OU’s Baker Mayfield Picked First Overall on Historic Draft Night

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It was a big night for the National Football League Draft, as former Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was sleceted first overall by the Cleveland Browns, becoming the first former walk-on to be selected first in the modern draft era.

Mayfield was also the only Big 12 player to go in the first 32 picks.

The Heisman winner was not the only historic moment of the draft’s first round in Dallas.

It was the first time in the modern draft in which four quarterbacks went in the first ten picks.

Mayfield, along with Sam Darnold (Jets), Josh Allen (Bills) and Josh Rosen (Cardinals) were selected. In all, five quarterbacks were taken in the first round. Former Heisman winner and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson had a long wait Thursday night, going 32nd overall to the Baltimore Ravens, who traded up to pick him.

It was also the first time that two brothers have been selected in the first round. Tremaine Edmunds was selected 16th overall by the Buffalo Bills and his borther Terrell was taken by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 28th pick, as current Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier, who suffered a horrific spinal injury last season, was able to walk to the podium with the help of his fiance and announce the pick.

The Draft continues Friday night with rounds 2 and 3. Rounds 4-7 will take place Saturday.

Former Oklahoma linebacker Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and tight end Mark Andrews are projected to be selected in either the second or third round. Former Oklahoma State quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington could also hear their names called Friday night.

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Sean Gallagher