CHICAGO — Jared Goff is moving down the West Coast to Los Angeles. Carson Wentz and his big right arm are moving from North Dakota to Philadelphia.
The quarterbacks jumped over Laremy Tunsil after a pair of blockbuster trades, and the Mississippi offensive tackle dropped down the board after a video showing him smoking marijuana was posted to his Twitter account.
Goff went No. 1 overall to the Rams on Thursday night for their first pick since they moved to Los Angeles in the offseason, and Wentz was the No. 2 selection by the Eagles after a successful career at North Dakota State in the second tier of college football.
“I’m taking it as an honor and something I’m going to have to prove them right, that they made the right decision,” Goff said.
There was little doubt about the position of the top picks after Los Angeles and Philadelphia each made a big trade to get into the draft’s top two slots. It’s the second straight year two QBs were the first names off the board and the seventh time in the modern era of the draft since 1967.
Once one of the leading candidates for the No. 1 pick before the trades, Tunsil slipped to Miami at No. 13 after the video of the lineman apparently smoking marijuana out of a bong-gas mask contraption was passed around online.
“Somebody hacked my account, man,” Tunsil said. “You know I made that mistake several years ago. Somehow, somebody got in my photos and hacked my Twitter account and somebody hacked my Instagram account, so it’s crazy. I can’t control that, man. I can control what I control.”
Tunsil also admitted to taking money from coaches at Mississippi.
The Browns, who traded the No. 2 pick to the Eagles last week, moved down again in the first major deal of the night, swapping selections with Tennessee. Then Chicago acquired the No. 9 pick in a trade with Tampa Bay, prompting chants of “Let’s go Bears! Let’s go Bears!”
The Titans selected Michigan State offensive tackle Jack Conklin at No. 8 before the Bears grabbed Leonard Floyd, creating a bit of a lull in the proceedings with the Georgia linebacker not in attendance at the downtown Chicago theater.
On the board again at No. 15, Cleveland stayed in place and drafted Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman.
After the QBs got their hats and exchanged pleasantries with Commissioner Roger Goodell, it was an Ohio State parade to the podium. San Diego grabbed defensive end Joey Bosa at No. 3 with the first real wild card of the night, and Dallas selected running back Ezekiel Elliott with the fourth pick.
Cornerback Eli Apple went to the New York Giants at No. 10, putting three Buckeyes in the top 10 for the first time in school history. Offensive tackle Taylor Decker was drafted by Detroit with the 16th pick, and speedy linebacker Darron Lee ran the Ohio State total to five when he went to the New York Jets at No. 20.
The NFC champion Carolina Panthers selected defensive tackle Vernon Butler from Louisiana Tech with the 30th overall pick in the NFL draft.
Body: The 6-3, 316-pound Butler gives the Panthers another big interior defensive lineman or “hog molly,” as general manager Dave Gettleman likes to call them.
He had 50 tackles and three sacks last season as a senior and was named first-term All-Conference USA.
The Panthers came into the draft needing to fill openings at defensive end following the retirement of Jared Allen and cornerback after the departure of All-Pro Josh Norman, but Gettleman elected to add depth on the interior line.
The Panthers have Star Lotutelei and Kawann Short as their starting defensive tackles. Gettleman drafted them in the first and second round respectively in 2013.