After all the buildup and mock drafts, the first round is complete. The first overall pick chosen by the Browns was Baker Mayfield out of Oklahoma, who won the Heisman trophy last year and threw 43 touchdowns to lead the Sooners to a 12-2 record. The Browns are looking for a franchise quarterback and stability at this position, as they had 25 different quarterbacks since 1999. They are hoping that Mayfield will break out of that trend and help them come back to postseason contention.
The next quarterback taken of the board was USC’s Sam Darnold. He was picked third overall by the New York Jets.
The Buffalo Bills used their seventh pick on quarterback Josh Allen out of Wyoming. Buffalo had one of the worst passing offenses in the NFL last year, averaging 176.6 passing yards per game. They relied on running back Lesean McCoy to carry the offense, but Buffalo would like a more balanced offense to have to compete with the Patriots. With the duo of McCoy and Allen starting in the 2018 season, the Bills will look to build on their 9-7 record last season.
Ever since Kurt Warner retired from the NFL in 2010, the Arizona Cardinals have not had a great franchise quarterback. Arizona selected UCLA’s quarterback, Josh Rosen as the tenth overall pick. His final year at UCLA was spectacular, throwing 26 touchdowns. In the next few years, the Cardinals are hoping Rosen will lead them to a Super Bowl like Warner did in 2008.
The last pick of the first day was Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson. He was selected by the Baltimore Ravens, after they traded their second round picks to the Philadelphia Eagles. Jackson is a dual threat quarterback and he is in a great situation in Baltimore. He can learn under current quarterback Joe Flacco until Jackson is ready. This was an exciting way to end the first day of the draft and more excitement will come in the later rounds.