2018 NFL DRAFT
1. Cleveland Browns: Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield
2. New York Giants: Penn State running back Saquon Barkley
3. New York Jets: USC quarterback Sam Darnold
4. Cleveland Browns: Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward
5. Denver Broncos: North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb
6. Indianapolis Colts: Notre Dame guard Quenton Nelson
7. Buffalo Bills: Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen
The Cleveland Browns took Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the first pick of the NFL Draft on Thursday night as controversy swelled around Josh Allen, the Wyoming quarterback who admitted to writing tweets with racial epithets as a high schooler in 2013.
Allen ultimately went seventh overall to Buffalo after the Bills traded their first-round pick, No. 12, and two second-round selections (the 53rd and 56th picks overall) to Tampa Bay for the chance to take the embattled signal-caller.
The New York Giants took Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the second pick, while USC quarterback Sam Darnold went third to the New York Jets, the Browns took Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the fourth pick, and North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb went fifth overall to the Denver Broncos.
According to Yahoo Sports, Allen repeatedly used the n-word in the tweets, and in one response to the question ‘Why are you so white?’, he replied: ‘If it ain’t white, it ain’t right!’
Allen’s response in this case seems to be a reference to the sit-com ‘Modern Family.’ Some of the other tweets, he explained to ESPN, either came from rap lyrics and there is a possibility that other tweets were actually written by his friends.
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Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks at the podium after the Cleveland Browns selected Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield as their pick during the first round of the NFL football draft
Despite falling to seventh overall, Josh Allen was all smiles after being drafted by Buffalo
Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, was picked by the Cleveland Browns with the top pick of Thursday’s NFL Draft. Josh Allen had been the projected No. 1
Just hours before NFL teams made their selections for the 2018 draft in Dallas, Allen scrambled to apologize for the posts, saying he was ‘young and dumb’ when he wrote them in 2012-2013.
The 21-year-old quarterback was regarded as a potential top-five pick in this year’s draft.
However the emergence of his social media posts made in high school may have effected the perception of him among NFL teams.
Falling in the NFL Draft cost Allen because rookie contracts are determined by draft position. Whereas Mayfield’s rookie deal will be valued at about $32 million over four years, Allen’s first NFL contract totals $21 million over his first four seasons, according to Spotrac.com.
Mayfield will have a cap figure in 2018 of $5.9 million, whereas the second-overall pick, Barkley, will earn $5.6 million in as a rookie. The 32nd and final pick in the first round will have a 2018 base salary of $1.7 million.
Not unlike a political campaign, negative stories about NFL Draft hopefuls are regarded suspiciously, even when the parties involved admit wrongdoing. Allen’s case echoes the social media controversy surrounding Laremy Tunsil in 2016. Video of Tunsil appearing to smoke marijuana through a gas mask emerged on draft day two years ago, bumping him down the order. He was later selected by the Miami Dolphins and now starts at left tackle
In an interview with ESPN‘s Chris Mortensen on Thursday, Allen said the revelation has put him ‘in a panic,’ but explained that the tweets did not reflect his character.
‘If I could go back in time, I would never have done this in a heartbeat,’ Allen said. ‘At the time, I obviously didn’t know how harmful it was and now has become.
‘I hope you know and others know I’m not the type of person I was at 14 and 15 that I tweeted so recklessly. … I don’t want that to be the impression of who I am, because that is not me. I apologize for what I did.
‘It sucks. My family is hurting. We never envisioned a day or night like this.’
Allen’s case echoes the social media controversy surrounding Laremy Tunsil in 2016. Video of Tunsil appearing to smoke marijuana through a gas mask emerged on draft day two years ago, bumping him down the order. He was later selected by the Miami Dolphins.
Allen throws against the UNLV Rebels during a game at Sam Boyd Stadium in 2016
USC QB Sam Darnold (right) was taken ahead of Allen (center) by the Jets with the third pick
The news isn’t all good for the NFL’s top draft pick.
Mayfield eventually should become the 30th quarterback to start a game for the Cleveland Browns since the franchise returned as an expansion team in 1999, presumably after Tyrod Taylor – acquired from the Buffalo Bills via trade this offseason – becomes the 29th to do so. The team has been resolute that Taylor will be the starter in Week 1 of 2018, but considering no Browns QB has started all 16 games since 2001, it’s fair to say the clock is already ticking on Mayfield’s debut.
2018 NFL DRAFT
8. Chicago Bears: Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith
9. San Fracisco 49ers: Notre Dame offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey
10. Arizona Cardinals: UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen
11. Miami Dolphins: Alabama safety Minkah Fitzpatrick
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea
13. Washington Redskins: Alabama defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne
14. New Orleans Saints: UT-San Antonio defensive end Marcus Davenport
Only two of the previous 28 have made it past 25 starts (Tim Couch 59, Derek Anderson 34) with the Browns. Last year’s second-round pick, DeShone Kizer, made more starts as a rookie (15) than all but six of the other 27 on the infamous list made in their career for Cleveland, but he was summarily shipped away via trade this offseason to the Green Bay Packers.
No current quarterback on the Cleveland roster has started a game for the Browns, as Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan were each traded away. In addition to Taylor, the team brought in veteran Drew Stanton from the Arizona Cardinals via free agency.
Mayfield started 47 games during his college career, finishing his time at Oklahoma with the two highest single-season marks in passing efficiency in FBS history (196.4 in 2016, 198.9 in 2017), breaking Russell Wilson’s record.
‘With Baker Mayfield, we have a guy who loves the game of football, who is an ultra-competitor, is revered by his teammates and anybody who has ever been around him,’ Browns GM John Dorsey said. ‘He’s a guy that has earned everything he has ever had since high school to college and now up here. He is a winner, he’s competitive.’
Mayfield celebrates with Sooners fans after beating Oklahoma State in 2015
Saquon Barkley is selected as the number two overall pick to the New York Giants
USC’s Sam Darnold poses on stage after being picked second by the New York Jets
The Giants’ Barkley is an All-American with speed, power, shiftiness and excellent hands is considered this year’s best player. New York has had one of the NFL’s worst running games in recent years, and Barkley is expected to boost an offense that has a veteran quarterback in Eli Manning and star receiver in Odell Beckham Jr.
Barkley also is a sensational kick returner.
‘It’s unreal, two of the biggest moments in my life in the same week,’ said Barkley, whose girlfriend gave birth to a girl earlier in the week.
2018 NFL DRAFT
15. Oakland Raiders: UCLA offensive tackle Kolton Miller
16. Buffalo Bills: Virginia Tech linebacker Tremaine Edmunds
17. Los Angeles Chargers: Florida State safety Derwin James
18. Green Bay Packers: Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander
19. Dallas Cowboys: Boise State linebacker Leighton Vander Esch
20. Detroit Lions: Arkansas center Frank Ragnow
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Ohio State center Billy Price
22. Tennessee Titans: Alabama linebacker Rashaan Evans
23. New England Patriots: Georgia guard Isaiah Wynn
‘First and foremost, you’re blessed for the opportunity of fatherhood and being able to have a daughter, a beautiful daughter, and being able to raise her and try to set an example and a standard for her of how she should be treated by a man and how she should follow her life,’ Barkley said on a conference call with reporters Thursday night.
‘But then the icing on top and the cherry on top, to be able to get drafted to New York, the New York Giants. Like I said, how well known this franchise is and known for the four Super Bowl rings and championships and being able to come home. This is the place I was born. I was born in New York, I was born in the Bronx and I’m not far from home anyway. I’m only like an hour and 45 minutes from the Lehigh Valley and I’m just happy I’m able to stay close and be able to play for such a prestigious franchise.’
Giants general manager Dave Gettleman admitted Barkley was an easy pick.
‘You can overthink it, it’s a running back this and that, you can make yourself crazy about it and you can overthink things,’ he said. ‘You have to go with your instincts and understand what it takes to put together a winning football team.’
Not surprisingly in the Cowboys’ home, the pick generally was booed.
The Jets, another of the NFL teams desperate for a franchise quarterback, chose Darnold with the third pick Thursday night.
The Jets had traded up from sixth overall with Indianapolis with the expressed mission of finding that quarterback. Southern California’s Darnold, who had a superb 2016 season and was not quite so productive last year, was the choice.
Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward is selected as the number four overall pick
Darnold might sit a while and learn behind veteran Josh McCown.
‘There’s nothing better than being on this state,’ Darnold said. ‘I think whatever the coaches what me to do, if they want me to sit, want me to play, I’ll do my role. That’s what I’ve done my whole life, not going to do any different.’
2018 NFL DRAFT
24. Carolina Panthers: Maryland wide receiver D.J. Moore
25. Baltimore Ravens: South Carolina tight end Hayden Hurst
26. Atlanta Falcons: Alabama wide receiver Calvin Ridley
27. Seattle Seahawks: San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds
29. Jacksonville Jaguars: Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan
30. Minnesota Vikings: Central Florida cornerback Mike Hughes
31. New England Patriots: Georgia running back Sony Michel
32. Baltimore Ravens: Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson
Darnold, 20, was the first quarterback drafted this high by the Jets since Joe Namath went first overall in 1965. They selected USC quarterback Mark Sanchez fifth overall in 2009 and Richard Todd No. 6 overall in 1976.
Darnold, who left the Trojans after his redshirt junior season, will go to a team desperately in need of a quarterback as a building block. The Jets went 5-11 last season. Thought to be a Heisman Trophy candidate entering the season, Darnold’s performance suffered in 2017 while playing behind an inexperienced line and with young wide receivers.
Another trade put the Arizona Cardinals at No. 10, in position to select UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. The Cardinals made a trade with the Oakland Raiders to move up six spots.
Ward, who most draft analysts had going no higher than No. 9, is considered a true cover corner with great quickness and speed. The 5-foot-11, 183-pounder ran a 4.32 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine.
NC State defensive end Bradley Chubb, viewed as an option for the Giants and Browns, gives the Broncos a potent pass rusher with pair with Von Miller. Chubb, 6-4, 275, had 10 sacks and 44 tackles for loss.
At No. 6, the Colts selected Notre Dame offensive guard Quenton Nelson and after Allen went to Buffalo, the Chicago Bears selected Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith with the eighth pick. Nelson’s college teammate, offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey, went No. 9 to the San Francisco 49ers.
Fans celebrate with UCLA’s Josh Rosen, center right, after Rosen was selected by the Arizona Cardinals during the first round of Thursday’s NFL Draft
Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, poses with North Carolina State’s Bradley Chubb after Chubb was selected by the Denver Broncos with the fifth-overall pick on Thursday night
MAYFIELD NAILS FAVRE DRAFT PIC
Baker Mayfield’s mother reportedly purchased wallpaper to match the wood paneling of Brett Favre’s childhood bedroom, and since they already had the jorts, all they needed was to decorate the space with pictures of Mayfield’s days in youth sports
Hours ahead of Thursday night’s NFL Draft, where he was picked first overall by the Cleveland Browns, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield took the time to precisely emulate his hero Brett Favre, right down to the trademark jorts.
Mayfield recreated the famous photo of Favre from 1991, when he learned he had been drafted out of Southern Mississippi by the Atlanta Falcons. Favre, who would go on to win a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers before being inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016, was seen laying down in his crowded bedroom with a cordless phone, a pair of jean shorts, and a wide grin – all of which Mayfield captured in his version on Wednesday night.
A native Texan, Mayfield has been likened to Favre for both his boisterous personality, southern roots (he’s from Texas), and reckless playing style
‘There are those people who are in your corner no matter what, you can’t do any wrong, even when you do wrong,’ Mayfield wrote in his Twitter post, quoting Favre. ‘And then there are those people that no matter what you do they’re going to dislike you and that’s not going to change.’
Favre seemed to enjoy the tweet and responded Thursday, ‘Good luck tonight….and remember to send my Jorts back tomorrow.’
A native Texan, Mayfield has been likened to Favre for both his boisterous personality, southern roots (he’s from Texas), and reckless playing style.
The Favre photo was originally taken by a local newspaper, but later spread to national magazines and television after Favre broke out as a member of the Packers.
According to ESPN, Mayfield’s mother purchased wallpaper to match the wood paneling of Favre’s childhood bedroom, and since Mayfield already had the jorts, all they needed was to decorate the space with pictures of the quarterback’s days in youth sports.
The entire project took roughly an hour, according to ESPN.
Brett Favre seemed to enjoy the tweet and responded Thursday morning