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First-round QBs face daunting proving ground ahead

Now that the Great QB Grab of 2018 is over, what’s ahead for the five first-round quarterbacks selected might be more daunting than getting selected on opening night of the draft.

As the New York Jets felt with Southern California’s Sam Darnold; the Buffalo Bills with Wyoming’s Josh Allen, for whom they traded up five spots with Tampa Bay to get; the Arizona Cardinals with Josh Rosen of UCLA, also by using a trade, with Oakland; and the Baltimore Ravens, who concluded Round 1 with — you guessed it — a deal with Philadelphia so they could grab 2016 Heisman recipient Lamar Jackson of Louisville.

Five QBs, the most since the 1999 draft and second to the epic 1983 first round that produced three Hall of Famer quarterbacks (John Elway, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino) of the six QBs selected.

On Thursday, as the five teams with new signal callers looked ahead, all they saw and spoke about was sunshine and success.

The Lions hold that pick this year and hope to do a little better than Cheap Authentic Hockey Jerseys they did last time when they selected tight end Cheap Chelsea Jerseys Brandon Pettigrew in 2009.

Here’s a look back at the last 10 players to be selected 20th overall and how their careers have played out.

Thoughts: Hurst has the skill set to be an exceptional pro, but I’m not sure he’s going to be a strong fit for Detroit’s new scheme. As an undersized, penetrating 3-tech, he’s best suited for an attacking front, similar to what the Lions have run in previous years. There will still be some situational elements of that in the new scheme, but his overall bulk could limit Hurst’s role in a multiple front.

Thoughts: Similarly faced with a projection that left Detroit without a viable defensive line option, Norris has the Lions trading down three spots with the Patriots, likely picking up extra draft assets in the process. Safety isn’t a pressing need, but Reid’s versatility would allow him to see the field in big nickel packages as a rookie while being groomed to replace either Tavon Wilson or Glover Quin in 2019.

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