Plenty of linemen, but not skill players, highlight first round of the NFL Draft
The mystery and intrigue began to unfold at No. 3, when the Miami Dolphins traded up to select Oregon linebacker Dion Jordan.
St. Louis swooped into No. 8 to draft West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, one pick ahead of the Jets, who were rumored to be interested in the talented playmaker.
And those weren't the only interesting picks of the first round. The rest of what happened follows below.
1. Kansas City Chiefs -- OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
Notes: As had been rumored earlier Thursday, the Chiefs made Fisher the No. 1 overall selection in the 2013 draft. The Kansas City Star described Fisher as "a physical, run blocker."
2. Jacksonville Jaguars -- OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
Notes: The Jaguars took an offensive lineman with their first-round pick for the first time since 2009, when they selected Virginia's Eugene Monroe at No. 8. Jacksonville's first pick in franchise history was tackle Tony Boselli in 1995.
3. Miami Dolphins (from Oakland) -- OLB Dion Jordan, Oregon
Notes: In the first trade of the 2013 draft, the Dolphins moved up to select the linebacker. The move follows an offseason that saw Miami make a number of high-profile free agent signings. To complete the trade, the Dolphins sent their first- and second-round picks (Nos. 12 and 42 overall) to Oakland.
4. Philadelphia Eagles -- OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
Notes: Johnson becomes the first player selected by new head coach Chip Kelly, who brings an innovative style of offense with him from the University of Oregon.
5. Detroit Lions -- DE Ziggy Ansah, BYU
Notes: Ansah, who recorded 4 1/5 sacks during the 2012 season, joins a Lions defense that ranked No. 24 in the NFL in sacks a year ago. Detroit has used its first-round selection on a defensive lineman in three of the past four drafts (2010: Ndamukong Suh, 2011: Nick Fairley).
6. Cleveland Browns -- DE Barkevious Mingo, LSU
Notes: Mingo's college position coach, Brick Haley, told the Plain Dealer (Cleveland) that Mingo is "a very explosive edge-rusher" and that "he's probably going to be one of the best in the league."
7. Arizona Cardinals -- G Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
Notes: Cooper becomes the first offensive lineman drafted in the first round by Arizona since tackle Levi Brown in 2007.
8. St. Louis Rams (from Buffalo) -- WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Notes: Austin's ability was on display at WVU, particularly during the 2012 season, when he made 114 catches for 1,289 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ran for 643 yards and three scores. Austin recorded a kick return and a punt return touchdown last year. St. Louis and Buffalo swapped six draft picks in the trade that allowed the Rams to move up.
9. New York Jets -- CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
Notes: Just days after trading away star cornerback Darrelle Revis, the Jets used the first of their two first-rounders to select the draft's top defensive back. According to a report, Milliner has had five surgeries, and he is not expected to be ready to play until training camp.
10. Tennessee Titans -- G Chance Warmack, Alabama
Notes: Arguably the best guard available in the draft, Warmack joins a squad with one of the league's most talented running backs, Chris Johnson. Of the top 10 picks, five were offensive linemen.
11. San Diego Chargers -- OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
Notes: The Tide continues to roll -- the Crimson Tide, that is. The third consecutive Alabama player selected, Fluker helped anchor an offensive line that blocked for running back Eddie Lacy, who ran for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns in 2012.
12. Oakland Raiders (from Miami) -- CB D.J. Hayden, Houston
Notes: The second consecutive D.J. selected in the draft, Hayden joins an Oakland squad that ranked No. 20 in the league in passing yards allowed in 2012. Oakland had swapped first-round picks with Miami earlier in the draft, and acquired a second-round selection -- No. 42 overall -- in the deal.
13. New York Jets (from Tampa Bay) -- DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
Notes: With Rex Ryan and the Jets putting an emphasis on defensive line play, the Jets used their second first-rounder to bolster that unit. New York drafted a defensive lineman in the first round for the third consecutive season (2011: Muhammad Wilkerson, 2012: Quinton Coples).
14. Carolina Panthers -- DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
Notes: At one time, Lotulelei was regarded as a possible No. 1 overall selection in the draft. But reports of a heart issue raised questions as to whether he should be selected that high. Lotulelei, however, was later cleared to participate in pro sports.
15. New Orleans Saints -- S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
Notes: After allowing over 7,000 yards of total offense a year ago, the Saints used their first-round pick to bolster their defense. New Orleans ranked No. 31 in the league in passing yards allowed in 2012.
16. Buffalo Bills (from St. Louis) -- QB E.J. Manuel, Florida State
Notes: The first quarterback taken in the draft wasn't West Virginia's Geno Smith or USC's Matt Barkley. Instead, it was Manuel, who threw for 3,392 yards and 23 touchdowns, as well as 10 interceptions. Manuel ran for four scores as well.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers -- OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
Notes: Earlier this week, Jones told NFL.com, "If I even get to 17, I don't think I get past the Steelers." His comments proved to be true.
18. San Francisco 49ers (from Dallas) -- S Eric Reid, LSU
Notes: Reid recorded 91 tackles and two interceptions in 2012, one season after making 76 tackles to go along with two interceptions.
19. New York Giants -- OT Justin Pugh, Syracuse
Notes: The fourth tackle selected in the first round, Pugh was a three-year starter at Syracuse. The Orange have had a first-round selection in back-to-back seasons after Chandler Jones went to New England a year ago. Pugh becomes the first offensive player from Syracuse taken in the first round since Donovan McNabb went to the Eagles in 1999.
20. Chicago Bears -- G Kyle Long, Oregon
Notes: Hall of Famer Howie Long has now had two sons selected in the first round of the NFL Draft. Kyle joins his brother Chris, who was taken No. 2 overall by the Rams in 2008. Kyle Long comes from a college offense that played up-tempo and generated plenty of scoring.
21. Cincinnati Bengals -- TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
Notes: The reigning John Mackey Award winner as college football's top tight end, Eifert made 50 catches for 685 yards and four touchdowns a year ago at Notre Dame. He joins an offense that features talented receiver A.J. Green and another tight end, Jermaine Gresham.
22. Atlanta Falcons (from St. Louis via Washington) -- CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
Notes: Atlanta lost cornerback Brent Grimes to the Dolphins in free agency before drafting Trufant, whose brother Marcus plays for Seattle. Desmond ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine, the fifth-fastest time of the defensive backs at the Combine.
23. Minnesota Vikings -- DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
Notes: Floyd was ranked highly by some pundits, but also had his detractors. A scout told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that "those idiots on TV made Floyd."
24. Indianapolis Colts -- DE Bjoern Werner, Florida State
Notes: Werner turned in some terrific performances during the season, including a 3 1/2-sack game late in the year against Florida. Indy generated 41 sacks a season ago, ninth in the NFL, and now adds Werner to the mix.
25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle) -- CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
Notes: The second straight Seminole off the board and third of the first round, Rhodes had three interceptions a season ago. The Journal Sentinel rated him the second-best cornerback available in the draft, behind Milliner (No. 9 overall) but ahead of both Hayden (No. 12) and Trufant (No. 22).
26. Green Bay Packers -- DE Datone Jones, UCLA
Notes: Jones joins a Packers team that features one of the league's most feared front-seven players, Clay Matthews Jr. He also told the Bergen Record, "My favorite player of all-time is Michael Strahan." The former Giant was certainly an outstanding defensive lineman during his playing days.
27. Houston Texans -- WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
Notes: Hopkins turned in a huge 2012 campaign for the Tigers, making 82 catches for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. He joins an offense with plenty of playmakers, including quarterback Matt Schaub, running back Arian Foster and wide receiver Andre Johnson.
28. Denver Broncos -- DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
Notes: The second Tar Heel taken in the first round, Williams is Denver's first first-round selection since Von Miller in 2011. The Broncos' first pick of 2012 was a second-rounder, when they took another defensive tackle, Derek Wolfe.
29. Minnesota Vikings (from New England) -- WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee
Notes: In his lone season at Tennessee, Patterson made 46 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff for a score for the Volunteers. The Vikings sent their second-, third-, fourth- and seventh-round draft picks to New England to move up.
30. St. Louis Rams (from Atlanta) -- ILB Alec Ogletree, Georgia
Notes: Ogletree recorded three sacks and one interception last season, including a sack in the Bulldogs' victory over Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl. He joins fellow Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones as a first-round pick.
31. Dallas Cowboys (from San Francisco) -- C Travis Frederick, Wisconsin
Notes: Frederick started all 14 games he played at Wisconsin in 2012 and earned First-Team All-Big Ten honors.
32. Baltimore Ravens -- S Matt Elam, Florida
Notes: Elam intercepted four passes in 2012, including one in the Gators' rivalry game against Florida State. Elam also recorded 11 tackles in the Sugar Bowl.