The first round of the draft is now in the books, and we were treated to some opening night drama as some surprising trades shook up the board.
The initial run on QBs was expected and it turned out it was Trey Lance that San Francisco had traded up to get, but the real fun started from number 8.
It was expected that #8 and #9 would be the prime spot for anyone to trade up and snag one of the remaining QBs, while Dallas were sitting pretty at number 10 to take their pick of defensive talent.
That plan went out the window as Carolina and Denver took the best CB’s from the board, and it even resulted in Jerry Jones trading with the Eagles who moved up a couple of spots.
Chicago were the big movers of the night as they came up to take Justin Fields, so it appears the Andy Dalton QB1 era lasted only a matter of weeks:
Mac Jones was looking a little agitated in the green room as he started to slide but he must be happy that he fell into the Patriots’ lap.
Jacksonville doubled down on Clemson offensive talent as they took running back Travis Etienne to compliment Trevor Lawrence, so it’s going to be fun to watch them try to overhaul the Jaguars’ fortunes.
There were plenty of rumours about Aaron Rodgers before the draft as his discontent with the Packers is growing, and he might not be overly enthused as another draft went past without any first-round weapons for him, although CB was a major need after they got burned in the Championship game last season.
We didn’t see any late trades as the main contenders from last year strengthened their defense, and here’s a summary of all the picks that were made last night.
|#1||Jacksonville Jaguars||Trevor Lawrence||QB|
|#2||New York Jets||Zach Wilson||QB|
|#3||San Fransisco 49ers||Trey Lance||QB|
|#4||Atlanta Falcons||Kyle Pitts||TE|
|#5||Cincinnati Bengals||Ja’Marr Chase||WR|
|#6||Miami Dolphins (from PHI)||Jaylen Waddle||WR|
|#7||Detroit Lions||Penei Sewell||OT|
|#8||Carolina Panthers||Jaycee Horn||CB|
|#9||Denver Broncos||Patrick Surtain II||CB|
|#10||Philadelphia Eagles (From DAL)||DeVonta Smith||WR|
|#11||Chicago Bears (From NYJ)||Justin Fields||QB|
|#12||Dallas Cowboys (From PHI)||Micah Parsons||LB|
|#13||LA Chargers||Rashawn Slater||OT|
|#14||New York Jets (From MIN)||Alijah Vera-Tucker||OG|
|#15||New England Patriots||Mac Jones||QB|
|#16||Arizona Cardinals||Zaven Collins||LB|
|#17||Las Vegas Raiders||Alex Leatherwood||OT|
|#18||Miami Dolphins||Jaelan Phillips||DE|
|#19||Washington Football Team||Jamin Davis||LB|
|#20||New York Giants (From CHI)||Kadarius Toney||WR|
|#21||Indianapolis Colts||Kwity Paye||DE|
|#22||Tennessee Titans||Caleb Farley||CB|
|#23||Minnesota Vikings (From NYJ)||Christian Darrisaw||OT|
|#24||Pittsburgh Steelers||Najee Haris||RB|
|#25||Jacksonville Jaguars (via LAR)||Travis Etienne||RB|
|#26||Cleveland Browns||Greg Newsome II||CB|
|#27||Baltimore Ravens||Rashod Bateman||WR|
|#28||New Orleans Saints||Payton Turner||DE|
|#29||Green Bay Packers||Eric Stokes||CB|
|#30||Buffalo Bills||Gregory Rousseau||DE|
|#31||Baltimore Ravens (From KC)||Jayson Oweh||LB|
|#32||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Joe Tryon||LB|