The original Open Thread was apparently bogging down, so thanks to Mark for starting a new one for us! If you want to see thoughts and stuff from earlier on in the evening, that post is right here.
So, with that, let’s continue watching the first round!
The New Orleans Saints made the final selection of Round 1 with the selection they got from the New England Patriots in the trade for wide receiver Brandin Cooks. With the pick, they selected Wisconsin offensive tackle Ryan Ramczyk.
Thanks for everyone that came and hung out with us during this evening’s first round, even though our favorite football team didn’t have a first round selection. We’ll have way more action on Friday and Saturday, that’s for sure.
To round out the first night of the draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt at #30 overall. We then had yet another trade, as the Seattle Seahawks traded out of Round 1 in a deal with their division rivals, the San Francisco 49ers. It was the Seahawks’ second deal of the night, as they had traded with the Falcons earlier. At #31, the Niners then selected Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, ending a slide for a player that had been talked about as a potential Top 10 selection.
After the Buffalo Bills selected LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White at #27 overall and the Dallas Cowboys selected Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton at #28, the Green Bay Packers were on the clock. . .and traded their pick to the Cleveland Browns so they could move up to #29. The Browns then selected Miami (FL) tight end David Njoku with their selection. The Packers now have the first pick of the second round, meaning they only moved back a few spots but lose the right to a fifth-year option on any player they might draft. They also now have the first pick on Day 3 at #108 overall.
We’ve had another trade, as the Seattle Seahawks have traded the #26 overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons, who are moving up five spots from #31. The Falcons gave up a third-round pick and a seventh-round pick to make the jump up. With that pick, they selected UCLA outside linebacker Takkarist McKinley.
Only six picks remaining in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, folks!
A potential target for the Minnesota Vikings is gone, much to Ted’s delight. The Cleveland Browns actually decided to stay put and make a draft choice, selecting Michigan defensive back Jabrill Peppers at #25 overall.
The Miami Dolphins used their first round selection, #22 overall, on Missouri defensive end/outside linebacker Charles Harris, and the New York Giants followed that by selecting Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram at #23. Then, in one of the bigger upsets of the first round, the Oakland Raiders selected Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley at #24. Conley, if you’ll recall, was recently accused by a woman this week of sexual assault, and it was thought that was going to push him way down everybody’s board. But, the Raiders apparently decided to put an end to that.
As mentioned earlier:
Per @NFLResearch, Garret Bolles at #20 is the latest the first OL has gone in the common era of the @NFL Draft (1967).— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) April 28, 2017
Another NFC North rival has made a selection, as the Detroit Lions have selected Florida linebacker Jarrad Davis at #21 overall. I thought they’d be in play for Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster, but apparently they’re passing on him. Davis had some injury issues in college, but this isn’t a bad pick for Detroit if he’s healthy.At long last, there’s been an offensive lineman drafted.
For this particular open thread, and for all draft-related Open Threads over the course of draft weekend, we ask that there be NO GIFs, because they’re going to bog things down for everyone that might be coming here looking for information. There will be your regularly scheduled Open Thread on Friday morning (and likely one for the weekend, too) for you to get your standard GIF-related wackiness out of the way.
But, for now, let’s just kick back and relax and enjoy the first night of the 2017 NFL Draft. Have a good one, folks!