The first-round of the 2018 NFL draft has concluded, and what a thrilling opening night it was. Not only was history made for the 32 players selected but NFL history, in general, occurred.
The night started off with a bang as the most polarizing player in this year’s draft, Baker Mayfield, was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the first overall pick. Quarterbacks became a common theme early in the first round. The New York Jets selected Sam Darnold third, Josh Allen to the Bills at seven, and Arizona Cardinals traded up to put Josh Rosen out of his green room misery with the tenth overall pick. It became the first time in NFL history four quarterbacks were selected within the first ten picks. Overall, five quarterbacks got chosen in the first round with Baltimore trading back into the first round at 32 to select Lamar Jackson. It’s fitting that the first-round opened with a QB and end with a QB.
Quarterbacks were not the only ones making history during the first round. Two brothers, Tremaine and Terrelle Edmunds, became the first set of brothers drafted in the first round, of the same draft. Tremaine went 16th overall to the Buffalo Bills, while Terrelle had to wait around until the Pittsburgh Steelers scooped him up with the 28th pick.
Another common theme throughout the first round, the presence of the two teams from this year’s college football national championship game. Seven of the first 32 picks came from either Alabama or Georgia. In all, the SEC had 10 of the 32 first-round picks, which led all conferences.
Now that we have covered the main storylines let’s take a look at how Twitter exploded.
Best Tweets From The NFL Draft
ICYMI: This was the moment Baker Mayfield found out he was the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/gGdtyYBs7f
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) April 27, 2018
What a special moment that must have been for the two-time walk-on QB.
Josh Rosen and Sam Darnold are smiling. Who wants to play for the Cleveland Browns.
— eric sondheimer (@latsondheimer) April 27, 2018
Philadelphia Eagles may not have made a selection in the first round but the voice of Philly sports radio took a shot at the rival Cowboys.
Ha, ha, ha. Dallas flops as a draft host. Stadium half empty, reaction to picks was blah, segregating fans was stupid, and Drew Pearson and Michael Irvin made asses of themselves. By now the NFL is pining for a return to our championship city.
— Angelo Cataldi (@AngeloCataldi) April 27, 2018
Jets fans had something to cheer about after snatching up QB Sam Darnold.
— WFAN Sports Radio (@WFAN660) April 27, 2018
The other New York team went the running back route, selecting Saquon Barkley and this fan was not too happy about it.
— GiantsBlueBlooded (@RealTlkFB) April 27, 2018
Not all Giants fans were upset though.
Kyle’s reaction when he finds out the Giants pick Saquon Barkley in the NFL draft!!! pic.twitter.com/d5cAyk5xdV
— Traci Hartsough (@TraciHartsough) April 27, 2018
Mark it down now this guy below, Rashaad Penny will be the best running back in the 2018 draft class.
With the 27th pick of the 2018 NFL Draft the Seattle Seahawks select Rashaad Penny, RB – San Diego State
here was his reaction..pic.twitter.com/CnIKpNMtHn
— Rich Ohrnberger (@ohrnberger) April 27, 2018
Josh Rosen went in the top 10 but looked as if he was having the worst night.
Josh Rosen looks like he’s about to yell “DO YOU KNOW WHO MY DAD IS??!” at all the GMs passing on him pic.twitter.com/uHHom4t9Gb
— KFC (@KFCBarstool) April 27, 2018
— First Take (@FirstTake) April 27, 2018
Josh Rosen looks like a 4th grader tried to draw Aaron Rodgers
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) April 27, 2018
The question on everyone's mind: is Josh Rosen bringing the hot tub to Arizona? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/Jn4LGufb5g
— Sunday Night Football (@SNFonNBC) April 27, 2018
Josh Rosen: Has a better college career at a tougher college to succeed but cares about humane issues.
Josh Allen: Pretty much sucks but has a great arm and sent really racist tweets.
Buffalo trades up to draft him.
— Anthony F. Irwin (@AnthonyIrwinLA) April 27, 2018
i also can't imagine how furious josh rosen is seeing josh allen drafted over him. he's gotta be like "really, *this guy?"
— bomani (@bomani_jones) April 27, 2018
Josh Rosen pros and cons:
—Good at throwing the ball
—Good at reading defenses
—Is literally Sam Bradford pic.twitter.com/UDP2mqP4fM
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) April 27, 2018
If you listen closely you can already hear Josh Rosen pissing on Mike Glennon in Arizona.
— ✶ Sports Mockery ✶ (@sportsmockery) April 27, 2018
When the Bills chose Josh Allen over Josh Rosen pic.twitter.com/vdUSiLOnmX
— Patriots Militia (@PatsMilitia) April 27, 2018
With Josh Allen going to Buffalo to compete with AJ McCarron, girl troubles have already come between them, along with many other issues his past tweets have caused.
Josh Allen bout to be so relieved when he gets to buffalo & it’s only white people
— hopefully 0-16 (@3testes) April 27, 2018
When LeSean McCoy meets Josh Allen:
"You know we're going to have to talk about them tweets, right?" pic.twitter.com/6pLWEcfWgp
— NFL Retweet (@NFLRT) April 27, 2018
Josh Allen’s tweets may coax Richie Incognito out of retirement.
— Joe Dolan (@FG_Dolan) April 27, 2018
Josh Allen went before Josh Rosen. pic.twitter.com/lDTirru3tA
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) April 27, 2018
I gotta say this year’s draft has been one of the most exciting and entertaining drafts in recent memory.