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NFL Draft

UNDATED (AP) — Joe Burrow’s the one.

The Cincinnati Bengals have taken the LSU quarterback with the first selection in the NFL draft. It’s the third straight year in which the reigning Heisman Trophy winner was taken first overall in the draft.

Burrow just led the Tigers to the national championship in a record-setting season. He completed an outstanding 76.3% of his passes for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and just six interceptions.

Burrow played his last two seasons at LSU after transferring from Ohio State.

  • Ohio State produced the No. 2 and No. 3 pick as defensive end Chase Young was taken by the Redskins. The Lions grabbed the highest-rated cornerback in this year’s draft by taking Buckeye All-American Jeff Okudah with the third selection.

Other 1st round highlights:

  • Tampa Bay traded up one spot with San Francisco to number 13 in order to insure selecting Iowa All American offensive Tackle Tristan Wirfs.
  • The Green Bay Packers have found a potential successor to Aaron Rodgers. And they were willing to trade up in the first round and bypass more immediate needs to land him. Green Bay moved up four spots in the first round to take Utah State quarterback Jordan Love with the 26th overall pick in the NFL draft.  The move fortifies Green Bay’s quarterback depth and provides an heir apparent for Rodgers.
  • The Minnesota Vikings have taken LSU wide receiver Justin Jefferson with the 22nd overall pick in the NFL draft. They also traded down to select TCU cornerback Jeff Gladney with the 31st choice. The slot for Jefferson came from Buffalo in the trade that sent wide receiver Stefon Diggs to the Bills. Jefferson set a school record and led all FBS players with 111 receptions in 2019 for the national champions. The Vikings sent the 25th selection to San Francisco and moved down six spots for Gladney while gaining additional picks in the fourth and fifth round from the 49ers.
  •  The first night of the NFL draft figured to be an uneventful one for the Chicago Bears, with no first-round picks for the second year in a row. Business will likely pick up on Friday. The Bears have a pair of second-rounders at Nos. 43 and 50 overall and seven picks total. They are in need of playmakers and better pass-blocking protection.
  • Round two gets underway later today, still on the board are Iowa defensive end A.J. Epensea and Wisconsin running back Johnathan Taylor.
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