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For the first time in more than a decade, the No. 1 pick has some actual drama to it

We usually know exactly how the NFL Draft’s first pick or two will go, but not this time.

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In the days before a normal NFL Draft, we almost always know who’ll be the No. 1 pick.

Or at least we know which two players from the same position are still in the running, and we have a decent idea of which one is favored.

  • 2017: For months, Myles Garrett was projected No. 1.
  • 2016: Everyone knew the Rams would pick Jared Goff or Carson Wentz.
  • 2015: It’d clearly be either Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota. By mid-April, Winston looked likely.
  • 2014: No drama when the Texans picked Jadeveon Clowney.
  • 2013: Everyone knew the Chiefs would take an OT, either Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel.
  • 2012: The Colts announced Andrew Luck ahead of time.
  • 2011: Small surprise, for some people! Plenty thought Blaine Gabbert might be picked over Cam Newton, but it was still down to only two guys.
  • 2010: By April, Sam Bradford was widely predicted.
  • 2009: No big surprise. Matt Stafford was predicted.
  • 2008: The Dolphins announced Jake Long ahead of time.
  • 2007: The last No. 1 with actual drama. Most assumed Oakland would go quarterback, JaMarcus Russell was favored, and Brady Quinn was up there. But nobody could rule out speed-freak Al Davis picking Calvin Johnson. Joe Thomas, and Adrian Peterson lingered.

And these next six tweets are a sample of the abnormal leadup to 2018’s draft:

We’re all pretty sure Cleveland’s going QB at No. 1, though there’s always a small chance they do so at No. 4 instead. If the Browns take a QB first, it could be any one of four guys, per the reporting.

This should be a pretty fun Thursday night, even if the drama is partly the result of (1.) the Browns appearing to be set on picking a QB, (2.) this draft having a bunch of potentially suitable QBs, (3.) no one agreeing on the standout QB in that group, and (4.) the Browns being all over the place for the past 25 years or so.