Four quarterbacks were among the top 10 picks in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night, marking the first time in league history that many signal callers have been chosen so early, NFL.com reports.
The Cleveland Browns started the trend by picking Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, with the first overall pick. The New York Jets quickly followed suit, selecting Sam Darnold of USC with the third pick. Next came the Buffalo Bills, who traded up with Tampa Bay to take Wyoming’s Josh Allen with the No. 7 overall pick. The Arizona Cardinals rounded out the top 10 quarterback flurry by also trading up to get their man, making a deal with the Oakland Raiders to grab UCLA’s Josh Rosen at No. 10.
Louisville’s Lamar Jackson was the last quarterback selected in the first round, going No. 32 overall to the Baltimore Ravens after they traded up to get their second pick of the first round. Jackson joins Mayfield as the second Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in the 2018 draft class. He won the honor in 2016.
Mayfield, though, is the first Heisman Trophy winner taken No. 1 overall in the following draft since Cam Newton went to Carolina in 2010. Browns general manager John Dorsey was ecstatic about the selection.
“With Baker Mayfield, we have a guy who loves the game of football, who is an ultra-competitor, is revered by his teammates and anybody who has ever been around him,” Dorsey said. “He’s a guy that has earned everything he has ever had since high school to college and now up here. He is a winner, he’s competitive.”