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The first round of the 2019 NFL draft is complete. Who won and who lost on opening night of the league's annual "Player Selection Meeting"? Read on for some knee-jerk reactions …


Nashville: More than 200,000 folks showed up – or roughly 10% of the metro area's population – for the festivities transformed into music city's downtown into a football party raged on despite a little rain. Maybe the NFL needs to take this town more seriously for an even bigger event earlier in the calendar …

Kyler Murray: The first man to be taken in the first round of both the NFL and Major League baseball drafts , he probably land with the perfect team and perfect coach with Air Raid devotee Kliff Kingsbury now in charge of the Cardinals.

Drama: Everyone knew Murray was going no. 1 overall … obviously … right? Kudos to the Cardinals for giving the second guesses max time to spin alternate narratives by taking their entire 15-minute allotment on the clock before making the pick official.

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John Schneider: It was only a few days ago that Seattle's general manager owned a league-low four picks. After shipping franchise-tagged De Frank Clark off to Kansas City and then working on the board Thursday night, the Seahawks now have nine selections – and we know they do some of their best work in the middle rounds. [19659006] Mike Mayock: Wasn't totally sold on the NFL-Network-turned-Raiders-GM's decision to take Clemson's Clelin Ferrell out of the chute at No. 4, but he's definitely a good player and good character guy. Landing RB Josh Jacobs and Johnathan Abram later in the evening field like potential home runs for Oakland.

Rashan Gary and Montez Sweat: Medical concerns really did these two talented pass rushers, even after both had sublime scouting combine performances . Neither garnered the top-10 status they might have deserved, but good to see their names called on opening night.

The Bosas: Like the Mannings, NFL royalty if it's ever existed, they now have two brothers (Nick and Joey) joining dad (John) as first-round picks

Kyle Long: Bravo to the Bear's lineman for the way he voiced his share of the Manning-Bosa club by shading his Hall of Fame father, Howie

Josh Allen: Drafted seventh overall in 2018. Drafted seventh overall in 2019. We know who's getting picked seventh in 2020, we just don't know which team is getting Josh Allen 3.0 .

Linemen: More than half the guys picked in Round 1 (19) live in the trenches. We thought this was a passing league! (Of course, hard to pass if your quarterback is not protected … which is, naturally, the point of prioritizing these passers and bodyguards).

Christian Wilkins (Clemson) celebrates with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after he was selected as the number thirteen overall pick to the Miami Dolphins in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft. (Photo: Christopher Hanewinckel, USA TODAY Sports)

Christian Wilkins: Many players over the years have wanted to come off the edge and sack Roger Goodell. You were obviously having fun, Christian, but fair to some of your new peers were living vicariously through you just a bit.

Oklahoma: First school to have quarterbacks (Baker Mayfield and Murray) go no. 1 overall in consecutive drafts. The Sooners Also Tied USC for the Most No. 1 picks (5) in draft history

Clemson: First school to place three defensive lines (Ferrell, Wilkins, Dexter Lawrence) in the first round of the same draft.

Big Ten: Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins became the first quarterback from the conference to go in Round 1 since Penn State's Kerry Collins in 1995.

ABC: They get into the draft coverage game, and Tay Tay crashes the party? Winners

Matt Ryan: Drafting two relatively unknown blockers (Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary) might not move the needle much in Atlanta, but it should help the 2016 MVP sleep (and play) better moving forward. [19659006] Marcus Mariota: Amusing to watch the low-key Titans quarterback ineffectually attempt to get the booing locals off Goodell's back as the draft kicked off.

Browns: They didn't make a pick, so how can they be winners you ask? Because they cashed in their 17th overall selection for Odell Beckham Jr. Worth it. Probably well worth it


Saints: They didn't make a pick, so how can they be losers you ask? Because they traded two round 1 selections, including this year's, in 2018 to get DE Marcus Davenport. Coach Sean Payton insists Davenport "is going to be a dominant player for us," but he didn't make an impact as a rookie and wasn't a factor in New Orleans' NFC Championship Game loss. And it won't be much better – the Saints are scheduled to select the second round but then go to Round 5.

Josh Rosen: Literally lost in the desert. Arizona's first-round pick in 2018 set some record of watching his successor, Murray, taken a year later. Daniel Jones and Haskins are looking for more than just like John Jones and Haskins. He might have filled at one point.

Marcus Mariota: Entering a contract year, he would have preferred to see the Titans pick a playmaker to help him rather than a D-lineman (Jeffery Simmons) who might have to redshirt in 2019 while rehabbing an ACL tear.

The Joker: Sorry, dude, apparently Murray raided your closet right under Batman's nose.

RG3: Way to make it about you …

Perimeter players: The emphasis on hog mollies didn't leave much limelight for the fast guys who catch the passes or break them up. Only two wideouts (Marquise "Hollywood" Brown and N'Keal Harry) and one corner (Deandre Baker) were picked Thursday, none among the first 24 selections.

N.: Brown and D.K. Metcalf, are winning on Instagram, but neither heard his phone ring with the desired call Thursday. Eight-pack abs only take you so apparently

Drew Lock: At one point, the rifle-armed Mizzou seemed quarterback like a first-round lock. Alas …

Pac-12: For the first time in the common draft era, which began in 1967, no players from the conference were selected in the top 20.

Texans: You got drilled and lost out on Washington State LT Andre Dillard to Philly. Now will Houston regret basically getting into Alabama State's Tytus Howard with the next selection?

Dave Gettleman: The Giants wound up with three picks in Round 1 and took Duke QB Jones, Lawrence and Baker. Sorry, dave, but the world is spinning off its axis when the new york market is hailing the jets at draft time and ripping big blue. (Of course, history has a way of changing opinions fully formed in seconds after picks are announced.) For the record, it does feel like the Giants stay it.

Tom Brady: You're probably excited about Harry's arrival. But you were scarfing down your avocado ice cream, three hungry defensive linemen (Jets 'Quinnen Williams, Bills' Ed Oliver and Miami's Wilkins) entered the AFC East zip code.

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