We tracked every first-round trade made leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, from trades that occurred nearly two years ago to ones that happened the first night of the draft. They each play an integral part in telling the complete story of the NFL draft.
Here are all of the latest draft-pick deals for Day 1 selections, dating back to the Miami Dolphins trading offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil to the Houston Texans in 2019 for what turned into the No. 3 pick of this draft, which the Dolphins used as a launching point for trades with the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles. The Jacksonville Jaguars are also still reaping the draft-pick benefits of their 2019 trade of Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams, who haven't made a first-round pick since 2016 and aren't scheduled to have another one until 2024.
As far as the 2021 draft is concerned, follow along through Round 1 to find out the ramifications of previous trades and to track more moves up and down the draft board.
These are the trades made on Thursday, starting with the most recent:
The Minnesota Vikings traded the No. 14 pick and a fourth-rounder (No. 143 overall) to the New York Jets for the No. 23 pick and two third-rounders (Nos. 66 and 86 overall). The Jets previously received the No. 23 pick in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks for Jamal Adams. The Jets selected USC guard Alijah Vera-Tucker with the No. 14 pick. The Vikings selected Virginia Tech offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw with the No. 23 pick.
The Chicago Bears traded up from No. 20 to No. 11, giving the New York Giants the No. 20 pick and a fifth-rounder this year (No. 164 overall) along with their first- and fourth-round picks in 2022. Chicago used the No. 11 pick to select Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. The Giants picked Florida receiver Kadarius Toney with the No. 20 pick.
In a rare intra-division trade, the Dallas Cowboys swapped the No. 10 pick to the Philadelphia Eagles for the No. 12 pick and a third-round selection (No. 84 overall). The Eagles previously received the No. 12 pick in a trade with the Dolphins and selected Alabama receiver DeVonta Smith with the No. 10 pick. The Cowboys used the No. 12 pick on Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons.
These are the trades made leading up to the NFL draft, beginning with the most recent:
Date: April 23, 2021
In a major trade between AFC powers, the Baltimore Ravens sent Pro Bowl offensive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Ravens acquired three picks in the 2021 NFL draft -- a first-rounder (No. 31 overall), a third-rounder (No. 94) and a fourth-rounder (No. 136) -- as well as a fifth-round selection in 2022. The Chiefs get a starting left tackle in Brown, and Kansas City will also get Baltimore's second-round pick in 2021 (No. 58 overall) and a sixth-rounder in 2022. The Ravens used the No. 31 pick on Penn State linebacker Jayson Oweh.
Date: March 26, 2021
The Miami Dolphins, having traded for the No. 12 pick earlier that day from the San Francisco 49ers, sent that No. 12 pick, No. 123 and their 2022 first-round pick to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for the No. 6 and No. 156 picks in this year's draft. The Dolphins selected Alabama receiver Jaylen Waddle with the No. 6 pick, while the Eagles traded the No. 12 pick to the Cowboys for the No. 10 selection.
Date: March 26, 2021
The Miami Dolphins first sent shock waves across the NFL landscape by trading the No. 3 pick to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the No. 12 pick this year, a first- and third-round pick in 2022 and a first-round pick in 2023. The Dolphins originally acquired the No. 3 pick from the Texans in a 2019 trade involving offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil. The 49ers used the pick to draft North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance.
Date: July 25, 2020
The New York Jets agreed to trade All-Pro safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks for a package that includes first-round draft picks in 2021 and 2022 and a third-round pick in 2021 to New York in exchange for Adams and the Jets' fourth-round pick in 2022. The initial first-rounder ended up being the No. 23 pick in 2021. The Jets traded the No. 23 pick to the Minnesota Vikings.
Date: Oct. 15, 2019
The Jacksonville Jaguars sent cornerback Jalen Ramsey to the Los Angeles Rams for first-round draft picks in 2020 and 2021 and a fourth-rounder in 2021. The Jaguars used their 2020 pick on LSU defensive end K'Lavon Chaisson at No. 20 overall and will receive the No. 25 pick from the Rams this year. The Jaguars used that No. 25 pick on Clemson running back Travis Etienne.
Date: Aug. 31, 2019
The Houston Texans acquired left tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills from the Miami Dolphins for first-round draft picks in 2020 and '21, a second-round pick in '21, offensive tackle Julie'n Davenport and cornerback Johnson Bademosi. Houston also received a fourth-round pick in 2020 and a sixth-round pick in '21 from Miami. The Dolphins traded their 2020 pick (No. 26) to the Green Bay Packers for the No. 30 pick and traded their 2021 pick from the Texans (No. 3 overall) to the San Francisco 49ers for the No. 12 overall pick.