CHICAGO (AP) — It was two quarterbacks taken, followed a pair of Buckeyes, as the NFL draft got underway in Chicago Thursday night.
The Los Angeles Rams have used the No. 1 selection to take California’s Jared Goff, just before the Philadelphia Eagles took Carson Wentz of North Dakota State with the No. 2 choice. It marks the second straight year quarterbacks were grabbed with the first two picks in the draft, and the seventh time since 1967.
The 6-foot-4 Goff set records and grew into a top prospect in three seasons with the Golden Bears. Now he’ll be competing for the chance to throw the first passes at the Coliseum in the Rams’ return in September.
The 6-foot-5 Wentz led the Bison to their fifth consecutive FCS title last season. He passed for 1,651 yards and 17 touchdowns during his senior year that was shortened by a wrist injury.
The San Diego Chargers pulled off a bit of a surprise by taking Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa with the third selection. The Chargers have needed a force on the defensive line since Jamal Williams left after the 2009 season.
Dallas also went with an Ohio State product at No. 4, taking running back Ezekiel Elliott. The 225-pound Elliott is the Buckeyes second all-time leading rusher with 3,961 yards, trailing only two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin.
Jacksonville sough secondary help with the fifth pick, getting Florida State cornerback Jalen Ramsey. He was an All-American and first-team All-ACC his last two years with the Seminoles.
Baltimore picked up Notre Dame offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley with the sixth choice, Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner went to San Francisco at No. 7, and Tennessee acquired the eighth pick from Cleveland to get Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin. Chicago moved up in the draft to snare Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd with the ninth pick, and the New York Giants selected cornerback Eli Apple of Ohio State with the 10th choice.
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