11:45 p.m.: Thanks for following along, everyone. Day 2 starts at 7 p.m. Friday. Armando, Adam and Barry will handle Dolphins coverage on Friday. Jordan and Susan Miller Degnan will tackle the day from the college side of things.
11:35 p.m.: Lamar Jackson closes out the first round. The Baltimore Ravens traded up to take the Louisville quarterback at No. 32.
In 38 career games, Jackson completed 57 percent of his pass attempts for 9,043 yards and 69 touchdowns, compared to just 27 interceptions. He also rushed for 4,132 yards and 50 touchdowns. He won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore in 2016 after throwing for 3,543 and 30 touchdowns and rushing for an additional 1,571 yards with another 21 touchdowns.
Jackson is just the second player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to throw for 9,000 yards and rush for another 4,000, and the only one to do so in just three years.
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11:27 p.m.: Sony Michel will be a first-round pick after all. The New England Patriots selected him 31st overall.
Michel, a former standout at American Heritage Plantation, had a solid career at the University of Georgia.
Michel, a five-star prospect out of high school, rushed for 3,928 yards — the third-most in UGA history — and 33 touchdowns. He did this despite playing in a crowded backfield each year that at one point included the trio of Todd Gurley, Nick Chubb and Michel together at the same time. He set career highs as a senior in rushing yards (1,227), yards per carry (7.87) and rushing touchdowns (16).
He had 11 100-yard rushing games during his college career. Nine of which have come against Power 5 opponents. Six came in SEC play.
He will join fellow South Florida native James White (a St. Thomas Aquinas alum) in New England's backfield.
11:24 p.m.: The Minnesota Vikings selected UCF's Mike Hughes with the 30th overall pick.
Hughes is UCF’s fourth-ever first-round draft pick, joining the likes of Dante Culpepper (11th overall in 1999), Blake Bortles (third overall in 2014) and Breshad Perriman (26th overall in 2015).
Hughes had a wild ride through his college football career. He began at North Carolina and played 11 games as a reserve in 2015 before being suspended for violating team rules. Hughes then played a season at community college before transferring to UCF and making his name.
In that lone season at UCF, he led the Knights with 11 pass breakups and also recorded four interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Hughes also recorded 44 tackles.
The one complaint about Hughes: His sample size leaves something to be desired. The 2017 season was Hughes’ first and only as a starter at the Division I level. And while he had an impressive showing, how quickly he develops into an NFL player remains to be seen.
Updated 11:18 p.m.: The first Florida Gators player is finally off the board.
The TEAM selected defensive tackle Taven Bryan with the 29th overall pick Thursday, making him the ninth first-round selection to come out of Gainesville since 2013.
Bryan, nicknamed the "Wyoming Wildman" while in Gainesville, had his coming out season in 2017. He finished tied for second on the Gators' roster with 4 sacks along with 40 tackles (6 TFLs) despite being double teamed most of the time.
Now, Bryan isn’t without his caveats. He's raw. There's no doubt about that. Last season was his first time as a regular contributor, and that’s at the college level. However, his brute strength is undeniable. Bryan has even drawn comparisons to NFL stalwart JJ Watt. He's pretty agile for his size, too.
When the effort’s there, Bryan can be unstoppable. the Jaguars hope that’s the Taven Bryan they will be working with.
Updated 10:58 p.m.: It seemed like it wasn't going to happen, but Coconut Creek's Calvin Ridley will be a first-round pick. The Atlanta Falcons selected the Alabama wide receiver 26th overall. Ridley will now join forces with Julio Jones, a fellow first-round pick receiver who played his college career with the Crimson Tide.
Ridley finished his three-year college career second in Crimson Tide history in receptions (224), second in receiving touchdowns (19) and third in receiving yards (2,781). He recorded a catch in all 44 games of his career. His production rivaled former Alabama greats Jones and Amari Cooper (also a South Florida native), both of whom were first-round selections in the NFL Draft.
Updated 9:55 p.m.: FSU's Derwin James goes at 17 to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Updated 9:17 p.m.: The Miami Dolphins select Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick.
Updated 9:13 p.m.: Yup. The Cardinals take Rosen. The top four QBs all went in the top 10.
And now, the Miami Dolphins are officially on the clock. Their likely options: Derwin James, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Tremaine Edmunds ... or trade down?
Updated 9:09 p.m.: ANOTHER TRADE! The Cardinals move up to No. 10. ... Josh Rosen time?
Updated 9:05 p.m.: The San Francisco 49ers selected Notre Dame offensive lineman Mike McGlinchey at nine. The Dolphins like this. Very much.
Updated 8:58 p.m.: Georgia's Roquan Smith goes No. 8 to the Chicago Bears. That's one of Mimai's top targets off the board.
Updated 8:53 p.m.: Yup. It's a quarterback. Josh Allen's "slide" stops at No. 7. Josh Rosen and Lamar Jackson still on the board among the top quarterbacks.
This draft is going extremely favorably for the Dolphins right now. If all plays out well from here, Miami could very well have the opportunity to choose from Josh Rosen, Roquan Smith, Tremaine Edmunds or Minkah Fitzpatrick at 11. You can't ask for much more than that.
Updated 8:51 p.m.: WE HAVE A TRADE! The Bucs have traded the seventh overall pick to the Bills. Quarterback time?
The terms of the trade: Buffalo gets the 7th and 255th overall picks from Tampa Bay. The Bucs get the 12th, 53rd and 56th overall picks in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Updated 8:46 p.m.: The Colts wasted no time on the clock. They're taking offensive lineman Quenton Nelson from Notre Dame.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the clock now. Could this be where our first Florida player (FSU's Derwin James) gets drafted?
Also, barring a trade up, it's possible that two of the top quarterbacks will still be on the board after the top-10 picks have been announced. That was an almost unheard of thought heading into the night.
Updated 8:41 p.m.: The Browns didn't take Bradley Chubb — arguably the top defender in the draft class — so the Denver Broncos took advantage. Chubb, Welcome to the Broncos.
Solid move by the Broncos, who nabbed the first-team All-American and winner of the Bronko Nagurski award (best college defensive player) last year. He recorded an insane 23 tackles for loss with 10 sacks and forced three fumbles. He should be a force in the NFL — and he's joining forces with Von Miller.
Updated 8:35 p.m.: Our first shocker of the night: With the fourth overall pick (and their second pick of the night), the Cleveland Browns selected Ohio State cornerback Denzel Ward.
Big surprise here, but in the same vein, the Browns are getting a solid player. Ward was named first-team All-American and All-Big Ten after a 2017 season in which he finished with 37 tackles, two for loss, two interceptions, and 15 pass breakups.
Updated 8:26 p.m.: At the start of the draft process, it seemed almost like a lock that Southern Cal's Sam Darnold would be the first quarterback taken in the draft.
Mayfield took that honor, but Darnold didn't go too far afterward. The Jets selected the former Trojan third overall. That's two quarterbacks down. The two Joshes — Rosen and Allen — still remain, as does Lamar Jackson.
Also, Miami Dolphins fans: You'll be seeing Darnold twice a year.
Updated 8:21 p.m.: The New York Giants have selected running back Saquon Barkley at No. 2. This should have been expected. Barkley, the Penn State running back phenom, is arguably the best overall prospect in this draft class. He should have an immediate impact for the Giants.
Updated 8:16 p.m.: Baker Mayfield: Heisman Trophy winner. Cocky, confident quarterback. And now, No. 1 draft pick.
The Cleveland Browns have used the top pick in the 2018 draft on Mayfield, the signal caller who walked on at Oklahoma and started for three years with ease.
ESPN reported that Browns general manager John Dorsey has had his mind set on his first pick for months now, but Mayfield was rarely seen on the board at No. 1 by any of the draftniks. At the onset, it seemed to be a battle among Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen and Josh Allen.
Also for you Dolphins fans, Mayfield-to-Jarvis Landry will be a thing. So there's that.
Now, let's see how long the rest of the quarterbacks last.
Updated 8:05 p.m.: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has taken the stage. Fans are booing. For a moment, all is normal. It won't stay like that for long. Welcome to the 2018 NFL Draft.
Updated 7:45 p.m.: The draft held a moment of silence to honor the late former First Lady Barbara Bush and Dallas police officer Rogelio Santander, the latter of whom was killed in the line of duty on Wednesday.
Updated 7:40 p.m.: The 22 athletes who are at the draft in Arlington, Texas, have been introduced to the crowd at AT&T Stadium. UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson received the loudest applause of the group. Most of the group should be drafted before the first round comes to an end tonight.
Updated 5:30 p.m.: We're about two-and-a-half hours away from the start of the show, and outside of the Josh Allen news, things have been relatively quiet.
One new (minor) revelation: NFL.com released the songs that the 22 prospects attending the draft will have playing as they walk to the stage to shake hands with commissioner Roger Goodell.
The main takeaway: Drake is still a fan favorite.
Five players chose songs by the rapper: Louisville cornerback Jaire Alexander ("How Bout Now"), UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin ("Do Not Disturb") UCLA offensive lineman Kolton Miller ("Glow) and LSU running back Derrius Guice and Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith (both "God's Plan").
Original post: Thursday night can not come soon enough.
At 8 p.m., the Cleveland Browns will officially be on the clock and the craziness that will be the three-day 2018 NFL Draft will be underway.
We'll have all the live updates heading into the draft and throughout the night, with a focus on how it pertains to the Miami Dolphins and the college prospects from the state. But first, a few pieces of news to address from the morning.
▪ While the draft is still eight hours away, news concerning the potential No. 1 overall pick is taking the NFL world by storm.
Yahoo late Wednesday night published tweets with racial tendencies and offensive language from Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen dated from 2011 to 2013 — when the quarterback was still in high school. Allen apologized for the tweets from his past to ESPN's Stephen A. Smith, saying he was "young and dumb" at the time.
Nevertheless, Allen could see his draft stock take a hit just hours before the draft because of this. Will it be enough to force him out of the first round? Probably not. However, where he lands now will be an interesting development to follow.
▪ Meanwhile, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Baker Mayfield is in contention to be taken No. 1 overall by the Browns. Mayfield is expected to be a top-10 pick regardless — along with Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold and Allen (pending how teams react to the tweets) — and on Wednesday night paid homage to NFL great Brett Favre.
▪ On the Miami Dolphins front, there is a possibility of them trading back from their spot at No. 11. At the very least, it's far more possible and realistic for them to trade down than to trade up. If that happens, there's a chance for Miami to use the extra pick (or picks) obtained on that front to trade back into the first round to address two needs on the first night.
▪ On the college side of it, expect as many as three from Florida colleges to be taken int he first round. Florida State safety Derwin James is the closest thing to a lock among the group. Florida defensive tackle Taven Bryan will be considered in the second half of the round. UCF's Mike Hughes could also be in the mix. Three other local products — Pompano Beach's Lamar Jackson, Coconut Creek's Calvin Ridkley and Fort Lauderdale's Sony Michel — are also first-round possibilities.