Bears trade up, take Trubisky No. 2

Browns take Myles Garrett No. 1

With defensive studs everywhere in this draft, NFL teams turned offensive — with an emphasis on quarterbacks.

Hardly stunning in a pass-happy league, except that no quarterbacks in this crop have been highly touted. Yet three went in the first dozen Thursday night in Philadelphia, with two whopping trades putting the Bears and Chiefs in position to grab QBs.

Chicago paid a whopping price to move up one spot to second overall for North Carolina’s Mitchell Trubisky. Kansas City gave up its first-rounder next year to go from 27th to 10th for Texas Tech’s Patrick Mahomes.

The Green Bay Packers, meanwhile, traded out of the first round, passing on defensive stars such as linebackers T.J. Watt, of Wisconsin, and linebacker Reuben Foster, of Alabama.

Green Bay, scheduled to pick 29th, instead worked a trade with the Cleveland Browns, exchanging the 29 pick for the Browns’ second- (No. 33) and fourth-round (No. 108) picks. Green Bay has three picks Friday — No. 33, No. 61, No. 93.

Altogether, eight of the first dozen picks were to aid offenses, including Clemson QB Deshaun Watson to Houston — which also traded up for a passer.

All of which overshadowed the predictable at the top of the draft: Roger Goodell got booed, then Myles Garrett was picked first by the Cleveland Browns.

“C’mon, Philly, C’mon,” Goodell said Thursday night amid the boos, not even wincing at the reception. Moments later, he was back onstage announcing the Texas A&M defensive end’s name. Garrett, a junior and All-American considered the best pass rusher in this crop, is the first Aggie selected No. 1 overall.

Garrett was not on hand, but promised Cleveland fans “great things are coming.”

Cleveland went 1-15 last season and has holes everywhere. It ranked 31st defensively and had only 26 sacks.

Then the Bears sent a third-round pick, a fourth and a 2018 third to San Francisco to switch that one slot and take Trubisky, who started only 13 games for North Carolina.

“It was crazy,” Trubisky said. “There was no call. I didn’t think I was going to be picked until the commissioner said my name.”

San Francisco was up next, and new general manager John Lynch already was looking good for bringing in such a haul to drop back to No. 3. The 49ers took DE Solomon Thomas from just down the road at Stanford.

For much of the round, it was an offensive draft.

“We had a lot of scenarios, but we did not have any scenarios like what’s happened here,” Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman said.

LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who some scouts compared to Adrian Peterson, went to Jacksonville; new Jaguars boss Tom Coughlin is enamored of powerful running backs.

“He’s special,” Coughlin said. “We need playmakers. We need people to put the ball in the end zone. We need to do something about balance. We need to do something about creating a better situation where the quarterback doesn’t have the entire game on his shoulders.”

Tennessee, needing an upgrade at wide receiver, selected Corey Davis of Western Michigan. Davis is the FBS career leader in receiving yards with 5,285 and was a key to the Broncos’ turnaround last season.

Two more skill position offensive players went seventh and eighth. Receiver Mike Williams, who came off a serious neck injury in 2015 to help Clemson to the national championship last season, was taken by the Chargers. Then Christian McCaffrey, son of former NFL wideout Ed McCaffrey, wound up with Carolina.

The Panthers, eager to get back to the form that won them the 2015 NFC title, got a versatile running back from Stanford who also can play receiver and return kicks.


NFL draft first-round selections

1. Cleveland, Myles Garrett, DE, Texas A&M.

2. Chicago (from San Francisco), Mitchell Trubisky, QB, North Carolina.

3. San Francisco (from Chicago), Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford.

4. Jacksonville, Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU.

5. Tennessee (from LA Rams), Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan.

6. New York Jets, Jamal Adams, DB, LSU.

7. Los Angeles Chargers, Mike Williams, WR, Clemson.

8. Carolina, Christian McCaffrey, RB, Stanford.

9. Cincinnati, John Ross, WR, Washington.

10. Kansas City (from Buffalo), Patrick Mahomes, QB, Texas Tech.

11. New Orleans, Marshon Lattimore, DB, Ohio State.

12. Houston (from Philadelphia through Cleveland), Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson.

13. Arizona, Haason Reddick, LB, Temple.

14. Philadelphia (from Minnesota), Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee.

15. Indianapolis, Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State.

16. Baltimore, Marlon Humphrey, DB, Alabama.

17. Washington, Jonathan Allen, DE, Alabama.

18. Tennessee, Adoree’ Jackson, DB, Southern Cal.

19. Tampa Bay, O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama.

20. Denver, Garett Bolles, OT, Utah.

21. Detroit, Jarrad Davis, LB, Florida.

22. Miami, Charles Harris, DE, Missouri.

23. New York Giants, Evan Engram, TE, Mississippi.

24. Oakland, Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State.

25. Cleveland (from Houston), Jabrill Peppers, LB, Michigan.

26. Atlanta (from Seattle), Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA.

27. Buffalo (from Kansas City), Tre’Davious White, DB, LSU.

28. Dallas, Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan.

29. Cleveland (from Green Bay), David Njoku, TE, Miami.

30. Pittsburgh, T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin.

31. San Francisco (from Atlanta through Seattle), Reuben Foster, LB, Alabama.

32. New Orleans (from New England), Ryan Ramczyk, OT, Wisconsin.