The dust on Day 1 has settled and the fans of all 32 franchises have had a night of sleep to think on their team’s choices (or lack of choices). Per tradition, fans slowly start to accept picks that they were weary about in the moment. And fans who were ecstatic about the pick from the beginning happily seek opinions of others to justify their excitement.
But sometimes it takes an outsider to really take an objective look at the draft. So let’s take a look at all 32 picks made in the first round:
1. Cleveland Browns - QB Baker Mayfield
2. New York Giants - RB Saquon Barkley
3. New York Jets - QB Sam Darnold
4. Cleveland Browns - CB Denzel Ward
5. Denver Broncos - DE Bradley Chubb
6. Indianapolis Colts - G Quenton Nelson
7. Buffalo Bills - QB Josh Allen
8. Chicago Bears - LB Roquan Smith
9. San Francisco 49ers - OT Mike McGlinchey
10. Arizona Cardinals - QB Josh Rosen
11. Miami Dolphins - CB Minkah Fitzpatrick
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - DT Vita Vea
13. Washington - DT Da’Ron Payne
14. New Orleans Saints - DE Marcus Davenport
15. Oakland Raiders - OT Kolton Miller
16. Buffalo Bills - LB Tremaine Edmunds
17. Los Angeles Chargers - S Derwin James
18. Green Bay Packers - CB Jaire Alexander
19. Dallas Cowboys - LB Leighton Vander Esch
20. Detroit Lions - C Frank Ragnow
21. Cincinnati Bengals - C Billy Price
22. Tennessee Titans - LB Rashaan Evans
23. New England Patriots - G Isaiah Wynn
24. Carolina Panthers - WR D.J. Moore
25. Baltimore Ravens - TE Hayden Hurst
26. Atlanta Falcons - WR Calvin Ridley
27. Seattle Seahawks - RB Rashaad Penny
28. Pittsburgh Steelers - S Terrell Edmunds
29. Jacksonville Jaguars - DT Taven Bryan
30. Minnesota Vikings - CB Mike Hughes
31. New England Patriots - RB Sony Michel
32. Baltimore Ravens - QB Lamar Jackson
There were also eight draft day trades to keep in mind as part of the results from Thursday’s opening round. Sporting News has a nice recap of those trades here.
Keeping those in mind, today’s Question of the Day is:
Which team had the best Day 1 of the 2018 NFL Draft?
My answer: The Buccaneers. Tampa Bay started the day with the seventh overall pick, and while that wasn’t enough to land them an elite prospect like Saquon Barkley, Bradley Chubb or Quenton Nelson, they certainly made the best out of a tough situation.
They were able to trade down five spots, acquire two additional second-round picks from the Bills, and still get a game-changer in Washington defensive tackle Vita Vea.
For a team that has many needs and is still likely a few seasons away from seriously contending in a tough division, the Bucs used their draft capital perfectly on Thursday.