NFL Draft 2018: Five Takeaways From The First Round

NFL Draft 1st Round Recap!

The first round of the 2018 NFL Draft has been completed. The first day of the draft got off to a wild start, there some things that happen that everyone expected; however, there were some moves that caught everyone by surprise. Here are the top five takeaways from day one of the draft.

Five Quarterbacks Taken In The First Round

The NFL is a quarterback driven league, if you need proof see round one of the NFL Draft. Baker Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner was the number one overall pick going to the Cleveland Browns. Mayfield will be tasked with trying to lead the dreadful Browns back to prominence. The Browns have not made the playoffs since 2002 and have not won a playoff game since 1994. Sam Darnold, the former USC Trojan was the third overall pick by the New York Jets. Gang Green has not had a franchise quarterback since Joe Namath. The Buffalo Bills traded up five spots to select Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen with the seventh pick. Allen will battle A.J. McCarron for the starting quarterback spot. The Arizona Cardinals traded up five spots to snatch UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen at the 10th pick. The Baltimore Ravens, who were wheeling and dealing all night traded back into the first round to pick 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson with the 32nd pick.

The New Orleans Saints pay a steep price to select UTSA Marcus Davenport

Sean Payton is a gambling man. Most coaches would describe him as outside the box thinker, Payton made one of the biggest gambles since he has been the head coach in the Big Easy. The Saints traded a 2018 fourth-round pick and 2019 first-round pick for University of Texas San Antonio Defensive Lineman Marcus Davenport. Davenport had 8.5 sacks and an impressive Senior Bowl however; he is considered a project who the Saints could have gotten if they would have stayed pat at 27.

The Wide Receiver Position Is Considered Weak

There were only two pass catchers taken in the first round, D.J. Moore and Calvin Ridley went 24th and 26 respectively. Unless a player is an elite receiver, most NFL teams will not waste a first round pick on them.

Raashard Penny is heading to Seattle and he will be worth every penny!

The Seattle Seahawks hit a home run with their first-round pick San Diego State Running back Raashard Penny. Penny ran for 2,248 yards and 25 touchdowns. The Seahawks badly need offensive players and this guy will be a Marshawn Lynch clone.

Trades, Trades and Trades

There were seven trades in the first round of the NFL draft. All night teams were on the phones and making moves. Some teams moved up to take a guy they were targeting, while others moved back to stockpile more picks.

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