Six Quarterbacks Taken in the First Round?

Staff Writer: Ramon Elortondo

 

It’s the day of the draft and there’s still not much known about how this year’s first round will play out. Even the No. 1 pick, owned by the Cleveland Browns for the second consecutive season, remains shrouded in mystery.

This years drafted is loaded with top end quarterbacks and a lot of depth at the running back position. Led by Saquon Barkley, I expect teams to wait on drafting a running back until later rounds other than the amazing talent of Saquon.

There’s still about two weeks until draft night, but here’s a look at how the first round could unfold.

  1. Cleveland Browns– Sam Darnold, QB, USC

Could this finally be the quarterback to put a stop to the infamous jersey that lies in the Cleveland store, with all the past quarterbacks this franchise has gone through. According to NFL sources, this pick is still undecided, and rumors are flying through the NFL world. Reports saying Baker Mayfield is not out of the question. In my opinion, I think it is all a smoke screen. Cleveland is just trying to generate some business, luring other desperate teams to make the call and offer a ridiculous number of picks, because they fear they’ll take the quarterback they want. In the end, I don’t believe the hype and they’ll end of taking the best quarterback in this year’s draft and shift the momentum of this losing franchise.

I asked Brennan Milone, a Browns fan and Woodstock junior, what he thought about the future of his team. “Finally, were not going to be horrible. For the first time I feel like we have a chance at making the playoffs.”

sam darnold

Sam Darnold is a California kid, but he isn’t your stereotypical beach boy. He grew up in a tiny little beach town called San Clemente with his family. He’s tough and will fit in with Cleveland. Photo gathered by Dani Salame.

2. New York Giants– Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

Quarterbacks aside, the defensive end position might be the most important position on the field. If you don’t have a franchise quarterback, teams want the next best thing, and that is a dominant defensive line. Chubb is a homerun. He broke Mario Williams all-time sack and tackles for loss record at North Carolina State, and is blowing teams away in private workouts. With Jason Pierre-Paul being shipped away, pair Chubb with Olivier Vernon and that could fortify that defense for years. Chubb to the Giants makes too much sense.

3. New York Jets– Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

Baker could be the first quarterback taken in the top three for the Gang Green since Joe Namath in 1965. There are so many opinions on who is the best quarterback in this year’s draft, but it is all up to the team to draft who they love. Whether you think Baker Mayfield is the second best QB left on the board or not, the Jets are rumored to be infatuated with the head band wearing, emotional Heisman winner. I expect them to pull the trigger on Baker Mayfield.

baker mayfield

Baker Mayfield is set to take the bright lights of New York. He has the perfect personality to deal with the crazy New York media. He’ll fit right in. Photo gathered by Dani Salame.

4. Cleveland Browns– Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

For the Browns to have two picks in the top four is mind blowing. Brown fans must be jumping with joy that the best overall player is still available. Seeing what teams like the Rams or Saints have done with having an amazing quarterback running back tandem, I don’t think the Browns can pass up on this opportunity. This seems like an obvious decision for the Browns.

saquon barkley

With amazing production on the field, Barkley also put up amazing numbers in the combine. This RB can do it all. He even impressed in meeting with teams. Photo gathered by Dani Salame.

5. Denver Broncos– Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

The big armed, built for the cold quarterback from Wyoming could make a guy like John Elway fall in love with him. Even though the Broncos aquired Case Keenum in free agency, it makes this pick even better. Josh is not ready to start day one in the NFL. Sitting behind Case for one year or even longer is the best thing for Josh. He poses the biggest upside for quarterbacks this year. Josh to Denver would be a dream for him, it makes too much sense.

6. Indianapolis Colts– Minkah Fitzpatrick, S, Alabama

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers– Derwin James, S, Florida State

Derwin James is ready to contribute right away. He’d join Jameis Winston who also went to Florida State. Derwin is one of the best players in the draft, and that’s why I chose for him to go to Tampa. The best player available on the board convinced me to take him over Quenton Nelson. Derwin James will have a huge impact on that defense down South.

8. Chicago Bears- Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

9. San Francisco 49ers– Tremain Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

10. Oakland Raiders– Denzel Ward, CB, OSU

11. Miami Dolphins– Roquon Smith, LB, Georgia

“I was hoping to get a quarterback, especially Baker, but Roquon led that hounding Georgia defense and I think he’d be able to do the same in Miami.” Said Justo Elortondo, a Woodstock alum who’s a fanatic of the Miami Dolphins.

12. Buffalo Bills– Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

Sort of the consolation prize for the Bills. They are desperate for a quarterback in Buffalo and Josh is best one left. He’s probably not their first choice, knowing how much of a character he is, and he comes with injury concerns as well. Along with those two negatives though, he’s still an amazing thrower of the football, and at the end of the day, that is what he is going to be paid to do. I’m interested to see how Rosen will turn out in the NFL. Is he the next bust, or the next quarterback to fall that teams made a mistake to pass on.

13. Washington Redskins– Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa

14. Green Bay Packers– Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

It is time to give Aaron Rodgers some help. After Jordy Nelson leaving, Calvin Ridley would fill a need for the Green Bay Packers.

When talking to Will Callahan, a Packer fan and Woodstock junior, he agreed with me saying, “After Jordy leaving, we don’t have a go to receiver other than Devante Adams. I really want to take him.”

calvin ridley

Calvin Ridley is 23 years old. That could make him fall. On the bright side though, he has all the experience you can get in College. He’s played in huge games. Photo gathered by Dani Salame.

15. Arizona Cardinals– Herold Landry, DE, Boston College

16. Baltimore Ravens– Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

This is Ozzie Newsome’s last draft as the GM of the Ravens, and I can see him going out with a giant splash. Has there ever been a franchise that needed a spark more than Baltimore right now? Alex Smith seemed like the future of the franchise in Kansas City … until the Chiefs drafted Patrick Mahomes. Could we see the same deal in Baltimore with Joe Flacco and Jackson?

When talking to Josh Passafume, Woodstock senior, who’s a die-hard Louisville Cardinal fan he had this to say about his former QB, “As long as he goes to a team where he’s given a chance to ball out I will be happy. I am not much of an NFL fan so wherever he goes I’ll support.”

lamar jackson

Lamar won the Heisman his sophomore year even though he put up bigger numbers his Junior season in Louisville. Why? Because the team struggled to win games his Junior year and that hurt his Heisman voting. Lamar is more than just a running quarterback, he threw for 40 touchdowns. Photo gathered by Dani Salame.

17. Los Angelas Chargers– Vita Vea, DT, Washington

18. Seattle Seahawks– Marus Davenport, OLB, UTSA

19. Dallas Cowboys– Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

20. Detroit Lions– Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

21. Cincinnati Bengals– Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

22. Buffalo Bills– Coutland Sutton, WR, SMU

23. New England Patriots– Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

Linebackers from Alabama always seem to make it in the NFL. Someone as accomplished as Evans makes sense for the Patriots, but I wouldn’t be surprised if New England used both their first-round draft picks to move up.

24. Carolina Panthers– Connor Williams, OT, Texas

25. Tennessee Titans– James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

26. Atlanta Falcons– Taven Bryan, DT, Florida 2

27. New Orleans Saints– Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota State

28. Pittburgh Steelers– Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

29. Jacksonville Jaguars– William Hernandez, OG, UTEP

30. Minnesota Vikings– Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

31. New England Patriots– Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State

Could this be the year the Patriots draft Tom Brady’s predecessor? It seems like there has been some tension in New England these past few months, with rumors of Belichick and players not getting along, including Brady. If the Pats don’t move up, I expect them to take the next best QB in the draft and make him learn behind the greatest quarterback of all time.

32. Philadelphia Eagles– Michael Gesicki, TE, Penn State

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