SURPRISES APPEAR EARLY AND OFTEN IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE 2018 NFL DRAFT

SURPRISES APPEAR EARLY AND OFTEN IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE 2018 NFL DRAFT

Michael Markoch

AT&T STADIUM, ARLINGTON- Thursday, April 26 marked the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.  After months of mock drafts a speculation, the picks were finally made and this year the draft did not disappoint.

Coming off an 0-16 season, the Cleveland Browns held the first pick and to the surprise of many, selected Baker Mayfield, a quarterback out of Oklahoma.

LMC sophomore, Jake Koenig was not surprised Mayfield went first overall.

“He was probably the best quarterback and I knew it was gonna happen because the Browns needed one.  I just feel bad for him because it feels like the Browns always ruin quarterbacks.”

The New York Giants took Saquon Barkley out of Penn State with the second pick and rounding out the top 5 were QB Sam Darnold to the Jets, CB Denzel Ward to the Browns, and DL Bradley Chubb to the Broncos.

The Chicago Bears held the 8th pick and selected Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith to be a centerpiece for their revamped defense.  The Arizona Cardinals then made history by selecting the fourth QB in the top ten picks by taking Josh Rosen after a trade with the Oakland Raiders.  

After that, the draft took a surprising turn when the Saints traded up for Marcus Davenport, a defensive end out of UTSA.  A couple offensive lineman went higher than expected like Kolten Miller going 15th to the Raiders and Frank Ragnow going to the Detroit Lions at 20th overall.  

Koenig, a Lions fan, didn’t like the pick.

“I think it’s dumb to pick a center first round, we needed other things and the value of our pick should have been used on someone else; however,  I hope he plays well for us.”

One team ended up with with a major steal in the later round when the Atlanta Falcons got Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley to pair with superstar Julio Jones.  This gives Falcons QB Matt Ryan yet another weapon in his arsenal.

Overall, draft night was a huge success.  Some teams made great picks, others made some people scratch their heads but the future of the NFL is looking bright after all the players were selected.  Finally, here are some winners and losers from the first round.

 

Winners:

New York Giants- Saquon Barkley is the best player in the draft and he fills a major need for the Giants.  They will be headed back to the playoffs soon and Barkley will be the reason.

Chicago Bears- The Bears didn’t reach and they took the best linebacker out of this class.  Chicago may have found their next Brian Urlacher in Roquan Smith.

Buffalo Bills- They didn’t have to give up both first rounders to get Josh Allen, plus they picked up Tremaine Edmunds to anchor their defense.

Losers:

Oakland Raiders- They traded their 10th pick and got Kolten Miller?  This was a reach and it doesn’t seem like an Oakland Raiders type pick.  Heads were being scratched after that one.

Dallas Cowboys- Releasing Dez Bryant led people to believe that the Cowboys were going to pick an offensive playmaker, but instead they took Leighton Vander Esch out of Boise State.  Not a bad pick but should’ve had Calvin Ridley instead.

Miami Dolphins- The Dolphins aren’t a loser because of their pick, but because of who went before them.  They were about to have Josh Rosen sitting there without having to trade up and the Cardinals went and took him right before the Dolphins could pick.  An unfortunate night for the Dolphins.