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First Round Notebook: Treadwell 7th WR Drafted by Vikings

There were passers at the top, three Buckeyes in the top 10, a few surprises and a receiver for the Vikings at the 23rd overall spot in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

Minnesota tabbed Laquon Treadwell with its first-round selection, adding a 6-foot-2, 221-pounder who set school records at Mississippi with 202 catches (seventh-most in SEC history). Treadwell totaled 2,393 yards and 21 touchdowns in 35 games for the Rebels.

The Illinois native posted 82 catches for 1,153 yards and 11 touchdowns in 13 games in 2015, his junior season and opted to enter the draft with a year of college eligibility remaining.

Treadwell combined with Will Fuller (Texans, 21st) and Josh Doctson (Redskins, 22nd) to mark the first time in the common draft that three receivers have been taken in consecutive first-round picks.

Treadwell also is:

The first player from Mississippi to be drafted in the first round by the Vikings.

The third SEC player drafted by the Vikings in the past four first rounds (Danielle Hunter, Florida and Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee in 2013).

The seventh receiver drafted in the first round by the Vikings (Jack Snow, 1965; Gene Washington, 1967; Randy Moss, 1998; Troy Williamson, 2005; Percy Harvin, 2009 and Patterson).

Here are a few other notes from Thursday night:

QB1, QB2: As many experts predicted, Los Angeles used the first overall pick to draft quarterback Jared Goff out of California. Philadelphia followed by selecting North Dakota State's Carson Wentz.

It was the seventh time since 1967 for two quarterbacks to be selected with the first two picks and second time in as many years.

The Rams obtained the first pick in a trade with the Titans, and the Eagles vaulted up the board in a swap with the Browns. Those deals were made well in advance of the draft's opening night, allowing plenty of reporting to surface around what the Rams might do, and how the Eagles would follow.

The trades marked the fourth time since 1967 that the top two overall picks were involved in trades (1997, 1975 and 1967) but the first in which the third pick wasn't also traded. The Vikings selected Clint Jones with the second overall pick in 1967.

Minnesota could see Goff in the preseason finale at U.S. Bank Stadium, and Wentz is poised to compete with 2010 top overall pick Sam Bradford in Philadelphia, which is scheduled to host the Vikings on Oct. 23.

Wentz, who grew up a Vikings fan, is the highest-drafted player from a non-FBS (formerly Division I-A) school and fifth first rounder since 1979.

RUN ON BUCKEYES: Some were surprised that San Diego didn't look to add a pass protector for Philip Rivers and instead opted to go for pass rusher Joey Bosa at the third overall spot. Bosa's selection started a run on Buckeyes during which RB Ezekiel Elliott was selected by Dallas a pick later and CB Eli Apple was taken 10th overall by the New York Giants, giving the team a second Eli and the city a second Apple.

Another Buckeye came off the board at 16 overall when Detroit selected tackle Taylor Decker, making Ohio State the first school to have four players selected in the top 16 since Florida State in 1997.

The New York Jets followed four picks later with another Buckeye, tabbing linebacker Darron Lee at 20th overall. The only other school to place five players in the top 20 of a draft was Miami in 2000.

ON A ROLL: Alabama center Ryan Kelly was taken 18th overall by Indianapolis and gave the Crimson Tide eight straight drafts with at least one player selected in the first round. Miami has the record with 14 straight (1995-2008), and Florida is second with nine drafts in a row (1983-91). 

NUMBERS GAMES: Of the 31 selections made, 21 were underclassmen.

Seven of the picks are defensive backs (five corners, two safeties), seven are defensive linemen and two are linebackers. Tackle (five players) was the most common choice on offense.

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