NFL Draft 2018: Round 1 Grades for Every Pick

For a team that drafts well, the future doesn’t have to be five years away. It could practically be the day after tomorrow.

Two years ago, the Rams and Eagles used the first two picks in the NFL draft on Jared Goff and Carson Wentz, a pair of talented-but-flawed quarterbacks not too different from Josh Allen, Sam Darnold and the others at the top of this year’s class. Now the Rams have erased years of 7-9 punchlines to become one of the most dynamic, dangerous teams in the NFL. The Eagles? Well, they’re just the reigning world champions.

The Browns and Jets could be a few smart decisions away from changing the course of history. The Giants and Broncos may be one or two shrewd moves from a quick return to the top. Every team had a chance to write Chapter 1 of their Super Bowl success story Thursday.

Pick-by-pick analysis of the 2018 draft’s first round is here. Take a look at the grades and check back tomorrow for Day 2.

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The following people think Baker Mayfield is just another Johnny Manziel:

·         Your bartender.

·         That guy on Facebook you don’t remember friending.

·         Your brother-in-law (the one who bought a authentic nfl jerseys cheap Nathan Peterman Bills jersey last October).

·         Several regional NFL columnists (generally older ones trying too hard to sound edgy).

The following people see no meaningful similarity between Mayfield and Manziel:

·         Baker Mayfield.nfl jerseys for cheap

·         Johnny Manziel.

·         Anyone involved in the NFL who I have ever spoken to.

·         Anyone who watches film carefully.

·         Anyone who rejects lazy false equivalencies.

Browns fans can be forgiven for having some Manziel-related anxiety. But Mayfield is not that guy. He has an arrest for public intoxication on his record along with a history of on-field obnoxiousness, but a few isolated incidents only form a narrative, not evidence of a real problem. On the field, Mayfield possesses one of the best NCAA cheap nfl jersey stat lines ever, a Heisman Trophy and gorgeous game film that shows him smoothly operating nfl jersey cheap an offense, as opposed to generating playground highlights like Manziel.

Instead of worrying about Mayfield being Manziel, Browns fans should consider Mayfield the quarterback they thought they were getting in Manziel.

Now it’s up to general manager John Dorsey, head coach Hue Jackson, offensive coordinator Todd Haley and Mayfield to coexist and thrive, even though MMQB’s Robert Klemko and others speculated that the Browns GM didn’t trust Jackson with the knowledge that he was drafting nfl jersey cheap Mayfield until the last minute. That suggests Jackson may not be 100 percent on board with the selection, which could lead to all sorts of Game of Thrones madness in the weeks to come.

That’s something to worry about later. But a little edginess might actually help Mayfield if the Browns once again lapse into soap opera mode.

Grade: B

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