** As expected, quarterbacks were the first two selections in the NFL Draft. Also as expected, the Los Angeles Rams opted for California’s Jared Goff at #1 and Philadelphia got what it considered a glorious consolation prize in Carson Wentz of North Dakota State. Said Goff, “I’m taking it as an honor and something I’m going to have to prove them right, that they made the right decision.” He set career records at Cal with 12,200 passing yards, 972 completions and 96 touchdown passes. Wentz led North Dakota State to its fifth straight FCS national title in January.
** Five Ohio State Buckeyes were taken in the first round. Defensive end Joey Bosa went at #3 to the San Diego Chargers, running back Ezekiel Elliott was taken at #4 by Dallas, cornerback Eli Apple was selected by the New York Giants at #10, the Detroit Lions took offensive tackle Taylor Decker with the sixteenth pick and outside linebacker Darron Lee went to the New York Jets with the twentieth overall pick.
** The record for first-rounders selected from one school is six, set 12 years ago by Miami of Florida.
** Half of the top four choices in 2016 were Buckeyes. Also, three of the top 10 – first time ever for tradition-rich Ohio State.
** Elliott wasn’t expected to go as high as #4, but he rushed for 1,878 yards in 2015 and was an integral part of Ohio State’s national championship team the year before. He’s ecstatic to go to Dallas.
** Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was expected to be picked in the top three but fell all the way to #13 (Miami Dolphins), probably because of a video on his Twitter account that showed someone smoking pot from a bong-gas mask. Tunsil doesn’t know who did it and claims to be unconcerned.
** The Cleveland Browns, who traded down from #2 last week, traded down again to #15. They took Biletnikoff award-winning wide receiver Corey Coleman of Baylor. Before the big draft-night swap, Cleveland had held the #8 pick. That selection went instead to the Tennessee Titans, who nabbed Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin. The Chicago Bears up for the #9 pick to take Georgia outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, who was not in attendance at the draft in Chicago.
** Besides Tunsil, U.C.L.A. linebacker Myles Jack also slipped down the draft board. Problem was the health, or lack thereof, of his right knee. He confessed this week that microfracture surgery could be in his future. Jack was lost to the Bruins for the season following the devastating injury, which occurred in a September practice.
** Still, it was flabbergasting that Jack was not taken at all in the draft’s first round.
** Florida cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III will stay close to home. He was taken by the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the eleventh pick after growing up in the Tampa area and playing college football at Florida.