Arlington, Texas, USA: The National Football League, NFL, draft kicked off at the AT&T Stadium, Thursday night, with what has recently become an NFL tradition – booing NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell.
This year Roger Goodell deployed Hall of Fame quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman, as well as current tight end Jason Witten – who escorted him to the stage- in a bid to avoid the inevitable boos but all to no avail.
After the deafening boos finally subsided, the Cleveland Browns selected 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, quarterback Baker Mayfield as the overall first pick in the NFL Draft. The New York Giants followed with running back Saquon Barkley, and the Jets took U.S.C. quarterback Sam Darnold. The Buffalo Bills traded up with Ravens to draft Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen at No. 7, though terms have not been disclosed.
Cleveland has needed a quarterback since it came back into the N.F.L. in 1999. They must believe that the similarities between Mayfield and Manziel are only superficial, and they were willing to bet big on that fact. He has a little time to develop with Tyrod Taylor in town and Browns fans will have to hope that they’ve finally found the quarterback to solve what has seemed like an endless deficiency.
Prior to being selected with the No. 1 over all pick, Mayfield paid homage to Brett Favre in a post on Twitter.
“There are those people who are in your corner no matter what, you can’t do any wrong, even when you do wrong. And then there are those people that no matter what you do they’re going to dislike you and that’s not going to change.” – Brett Favre #DraftEve #MMO — Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) April 26, 2018
The NFL Draft is live and this page is updated as first round selections are announced.
1. Cleveland Browns: Baker Mayfield — QB, Oklahoma
2. New York Giants: Saquon Barkley — RB, Penn State
3. New York Jets: Sam Darnold — QB, Southern California
4. Cleveland Browns: Denzel Ward — CB, Ohio State
5. Denver Broncos: Bradley Chubb — DE, North Carolina State
6. Indianapolis Colts: Quenton Nelson — OG, Notre Dame
7. Buffalo Bills: Josh Allen — QB, Wyoming
8. Chicago Bears: Roquan Smith — LB, Georgia
9. San Francisco 49ers: Mike McGlinchey — OT, Notre Dame
10. Arizona Cardinals: Josh Rosen — QB, U.C.L.A.
11. Miami Dolphins: Minkah Fitzpatrick — S, Alabama
12: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Vita Vea — DT, Washington
13. Washington Redskins: Da’Ron Payne — DT, Alabama
14. New Orleans Saints: Marcus Davenport — LB/DE, Texas-San Antonio
15. Oakland Raiders: Kolton Miller — OT, U.C.L.A.
16. Buffalo Bills: Tremaine Edmunds — LB, Virginia Tech
17. Los Angeles Chargers: Derwin James — S, Florida State
18. Green Bay Packers: Jaire Alexander — CB, Louisville
19. Dallas Cowboys: Leighton Vander Esch — LB, Boise State
20. Detroit Lions: Frank Ragnow — C, Arkansas
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Billy Price — C, Ohio State
22. Tennessee Titans: Rashaan Evans — LB, Alabama
23. New England Patriots: Isaiah Wynn — G, Georgia
24. Carolina Panthers: D.J. Moore — WR, Maryland
25. Baltimore Ravens: Hayden Hurst — TE, South Carolina
26. Atlanta Falcons: Calvin Ridley — WR, Alabama
27. Seattle Seahawks: Rashaad Penny — RB, San Diego State
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Terrell Edmunds — S, Virginia Tech
29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Taven Bryan — DT, Florida
30. Minnesota Vikings: Mike Hughes — CB, Central Florida
31. New England Patriots: Sony Michel — RB, Georgia
32. Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson — QB, Louisville