Denzel Ward has elite speed, but Bradley Chubb he's not -- Bud Shaw

Andrew Cummings
April 27, 2018

The Oklahoma star was the first of four passers drafted in the top 10.

Last season the Jets were ranked 24th offensively with 18.6 points per game. Chubb is the Wolfpack's first first-round pick since 2006, when the Houston Texans made defensive lineman Mario Williams the No. 1 overall pick.

Oklahoma quarterback and Heisman Trophy victor Baker Mayfield was the top pick in the 2018 NFL Draft after being selected by the Cleveland Browns. The Browns were sold on his leadership skills and creativity inside the pocket and outside.

In advance of the draft, Mayfield was a face in a crowd that included highly regarded and taller quarterbacks like Southern Cal's Sam Darnold, Wyoming's Josh Allen and UCLA's Josh Rosen.

Last season, after the Oklahoma Sooners won a big game in Columbus, Ohio, Baker Mayfield made thousands of enemies in the state of Ohio.


With so many quarterback-needy teams in the class, top-10 trades were considered inevitable and two soon followed as the Bills moved up from 12 to seven to select Josh Allen in the biggest gamble of the draft.

Cleveland threw a curveball with their No4 selection, taking Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward.

In the last 48 hours leading up to the draft, there was more discussion that former Lake Travis quarterback Baker Mayfield would go number one to the Cleveland Browns.

The pick after Mayfield: The Giants took Saquon Barkley, a Browns fan base favorite. He's the best player out there. Barkley also is a sensational kick returner. The struggling franchise held the first overall and fourth overall picks, prompting all sorts of National Football League rumors, including the possibility of a trade.

"I'm surprised, to be quite honest with you", said Troy Aikman, himself a former OU quarterback who now is a Fox Sports NFL analyst.


"You don't want turnovers on any level.but we feel his upside and ability far outweigh (turnovers)", Bowles said.

I think John Dorsey knows what he's doing. "That's what I've done my whole life, not going to do any different".

While the Broncos selected a player to disrupt to the quarterback, the Indianapolis Colts opted to protect Andrew Luck by picking guard Quenton Nelson.

The Jets, who are coming off back-to-back 5-11 seasons, suddenly have a crowded quarterback room. Allen's inaccuracy in college is a concern, and there isn't much buzz surrounding Allen and the Jets. AJ McCarron and Nathan Peterman aren't Buffalo's future at the most important position in football. This year's consensus seems to be that the SEC has six surefire first-round picks - Minkah Fitzpatrick, Roquan Smith, Da'Ron Payne, Rashaan Evans, Calvin Ridley and Taven Bryan.


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