The NFL draft is one of the wildest and most unpredictable events on the entire sports calendar. There are generally more than a few stunners in each and every first round, and 2014's iteration was no different. It's time to examine the biggest surprises from Day 1 of the 2014 NFL draft.
The first shocker came early, as the Jacksonville Jaguars rocked the NFL landscape by selecting Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles, and the surprises came fast and furious right up until the final selection, when the Minnesota Vikings traded for the right to take Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
What constitutes a surprise? Several factors go into it.
Some teams made surprising picks because they completely eschewed obvious areas of need and instead fortified positions of strength. Others reached for players whom many assumed wouldn't be selected until Day 2 and passed over more heralded prospects to do so. And one team didn't make the incredibly boneheaded move that we all expected it to, which was a stunner in its own right (looking at you, Jerry Jones!).
Here are the biggest surprises from Day 1 of the 2014 NFL draft.