin couldn't help but hug Goodell as he emceed the event.
Back in the Game
A temporary amphitheater was erected outside of the stadium for the selection process, with vaccinated fans invited into the standing-room-only area.
New York or Bust
Greg Rousseau is now a Buffalo Bills player, coming out of the University of Miami.
Going to Miami
Going sixth overall, Jaylen Waddle was selected by the Miami Dolphins.
Right at Home
As each team made their pick, fans were invited onto the stage to sit in Goodell's leather chair brought from his basement in Bronxville, New York.
When You're a Jet
Quarterback Zach Wilson, who played at Brigham Young University, was drafted by the New York Jets.
Getting in the Spirit
Even No. 1 pick Trevor Lawrence, who participated from South Carolina, got in the action in Cleveland — well, at least a cut-out version of the athlete.
The Golden State
Trey Lance left behind North Dakota State to become a San Francisco 49er.
Fixed Up to the Nines
Chase, Lance, Kyle Pitts and Rashawn Slater all stand onstage showing off their crisp suits for the occasion.
New York State of Mind
Florida's Kadarius Toney, a wide receiver, is now a New York Giant, as a fan proudly held up the athlete's new jersey.
Dreams Come True
Lance gave Goodell a big hug when he was selected third on Thursday night.
A fan proudly showed off Jamin Davis's new Washington Football Team jersey after he was named the 19th selection in the first round.
Goodell shared a moment with one of the lucky fans reclining in the commissioner's chair, which featured heavily during the 2020 virtual NFL Draft amid the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lone Star Linebacker
From Penn State University to Dallas, Texas: Micah Parsons is now a Cowboy!
Fly Eagles Fly
DeVonta Smith shook fans' hands as he walked onstage in Cleveland after being named the 10th pick by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Alabama's Mac Jones will follow in the footsteps of Tom Brady as the next quarterback selected by the New England Patriots.
Slater will be heading to Los Angeles to play offensive tackle for the Chargers.