Browns take defensive end Garrett with first overall draft pick, Bears make shocking trade
Reuters - Defensive end Myles Garrett was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the first pick of the National Football League Draft in Philadelphia on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Garrett, who played college football for Texas A&M and is considered an elite edge rusher with rare explosiveness, joins a Browns team that went a league-worst 1-15 last season.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made the announcement after being showered with boos in his welcome words from the estimated 70,000 that packed the area stretching from the main stage in an open-air theater built on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Garrett, who has drawn comparisons to longtime NFL standout Julius Peppers, had 11.5 sacks as a freshman and the next season was a finalist for the Lombardi and Hendricks Awards as college football's top defender with 12.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. Despite a knee injury early in 2016, Garrett was still named a first-team All-American as a junior with 15 tackles for a loss and 8.5 sacks in 11 games.
The first big surprise of the night did not take long, as the Chicago Bears traded with the San Francisco 49ers to leapfrog them to the No. 2 pick and select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky from North Carolina.
"I didn't see it coming at all, it's been a mystery," Trubisky told NFL Network after the stunning selection. "I'm so happy to be a Chicago Bear."
Bears fans at the draft weren't quite as pleased.
Even Bears wide receiver Eddie Royal had a telling reaction on Twitter.
Trubisky made only 13 career starts at North Carolina, throwing 41 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his college career.
The 49ers then nabbed their man with the No. 3 pick, defensive end Solomon Thomas, who played his college career at nearby Stanford.
The Jacksonville Jaguars made a splash by selecting running back Leonard Fournette at No. 4. The talented back came into college at Louisiana State with a ton of hype, but never won the Heisman Trophy he guaranteed he would coming into his freshman year.
Rounding out the top five was wide receiver Corey Davis, who was plucked up by the Tennessee Titans. Davis helped the Western Michigan Broncos to a shocking undefeated regular season during his senior campaign, racking up 1,500 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns -- tied for the most in the nation.
Another team eager for a quarterback produced the next big shock. Kansas City Chiefs moved up 17 places in a deal with the Buffalo Bills to take Patrick Mahomes of Texas Tech with the 10th selection of the round.
AOL contributed to this report