Five best picks of the first-round of the 2021 NFL Draft

DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles, 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
DeVonta Smith, Philadelphia Eagles, 2021 NFL Draft (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /
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DeVonta Smith, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images) /

Following the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, we take a look back to find some of the selections which could make the biggest impact on their franchise in their rookie campaign. A flurry of mid-round trades saw a number of franchises pay a hefty toll to move up, including Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago.

With a number of top talents sliding down from their originally projected slots though, there is plenty of value to be found for teams deciding to remain within their original draft position.

Despite a deep collection of top-end talent highlighting the 2021 NFL Draft, the most impressive selections within this first round appear within the latter portion of the round, with a number of franchises rounding out personnel needs on their roster with exceptional youth.

Which of these young stars will make the biggest impact on their roster year one?

Pick Analysis. WR. 10. player. Scouting Report. Alabama. Devonta Smith. 54

After shuffling all throughout the front half of the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles score with potentially the most day-one ready receiver of the class despite being the third receiver taken. With polished route-running and short-area explosiveness to distance himself from cornerbacks off of the line of scrimmage, Smith is a day one producer who can lead the offense with team-leading target counts as a reliable chain-mover.

Plagued by questions surrounding his size and durability, Smith continues to knock away the unfounded concerns still marring his scouting reports despite his exceptional season with the Crimson Tide.

Paired alongside former draft selection Jalen Reagor and breakout targets Greg Ward & Travis Fulgham, Philadelphia will give quarterback Jalen Hurts a group of receivers who can give him easy completions for first-downs in an RPO-based offensive system.