SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for Day 1 of the NFL Draft. I will update his with information and analysis from Levi’s Stadium.
5:11 The Browns are on the clock. They have to take a quarterback, and none are really worth the first pick. What a bad spot to be in. Good thing the 49ers have their quarterback already.
5:17 The Browns draft quarterback Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma. I respect the Browns front office — John Dorsey, Eliot Wolf and Scot McCloughan — but they got this wrong. They convinced themselves Mayfield is the next Brett Favre, but Mayfield doesn’t Favre’s frame or arm. Terrible pick.
5:21 The Giants draft running back running Saquon Barkley from Penn State with pick No. 2. This is a good pick. Barkley is the best player in the draft. The Giants might be tough next season and the 49ers will play them Week 10. Could be a tough game.
5:27 The Jets draft quarterback Sam Darnold from USC. He is the highest-graded quarterback in the draft, but he may not have the most potential. He doesn’t have any elite physical traits. And he committed almost two turnovers per game in college. Will be interesting to see how he handles the New York media’s scrutiny when he starts committing turnovers in the NFL.
5:36 The Browns take cornerback Denzel Ward from Ohio State with the fourth pick. I love this selection. Cornerbacks are the most important position in football after quarterbacks. When was the last time a corner was the first defensive player drafted? This pick could signal a shift in NFL ideology.
5:42 The Broncos take defensive end Bradley Chubb with the fifth pick. This is another smart pick. The Broncos will be tougher than most expect next season, and the 49ers will play them Week 14.
5:43 Only two quarterbacks got taken in the first five picks. That’s bad for the 49ers.
5:46 The Colts take guard Quenton Nelson. Still no run on quarterbacks.
5:49 The Bills trade up with the Buccaneers for the seventh pick. I predict the Bills will take quarterback Josh Allen from Wyoming.
5:51 The Bucs received the 12th pick and two second rounders from the Bills.
5:53 The Bills take Allen. Perfect fit for him — he goes to a playoff team, and he can sit for a season behind starter A.J. McCarron. Allen has a good chance to be the best quarterback from this draft.
5:55 Derwin James or Minkah Fitzpatrick will be available when the 49ers are on the clock. Either guy would be fantastic. I would take James.
5:59 The Bears to linebacker Roquan Smith from Georgia. The 49ers have their choice of two great defensive prospects.
6:04 The 49ers draft offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey from Notre Dame. I will grade this pick shortly. Stay tuned.
6:13 The Cardinals trade up with Raiders for the 10th pick, and take quarterback Josh Rosen from UCLA. I wonder if he will start right away over Sam Bradford. Those two are similar quarterbacks.
6:27 The Dolphins take defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick with the 11th pick. The 49ers will regret not taking him.
6:27 The Buccaneers take defensive tackle Vita Vea with the 12th pick. I heard the Bucs loved him, but I thought they preferred James. Never expected he would fall this far.
6:31 The Redskins take defensive tackle Da’Ron Payne with the 13th pick. Another player who is solid but not flashy. A reach.
6:40 The Saints traded this year’s first-round pick and next year’s first rounder to the Packers for the 14th pick, and took defensive end Marcus Davenport from UTSA. That’s a lot to give up. The Saints still can’t stop the run. That being said, Davenport can play. He’s clearly no worse than the second-best pass rusher in this draft.
6:47 The Raiders take offensive tackle Kolton Miller, who is better than McGlinchey. Miller is a legitimate left tackle. McGlinchey is a mere right tackle.
6:51 The Bills trade up with the Ravens for the 16th pick and take linebacker Tremaine Edmunds, a top-seven talent in this draft. Nice value.
6:57 The Chargers take safety Derwin James with the 17th pick. This is the best pick of the draft so far. He’s a top-five talent. The 49ers’ Week 4 game against the Chargers just got more difficult.
7:07 The Seahawks trade up with the Seahawks for the 18th pick and take cornerback Jaire Alexander. Reach. Not a future pro bowler.
7:12 The Cowboys take linebacker Leighton Vander Esch with the 19th pick. Another reach. He has neck issues. I thought he would go in the second round, but I was wrong.
7:14 The Raiders trade a third-round pick to the Steelers for wide receiver Martavis Bryant. I like the trade in theory, but you just know Jon Gruden will make Bryant run a bunch of five-yard curls and shallow crosses.
7:20 The Lions take center Frank Ragnow from Arkansas with the 20th pick. Strange. James Daniels is a much better center than Ragnow.