The Cleveland Browns took Heisman Trophy winner and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield with the primary choose of the NFL Draft on Thursday night time as controversy swelled round Josh Allen, the Wyoming quarterback who admitted to writing tweets with racial epithets as a excessive schooler in 2013.
Allen finally went seventh total to Buffalo after the Payments traded their first-round choose, No. 12, and two second-round choices (the 53rd and 56th picks total) to Tampa Bay for the prospect to take the embattled signal-caller.
The New York Giants took Penn State operating again Saquon Barkley with the second choose, whereas USC quarterback Sam Darnold went third to the New York Jets, the Browns took Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward with the fourth choose, and North Carolina State defensive finish Bradley Chubb went fifth total to the Denver Broncos.
Based on Yahoo Sports activities, Allen repeatedly used the n-word within the tweets, and in a single response to the query ‘Why are you so white?’, he replied: ‘If it ain’t white, it ain’t proper!’
Allen’s response on this case appears to be a reference to the sit-com ‘Trendy Household.’ A few of the different tweets, he defined to ESPN, both got here from rap lyrics and there’s a risk that different tweets have been truly written by his pals.
Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks on the podium after the Cleveland Browns chosen Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield as their choose throughout the first spherical of the NFL soccer draft
Regardless of falling to seventh total, Josh Allen was all smiles after being drafted by Buffalo
Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield, the 2017 Heisman Trophy winner, was picked by the Cleveland Browns with the highest choose of Thursday’s NFL Draft. Josh Allen had been the projected No. 1
Simply hours earlier than NFL groups made their choices for the 2018 draft in Dallas, Allen scrambled to apologize for the posts, saying he was ‘younger and dumb’ when he wrote them in 2012-2013.
The 21-year-old quarterback was considered a possible top-five choose on this 12 months’s draft.
Nevertheless the emergence of his social media posts made in highschool might have effected the notion of him amongst NFL groups.
Falling within the NFL Draft will definitely value Allen.
The highest choose, Mayfield, can have a cap determine in 2018 of $5.9 million, whereas the second-overall choose, Barkley, will earn $5.6 million in as a rookie. The 32nd and ultimate choose within the first spherical can have a 2018 base wage of $1.7 million.
In an interview with ESPN’s Chris Mortensen on Thursday, Allen stated the revelation has put him ‘in a panic,’ however defined that the tweets didn’t mirror his character.
Not in contrast to a political marketing campaign, detrimental tales about NFL Draft hopefuls are regarded suspiciously, even when the events concerned admit wrongdoing. Allen’s case echoes the social media controversy surrounding Laremy Tunsil in 2016. Video of Tunsil showing to smoke marijuana by a fuel masks emerged on draft day two years in the past, bumping him down the order. He was later chosen by the Miami Dolphins and now begins at left deal with
‘If I might return in time, I might by no means have accomplished this in a heartbeat,’ Allen stated. ‘On the time, I clearly did not understand how dangerous it was and now has turn into.
‘I hope you realize and others know I am not the kind of particular person I used to be at 14 and 15 that I tweeted so recklessly. … I do not need that to be the impression of who I’m, as a result of that isn’t me. I apologize for what I did.
‘It sucks. My household is hurting. We by no means envisioned a day or night time like this.’
Allen’s case echoes the social media controversy surrounding Laremy Tunsil in 2016. Video of Tunsil showing to smoke marijuana by a fuel masks emerged on draft day two years in the past, bumping him down the order. He was later chosen by the Miami Dolphins.
Allen throws in opposition to the UNLV Rebels throughout a sport at Sam Boyd Stadium in 2016
USC QB Sam Darnold (proper) was taken forward of Allen (middle) by the Jets with the third choose
Mayfield ultimately ought to turn into the 30th quarterback to start out a sport for the Cleveland Browns for the reason that franchise returned as an enlargement group in 1999, presumably after Tyrod Taylor — acquired from the Buffalo Payments through commerce this offseason — turns into the 29th to take action. The group has been resolute that Taylor would be the starter in Week 1 of 2018, however contemplating no Browns QB has began all 16 video games since 2001, it is truthful to say the clock is already ticking on Mayfield’s debut.
Solely two of the earlier 28 have made it previous 25 begins (Tim Sofa 59, Derek Anderson 34) with the Browns. Final 12 months’s second-round choose, DeShone Kizer, made extra begins as a rookie (15) than all however six of the opposite 27 on the notorious record made of their profession for Cleveland, however he was summarily shipped away through commerce this offseason to the Inexperienced Bay Packers.
No present quarterback on the Cleveland roster has began a sport for the Browns, as Cody Kessler and Kevin Hogan have been every traded away. Along with Taylor, the group introduced in veteran Drew Stanton from the Arizona Cardinals through free company.
Mayfield began 47 video games throughout his faculty profession, ending his time at Oklahoma with the 2 highest single-season marks in passing effectivity in FBS historical past (196.Four in 2016, 198.9 in 2017), breaking Russell Wilson’s report.
Mayfield celebrates with Sooners followers after beating Oklahoma State in 2015
The Giants’ Barkley is an All-American with velocity, energy, shiftiness and glorious fingers is taken into account this 12 months’s finest participant. New York has had one of many NFL’s worst operating video games in recent times, and Barkley is anticipated to spice up an offense that has a veteran quarterback in Eli Manning and star receiver in Odell Beckham Jr.
Barkley is also a sensational kick returner.
‘It is unreal, two of the largest moments in my life in the identical week,’ stated Barkley, whose girlfriend gave start to a lady earlier within the week.
Not surprisingly within the Cowboys’ house, the choose typically was booed.
The Jets, one other of the NFL groups determined for a franchise quarterback, selected Darnold with the third choose Thursday night time.
The Jets had traded up from sixth total with Indianapolis with the expressed mission of discovering that quarterback. Southern California’s Darnold, who had an excellent 2016 season and was not fairly so productive final 12 months, was the selection.
Darnold would possibly sit some time and be taught behind veteran Josh McCown.
‘There’s nothing higher than being on this state,’ Darnold stated. ‘I feel regardless of the coaches what me to do, if they need me to sit down, need me to play, I am going to do my function. That is what I’ve accomplished my complete life, not going to do any totally different.’
Darnold, 20, was the primary quarterback drafted this excessive by the Jets since Joe Namath went first total in 1965. They chose USC quarterback Mark Sanchez fifth total in 2009 and Richard Todd No. 6 total in 1976.
Darnold, who left the Trojans after his redshirt junior season, will go to a group desperately in want of a quarterback as a constructing block. The Jets went 5-11 final season. Considered a Heisman Trophy candidate coming into the season, Darnold’s efficiency suffered in 2017 whereas enjoying behind an inexperienced line and with younger broad receivers.
One other commerce put the Arizona Cardinals at No. 10, in place to pick UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen. The Cardinals made a commerce with the Oakland Raiders to maneuver up six spots.
Ward, who most draft analysts had going no increased than No. 9, is taken into account a real cowl nook with nice quickness and velocity. The 5-foot-11, 183-pounder ran a 4.32 40 on the NFL Scouting Mix.
NC State defensive finish Bradley Chubb, considered as an possibility for the Giants and Browns, provides the Broncos a potent cross rusher with pair with Von Miller. Chubb, 6-4, 275, had 10 sacks and 44 tackles for loss.
At No. 6, the Colts chosen Notre Dame offensive guard Quenton Nelson and after Allen went to Buffalo, the Chicago Bears chosen Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith with the eighth choose. Nelson’s faculty teammate, offensive deal with Mike McGlinchey, went No. 9 to the San Francisco 49ers.
MAYFIELD NAILS FAVRE DRAFT PIC
Baker Mayfield’s mom reportedly bought wallpaper to match the wooden paneling of Brett Favre’s childhood bed room, and since they already had the jorts, all they wanted was to brighten the house with photos of Mayfield’s days in youth sports activities
Hours forward of Thursday night time’s NFL Draft, the place he was picked first total by the Cleveland Browns, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield took the time to exactly emulate his hero Brett Favre, proper right down to the trademark jorts.
Mayfield recreated the well-known picture of Favre from 1991, when he discovered he had been drafted out of Southern Mississippi by the Atlanta Falcons. Favre, who would go on to win a Tremendous Bowl with the Inexperienced Bay Packers earlier than being inducted into the Corridor of Fame in 2016, was seen laying down in his crowded bed room with a cordless cellphone, a pair of jean shorts, and a large grin – all of which Mayfield captured in his model on Wednesday night time.
A local Texan, Mayfield has been likened to Favre for each his boisterous character, southern roots (he is from Texas), and reckless enjoying model
‘There are these people who find themselves in your nook it doesn’t matter what, you may’t do any unsuitable, even while you do unsuitable,’ Mayfield wrote in his Twitter put up, quoting Favre. ‘After which there are these those who it doesn’t matter what you do they will dislike you and that is not going to alter.’
Favre appeared to benefit from the tweet and responded Thursday, ‘Good luck tonight….and keep in mind to ship my Jorts again tomorrow.’
A local Texan, Mayfield has been likened to Favre for each his boisterous character, southern roots (he is from Texas), and reckless enjoying model.
The Favre picture was initially taken by an area newspaper, however later unfold to nationwide magazines and tv after Favre broke out as a member of the Packers.
Based on ESPN, Mayfield’s mom bought wallpaper to match the wooden paneling of Favre’s childhood bed room, and since Mayfield already had the jorts, all they wanted was to brighten the house with photos of the quarterback’s days in youth sports activities.
Your entire undertaking took roughly an hour, in accordance with ESPN.
Brett Favre appeared to benefit from the tweet and responded Thursday morning