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NFL Draft Picks 2014: Recapping the Major Storylines After Round 1 Results
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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
Pick Team Player Position School
1. Texans Jadeveon Clowney DE/OLB South Carolina
2. Rams (from WSH) Greg Robinson OT Auburn
3. Jaguars Blake Bortles QB UCF
4. Bills* Sammy Watkins WR Clemson
5. Raiders Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo
6. Falcons Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M
7. Buccaneers Mike Evans WR Texas A&M
8. Browns* Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State
9. Vikings* Anthony Barr OLB UCLA
10. Lions Eric Ebron TE North Carolina
11. Titans Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
12. Giants Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU
13. Rams Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh
14. Bears Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
15. Steelers Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State
16. Cowboys Zack Martin OG/OT Notre Dame
17. Ravens C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama
18. Jets Calvin Pryor FS Louisville
19. Dolphins Ja'Wuan James OT Tennessee
20. Saints* Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State
21. Packers Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix FS Alabama
22. Browns* Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M
23. Chiefs Dee Ford DE/OLB Auburn
24. Bengals Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State
25. Chargers Jason Verrett CB TCU
26. Eagles* (from IND) Marcus Smith DE/OLB Louisville
27. Cardinals* Deone Bucannon SS Washington State
28. Panthers Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
29. Patriots Dominique Easley DT Florida
30. 49ers Jimmie Ward SS Northern Illinois
31. Broncos Bradley Roby CB Ohio State
32. Vikings* Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville

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 NFL.com 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

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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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