2014 NFL Draft: 3 Takeaways from the 1st Round

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2014 NFL Draft: 3 Takeaways from the 1st Round
Craig Ruttle/Associated Press

Every football fan looks forward to a few days each year, and Thursday was one of them: Day 1 of the draft. After all the months of watching pro days and hearing experts break down every aspect of dozens of prospects, it all lead up to Round 1, and it didn't disappoint. 

The first round was filled with expected picks, some surprise picks and a few trades. Many of the burning questions were finally answered. We got to finally see Houston pick Jadeveon Clowney and put a rest to all of the discussion. We were also able to move on from the endless talk of where Johnny Manziel would land. 

Speaking of Manziel, his slide down the draft was one of the highlights of the evening, but at least he wasn't alone. He was accompanied by fellow quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who slid all the way to No. 32 to the Vikings, who traded back into the first round to snag him. Michigan State corner Darqueze Dennard also experienced a slide despite generally being considered the second-best corner behind Justin Gilbert. 

With all the excitement, it is easy to miss some of the more interesting aspects of the first round. Fortunately, this article highlights three storylines from Thursday night, breaking them down a bit more in preparation for the rest of the draft on Friday and Saturday. 

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