Ten players have been chosen by the Chiefs on Friday’s draft day over the past five drafts. Six have started at least half of the team’s games.
“One fan recognized me, and it was crazy after that,” Cain said. “I hadn’t even gotten into the stadium yet. I was outside for like an hour (afterward). It was unbelievable. My wife was a little upset with me.”
Defense would rightfully be a key addition as the team lacked seemingly all over, finishing last in PFF grades as a defensive unit. They brought in CB Kendall Fuller to man the slot in a trade for former QB Alex Smith but the holes don’t end there. Gone is Marcus Peters so a talented cornerback (or two) could be vital for Kansas City this draft.
For years afterward, teams trying to land the next Orlando Pace or Walter Jones had no qualms about throwing high draft picks at top tackles. Even less-than-perfect tackle prospects like Michigan’s Jake Long and Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher were deemed “safe” picks at No. 1 overall — because unlike quarterbacks, who are unlikely to play another position well, if those tackles fail to establish themselves as quality starters, teams have the option of kicking them inside to guard.
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The Cleveland Browns took Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the top pick, and the New York Giants followed with running back Saquon Barkley.
A pick-by-pick breakdown of the first round selections made during the 2018 NFL draft that began with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield being selected No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Browns.
"Joe Flacco is our quarterback," Head Coach John Harbaugh said after Thursday's first round, via the team's official website. "That's the thing we have to remember. Lamar's going to have a great chance to develop."
"Nine mistakes were made ahead of me," said Rosen. "And I will make sure over the next decade or so that they will know that they made a mistake."
“We are honored to have with us an extraordinary man who continues to amaze us with his unyielding determination and his unwavering spirit,” Goodell announced while Pittsburgh was on the clock.
The Pittsburgh Steelers traded wide receiver Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for their third-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft (79th overall).
"They just basically wanted an explanation of everything and I gave it to them," Allen said of the Bills. "I owned up to my mistakes. They trusted me. They trusted my judgment. I think they did their due diligence, talked to my coaches, my teammates. There had never been an problem with me and my teammates. I love those guys, and I guarantee they said good things about me."
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“It is always good to be a year early in your thought process in how you want to attack things, than to wait ‘till you can’t wait anymore,” Veach said. “And that is being proactive. You saw those teams [Thursday night]. The quarterbacks went early. Teams moved up and didn’t move up. Teams were prepared, even right there at the end with Lamar (Jackson) going. I feel good about our thought process last year, being a year early and not a year late.”
The Chiefs still have a variety of ways they can approach Friday. They could look to maneuver for one of the top-tier talents still available or wait until 54 to get the best value on the board.
5 - DL Maurice Hurst, Michigan
15 - CB Josh Jackson, Iowa
25 - OG Will Hernandez, UTEP (ADDED THURSDAY NIGHT)
26 - OT Connor Williams, Texas (ADDED THURSDAY NIGHT)
27 - EDGE Harold Landry, Boston College (ADDED THURSDAY NIGHT)