The NFL Draft is one of the most unpredictable sporting events of the year. Players rise up and fall down draft boards, cause many trades between teams and lead to franchises investing their immediate futures in them all in the same night. This year’s first round had no shortage of twists, turns and conversation starters. Here are the top storylines from the NFL Draft on Thursday night in Arlington, Texas.
Coming into the draft, upwards of five or six quarterbacks were possible first-round picks. The rumors were proven true, as five were selected. The night started off with a bang when Cleveland chose former Oklahoma standout Baker Mayfield first. The New York Jets followed the quarterback trend, selecting Sam Darnold with the third pick. The Buffalo Bills then traded up from the 12th pick to the seventh to nab Josh Allen, and Arizona moved up five spots to the 10th pick, choosing Josh Rosen. It was the first time in the common draft era (since 1967) that four quarterbacks were selected in the first 10 picks of the draft. The fifth quarterback, Lamar Jackson, had to wait in the green room all evening but heard his name called as the final pick of the night to become a Baltimore Raven.
Wide receiver drought
The wide receiver class this year was considered weak, and that showed on Thursday night. Zero receivers were selected in the first 20 picks, the first time that has occurred since 2010. D.J. Moore finally broke the dry spell, as the Carolina Panthers selected him with the 24th pick. Soon to follow was Calvin Ridley, whom the Atlanta Falcons picked two selections later, teaming him with fellow Alabama alumnus Julio Jones. Although not a wide receiver, Hayden Hurst was the only tight end to come off the board, going to the Baltimore Ravens with the 25th pick. It was a slow night for pass catchers.
Brothers make history
Before Thursday night, no set of brothers had ever been selected in the same first round. Enter Virginia Tech defensive stars Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds, who were selected with the 16th and 28th picks, respectively. Tremaine, a linebacker, was expected to be a top-10 choice but slipped to the Buffalo Bills. Terrell, a safety, was not expected to be a first-round pick but snuck into the back end of the round with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The two got to share a special night and made NFL history in the process.
Talent still available
AT&T Stadium will play host again on Friday for the second and third rounds of the draft. Plenty of talent still remains, including top prospects Harold Landry, Derrius Guice, Courtland Sutton and Mason Rudolph. The Cleveland Browns and Indianapolis Colts each have two of the first five picks of the second round and will join the rest of the teams in efforts to improve through young prospects in the later rounds of the draft.
Full first round results
- Cleveland Browns: QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
- New York Giants: RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State
- New York Jets (from Indianapolis Colts): QB Sam Darnold, USC
- Cleveland (from Houston Texans): CB Denzel Ward, Ohio State
- Denver Broncos: DE Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State
- Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets): OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame
- Buffalo Bills (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): QB Josh Allen, Wyoming
- Chicago Bears: LB Roquan Smith, Georgia
- San Francisco 49ers: OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame
- Arizona Cardinals (from Oakland Raiders): QB Josh Rosen, UCLA
- Miami Dolphins: S/CB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Buffalo Bills from Cincinnati Bengals): DT Vita Vea, Washington
- Washington Redskins: DT Da’Ron Payne, Alabama
- New Orleans Saints (from Green Bay Packers): DE Marcus Davenport, UTSA
- Oakland Raiders (from Arizona Cardinals): OT Kolton Miller, UCLA
- Buffalo Bills (from Baltimore Ravens): LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech
- Los Angeles Chargers: S Derwin James, Florida State
- Green Bay Packers (from Seattle Seahawks): CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville
- Dallas Cowboys: LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State
- Detroit Lions: C/G Frank Ragnow, Arkansas
- Cincinnati Bengals (from Buffalo Bills): C Billy Price, Ohio State
- Tennessee Titans (from Baltimore Ravens from Buffalo Bills from Kansas City Chiefs): LB Rashaad Evans, Alabama
- New England Patriots (from Los Angeles Rams): G/T Isaiah Wynn, Georgia
- Carolina Panthers: WR D.J. Moore, Maryland
- Baltimore Ravens (from Tennessee Titans): TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina
- Atlanta Falcons: WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama
- Seattle Seahawks (from Green Bay Packers from New Orleans Saints): RB Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
- Pittsburgh Steelers: S Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech
- Jacksonville Jaguars: DT Taven Bryan, Florida
- Minnesota Vikings: CB Mike Hughes, UCF
- New England Patriots: RB Sony Michel, Georgia
- Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia Eagles): QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville