2013 NFL Draft: Day 1 Pick-By-Pick Recap
After months of mocks, the draft you felt on Thursday night was the real thing,
Football.com spent the opening round providing a running commentary, tapping the insights of our NFL writers and draft specialsts. Be sure to review the in-the-moment reactions from Selection Central as the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft came off the board.
32. Ravens: Matt Elam, S, Florida
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: The question all along was whether the Ravens would try to fill the shoes of their departed Hall of Fame middle linebacker (Ray Lewis), Hall of Fame free safety (Ed Reed) or perhaps the less heralded Bernard Pollard. In the end, Ozzie Newsome found his replacement for Pollard in another aggressive, punishing strong safety. Elam knows how to deliver a hit; his challenge will be learning when not to, when wrapping up and making a technique tackle is enough.
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Elam replaces Ed Reed, fills a need. Athletic safety with good range, Biggest knock was his height. Can be a playmaker in that defense.
Evan Grossman, Football.com NFL Senior Editor: Elam has the skill set to be Ed Reed 2.0 for the Ravens. Looking to fill holes on the defensive side of the ball, the champs got arguably the best DB playmaker. Note that the Ravens went with Elam over Manti Te'o, who has to wait until at least tomorrow to get picked by someone.
31. Cowboys (from San Francisco) Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Dallas had so many question marks along its offensive line, it almost couldn't go wrong. This is probably the right spot to nab the draft's top center, or maybe a bit early.
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Cowboys moved back and ended up with the best center in the draft, Travis Frederick, who can play center or guard and has good feet. Good versatility makes Frederick very attractive to the Cowboys, who have needs at both positions. Some questions come up on why the Cowboys took Frederick this high, however. Most thought he would be available later in the draft.
Richard Paolinelli, NFL Contributing Writer: After trading down to pick up an extra third round pick, the Cowboys reached and took a third round player in the first round. Frederick could turn out to be a good center, but Dallas needed to take an offensive tackle or a safety at No. 31. Matt Elam in the first round would have been a better pick and then address the offensive line in the second, then take Frederick in the third (he would have still been there) along with a back-up running back. At first glance, Dallas' GM has channeled 2009 and blown another draft.
30. Rams (from Atlanta): Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: The theme of the night continues -- potential trumps polish. Ogletree has uncanny athleticism, and he should fit nicely as the Will backer alongside James Laurinaitis. But he requires some technique improvements, especially in his tackling, if he's going to be the impact player the Rams need him to be in a division that runs the ball so well.
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: A standout safety only two years ago, Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree arrives at the ballcarrier with great speed. He probably will fit into the Rams' weak-side LB spot, a position loaded with undrafted players last year. Given some off-the-field issues, Ogletree may become a long-term project for defense-minded coach Jeff Fisher.
29.Vikings (from New England): Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: When Minnesota traded Percy Harvin to the Seahawks, it seemed the Vikings would be looking to replace their explosive slot receiver. In Patterson, they landed one of the most versatile weapons available. Patterson can play in the slot, can line up as the Z receiver opposite Greg Jennings. There is no question about his ability -- Bill Lund referred to his "video game skills" a few weeks back. The only question is how long will it take for this raw talent to develop into a consistent pro receiver?
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Game changer. Will need to develop as a route runner, but as a slot, get him the ball and let him run. Can be a factor in the return game. Athletically matches the ability of Harvin. If he develops, look out NFC North.
Arjuna Ramgopal, NFL Contributing Writer: Getting a 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 7th is a lot for a late first rounder.Pats make out well with this trade.
Brandon Lawrence, NFL Contributing Writer: It came as no shock that the Patriots traded down and out of the first round in this year's draft. Bill Belichick values quantity over quality with such a deep draft this year, and the Patriots were in bad shape in that case before trading with the Vikings. New England stocked up on picks, which it can still use to grab a wide receiver and defensive back on days two and three with some serious value. The downside: the Patriots don't have a pick until No. 52 now.
Travis West, NFL Contributing Writer: The Vikings made a move back into the first round with a trade, looking to replace Percy Harvin with Tennessee wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson. Patterson is a downright playmaker with the ball and will improve the Vikings passing game with his ability.
Travis Kriens, NFL Contributing Writer: Patterson has a rare combination of size and speed. He can be a deep threat when the ball is in his hands and doesn't get tackled easily. It will be interesting to see if the Vikings' playcallers can use Patterson right and if QB Christian Ponder can get the ball to Patterson down the field, which is something Ponder has not done early in his career. Now he has a true deep threat. I love the move of trading up to get back into the first round. They did it last year with safety Harrison Smith and it worked great.
28. Broncos: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Denver lost Elvis Dumervil and brought in NT Terrance Knighton, which suggested they might be in the market for an end who could bring the heat. Instead, they bring in more of a wrecking ball to collapse the pocket. Williams is big, strong, shows a dangerous swim move, and will be a handful in the AFC West.
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Broncos had very few weak points on their defense last year, one of them was on the interior. Sylvester Williams can remedy that quickly. Williams has great quickness and is very disruptive in the run game.
Dan Thomas, NFL Contributing Writer: Well, at least I finally have another Tar Heel I can pull for on the Broncos, and he's quick for a defensive tackle. I was hopeful when Eddie Lacy was still on the board, and thought he would be a better pick. Even if he couldn't push Willis McGahee out of a starting spot, he would have been a change of pace from Knowshon Moreno and Ronnie Hillman.
27. Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: The Texans don't need a receiver to replace Andre Johnson just yet. They needed someone to take the pressure off him. Johnson remains an elite receiver, and Houston just added a perfect complement. Hopkins is long, strong, explosive and has a knack for finding the end zone. Don't be surprised if he doesn't become Matt Schaub's red-zone favorite right away.
Bob Boyles, Football.com Contributing Writer: Far from a speed burner, Hopkins has strong hands and is an excellent runner after the catch. Anyone for "Of Andre" twists of headline writing? Houston continues to fill out a potent offense, adding a receiver who turned in a superb bowl game with Clemson at the end of 2012.
James Williams, NFL Contributing Writer: The Texans draft Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins to make an impact on what looks like an already impressive offense.
Evan Grossman, Football.com NFL Senior Editor: Finally, after all these years, the Texans have a bookend WR capable of being a beast on the other side of the field from Andre Johnson. AFC South defensive coordinators just lost their first night of sleep of the season.
26. Packers: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Green Bay landed one of the most versatile defensive linemen in the draft. Jones can play end in a 3-4 like the Packers run or in a 4-3, should the Packers want to add that wrinkle. Jones can also play inside, and he'll command a couble-team wherever he lines up.
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Love this pick. Needed speed and size at the 5 technique. Met him at the Senior Bowl. Tremendous presence. Really did a great job rushing No, 1 pick Eric Fisher all week, beating him more often than not.
Jon Krouner, NFL Contributing Writer: After crushing the NFL Combine, UCLA defensive end Datone Jones joins Clay Mathews and B.J. Raji to make a fearsome pass rush.
25. Vikings (from Seattle): Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: The second-best man-to-man corner in this draft is Rhodes, who is probably even more physical than Milliner. The Vikings found a guy who is going to get up in the grill of Brandon Marshall and Calvin Johnson and Jordy Nelson. Rhodes won't shut them down this first year, but he will have his chance to play physical with the big boys.
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Vikings make their second selection on defense in a three-pick span and get a big corner to help. Rhodes has ideal size and speed. Struggles at times with stiff hips but has shown flashes of brilliance. Could become an elite corner.
Travis West, NFL Contributing Writer: Rhodes has the height and has great hands at the line in press coverage. Another need filled for the Vikings. Against the pass-happy Packers, Bears and Lions, Rhodes should fit in nicely.
24. Colts: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Werner projects as a LDE, a run-stopper and pass-swatter who at times can provide pass rush, too. He seemed a more natural fit for a 4-3 scheme, but a 3-4 defense doesn't need to generate pass rush from its defensive ends. It needs them to occupy linemen and play stiff against the run. That's Werner.
Trent Stutzman, NFL Contributing Writer: Colts wisely go for a pass-rusher with their first pick. With Robert Mathis getting up there in age, drafting a guy to get after the quarterback was a must early in this year's draft.
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The international flavor of the NFL Draft goes European as the Colts take DE Bjoern Werner of Florida State. Werner was an exchange student who never played football until the age of 15. Like several defensive stars who have dominated the first 24 picks tonight, Werner is a bit on the raw side. Apparently, defensive coordinators are willing to take on unfinished but gifted young men.
23. Vikings: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: I had Floyd as the No. 1 player on my Draft Board, and I think he is a natural three technique ready to contribute Day 1. He'll get that chance in Minnesota, a team that loves its D-tackles.
Travis West, NFL Contributing Writer: Floyd was expected to to higher in the draft but slid to the Vikings. Floyd can compliment Kevin Williams in the run game with his fluid movement. Solid pick for Minnesota.
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: This is a great pick for the Vikes. The best DT on the board. The "Tampa" style defense needs a great 3 technique.(See Warren Sapp and Tampa Bay). Will get a chance to be a great interior rusher with the Vikings defensive ends garnering most of the attention. A good defense may have become great.
22. Falcons (from St. Louis): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Atlanta lost Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes from its secondary and knew it needed to add a cornerback early in this draft. The Falcons get one of the more athletic ones on the board, a guy with the agility to play in the slot or the speed to play on the boundary.
Timotheus Gordon, Jr., NFL Contributing Writer: I was hoping they would have picked up Sylvester Williams to add more pressure on opposing QBs. But at least they get a CB who can start right away. I'm fine with the pick.
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Rams got their guy in Tavon Austin so they traded this pick to Atlanta. The Falcons once again move up under Thomas Dimitroff and it pays off as they get Desmond Trufant. Trufant is extremely skilled in coverage and has the size and speed that every team wants in their cornerbacks. Atlanta fills a huge need here, overall a great pick.
Allen Kim, Football.com, NFC East Editor: This was a good trade for the Atlanta Falcons as they needed another corner to start opposite Asante Samuel. Desmond Trufant shows a lot of potential with everything you could ask for in a defensive back, and he could potentially develop into a near-shutdown corner.
21. Bengals: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Eifert is the vertical threat tight end that every team in the NFL is looking for, and he immediately gives Andy Dalton a legitimate second option in the passing game. Make no mistake. This is not an in-line tight end who is going to help the Bengals grind out third-and-short. Eifert is a receiving TE first (and only), but the best one in the draft.
Evan Grossman, Football.com NFL Senior Editor: Eifert is not only the best TE in the draft, but he's going to do wonders for the explosive Bengals passing attack by taking just a bit of pressure off A.J. Green. Just a bit. But the extra downfield threat makes Cincinnati that much more dangerous.
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert, the most notable college TE in recent memory able to pull down a catch in traffic, becomes a bit of a surprise pick for the Bengals. He becomes another sharp weapon for developing QB Andy Dalton.
20. Bears: Kyle Long, G, Oregon
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: So, no one takes a guard in the first round anymore, huh? Long makes it three . . . and counting. Well, at least Long projects as a guard, rather than at tackle where he played at Oregon. You know that an offensive lineman who played for Chip Kelly has to be an athlete; wherever he plays, Long provides an immediate upgrade for the Bears.
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: A surprise in my opinion, but an athletic player. Had a solid Senior Bowl week. I thought he looked as good as anyone during his practices. Projected as a guard, but could play RT. Fits a critical need, and upgrades the athleticism of the Bears OL.
19. Giants: Justin Pugh, T, Syracuse
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: There had been a lot of talk that the Giants wanted Fluker, so offensive line clearly was on their radar. They went with a tackle who may be a little on the lean side. Pugh's mobility is a plus, but his ability to handle the bull rush remains to be answered.
Robert Moreschi, NFL Contributing Writer: Pugh is big, at 310 pounds, and should really fit in well on the line and help to open some holes in the running game for David Wilson. When the Giants have been at their most successful, it's when the offensive line has been its strongest, so Jerry Reese knows what needs to be done to get back to that.
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Giants get younger on the offensive line and get one of the more versatile picks in the first round. Pugh has the athleticism to play both guard and tackle and has the ability to play right away. Good footwork allows him to make up for most of his deficiencies.
Allen Kim, Football.com NFC East Editor: Justin Pugh is versatile enough to play multiple positions along the offensive line, and the Giants certainly needed to look toward upgrading their O-line to protect their prized possession, Eli Manning. Regardless, this is still a surprising pick, and it seems like a pretty big reach for Jerry Reese at No. 19.
18. 49ers (from Dallas): Eric Reid, S, LSU
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: San Francisco had been vocal about wanting to move up, and had the wherewithal to go as early as it needed to get the player it targeted. This seems a bit early for Reid, one of the draft's purest free safeties, who may still have been around with the Niners' original pick (No. 31).
Richard Paolinelli, NFL Contributing Writer: Depending on who is available at No. 31 this could be a disaster. Dallas needed to address needs on both sides on the line. Good, solid options were there to be taken. If they are gone when No. 31 goes on the clock, I don't see how that third round pick is going to make enough of an impact to offset. This is starting to get the same feel as the 2009 draft for Dallas and that was a train wreck.
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The 49ers, in need of a free safety to replace free agent Dashon Goldson, trade up to grab LSU's Eric Reid. The knock on Reid is occasional lack of discipline. Shouldn't be a problem given the inherent discipline on San Francisco's tough, multi-talented defense.
17. Steelers: Jarvis Jones, LB, Georgia
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Pittsburgh didn't replace the fear factor it lost when it parted ways with James Harrison. But the Steelers got themselves a playmaker. Jones has some technical flaws in the run game and coverage. But he flat-out knows how to get to the quarterback.
Bill Lund, Footbal.com Draft Contributing Writer: Nice bookend for the Steelers. Fits their defensive scheme, and they will utilize his strengths and hide any shortcomings. Has the mentality that will go over well in Pittsburgh. Blitzburgh may make a return.
Evan Grossman, Football.com NFL Senior Editor: Jones is big and fast and he's almost 250 pounds. He loves to blitz. Really, is there a better linebacker on the board that fits better into what the Steelers do?. Pittsburgh just got even tougher to move the ball on. Yep, the Browns just punted.
16. Bills (from St. Louis): E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Not only do we have our first quarterback off the board, we have the first HUGE reach of the draft. The new regime in Buffalo clearly liked what they saw in Manuel, who, like his predecessor in Tallahassee, Christian Ponder, went far earlier in the first round than warranted. Manuel has the tools to be a decent NFL passer, and is the dual threat that is all the rage these days. But beyond his innate leadership skills, there is nothing that screams "first round talent."
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: In the shock of the draft to this point, the Bills take Manuel, not Ryan Nassib. Manuel is a leader with great mobility. He has tremendous upside and ideal size to play QB in the NFL.
Stan Chrapowicki, NFL Contributing Writer: The Bill surprised everyone with their selection of Manuel, which says a lot. Buffalo passed on West Virginia's Geno Smith, and, more importantly, Doug Marrone didn't land Ryan Nassib, his quarterback at Syracuse. Manuel is a great athlete who can run and throw a solid deep ball. A pleasant surprise here.
15. Saints: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Rob Ryan has come in to rebuild the defense that allowed the most yards in NFL history. The rebuilding will center around a do-it-all safety who gives Ryan terrific flexibility. Vaccaro can stop the run, can play the deep middle, and he can deliver a hit.
Allen Kim, Football.com, NFC East Editor: The Saints have a huge hole at safety, and they get a versatile, smart playmaker with Kenny Vaccaro. This is an excellent pick for New Orleans at 15.
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Defensive improvement is essential for the Saints, who gave up a lot of yards and points last year. New Orleans picks Texas free safety Kenny Vaccaro, who ran inconsistent 40 times but is a ballhawk who can stop the run.
14. Panthers: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Before the Combine, Lotulelei was considered a top-5 pick. Now that the questions about his health seem to have been put to rest, there's nothing about his play that would explain why Star would have fallen. Carolina filled its No. 1 need -- a run-stopping defensive tackle who can collapse the pocket with an interior pass rush.
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Will most likely be a three technique in the 4-3 and can play the five technique in a 3-4 if Carolina is still toying with the idea of mixing defenses. More of a run stopper than a pass rusher. Solid pick.
Allen Kim, Football.com, NFC East Editor: The Panthers desperately needed to improve at defensive tackle, and Star Lotulelei may end up being the best prospect selected along the defensive line. Once thought to be a potential Top 5 pick, the Panthers get fantastic value at No. 14 for this massive, run-stopping force.
13. Jets (from Tampa Bay): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: For the third straight draft, the Jets have taken a defensive lineman in the first round. Richardson has the quickness and motor to be a force up front, but he projects more naturally as a three technique in a 4-3 front. Could give the Jets the chance to become a bit more hybrid in their front seven.
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Richardson helps round out a defensive line that will be looked at as one of the best in the NFL. Richardson is a huge presence on the inside. His first step is unbelievably explosive. But Richardson will always be known as the Guy Who Was Drafted Because Of The Darrelle Revis Trade.
Michael Ferraro, NFL Contributing Writer: Rex Ryan is clearly trying to rebuild the Jets defense. Richardson is the best interior defensive lineman, but considering the lack of offense, maybe the Jets should have opted to use one of their picks to fill one of their glaring needs on that side of the ball.
12. Raiders (from Miami): D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: No player has risen up the draft boards faster in the latter stages of the draft evaluation process than Hayden. How much can a pro day matter? Hayden proved at his that he can come all the way back from a flukish injury that was very nearly fatal. His performance that day made a lot of people go back to his game film, and his stock skyrocketed.
Evan Grossman, Football.com NFL Senior Editor: Hayden proved he's a tough kid in coming back from a freakish injury last year that almost killed him. It's a risky pick by the Raiders, but they must see something in him. He's the first pick tonight who wasn't actually in New York.
Bob Boyes, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Hayden, cornerback from Houston who ran a 4.38 40-yard dash at his pro day, survived a near-death freak accident in practice last fall. Hard not to root for him.
11. Chargers: D.J. Fluker, T, Alabama
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Another team that needed a left tackle, the Chargers wound up with the next-best option. They nab the best natural right tackle in the draft, and their prospects of running the football are significantly improved. With six offensive linemen in the first 11 picks, this is turning into the eat-your-vegetables draft . . . fans may not like it, but it really is what's best for you. And your quarterbacks.
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Fluker is a great right tackle, could possibly play left. Helps the run and pass games. Gives Phillip Rivers much needed help. A proven player in the SEC.
Evan Grossman, Football.com NFL Senior Editor: Fluker is no fluke. That's a line that's been used 100 times already, but the Bolts got the offensive lineman they desperately need to keep people off RIvers and open holes for Ryan Matthews.
10. Titans: Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Warmack is brutalizing run blocker, and he goes to a team committed to running the football. Want to know why Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy gained all those yards in college? Chris Johnson is about to find out firsthand.
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Chris Johnson gets a big, strong offensive lineman in front of him. Warmack delivers a strong punch at the point of attack and is one of the best at blocking linebackers to create running lanes.
Jordan Michael, NFL Contributing Writer: Bottom line, Tennessee needs better protection for Jake Locker because he's still developing. Chance Warmack is a two-time BCS champ, who will step right in and provide force on the offensive line.
Evan Grossman, Football.com NFL Senior Editor: Titans got a guard to open up some holes for Chris Johnson. They also got Chance Warmack's gut, which has had a starring role in all of Warmack's highlight videos tonight. Welcome to Tennessee, the both of you!
9. Jets: Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Darrelle who? With so many positions of need, the Jets certainly filled a big one with the first of their two first round picks. They traded away their best defensive player a few days ago, and then replaced Darrelle Revis with the best lockdown corner in the draft. Rex Ryan loves to have corners who can cover without help; it helps the Jets pass rush and takes pressure off the brand-new safeties they'll have in the secondary.
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The pressure of replacing Darrelle Revis might be imposing, but the Jets probably nabbed the best CB available. The only question is in multiple injuries to Milliner, but he has rarely missed a start within a pro-style Alabama team.
Michael Ferraro, NFL Contributing Writer: The Jets decided they were going to replace Darrelle Revis with Milliner, who has all the qualities needed -- speed, strength and height -- to make a successful cornerback in the NFL.
8. Rams (from Buffalo): Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: The Rams traded up to get the player they wanted all along -- a home run threat in a variety of ways. Only 5-foot-8, Austin is a big-play threat every time he has the ball in his hands, whether it's catching the ball or running it or in the return game. We know how much Sam Bradford liked to go to Danny Amendola; Austin brings a dimension of explosiveness that Amendola simply did not possess.
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Needed a slot to replace Danny Amendola, in time could be an upgrade. Speed and elusiveness in the field for Bradford to continue his development. Great need pick for the Rams.
Stan Chrapowicki, NFL Contributing Writer: I like the trade for the Rams, especially since the Bills could have used Austin, with Stevie Johnson and not much else at wide receiver on their depth chart. Since the Bills traded down, I expect them to select either Syracuse QB Ryan Nassib or a defensive player.
7. Cardinals: Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Arizona needed offensive line help and would have preferred one of the tackles to fall to No. 7. But the Cardinals got an interior lineman with rare athletic abilities, who can play guard or center, who will pull and get out in front of screens.
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Cooper instantly makes the Cardinals better. He is a dominating run blocker with very good pass blocking skills. Extremely durable and athletic for such a big player. Great pick to help the Cardinals get back into the picture in the NFC.
6. Browns: Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Once again, we see athletic potential trump track record. Mingo will join free agent signee Paul Kruger to provide something Cleveland has been lacking . . . a legitimate pass rush.
Steven King, NFL Contributing Writer: In going from a 4-3 to a 3-4, the Browns have all kinds of holes to fill on defense, especially at linebacker. And with Dion Jordan already gone, they got the second-best edge rusher in Mingo.
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: If raw talent is the keynote to this year's draft, then Mingo is the poster boy. Cleveland snatches a read-and-react edge rusher, a skill every team seeks.
5. Lions: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Detroit lost Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril and desperately needed to add a pass rusher. They found one who is all upside. Like Johnson, Ansah is a freakish athlete whose potential alone vaulted him into the top 5. Think Jason Pierre-Paul, but even less polished . . . for now.
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: A need pick, and a potential elite pass rusher. Lions staff worked all week with him at the Senior Bowl, and he did an outstanding job raising his stock. Is a bit of a risk with his lack of football experience, but athletically, he is elite.
4. Eagles: Lane Johnson, T, Oklahoma
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: He's the least experienced of the three tackles off the board but the most athletic. He's the perfect fit for Chip Kelly's fast-forward offensive style, and may just turn out to be the best offensive player to come out of this draft.
Scott Daniels, NFL Contributing Writer: The Eagles were dangerously close to missing out on the top three offensive linemen in the draft when Miami traded up for the No. 3. pick. Thankfully, the Fins chose Jordan, who was rumored to be Chip Kelly's fave at the four spot. Taking Johnson at No. 4 was fairly obviousy, but a very prudent move.
Allen Kim, Football.com, NFC East Editor: Lane Johnson is a 6-foot-6, 303-pound athletic freak who offers a lot of upside. He's quick on his feet, is great in pass protection, and he'll be a great fit in Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense.
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Eagles get their tackle of the future. Most athletic tackle in the draft with a ton of speed and athleticism. Perfect fit for Chip Kelly's offense.
3. Dolphins (from Oakland): Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Miami decided it was preferable to attack opposing passers to protecting their own. The Dolphins landed the most disruptive pass rusher in the draft, whether he lines up as an OLB or as defensive end opposite Cameron Wake.
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The first surprise in the NFL Draft came from the Raiders, who traded the third pick to Miami, which surprised by not taking OT Lane Johnson to replace Jake Long, instead taking the top pass rusher in Dion Jordan.
2. Jaguars: Luke Joeckel, T, Texas A&M
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: With far less fanfare, Joeckel and Fisher will be tied together for the rest of their careers, like Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. It's not unrealistic to think Joeckel has the greater upside, and he'll plug right into the Jags' pro-style offense.
Andrew Kates, NFL Contributing Writer: Adds size and strength to protect the quarterback and improve a weak offensive line. Jags hopefully solidified the LT position for the next decade. Eugene Monroe has some competition. Great pick.
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Building protection for Blaine Gabbert. Need pick, works for Jacksonville. You will see this trend continue, building of the front lines
1. Chiefs: Eric Fisher, T, Central Michigan
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Chiefs opt for the more athletic, nastier tackle. They would have been right either way. Now, Alex Smith has another Chippewa watching his blind side.
Jordan Michael Smith, NFL Contributing Writer: Eric Fisher brings a nasty edge to the run game. His ability to get to second level defenders will make Jamaal Charles very happy.
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: By taking Eric Fisher, the Chiefs got their left tackle of the future to protect their investment in Alex Smith. Fisher has shot up the draft boards due to his ideal size, great footwork and nearly unlimited potential. Great first pick in the Andy Reid Era.
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A lot of the heft in the draft went last night. Expect tonight to be a big run on skill positions. Check back later for all our thoughts
I'm biased, but nice work, all. Good to see substantial, meaty draft coverage.
If the Jets make the same pick at no.19 fewer people are lauding Pugh as a solid pick. Organizational stability and credibility are crucial in the NFL. GMs have to be given the chance to build for the long-term.
As a Falcons fan, I'm glad the 49ers didn't draft Shariff Floyd or Alec Ogletree.
FSU's Manuel is the man of the hour in Buffalo.
Manuel a surprise but not sure he didn't deserve to be the to QB anyhow.
Strong move by the Jets to plan for the future than staying hitched to an aging Revis.
Warmack is a big boy
J-E-T-S...good pick in Milliner, possibly the best defensive athlete in the draft
Revis Island is out and it's Milliner Time in NYC. Nice pick for J-E-T-S Jets.
As a Cards fan. Nice pick now we need a QB. Palmer won't cut it.
Cooper will be most productive player in this draft. In a crowd of unproven prospects, he can be a franchise OL.
I like the trade for both Miami and Oakland. The Dolphins need a playmaker on defense and the Raiderrs need draft picks/cheap players.
Goodell getting booed at the start of this event has become a sign that spring is here.
Should be interesting to see how this pans out
Watched ESPN for two decades. NFL Network is my Draft channel now. Better analysis, less fluff.
I predict five trades in the first round alone.
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Lot of weight going in the top five for sure!
All big boys for the first 5 picks.