The first day of the 2013 NFL draft is in the books, and there was intrigue on every pick.
It may have been the most unpredictable first round in recent memory. There were a lot of linemen taken, several trades made and a couple of head-scratchers.
Teams, for the most part, filled needs rather than drafting the best player available.
Quarterbacks didn't have much luck on the first day, as Florida State's E.J. Manuel was the only one selected. No running back was selected in the first 32 picks, so there will be plenty on the board to start the second round.
The rest of the draft will be as unpredictable as Thursday night was, but it's time to recap the first round.
First-Round Picks (via NFL.com)
|1||Kansas City Chiefs||Eric Fisher||Central Michigan||OT|
|2||Jacksonville Jaguars||Luke Joeckel||Texas A&M||OT|
|3||Miami Dolphins||Dion Jordan||Oregon||DE/OLB|
|4||Philadelphia Eagles||Lane Johnson||Oklahoma||OT|
|5||Detroit Lions||Ziggy Ansah||BYU||DE|
|6||Cleveland Browns||Barkevious Mingo||LSU||DE|
|7||Arizona Cardinals||Jonathan Cooper||UNC||OG|
|8||St. Louis Rams||Tavon Austin||West Virginia||WR|
|9||New York Jets||Dee Milliner||Alabama||CB|
|10||Tennesse Titans||Chance Warmack||Alabama||OG|
|11||San Diego Chargers||D.J. Fluker||Alabama||OT|
|12||Oakland Raiders||D.J. Hayden||Houston||CB|
|13||New York Jets||Sheldon Richardson||Missouri||DT|
|14||Carolina Panthers||Star Lotulelei||Utah||DT|
|15||New Orleans Saints||Kenny Vaccaro||Texas||S|
|16||Buffalo Bills||EJ Manuel||Florida State||QB|
|17||Pittsburgh Steelers||Jarvis Jones||Georgia||LB|
|18||San Francisco 49ers||Eric Reid||LSU||S|
|19||New York Giants||Justin Pugh||Syracuse||OT|
|20||Chicago Bears||Kyle Long||Oregon||OG|
|21||Cincinnati Bengals||Tyler Eifert||Notre Dame||TE|
|22||Atlanta Falcons||Desmond Trufant||Washington||CB|
|23||Minnesota Vikings||Sharrif Floyd||Florida||DT|
|24||Indianapolis Colts||Bjoern Werner||Florida State||DE|
|25||Minnesota Vikings||Xavier Rhodes||Florida State||S|
|26||Green Bay Packers||Datone Jones||UCLA||DE|
|27||Houston Texans||DeAndre Hopkins||Clemson||WR|
|28||Denver Broncos||Sylvester Williams||UNC||DT|
|29||Minnesota Vikings||Cordarrelle Patterson||Tennessee||WR|
|30||St. Louis Rams||Alec Ogletree||Georgia||WR|
|31||Dallas Cowboys||Travis Frederick||Wisconsin||C|
|32||Baltimore Ravens||Matt Elam||Florida||S|
The Minnesota Vikings were the big winners. They had three picks from No. 23 through No. 29. They drafted Sharrif Floyd to help the defensive line and Xavier Rhodes to help the secondary. Before the night was over, the team made a bold move to address its biggest need (trade details via Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com). Trading to get back in the first round for receiver Cordarrelle Patterson was costly, but it was a great move.
Although they didn't make a selection, the New England Patriots managed to gain draft picks. The Vikings gave the Patriots four picks for the No. 29 choice, so New England has plenty of selections to address its defensive issues. It can also use a pick to get a playmaker at receiver.
Offensive linemen were the story on the first day. The first two picks of the draft were linemen, Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel. The Kansas City Chiefs made a gutsy move by taking Fisher, who played in the Mid-American Conference, over Joeckel.
Through 26 picks, only two skill position players (quarterback, running back and wide receiver) had been picked. It got so bad that some highly rated players left the draft, according to NFL Network (h/t to Bleacher Report).
QB Geno Smith has left the building, according to NFL Network.— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 26, 2013
It was an odd first round, but there weren't many bad picks.
There were a few head-scratchers. The Buffalo Bills shocked many by picking EJ Manuel, who was the only quarterback taken in the first round. The Dallas Cowboys traded down from No. 19 to No. 31 and took a center. It was the most bizarre pick of the day.
Smith, Eddie Lacy and Manti Te'o are still on the board, so there will be plenty of storylines heading into Friday.
Overall it was a good day for most teams. Teams made smart picks and avoided risky picks. With one round in the books, fans are ready for the next six rounds.