NFL Draft Picks 2014: Recapping the Major Storylines After Round 1 Results

R. Cory SmithSenior Writer IMay 9, 2014

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08:  Jadeveon Clowney of the South Carolina Gamecocks stands on stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell after he was picked #1 overall by the Houston Texansduring the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on May 8, 2014 in New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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As sensational as the buildup was for the 2014 NFL draft, it more than lived up to the bill.

Several teams shifted around the board; others made shocking selections—the Cleveland Browns did both.

The first round always comes with plenty of surprises. Whether it was Johnny Manziel falling out of the top 10 or Blake Bortles going to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 3 overall, the excitement continued in the 2014 draft.

With the opening round finally coming to a close, here's a look at the biggest storylines emerging after Thursday night.

2014 NFL Draft Round 1 Selections
1.TexansJadeveon ClowneyDE/OLBSouth Carolina
2.Rams (from WSH)Greg Robinson OTAuburn
3.JaguarsBlake BortlesQBUCF
4.Bills*Sammy WatkinsWRClemson
5.RaidersKhalil Mack OLBBuffalo
6.FalconsJake MatthewsOTTexas A&M
7.BuccaneersMike Evans WRTexas A&M
8.Browns*Justin Gilbert CBOklahoma State
9.Vikings*Anthony Barr OLBUCLA
10.LionsEric Ebron TENorth Carolina
11.TitansTaylor Lewan OTMichigan
12.GiantsOdell Beckham Jr.WRLSU
13.RamsAaron DonaldDTPittsburgh
14.BearsKyle Fuller CBVirginia Tech
15.SteelersRyan ShazierOLBOhio State
16.CowboysZack MartinOG/OTNotre Dame
17.RavensC.J. Mosley ILBAlabama
18.JetsCalvin Pryor FSLouisville
19.DolphinsJa'Wuan JamesOTTennessee
20.Saints*Brandin Cooks WROregon State
21.PackersHa'Sean Clinton-DixFSAlabama
22.Browns*Johnny Manziel QBTexas A&M
23.ChiefsDee Ford DE/OLBAuburn
24.BengalsDarqueze Dennard CBMichigan State
25.ChargersJason Verrett CBTCU
26.Eagles* (from IND)Marcus Smith DE/OLBLouisville
27.Cardinals*Deone Bucannon SSWashington State
28.PanthersKelvin Benjamin WRFlorida State
29.PatriotsDominique Easley DTFlorida
30.49ersJimmie Ward SSNorthern Illinois
31.BroncosBradley Roby CBOhio State
32.Vikings*Teddy BridgewaterQBLouisville
NFL Network (* indicates trade)


Manziel Slides To Bottom of First Round

In a draft class where the top-tier quarterbacks were all slated to go in the first five picks, just one heard his name called.

Surprisingly, that player was not Johnny Manziel. The Texas A&M quarterback fell out of the top 20, but landed with a team that needed a signal-caller, the Cleveland Browns.

As Jeff Darlington of points out, his offensive coordinator makes a perfect fit as well:

Kyle Shanahan was recently the coordinator with Robert Griffin III. Though the pairing didn't work out as well during Year 2, Shanahan has a system that's built for a signal-caller like Manziel.

Though the Browns haven't been a successful franchise in years, Manziel believes he will buck that trend, per USA Today:

Now that Johnny Cleveland is ready to take over the throne, the hope is that he can find more success than the previous first-round picks for the team.


Browns Win the First Round

Let's be honest, the Browns never make the right decisions. And early in the first round, this year appeared to be business as usual.

After moving back to the No. 9 pick, the Browns then traded up to No. 8 to select Justin Gilbert. That selection didn't look like the trendy one at the time, but another crucial trade later in the draft led to getting Mr. Football at 22nd overall.

Surprisingly enough, that is a familiar pick for quarterbacks in Cleveland, per ESPN Stats and Info:

The hope for Browns fans is that Manziel doesn't wind up like the other signal-callers.

Manziel will be the player making headlines for Cleveland, but Gilbert is a huge one as well. Selecting Gilbert gives Cleveland two lockdown corners with Joe Haden on one side of the defense already.


Texans Have Their Cake and Eat It, Too

Selecting Jadeveon Clowney was the only guaranteed pick of the night, and the Houston Texans made it.

Apart from that, Houston's night was pretty much over. But Day 2 brings prosperity as well for the team, which holds the keys to the first overall selection in the second round.

After Manziel and Teddy Bridgewater were taken off the board, the pressure is now on for teams to grab potential franchise quarterbacks. Therefore, the Texans can either trade the pick or grab a signal-caller of their own.

Much like in the first round, the Texans have time to figure out exactly what they want to do. With names like A.J. McCarron, Jimmy Garoppolo and Zach Mettenberger still available, Houston is once again on the clock.


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