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NFL Draft 2018: All the biggest moments

Five quarterbacks ended up being taken in the first round of the NFL Draft - but not necessarily in the order or to the locations most prognosticators thought.


Kahron Spearman


Big Takeaway #1: QBs galore, five of them go in the first round

Baker Mayfield (No. 1) may be the accurate underdog, which would appear to be perfect for Cleveland. 

Sam Darnold (No. 3) looks ready to be a steadying force with the Jets, plus he'll have Josh McCown, a true pro, as a mentor. 

The weather is a big deal in Buffalo. Why not get the one QB who's going to be unaffected by weather? Josh Allen (No. 7)  is a project, but that arm though.

Josh Rosen (No. 10) will start immediately for the Cardinals, with the benefit of a top all-around back and Larry Fitzgerald. 

The Ravens picking Lamar Jackson at No. 32 gives them a Flacco understudy for Baltimore's offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg's wild ideas. 

Most Surprising Moves:

Of course - Cleveland taking Mayfield at No. 1. It's accurate and a leader. But accuracy is somewhat relative, as the NFL isn't the Big 12. A poor offensive line means poor throwing lanes for a six-foot QB. Does he have the shake/wiggle to get away from people? It could work out. It could also be a disaster. 

New Orleans trading up to No. 14 (from the Packers) and taking a project in 6-foot-6, 264-pound Marcus Davenport, who could be an explosive 4-3 defensive end when its all set and done. 

Seattle taking San Diego State RB Rashaad Penny at No. 27. With a dire need at offensive line, and no second-round pick this year, why not take Texas OT Connor Williams or UTEP's Will Hernandez?

The other issue is Penny himself. He could be a fine back, but he's not exactly the punisher-style back they've been missing.

I thought I should've been picked at 1, 2 or 3. I dropped and I was pissed. I was really, really angry. I wasn't really showing it. I was trying to keep calm, cool, composed. But I thought I was going to get picked and I thought I was going to have to put on a face and try and fake happiness. But for some reason, right when I got that call, that's not what happened. I got really happy and really motivated. All I wanted to do was basically get on a plane right then and go straight to Arizona and start working. It was definitely a surprise when I got that phone call in terms of the emotions I was feeling. But I think everything happens for a reason.

Josh Rosen
Quarterback, Arizona Cardinals (10th pick)

Best fits:

Baltimore taking South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst at No. 27 could be up being a significant boon, even if they did pass up Derwin James. Hurst is going to make the Ravens offense better from day one. 

Lamar Jackson is in the best situation of all the quarterbacks with the Ravens (the Ravens!) and will see what playing in competitive games looks like early in his career. 

Roquan Smith (No. 8) is going to plug in and play 10-12 years for the Chicago Bears as next up with the franchise's great lineage of inside linebackers. 

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