The Minnesota Vikings traded with the Seattle Seahawks to make the final selection of Thursday's first round of the 2014 NFL draft.
It was a smart move. They used the pick on quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, and with the quarterback-needy Houston Texans owning the first pick in the second round, they had every reason to believe that Bridgewater wouldn't make it past that selection on Friday.
Have a look at the full results, and then I'll explain why this sets up for an interesting start to Friday.
|2014 NFL Draft Results: Round 1|
|2.||Rams (from WSH)||Greg Robinson||OT|
|12.||Giants||Odell Beckham Jr.||WR|
|21.||Packers||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||FS|
|26.||Eagles* (from IND)||Marcus Smith||DE/OLB|
The Texans still have that need for a quarterback, and the best quarterback available is Derek Carr. Of course, Derek's older brother David was the No. 1 overall selection by the Texans in the 2002 draft.
Obviously, that never worked out. Would Houston dare attempt to try again on another Carr? I don't see it happening.
Here is what I do see happening for the first of Day 2's two rounds.
|Round 2 Mock|
|33.||Texans||Louis Nix||NT||Notre Dame|
|36.||Raiders||Derek Carr||QB||Fresno State|
|37.||Falcons||Scott Crichton||DE||Oregon State|
|39.||Jaguars||Timmy Jernigan||DT||Florida State|
|41.||Bills||Jace Amaro||TE||Texas Tech|
|42.||Titans||Carlos Hyde||RB||Ohio State|
|44.||Rams||Lamarcus Joyner||CB||Florida State|
|47.||Cowboys||Stephon Tuitt||DT||Notre Dame|
|50.||Dolphins||Jack Mewhort||OT||Ohio State|
|51.||Bears||DaQuan Jones||DT||Penn State|
|53.||Packers||Demarcus Lawrence||DE||Boise State|
|55.||Bengals||Marcus Martin||C||Southern California|
|56.||49ers (from KC)||Carl Bradford||OLB||Arizona State|
|60.||Panthers||Donte Moncrief||WR||Ole Miss|
|61.||49ers||Bruce Ellington||WR||South Carolina|
|62.||Patriots||*Troy Niklas||TE||Notre Dame|
|63.||Broncos||Gabe Jackson||OG||Mississippi State|
|64.||Seahawks||Davante Adams||WR||Fresno State|
No. 33 Houston Texans: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame
The Houston Texans have other options at quarterback besides Carr with this selection, and they definitely are in need of their quarterback of the future.
This team also needs a nose tackle, however, and Louis Nix has the ability to come in and make an instant impact.
Many felt Nix would be gone in the first round. His stock is likely being limited by knee surgery that ended his season early, but that isn't enough for the Texans to pass on him.
With the addition of both Jadeveon Clowney, who the Texans selected No. 1, and Nix, Houston's front seven is going to be downright menacing.
No. 36 Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The Raiders will be excited to see the Texans pass on Carr. After the Texans select, the Raiders will only have to wait out selections by the Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars. Neither is a candidate to draft a quarterback.
Meanwhile, as Bleacher Report's Matt Miller helps explain, the Raiders have appeared to be high on Carr:
The Raiders brought in veteran quarterback Matt Schaub to handle duties for the foreseeable future, but that certainly won't stop them from drafting a player with the kind of arm talent of Carr.
No. 38: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh
Tom Savage didn't put up eye-popping numbers in college. Still, Savage played behind a poor offensive line, and he has all the tools to be a quality NFL quarterback.
He has good arm strength, accuracy and size at 6'5". He is a prototypical pocket passer, and he offers a chance for new head coach Lovie Smith to identify his quarterback of the future.
The Buccaneers added Josh McCown in free agency. That much showed they were not content with leaving the reins in the hands of Mike Glennon, who did an admirable job starting under center as a rookie.
The Buccaneers have been very active in free agency, and they addressed their biggest need by adding receiver Mike Evans with the seventh pick. They are in a position where they can afford to take this gamble on Savage.
No. 49: New York Jets, Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
Many had the Jets selecting a wide receiver in Round 1. Instead, they took a safety. Now, receiver has to be a priority with this pick. Although this franchise signed receiver Eric Decker in the offseason, he needs some help.
Cody Latimer would provide that help. Latimer stands at 6'3", and he plays taller than that. He also likes to play physical.
Latimer has good hands and decent athleticism. He will be a reliable weapon for the Jets and productive enough to keep constant double-teams off of Decker.