There were no surprises at the top of this year’s draft. Kliff Kingsbury and the Arizona Cardinals snatched Kyler Murray with the top overall pick, Nick Bosa went No. 2 and the Jets couldn’t find a trade partner in time, so they took Alabama DT Quinnen Williams to load up the defensive line. The chalk wouldn’t last.
Raiders wander off the big board
With the fourth overall pick, Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock took Clemson DE Clelin Ferrell ahead of standout edge rushers such as Josh Allen and Ed Oliver. It was a minor upset, since Ferrell was widely regarded as an inferior prospect, but the Raiders absolutely needed an edge rusher, and they got one.
The Big Blue Devil
Gruden and Mayock had nothing on Giants’ GM Dave Gettleman. At No. 6 overall, the Giants took Daniel Jones, a 6-foot-5 quarterback when Dwayne Haskins was on the board. The Giants had been expected to draft a defensive player at 6, and possibly at 17 as well. An apologist might argue that Haskins had only one standout season, and Jones was working with inferior receivers. Much like Gettleman, that apologist would be reaching.
Steelers trade up to 10 for Devin Bush
The surprise was the trade, not the pick. The Steelers only draft defense in the first round. When Pittsburgh moved up, Bush was the obvious pick. But giving up a second-rounder this draft and a third-rounder next year is a steep price to move up to draft an inside linebacker.
Haskins falls to Washington
Washington has been chaos this week. A few days ago, one report suggested owner Dan Snyder had "taken control" of the first round, suggesting the team might jam all-in to move up and draft Haskins. Instead, the team stood pat and Haskins fell all the way to 15, where Washington snatched him up. The Giants will see him twice a year.
The Giants. Again.
It's no Daniel Jones at 6, but the Giants confused a lot of people who had Mississippi State's Montez Sweat as the best prospect on the board when the Giants took Dexter Lawrence out of Clemson at 17.
Jeffery Simmons is taken in the first round
In 2016, Simmons was involved in a physical altercation with a 30-year-old woman in which he struck her several times while she lay prone on the ground. The woman had been involved in a fight with Simmons’ mother and sister. ESPN spent the entire 10-minute segment between picks discussing the incident, explaining that Simmons has redeemed himself since.
The Two Tight Ends
The Lions took T.J. Hockenson at 8 overall. A few hours later, the Broncos took his teammate and fellow tight end Noah Fant at 20. It was the first time two tight ends from the same school have been selected in the first round. Two years ago, O.J. Howard (Tampa, 19), Evan Engram (Giants, 23) and David Njoku (Cleveland, 29) were taken in the first round.
The Giants. Again, again.
The Giants traded into the back-end of the first round for their third selection of the first night of the draft. Seattle held back-to-back picks at 29 and 30, and the draft was held up as the Seahawks submitted the 29th but announced their pick (L.J. Collier out of TCU) and the trade of 30 at once. (Seattle had previously moved back from 21 to 30 in a trade with Green Bay.) Big Blue closed its opening round by getting one of the best corner backs in the draft.