NASHVILLE – A Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback at the top, two more QBs along the way — and a whole lot of guys who like nothing better than putting passers on the ground.
That was the look for the first round of the NFL draft Thursday night.
Arizona defied NFL custom and at least temporarily created a quarterback quandary by selecting Oklahoma's Kyler Murray to start proceedings in a wet and wild selection show.
As thousands of fans withstood rain that began just about when Commissioner Roger Goodell spoke Murray's name, the Cardinals spent a second straight high pick on a signal caller. Arizona moved up from 15th overall to 10th in 2018 to grab Josh Rosen.
NFL teams simply don't do that, but with a new coach in college-trained Kliff Kingsbury, the Cardinals made the bold move. At least until they likely move Rosen elsewhere in a trade.
"My job is to come in every day, work hard and get better each and every day, do what I can to make this team better," Murray said. "I've known Josh since high school, so me and him are cool. We got along really well, so I've always been fond of him. But us being teammates now, I can't control anything but going in there and working hard."
Murray was a first-round baseball pick by the Oakland Athletics. He becomes the 22nd Heisman Trophy winner to go first overall and is the second consecutive Sooners quarterback to pull it off: Baker Mayfield went to Cleveland in 2018.
On bypassing baseball, Murray has no qualms about the decision. "I love playing multiple sports. I grew up playing multiple sports," he said. "I just think there's no reason to limit yourself to one sport. I love to compete, so it wasn't a big deal for me."
With quarterbacks so in demand these days, the Giants might have reached a bit for Duke's Daniel Jones at the sixth spot, and the Redskins did just the opposite to get Dwayne Haskins. They stayed put at No. 15 and the Ohio State star fell to them.
Perhaps serendipitously, he held a bowling party about 30 miles away Thursday night.
"I'm just going to work on getting my head in that playbook," said Haskins, a one-year starter for the Buckeyes. "I'm going to do all I can to get physically and mentally ready for the upcoming season and just motivate my guys that's coming in with me in this rookie class."
After Murray, though, defense became the order of the night. Of the first 20 picks, 12 were for that side of the ball, all of them pass-rushing threats.
Ohio State edge rusher Nick Bosa went second to San Francisco as expected. The 49ers have used a first-round selection on four defensive linemen in the past five drafts.
Bosa is the highest Ohio State draft pick since offensive tackle Orlando Pace went No. 1 to St. Louis in 1997. He missed all but three games last season because of a core muscle injury.
The Jets used the No. 3 pick on Alabama defensive tackle Quinnen Williams. Not even a starter until 2018, he won the Outland Trophy last season and is Alabama's highest-drafted defensive player since linebacker Cornelius Bennett went No. 2 overall in 1987.
More defense with Clemson end Clelin Ferrell going to Oakland and LSU linebacker Devin White to Tampa Bay, both addressing huge needs.
The Giants, looking for Eli Manning's eventual successor, took Jones, the Senior Bowl MVP. Jones generally was not considered a first-round prospect when the college season ended. But he has been tutored at Duke by David Cutcliffe, who also coached Peyton and Eli Manning in college.
"I think it's a tremendous opportunity to learn for a young quarterback," Jones said of Eli Manning.