Uneventful NFL Draft, Except for the Guy Who Got Booed

'Cmon, Philly,' Roger Goodell said before Myles Garrett got picked first by Browns
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 28, 2017 12:10 AM CDT
Cleveland Browns Make 1st Draft Pick
North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky, left, poses with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Chicago Bears during the first round of the 2017 NFL football draft on Thursday in Philadelphia.   (Matt Rourke)

No surprises at the top of the NFL draft: Roger Goodell got booed by the crowd in Philadelphia, then Myles Garrett was picked first overall by the Cleveland Browns. "C'mon, Philly, c'mon," Goodell said Thursday night amid the boos, not even wincing at the reception. Moments later, he was back onstage announcing the Texas A&M defensive end's name. Garrett, a junior and All-American considered the best pass rusher in this crop, is the first Aggie selected No. 1 overall. Garrett was not on hand but promised Cleveland fans "great things are coming." Cleveland went 1-15 last season and has holes everywhere, the AP notes. It ranked 31st defensively.

There was speculation the Browns might go for a quarterback at the outset, but this draft didn't seem to have any QBs considered that talented a prospect—except the Bears thought otherwise, making a mammoth trade to move up one spot. Chicago sent a third-round pick, a fourth, and a 2018 third to San Francisco to switch and take Mitchell Trubisky, who started only 13 games for North Carolina. San Francisco was up next, and new GM John Lynch already was looking good for bringing in such a haul to drop back to No. 3. The 49ers took DE Solomon Thomas from just down the road at Stanford. (More NFL draft stories.)

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