All things considered, the top half of the first round of the 2014 NFL draft went mostly as scripted Thursday night, with relatively few surprises aside from Johnny Manziel's tumble down the board.
And in the late first round, teams went off the board pick after pick, reaching for needs rather than settling for the best value.
As a result, this article proved far more difficult to put together than in years past. While many teams deserve strong grades for their first-round performances, it's difficult to label more than a handful of selections as true steals.
The following five selections are among the few that brought unexpected value to their franchises in the first round.