The 2018 NFL Draft came to a conclusion Saturday night, welcoming a new wave of future pro football stars. Baker Mayfield earned this year’s honor of being the No. 1 overall pick by the Browns, but there was a lot of other things that went on during the three days at AT&T Stadium in Arlington.
There was first-round drama, steals, slides, and fun picks that were made during the draft. We’re here to recap a fun three days for you.
Mayfield was the surprise, sort of, No. 1 overall pick
We didn’t know for the longest time who was going to get picked No. 1 overall by the Browns. But in the hours leading up to the draft, we had a pretty good idea it was going to be Mayfield, and it was.
The quarterbacks were the big storyline heading into the draft. Mock drafts did their best, but when it was all said and done, Sam Darnold went No. 3 to the Jets, Josh Allen went No. 7 to the Bills, Josh Rosen went No. 10 to the Cardinals, and Lamar Jackson went No. 32 to the Ravens.
Josh Allen went No. 7 despite racist tweets that resurfaced
The night before the draft, a series of deleted tweets from when Allen was in high school that contained racist language surfaced. Allen apologized for the tweets, and said after the draft that teams had called his agent to discuss them.
Ultimately, the Buffalo Bills traded up and selected him.
“We don’t condone anything,” Bills general manager Brandon Beane said, per WGR 550’s Sal Capaccio. “We did our due diligence, spoke to him and his coach again ... he’s going to come in here and own it and has to earn the trust of the fans or organization.”
Shaquem Griffin got picked by the Seahawks, and gets to play with his brother Shaquill
Shaquem Griffin was the best story coming into the draft. He lost his left hand due to a rate prenatal condition, but has persevered and turned himself into one of the best prospects in the entire draft. He showed out at the NFL Combine, with a blazing 4.32 40-yard dash and 20 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press while wearing a prosthetic.
He talked to ESPN after being picked, and said he was just getting started. “And I’m going to keep proving people wrong because I have a lot of people to prove wrong — a lot of doubters,” he said.
"I couldn't breathe ... I was trying to get the words out but I couldn't talk." pic.twitter.com/xxptq4vFb5— ESPN (@espn) April 28, 2018
It’s great that he’s been drafted, but his story gets even better because he gets to play with his brother Shaquill, who the Seahawks drafted a year before. Achieving your NFL dream is one thing, but it’s even more badass to be able to do it with your brother.
Ryan Shazier walked out with his fiancee to announce the Steelers’ first-round pick
The Steelers took Virginia Tech safety Terrell Edmunds with the 28th overall pick in the NFL Draft. But we all received a surprise when injured Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier walked onto the stage with the help of his fiancee, Michelle.
Shazier suffered a horrifying spinal injury during a Monday Night Football game against the Bengals in December, and spent time confined to a wheelchair.
The Steelers have already ruled him out for the 2018 season, but it’s good to see that progress in his health has been made.
Lamar Jackson got picked, and nothing else mattered for Jaire Alexander in that moment
Jaire Alexander was the first Louisville player off the board on the first night of the NFL Draft, which might not have been the worst thing, even if it meant that Jackson slid a little bit.
Only because we got this moment, where Alexander learned that the Ravens traded up, and picked Jackson:
It’s cool that these two teammates were able to see their NFL dreams come to fruition on the same day, in dramatic fashion.
Derrius Guice was the biggest surprise in terms of sliding
Former LSU running back Derrius Guice was this year’s surprise slide. He was projected to go in the first or early second round, and wound up being picked No. 59 overall.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter said Guice saying he was asked about whether or not he liked men is what caused him to slide. Then, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported there was a shouting match “incident” in his visit with the Eagles, which GM Howie Roseman denied.
“I just didn’t understand why me, out of all people, because I’m great to everybody, I have a great personality and I just didn’t understand why everything just hit so hard with me out of everybody.”
Maurice Hurst also slid, but it wasn’t as big of a surprise because of his health
Hurst’s health was a big storyline coming into the draft. He’s one of the best players in the entire thing (he was No. 17 on Dan Kadar’s big board), but after he wasn’t able to participate in the NFL Combine after being diagnosed with a heart condition on March 3. He would later be cleared to participate in Michigan’s pro day, and impressed scouts.
He fell all the way to day three of the draft, until the Raiders traded up to No. 140 overall to take him.
Hurst said due to money lost in draft, may have to keeping driving an Uber like he did at Michigan— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) April 28, 2018
But when healthy, he’s damn good, and that’s why the Raiders made the move. “I’m ready to go right now,” Hurst said. “Just show up to rookie minicamp just like everyone else and just go through things as anyone else would.”
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School football team and family of slain football coach announced the Dolphins’ Day 3 draft picks
On the last day of the 2018 NFL Draft, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School football team, along with the family of slain football coach Aaron Feis, announced the Dolphins’ remaining five picks.
Former Dolphins Jason Taylor and Sam Madison showed up to Feis’ funeral. He was also a security guard at the school, and an alum where he played center for the football team.
In March, the Dolphins hosted a free football clinic with the school’s football teams.
The Dolphins have also been practicing in “MSD STRONG” shirts:
It’s been good to see the support that the Dolphins have shown MSD in their time of need.
There were other special guest pickers, too
The Buccaneers had a parrot fly their picks to the pirate ship in Raymond James Stadium, though the bird didn’t announce the picks, which enraged the internet:
The parrot didn’t speak. Way to oversell. pic.twitter.com/jSU6xTlYZr— Melissa Jacobs (@thefootballgirl) April 28, 2018
That’s a good looking bird, though. You can’t get too mad, right?
Then, R2D2 and Chewbacca helped the 49ers make picks too:
The picks were announced from Lucasfilm’s Northern California headquarters, and they were joined by Ron Howard, who directed the standalone Han Solo film that’s coming out in late May.
The 78th pick of the NFL Draft won free Pizza Hut pizza
The NFL’s new pizza sponsor — Pizza Hut — had a prize for the No. 78 pick in the NFL Draft, and it was free pizza.
The 78th pick in this year’s NFL Draft will receive a free pizza for an entire year courtesy of new league pizza sponsor Pizza Hut. Why #78? It’s the 3rd round, 14th pick (3.14 = pi). The Chiefs currently hold the pick. pic.twitter.com/vZXeSmJLog— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 23, 2018
That pick was traded from the Chiefs to the Bengals, who selected Texas’ Malik Jefferson, who was “excited”:
But he didn’t show up!
Malik Jefferson missed his pizza party. ♀️— Katherine Terrell (@Kat_Terrell) April 28, 2018
THINGS FROM DAY 1
- First round grades
- Baker Mayfield recreated Brett Favre’s epic draft jorts photo perfectly, and it’s everything
- Josh Allen’s deleted tweets didn’t keep the Bills from trading up to draft him
- All of the walk up music for the first round
- Reasons the Browns should be excited for Baker Mayfield
- The Giants got the running back they needed in Saquon Barkley
- Denzel Ward is the next great DB out of Ohio State, and going to the Browns
- The Broncos are putting Bradley Chubb next to Von Miller. Yup.
- 3 reasons Quenton Nelson was worth the Colts’ No. 6 overall pick
- What you need to know about Josh Allen
- 4 quarterbacks went top 10 in the NFL Draft for the first time in almost 70 years
- Why the Saints traded a 2019 1st-round pick to the Packers to take Marcus Davenport
- The Buccaneers just added another tank to their defensive line in Vita Vea
- Washington messed around and replicated Alabama’s 2016 defensive line by drafting Da’Ron Payne
- Bills draft pick Tremaine Edmunds is 19. He might be the youngest player in the NFL in 2018.
- Kim Miale, Saquon Barkley’s agent, makes history at NFL Draft
- Josh Rosen talked his shit
- Ryan Shazier walked onto the stage to announce the Steelers’ pick
- Tremaine and Terrell Edmunds become the first brothers to ever get taken in the first round of the NFL Draft
- Lamar Jackson is a Raven with the last pick of the first round
THINGS FROM DAY 2
- Noted millennial QB Josh Rosen is going to spend ‘a good chunk’ of his Cardinals contract on avocados so he can make guacamole
- Patriots trade with 49ers for OT Trent Brown
- A Cleveland radio host said he’d ‘eat horse poop’ if the Browns drafted Baker Mayfield. He’s apparently gonna do it!
- The Browns added a running back to their new offense: Nick Chubb!
- The Browns got Nick Chubb from the Texans by eating Brock Osweiler’s $16 million salary
- The Cardinals went out and got Josh Rosen Christian Kirk
- LSU RB Derrius Guice picked late in in NFL draft, reportedly due to ‘accountability concerns’
- Nate Burleson delivered a fiery speech for the ‘the no-days off, lunch pail packin’, hard-hat wearin’, blue collar hands that helped build this country’ people of Detroit at the NFL Draft
- 6 reasons the Eagles drafting TE Dallas Goedert *in Dallas* was an amazing Cowboys troll
- Packers legend Jerry Kramer makes an Ice Bowl joke while announcing Green Bay’s pick in Dallas
- The Steelers have a new WR in James Washington to add to their already explosive offense
- Everybody’s using the stage at the NFL Draft to take shots at the Cowboys
- Royce Freeman goes to the Broncos, and he might be the best RB value in the whole draft
- The Steelers might have picked Ben Roethlisberger’s successor in Mason Rudolph
- The Steelers picked both Mason Rudolph and James Washington. Here’s a video of ALLLLLLL their college touchdowns together
- Orlando Brown will play for the same NFL team as his father, ‘Zeus’ Brown
- Panthers pick Rashaan Gaulden giving double birds to Alabama fans is his greatest highlight from Tennessee
THINGS FROM DAY 3
- THE TAMPA BAY BUCS DECEIVED US ABOUT A PARROT ANNOUNCING THEIR DRAFT PICK, AND THE INTERNET IS LIVID
- Chewbacca and R2-D2 announced the 49ers’ NFL Draft picks
- The Eagles’ new tight end is a unicyclist
- Why DT Maurice Hurst might be an amazing pick for the Raiders, if he’s healthy enough to play
- If you like the NFL Draft, folks, stick around after for the real fun
- New Falcons RB Ito Smith’s nickname came from the judge who presided over the O.J. Simpson trial
- 5 reasons Seahawks should be excited about drafting Shaquem Griffin
- Watch the incredible moment Shaquem Griffin learned he’d join his twin brother, Shaquill, in Seattle
- Why do the Patriots make more trades than picks in the NFL Draft?
- Cowboys take a flier on draft bust Tavon Austin in trade with Rams
- Numbers show Steelers draftee Jaylen Samuels is one of the 2018 NFL Draft’s best RBs, WRs, *and* TEs
- The Lions’ Tyrell Crosby got drafted and made an immediate beeline for Chipotle
- New Packers WR Equanimeous St. Brown’s name is incredibly unique, and here’s why