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Offense Trends Early in the 1st Round of the 2017 NFL Draft
April 28, 2017 04:47 AM | Craig Peters


The NFL Draft returned to Philadelphia for the 15th time and first since 1961 on Thursday.

The Vikings did not have a selection in the opening round because of a trade last fall to acquire Sam Bradford from the Eagles.

Cleveland opened the night by selecting defensive end Myles Garrett out of Texas A&M. Garrett was the first defensive player selected from the top spot since Jadeveon Clowney by Houston in 2014.

Although an edge rusher went in the top and third overall spots, offensive players dominated the top 10, accounting for seven picks (two quarterbacks, two running backs, three receivers).

Chicago traded up one spot, sending first-, third- and fourth-round picks in 2017 and a third-round pick in 2018 to San Francisco to select North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky with the No. 2 overall pick.

Trubisky became the first former Tar Heels quarterback to be selected in the first round of a draft and the third straight QB to be drafted at the second overall spot. Tennessee selected Marcus Mariota at the slot in 2015, and Philadelphia tabbed Carson Wentz last year.



The 49ers opted for Solomon Thomas, who excelled in the Bay Area at Stanford. Thomas had 15 tackles for loss and 8.0 sacks as a junior in 2016.

Jacksonville selected LSU running back Leonard Fournette fourth, and Tennessee followed by tabbing Western Michigan receiver Corey Davis.

After the Jets selected safety Jamal Adams at sixth, the Chargers tabbed receiver Mike Williams, the Panthers chose running back Christian McCaffrey, and the Bengals opted for receiver John Ross, who set a new combine record with a time of 4.22 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Kansas City also vaulted up the board to select a quarterback, swapping a first- and third-round pick this year and a first rounder next year with Buffalo for the 10th overall pick where they selected Patrick Mahomes II, the son of the former pitcher who made his Major League Baseball debut with the Twins in 1992.

After a big run on offensive players early, defensive players were more common in the final two thirds of the first round.

Marshon Lattimore was the first cornerback taken off the board by the Saints at No. 11 overall. New Orleans will open the 2017 season by visiting Minnesota on Monday Night Football.



Positional breakdown of the first round:

The selection of 19 defensive players in a first round tied the most ever (2006).

Offense: 13 (QB: 3; RB: 2; WR: 3; TE: 3; OL: 2)

Defense: 19 (DL: 7; LB: 4; CB: 5; S: 2)

Schools with multiple picks:

Six schools accounted for 16 of the selections. Alabama led the way with four selections, including three in a four-pick span. It marked the ninth straight year in which at least one Crimson Tide player has been selected in the first round, which is tied with Florida (1983-91) for second-most all time. Miami has the record (1995-2008).

Multiple selections: Alabama: 4, Ohio State: 3, LSU: 3, Stanford: 2, Michigan: 2, Wisconsin: 2



In the family

The selection of Adams (son of George Adams, a first-round pick by the New York Giants in 1985) marked the eighth time that the son of a former first-round pick has been selected in the first round.

The selection of T.J. Watt by Pittsburgh with the 30th overall pick marked the eight time since 1990 that a pair of brothers have been selected in a first round. Watt is one of two younger brothers of 2011 first-round pick J.J. Watt.

The other brother duos were: Vontae (2009) and Vernon (2006) Davis; Kyle (2013) and Chris (2008) Long; Eli (2004) and Peyton (1998) Manning; Jerome (2003) and Stockar (2000) McDougle; Mike (2011) and Maurkice (2010) Pouncey; Robert (2002) and Stan (1991) Thomas; Desmond (2013) and Marcus (2003) Trufant



Youth movement:

Garrett became the 18th underclassman selected in a first round since 1990. There were 22 underclassmen selected and 10 seniors on Thursday.



2017 NFL Draft First Round:

1. Cleveland: Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M, Junior

College stats: 145 tackles (84 solo), 48.5 tackles for loss, 32.5 sacks, four pass breakups

2. Chicago (from San Francisco): Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina, Junior

College stats: 386-of-572 passing, 4,762 yards, 41 passing touchdowns, 10 interceptions; 120 carries, 439 rushing yards, eight rushing touchdowns

3. San Francisco (from Chicago): Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford, Junior

College stats: 101 tackles (65 solo), 25.5 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks

4. Jacksonville: Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU, Junior

College stats: 616 rushes, 3,830 yards, 40 touchdowns; 41 receptions, 526 receiving yards, one touchdown catch

5. Tennessee (from Los Angeles Rams): Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan, Senior

College stats: 332 receptions, 5,285 yards, 52 touchdowns

6. New York Jets: Jamal Adams, S, LSU, Junior

College stats: 209 tackles (127 solo), 17.5 tackles for loss, 15 pass breakups, five interceptions

7. Los Angeles Chargers: Mike Williams, WR, Clemson, Junior

College stats: 177 receptions, 2,727 yards, 21 touchdown catches

8. Carolina: Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford, Junior

College stats: 632 rushes, 3,922 yards, 21 touchdowns; 99 receptions, 1,206 yards, 10 touchdowns; 34 punt returns for 380 yards and a touchdown; 56 kickoff returns for 1,479 yards and a touchdown

9. Cincinnati: John Ross, WR, Washington, Junior

College stats: 114 receptions, 1,729 yards, 22 touchdowns; 20 carries, 195 yards, two touchdowns; 86 kickoff returns for 2,069 yards and four touchdowns

10. Kansas City (from Buffalo): Patrick Mahomes II, QB, Texas Tech, Junior

College stats: 857-of-1,349 passing, 11,252 yards, 93 touchdowns, 29 interceptions; 308 carries, 820 yards, 22 rushing touchdowns

11. New Orleans: Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State, Sophomore

College stats: four interceptions, 46 tackles (34 solo), 12 pass breakups in 19 games

12. Houston (from Cleveland through Philadelphia): Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson, Junior

College stats: 814-of-1,207 passing, 10,163 yards, 90 touchdowns, 32 interceptions; 435 rushes, 1,934 yards, 26 rushing touchdowns

13. Arizona: Haason Reddick, LB, Temple, Senior

College stats: 148 tackles (99 solo), 46 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, six pass breakups, one interception

14. Philadelphia (from Minnesota): Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee, Junior

College stats: 197 tackles (131 solo), 52 tackles for loss, 33 sacks, six pass breakups, one interception

15. Indianapolis: Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State, Sophomore

College stats: 84 tackles (49 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks, four pass breakups, seven interceptions

16. Baltimore: Marlon Humphrey, CB, Alabama, Sophomore

College stats: 81 tackles (61 solo), 6.5 tackles for loss, 13 pass breakups, five interceptions

17. Washington: Jonathan Allen, DL, Alabama, Senior

College stats: 154 tackles (78 solo), 45 tackles for loss, 28.5 sacks, seven pass breakups

18. Tennessee: Adoree' Jackson, CB, Southern Cal, Junior

College stats: 139 tackles (114 solo), 6.0 tackles for loss, 29 pass breakups, six interceptions; 46 punt returns for 578 yards and four touchdowns; 79 kickoff returns for 2,141 yards and four touchdowns; 15 rushes for 92 yards; 39 catches for 628 yards and six touchdowns

19. Tampa Bay: O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama, Senior

College stats: 114 receptions, 1,726 yards, seven touchdowns

20. Denver: Garett Bolles, T, Utah, Junior

College stats: started 13 games and was named All-Pac-12 in only season at Utah; played two seasons of junior college

21. Detroit: Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida, Senior

College stats: 205 tackles (102 solo), 20 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, nine pass breakups, one interception

22. Miami: Charles Harris, DL, Missouri, Junior

College stats: 136 tackles (80 solo), 34.5 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, five pass breakups

23. New York Giants: Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi, Senior

College stats: 162 catches, 2,320 yards, 15 touchdowns

24. Oakland: Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State, Junior

College stats: 91 tackles (66 solo), 1.0 tackle for loss, 0.5 sacks, 15 pass breakups, six interceptions

25. Cleveland (from Houston): Jabrill Peppers, S, Michigan, Junior

College stats: 125 tackles (87 solo), 21.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, 10 pass breakups, one interception; 45 rushes for 239 yards and five touchdowns; 10 receptions for 82 yards; 39 punt returns for 510 yards and a touchdown; 18 kickoff returns for 483 yards

26. Atlanta (from Seattle): Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA, Senior

College stats: 102 tackles (80 solo), 29 tackles for loss, 17 sacks, 10 pass breakups in three seasons; started career in junior college

27. Buffalo (from Kansas City): Tre'Davious White, CB, LSU, Senior

College stats: 167 tackles (111 solo), 11 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, 34 pass breakups, six interceptions; 69 punt returns for 688 yards and three touchdowns

28. Dallas: Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan, Senior

College stats: 94 tackles (55 solo), 27.5 tackles for loss, 18.5 sacks, two pass breakups

29. Cleveland (from Green Bay): David Njoku, TE, Miami, Sophomore

College stats: 64 receptions for 1,060 yards and nine touchdowns

30. Pittsburgh: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin, Junior

College stats: 71 tackles (42 solo), 17 tackles for loss, 11.5 sacks, seven pass breakups, one interception

31. San Francisco (from Atlanta): Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama, Senior

College stats: 222 tackles (123 solo), 24 tackles for loss, 8.0 sacks, 11 pass breakups

32. New Orleans (from New England): Ryan Ramczyk, T, Wisconsin, Junior

College stats: started all 14 games he played in only season for the Badgers; began college career at Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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