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2018 NFL Draft (Day 1) -- Group Chat/Commentary (FINAL)

Air Date:
April 26, 2018

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Comments will be grabbed in blocks reading top to bottom within a section, but the latest block will be on top...it will make sense when you see it unfurling. On the chat at any given time: RC, Xavier Cromartie (XC), Ender (END), Myles Crowe (MC) and Jason Katz (Katz). They'll be in close to draft start time.

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Draft Day 1 -- Commentary...

Day 1 wrap up thoughts...

Well, the Cleveland Browns knocked it out of the park...got a real franchise QB. Got the top CB. Perfect #1 and 4. Everyone will agree with that, but here's the thing -- they have two of the first 3 picks tomorrow. A positive offseason in free agency. A great 1st round of the draft. if they get Harold Landry and Will Hernandez, let's say, tomorrow -- the Browns are suddenly for real...as far as not 0-16 any more. Not a cupcake victory anymore.

I didn't feel like a lot of teams got markedly better, obviously better...not teams that were good already. Except -- the 49ers taking the top OT was huge at #9. And the more I think about it...the more the Saints moving up for Marcus Davenport makes a lot sense.

Fantasy-wise...not a lot of stars created. Saquon Barkley, obviously. Then...who else tonight? Lamar Jackson is maybe the next most interesting player...hoping he usurps Flacco quickly, but that may not be until 2019+. Now, we wait for day two for the hidden gems to see if they land right. Don't react yet, but picks #1.02-1.12 maybe 'must' trades in dynasty rookie drafts ahead...trade for real players in existence. We need to see where Sutton-Goedert land.

I'm not too dismayed by Sutton or Goedert falling...this is an NFL that took Mike Williams and John Ross top 10 last year...and just took Rashaad Penny #27. I don't judge by what THEY do...because they are almost always wrong.

See you back again tomorrow. I'll some more commentary in the morning after I sleep on it. Have a good one!!

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#32 BAL selects…QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville

*PHI trades #32 to BAL for #52, #125, 2nd in 2019*

John Harbaugh running the spread?

#31 NE selects…RB Sony Michel, Georgia

Shocked with the knee rumors. He becomes part of the mix not a front line starter.

ENDER*****

Had Hughes there at one point. Think I dropped him

MylesCrowe*****

Ronald Jones darkhorse here. Not sure who the no dark horse is though, lol.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

I can't match the last 2 picks now

MylesCrowe*****

Maybe Pats double down at O-line and go Connor Williams.

ENDER*****

Landry

MylesCrowe*****

Guice, Sutton, Landry?

ENDER*****

Yikes

KATZ*****

I guess his knee is fine?

KATZ*****

This is very un-Belichick like

ENDER*****

So Georgia is his new Alabama and Ohio St?

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

He's lost it

KATZ*****

Belichick is sabotaging the team!

RC FISCHER****

Did BB only pay attention at the Georgia Pro Day?

#30 MIN selects…CB Mike Hughes, C. Florida

Solid-ish pick. Not my favorite CB but works tough in the slot.

RC FISCHER****

Vikings?

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Will Hernandez!

ENDER*****

Goedert or Daniels or Hernandez

RC FISCHER****

CB?

RC FISCHER****

Xavier's boy!

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

>it's a slot corner

#29 JAC selects…DL Taven Bryan, Jacksonville

Solid pick...Jags get more help on defense -- and they struggled on D late in the season.

#28 PIT selects…SAF Terrell Edmunds, Va Tech

Solid safety. Fine pick. Sean Davis to CB possibly and not free safety?

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

maybe

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

those safeties would be a reach

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

unless it's Tarvarius Moore ;-)

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

also Lamar an option

MylesCrowe*****

an option quarterback maybe, nyuck nyuck

ENDER*****

I like it I like it

MylesCrowe*****

I had Edmunds ahead of Fitzpatrick so this definitely hurts.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

just athletic

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

no game

MylesCrowe*****

cream tends to rise to the top..... provided they want it.

RC FISCHER****

More value safetys...the cheapest thing to get in the NFL...wasting 1st rnd picks on it

#27 SEA selects…RB Rashaad Penny, Seattle

Unreal. What happened to Chris Carson? Not good for his FF value either.

ENDER*****

I'll say Josh Jackson or Hernandez

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

if CB more likely Oliver

MylesCrowe*****

HAHA, I'm getting thrashed at ThePhins.com for poo-pooing on the Minkah pick.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

because of arm length

MylesCrowe*****

Josh jackson is definitely less limited in a cover 3

MylesCrowe*****

pats myself on the back

RC FISCHER****

What the H?

RC FISCHER****

What is Seattle doing? penny is OK but #27?

ENDER*****

Umm....what?

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

typical Xehawks

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

draft a guy a round early

MylesCrowe*****

hey.... who was the #2 pick and the 2nd RB chosen in our dynasty mock? *shifty grin*

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Penny's fine though

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

except his 9 Wonderlic or whatever it was

ENDER*****

Don't have to be smart to run into a mass of humanity

MylesCrowe*****

9 Wonderlic is just b/c his brains went to his vision.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

yeah he's good

ENDER*****

He is good but that's what you take here?

RC FISCHER****

Seattle so far behind Rams and 49ers...and Penny is the answer...yep

#26 ATL selects…WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama

I don't think this is major for fantasy opportunity -- a #2.5 WR for them splitting with Sanu. Ryan hasn't made a 2nd WR for FF.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Falcons, don't mess up Taven Bryan

ENDER*****

That would be the most telegraphed pick ever

ENDER*****

It's so obvious I couldn't bring myself to believe it

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

I've had it since January. Never switched

Myles Crowe*****

They better not mess up Taven. One of my favorite players in this draft.

ENDER*****

I wouldn't be shocked to see Ridley

ENDER*****

Yep

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#25 BAL selects…TE Hayden Hurst, So Carolina

Kills his fantasy value. Solid NFL TE. Fantasy death...

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Come on Ravens take Lamar

ENDER*****

No way they have Flacco locked up at least until 2020

KATZ*****

This could be Dallas Goedert

ENDER*****

Or Hurst

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Hurst #1 TE

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

also Ridley

Myles Crowe*****

I have it Hurst.... and then everyone else at TE.

Myles Crowe*****

I think Connor Williams would make a fantastic center.

RC FISCHER*****

Lamar Jackson?

ENDER*****

Personally I'd be surprised if it was Jackson

KATZ*****

Myles on point

Myles Crowe*****

Harold Landry time?

ENDER*****

Hurst

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Falcons, don't mess up Taven Bryan

ENDER*****

That would be the most telegraphed pick ever

ENDER*****

It's so obvious I couldn't bring myself to believe it

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#24 CAR selects…WR D.J. Moore, Maryland

Solid WR prospect but not good for FF. Cam making a small WR relevant? I don;t think so. CMC steal short stuff. Funchess is the tall WR/TD option.

KATZ*****

Could this be a WR here?

ENDER*****

Yes. Moore

Myles Crowe*****

DJ Chark for me. Big guy to catch some bad balls and the vertical game from Cam.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

I've thought CB

Myles Crowe*****

even though Chark won't be the pick.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Why do people hate Josh Jackson

ENDER*****

Josh Jackson or Justin Reid

ENDER*****

They think he's slow

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Jackson 82.7 percentile SPARQ

Myles Crowe*****

Dark horse could be a Connor Williams. People hate Jackson b/c he's potentially scheme limited.

RC FISCHER*****

Josh Jackson has some Marcus Peters in him

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Bouye

Myles Crowe*****

Peters isn't fast but he moves better.

ENDER*****

Two Torrey Smiths

Myles Crowe*****

Moore is hurt b/c of that poor QB play. He could've been developmentally further along if he had better QB play

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#23 NE selects…OG Isaiah Wynn, Georgia

I guess this OK. It's a solid, useful pick. Not sure it makes them massively better.

Myles Crowe*****

Evans has fantastic film.

ENDER*****

Everyone looks good playing on a loaded Bama defense

RC FISCHER*****

Pats take?

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Ridley plz

KATZ*****

I doubt the Pats take Ridley

RC FISCHER*****

Landry?

Myles Crowe*****

Wynn here?

Myles Crowe*****

Taven Bryan is the versatile type BB might like

ENDER*****

Solid but man he's short. Looks like a guard

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Wynn plays every spot

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

ideally guard

KATZ*****

Could this be a WR here?

ENDER*****

Yes. Moore

#22 TEN selects...LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama

Solid pick. Not a franchise changer but useful

Myles Crowe*****

YES PLEASE to Xavier's request---- HELP MIXON!!! Would love Wynn here.

KATZ*****

Glad the Bengals are doing the right thing at least

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

well I was one of the few who put Billy Price round 1 at least

KATZ*****

And we're over 4.5 trades

ENDER*****

Titans moving up for a LB

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Evans or Landry

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

hopefully Landy

Myles Crowe*****

or a guard

Myles Crowe*****

Evans has fantastic film.

**BAL trades #22, #215 to TEN for...#25, #125**

#21 CIN selects…OC Billy Price, Ohio State

Another safe, solid pick. This helps the Bengals OLine woes.

ENDER*****

Ragnow is their type of guy

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Ragnow is magnificent

ENDER*****

LAMAR HYPE!

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

interior OL

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

help Joe Mixon

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Isaiah Wynn

RC FISCHER*****

Cincy has to go O-Line...

ENDER*****

Any O-line makes sense

Myles Crowe*****

YES PLEASE to Xavier's request---- HELP MIXON!!! Would love Wynn here.

KATZ*****

Glad the Bengals are doing the right thing at least

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

well I was one of the few who put Billy Price round 1 at least

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#20 DET selects…OC/OG Frank Ragnow, Arkansas

Safe, solid pick.

ENDER*****

Thought maybe LVE would fall because of the spine issue but I guess nnot

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Today they were not Soyboys

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

I love LVE.

RC FISCHER*****

I'm not an LVE guy

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

WLB-Lee, MLB-Vander Esch, SLB-Jaylon

Myles Crowe*****

me neither RC. I like Lorenzo Carter better.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

LVE #1 LB

Myles Crowe*****

what's that do to Martavis's fantasy value?

Myles Crowe*****

Lorenzo Carter would've been #1 LB if he'd been an off-the-ball LB

RC FISCHER*****

Harold Landry !!!!!!

RC FISCHER*****

to the Lions

RC FISCHER*****

here we go

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

it might be

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

we're in the Ragnow zone next few picks

Myles Crowe*****

was just gonna say Ragnon XC.

ENDER*****

Landry, Evans, Ragnow coming up

Myles Crowe*****

Taven Bryan next to A'Shawn Robinson also makes a ton of sense.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

*pats self on back*

Myles Crowe*****

helps out the RB's fantasy value that they take in R2.

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#19 DAL selects…LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State

This does not do much of anything for Dallas's NFC East chase. A guy who couldn't crack the lineup at Boise State for 3 years and had one nice stat total 2017. I'm not totally against him but I'm not sold he's a Kuechly at all.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Vander Esch all day

RC FISCHER*****

Sutton

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

uh no

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Moore if WR

KATZ*****

I'm fine with Moore

RC FISCHER*****

Sutton Sutton Sutton

M

DJ Chark..... grin.

M

Dallas already has 1 defensive guy overcoming health issues? Do they want VE too?

ENDER*****

Just one?

M

lol

M has changed their user name to Myles Crowe*****

KATZ*****

So does Martavis to the Raiders count as one of the trades for today?

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#18 SEA trades it to GB for a #27 and #76

GB selects Jaire Alexander, Louisville

KATZ*****

Packers coming up here

ENDER*****

Josh Jackson

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

oh that would be nice.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

but it's probably LVE

RC FISCHER

Josh Jackson because they need CBs and there aren't many left. Insta starters.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Vander Esch because the world knows DAL wants him with the next pick

KATZ*****

I really don't want Vander Esch

ENDER*****

I wouldn't be surprised if it was LVE. The perception of Martinez and Ryan isn't the best

MylesCrowe*****

Jaire Alexander

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#17 LAC selects…SAF Derwin James, Florida State

A safe pick.

ENDER*****

Lamar to the Bengals hype!

MylesCrowe*****

rough prediction year though.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

my mock's doing ok

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Chargers defense will be ridiculous

MylesCrowe*****

Don't see how Miami passes on Derwin for Minkah. With Minkah, you're scheme limited and limited to basically using him at FS since he can't cover out of the slot for cr*p. With Derwin you've got a guy who can play FS, SS, a left-right scheme, S-LB hybrid, scheme versatile

#16 BUF selects…LB Tremaine Edmunds, Buffalo

I like Edmunds as an OLB. Good value pick and Buffalo didn't trade up much to get here.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Raiders what? K Miller, Edmunds

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Yeah Miller

ENDER*****

They had him as the #1 OT for some reason

RC FISCHER

1st round measurables, 4th round tape = Miller?

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Don't know why people don't like Miller

KATZ*****

4.5 was way too low for the trade count

MylesCrowe*****

Edmunds is an overrated athlete. He's got great straight-line speed and chase speed, but he's a bit tight and has issues COD'ing. He's scheme limited.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Bills need LB

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

probably didn't expect to see Edmunds here

MylesCrowe*****

I agree RC. I gave Miller to NE in our mock out of dire need, but I didn't like making the pick.

ENDER*****

There was lots out there from Pauline that Miller was a top 20 pick

RC FISCHER

Bills fill OL need here? Hernandez or Center?

ENDER*****

Edmunds

ENDER*****

And the Chargers get the safety they never thought they would

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

lol Hernandez no

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**#BAL trades #16 and #154 for #22 and #65 from BUF*

#15 OAK selects…OT Kolton Miller, UCLA

Not a huge fan, per se. 1st round measurables, 4th round tape. A reach but understandable.

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**Trade to NO from GB -- #14 NO selects…DE Marcus Davenport, UTSA

#14 GB traded to NO for #27, #147, #1 2019

The war between the Rams-Vikings-Saints is getting crazy.

Saints DST bump potentially.

Super Bowl odds...hurts Rams love.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Dang I almost went with that

MylesCrowe*****

I think it's one thing to get Lamar at 15 when you actually own the 15 pick..... but another entirely to use the 15 pick PLUS another 1st rounder.

ENDER*****

NFL coaches think he's the most dangerous player in the draft

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

I felt the Saints were mad about missing Mahomes last year and would overcompensate this year

ENDER*****

That's what I was thinking too

MylesCrowe*****

NFL defensive coordinators say he's the guy they least look forward to facing.... but I think that has more to do with how much the defensive game-plan and preparation has to change that week. Lotta extra work that I wouldn't want to be doing either.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Lance Z thinks it's Tremaine Edmunds.

RC FISCHER

Spending like this has to be for a QB?

ENDER*****

Wow

KATZ*****

Three trades so far. And reports are coming in that two more are imminent.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

hahahahah

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Two first rounders for Davenport

ENDER*****

It's not the worst I guess. You get the pass rusher you've been missing that could help you win a SuperBowl. Plus they could think he's got Ansah potential

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Ryan Kerrigan

RC FISCHER

Not crazy...playing for 2018-19 Super Bowl

MylesCrowe*****

Hey, Jeff Ireland has one of the best eyes for defensive players in the league.

RC FISCHER

Actually, kinda brilliant

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ENDER*****

GB gets to decide between Edmunds and James

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Had James to GB for 3 months until I thought TB would take him

KATZ*****

Saints trading up for Lamar?

ENDER*****

I think so...wow

MylesCrowe*****

This just got interesting.

MylesCrowe*****

That would mean 2 first round picks on Lamar. Big investment IMO.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Dang I almost went with that

MylesCrowe*****

I think it's one thing to get Lamar at 15 when you actually own the 15 pick..... but another entirely to use the 15 pick PLUS another 1st rounder.

ENDER*****

NFL coaches think he's the most dangerous player in the draft

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

I felt the Saints were mad about missing Mahomes last year and would overcompensate this year

ENDER*****

That's what I was thinking too

MYLES****

NFL defensive coordinators say he's the guy they least look forward to facing.... but I think that has more to do with how much the defensive game-plan and preparation has to change that week. Lotta extra work that I wouldn't want to be doing either.

#13 WAS selects…DT Da'Ron Payne, Washington

Solid athletic prospect but no production. Not sure this is a great maneuver. Doesn't hurt, doesn't help.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Edmunds or Payne

ENDER*****

Payne would be my guess

ENDER*****

GB gets to decide between Edmunds and James

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Had James to GB for 3 months until I thought TB would take him

KATZ*****

Saints trading up for Lamar?

ENDER*****

I think so...wow

MylesCrowe*****

This just got interesting.

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#12 TB selects…DL Vita Vea, Washington

I'm not a huge fan, but I get getting a big body to clog up the middle. Not terrible just not what I would do.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Nice move by TB to still get their guy at 12 and pick up two 2nd-rounders

MylesCrowe*****

LOL, END. Yup.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

ahhhh

ENDER*****

Vea + McCoy + Pierre Paul

MylesCrowe*****

Difficult to pass on a planet theory player with athleticism. Don't find those guys every year.

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#11 MIA selects Minkah Fitzapatrick...

How is getting a Safety good for Miami?

RC FISCHER

#11 MIA selects?

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Vea or Edmunds

ENDER*****

Edmunds

ENDER*****

Got your drink ready Myles?

MylesCrowe*****

Edmunds is a big time scheme fit for Miami wide-9 defense.

MylesCrowe*****

oh yeah!

MylesCrowe*****

please don't be FItz

MylesCrowe*****

MOTHERFLETCHER

ENDER*****

Hahahahahahaha

KATZ*****

-_-

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

kek

RC FISCHER

SAFETY rich...

MylesCrowe*****

most overrated player in this first round. Spend 4 hours breaking down his athletic deficiencies and how that Bama system really made him.

MylesCrowe*****

*spent

#10 ARI selects…QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

He's not bad but he's a medical issue -- not sure he'll hold up in the end. He won't matter until 2019+.

**OAK trades #10 to Arizona for #15, #79, #162**

#9 SF selects…OT Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame

Great!!

Helps Jimmy G., but also helps more protection for Jimmy G. to go deep to Marquise Goodwin...and more blocking for Jerrick McKinnon.

MylesCrowe*****

With Darnold & Allen going to the AFCE, I really hope Davenport goes to Miami..... so I'll prepare for another double shot of bourbon instead.

KATZ*****

I'm glad the 49ers didn't take a WR to shatter my Marquise Goodwin value

ENDER*****

Ruined my dream of Sutton + Garoppolo

KATZ*****

NO!

KATZ*****

Sutton + Dak

ENDER*****

Good pick I like that

MylesCrowe*****

Interesting to see where Chucky goes here. Vea now.... seeing as they missed out on Suh and no McGlinchey on the board. Or do they pair Derwin with

#8 CHI selects…LB Roquan Smith, Georgia

Not who I thought. Not a pick I love. Don't hate it. Don't love it.

RC FISCHER*****

What QB for Bills?

KATZ*****

The pick is in

KATZ*****

I know what Josh it is

KATZ*****

And it's the wrong one

MylesCrowe*****

dammit dammit dammit.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

B-But it's windy in Buffalo

ENDER*****

What's the drink of choice Myles? Better be strong

KATZ*****

So if the narrative for Josh Allen in college was he had no one to throw to...

KATZ*****

What does he have now?

RC FISCHER*****

Myles, this is not good for your Josh Allen breakthrough

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

at least there will be more excuses to explain when Allen fails

RC FISCHER*****

Buffalo Bills may have worst surrounding cast than Wyoming

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Bears please take Edmunds

MylesCrowe*****

it's definitely bourbon right now.

MylesCrowe*****

Well, now I hope Allen fails and proves me wrong, RC! :)

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#7 BUF selects (TB trade)…QB Josh Allen, Wyoming

Utter fantasy destruction.

MylesCrowe*****

Don't see how TB could pass on an elite athlete who offers great flexibility in Derwin.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Allen to Bills I assume

ENDER*****

I heard they have Allen as the #2 qb

MylesCrowe*****

great. Good thing I started my drinking early. Bills are the bane of my existence. First they take my fave Clemson players of all time in CJ Spiller and Sammy Watkins... and now probably Josh Allen here. ugh

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

TB can still get Derwin at 12 unless GB moves ahead

RC FISCHER*****

What QB for Bills?

KATZ*****

The pick is in

KATZ*****

I know what Josh it is

KATZ*****

And it's the wrong one

MylesCrowe*****

dammit dammit dammit.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

B-But it's windy in Buffalo

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**Bills trade two 2nds to TB to move up to #7**

What a great deal. Huge for TB.

#6 IND selects…OG Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame

Solid pick. Helps whatever RB they end up getting later. Will Hernandez goes top 20. McGlinchey to #8 with the Bears?

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Quenton Nelson dropping into the Colts

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

or Roquan

ENDER*****

I have Roquan. Heard they want 3 LB's

MylesCrowe*****

Keeping Andrew Luck off IR is always a smart way to go

KATZ*****

XC has it

ENDER*****

Good call

RC FISCHER*****

Tampa Bay does what?

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Got the first 6 picks but only 2 matched to teams

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Derwin James

KATZ*****

This is a perfect spot to trade

MylesCrowe*****

Miami allegedly badly wants Roquan..... but he's a terrible scheme fit so I hope he goes soon.

RC FISCHER*****

TB takes?

ENDER*****

Miami wants any linebacker they can get ahold of

MylesCrowe*****

LOL

KATZ*****

Bills trading up

MylesCrowe*****

with Tampa?

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#5 DEN selects…LB Bradley Chubb, NC State

Safe, good pick.

Good for IDP

MylesCrowe*****

What's the drop-off though between Ward and the high 2nd round corners... and Chubb and the 2nd round pass rushers?

MylesCrowe*****

*compared to Chubb and the 2nd round pass rushers?

RC FISCHER has changed their user name to RC FISCHER*****

ENDER*****

I don't think the difference is too far

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Maybe they need an elite CB to make their defense work properly

MylesCrowe*****

Denver doing it right with Von Miller and Chubb..... even though they already have Shane Ray.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Shane Ray *laugh track*

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MylesCrowe*****

Apparently they're entertaining trade backs though with 2 min left.

KATZ*****

Nope

KATZ*****

Pick is in!

MylesCrowe*****

WHUT?

KATZ*****

Look at the Browns getting things right!

RC FISCHER

Moneyball guys gone...

ENDER*****

I'm loving the Browns moves

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Browns went Mayfield/Ward in our CFM mock

MylesCrowe*****

Don't see how you go undersized CB, as good as he is, over the #1 defender in this draft and at a position of greater importance.

MylesCrowe*****

You can find good corners throughout the draft and in FA. Good luck on the same with great defensive ends.

ENDER*****

They already have Ogbah and they might not want to hand out too many big contracts in a few years

MylesCrowe*****

I would be heavily surprised of Ogbah ever makes a Pro Bowl though. He would've been my rotational body. But then again I'm a trenches guy.

RC FISCHER

Ward is really good tho...

RC FISCHER

Ogbah has Pro Bowl skills

MylesCrowe*****

I'd work on effecting the passing game more before it even gets to the cornerback though.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

If Ward is Lattimore then he's worth it

MylesCrowe*****

Can't argue with that XC.

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#4 CLE selects…CB Denzel Ward, CLE

This is a great draft for the Browns...they have won day-one of the draft 4 picks in.

The Browns DST...maybe...kinda...sorta.

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XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Darnold is ok.

KATZ*****

This is such an obvious trade down spot

MylesCrowe*****

How long until the Bills pull the trigger on a trade up?

KATZ*****

But I expect it to be Bradley Chubb

ENDER*****

Why would they trade down when they already have a million picks?

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

If Darnold had fallen past the Jets there would have been more action

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Just take Chubb

MylesCrowe*****

Exactly, END. They've got enough picks and have had enough lately. Time to not look a gift horse in the mouth.

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#3 NYJ selects…QB Sam Darnold, NYJ

I think this hurts -- Terrelle Pryor and Quincy Enunwa comeback stories.

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So far the draft is going according to script

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8:21pmET

#2 NYG selects…RB Saquon Barkley, NYG

#1 DRD pick locked in.

R.C. FISCHER

Anyone think this is not Barkley #2?

ENDER*****

McCloughan was just a consultant before this but I think it's safe to say he has a job with the Browns now

KATZ*****

This is Barkley

MylesCrowe*****

Baker's feet are about as hardwired to his feet as I can recall scouting in some time I'll say that much. Very impressive.

KATZ*****

And it's wrong

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

LaDainian Tomlinson

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8:15pmET:

#1 CLE selects…QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Let the QB controversy begin. This bumps up Jarvis Landry for FF.

KATZ*****

It speaks volumes about the Browns that the sentiment around Twitter is "Wow the Browns didn't screw it up!"

MylesCrowe*****

So now we know Scot McCloughan believes Baker can be another Russell Wilson.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Brees

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8:13pmET:

MylesCrowe*****

what channel are you guys watching this on?

ENDER*****

Over/Under on # of trades?

ENDER*****

NFL Network

MylesCrowe*****

is it a Mel Kiper hair thing, END?

ENDER*****

Yeah I was explaining that to my fiance

R.C. FISCHER

NFL Network

KATZ*****

Great question

KATZ*****

I'm gonna go with 4.5 on the trades

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

I'd watch nothing rather than ESPN

8:02amET: OK, here we go...

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8:00AM

R.C. FISCHER

What's your vote for #1 now...all?

MylesCrowe*****

We should've kicked this off with a drinking game for every time Michael Irvin said "You're about to be a rich man", lol

MylesCrowe*****

Mayfield has 4 hats with him- Browns, Jets, Broncos, Dolphins

ENDER*****

I wouldn't be able to go to work after that Myles

MylesCrowe*****

lol

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Odds are at Mayfield -250 Darnold +175

R.C. FISCHER

Darnold #1 I have feeling.

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

-250 is 71% chance

KATZ*****

I'm buying the Mayfield narrative

MylesCrowe*****

Lot riding on this #1 pick if it's Mayfield.... seeing as he'd be the first sub 6'1 QB selected that high. He's kinda setting the tone for those who follow

7:46pmET:

R.C. Fischer*****

Darnold or Mayfield #1

ENDER*****

I think we all know where I stand

R.C. Fischer*****

What will the Browns do?

ENDER*****

Mayfield

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Hoping Dorsey told Hue it was Mayfield knowing Hue would leak it 2 seconds later

R.C. Fischer*****

100% right

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

I hate the media's smug act today like they knew all along it was Mayfield when they've been saying nothing but Darnold and Allen

KATZ*****

The talking heads will all retrofit the narrative to what actually happens

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

It's just washing off them like a raincoat like they never said anything about Darnold and Allen, it was Mayfield all the way

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

I mean why are they reporting otherwise. Why are they trusting sources that are obviously wrong.

R.C. Fischer*****

Did most people have Mayfield or Darnold in the Huddle contest #1, XC?

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Mostly Darnold among the important names

7:36pmET:

R.C. Fischer*****

Allen over/under #10?

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

he won't last long

ENDER*****

Under

R.C. Fischer*****

Darnold or Mayfield #1

ENDER*****

I think we all know where I stand

R.C. Fischer*****

What will the Browns do?

ENDER*****

Mayfield

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Hoping Dorsey told Hue it was Mayfield knowing Hue would leak it 2 seconds later

R.C. Fischer*****

100% right

7:18pmET:

R.C. Fischer*****

Josh Allen gets drafted where now as far as range?

ENDER*****

Rounds 1-undrafted

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

I don't think the tweets hurt him at all

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

Actually I like him more now

R.C. Fischer*****

I think Steven A. Smith saved him today. Smith was reasonable and rational about it and everyone followed his lead. I thought the media would pour gas all over this but so far not as big a reaction as I thought with a day to fan the flames.

ENDER*****

Absolutely. You would expect Steven A. to light him up

R.C. Fischer*****

I say #10-20 for Allen

XAVIER CROMARTIE****

I really don't think Steven A Smith has the influence to move Allen 20 picks up or down.

ENDER*****

No but the media as a whole does. By staying reasonable he might have kept the firestorm from starting

R.C. Fischer*****

He did help. He spoke to Allen at like 2am and Smith was turned to as the gateway. He could have gone nuts but he was completely rational and calmed the waters. I was impressed.

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7:07pmET: Steven A. Smith did a great job taking all the Josh Allen stuff in stride this day. He may have single-handedly saved Josh Allen's draft stock from a big slide. Smith was reasoned about everything, Allen talked to him late last night/early morning. Smith did a good job cooling the situation and not throwing gas on it. I figured the NFL would try to minimize this...as they should. They get an 'A' for effort so far.

I suspect Allen drops between #10-20 now. My earlier prediction of 2nd-round is redacted.

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R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football Metrics. 

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