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Starting with Bears, surprises galore on Day 1 of NFL draft

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"I'm just trying to be the best person and player I can be, and that's what I'm going to do". He joins STEVE FULLER (23rd overall by Kansas City in 1979) as the only Tiger quarterbacks to be selected in the first round since 1967.

Peppers still went in the first round anyway and Harbaugh is still hopeful that MI can set an NFL Draft record before the weekend is over. I'm just going to take it day-by-day and do whatever is asked of me to do to the best of my ability.

Cleveland, of course, added five picks in the top two rounds, including three first-round selections in defensive end Myles Garrett, safety Jabrill Peppers and tight end David Njoku. Overall, 19 of the 32 players were from the defense, which was closer to projections. "That's why I'm surprised to hear my name called because we didn't have a lot of contact". Nobody expected the 49ers to take Trubisky, and so the only way to explain away the Bears' decision to give up so much to get him is if they were certain that a handful of other teams were clamoring to make the same trade.

It followed that up with nine more in the second round and nine in the third round.

Among the players still available are Florida State running back Dalvin Cook, Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer, Alabama offensive lineman Cam Robinson, Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon, and UConn defensive back Obi Melifonwu. Barnett racked up 197 tackles, 52 tackles for loss and 33 sacks during his three seasons with the Volunteers, with his sack total breaking the school mark held by the late Reggie White, who played for the Eagles from 1985 to 1992.

As the league's worst-performing side last season, Cleveland were given the first pick and chose 21-year-old Garrett from Texas A&M.

Will Wentz and Watson turn out to be franchise quarterbacks for the Eagles and the Texans?

Altogether, eight of the first dozen picks were to aid offenses, including Clemson QB Deshaun Watson to Houston - which also traded up for a passer.

"I want to be the best", Garrett said. But if they did not believe their cornerstone quarterback is in this class, the move was understandable - if still not quite the easiest sell for fans waiting for the Browns' first playoff team since 2002. He will be playing for first-year defensive coordinator Greg Williams in a 4-3 scheme and will be paired with fellow end Emmanuel Ogbah.

The Eagles went next and picked defensive end Derek Barnett. But to come and be where he's going, it's fulfilling to see him reach his full potential. We'll do the same for all three players as they confidently fired toward home plate.

There was some thought the Bears might wait a round or two before looking at a quarterback after signing Mike Glennon, who left the Bucs as a free agent this offseason for a one-year deal to replace released Jay Cutler.

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