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Trades and players sliding dominate round one of the 2016 NFL Draft

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The 2016 NFL Draft exceeded dramatic expectation as top prospects plummeted and no less than five trades were executed on an action packed night in Chicago.

Jared Goff was the number one overall pick by the LA Rams and fellow quarterback Carson Wentz went number two to the Eagles,making it the second year in a row that quarterbacks have been selected with the first two picks. 

The drama began unfolding even before the Rams had been put on the clock, though, as many people's number one overall prospect in the draft, Laremy Tunsil, shockingly became the headline story for all the wrong reasons.


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The former Ole Miss tackle reportedly had his twitter account hacked and a video was posted of him smoking marijuana through some type of gas mask. 

This immediately prompted some teams to completely remove him from their draft boards despite claims the video was more than five years old, and the fact that Tunsil did not fail a single drug test during his time in college. 

The situation was inevitably made worse by the fact that Tunsil had no time to respond to the issue at hand and cameras constantly panned to his worrisome face in the green room as he waited nervously for his name to be called. 

Suddenly the number one tackle in the draft had slid out of the top ten and when he was finally picked by the Miami Dolphins at number 13 he was the third offensive lineman off the board, with Ronnie Stanley and Jack Conklin going before him at numbers six and eight respectively. 

Tunsil was by no means the only highly regarded prospect to slide down the draft board though as UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, who is regarded by some as the best positional player in this draft class, slid out of the first round completely.

Jack's slide is down to serious health concerns regarding a knee injury that may eventually force him to retire prematurely but he himself maintains that he is ready to play. 

Jaylon Smith, another well-touted linebacker, also slid out of the first round for similarly serious concerns surrounding a knee injury that will almost certainly keep him out of the 2016 season and it is unknown whether he will ever fully recover.

Along with these three men, four other top 20 prospects fell out of round one whilst others, such as Clemson DE Shaq Lawson, fell much deeper into the first round than initially expected. 

Lawson was a potential top 10 pick but dropped to the Bills at number 19 due to concerns over a shoulder injury, something that clearly didn't worry Buffalo and head coach Rex Ryan was visibly ecstatic about the selection in their war room.

Fellow Clemson DE Kevin Dodd and Alabama defensive trio Jarran Reed, Ashawn Robinson and Reggie Ragland, who were all expected to go in the first round, also experienced dramatic draft day slides all the way out of round one. 

The presumptive number one receiver in the draft, Laquaon Treadwell, experienced a minor slide of his own as he was only the fourth receiver to go off the board but was still chosen in round one by the Vikings at number 23 overall. 

The other major storyline of the night came in the form of five draft day trades including moves which saw the Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans change positions for the second time this year. The Titans and Browns swapped places in the first round in exchange for draft picks as Tennessee traded up to select Jack Conklin at number eight whilst the Browns took Baylor wideout Corey Coleman fifteenth overall. 

The Chicago Bears then traded with the Buccaneers to go up two spots and selected Georgia pass rusher Leonard Floyd, a trade that benefited both sides as Tampa Bay still got the man they were after all along in cornerback Vernon Hargreaves at number 11. 

The Texans traded with and leapfrogged the Redskins at number 21 as the two teams selected consecutive wide receivers with Houston going up to get Notre Dame speedster Will Fuller in exchange for a fourth rounder. 

The Broncos and Seahawks shortly after engaged in the most eye-catching trade of the evening as Denver traded up in round one for the second year on the bounce to go from number 31 to 26.

The Seahawks got the Broncos' third round pick and the number 31 overall pick whilst Denver selected Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, a move which bolsters their depleted quarterback ranks. 

Lynch is one of the most intriguing prospects in the draft with a cannon of an arm and ample athletic ability and could turn out to be an excellent pick by John Elway and the Broncos. 

The trading still wasn't done there, though. The Chiefs dealt with the 49ers who traded back into the first round at number 28 and chose Stanford guard Joshua Garnett, a move which has drawn some criticism as Garnett would probably still have been available to them in round two. 

The final few picks came in event free with Germain Ifeidi being the final selection of round one by the Seahawks, capping off a simply gripping night in Chicago.

A night of drama and headlines for both good and bad reasons, the opening round of the 2016 NFL Draft certainly did not disappoint and on top of players sliding and trades igniting the draft board, there were still more headlines to go around.

The Ohio State Buckeyes had no less than five players selected in the first round, the second highest number of players taken from a single school in history, only behind the 2004 Miami Hurricane draft class. All five players (Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Eli Apple, Taylor Decker and Darron Lee) were selected in the top 20 and Bosa, Elliott and Apple all went in the top ten. 

Fans turned out in their masses to draft town and Chicago delivered a blockbuster first night. With all the controversy and surprise selections, the Draft surpassed all theatrical expectation and the ensuing rounds will only bring further intrigue and excitement. 

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