So yeah. Even the smartest National Football League pundits were convinced that the 2017 National Football League draft would open with a boring run of defensive players.
But the biggest mystery of this draft was where the quarterbacks would land in Round 1, and nobody could've predicted the way it shook out Thursday night. Any chance of taking Trubisky vanished when the Bears moved from third to second to take the quarterback from Mentor High School and North Carolina. The NFL Draft is three days of fun, and with round one action in the books, it is time to turn our attention to the next two rounds to be drafted on Friday night.
"They'll get more than 200 percent effort out of me", Peppers said in a conference call. It's easy to presume the Browns made the above trade knowing they could land Peppers with the acquired pick. Kansas City moved up from No. 27, sending Buffalo that pick (27) and a No. 3 pick this year and No. 1 next year.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette became the second SEC player when he went fourth overall to Jacksonville. Less than 30 minutes after taking MI safety Jabrill Peppers at No. 25, the Browns were back on the clock to take Miami tight end David Njoku at No. 29, the result of a trade with the Green Bay Packers. Houston Texans (via trade with Browns): Deshaun Watson, Quarterback (Clemson) 13.
The Browns didn't mess around with the No. 1 pick. But with numerous mock drafts predicting the receivers would start going off the board in the middle of the first round, not even Davis expected he would be taken with the fifth pick overall. San Francisco 49ers (via trade with Seahawks): Reuben Foster, Linebacker (Alabama) 32. That said, they'll have five picks in the first two rounds of next year's draft with which to drown their sorrows.
The Panthers, eager to get back to the form that won them the 2015 NFC title, got a versatile running back from Stanford who also can play receiver and return kicks. I was gonna go to the NFL!
Other surprises included the three quarterbacks who were selected in the first round, despite questions about each of the top players at that position. Cincinnati surprised some by taking speedy wide receiver John Ross from Washington.
After trading back from No. 12 to No. 25 in the first round, the Browns selected Peppers in an effort to rebuild a struggling secondary, and the young defensive back is embracing the opportunity to hone his skills and focus in on one position. Coach Andy Reid knows all about Favre - he was an assistant coach in Green Bay in the 1990s during Favre's rise to stardom.
The move is even more shocking, considering the Bears emptied their pockets for Mike Glennon, giving him a three-year, $45 million deal earlier this offseason.
Surprisingly, no one from Alabama was chosen until cornerback Marlon Humphrey went 16th to Baltimore.
"We set out this morning understanding we had a plan, executed it well", said Brown, Cleveland's executive vice president of football operations.