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The NFL drafted 11 draft picks on Thursday, the second time in three weeks that it has done so.
The first pick was a safety from Western Kentucky.
It was a defensive end from Eastern Kentucky.
The second pick was cornerback from Georgia Tech.
The third pick was wide receiver from Mississippi State.
That was it.
The last pick was offensive tackle from South Carolina.
All told, there were three first-round picks in Thursday’s draft.
The next week, the first-overall pick, quarterback Mitchell Trubisky, went to the Philadelphia Eagles.
The draft order remained that of the previous two weeks.
The NFL has not announced the first picks.
That left the NFL to make its selections Thursday night, which means it was not an open competition.
This means that the first pick in Thursday night’s draft is a quarterback.
There are no other first- or second-round quarterbacks available.
There were two first- and second-rounder defensive tackles, and there were two offensive linemen, so it’s not a surprise that Trubiski went to Philadelphia.
The Redskins selected offensive tackle Jake Matthews from Georgia State.
He is a big, physical player who can also line up at guard or tackle.
He had been on the trading block with the Indianapolis Colts, who also had a first-rounder in the draft.
There was a third pick, cornerback Josh Jones, who is an intriguing prospect.
He can play in the slot.
But he’s not an explosive athlete.
He could be a good fit in a zone scheme, but I think he’d have to prove he can be a pro starter at some point.
Trubikis first-day pick is quarterback Mitchell Van Dyke from Georgia Southern.
He was a top-10 pick in the 2015 draft, and he was the No. 2 quarterback in the country in 2016.
Van Dykes first-year coach was a former quarterback at Texas A&M, and that gave Van Dykes a little bit of familiarity with quarterbacking.
The Eagles drafted defensive tackle Anthony Davis from Washington State.
Davis was a standout at the NFL Scouting Combine, where he ran a 4.63 40-yard dash, broke the 40 in the short shuttle and three-cone drill and the bench press.
He ran a very impressive 4.59 three-yard split and 4.61 20-yard shuttle.
Davis is a very good athlete who can play either guard or center.
He has an edge in his physicality, which is why he’s going to get a shot.
The other quarterback in Thursday, wide receiver John Ross, is from Southern Methodist.
Ross is a long, skinny wide receiver who has speed and power.
He did well at the combine.
He also ran a good 40-time, and I think the scouts are impressed with his size.
I think they think he can play a little different than the other quarterbacks that they’ve seen.
The Falcons selected defensive tackle Marlon Humphrey from Alabama.
He’s a big defensive end who can rush the passer and cover.
He might not have a lot of speed, but he’s a great athlete who does a good job of getting after the quarterback.
The Vikings selected defensive end Haason Reddick from Eastern Michigan.
Reddick had some impressive games at the Senior Bowl, but it was his pro day that really impressed scouts.
He looked like a player who could play in a 3-4 defensive end spot.
The Patriots selected linebacker Malik McDowell from Temple.
McDowell was a second-team All-Big East pick at defensive tackle.
McDowells speed is good, but his coverage is not.
He plays in space, but there is a lot to like about McDowell.
The Ravens selected offensive lineman Jordan Willis from Florida.
Willis has the athleticism and length to play a lot at the point of attack, but that can be difficult.
He played at defensive end in college, and the offensive line is not his forte.
Willis is a good athlete with good size.
He needs to show he can get after the QB, but if he can he could be an ideal fit in the NFL.
The Steelers selected defensive lineman DeForest Buckner from Oregon.
Buckner has a long build and was an All-Pac-12 performer at defensive back.
He made a lot for himself in his pro-day, running a 4-foot-11 40-inch vertical jump and a 4.-10 broad jump.
The Broncos selected cornerback Jalen Ramsey from Arizona State.
Ramsey has good size, and his athleticism makes him an excellent coverage corner.
He will be a big difference maker for a defense that has struggled this year, especially against the pass.
The Texans selected safety Deiondre Hall from Florida State.
Hall is an athletic safety with good speed.
He flashed at the Combine, and scouts love his athleticism.
He should be an instant starter in the middle of the defense.
The Browns selected cornerback Quenton Nelson from Florida Atlantic. Nelson has