Twice on Thursday night, a player was selected who does not appear in any of the 97 mock drafts surveyed in our 2018 database. The first was Rashaad Penny, who was number 27 of the Seattle Seahawks. A pimple later, the Pittsburgh Steelers made it two in a row to take safety to Terrell Edmunds in 28th place.
It is possible that both picks could work well. Penny was an ultra-prolific racket who would fit well in a north-south run for the Seahawks. Edmunds is explosive with a 41.5-inch vertical and 134-inch long jump – two of the best scores in the overall draft class.
But both were certainly two of the most unexpected selections Thursday night.
The Steelers take safety from Terrell Edmunds
Tremaine Edmunds, the younger of the two Edmunds brothers, was a common sight in the top 1
It's not that the Steelers can not use the secondary help. But Stanford's Justin Reid and Wake Forests Jessie Bates were more often considered to be security guards who sneaked into the back half of the first round.
Edmund's brothers became the first sibling couple to go to the first round. And while it has surprised many people, Terrell has the explosive athletic ability to make the selection worthwhile for Pittsburgh.
Rashaad Penny goes to the Seahawks
Like Edmunds, the position is not, which was surprising about the selection. It's that other players – LSR Derrius Guice and Georgia's Sony Michel – were projected by most to go earlier than Penny.
Penny is 5, 11, 220 pounds, which is not much different from Guice (5 11 11, 224) or Michel (5 11 11, 214). He was one of the nation's most prolific college football players with 2,248 yards and 28 touchdowns. But this production came in the mountains west, while Guice and Michel announced their sums in the SEC.
That did not prevent Toledo product Kareem Hunt from being a design steel in 2017, and the Seahawks are hoping for the same with Penny
Lamar Jackson falls to # 32
Almost everyone thought the first four quarterbacks would be Baker Mayfield Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Josh Rosen in a certain order before Jackson was the fifth passerby. That's exactly what went down, but Jackson slipped into the final round of the round was unexpected.
With so many teams needing a passer-by for the future – like the Saints, Patriots and Steelers – it seemed like the competition to get the winner of the Heisman Trophy 2016 would heat up between picks 11 and 20.
Instead, one team after another, which needed a quarterback, passed Jackson. Then it was the Baltimore Ravens of all the teams who took him – a team with Joe Flacco, a 33-year-old quarterback who starts as a starter in his eleventh year.
The selection of Jackson will not jeopardize Flacco's chances to start in 2018, but it does mean that there is a big chance that the Super Bowl winner will not get a 12th year starter. The Ravens did not trade in the first round to get a quarterback, which will be a long-term backup. He is the future of the team and will probably not have to wait long to take command.
Denzel Ward, not Bradley Chubb, is ranked fourth by the Browns
No selection had more approval from experts when Bradley Chubb ranked No. 4 on the Browns. But Cleveland pulled a quick and instead grabbed the upper cornerback of the class.
There was no great need for the Browns after the signing of EJ Gaines and T.J. Carrie to a runner-up, which emerged in 2017 from Briean Boddy-Calhoun strong. Cleveland also exchanged Damarious Randall, a former first-round player, who is cornerback for the Green Bay Packers, but comes to safety with the Browns.
The Jaguars add Taven Bryan to their line of defense
Calais Campbell, Yannick Ngakoue and Malik Jackson were all defensive linemen Who made the Pro Bowl for the Jaguars in 2017? The line also has Marcell Dareus and Dante Fowler, a pair of first-round picks, who helped make the Jaguars Defense an elite unit.
So, most expects the team to tackle offensive in the first round with either a lineman, a receiver, a tight end or maybe even a quarterback. Instead, the Jaguars Bryan, another defensive lineman, built up a strong position.
With Campbell, Jackson and Dareus holding more than $ 40 million on the grid in 2019, the defensive equipment soon becomes a necessity for the Jaguars. Either Dareus or Jackson will probably be released and the team will need youth on the position.
But few expected that 2018 move will be made.
The 49ers go for Mike McGlinchey instead of a defensive player
After San Francisco had invested in quarterback with a five-year $ 137.5 million contract for Jimmy Garoppolo, it made sense that the team would try to pass the passersby To protect McGlinchey.
But with Joe Staley hiding on the left and high hopes – despite trade rumors – for Trent Brown at the right tackle, it's quite possible that the number 9 rookie will not even play much.
McGlinchey is a 6'8, 309-pound tackle that has a lot of experience and is probably best suited as a real tackle. But if Brown is not traded and holds down the position, McGlinchey may have to step inside to gain playtime in his first season.
San Francisco was projected by most to go to defense with the first selection, with Roquan Smith, Tremaine Edmunds, Minkah Fitzpatrick and Denzel Ward leading in mock drafts. Smith and Ward were off the board, but the 49ers went to Fitzpatrick and Edmunds to address the offensive line.
The saints act out for Marcus Davenport
Standing 6'6, 264 pounds at 4.58 speed and a 33.5-inch vertical, it's not hard to see why Davenport landed in the first round. The UTSA product drew comparisons with Jadeveon Clowney during the preliminary draft, but the problem is that the late bloomer is still such a raw player with untapped potential.
That made him one of the most enigmatic prospects in the class. The most shocking part of the Saints, who took him, was that the team exchanged 13 points and in 2019 gave up the first round to secure the Pass Rusher.
The advance was so significant that most of them were convinced for quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Louisville quarterback's selection would probably have had no impact on a team claiming to be a Super Bowl contender in 2018, but it would be surprising if Davenport as a rookie had a major impact.
If he achieved his potential, he could join Ezekiel Ansah and Jason Pierre-Paul as another raw defensive end, turning his athleticism into pro-bowl production. But do not expect it to happen soon.