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Kyler Murray, QB

Pick: Round 1, 1 overall

Team: Arizona Cardinals

How he fits in: Murray was drafted into a bit of an awkward situation as the Cardinals drafted Josh Rosen No. 10 overall a year earlier. But by Saturday afternoon, Rosen had been traded to the Miami Dolphins and the awkwardness was gone. Murray is tailor-made for Kliff Kingsbury’s offense and should be the starter from Day One, as the only other quarterbacks on Arizona’s roster are Brett Hundley and Charles Kanoff. Hundley started nine games for the Green Bay Packers in 2017 after Aaron Rodgers’ injury. Kanoff was an undrafted free agent who is on a reserve/future contract.

Marquise Brown, WR

Pick: Round 1, 25 overall

Team: Baltimore Ravens

How he fits in: The Ravens picked Brown for his ability to stretch out defenses, giving Lamar Jackson a speedy, deep threat who can also turn short completions into long plays. Offensive coordinator Greg Roman has made running the football a priority and said Brown’s game-breaking ability would force defenses into some difficult decisions that would either leave Brown in favorable coverages or open things up for the run game.

Cody Ford, OT

Pick: Round 2, 38 overall

Team: Buffalo Bills

How he fits in: The Bills tried to trade up into the first round to get Ford but didn’t quite pull the trigger and Ford was still there at 38 for them to trade up two spots to grab. In his post-draft press conference, Ford said he’d start off at right tackle. He’ll have plenty of competition there, as the Bills have signed six free-agent offensive linemen and have 14 linemen total on their roster. LaAdrian Waddle, who started seven games for the Patriots over the past two years, figures to be Ford’s primary competition.

Bobby Evans, OT

Pick: Round 3, 97 overall

Team: Los Angeles Rams

How he fits in: Evans’ pick could signify that last year’s third-round pick, Joseph Noteboom of TCU, could be moving inside. That would leave Evans as the backup and potential successor to Andrew Whitworth at left tackle. Whitworth is 37 and though he remains effective after 195 career starts, his career is nearing its end. The left side would be Evans’ best bet, with Rob Havenstein locked in at right tackle for the foreseeable future.

Dru Samia, OG

Pick: Round 4, 114 overall

Team: Minnesota Vikings

How he fits in: The Vikings went into the draft wanting to bolster their offense line and did it, taking North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury in the first round and Samia in the fourth. They added an offensive tackle in the sixth. Bradbury figures to start at center, pushing Pat Elflein to left guard. Josh Kline is expected to start at right guard after spending the last three seasons with the Tennessee Titans and the three before that in New England. But Samia could push either — especially Kline — to start quickly.

Ben Powers, OG

Pick: Round 4, 123 overall

Team: Baltimore Ravens

How he fits in: Powers figures to be a backup to start, with Alex Lewis expected to start at left guard and Marshal Yanda on the right side. Both Lewis and Yanda have missed time lately so it wouldn’t be a surprise for Powers to get a chance to start quickly in Baltimore, where he could play alongside former teammate and close friend Orlando Brown. Brown started 10 games at right tackle as a rookie last season.

Austin Seibert, PK

Pick: Round 5, 170 overall

Team: Cleveland Browns

How he fits in: Kickers are rarely taken in the NFL Draft. Seibert was one of only two in this year’s seven-round field. two were picked in 2017 and three in 2016. Seibert will be given the chance to start immediately in Cleveland, after Zane Gonzalez’s struggles last season and Greg Joseph’s so-so performance fro deep. Gonzalez is off to Arizona while Joseph will be Seibert’s primary competition after making 17 of 20 field goals last season (6 of 9 from 40 yards and out).

Rodney Anderson, RB

Pick: Round 6, 211 overall

Team: Cincinnati Bengals

How he fits in: If Anderson was healthy, he undoubtedly would’ve been picked much higher in the draft, but injuries limited Anderson to one healthy season in Norman. It was an incredible season in 2017, with 1,161 yards and 13 touchdowns—plus 281 yards and five more touchdowns receiving. But a torn ACL cut short Anderson’s junior season and the broken neck and broken leg Anderson suffered in his first two seasons with the Sooners earned him a reputation as being injury prone even if the injuries were unrelated. The Bengals took two running backs in the sixth round — Texas A&M’s Trayveon Williams was the other. Last year’s fourth-round pick, Mark Walton, was released in the offseason. Joe Mixon, another former Sooner, is expected to be the Bengals’ No. 1 running back this season. Giovani Bernard ran for a career-low 211 yards last season and there could be room behind Mixon for Anderson or Williams to find carries.

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Justice Hill, RB

Pick: Round 4, 113 overall

Team: Baltimore Ravens

How he fits in: Hill has a chance for immediate opportunities in the Ravens backfield. Gus Edwards returns after rushing for 718 yards on 137 carries, and Baltimore signed veteran Mark Ingram. Both thrive on power running styles, while Hill is at his best using his speed and elusiveness in space. He could be the ideal big-play back to offset Edwards and Ingram, plus complement dual-threat quarterback Lamar Jackson. Baltimore went into the draft looking to add speed on offense, and Hill fits the mold.

Jordan Brailford, DE/LB

Pick: Round 7, 253 overall

Team: Washington Redskins

How he fits in: Brailford landed with a defense that runs a 3-4, meaning he’ll slide into an outside linebacker role that he played on occasion with the Cowboys last season. Washington is young in that spot, but also drafted Mississippi State edge rusher Montez Sweat, who is an intriguing player at 6-foot-6 and 260 pounds with a 4.41-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Brailford will have to compete for playing time, but could find a role, while also adding some responsibilities on special teams units.

Ryan Aber and Scott Wright, Staff writers

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<strong>Oklahoma's Marquise Brown (5) celebrates with Kyler Murray during the Sooners game against Kansas State last season. Both Brown and Murray were first-round picks in the NFL Draft. [BRYAN TERRY/THE OKLAHOMAN]</strong>

Oklahoma's Marquise Brown (5) celebrates with Kyler Murray during the Sooners game against Kansas State last season. Both Brown and Murray were first-round picks in the NFL Draft. [BRYAN TERRY/THE OKLAHOMAN]

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Ryan Aber

Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The... Read more ›

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