EJ Manuel being taken in the first round over Geno Smith was one of the first round's biggest surprises.
As is with any NFL draft, there were some shocking moments in Thursday's first round.
There was a surprise with the first pick in the draft, the Oakland Raiders made a surprising trade and there was only one QB drafted in the first round. And it wasn't Geno Smith.
Chiefs Select Eric Fisher, Not Luke Joeckel with the First Pick
In the weeks leading up to the draft, all signs seemed to indicate that the Chiefs, if they didn't trade their top pick, would select Luke Joeckel out of Texas A&M.
Joeckel came from a BCS school, protected two high-profile QBs with the Aggies, and was the consensus best player available on most mock drafts.
But then in the 24 hours leading up to the draft, rumblings that the Chiefs preferred Eric Fisher from Central Michigan over Joeckel began to circulate. They were confirmed when the Chiefs made Fisher the first prospect to walk across the stage Thursday night.
And while it seems shocking that the Chiefs went with Fisher over Joeckel, most analysts are seemingly agreeing with the move. The underlying thought seems to be that Fisher is the better athlete than Joeckel.
Dolphins Trade with Raiders to get Third Pick, Select Dion Jordan
You can always count on the Raiders to provide some draft-day drama.
This now clears the way for the Albert deal to go through between KC and Miami— trey wingo (@wingoz) April 26, 2013
The Raiders traded away the third pick in the draft to the Miami Dolphins. The ESPN analysts at the draft all seemed to think that the Dolphins made the trade to select left tackle Lane Johnson out of Oklahoma.
Instead, the Dolphins went with hybrid defensive end Dion Jordan from Oregon.
According to NBC Sports, this means that the Dolphins will likely continue on with their efforts to trade for Chiefs left tackle Branden Albert.
The Dolphins desperately need a left tackle, and Johnson was almost a sure bet. So the Dolphins clearly have a plan in mind to fill that need, either through a trade or through the draft in the later rounds.
Buffalo Bills Draft QB EJ Manuel, Geno Smith Still on Board After First Round
When the Bills let go of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, an immediate need for a quarterback was created.
Then on Thursday night, with the Bills on the clock for the 16th pick, all signs seemed to point that they would select Geno Smith to fill that need.
Instead, they provided arguably the draft's biggest headline so far by selecting E.J. Manuel out of Florida State.
Many draft experts had Smith as the best QB available. Many thought that even Matt Barkley out of USC was the better choice than Manuel.
But the Bills chose the Seminoles' star, and he was the only QB taken in the first round.
Manuel is not the presumed starter just yet in Buffalo. His competition for the job will be Kevin Kolb, who recently signed with the team.
Sharrif Floyd Falls to No. 23 Overall
Many mock drafts leading up to Thursday night had Floyd as a top 10 or even a top five pick.
Instead, the Minnesota Vikings used the first of their three first round picks to select the star defensive tackle out of Florida.
Floyd will fit in well in the Vikings' 4-3 defensive systems, where there are two defensive tackles rather than one.
The fact that Floyd fell so much on Thursday night was probably a bigger shock than Geno Smith and Manti Te'o not getting picked up at all in the first round.
Nevertheless, the Vikings ended up with a huge gift in their laps on Thursday night, and they didn't let it go to waste.