2018 NFL Draft Recap: Year of the Rookie Quarterback?

April 30, 2018 • Ben Heck • Features, Front Page, NFL Draft

It was a busy weekend across the National Football League, as the three-day 2018 NFL Draft is officially in the books.

The first round saw five quarterbacks come off the big board, including four in the top 10. Perhaps the biggest quarterback storyline of the opening round, aside from the Browns making the surprise No. 1 pick of Oklahoma’s Heisman-winning signal caller Baker Mayfield, is UCLA’s Josh Rosen dropping to No. 10 (Cardinals).

The New York Jets, rather than going with Rosen, selected USC’s Sam Darnold at the No. 3 overall position.

The Buffalo Bills found Tyrod Taylor’s successor, Wyoming’s Josh Allen at No. 7 overall.

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson nearly dropped out of the first round, with the Baltimore Ravens adding to its quarterback depth behind Joe Flacco and Robert Griffin III by snagging Jackson at No. 32.

After that first round, no more quarterbacks were selected until the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph in the third round (76th overall pick). Rudolph will be able to sit behind the veteran, potential Hall of Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for a year or two before replacing him once he retires. Let’s face it, Ben may not play past the 2018 season.

After grabbing the top running back, Saquon Barkley out of Penn State, with the No. 2 overall pick, the New York Giants snatched up Richmond quarterback Kyle Lauletta in the fourth round (108th overall pick). He’ll join aging veteran Eli Manning and 23-year old Davis Webb on New York’s QB depth chart this fall.

The rest of the quarterbacks:

*Cowboys: Western Kentucky’s Mike White (fifth round)
*Titans: Washington State’s Luke Falk (sixth round)
*Jaguars: Nebraska’s Tanner Lee (sixth round)
*Patriots: LSU’s Danny Etling (seventh round)
*Seahawks: Florida International’s Alex McGough (seventh round)
*Bengals: Toledo’s Logan Woodside (seventh round)

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