Months of speculation and rumors finally came to an end on Thursday night at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Thousands, if not millions, of mock drafts had been made and edited. Heights, weights, 40-yard dash times, and bench press reps were mulled over for days on end. Then finally it all came down to Browns being on the clock for pick No. 1.
Hours later, 32 players' lives had been changed forever and NFL fans everywhere had been through a rollercoaster of emotions. As you get ready for rounds two and three, here are reaction GIFs for the round one moments that made us laugh, cry, and jump for joy.
Experts and amateurs spent several months talking about this draft's QB class and who should fall where. After USC's Pro Day, it seemed like Sam Darnold would be a lock for No. 1. Then earlier this week, buzz about Baker Mayfield going No. 1 began to spread. Three of NFL.comss draft experts had Sam Darnold going first overall, but Daniel Jeremiah was the one who nailed the pick.
After his amazing performance at this year's combine, many experts including NFL.com's Mike Mayock anointed Saquon Barkley as the best player in the draft. That being said, some wondered if the Giants would stick with the belief that you should never take a running back in the first round, much less at No. 2. The Giants saw Barkley as too good to pass on and went with the 21-year-old RB rather than Sam Darnold.
UCLA's Josh Rosen was widely considered to be the most "NFL-ready" QB of the draft, but ended up being picked fourth out of the five QBs taken in the first round. The Cardinals sent a third- and fifth-round pick to the Raiders in order to move up from pick No. 15. The always-outspoken QB was not shy about how he felt slipping to pick No. 10.: "I want to play ball, and I want to compete for Super Bowls. The chip [on his shoulder] has only grown bigger," said Rosen.
There was no GIF that seemed appropriate nor one that could do this moment justice, so here's the footage itself. Nearly five months after suffering a spinal injury, Steelers LB Ryan Shazier walked out with his fiancee, Michelle Rodriguez, to announce Pittsburgh's first-round pick. The Steelers selected Virginia Tech S Terrell Edmunds.
The Ravens selecting Lamar Jackson capped off a thrilling and historic night. The last time five QBs were taken in the first round was 1999. Jackson was visibly relieved after a long night waiting to hear his name called. In his interview with Deion Sanders, Jackson said, "They're going to get a Super Bowl out of me -- believe that."