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2018 NFL Draft 1st Round recap as Los Angeles Rams loom at #87

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A wild night in Dallas has come to a close, but the 2018 NFL Draft is just getting started.

The 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
The 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX.
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

It always happens.

The 2018 NFL Draft, like every NFL draft, shocks you. And then it shocks you. And then the Seattle Seahawks draft San Diego St. RB Rashaad Penny and you’re just all out of shocks to give.

Let’s recap.

2018 NFL Draft Day 1 Results

Rd # Rd# Team Player POS School
Rd # Rd# Team Player POS School
1 1 1 Cleveland Browns Baker Mayfield QB Oklahoma
1 2 2 New York Giants Saquon Barkley RB Penn St.
1 3 3 New York Jets Sam Darnold QB USC
1 4 4 Cleveland Browns Denzel Ward CB Ohio St.
1 5 5 Denver Broncos Bradley Chubb EDGE North Carolina St.
1 6 6 Indianapolis Colts Quenton Nelson G Notre Dame
1 7 7 Buffalo Bills Josh Allen QB Wyoming
1 8 8 Chicago Bears Roquan Smith LB Georgia
1 9 9 San Francisco 49ers Mike McGlinchey OT Notre Dame
1 10 10 Arizona Cardinals Josh Rosen QB UCLA
1 11 11 Miami Dolphins Minkah Fitzpatrick S Alabama
1 12 12 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Vita Vea DT Washington
1 13 13 Washington Da'Ron Payne DT Alabama
1 14 14 New Orleans Saints Marcus Davenport DE UTSA
1 15 15 Oakland Raiders Kolton Miller OT UCLA
1 16 16 Buffalo Bills Tremaine Edmunds LB Virginia Tech
1 17 17 Los Angeles Chargers Derwin James S Florida St.
1 18 18 Green Bay Packers Jaire Alexander CB Louisville
1 19 19 Dallas Cowboys Leighton Vander Esch ILB Boise St.
1 20 20 Detroit Lions Frank Ragnow C Arkansas
1 21 21 Cincinnati Bengals Billy Price OL Ohio St.
1 22 22 Tennessee Titans Rashaan Evans LB Alabama
1 23 23 New England Patriots Isaiah Wynn G Georgia
1 24 24 Carolina Panthers D.J. Moore WR Maryland
1 25 25 Baltimore Ravens Hayden Hurst TE South Carolina
1 26 26 Atlanta Falcons Calvin Ridley WR Alabama
1 27 27 Seattle Seahawks Rashaad Penny RB San Diego St.
1 28 28 Pittsburgh Steelers Terrell Edmunds S Virginia Tech
1 29 29 Jacksonville Jaguars Taven Bryan DT Florida
1 30 30 Minnesota Vikings Mike Peters CB UCF
1 31 31 New England Patriots Sony Michel RB Georgia
1 32 32 Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson QB Louisville

The headline was always going to be the QB class. It started with Oklahoma Sooners QB Baker Mayfield at #1 to the Cleveland Browns, but the navigation through the first round didn’t disappoint for intrigue. USC Trojans QB Sam Darnold went #3 to the New York Jets. The Buffalo Bills traded up to #7 to land Wyoming Cowboys QB Josh Allen. And we’ll be seeing UCLA Bruins QB Josh Allen twice a year after he landed with the Arizona Cardinals as they traded up to #10. My first two hinges of the draft were on point.

Was the third? Did we get a position run? I felt one coming at offensive line when 15, 20, 21 and 23 all fed linemen up, but we didn’t quite get the full run into the late picks of the round. No UTEP G Will Hernandez, no Texas Longhorns OT Connor Williams, no Oklahoma OT Orlando Brown, no Iowa Hawkeyes C James Daniels...See you tomorrow!

And now? We get ready for the road to 87. The Los Angeles Rams join the party tomorrow, albeit about as late as you can join a draft. Will they draft for immediate need despite already boasting one of the best top-heavy rosters in the league? Will they go BPA with a shocker pick out of left field? Will General Manager Les Snead trade the pick for a pair of socks?

Who knows!

Tune in tomorrow. If tonight was any indication, it’s gonna be a blast.