The photo above was the best -- and most genuine -- moment of the first round tonight. Nothing but happiness from, and for, Danny Shelton. For all he got through to be here.
Tonight is the first time Washington ever had three players taken in the first round of any NFL draft. That's saying something for a program that won a national title in 1991, had some NFL talent for decades -- and went 8-6 with those guys last season.
1. Tampa Bay: Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: Buccaneers do the expected, take the homestate guy from four hours up the road to -- finally -- be their desperately needed quarterback for more than a year. Crab legs on the house in Tampa!
2. Tennessee: Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: Eagles reportedly tried to trade everything but the Liberty Bell to get him. But Titans decide Jake Locker's replacement will be the Heisman Trophy winner -- and not Zach Mettenberger.
3. Jacksonville: Dante Fowler Jr., OLB, Florida: Former Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley takes the best edge pass rusher from nearby Gainesville.
4. Oakland: Amari Cooper, WR, Alabama: New coach Jack Del Rio gets coveted weapon to help make quarterback Derek Carr even better. How times have changed: college football's best wide receiver is from Bear Bryant's ol' Tide.
5. Washington: Brandon Scherff, OT, Iowa: The Redskins decide RGIII, Kirk Cousins, Billy Kilmer or whoever ends up their QB needs protected by the best tackle in the draft. This mauler goes higher than most thought he would.
6. New York Jets: Leonard Williams, DT, USC: Yes, the Jets did something right. The JETS! They might have been going offense, but they couldn't believe the force many saw as best player in the draft fell down to them..
7. Chicago: Kevin White, WR, West Virginia: The new Bears coaching staff get Jay Cutler game-breaking help outside. Heaven knows someone has to help Jay Cutler.
8. Atlanta: Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson: So much for that Bruce Irvin trade to the Falcons. New coach Dan Quinn, former Seahawks defensive coordinator, gets the edge rusher he needs to run the scheme he did in Seattle.
9. New York Giants: Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami: Another surprise this high. But when Scherff got drafted, Giants had to go to Plan B. They likely had a Plan C and D to protect Eli Manning, too.
10. St. Louis: Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: The Rams decide the way back into the NFC West race needs to be with power running -- and are convinced he is way past his reconstructive knee surgery.
11. Minnesota: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State: The Vikings were 11th in scoring defense and 20th in scoring offense -- but go for the guy rated with Marcus Peters as the best cover men in the draft.
12. Cleveland: Danny Shelton, DT, Washington: His bear hug and lift of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on stage at draft in Chicago was authentic, a real example of true happiness over coming so far from the death of his brother. The pride of UW and Auburn High School will endear himself immediately to Browns coaches, teammates and fans.
13. New Orleans: Andrus Peat, OT, Stanford: Enough is enough: If Drew Brees isn't going to have his favorite target Jimmy Graham anymore, he darn well better get some pass protection to throw to someone else. But Saints still have major issues on defense.
14. Miami: DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville: The Dolphins have a game-breaker they haven't had since maybe the Dan Marino era. Ryan Tannehill says thanks.
15. San Diego (after trade with San Francisco): Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: The Chargers are getting serious about giving Philip Rivers some help on offense so he doesn't have to win every game with his arm. Gordon is a joy to be around and watch play.
16. Houston: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest: A surprise pick to many who had him at the end of round one or beginning of round two -- or to those even in Houston who thought Texans had to have a wide receiver. Considered to be the purest cover man in college football last season.
17. San Francisco: Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon: New coach Jim Tomsula gets the athletic lineman he wanted to anchor his defense. The least-kept secret of the draft; this pick seemed almost pre-destined.
18. Kansas City: Marcus Peters, CB, Kansas City: Gets kicked clear out of the UW program by Chris Petersen's new staff last November -- then selected in the middle of the first round as if it never happened. Credit Peters' talent, him showing some public remorse -- and a darn effective pitch from old coach Steve Sarkisian.
19. Cleveland: Cameron Erving, G/C, Florida State: The Browns are re-building the right way, from within. Erving athletic and versatile.
20. Philadelphia: Nelson Agholor, WR, USC: Chip Kelly tried to trade everything with everyone to move up, but stays put and gets a meteoric prospect who was considered a third- or fourth-round guy at the end of last season.
21. Cincinnati: Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M: The power of modern medicine: He tore his ACL in the Liberty Bowl last December. Now he's a first-round pick for a team that needs more balance on offense.
22. Pittsburgh: Alvin "Bud" Dupree, OLB, Kentucky: The Steelers go defense because they have to. Everybody seems to be getting old and leaving at once. Dupree is going to attack on the pass rush the way Pittsburgh always does.
23. Denver (from Detroit): Shane Ray, OLB, Missouri: Traffic stop for weaving out of lane while in possession of marijuana three days before the draft was a huge lapse of judgement and cost him some first-round money, but Broncos didn't mind too much. He is, after all, now headed to Colorado.
24. Arizona: D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida: The Cardinals decide that protecting quarterback Carson Palmer and avoiding a repeat of their fourth-string quarterback starting into the playoffs is job one. Humphries shot up draft boards the last three months.
25. Carolina: Shaq Thompson, LB, Carolina: One of the most dynamic athletes around. Entered UW as a safety. Moved to linebacker. Played much of last season as a running back. Could return kicks. No wonder he wore a Superman shirt to his UW Pro Day. His year of minor-league baseball in the Red Sox system seems like eons ago.
26. Baltimore: Breshad Perriman, WR, Central Florida: Ran a 4.25 40-yard dash to wow scouts and soar up draft boards from a middle-round prospect. Red flag is a lot of dropped passes, but Joe Flacco will take his chances.
27. Dallas: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut: With Todd Gurley already taken, owner Jerry Jones decides his iffy defense needs an athletic leaper and runner.
28. Detroit: Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke: Engaging, both of defensive linemen and as a man. Has a fantastic fall-back plan: Medical school to be a neurosurgeon.
29. Indianapolis: Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami: Andrew Luck gets a burner to which to throw.
30. Green Bay: Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State: Considered the best cover safety in the draft. Could be the Packers' new nickel man.
31. New Orleans (from Seattle in Jimmy Graham trade): Stephone Anthony, LB, Clemson: A big, traditionally sized inside lineacker. But when it comes down to this spot, the Saints get him, the Seahawks get Jimmy Graham. Big, huge advantage to Seattle.
32. New England: Malcolm Brown, DT, Texas: The Patriots need an eventual replacement for Vince Wilfork in the middle of its defensive line. Consensus All-American, athletic, 6-4 and 320 pounds.