It's 2018, not 2008 or 1998 or 1988. The NFL is a passing league; wide receivers are up, running backs are down and Adrian Peterson does not go through that door.
However, in the 2018 NFL Draft, more running backs (three) were selected in the first round Thursday night as the wide receiver (two). The only wide receivers were recorded within three picks at the bottom of the round. The Panthers placed DJ Moore in 24th place and the Falcons on Calvin Ridley in 26th. One of the three running backs was taken over. The Patriots
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Of course, the draft does not start until rounds 2-3 on Friday night. The usual wisdom for years is that Wideouts must be in the Julio Jones-A.J. Green conversation to go to the top half of the first round and pecking at it afterwards is stupid if they are available and less risky in later rounds.
But even this wisdom seemed extreme this year. Quarterbacks, of course, were their usual marquees themselves: five designed in the first round, four acquired by teams that traded. Many teams also needed a potential game-winning receiver. But so many let the two best prospects, Alabama's Ridley and Maryland's Moore, pass by. One case could be made that the boldest move was made for a wide receiver by the robbers who have taken an extra third round, which he had just acquired from the Cardinals to get Martavis Bryant from the Steelers.
A year ago, the position was so high that three WRs went into the first 1
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Combine that with the unconventional interest in running backs – understandable in Saquon Barkley's case, less so with the above-mentioned patriots Georgia's Sony Michel take 31st place – and everything for one in the first round was challenged, which is widely accepted, which prioritizes the NFL and what does not.
The Panthers did not really know if Moore or Ridley would still be available at number 24; They were both available. Carolina took Moore, mostly because it absolutely needed him.
However, teams as high as 16, where the ravens' original range was, also moved. Instead, the Ravens went down twice and came away with a close ending (Hayden Hurst) and a quarterback (Lamar Jackson) in the first round. The Bills landed with this number 16 and handed over WR. The cowboys at 19 years did it too. The Titans were traded up to 22 … and also passed.
The result was that the first broad receiver went off the board later than in any draft since 2008, when none at all went in the first round. (For what it's worth, second graders this year were Jordy Nelson and DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garcon went in the sixth.)
Ridley was considered by many to be the first wideout to leave. He was not – and the Falcons, who are virtually the opposite of the Panthers in terms of weapons for their quarterback franchise, took him 26th
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As this happened, the teams continued the renaissance reversing a seemingly irreversible trend four years ago, when none were taken in the first round from 2013 to 2014. A back went in the top 10 for the fourth time in a row; in the top 4 for the third year in a row; and # 2 for the first time since Reggie Bush in 2006.
Barkley is traced back as a generation to be sure. Those who drew against the grain of the Seahawks and Patriots towards the end of the first round were those who raised their eyebrows. The franchise, which was to be arrested for not giving Russell Wilson any help in the front or backfield, targeted Rashaad Penny of San Diego State and maneuvered him at the age of 27.
The Seahawks had not invested a first round since Shaun Alexander had been in a running back system in 2000, since he started the John Schneider-Pete-Carroll regime.
The Patriots decided, however, after digging and cherishing backfield gems in the Bill Belichick era, broke with precedent and designed Michel with 31. Their last running back selected in the first round: Laurence Maroney in 2006.  With all that, few would have been surprised if additional running backs had gone in the first round, like Derrius Guice or Michel's backfield colleague Nick Chubb.
However, the recipients have to wait. In a temporary league where runners are treated like replaceable parts, wideouts were almost never performed on the first day.