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The NFL draft, which took place April 26-28, 2018, was one of the most unpredictable drafts ever. The draft took place in Arlington, Texas.

The NFL draft, which took place April 26-28, 2018, was one of the most unpredictable drafts ever. The draft took place in Arlington, Texas.

Isaiah Wellman, Staff reporter

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Every year during late April, 224 young men will have their greatest dream come true by being drafted to the National Football League.

After the NFL season, the instant hunt for the next Tom Brady begins as NFL scouts watch countless amounts of film and evaluate potential draftees. This year’s NFL draft was said to have been one of the best in NFL history with multiple top-rated quarterbacks, such as Josh Allen, Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson. With many teams looking for a quarterback to build their teams around, many quarterbacks were expected to go in the first round.

For the past 15 years, the Cleveland Browns has had some of the top picks in the draft and yet have continued to not find a player to impact the team. The team has started 25 different quarterbacks since 1999 and is still in search for someone to secure the job.

Going into the draft, here were three potential picks:

  • Josh Allen, University of Wyoming:
    • Strengths: Allen is a 6 feet 5 inch, 233 pound quarterback who can see over the line with ease and has the arm strength of an NFL quarterback. According to sportsreference.com, Allen threw for more than 5,000 yards in his two years as a starting quarterback for the University of Wyoming.
    • Weaknesses: His decision making is his biggest weakness. According to sportsreference.com, he had a completion rating of only 56.3 percent and threw 18 interceptions. If he wants to be a franchise quarterback, he needs to make better decisions.
    • Comparison: Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Baker Mayfield, University of Oklahoma:
    • Strengths: Baker is known for being able to get out of the pocket and extend plays with his legs and even break tackles if he needs to.
    • Weaknesses: Being 6 feet tall will be even harder for Baker at the next level. He will struggle to see over bigger linemen in order to scan the field.
    • Comparison: Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks
  • Sam Darnold, University of Southern California:
    • Strengths: Darnold has a knack for evading pressure in the pocket and making linemen miss.
    • Weaknesses: The lack of fear is his biggest. He will throw into double and even triple coverage. Though it didn’t hurt his game as much in college, NFL secondaries won’t let that fly.
    • Comparison: Tony Romo, formerly with the Dallas Cowboys

After the draft, here were the best and worst picks as well as the highlights.

Best Draft: The New England Patriots did the most with the draft this year taking Georgia University roommates left guard Isaiah Wynn and running back Sony Michel in the first round, replacing Patriots former guard Nate Solder and upgrading the running back spot that has been the team’s only weakness during the Brady-Belichick era. Another strong decision was picking up cornerback Duke Dawson from the University of Florida to replace the loss of Malcolm Butler in order to build up the team’s secondary.

   Worst Draft: The Indianapolis Colts has a franchise quarterback in Andrew Luck but have a one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. The team selected guard Quenton Nelson from Notre Dame University with the sixth pick of the draft  to help build up its front line, but it’s going to take more time for Nelson to become an NFL lineman. The Colts should have looked into taking a receiver that Luck can get the ball to quicker to take less hits and preserve his health.

Highlights of the draft:

  • Four quarterbacks were taken in the Top 10, which is the first time in NFL draft history.
  • This was only the third NFL draft that featured two Heisman Award-winning quarterbacks in Lamar Jackson and Baker Mayfield. The other two times this happened was when Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow were drafted in 2010 and Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston in 2015.
  • Twelve players were drafted from the University of Alabama, which is the most by any Southern Eastern Conference team ever.
  • Twenty-nine of the 32 first-round picks were two-sport athletes in high school, and 14 of them were three-sport athletes.
  • Shaquem Griffin was drafted to the same team as his brother; they have played on the same team in high school, college and now the NFL.
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