NFL DRAFT: The wild opening round served up a number of surprises, so what's in store for Day 2?
2:06 PM, Apr 28, 2017
2:06 PM, Apr 28, 2017
PHILADELPHIA - Defense was supposed to dominate in the first round of the NFL draft. It did, eventually. It just took a while.
After the Browns took Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett with the No. 1 overall pick Thursday night, eight of the next 11 picks were offensive players in a surprising opening day. Overall, 19 of the 32 players were from the defense, which was closer to projections.
Bears go for Mentor native
The first stunning move was the Bears trading with the 49ers to select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky or Mentor at No. 2.
"It was just pretty much silence," Trubisky said. "That's why I'm surprised to hear my name called because we didn't have a lot of contact. I just think they ... were impressed with me at the combine and my workout. But yeah, I haven't had a whole lot of contact with them, so that makes it so much more exciting."
After taking Garrett, the Browns added Michigan's Jabrill Peppers and tight end David Njoku as they look to improve off a horrendous 1-15 season. The Browns were the first team since Minnesota in 2013 to have three first-round picks.
Conley gets drafted
One controversial pick was Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley, who was drafted by Oakland at No. 24. Days before the draft, allegations emerged that Conley raped a woman in Cleveland.
He called the accusations "completely false" and no charges have been filed. Conley was named in a police report that details the allegations but no information has been forwarded to prosecutors.
Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma
The story of Day Two will likely be when and if Mixon is drafted. On talent alone, he might be the best back in the draft — a bigger version of McCaffrey. He also was suspended his entire freshman season for punching a female student at Oklahoma and breaking bones in her face. Mixon comes with baggage and built-in criticism for whichever team takes him. The talent, though, is elite.
Forrest Lamp, OL, Western Kentucky
Only two offensive linemen went in the first round and none until pick 20. Scouts fell in love with Lamp at the Senior Bowl, but he doesn't have a prototypical tackle's body and that kept him out of the first round. He might be the most sound blocker in the class.
Cam Robinson, OL, Alabama
Robinson is sort of the flip side of Lamp. All the athleticism and ideal size, but his footwork gets sloppy and his play was inconsistent. He can dominate and those physical tools could lead to a long and productive career.
Zach Cunningham, LB, Vanderbilt
Cunningham was a tackle-machine with good instincts and athleticism. He could be a steady, if not spectacular, three-down linebacker.