Ahead of the 2021 NFL season, the highest-selling rookie jerseys from the first quarter have been revealed. Five quarterbacks were selected in the first round, the second-highest number of first-round quarterback selections (tied with 1999 & 2018). However, only three make the top five in jersey sales.
1. Justin Fields QB-Chicago Bears
Chicago Bears fans have shown their excitement for their rookie quarterback, Justin Fields, earning him the top spot on the list. The 22-year-old out of Ohio State was the no.11 overall pick. To make the selection, the Bears sent their 20th overall pick and a fifth-round pick in 2021, along with their first and fourth-round picks in 2022, to the New York Giants.
2. Trevor Lawrence QB-Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacksonville doesn't have the biggest worldwide fanbase, hence why Lawrence has not taken the top spot. The 21-year-old is one of the NFL's highest regarded amateur prospects and was nearly unanimously projected to be the first overall pick. The slogan 'Tank for Trevor' became popular among struggling teams last year, and the Jaguars did just that.
3. Micah Parsons LB-Dallas Cowboys
Number three on the list is the no.12 overall pick, Micah Parson. The linebacker dominated for Penn State in 2019. Named a consensus All American, first-team All-Big Ten & linebacker of the year. Before opting out of the 2020 season due to Covid-19. The Cowboys hope his domination translates into the NFL as they look to build a SuperBowl winning team around Dak Prescott.
4. Najee Harris RB-Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh and their fans believe they got a steal here. Selected at no.24, Harris was the first running back selected in the draft. The 23-year-old played college football for Alabama and had over 1400 rushing yards and 26 touchdowns in 2020.
5. Trey Lance QB-San Francisco 49ers
Lance was one of the top quarterback prospects of the 2021 draft despite only playing one full college football season. Selected third overall by the 49ers. 21-year-old Lance will offer a new dimension to their offense. In his one full season at North Dakota State, he threw for 28 touchdowns and 0 interceptions and ran in 14 touchdowns himself.
All five players made the top 30 in sales across the NFL, with Fields and Lawrence making the top 10 (6th and 8th overall). Unsurprisingly, Tom Brady and Patrick Mahomes lead the way across the league.