Josh Doctson and A’Shawn Robinson sat in the green room longer than either wanted, but it proved worth the wait for one. The other left the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University disappointed.
Doctson, the Mansfield Legacy and TCU receiver, went to the Washington Redskins with the 22nd choice. Robinson, the former Fort Worth Arlington Heights and Alabama defensive lineman, was still on the board after the first round.
They had hoped to make history by giving Tarrant County two first-round picks in the same draft.
Doctson became the first first-round NFL Draft choice from Legacy. Robinson had expected to become the first Fort Worth ISD player selected in the first round since Heights-product Blake Brockermeyer in 1995.
Doctson celebrated with friends and family in the green room before sharing a hug with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He was the second player from the Lone Star State off the board, following Baylor receiver Corey Coleman.
Houston had been expected to draft Coleman, but the Browns moved from No. 2 to No. 8 to No. 15, where they took the Biletnikoff Award winner. Coleman will join former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III in Cleveland.
Only four Texans were selected in the first round Thursday.
The Bengals made University of Houston cornerback William Jackson III the 24th overall selection.
Texas A&M, with the second-longest active streak of first-rounders, kept it alive with the selection of Germain Ifedi at No. 31 to the Seahawks. It was the sixth consecutive year the Aggies have had a first-round choice and the fourth year in a row with a first-round offensive lineman.
Meanwhile, Robinson will have a long night. But he shouldn’t have a long wait Friday when the second round begins.
The first round was full of surprises after the Los Angeles Rams and the Philadelphia Eagles opened the 81st draft with expected selections of quarterbacks. The Rams, who moved up to the top spot in a trade with the Titans, selected Cal quarterback Jared Goff. The Eagles, who traded with the Browns for the No. 2 choice, selected North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz.
“Excited. Relieved. Ready to get to work. Ready to go,” Goff said.
The only other quarterback drafted in the first round was Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, who went to the Super Bowl champions. The Broncos moved up five spots in a trade with Seattle and ended up with their quarterback of the future after losing Peyton Manning to retirement and Brock Osweiler in free agency.
That was among the drama after Goff and Wentz.
No one seemed to know what the Chargers were going to do, and they pulled the first surprise with the selection of Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa at No. 3. Even Bosa didn’t expect the call.
“I was hearing Dallas wasn’t going to pan out, because I was hearing Jalen Ramsey or Zeke [Ezekiel Elliott],” Bosa said. “I was getting nervous. I was already looking past three. I was like, ‘All right, four and on, where am I going to end up?’ ”
Ohio State had five players drafted, including three in the top 10. Elliott followed Bosa, going to Dallas at No. 4, and the Giants drafted cornerback Eli Apple with the 10th choice. Offensive tackle Taylor Decker went 16th to Detroit and linebacker Darron Lee to the Jets at No. 20.
Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who, until the Rams’ trade with the Titans, had expected to go first overall, began a freefall after a troubling video emerged at the start of the night.
Tunsil said his Twitter account, which posted a video of him taking a bong hit while wearing a gas mask, was hacked.
The Dolphins finally stopped Tunsil’s slide, drafting him 13th overall.
“I made that mistake several years ago,” Tunsil said. “Somehow somebody got into my photos and hacked my Twitter account. It’s crazy.”
At least his fall wasn’t as steep as that of UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. Jack was originally projected as a top-five pick, but his knee, which could need microfracture surgery, had teams looking elsewhere in the first round.