2018 NFL Draft Round 1 Recap and Notes: Quintet of QBs




Check out these interesting football stats and facts from the eventful and historic first round of the 2018 NFL Draft!


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2018 NFL DRAFT ROUND 1 NOTES courtesy of NFL Communications:

QUINTET OF QBS: Five quarterbacks – Oklahoma’s BAKER MAYFIELD (No. 1 overall, Cleveland), USC’s SAM DARNOLD (No. 3, New York Jets), Wyoming’s JOSH ALLEN (No. 7, Buffalo), UCLA’s JOSH ROSEN (No. 10, Arizona) and Louisville’s LAMAR JACKSON (No. 32, Baltimore) – were selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

It marks the third time that at least five quarterbacks have been selected in the Draft’s opening round since the inception of the common draft in 1967. The 1983 NFL Draft holds the record with six quarterbacks selected in the first round, including Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN ELWAY, JIM KELLY and DAN MARINO.

The four quarterbacks selected in the top ten – Mayfield, Darnold, Allen and Rosen – are the most in a single draft since the inception of the common draft era in 1967.

THE NFL DRAFTS WITH THE MOST QUARTERBACKS SELECTED IN THE FIRST ROUND (since 1967)

1983 6 (John Elway*, Todd Blackledge, Jim Kelly*, Tony Eason, Ken O’Brien, Dan Marino*)
2018 5 (Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson)
1999 5 (Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, Akili Smith, Daunte Culpepper, Cade McNown)
*Pro Football Hall of Famer

HEISMAN QBS: The Cleveland Browns selected Oklahoma QB BAKER MAYFIELD with the first overall pick and the Baltimore Ravens chose Louisville quarterback LAMAR JACKSON with the 32nd overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Mayfield, who won the Heisman in 2017, and Jackson, who won the award in 2016, are the third pair of Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks to be selected in the same draft since 1967.

THE NFL DRAFTS WITH MULTIPLE HEISMAN TROPHY WINNING QUARTERBACKS SELECTED (since 1967)

QUINTET OF QBSFive quarterbacks – Oklahoma’s BAKER MAYFIELD (No. 1 overall, Cleveland), USC’s SAM DARNOLD (No. 3, New York Jets), Wyoming’s JOSH ALLEN (No. 7, Buffalo), UCLA’s JOSH ROSEN(No. 10, Arizona) and Louisville’s LAMAR JACKSON (No. 32, Baltimore) – were selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft.

It marks the third time that at least five quarterbacks have been selected in the Draft’s opening round since the inception of the common draft in 1967. The 1983 NFL Draft holds the record with six quarterbacks selected in the first round, including Pro Football Hall of Famers JOHN ELWAYJIM KELLY and DAN MARINO.

The four quarterbacks selected in the top ten – Mayfield, Darnold, Allen and Rosen – are the most in a single draft since the inception of the common draft era in 1967.

THE NFL DRAFTS WITH THE MOST QUARTERBACKS SELECTED IN THE FIRST ROUND
(since 1967)

1983 6 (John Elway*, Todd Blackledge, Jim Kelly*, Tony Eason, Ken O’Brien, Dan Marino*)
2018 5 (Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson)
1999 5 (Tim Couch, Donovan McNabb, Akili Smith, Daunte Culpepper, Cade McNown)
*Pro Football Hall of Famer

HEISMAN QBSThe Cleveland Browns selected Oklahoma QB BAKER MAYFIELD with the first overall pick and the Baltimore Ravens chose Louisville quarterback LAMAR JACKSON with the 32nd overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft.

Mayfield, who won the Heisman in 2017, and Jackson, who won the award in 2016, are the third pair of Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks to be selected in the same draft since 1967.

THE NFL DRAFTS WITH MULTIPLE HEISMAN TROPHY WINNING QUARTERBACKS SELECTED
(since 1967)

YEAR NAME COLLEGE NO. CHOSEN TEAM
2018 Baker Mayfield Oklahoma 1 Cleveland
  Lamar Jackson Louisville 32 Baltimore
2015 Jameis Winston Florida State 1 Tampa Bay
  Marcus Mariota Oregon 2 Tennessee
2010 Sam Bradford Oklahoma 1 St. Louis
  Tim Tebow Florida 25 Denver

FOOTBALL IS FAMILY: LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS (No. 16, Buffalo) and S TERRELL EDMUNDS (No. 28, Pittsburgh) are the first pair of brothers to be selected in the first round of the same NFL Draft.

Tremaine and Terrell’s brother, TREY EDMUNDS, is a running back for the New Orleans Saints. Their father, FERRELL EDMUNDS, was a two-time Pro Bowl selection at tight end during his seven-year NFL career with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks.

TOP BACKS: The New York Giants selected Penn State RB SAQUON BARKLEY with the second choice of the 2018 NFL Draft. Barkley’s selection marks the third consecutive draft in which a running back was chosen in the top five, tied for the third-longest such streak in the common draft era.

Barkley is the highest running back selected since REGGIE BUSH in 2006 (No. 2 overall, New Orleans).

THE MOST CONSECUTIVE NFL DRAFTS WITH A RUNNING BACK SELECTED IN THE TOP FIVE (SINCE 1967)

DRAFTS YEARS
5 1974-78
4 1998-2001
3 2016-18*
3 1993-95
*Active streak

TEAMMATES IN THE TRENCHESNotre Dame offensive linemen QUENTON NELSON (No. 6, Indianapolis) and MIKE MC GLINCHEY (No. 9, San Francisco) are the third pair of offensive line teammates from the same college to each be selected in the top ten of the NFL Draft since 1967.

THE NFL DRAFTS WITH OFFENSIVE LINE TEAMMATES SELECTED IN THE TOP 10 (since 1967) 



YEAR NAME COLLEGE NO. CHOSEN TEAM
2018 Quenton Nelson Notre Dame 6 Indianapolis
  Mike McGlinchey Notre Dame 9 San Francisco
1991 Charles McRae Tennessee 7 Tampa Bay
Antone Davis Tennessee 8 Philadelphia
1968 Ron Yary* USC 1 Minnesota
Mike Taylor USC 10 Pittsburgh
*Pro Football Hall of Famer

BOOMING BUCKEYESOhio State CB DENZEL WARD was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the fourth overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft, marking the fifth Buckeye defensive back to be drafted in the first round since 2016. 

Ohio State becomes the first school in the common draft era to have five defensive backs selected in the first round over a three-year span. 

THE OHIO STATE DEFENSIVE BACKS SELECTED IN THE FIRST ROUND OF THE PAST THREE NFL DRAFTS 

YEAR NAME NO. CHOSEN TEAM
2018 Denzel Ward 4 Cleveland
2017 Marshon Lattimore 11 New Orleans
2017 Malik Hooker 15 Indianapolis
2017 Gareon Conley 24 Oakland
2016 Eli Apple 10 New York Giants

ROLL TIDE: Alabama DB MINKAH FITZPATRICK (No. 11 overall, Miami), DT DA’RON PAYNE (No. 13, Washington), LB RASHAAN EVANS (No. 22, Tennessee) and WR CALVIN RIDLEY (No. 26, Atlanta) were each selected in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft. 

The Crimson Tide, who have had at least one player selected in the first round in each of the past 10 drafts, passed Florida (1983-91) for the second-longest consecutive streak of players drafted in the first round since the advent of the common draft in 1967. 

Miami (1995-2008) holds the longest streak with 14 consecutive drafts having at least one player selected in the first round.

THE LONGEST CONSECUTIVE STREAK WITH AT LEAST ONE PLAYER SELECTED IN THE FIRST ROUND 

YEAR SCHOOL CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WITH A FIRST-ROUND PICK
1995-2008 Miami 14
2009-2018 Alabama 10*
1983-1991 Florida 9
*Active streak

QUICK HITS: Other items of note from tonight’s first round… 

  • USC’s SAM DARNOLD and UCLA’s JOSH ROSEN became the first pair of quarterbacks from the same conference to be selected in the top ten since the 2012 NFL Draft (Robert Griffin III and Ryan Tannehill of the Big 12).
  • North Carolina State DE BRADLEY CHUBB (No. 5 overall, Denver) is the third player in school history to be selected with a top-five pick in the common draft era, joining DE Mario Williams (No. 1, 2006) and QB Philip Rivers (No. 4, 2004).
  • Georgia’s ROQUAN SMITH was selected eighth overall by the Chicago Bears. Smith became the fifth defensive player from Georgia to be selected with a top-ten pick in the common draft era, joining Leonard Floyd (2016), Johnathan Sullivan (2003), Richard Seymour (2001) and Champ Bailey (1999). 
  • Tackles MIKE MC GLINCHEY (No. 9 overall, San Francisco) and KOLTON MILLER (No. 15, Oakland) were both selected in the first round. At least two offensive tackles have been selected in the first round of 12 consecutive NFL Drafts and in 27 of the past 28 drafts dating back to 1991.
  • With the selections of Arkansas C FRANK RAGNOW (No. 20 overall, Detroit) and Ohio State C BILLY PRICE (No. 21, Cincinnati), the 2018 NFL Draft marks the fifth time in NFL Draft history that multiple centers were selected in the first round of a single draft and the first time since 2009 (Alex Mack and Eric Wood).
     
  • San Diego State RB RASHAAD PENNY (No. 27 overall, Seattle) is the second running back in school history to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft in the common draft era, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer MARSHALL FAULK, who was selected No. 2 overall by Indianapolis in 1994.
     
  • UCF DB MIKE HUGHES (No. 30 overall, Minnesota) is the first defensive player in school history to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. 

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