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All the experts predicted offensive players would go early and often in the 2024 NFL Draft, but what actually happened stunned everyone.

There were few surprises at the top of the draft, as quarterbacks Caleb Williams, Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye went 1-2-3, but as the draft entered the bottom half of the top 10, where defensive players were expected to start going, the offensive players kept taking the stage.

The first real surprise came at No. 8, when the Atlanta Falcons, who had been widely expected to pick Alabama linebacker Dallas Turner, instead chose Washington quarterback Michael Penix Jr. Turner is considered an almost sure star. Penix is a talented player, yes, but has an injury history. The Falcons also signed veteran quarterback Kirk Cousins this offseason.

That pick more than anything drove home the fact this would be an historic draft, and analysts couldn’t hide their surprise as defensive players remained stuck in the green room as the draft rolled on.

Finally, with the No. 15 pick in the draft, the Indianapolis Colts selected Laiatu Latu, the explosive edge rusher out of UCLA.

Not surprisingly, the NFL world reacted to the “insane” emphasis on offensive players at the expense of defenders.

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