Here are the results of the first round of the NFL Draft. Some crazy picks and expected picks happened. I really like the fact how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers landed a top ten talent (Vita Vea) and extra picks, Lamar Jackson getting drafted in the first round, John Lynch taking a football man in Mike McGlinchey, Jon Gruden actually not screwing up the first round pick (Kolton Miller), Patriots being sneaky (again) and landing Sony Michel, and the Falcons landing Calvin Ridley, which gives Matt Ryan another dynamic weapon. Lastly, seeing Ryan Shazier walking was amazing!
1. Cleveland Browns – Baker Mayfield – QB – Oklahoma
Wild pick that could end up working out. Mayfield gets to learn behind Taylor and Mayfield runs exactly what Hue Jackson wants to do. He wants to bring wins to “The Land.”
2. New York Giants – Saquon Barkley – RB – Penn State
Eli gets help and the Giants get a generational player. Enough said.
3. New York Jets – Sam Darnold – QB – USC
Jets will like Darnold and he could end up being really good in Jets green.
4. Cleveland Browns – Denzel Ward – CB – Ohio State
Ward is a small and speedy corner that will give Hue Jackson some relief on the outside.
5. Denver Broncos – Bradley Chubb – DE – NC State
Why not take the best player available? Von Miller and Bradley Chubb is going to be scary, which one will you block?
6. Indianapolis Colts – Quenton Nelson – OG – Notre Dame
I like how the Colts are committed to protecting the franchise, Andrew Luck! Key and smart. They get a stud.
7. Buffalo Bills – Josh Allen – QB – Wyoming
Remember that you are drafting for potential not his collegiate production. He is Buffalo now. Go get him some weapons now.
8. Chicago Bears – Roquan Smith – LB – Georgia
Bears get an alpha dog at the linebacker position. Smart pick by he Bears and a safe one.
9. San Francisco 49ers – Mike McGlinchey – OT – Notre Dame
John Lynch is back at it again! Joe Staley’s future replacement and he starts at the right tackle position on day one.
10. Arizona Cardinals – Josh Rosen – QB – UCLA
Cardinals got the best passer in the draft. Now, protect him by drafting some offensive linemen. Good pick.
11. Miami Dolphins – Minkah Fitzpatrick – S – Alabama
Interesting, but makes sense as the Dolphins need to add some versatility and flexibility on the defensive side of the ball. This pick shows they believe in Ryan Tannehill. Second round go get Tannehill a receiver.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Vita Vea – DT – Washington
Love how the Bucs finesse the Buffalo Bills and come out with the best defensive tackle of the draft. The Buccaneers are committed in building the trenches and I like it. Impact player from the start. Hope you are happy Gerald McCoy? Also, Derwin James was just a smokescreen to land Double V. Lastly, drafting Vea can allow the Bucs to use a 3-4 scheme or remain a 4-3 scheme, but the Bucs have been playing around both schemes the past two years, so that could lead to an interesting result down the road.
13. Washington Redskins – Da’Ron Payne – DT – Alabama
Redskins wanted Vea and missed, so they landed the second best defensive tackle in the draft and its a good one.
14. New Orleans Saints – Marcus Davenport – DE – UTSA
People will question what they gave up to land Davenport, but I like it. This kid could end up being a stud and Cam Jordan gets a potential Pro-Bowler opposition of him on the line.
15. Oakland Raiders – Kolton Miller – OT – UCLA
Jon Gruden actually did good here. Donald Penn is nearing retirement and found a big man to cover Derek Carr’s blindside. Long arms and big frame. Also, Miller can push Vadal Alexander right away for the right tackle job.
16. Buffalo Bills – Tremaine Edmunds – LB – Virginia Tech
Buffalo gets a steal here. This kid flies around the gridiron and can do it all. Tackle, covers, whatever you want. Sean McDermott lands a superstar linebacker and reminds him of his days in Carolina with Thomas Davis and Luke Kuechly.
17. Los Angeles Chargers – Derwin James – S – FSU
Chargers get lucky here. James is a jack of all trades. Starts day one. Gus Bradley loves this pick.
18. Green Bay Packers – Jaire Alexander – CB – Louisville
Love this pick. Alexander is listed as my best corner in the draft. Great coverage corner that has swag attached to him and he does not shy away from tackling.
19. Dallas Cowboys – Leighton Vander Esch – LB – Boise State
Cowboys get a combine warrior and a guy that will develop and grow next to Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith. Will end up being a great player in this league.
20. Detroit Lions – Frank Ragnow – C – Arkansas
Best center in the draft that can shift to guard if needed. Protect Stafford and Ragnow helps improve the running game.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Billy Price – C – Ohio State
Same as Ragnow, good center that can shift to the guard position. Bengals need offensive line help and versatility out there.
22. Tennessee Titans – Rashaan Evans – LB – Alabama
Titans needed to replace one of their top tacklers in Avery Williamson, who they lost during free agency. Smart move by Jon Robinson. Evans is a three-down linebacker.
23. New England Patriots – Isaiah Wynn – OT – Georgia
Patriots find Brady’s left tackle. Wynn will be fine as a tackle due to the fact that Brady gets the ball out quickly, plus their guards are so good.
24. Carolina Panthers – DJ Moore – WR – Maryland
My favorite receiver goes to my rival. Panthers wanted to get faster on offense and they get Cam Newton help. Also, they finally replace Steve Smith, which they have not down since he left many years ago.
25. Baltimore Ravens – Hayden Hurst – TE – South Carolina
Get the best tight end in the draft that is a nice receiving target, but great blocker, which the Ravens are committed in running the ball.
26. Atlanta Falcons – Calvin Ridley – WR – Alabama
I am honestly scared to see Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and Mohamed Sanu lined up at the same time. Ridley is a jack of all trades from the wide receiver position.
27. Seattle Seahawks – Rashaad Penny – RB – San Diego State
Head scratching pick. I love Penny though. The Seahawks want to get back to the ground-and-pound method, but they need offensive line help in order to do so. Can catch the rock too, which the Seahawks do love throwing the ball to the running back.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers – Terrell Edmunds – S – Virginia Tech
Another head scratching pick, but I love his potential. Could end up being a great pick. Sean Davis and Terrell Edmunds is a nice young duo that could be the secret sauce in having a crazy defense.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars – Taven Bryan – DT – Florida
The Jags continue to bolster the defensive line. Teach this kid and he could end up being really good and especially with the talent on that line already. He has Gerald McCoy measurables.
30. Minnesota Vikings – Mike Hughes – CB – UCF
Hughes is a good cover corner that brings a nice touch to the return game. Mike Zimmer does good here, plus he fits the scheme they run.
31. New England Patriots – Sony Michel – RB – Georgia
Oh boy! The Patriots are doing it again. Sony Michel is a sleeper here and a beautiful weapon for Tom Brady. He could win the starting running back job in camp. He is that good.
32. Baltimore Ravens – Lamar Jackson – QB – Louisville
This is a pick for the future. Lamar will replace Flacco in two to three years. Giving him time to learn is key. The team changes everything for Lamar to be successful in the league when he gets his name officially called as the team’s starting signal-caller. Ozzie Newsome is a smart man and will be missed by the Baltimore community.
That is round one folks! See you all Friday at 7pm Eastern Time for day two of the NFL Draft that consists of rounds two and three.