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Instant Impact: 2018 NFL Draft Round-1

Dynasty Reactions from @DFF_Degenerates

1. Cleveland Browns

Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma

@DFF_MadmanSo this is what I think:

http://factorysports.wpengine.com/pre-draft-preview-cleveland-browns/

The Pied Piper… Welcome to Cleveland!

@amazehayes_: No brainer. On to the Giants.

@DFF_ThebrainThis pick sucks! Congratulations Browns on drafting Johnny 2.0. Browns gonna Brown. First QB under 6’1” drafted in the first round since… Johnny Football. Looks like another 5 years of misery.

@ChristipherBean: Looks like the best QB in an excellent QB draft. Third highest cQBR on PlayerProfiler, 2nd highest YPA. Baker Mayfield is definitely who Sashi would have picked. 🙂 Great pick. Good for the Browns.

@DynastyGOAT: If this Draft is the Superbowl for Browns fans, John Dorsey just threw an interception at the goal-line to lose the game.

@DFF_JamesHAnyone comparing Mayfield to Manziel needs to stop watching football. Mayfield is unbelievably talented and is a genuine competitor. He could be the best guy to carry the Browns forward in my eyes. Well done Dorsey!

@DFF_Walk: Nothing better than 1st overall not even attending the draft.  I’m not antiMayfield but Darnold was the safe pick here and I think the Browns needed safe.

2. New York Giants

Saquon Barkley, RB, Penn State

@DFF_JamesH: I have one thing to say about this. The best running talent in the draft is completely wasted here.

@amazehayes_: SAQUON! Not sure if I like the pick from a Giants’ perspective but that offense got a whole lot better. Defenses won’t be able to stack the box against him with OBJ on the outside. If they can solidify some sort of offensive line, that 1.01 just got a whole lot more expensive.

@DFF_Walk: I am a huge Barkley fan and it’s a great landing spot from a Dynasty perspective as there is literally nothing standing in his way of 20+ touches/game in Week 1. The correct NFL pick was Sam Darnold though, because Eli Manning is cooked.

@DynastyGOAT: Barkley is the best running back prospect we’ve seen in recent years and this landing spot makes him an easy pick at #1 overall in rookie drafts.

@ChristipherBean: Unbelievable. You have an aging QB who really isn’t that good to begin with and you take an RB with your first opportunity to grab a high-end QB in ages? You don’t even trade back? Running Backs are the least important non-Special Teams position in the NFL. Worst yet, this draft has a dozen talented RBs. You didn’t even need to take one yet. You could have got back 95% of Barkley two rounds later.

Have fun losing Giants. You don’t even have an OL for him to run behind. We’ll see you here next year.  But without great QBs to pick from.

@dibari22: Good luck running behind that line, young man.

3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis Colts)

Sam Darnold, QB, USC

@amazehayes_: This seemed like it would be the pick after Baker went to the Browns. I like the pick and I’ll be interested to see when Darnold gets his first start. That offense is crazy-young and they can now build around their potential franchise QB for years to come.

@DFF_Walk: Darnold just fell in the Jets’ lap and they have their big brother NY Giants to thank. This could prove to be the tipping point for NY football dominance for the next decade. They are a few skill position players away from Darnold being a fantasy force. Jeremy Bates is ecstatic right now.

@DynastyGOAT: The Jets have to be thrilled to have an opportunity to draft a guy with Darnold’s potential. He is still just 20 years old and will benefit a lot from playing with Josh McCown.

@ChristipherBean: Excellent looking QB prospect. Has Winston, Bridgewater, Carr, Keenum, Rodgers among his comps. Good cQBR and cYPA. Low breakout age. Could finally be the Jets QB of the future.

@DFF_Thebrain: Great pick for the Jets! They didn’t mess it up. Solid player to wait behind McCown and learn the position. Has high upside and areas of concern are all fixable with proper coaching.

@DFF_JamesH: I still don’t think Darnold is as good as people think. He is too inaccurate and not as talented as other QBs in the draft. Bad pick.

@dibari22: Not a fan. But his grandfather was named Dick Hammer and played the Marlboro Man, so he’s got that going for him.

4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans)

Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

@DFF_Thebrain: I like this pick. Top cover corner in the class, will immediately help a secondary full of holes.

@amazehayes_: WHOAAA. I thought for sure this was Bradley Chubb but we have the first surprise of the draft. I love this pick. After losing McCourty to the Patriots, the Browns’ biggest need was corner on an otherwise solid defense.

@DFF_Walk: WOW. Not that Ward isn’t a stud or deserving of the high pick, but I had mentally placed Bradley Chubb on that D-line with Garrett reeking havoc. Strong shutdown CB and a huge need for CLE. Hope he brings his lunch because Antonio Brown and AJ Green are going to test him early.

@DynastyGOAT: I love Denzel Ward, but I cannot believe the Browns just passed on Bradley Chubb. This defensive line would have been devastating with Chubb opposite Garrett. Somewhere, Sashi Brown is rolling in his grave. Every time Myles Garrett gets doubled next year, I will remember the moment when John Dorsey passed on Bradley Chubb.

@ChristipherBean: I’m no CB expert, but they could use the secondary help and people I like speak highly of him.

Booooo give me offense.

@DFF_JamesH: Well, I thought that was Chubb (imagine him and Garrett). Ward is a good pick, despite being something of a reach.

@dibari22 Ugh. They could’ve traded down and still got Ward if they liked him. Dumb, dumb, dumb.

5. Denver Broncos

Bradley Chubb, DE, NC State

@amazehayes_: Close your eyes for a minute. Now picture yourself being a quarterback against Denver and you look to your right and see Von Miller and look to your left and see Bradley Chubb. I bet your pants are wet and/or brown now. Yeah, good luck.

@DFF_WalkA premium pass rusher falls to DEN making this a no-brainer decision in my opinion. They turned a strength into an absolute problem for opposing offenses. I wonder if they had any significant trade talks or ran to the podium.

@ChristipherBean: See above (BOOO GIVE ME OFFENSE). Side note: Derek Carr… Stay safe.

@DynastyGOAT: Denver is out to prove that they don’t need a rookie QB if they have the best defense in the league. John Elway should send a fruit basket to John Dorsey.

@DFF_JamesH: Well, this has just made a good defense even better. Chubb is the best DE in the draft by some margin. It’s an absolute steal that he dropped out of the top 4.

6. Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets)

Quenton Nelson, OG, Notre Dame

@DFF_Thebrain: Colts nailed this pick! They need offensive line help in the worst way regardless of who is behind center. Nelson is a road-grading guard that can help in both the pass- and run-games.

@ChristipherBean: I always like Offensive Line picks. Helps the entire offense – and is the actual way to improve the run game, rather than a new RB. Nelson is also an absolute BEAST. Give a bump to the IND run game and Luck might not die again this year.

@DFF_Walk:  Nelson is an absolute mauler at OG. He will provide some much-needed protection for Andrew Luck if/when he gets back on the field. My many Marlon Mack shares just took a turn for the better.

@dibari22  They have to keep Luck alive to win. Not an exciting pick, but it’s a good one.

@DFF_JamesH: O lineman… Nobody cares. Next.

@DynastyGOAT: It’s about time Indianapolis took a step to protect Andrew Luck… assuming he eventually throws a football again.

7. Buffalo Bills (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Josh Allen, QB, Wyoming

@amazehayes_: You know… I don’t mind this pick. The problem is he will start Week 1, which will probably ruin his career or set him back a while a la Deshone Kizer. Time will tell.

@DFF_Thebrain: Bills trade up and grab Josh Allen. I think this pick will be scrutinized for years. Rosen will be a better pro and I’m not sure Allen ever lives up to this pick.

@DFF_Walk: For better or worse the Bills got their guy. He has the build and arm to succeed in upstate NY. Allen would be best served taking a red-shirt in 2018 but I have a sneaky feeling that AJ McCarron is going to open the door for him pretty early on.

@ChristipherBean: Allen is awful. He has zero starting QBs as comps. Here is a sample of comps: Jay Cutler, EJ Manuel, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, Deshone Kizer. Have fun, Buffalo. You traded a QB 10x better than this schmuck to the Browns in the form of Tyrod Taylor.

PS: NFL NETWORK, Cam is NOT a comp.

@DFF_JamesH: I didn’t see the benefit in trading up. They probably would have got their QB where they were. I don’t really like Josh Allen but at least he will have a chance to prove himself with a good RB in the backfield.

@DynastyGOAT: I love this move for the Bills! Josh Allen has all the tools to be a great NFL QB, despite his accuracy woes in college. His rocket arm will be a huge asset while throwing through the snow in Buffalo.

@dibari22: Ugh. With no receivers to throw to, his completion percentage should absolutely get better in the cold and snow and wind. Worst pick of this early draft.

8. Chicago Bears

Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia

@dibari22: Home run here by the Bears. Continues a strong tradition of great middle linebackers in the Windy City. Outstanding. Arguably the best defensive player in the draft, at least for IDP fantasy.

@amazehayes_: Brian Urlacher?

@DFF_Walk: A heat-seeking MLB that will fit in perfectly in Vic Fangio’s defense. Smith is an IDP wet dream in CHI.

@DynastyGOAT: Roquan Smith is going to be a tackling machine in Chicago. I’m not an IDP guru, but I’m pretty sure that is good for fantasy football.

@DFF_JamesH: Best pick they could have made. They are really building something good in the Windy City. Smith should rack up the tackles and be a really useful piece in their defense. I don’t think it will be long before @dibari22 wishes he had stayed there!

@ChristipherBean: Defense. He’s supposed to be really good. Meh.

9. San Francisco 49ers

Mike McGlinchey, OT, Notre Dame

@amazehayes_: Giving JimmyG that left tackle for his career! All aboard the San Fran train!

@DFF_Walk: The 49ers need to protect their franchise QB and McGlinchey was the best OT on most boards. I thought Tremaine Edmunds was going here.

@DynastyGOAT: When you spend as much money on a QB as San Francisco did, you need to take care of them. This pick does just that.

10. Arizona Cardinals (from the Oakland Raiders)

Josh Rosen, QB, UCLA

@amazehayes_: Once I saw the trade announced I knew this had to be Rosen. I love the pick for the Cardinals, now they just need to build around him.

@DFF_Thebrain: Awesome trade for Arizona. They get the most NFL-ready passer in the draft at 10 and addressed an area of need. They nailed it. Rosen has great mechanics, a quick release, and sets his feet well. A future franchise QB in my eyes.

@ChristipherBean: Having not done a Comp for Rosen until now I’m STUNNED. He has zero starters as comps. List includes: Geno Smith, Blaine Gabbert.  Below average cYPA and cQBR.

@dibari22 Wow. What a steal for the Cardinals. Rosen falls like a stone and the Cards can swoop in and grab a guy that many had as the top QB in this draft at 10. A year or two (or 3 games) behind Sam Bradford. Really nice pick.

@DFF_Walk: You can’t win without a QB in the NFL and unfortunately Sam Bradford is made of glass and completely unreliable. The $20M mentor is perfect for an injury prone Rosen. He is the most technically proficient QB in this draft.

@DynastyGOAT: Josh Rosen just landed in the perfect situation in Arizona. He will sit behind Bradford for a hot minute before being promoted.

@DFF_Madman: Rosen! About time! Good choice. @FFHitman loves me right now. I told you, my man. As soon as I saw Arizona traded up, I knew it was the Rosen One.

@DFF_JamesH: Well done, Arizona. One of the best QB’s in the draft and you got him at 10. He should have no problem beating Bradford to the job and should have a solid career in Arizona.

11. Miami Dolphins

Minkah Fitzpatrick, DB, Alabama

@DFF_Thebrain: Minkah Fitzpatrick at 11 is almost stealing! A top 5 talent here for Miami. Give the Dolphins credit for standing pat and still getting a top talent in this draft.

@amazehayes_: I like the pick. I’ll be interested to see how they utilize Minkah with Reshad Jones and TJ McDonald there as well. If they just have him run around and wreak havoc on defense, I think they got a steal at 11.

@DFF_Walk: Minkah brings some much-needed youth and versatility to the Dolphins secondary. Great pick for a front office that has made a number of questionable offseason decisions.

@ChristipherBean: Yawn… defense.

@DynastyGOAT: Fitzpatrick is a steal at #11. He can play anywhere in the secondary and should have an instant impact in Tampa Bay.

@DFF_JamesH: Is this the pick of the draft? Minkah is an absolute steal at 11. He is a genuine athlete who is going to terrorize a lot of QBs in the AFC East.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Buffalo Bills from Cincinnati Bengals)

Vita Vea, DT, Washington

@amazehayes_: Phew, Vea is a beast. I love this pick as they try to beef up their defense. They still need an RB but they can grab a stud in the second.

@DFF_Thebrain: Not a fan of the Vea pick. Derwin James is still on the board and is a better talent in my eyes. Tampa Bay has already addressed their defensive line plenty in free agency, so the pick isn’t a need either.

@DFF_Walk: I was sure that was going to be Derwin James but Vea is a space eater with the ability to penetrate. DL was a liability outside of McCoy last year and is now a position of strength. Solid pick that likely snaked the Redskins.

@ChristipherBean: Defensive Player. Supposed to be good again.

@DFF_JamesH: Vea is an absolute beast. That defensive line suddenly looks really scary.

13. Washington Redskins

Da’Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

@DFF_Walk: Lost out on Vea and the consolation prize is Payne. That’s one hell of a consolation prize.

@DFF_Thebrain: Payne is a solid player here. A different type of defensive tackle than Vea, he has a little more versatility in the passing game while not as stout vs the run. A nice pick here for the Redskins who could use a solid 3 down interior defensive lineman.

@ChristipherBean: Wake me up when it’s offense again.

@DynastyGOAT: Bama breeds defensive lineman and Payne is just another example of that.

@DFF_JamesH: “Damn, we missed out on Vea.” Let’s go with the next best thing then.

14. New Orleans Saints (From Green Bay Packers)

Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA

@DFF_Walk: Now that’s betting on upside! Mayock had all but convinced me that they were jumping up to get Lamar Jackson. The Saints defense has undergone a massive face lift the last 2 years. This pick screams win now and given that I would think Harold Landry is much more polished at this point.

@ChristipherBean: And in a trade that shows my Raiders got fleeced, Saints pick Davenport. Defense. Going back to sleep.

@DynastyGOAT: The Saints just gave up a ton to get Davenport. He better be the real deal. His college tape is unbelievable, but playing at UT San Antonio worries me since he wasn’t playing against top competition.

@DFF_Thebrain: Wow! A trade up for a raw physical specimen. A small school pass rusher with elite speed, needs polish and time to adjust to a huge jump in level of competition. Surprised they traded up for a bit of a project.

@dibari22: Whelp. Everyone thought this was going to be Lamar Jackson. Going from Jackson to an unproven, albeit extremely athletic, defensive end seems like a big gamble. Especially giving up a 1st next year for him.

@DFF_JamesH: I like Davenport a lot, but that seems a lot to give up for him. He should fit in well though in the Saints defense.

15. Oakland Raiders (From Arizona Cardinals)

 Kolton Miller, OT, UCLA

@DFF_Walk: Donald Penn has been a quality LT in Oakland but he’s old and recently injured. So why not get the most athletic and injury prone OT in the draft. Wise decision for a franchise that made a ton of questionable ones this offseason.

@ChristipherBean: OT Kolton Miller, a strong unit gets stronger. Protects Carr, who needs the clean pocket. Helps the run game. Probably shores up the RT spot for now – which has been a major issue for a decade or more.

@DynastyGOAT: This kid is 6’9” and 330 pounds. That’s about all you need to know.

@dibari22: Whoa. I hate this. Most mocks I’ve seen had him going late in the first. Derwin James is still on the board and their secondary is trash. John Gruden is going to bury this franchise.

16. Buffalo Bills (From Baltimore Ravens)

Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Virginia Tech

@DFF_Walk: McDermott gets a high upside defensive chess piece that is still extremely young (20 next week) and equally as raw. I thought he would’ve been off the board by now and I guess Beane did too. We’re in the athletic freak portion of the first round right now.

@ChristipherBean: Snoring away over here.

@dibari22: Kid is a stud. They really needed help at middle linebacker though, so he fills a huge hole in their roster.  He’s gonna have to step up with the big boys from day one as a 20-year old, but he seems capable.

@DFF_JamesH: Bills are having a sneakily good draft here. They got their QB and now they have solid young linebacker. Well done Buffalo.

17. Los Angeles Chargers

Derwin James, DB, Florida State

@DFF_Walk: Tone setting versatile Safety who brings an alpha mentality to an already strong defense. Gus Bradley gets his Kam Chancellor.

@ChristipherBean: Supposed to be elite.  Kinda wish my Raiders had gone this route.

@DFF_Thebrain: Steal Of The Draft right here. Derwin James is a playmaker and the Chargers may have had other needs, but they take by far the best talent on the board and get a true playmaker on the back end.

@DynastyGOAT: This kid is going to be a difference maker in the Chargers’ defensive secondary.  

@DFF_JamesH: Being honest, who thought Derwin James was falling this far? An absolute steal for the Chargers who continue to add to their ever-improving roster.

18. Green Bay Packers (From Seattle Seahawks)

Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

@DFF_WalkI would naively think that Alexander would’ve been there at 27, but apparently GB didn’t agree and they do need a ton of help at CB. To me Josh Jackson > Jaire Alexander.

@DFF_Thebrain: I’m not sure Alexander was worth trading up for. Lots of cornerbacks that are similarly ranked for me. Excels in man coverage and a good kick returner.

@DFF_JamesH: I’m with @DFF_thebrain. Good corner, but I’m not sure he was worth trading up for.

@dibari22: Green Bay had a terrible secondary and they tried to address it in free agency. Instead, they get someone who many think was the best pure corner in the draft. It’s a good fit, but I have to wonder if they could’ve gotten him a bit later.

19. Dallas Cowboys

Leighton Vander Esch, DE, Boise State

@DFF_WalkLVE should allow them to move Sean Lee outside to protect him.  Reported neck issues had him off multiple draft boards. If Jaylon Smith can get back to 90% of his pre-injury status then Dallas has one of the best LB trios in the league. As an Eagles fan, I hate the pick for what LVE “can be.”

@DFF_JamesH: Well that was annoying. I was all in that Ridley was about to have his name called so I am sort of caught off guard with the Vander Esch pick. Good player, I just don’t get it.

@DynastyGOAT: I think everyone thought Dallas would take the heir apparent to Dez Bryant here. Instead, the Cowboys surprise with the ILB from Boise St. I guess they didn’t believe in Calvin Ridley.

@DFF_Thebrain: The Cowboys take an inside linebacker and a good one. Solid, good tackler with great block shedding ability and coverage chops. I like the pick, but Dallas HAS to address wideout in round 2.

@dibari22: This was no surprise to me. They have been rumored to love him for weeks and even brought him in earlier today for a last minute medical. He has a ton of upside and should be plenty valuable in IDP leagues, he can be a tackling machine.

@DFF_Madman: More like Leighton Vander OUCH! Good player with some medical red flags. I hope it works out for him. Who cares about Dallas, though? The Eagles own that division.

20. Detroit Lions

Frank Ragnow, C, Arkansas

@DFF_Walk: Patricia might’ve sniped old Billy Boy with this pick. One could argue Daniels or Price, but Ragnow was the Top C for many in this draft and a foundational piece for years to come.

@DFF_Thebrain: Not my top-ranked center and a question mark for me in the run game. Good pass-blocker for a center but does not always play with proper leverage and knee bend. Struggles to move bigger defensive tackles.

@ChristipherBean: Good news for the run game. Build up that 32nd ranked Run Blocking OL!

@DynastyGOAT: The Lions sniped this one from the offensive lineman challenged Bengals. He should step in right away and give Matthew Stafford and Detroit stability at the position.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (From Buffalo Bills)

Billy Price, C, Ohio State

@DFF_Walk: The draft is usually a series of trends and now its B2B Centers in Rd 1.  I like Daniels — and the Bengals likely took best OL on their board, but I would argue that’s Connor Williams.

@ChristipherBean: Another team that desperately needed OL help. Good for Mixon.

@DFF_Thebrain: Cincy just showed Detroit how to draft a center! Billy Price is a hard-nosed, tough leader of an offensive line who plays with great leverage, play recognition, and proper technique allowing him to move players in the running game and know who his assignment in on passing downs. Great pick for the Bengals.

@DynastyGOAT: Billy Price stays in Ohio and gives the Bengals an instant upgrade to the OL. This one was a no-brainer.

22. Tennessee Titans (From Baltimore Ravens From Buffalo Bills From Kansas City Chiefs)

Rashaan Evans, LB, Alabama

@DFF_Walk: Rashaan Evans. Need meets opportunity here. Vrabel and the IDP community will love this guy in TEN.

@DFF_Thebrain: Solid pick here for Tennessee. They address a need and take one of the top two rated inside linebackers.

@DynastyGOAT: Another defensive player from Alabama? Shocking.

@dibari22: The Titans trade up and grab one of my favorite players in this draft. Based on landing spots, I was poised to move him ahead of both Smith and Edmonds, but all 3 have landed in great situations. Nice pick; one of the best LBs in the draft!

23. New England Patriots (From Los Angeles Rams)

Isaiah Wynn, OG/OT, Georgia

@ChristipherBean: Love OL picks.

@DFF_Walk: Wynn announced as a Tackle! The Patriots continue to play chess while most of the league still plays checkers. They need to reinforce an OL that has experienced a few losses this offseason.

@DynastyGOAT: Makes a lot of sense with the loss of Nate Solder.

@DFF_Thebrain: Wynn has versatility to play inside or kick outside (sounds like a Patriot already) but many moved him down or off their draft boards due to medical concerns. If he stays healthy he will provide the Patriots with depth and versatility along the line, but that’s a big if.

@dibari22: The Patriots take one of my favorite OL prospects in the class. He can do anything the Pats ask of him, and in case you didn’t know, the Patriots love versatility. He was drafted as a guard, but can play tackle or center in a pinch too.

24. Carolina Panthers

D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland

@ChristipherBean: Best WR in the draft, but I’m stunned the Panthers knew that. Insane breakout age and dominator rating. Comps to Greg Jennings and Amari Cooper. Good, but not amazing landing spot. Funchess is competition in a low volume offense that also has to feed Christian Mccaffrey and hybrid Samuel Curtis.

@DFF_Walk: I LOVE THIS PICK!! There is a barren wasteland at WR in Carolina (sorry Funchess, but you’re limited).  He is a continuation of the offensive philosophy shift for the Panthers. Steve Smith’s seal of approval given is another plus.

@DynastyGOAT: Here we go! After all of the OL picks, Carolina spiced it up and took the top WR on the board. The Panthers really lacked a top-notch receiver. The addition of Moore immediately fixes that problem.

@DFF_Thebrain: A reach here taking Moore over Ridley. They fill a need and take a guy with speed (they desperately need that at wideout) and excelled in Maryland. Does not have the best hands and body catches an awful lot.

@dibari22: Whoa! Great landing spot for my WR1. He is clearly the #1 option in their passing game now. Hopefully, Cam can avoid consistently overthrowing him and give us a dynamic new fantasy WR1. I like him and I like this landing spot.

: DJ Moore is probably the best WR in this draft and it is a clear need for Carolina. Solid pick from them.

@DFF_Madman: The means to an end. DJ Moore was my guy for a long time at WR. He wasn’t at the top of very many lists at the end of the college season, so it’s great to see him become a consensus favorite. Then to acknowledge that further, the NFL chooses him as the first WR in the 2018 draft. Good work.

25. Baltimore Ravens (From Tennessee Titans)

Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina

@ChristipherBean: TE Hayden Hurst. Poor Agility Score, which is important for receiving TEs. Wasn’t productive in college, will turn *25* early this season, horrible breakout age. If he’s good, it’s from volume, and honestly, they have better TEs to feed it to.  Which is sad because they aren’t good either.

@DFF_Walk NFL ready TE that goes to a team with absolutely squat at the position. Looked like one hell of a pitcher on the network feed. There’s some dynasty value to be had here, but this isn’t exactly the 2017 TE draft class we’re talking about.

@DFF_Thebrain: Not sure a player at this age is worth a first-round pick but Baltimore takes another stab at tight end (remember Max Williams? Me neither)

@DynastyGOAT: How often do 25-year-old rookies pan out? Not often enough for this pick to make sense.

: I so badly wanted this to be Goedert. They were always going to go TE at this pick in my opinion as it is a strong need. I’m not convinced Hurst is the answer as his athleticism isn’t great. But we shall see.

@DFF_Madman: LOL. Terrible use of a first round pick. It’s sad to watch former Browns great (and previously adept GM) Ozzie Newsome just fade away. Hurst says he models his game after Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey (while he models his shoulder after Tommy John). I will now call him Hayden HURTS.

26. Atlanta Falcons

Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

: It’s exciting being an Atlanta fan right? Ridley is a good pick. I find that I am never convinced by ‘Bama receivers in a number 1 role, but Ridley will be the guy that doesn’t get double teamed thanks to Julio so he could be in for a productive rookie season.

@dibari22 What am I supposed to think here? He’s quite old at 23 and will turn 24 in season. I don’t see the upside many others do here. I think he’s a very safe pick, with a decent floor in PPR fantasy leagues, but I think the ceiling is very low. No clue where he fits in the pecking order with Mohamed Sanu.

@ChristipherBean: Older and mixed success profile. Comps include Percy Harvin, Robert Woods, Marquise Lee, Jeremy Maclin, Zay Jones, Nelson Agholor. He’s clearly an NFL WR. A good one though?

@DFF_Walk: Julio Jones and Matt Ryan get another Roddy White (literally).

@DynastyGOAT: Tremendous get for Atlanta. Many have Ridley as the top WR in this draft. He should take a bit of the pressure off of Julio Jones and the entire offense will benefit because of it.

@DFF_Thebrain: Atlanta just took a slot wideout that will help their offense immensely! This will open things up for Hooper in the slot and Julio outside. Great fit in my opinion for Atlanta!

27. Seattle Seahawks (From New Orleans Saints)

Rashaad Penny, RB, San Diego State

@ChristipherBean: Whoa… MY #2 RB went as RB2!  Giant athletic monster that can catch. Damn close to Barkley in my eyes. Pity Seattle sucks at Run Blocking.

@DFF_Walk: WOW I thought that I was high on Penny. A 3 down back that doesn’t maximize the position in the pass game. Guess I can burn all my Chris Carson shares.

@DFF_Thebrain: Rashaad Penny going to Seattle here is an absolute stunner! He was NOT a first round pick on anyone’s board but Seattle must value his high production and athletic profile because he never really showed anything special at San Diego State, running through holes big enough to drive trucks through! Many think Guice should have been the pic

@DynastyGOAT: I think we all thought Derrius Guice was going to be the 2nd back off the board, but Seattle thought otherwise.

: Holy crap! Who saw that one coming? The Seahawks realize Chubb and Guice are still there right? Even so, I love the pick as I am a big believer in Penny. He is a brilliant RB who will definitely improve Seattle at the position.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

Terrell Edmunds, S, Virginia Tech

@DFF_Walk: They know he’s the little brother right?! PITT had a need at Safety but Edmunds is a massive reach here. Mike Mitchell replacement. GREAT TO SEE SHAZIER WALK OUT AND MAKE THE PICK THOUGH!!

@DFF_Thebrain: A total reach here for the Steelers. Terrell Edmunds had a mid-second-round grade from me and I don’t think he has first-round talent. A safety that excels near the line and projects as a close to the line safety, Edmunds might have been available to the Steelers in the second when they pick. Side note, what a great thing to see with Shazier walking off the stage! Mad props to a man that is on a mission.

: I love this pick. Edmunds is a quality safety on a team that really needs help in the secondary. After hearing news of the Martavis Bryant trade, I was really hoping to see Courtland Sutton here, but I am fine with Edmunds.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

@DFF_Walk: The rich get richer in Duval. Limited production with tremendous potential. Pressure up the middle is the order of the day in the NFL. Well worth the pick at 29.

@DFF_Thebrain: Jacksonville takes a solid defensive tackle in Taven Bryan. A solid DT with elite speed and pass rushing ability. Great first step but struggles in play recognition.

@DynastyGOAT: The best defense of 2017 just got a little bit better. It is going to be tough sledding against this bunch.  

@dibari22: I love it. The rich get richer. My favorite DT in this class, he’s a monster and this great D-line is even better. If you’re in DT premium IDP leagues, he’s an early pick for me. I don’t want to face the Jags if I’m an opposing O-line coach.

: The Jags aren’t scared of a one-year starter, and rightly so. Bryan is rock solid, he is a big guy with a lot of talent and goes into an already stacked defense. Damn this is a scary looking D now.

30. Minnesota Vikings

Mike Hughes, CB, UCF

@DFF_Walk: Zimmer loves drafting edgy DBs. The value is clearly here — just not sure the need is. This is what good teams do though. Make a position of strength even stronger.

@DFF_Thebrain: Mike Hughes is a good cornerback. My only issue with the pick is that Josh Jackson is better and still on the board. Hughes has a ton of off the field issues as well and Minnesota needs to be careful how many players they roll the dice on when it comes to off the field issues

31. New England Patriots

Sony Michel, RB, Georgia

@DFF_Madman: Duh. Obviously, the Patriots were always going to take Sony Michel here. If you play fantasy football, running back is the one position New England is always lacking.

@ChristipherBean: Good god, I thought the Patriots were smarter than this.  Sony Michel in the 1st? RBs don’t matter guys. And New England should know that more than most.  Michel has a large range of outcomes, but part-time role player is what it will be in NE. This was an awful pick Patriots.  

@DFF_Walk My favorite running back goes to a team that makes owning one a fantasy nightmare. He has a 3 down skill set and is electric in space. Bill and Josh must have a plan in place for him.

@DFF_Thebrain: Sony Michel. Apparently, medical issues don’t concert the Patriots. Knee on knee issues reported for Michel and this pick has me scratching my head. Not sure what New England is thinking here.

@DynastyGOAT: Wow, I did not see this one coming. I guess I can burn my Rex Burkhead shares now.

@dibari22: I’m not really sure what I’m thinking about this pick. Obviously, the Patriots know what they’re doing, so I’m not going to doubt them, but I like what they had in-house already.

: Not sure I had the Patriots taking an RB here. But if truth be told, it is always hard to tell what Belichick is going to do. Michel is still a good pick, I had him above his Georgia teammate Chubb. But for fantasy football, this is a disaster for Michel (and people that were going to draft him in their rookie drafts).

32. Baltimore Ravens (From Philadelphia Eagles)

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

@DFF_Walk: Lamar Jackson was selected because Joe Flacco is elite. Great job by Howie Roseman finding a dance partner in Ozzie Newsome.

@DFF_Madman: This is my favorite pick in the first round. Jackson is going to be really good in the near future. If you play fantasy football, then you know how exciting it is to think about Joe Flacco no longer being a QB3 on your teams.

@ChristipherBean: Jackson profiles as an Elite QB. Fantastic cQBR and cYPA. Breakout age is elite. Added rushing upside. QB Comps(Believe it or not rushing isn’t factored): Andrew Luck, Jameis Winston, Colin Kaepernick, Deshaun Watson, Teddy Bridgewater, Aaron Rodgers. He is better than Rosen. Better than Allen. Better than Darnold. Hell, he may be better than Mayfield. And he got the Aaron Rodgers treatment :).  He’ll start this season at some point and Ravens will finally be free from Flacco.

@DFF_Thebrain: Lamar Jackson goes to Baltimore. As a Browns fan, I’m now happy we didn’t draft the worst QB in the division!

: I had a sneaky feeling Lamar Jackson was going here. Flacco is declining (and has been for a while) and they need a new guy. Jackson brings something different to the Ravens offense and could be the heir to Flacco’s throne.

@DynastyGOAT: Nice move by the Ravens. The “Is Joe Flacco elite?” question can finally be put to bed.

That’s the First Round of 2018 NFL Draft. Stay tuned to DFF throughout the weekend for more draft and player analysis!

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