The first round of the 2017 NFL Draft is in the books and it was a whirlwind. The round had a little bit of everything from big trades involving teams moving up for quarterbacks, to a player from Temple being taken before anyone from Alabama.
Myles Garrett was long rumored to go first overall to Cleveland, and the Browns didn’t surprise anyone. Cleveland selected Garrett, making him the first SEC player taken first overall since 2014.
Garrett's the first SEC player to go first overall since the Texans took Jadeveon Clowney in 2014. Both of them are DE's too. #NFLDraft
— Jonathan Acosta (@jonacosta_10) April 28, 2017
The surprises started with the next pick though. The Bears traded up one spot from 3rd to 2nd overall to draft their franchise quarterback, Mitch Trubisky from North Carolina. The Bears gave up a lot in the process to get him too.
The 49ers receive Nos. 67 and 111 this year AND a third-round pick next year to move back one spot.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) April 28, 2017
The 49ers took local Stanford kid Solomon Thomas with that third pick. Two LSU players went in two of the next three picks, with Leonard Fournette joining the Jaguars and Jamaal Adams going to the New York Jets.
Two wide receivers saw their names called within the first ten picks. Western Michigan’s Corey Davis went fifth to the Titans to provide a new, big weapon for Marcus Mariota, while Clemson’s Mike Williams is off to Los Angeles after the Chargers picked him with the seventh overall selection.
The Panthers selected the second Stanford player of the round, adding running back Christian McCaffrey to the Panthers backfield to pair with Cam Newton.
The Chiefs moved into the top ten, trading way up to grab Texas Tech quarterback Patrick Mahomes. He figures to sit for a little bit behind Alex Smith before becoming Andy Reid’s guy.
For our 2017 1st Round Pick, we received:
2017 KC 1st (27th)
2017 KC 3rd (91st)
2018 KC 1st
Pleasure doing business with you, @Chiefs.
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) April 28, 2017
The trades continued in the teens and twenties.
One of the biggest trades came from the Houston Texans, as they moved up to the twelfth pick. Who did they get? None other than Deshaun Watson, the championship winning quarterback from Clemson. With talent on the roster already, the Texans have been looking for a franchise quarterback, and it seems they may have found him in Watson.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 28, 2017
The trades continued with Philadelphia trading up to the 14th pick to select Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett, and Cleveland trading back into the first round to take Miami tight end David Njoku towards the end of the first round.
Overall, the Browns made the most picks in the first round with three, taking Garrett, Njoku, and taking Michigan defensive back Jabril Peppers.
Gators in the Draft
Jarrad Davis continued an impressive streak for the Florida football program, as Florida continued the streak of being the only SEC program to have a player taken in every draft in the common draft era (1952). Davis was selected with the 21st overall pick by Detroit, and he figures to get heavy playing time early on considering Deandre Levy is no longer with the Lions.
— Detroit Lions (@Lions) April 28, 2017