The biggest event of the offseason did not disappoint, as there were plenty of exciting moments in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft.
This year's draft was a bit of a change of pace with fewer skill players and more linemen taken among the top selections than usual. However, these are prospects who will instantly improve their new teams by getting it done in the trenches.
Things then picked up in the middle of the opening round with surprising trades and selections that helped create the drama that fans are used to.
Here is a look at the most shocking picks in the first round.
No. 12 Oakland Raiders: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
Usually in the top half of the first round, you want to avoid risk. The Raiders did not do that when they selected D.J. Hayden with the No. 12 pick.
The Houston cornerback suffered a tear of the inferior vena cava in a practice last season, an injury that nearly cost him his life.
While he is still an incredible talent with great speed and athleticism, there are a number of skillful cornerbacks in this class with much less risk.
It remains to be seen how this turns out for the Raiders, but this is certainly ahead of where many people projected Hayden to be.
No. 16 Buffalo Bills: EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
After trading back from the No. 8 pick to No. 16, the Bills made EJ Manuel the first quarterback selected in the draft.
This was surprising for a couple of reasons. First, many believed that Geno Smith was the top player at the position after a great career at West Virginia, and he was still available at this time.
In addition, there was an obvious link between coach Doug Marrone at his former quarterback at Syracuse, Ryan Nassib. If the Bills were going to take a signal-caller, it would have made sense to select the talented player.
Manuel certainly has upside as a dual-threat player at the next level. However, this might have been a big reach at this point.
No. 19 New York Giants: Justin Pugh, OG, Syracuse
Last season, the Giants gave up the second-most yards in the NFL. They struggled against both the run and the pass and help was obviously needed on the defensive side of the ball.
Instead, New York made a reach to draft the third-best guard in the class and the seventh linemen that was taken in the first round.
While Justin Pugh has the ability to step in and hold a starting job for a long time, the positional value made this a mistake.
There were other talented players available that the Giants passed on in this one.
Complete First-Round Results (via NFL.com)
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||Eric Fisher||OT||Central Michigan|
|2||Jacksonville Jaguars||Luke Joeckel||OT||Texas A&M|
|3||Miami Dolphins (via OAK)||Dion Jordan||DE||Oregon|
|4||Philadelphia Eagles||Lane Johnson||OT||Oklahoma|
|5||Detroit Lions||Ezekiel Ansah||DE||BYU|
|6||Cleveland Browns||Barkevious Mingo||OLB||LSU|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||Jonathan Cooper||OG||North Carolina|
|8||St. Louis Rams (via BUF)||Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia|
|9||New York Jets||Dee Milliner||CB||Alabama|
|10||Tennessee Titans||Chance Warmack||OG||Alabama|
|11||San Diego Chargers||D.J. Fluker||OT||Alabama|
|12||Oakland Raiders (via MIA)||D.J. Hayden||CB||Houston|
|13||New York Jets||Sheldon Richardson||DT||Missouri|
|14||Carolina Panthers||Star Lotulelei||DT||Utah|
|15||New Orleans Saints||Kenny Vaccaro||S||Texas|
|16||Buffalo Bills (via STL)||EJ Manuel||QB||Florida State|
|17||Pittsburgh Steelers||Jarvis Jones||OLB||Georgia|
|18||San Francisco 49ers (via DAL)||Eric Reid||S||LSU|
|19||New York Giants||Justin Pugh||OT||Syracuse|
|20||Chicago Bears||Kyle Long||OT||Oregon|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Tyler Eifert||TE||Notre Dame|
|22||Atlanta Falcons (via STL)||Desmond Trufant||CB||Washington|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Sharrif Floyd||DT||Florida|
|24||Indianapolis Colts||Bjoern Werner||OLB||Florida State|
|25||Minnesota Vikings||Xavier Rhodes||CB||Florida State|
|26||Green Bay Packers||Datone Jones||DE||UCLA|
|27||Houston Texans||DeAndre Hopkins||WR||Clemson|
|28||Denver Broncos||Sylvester Williams||DT||North Carolina|
|29||Minnesota Vikings (via NE)||Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||Tennessee|
|30||St. Louis Rams (via ATL)||Alec Ogletree||ILB||Georgia|
|31||Dallas Cowboys (via SF)||Travis Frederick||C||Wisconsin|
|32||Baltimore Ravens||Matt Elam||S||Florida |
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