NFL Draft: Baker Mayfield first overall pick by Cleveland Browns

Last Updated April 27 2018, 08:27NFL
Baker Mayfield picked first in the NFL Draft
Baker Mayfield picked first in the NFL Draft

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield became the number one overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft when he was selected by the Cleveland Browns.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield became the number one overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft when he was selected by the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns are huge 125/1 Super Bowl outsiders yet again this season after finishing last campaign as just the second team ever to endure a winless 0-16 run.

As a result, Cleveland picked first in the annuel NFL Draft for the second year running, but they also had the fourth pick this year as they again look to build a team capable of winning.

Unlike in previous seasons, the identity of who would be the top pick had been kept under wraps and the Browns opted for Mayfield, who won the 2017 Heisman Trophy for being the best player in college football, and was the first of four quarterbacks taken in the top 10.

The New York Giants selected Penn State's running back Saquon Barkley with the second selection, while the New York Jets, who had traded up to number three last month, took USC quarterback Sam Darnold.

Cleveland picked again at four and chose cornerback Denzel Ward, the first defensive player to come off the board, defensive end Bradley Chubb followed to the Denver Broncos and the Indianapolis Colts claimed offensive guard Quenton Nelson.

The Buffalo Bills executed the first trade of the night with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers when they jumped up to seven to land Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen.

After linebacker Roquan Smith and offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey had been drafted by the Chicago Bears and the San Francisco 49ers respectively, the Arizona Cardinals also traded up to take UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen and round out the top 10.

With the 32nd and final pick of the day a fifth quarterback was selected - the most snapped up in the opening round since 1999 - as the Baltimore Ravens traded up to take 2016 Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson.

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