By Pete Donovan, The Lott IMPACT Trophy
It was a bonanza for Lott IMPACT Trophy finalists at the annual National Football League draft with three 2021 finalists being selected in the first round.
Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson, the winner of the Lott Trophy last year, was chosen 2nd overall by the Detroit Lions. His selection that high marked the second time a Lott finalist has been selected No. 2, matching Chris Long of Virginia, who was chosen No. 2 in the 2008 draft by the Rams.
Jordan Davis of national champion Georgia was picked No. 13 overall by the Philadelphia Eagles and Devin Lloyd of Utah was the 27th pick in the first round when he was chosen by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
In a major surprise, Georgia’s Nakobe Dean was not chosen until the 3rd round when he went to Philadelphia to join Bulldog teammate Davis. (All in all, Georgia had five first round picks and a record 15 overall selections).
Dean, a Lott finalist along with Davis and Lloyd, won the Butkus Award as the top linebacker in the country and had been expected to be selected in the first round. The Eagles got a steal.