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Defense 1st, at that hour dated offense at top of NFL draft, no indeed early QBs

Defense 1st, at that hour dated offense at top of NFL draft, no indeed early QBs

LAS VEGAS (AP) — D-E-F-E-N-S-E, D-E-F-E-N-S-E.

That sure was the chant at the outset of the NFL preliminary version Thursday night, accompanied by the earliest five selections coming on that side of the ball, including border rushers Travon Walker of national champion Georgia to Jacksonville with every one other accompanied by Aidan Hutchinson of Michigan to Detroit at Nos. 1 with every one other accompanied by 2.

It's the earliest hour dated inside 31 years that no indeed player on offense went inside the opening five picks. So, naturally, the following five choices were on offense. And those kept coming: just into and not here of No. 12.

But no indeed quarterbacks, hardly a astonishment inside a preliminary version rich accompanied by linemen, receivers with every one other accompanied by defending backs.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Walker, who has some raw elements to his game nevertheless an extremely high ceiling for his skills, joins former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence while the following unswerving top all-inclusive selection by the Jaguars. Walker was a one-year starter whose manufacture (13 tackles for mislaying with every one other accompanied by 9 1/2 sacks) doesn't jump not here since he was small portion of a deep rotation at Georgia. His talent flat certainly impressed the Jaguars, the NFL's worst team the past set of two years.

"He's an muscular freak," Georgia defending coordinator Will Muschamp told The Associated Press. "I word of honour to God he could dash up at centre linebacker with every one other accompanied by go exist fine. I would lay clasp of him at No. 1 with every one other accompanied by not flat blink."

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The Jaguars didn't blink.

Commissioner Roger Goodell began the proceedings by estimating additional than 100,000 fans were on hand at the theater built specifically for the draft. Walker was not inside Las Vegas.

Hutchinson, a sack-master whose consistency with every one other accompanied by relentlessness helped the Wolverines to their earliest College Football Playoff, is staying place of residence while a pro. The 6-foot-6, 265-pounder whose father Chris was a celestial body player at Michigan inside the 1990s, was the Heisman Trophy runner-up last season.

"I always wanted to exist at Detroit. I'm thankful to exist a Lion," he said.

Cornerbacks Derek Stingley Jr. with every one other accompanied by Ahmad "Sauce" Gardner went next, to the Texans with every one other accompanied by Jets, respectively.

LSU's Stingley is the grandson of former Patriots receiver Darryl Stingley, who was paralyzed inside a 1978 preseason game. Gardner, of Cincinnati, was a greatest source the Bearcats broke into and not here of into the College Football Playoff last season. He wore a brash bejeweled necklace proclaiming his nickname, with every one other accompanied by flat an accessorized chain accompanied by a bejeweled relish bottle.

"I know I'm going to exist a great teammate with every one other accompanied by I'm going to exist a sponge, important human being that's intelligent to lay clasp of details from everyone with every one other accompanied by not touch exist fond of I'm excessively good for anyone," Gardner said. "Just actuality a firm worker."

The defending sprint concluded accompanied by Oregon border rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux to the New York Giants.

"I'm at this nirvana. I'm at peace," he said, noting that Hall of Famer Michael Strahan has been a mentor. "It's place up or shut up."

When teams got around to the other side of the ball, they couldn't stop. It began accompanied by North Carolina State gear Ikem Ekwonu to Carolina with every one other accompanied by Alabama gear Evan Neal to the Giants. Both teams are needy, to speak the least, up front.

"It feels good legacy-wise," Ekwonu said. "I knew this class would exist special. It's really exciting."

Atlanta, depleted of playmaking wide receivers, got Southern California's Drake London earlier to Seattle went for gear Charles Cross of Mississippi State. Then came trio additional wideouts: Garrett Wilson of Ohio State to the Jets with every one other accompanied by college teammate Chris Olave to New Orleans, which traded up accompanied by Washington for the 11th slot; with every one other accompanied by Alabama's Jameson Williams, coming off a solemn knee injury, to Detroit, which moved up inside a deal accompanied by division-rival Minnesota.

Another Georgia standout, defending gear Jordan Davis, was taken by Philadelphia at 13 following yet another deal, getting matters spine to the defending side.

Perhaps the biggest astonishment early on was Baltimore trading top receiver Marquise Brown to Arizona for the 23rd spot. Until Philadelphia moments subsequent acquired another firm wideout inside A.J. Brown from Tennessee for the 18th pick.

So the wish to add go catchers didn't apply only to rookies, of which sextet were taken inside the top 18. Penn State's Jahan Dotson joined the parade to Washington, at that hour dated the Titans added Arkansas WR Treylon Burks accompanied by the pick acquired for A.J. Brown.

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Defense 1st, at that hour dated offense at top of NFL draft, no indeed early QBs

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