(Extra Note, I somehow didn't check Twitter in case there were spoilers. Kudos to me!)
It is finally time. The draft is moments away from kicking off. I am a Browns fan and I'm not ready for my heart to get broken, again, at all. Oh, it's gonna be a long night. Are you ready? I'm not sure I am.
7:40 - Potential picks are being introduced. Josh Jackson, the cornerback from Iowa looks like he has the best dressed award locked up.
7:41 - How big is Jerry's world? My gosh.
7:55 - John Dorsey better know who he's taking.
7:57 - ESPN knows there's other players besides the quarterbacks, right? Trey Wingo, the draft hasn't even opened yet. Don't you tell me that the wait is over.
7:58 - I would like Josh Rosen a lot more if he didn't have two concussions last season at UCLA.
7:59 - Don't tell me to buckle up, and you most certainly won't call me buttercup. Your excitement sounds fake. I'm tired of him.
8:00 - I'm excited to hear Kirk Herbstreet on the draft with Jon Gruden gone to coach the Raiders.
8:01 - Mel Kiper Jr. is locked in. I don't know what is more impressive: the fact that he's never taken a bathroom break in all his years of covering the draft? Or that his hair hasn't moved an inch in all his years of covering the draft.
8:04 - Now Playing
8:05 - Oh, great, Roger Goodell... Is there a more hated commissioner? Sure seems like every commish is hated besides Adam Silver. Gary Betman is a joke and Rob Manfred had the worst interview in the history of commissioners.
8:07 - Boo birds out in full force.
The Browns are officially on the clock.
8:08 - Please talk shit about all of the past QB's, Wingo. What an easy target.
8:09 - I like Kiper's tie choice. Sharp.
8:10 - Nerves officially setting in. Don't mess it up. Please.
8:11 - Herbstreet likes Baker Mayfield. Not all that surprising when you consider how much he has seen of him in college. The Johnny Manziel comparisons are a joke by the way.
8:14 - Very happy to see Chris Mortensen on the coverage with all that he has went through.
8:15 - The pick is in. It feels like it will be Mayfield. Just my gut feeling.
8:16 - The feeling in my legs is going away.
8:17 - It's Mayfield. Wow.
8:18 - I was going to talk myself into whoever they ended up taking, but I was prepared for it to be Darnold. I watched him dominate an Ohio State Buckeye team early on in the college football season. There's no getting around how great he was in college. He won the Heisman last season. Heck, the man started as a walk-on. Hopefully he is the one to break the Browns cycle of awful quarterbacks...
8:21 - LET'S GO BROWNS! BAKER MF'ING MAYFIELD
8:22 - The New York Giants take Saquon Barkley with the second pick. Dave Gettleman may think he invented football but getting Barkley is a no brainer. The best running back to come out in a good while and the last few years are full of awesome running backs going in the first round.
Herbstreet called him the best back he's seen come out since Adrian Peterson. That sounds about right. People forget since he's washed now, but it was incredible watching him for some of those seasons with the Vikings.
8:24 - The New York Jets on the clock. Prior to today it sure felt like the Jets would be a landing spot for Mayfield. They have to get a QB. Where do they go now?
8:27 - Reminding the Jets that they could've had Dan Marino. Cold.
8:28 - I'm sick of Wingo.
The Jets take Darnold at three. The man everyone thought was going number one from the start of the college football season up until Mayfield's name was called. Damn, he has quite the family bloodline. The only one I knew about somehow was someone in his family being one of the original Marlboro men. I'm curious to see if the Jets can develop him. Funny how the last two quarterbacks the Jets take in the first round have both been USC guys. Remember this?
8:31 - The Browns are back on the clock. It feels like they take Bradley Chubb.
8:33 - Overall I am a fan of the coverage so far by ESPN. I hope they can stick with this group going forward. Wingo makes me miss this guy:
8:34 - Wingo, I identify Sal Pal more with the Eagles than the Jets. Get better at your job.
8:36 - The Browns take Denzel Ward at four! Let's go!!!! Ohio State is the real DBU with what they've been doing with defensive backs the last handful of years. Ward was so much fun in college. He tested well at the combine if you are in to that kind of thing. Ward isn't the biggest guy but most times he will be the fastest guy. Can't wait to see him in a Browns uniform.
8:41 - The Denver Broncos have their pick in. Who knows what they will do. I don't really know. I don't think they go QB. I also didn't think the Browns would take Ward.
8:43 - The Broncos take Chubb the defensive end out of N.C. State. Broke a bunch of Mario Williams records and he went number one overall. Pass rushers are such a key piece in the NFL with it becoming such a passing league. Best pass rusher by all accounts. Good pick for the Broncos.
8:45 - The Indanapolis* Colts already have their pick in. That didn't take long.
8:47 - The Colts take Quenton Nelson out of Notre Dame at six. The Fighting Irish offensive line was so good last year. Nelson was incredible. You have to be an incredible guard to go in the top ten of the draft. Go watch his tape and you'll see in about ten seconds why he's so good. Plus the Colts have had bad offensive lines since Peyton Manning had to have four neck surguries* behind them.
8:51 - The Tampa Bay Bucs take the pick to the Buffalo Bills. A quarterback named Josh is about to go off the board.
8:52 - Do i get a Mayfield jersey or a Ward jersey first?
8:53 - Two second round picks to go up to seven to get your quarterback? Not too high of a price tag at all.
8:54 - Wingo redeemed himself by making fun of Nathan Peterman.
8:55 - The Bills take Josh Allen, the quarterback from Wyoming after trading up to seven. Arm strength is probably the least of Allen's questions. I don't care about the tweets that came out earlier today. I chalk that more up to being a dumb, young kid than being a bad person. You have to look at those accuracy numbers and sound the alarm. At no level did he complete passes at a high rate. Pretty important as a quarterback, IMO.
8:57 - Billeve, huh?
8:59 - You guys got the joke in the last line about Josh Allen, right? Just checking.
9:00 - The Chicago Bears take Roquan Smith the linebacker from Georgia at number eight. No doubt the best linebacker in the draft. Jack of all trades and master of a couple. Good pick for the Monsters of the Midway.
9:03 - I've liked all the picks thus far. Well aside from Josh Allen. I don't think that he will be good. Stats matter, kind of, Wyoming.
9:05 - The San Francisco 49ers take Mike McGlinchey another lineman from Notre Dame. I already told you how good the Notre Dame line was last year. He'll be a right tackle of the Niners for years to come. Maybe a tad early to take him but if you get a solid to pro bowl kind of guy then who cares?
9:08 - The Arizona Cardinals trade up to ten to presummably take a quarterback. Now we're starting to get some movement, and it's always about the quarterback.
9:09 - Shameless plug there for Golic & Wingo. Like there wasn't a billion ads for them before they started. Has anyone watched Greeny's show, Get Up, yet?
9:11 - The Cardinals haven't take a quarterback in the first three rounds since Matt Leinart? Damn, I'm getting old.
9:13 - The Cardinals take Josh Rosen after trading up to ten. I think he would've been the first overall pick if there weren't injury issues. It is all about the injury concerns with Rosen. I like how smart he is. I like how confident he is, but if he gets another concussion. Maybe he starts to wonder if he wants to keep playing football? I couldn't blame him.
9:14 - He likes Elon Musk?
9:18 - The Miami Dolphins Minkah Fitzpatrick is the pick at eleven. I am very surprised he slipped so far. Early in the process he was in the discussion to go to the Browns at four and maybe even higher than that. That versatility is the key for him. He was a safety and was a corner at times too.
9:21 - The Bucs back on the clock after trading back from seven. I get the feeling they go Derwin James from Florida State.
9:24 - The Bucs take Vita Vea from Washington. His full name is a mouthful. A giant defensive tackle. That is quite the defensive tackle combo putting him next to Gerald McCoy. Vea can play the one or the three and heck can play defensive end at times if you really want him to go outside a bit. The Bucs needed a defensive player without a doubt but I thought they would take James because that secondary was, well, really bad.
9:28 - Someone has to trade up if they want to get Lamar Jackson. He can't fall forever.
9:29 - Damn right that's on you, Wingo. (He thought the Washington Professional Football team traded to the 13th pick when that's what they already had.)
9:31 - Washington takes Da'Ron Payne at thirteen. Once again they go with a defensive tackle from Alabama in the first round. Sure seems like most of the Alabama defensive players pan out. Offensive players... Not so certain.
9:32 - Saint trade up to the fourteen spot!!!! This has to be Lamar Jackson.
9:40 - The New Orleans Saints go up to fourteen to get, wait what? They take Marcus Davenport, pass rusher from UTSA. Wow. They have to be extremely high on him to give up next years first round pick. I 100% thought they were going up to get Jackson. I'm more shocked at this pick than the Browns taking Mayfield.
9:45 - The Raiders about to announce their selection of Kolton Miller, offensive lineman from UCLA at the fifteen pick. Not quite the player McGlinchey but he's six foot nine. That's a big boy.
9:46 - The Buffalo Bills trade up to sixteen. Second time they are trading up. Okay I see you Orchard Park!
9:48 - Maybe Lamar Jackson will fall forever
9:50 - They grab Tremaine Edmunds the linebacker from Virginia Tech. I thought he might go closer to ten. He's sooooo young. Not even twenty years old yet.
9:53 - Cue the Bon Jovi
9:56 - Wingo, you don't give out fines. These guys do.
9:57 - The LA Chargers take Derwin James from Florida State. Perfect pick for the Chargers. Offense is pretty set. Defense just needs some fine tuning. I can't believe he feel so far.
9:59 - The Packers trade up to the 18th pick. They have to be coming back up for a skill guy.
10:04 - Jaire Alexander from Louisville the pick for the Packers. They traded away Damarious Randall in the off-season and needed to get a replacement from him and Alexander was electric for the Cardinals.
10:13 - The Dallas Cowboys take Leighton Vander Esch the linebacker from Boise State. One of my favorite guys in the draft after reading up on him. Eight man football. Eight man football. I thought I was from a small town. So happy for him. Another guy that started as a walk-on. How about that?!
10:19 - It would be nice if I could hear Louis Redick at some point. That is kind of an issue.
10:20 - The Detroit Lions take Frank Ragnow a center from Arkansas. I thought they'd get a good running back for the first time since Barry Sanders. Well at least a decent one. Patricia, you laminated playsheet with a pencil fraud. For those that read my mock draft, which was way more funny than it was accurate.
10:22 - Live reaction from my good friend, Phil Holtz. He happens to be a Lions Fan...
(Extra Update) He calmed down a bit on Friday Afternoon:
10:31 - The Titans grab Rashaan Evans, linebacker from Alabama. Bama guys all over the damn place.
10:36 - Tomorrow morning is going to come waaaaaaay too early.
(Update: it did come too early. Damn you, NFL Draft!)
10:37 - Wingo just said #SmallSample. Someone come get their mans.
10:39 - The New England Patriots take Isaiah Wynn from Georgia. Big shocker. A pick from them that makes sense. THEY ALWAYS MAKE SENSE.
10:45 - The Panthers finally get a wide out off the board and take DJ Moore from Maryland. Odds are you guys probably probably threw him a pass or two last season. All of their quarterbacks went down, and the guy still put up good numbers. And watch this play:
10:53 - The Ravens take Hayden Hurst the tight end from South Carolina. Pretty upset he is going to be in my division for the future. I don't care that he is older than almost every other pick. He isn't this old:
10:58 - Calvin Ridley the pick for the Atlanta Falcons at pick twenty-six. Two Bama wideouts for the Falcons. That could be somewhat unfair.
11:05 - The Seahawks take Rashaad Penny from San Diego State. Uhhhh, No Sony Michel or Darrius Guice?
11:07 - How the hell is Lamar Jackson still available?
11:12 - The Steelers about to make their pick. It's great to see Ryan Shazier walk out there. Even if he's struggling a bit to walk. That hit he took didn't even look like anything out of the ordinary:
Unbelievable. Everybody choking up right now.
Terrell Edmunds from Virginia Tech goes to them at pick twenty-eight. You may recognize his name. His brother is was pick number sixteen. I wonder how many brothers have gone in the first round. There can't be any that have each gone in the first in the same draft. I know the Manning brothers each went number one. The Watt brothers each went in the first. That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
11:17 - ESPN confirms it's the first time ever that brothers have gone in the same draft in the first round.
11:18 - The Jaguars take Taven Bryan the defensive tackle from Florida at pick number twenty-nine.
11:22 - The Vikings take one of my other favorite corners, Mike Hughes from National Championship winner, UCF.
He had some issues in college but the talent is there without any doubt.
11:28 - Patriots fans with Tom Brady Jerseys grab their jersey and say, "five more years." You know how old Tom Brady is, right?
11:29 - The Patriots take Sony Michel at thirty-one. First time they've taken a running back that high in like ten years.
11:33 - The Ravens traded with the Eagles to get the last pick of the first round, AND TAKE LAMAR JACKSON!
SHIT!! NOW HE'S IN THE BROWNS DIVISION!!!! I'M OUT ON THAT!
Thank you, as always, for taking the time to read this!