Arizona Cardinals select Josh Rosen in quarterback dominant NFL Draft
The 2018 Draft began with a annual reminder that nobody likes Roger Goodell. The NFL commissioner was escorted to the podium on the main stage by Dallas Cowboys legends and was still booed by the fans.
“I can’t believe you’re booing the Cowboys,” Goodell said.
Of course all he had to do was mentioned Roger Staubach’s name to instantly turn the jeers into cheers.
The talk leading up to the NFL Draft has been dominated by the quarterbacks. It was well justified as four quarterbacks were taken among the top ten draft picks, most in history.
Baker Mayfield, who won the Heisman Trophy last season with the Oklahoma Sooners, watched the NFL Draft from home with family and friends. It didn’t take long for him to find out that he was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the first overall pick.
The New York Giants selected Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the second pick. The Giants showed their commitment to veteran Eli Manning as their starting quarterback, so it is likely that they will wait until Day 2 or 3 to draft a quarterback. As for Barkley, it was love at first sight.
“When I got to visit their program, I fell in love,” Barkley said.
USC quarterback Sam Darnold had vivid dreams on how this moment would play out and he said after being selected by the New York Jets with the third pick that it, “lived up to the expectations.”
The Browns kept it local with the fourth pick by adding to their defense with the selection of Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward. The Denver Broncos selected Bradley Chubb of North Carolina State with the fifth pick to pair with Von Miller.
The Buffalo Bills looked like fools with the Nathan Peterman experiment and traded quarterback Tyrod Taylor despite leading them to their first playoff appearance of the 21st century. The Bills were desperate for a new franchise quarterback so they traded with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the seventh pick of the Draft and drafted Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen, old tweets be damned.
“I’m going to make them look like the smartest people out there,” Allen said. “I’m ready to come win.”
Notre Dame got two members of their offensive line taken in the Top 10 of the first round of the Draft. Quenton Nelson went to the Indianapolis Colts with the sixth pick while Mike McGlinchey went to the San Francisco 49ers with the ninth pick.
The Arizona Cardinals traded with the Oakland Raiders to move up to the No. 10 spot to take UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. Rosen has long been considered to be the most pro ready quarterback in the Draft. The one main concern was whether or not he loved football, which is an absolute stupid concern and one that Rosen quickly squashed after being selected.
“I’m more motivated than I’ve ever been,” Rosen said.
This is the first time that both USC and UCLA had quarterbacks picked in the Top Ten of the NFL Draft.