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

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When it comes to helping the Commissioner avoid the inevitable in-draft boo birds, the National Football League tried a half-measure on Friday night.

Risk usually has very little to do with the player himself.

By going to Jacksonville, Robinson will be tasked with blocking for former LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who was selected by the Jaguars at No. 4 on Thursday. The Browns were the first team since Minnesota in 2013 to have three first-round picks. Whatever happens on the trade front, DeShone Kizer should be the first quarterback taken in the second round of the 2017 NFL Draft.

The Pac-12 edged out the Big Ten 36-35 in picks.

The entire Cleveland Browns draft, and draft philosophy: It's not often that the Browns can get mention for doing good things.

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However, mock drafts are fun and getting into round two and three of mock drafts can be where you really lay the foundation of excellence for your team for years to come. In fact, before delivering some thank-you comments Friday, the commissioner told the crowd, "Just one second, you can resume your booing [afterward]".

Jonathan Allen, defensive lineman, Alabama to Washington at No. 17. Chicago moved up one spot, dealing with San Francisco.

The Trojans featured just one pick in Round 1, but Adoree' Jackson's selection by the Tennessee Titans at No. 18 was enough to boost USC up to 80 all-time first rounders, besting the Buckeyes' 77. He's a dynamic playmaker who creates turnovers, exactly what the Colts did not have past year and desperately needed. Thomas will be a hugely disruptive force along an already talented 49er defensive front.

Every year, there's so much intrigue with the quarterbacks. While many expect him to fall several rounds, the Dallas Cowboys are interested in him with the No. 28 overall pick, according to USA Today's Tom Pelissero.

There are usually plenty of talking points after the event as fans and pundits work out which teams landed a star and who were left with the also-rans. That also gave them the flexibility to use their first pick on Charlton. Or does the team draft the best player available regardless of position? These are dreams that started back as children, throwing the football around in the yard or the park with friends, and continued to grow more possible as they moved through the ranks of Pop Warner to high school to college ball.

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