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NFL Draft tracker: From Mayfield to Lamar, here's Paylor's analysis of entire first round

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, left, was the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, going to Cleveland. The Denver Broncos picked pass rusher Bradley Chubb, and the Chargers opted for Florida State defensive back Derwin James.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, left, was the first overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, going to Cleveland. The Denver Broncos picked pass rusher Bradley Chubb, and the Chargers opted for Florida State defensive back Derwin James. Wire photos

Welcome to The Star's 2018 NFL Draft Tracker.

This story will update throughout the night on Thursday as teams make their picks.

With the No. 1 overall selection, the Cleveland Browns have gone with Oklahoma Sooners product and quarterback Baker Mayfield, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner.

1. Cleveland Browns

BAKER MAYFIELD, QB, Oklahoma

Measurables: 6-1, 215, 4.84

Bio: Three-year starter who completed 285 of 404 passes (70.5 percent) for 4,627 yards, 43 touchdowns and six interceptions in 13 games in 2017. Rushed 97 times for 311 yards and five touchdowns. Was sacked 26 times. Committed zero fumbles.

Consensus: Brash, confident and super-productive; no quarterback in this class throws with more accuracy, anticipation and creativity than Mayfield. His relative lack of height wasn't for everyone, but former Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, now the GM in Cleveland, was obviously high on him.

2. New York Giants

SAQUON BARKLEY, RB, Penn State

Measurables: 6-0, 234, 4.4

Bio: Three-year starter who rushed 217 times for 1,271 yards (5.9 ypc) and 18 touchdowns in 2017. Also caught 54 passes for 632 yards (11.7 ypc) and three touchdowns. Two fumbles. Declared for the draft after his true junior season.

Consensus: Prototype height-weight-speed prospect with wiggle, receiving chops, outstanding production and a reputation for being a great leader. You can nitpick his production in 2017, and he doesn’t exactly run over people, but he’s arguably the draft’s best prospect.

3. New York Jets (from Indianapolis Colts)

SAM DARNOLD, QB, Southern California

Measurables: 6-3, 220, 4.85

Bio: Two-year starter who completed 303 of 480 passes (63.1 percent) for 4,143 yards, 26 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 14 games in 2017. Rushed 75 times for 82 yards and five touchdowns. Was sacked 29 times. Committed 13 fumbles. Declared after redshirt sophomore season.

Consensus: Great combination of size, strength, athleticism, arm strength and touch but had way, way, way too many turnovers this season and probably would probably benefit from a redshirt year spent getting coached up on the fundamentals.

4. Cleveland Browns (from Houston Texans)

DENZEL WARD, DB, Ohio State

Measurables: 5-11, 183, 20, 4.32

Bio: One-year starter who had 37 tackles (two for loss), two interceptions and 15 pass deflections in 11 games in 2017. Declared after true junior season.

Consensus: Elite athlete whose eyes, competitiveness and ball skills aren’t necessarily reflected in his production, but nonetheness made him a top pick and plug-and-play starter all day. Minute concerns include his press ability, durability and run defense related to his lack of overall bulk.

In preparation for this year’s NFL Draft, I’ve watched hours of tape, and during that time, some guys have stood out. This team is meant to recognize 22 prospects I like for various reasons, whether it be their effort, attitude or performance.



5. Denver Broncos

BRADLEY CHUBB, DE, North Carolina State

Measurables:
6-4, 269, 4.65

Bio: Three-year starter who had 72 tackles (23 for loss), 10 sacks, two pass deflections, one forced fumble and zero fumble recoveries in 12 games in 2017.

Consensus: Combination of positional versatility (could play in a 4-3 or 3-4), plus athleticism and length, juice off the snap, pass-rush sophistication, football genes (his cousin, Nick, is a star running back for Georgia), consistent effort and production made him one the safest picks in the draft ... and perhaps its best overall player.

6. Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets)

QUENTON NELSON, OL, Notre Dame

Measurables:
6-5, 325

Bio: Three-year starter with 36 career starts under his belt. Started all 13 games in 2017. Declared after redshirt junior season.

Consensus: Steve Hutchinson-like combination of size, strength, athleticism, production, attitude and durability for a guard; this is the highest grade I’ve given a guard in five years.

7. Buffalo Bills (traded up to get Tampa's pick)

JOSH ALLEN, QB, Wyoming

Measurables: 6-5, 237, 4.75

Bio: Two-year starter who completed 152 of 270 passes (56.3 percent) for 1,812 yards, 16 touchdowns and six interceptions in 11 games in 2017. Rushed 92 times for 204 yards and five touchdowns. Was sacked 22 times. Committed two fumbles. Declared after redshirt junior season.

Consensus: Boom-or-bust prospect with elite arm strength ­— has a bonafide cannon — and plus athleticism. But his accuracy issues are very real and his middling production in 2017 is a sign that Buffalo must remain patient with him.

8. Chicago Bears

ROQUAN SMITH, LB, Georgia

Measurables:
6-1, 236, 4.51

Bio: Two-year starter who had 137 tackles (14 for loss), 6 1/2 sacks, two pass deflections, one forced fumble and two fumble recoveries in 15 games in 2017. Declared after true junior season.

Consensus: New-age linebacker who can play all three downs and possesses terrific athleticism, anticipation, fast eyes, range and blitz ability; is an immediately plug-and-play option despite a lack of size that might require a defensive line that can keep him clean.

9. San Francisco 49ers

MIKE McGLINCHEY, OL, Notre Dame

Measurables:
6-8, 309, N/A

Bio: Three-year starter with 39 career starts under his belt. Started all 13 games in 2017. Declared after redshirt junior season.

Consensus: The most pro-ready offensive tackle in this class, McGlinchey’s combination of size and technique make him a plug-and-play starter at either tackle position with a Pro Bowl ceiling, provided he gets stronger.

10. Arizona Cardinals (acquired from Oakland Raiders)

JOSH ROSEN, QB, UCLA

Measurables: 6-4, 226, 4.92

Bio: Three-year starter who completed 283 of 452 passes (62.6 percent) for 3,756 yards, 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 12 games in 2017. Rushed 50 times for negative-97 yards and two touchdowns. Was sacked 26 times. Committed three fumbles. Declared after true junior season.

Consensus: Pure pocket passer with plus arm strength, accuracy and experience going through pro-style progressions; teams were reportedly digging into outspoken makeup, though that might prove to be less of a concern than his lack of mobility and ability to throw under pressure.

11. Miami Dolphins

MINKAH FITZPATRICK, S, Alabama

Measurables: 6-0, 204, 21, 4.46

Bio: Three-year starter who had 110 tackles (eight for loss), one interception, seven pass deflections and 1 1/2 sacks in 13 games in 2017. Declared after true junior season.

Consensus: Solid tackler and safe pick with positional versatility and a reputation as a gym rat who possesses good, but not elite, athleticism and might have a hard time matching up against the most uber-talented receivers in the NFL.

12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (trade with Buffalo)

VITA VEA, DL, Washington

Measurables:
6-4, 347, 5.1

Bio: Two-year starter who had 43 tackles (5 1/2 for loss), 3 1/2 sacks and four pass deflections in 12 games in 2017. Declared after true junior season.

Consensus: Massive nose tackle with outstanding strength, strong hands, scheme versatility (strong enough to two-gap and quick enough to one-gap). Better athleticism than you’d expect for his size but needs to work on his stamina and initial quickness so he can affect the game on an every-down basis in the NFL.

13. Washington

Da’RON PAYNE, DE, Alabama

Measurables:
6-2, 311, 4.95

Bio: Two-year starter who had 53 tackles (one for loss), one sack, three pass deflections and one fumble recovery in 14 games in 2017. Declared after true junior season.

Consensus: Plus athlete with a powerfully built frame, terrific strength (particularly in the run game) and excellent motor who can be counted on to help early; despite his lack of initial quickness and pass-rush production in 2017, he has the long arms and strength to become a good rusher.

14. New Orleans Saints

MARCUS DAVENPORT, DE, Texas San Antonio

Measurables:
6-6, 264, 4.58

Bio: Three-year starter who had 55 tackles (17 1/2 for loss), 8 1/2 sacks, four pass deflections, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 11 games in 2017.

Consensus: Big, athletic and productive; needs to play with a little more power and refine his technique significantly. Saints traded up to acquire him, enticed by what he could be if they’re willing to be patient and give him the time he needs to get acclimated to the pro game.

15. Oakland Raiders (trade with Arizona)

KOLTON MILLER, OL, UCLA

Measurables:
6-9, 309, 4.95

Bio: Three-year starter with 23 career starts under his belt. Started all 13 games in 2017. Declared after redshirt junior season.

Consensus: Absurdly good Combine performance commanded interest despite overall lack of experience; outstanding tester whose rare size and length give him a Pro Bowl ceiling (his technique will determine whether he ever reaches it).

16. Buffalo Bills (via trade with Baltimore)

TREMAINE EDMUNDS, LB, Virginia Tech

Measurables:
6-5, 253, 4.47

Bio: Two-year starter who had 108 tackles (14 for loss), 5 1/2 sacks, two pass deflections and three forced fumbles in 13 games in 2017. Declared after true junior season.

Consensus: Possesses outstanding physical tools; terrific athlete with rare size and length (34 1/2-inch arms), plus-plus athleticism (4.54 40), football genes (dad was a Pro Bowl tight end and brother is likely a top-50 pick) and positional versatility (could play on the edge, as well). Just 19, he’ll need to work on his eyes and instincts to fully tap into his immense potential.

17. Los Angeles Chargers

DERWIN JAMES, DB, Florida State

Measurables: 6-2, 215, 21, 4.47

Bio: Three-year starter who had 84 tackles (5 1/2 for loss), two interceptions, 11 pass deflections, two sacks, zero forced fumbles and zero fumble recoveries in 12 games in 2017. Declared after true junior season.

Consensus: Outstanding height-weight-speed prospect with terrific physical measurables (33-inch arms, 40-inch vert, 132-inch broad, 21 bench reps) and enthusiasm who could play all over the field (though he’s currently more effective/comfortable in the box). He's still learning to train his eyes and play with anticipation.

18. Green Bay Packers (from Seattle Seahawks)

JAIRE ALEXANDER, DB, Louisville

Measurables:
5-10, 196, 21, 4.38

Bio: Two-year starter who had 19 tackles (one for loss), one interception and four pass deflections in six games in 2017 due to leg and injuries. Declared after true junior season.

Consensus: Lack of height and production during his injury-plagued 2017 season will concern some, but there’s no doubt he has the athleticism, passion and eyes to be a starting corner in the NFL very quickly.

19. Dallas Cowboys

LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH, ILB, Boise State

Measurables: 6-4, 256, 4.65

Bio: One-year starter who had 141 tackles (8 1/2 for loss), four sacks, two interceptions, five pass deflections and four forced fumbles in 14 games in 2017. Declared after redshirt junior season.

Consensus: Moves really well for his size and carries his weight well, looks the part and shows some juice as a pass rusher and cover linebacker; has good eyes and range for the position, sifts through trash with skill and could be a very good pro from the get-go. But he must keep working on his ability to shed blockers.

20. Detroit Lions

FRANK RAGNOW, C, Arkansas

Measurables:
6-5, 312, 4.99

Bio: Three-year starter with who started 33 consecutive games in his career.

Consensus: Terrific combination of size, versatility and pass-blocking prowess (never allowed a sack in college) got him drafted early despite average athleticism. Picked ahead of Iowa's James Daniels, who was generally considered a better prospect at the position.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Buffalo Bills)

BILLY PRICE, C, Ohio State

Measurables:
6-4, 305, N/A

Bio: Four-year starter with 55 career starts under his belt. Started all 14 games in 2017.

Consensus: Physical, nasty run blocker with Pro Bowl potential whose rehab from offseason pectoral surgery is said to be going well.

22. Tennessee Titans (from Baltimore Ravens)

RASHAAN EVANS, LB, Alabama

Measurables:
6-3, 232, N/A

Bio: One-year starter who had 74 tackles (13 for loss), six sacks, three pass deflections, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 12 games in 2017.

Consensus: Has the size and power to take on blocks in the box but also enough quickness and movement skills to stay on the field for three downs. Needs to keep working on his eyes. Skipped the 40-yard dash at his pro day, though it’s worth noting he played through a groin injury last season.

23. New England Patriots (from Los Angeles Rams)

ISAIAH WYNN, OL, Georgia

Measurables:
6-3, 313, N/A

Bio: Three-year starter with 41 career starts under his belt. Started all 15 games in 2017.

Consensus: Recovering from offseason surgery for a torn labrum but was so gifted he started at tackle for Georgia (despite his height) and boasts excellent quickness, nastiness and technique. Could be a guard in the NFL.

24. Carolina Panthers

D.J. MOORE, WR, Maryland

Measurables: 6-0, 210, 4.42

Bio: Three-year starter who caught 80 passes for 1,033 yards (12.9 yards per catch) and eight touchdowns in 12 games in 2017. Declared after true junior season.

Consensus: Possesses a strong, squatty frame and very good speed; creates separation in short-to-intermediate routes and also has return ability, but he needs to be more consistent as a catcher and he may prove to be a better slot than outside receiver.

25. Baltimore Ravens (from Tennessee Titans)

HAYDEN HURST, TE, South Carolina

Measurables: 6-5, 250, 4.67

Bio: Two-year starter who caught 44 passes for 559 yards (12.7 yards per catch) and two touchdowns in 13 games in 2017. Declared after true junior season.

Consensus: Twenty-five-year-old prospect (failed baseball career) with loads of enthusiasm, fluidity and ball skills; could make an early impact due to his reliability as a pass catcher, though his age and average collegiate production will concern some teams.

26. Atlanta Falcons

CALVIN RIDLEY, WR, Alabama

Measurables: 6-1, 189, 4.43

Bio: Three-year starter who caught 63 passes for 967 yards (15.3 yards per catch) and five touchdowns in 14 games in 2017. Declared after true junior season.

Consensus: Productive, consistent receiver with outstanding quickness, route-running ability and ball skills; possesses a slight frame and needs to get better against press coverage, but he was still a top-30 pick all day.

27. Seattle Seahawks (from Green Bay Packers)

RASHAAD PENNY, RB, San Diego State

Measurables: 5-11, 225, 4.46

Bio: One-year starter who rushed 289 times for 2,248 yards (7.7 ypc) and 23 touchdowns in 2017. Also caught 19 passes for 135 yards (10.1 ypc) and one touchdown. Two fumbles.

Consensus: Super-productive, high-effort back who eviscerated the Mountain West schedule in one of the league’s best and most efficient run offenses, but will need to prove that explosiveness will carry over to the NFL.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers

TERRELL EDMUNDS, DB, Virginia Tech

Measurables: 6-2, 220, 21, 4.47

Bio: Three-year starter who had 61 tackles (2 1/2 for loss), two interceptions, four pass deflections, 1 1/2 sacks, zero forced fumbles and zero fumble recoveries in 10 games in 2017. Declared after redshirt junior season. Son of former NFL tight end Ferrell Edmunds and brother of teammate and fellow 2018 draftee Tremaine Edmunds, who was taken 16th overall by the Bills on Thursday.

Consensus: Outstanding height-weight-speed prospect whose athleticism shows on tape and is comfortable playing in space but needs to train his eyes as a safety, do a better job finding the ball overall and be way more consistent as a run defender.

29. Jacksonville Jaguars

TAVEN BRYAN, DL, Florida

Measurables:
6-4, 291, 4.98

Bio: One-year starter who had 37 tackles (six for loss) and four sacks in 10 games in 2017. Declared after redshirt junior season.

Consensus: Has the raw tools to be a Pro Bowler; boasts really good quickness and athleticism for his size but needs to improve his awareness, stop playing so high, shed blocks better and get stronger — he’s on the ground a little more than you’d like.

30. Minnesota Vikings

MIKE HUGHES, DB, Central Florida

Measurables:
5-10, 189, 21, 4.53

Bio: One-year starter who had 49 tackles, four interceptions, 11 pass deflections and a forced fumble in 13 games in 2017. Declared after true junior season.

Consensus: Tough competitor who plays bigger than his size and has plus ball skills, fluidity, athleticism and return ability. Teams were reportedly digging into a past that included a sexual-assault accusation that led to Hughes' transfer from North Carolina a few years ago.

31. New England Patriots

SONY MICHEL, RB, Georgia

Measurables: 5-11, 214, 4.54

Bio: Was always a backup. Rushed 156 times for 1,227 yards (7.9 ypc) and 16 touchdowns in 2017. Also caught nine passes for 96 yards (10.7 ypc) and one touchdown. One fumble.

Consensus: Explosive runner with a great frame who could be even better in the NFL; possesses outstanding burst and vision and the power needed to thrive in a zone scheme but needs to improve as a blocker and answer questions about his durability.

32. Baltimore Ravens (from Philadelphia Eagles)

LAMAR JACKSON, QB, Louisville

Measurables: 6-3, 216, N/A

Bio: Three-year starter who completed 254 of 430 passes (59.1 percent) for 3,660 yards, 27 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 13 games in 2017. Rushed 232 times for 1,601 yards and 18 touchdowns. Was sacked 29 times. Committed three fumbles. Declared after true junior season.

Consensus: Electric athlete whose running ability shows shades of Mike Vick; is also a better passer than given credit for. Sat in the green room all night, but didn't go home empty-handed; the Ravens need him as their faith in Joe Flacco continues to wane.

What's the format?

Seven rounds; Round 1 Thursday, Rounds 2-3 Friday, Rounds 4-7 Saturday

What time?

Coverage starts Friday at 6 p.m. Central; Saturday at 11 a.m.

Here are the top NFL prospects at every position.

How can I watch?

Thursday: NFL Network, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Friday: NFL Network, FOX Sports, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

Saturday: NFL Network, ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

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