All 32 first-round picks are in the books, but the 2014 NFL draft is just getting started.
The action got off to a high-flying start with Jadeveon Clowney, as expected, coming off the board at No. 1 to the Houston Texans. From Blake Bortles going No. 3 to Jacksonville to Johnny Manziel slipping to Cleveland at No. 22, the surprises came left and right.
It set the stage for Friday, which will feature the second and third rounds. More than twice as many players will come off the board, including four compensatory picks at the end of the third.
Let's break down the draft order for Friday along with some of Thursday's biggest results.
Day 2 Viewing Schedule
When: Friday, May 9 from 7 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. ET
Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York
TV: ESPN (7-8 p.m. ET), ESPN2 (8-11:30 p.m. ET)
Live Stream: WatchESPN
|8 (40)||Seahawks (from Vikings)|
|24 (56)||49ers (from Chiefs)|
|13 (77)||49ers (from Titans)|
|19 (83)||Eagles (from Steelers)|
|27 (91)||Cardinals (from Saints)|
|32 (96)||Vikings (from Seahawks)|
|33 (97)||Steelers (Compensatory)|
|34 (98)||Packers (Compensatory)|
|35 (99)||Ravens (Compensatory)|
|36 (100)||49ers (Compensatory)|
Jacksonville Jaguars: Blake Bortles
The Jaguars needed a quarterback entering Thursday's draft, but the way they went about getting one left many spectators surprised.
Instead of cashing in on Johnny Manziel or moving down to get him or Teddy Bridgewater, Jacksonville went after Blake Bortles out of UCF with the No. 3 overall pick.
Bortles could end up as the gem of the draft class, but the Jags are leaning an awful lot on his potential with this pick. He's got the prototypical size, but his decision-making and mechanics need some developing, and he doesn't seem ready to start right away.
Any of the top prospects were on the board for Jacksonville to choose from outside of Clowney and Greg Robinson. Perhaps they could have locked up the defense by grabbing Khalil Mack or given the future quarterback a target such as Sammy Watkins or Mike Evans to throw to.
But Jacksonville instead opted to reach for a quarterback, and CBSSports.com's Tom Fornelli forecast best how people might end up remembering Bortles' pick to the Jags:
Remember that time the Jaguars took Blake Bortles?— Tom Fornelli (@TomFornelli) May 9, 2014
Oakland Raiders: Khalil Mack
There are favorable draft-day scenarios, and then there is what happened to Oakland early in the first round on Thursday.
With the No. 5 overall pick, the Raiders were able to grab Khalil Mack—a player rivaling Clowney as the potential top pick and a player all but guaranteed to come off the board within a few spots of the South Carolina standout.
Oakland brass wanted Mack all along and ended up with him, as CSN's Fallon Smith noted:
Reggie McKenzie & Dennis Allen said Khalil Mack was the guy they wanted all along & are thrilled he fell to 5. #Raiders— Fallon Smith (@FallonSmithCSN) May 9, 2014
Out of Buffalo, Mack doesn't bring a game of the caliber of his small-school upbringing. He proved to be a workhorse for the Bulls, moving all over the field and covering from sideline to sideline while rushing the passer in menacing fashion.
Many mock drafts had Oakland trying to find its next franchise quarterback at No. 5, but as the draft was somewhat expected to play out, it would have been quite a reach to get Manziel or Bridgewater that high.
Instead, the Raiders went defense and added another Von Miller-type playmaker to the AFC West and one that can anchor Oakland's defensive unit.
Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater
Lost in the hype of Johnny Manziel's unexpected draft day tumble was the slipping of another touted gunslinger.
Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was more realistically an option to slip into the late first round. But with Seattle making the final pick of the round, he looked destined for a disappointing end to Thursday's action and the chance to rebound Friday with a second-round selection.
Then came the phone ring. Minnesota traded back into the first round and made sure to get its seemingly future starter at the position, per SportsCenter:
New head coach Mike Zimmer was high on Bridgewater's winning culture, per USA Today's Tom Pelissero:
"You know the thing I like the most about him? He wins," Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said of Bridgewater, who was 27-8 as the starter in a pro-style offense at Louisville.
"Everywhere he's ever been, he wins. Starts as a freshman in high school, wins. Starts as a freshman in college and wins. This guy — he's got something about him."
Once regarded as the No. 1 overall pick in the draft class, Bridgewater figured to be the top quarterback taken until questions of leadership, hand size and all sorts of other mundane critiques came bubbling to the surface. He nearly fell out of the first round completely.
But after trading back from pick No. 8 to No. 9, and with defensive-minded head coach Zimmer getting his man in UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr to implement on D, the Vikings still needed a move to satisfy Norv Turner and bring life to the offense.
And they made one.
Few teams throughout the draft process seemed to trust in Bridgewater, but he's got one believer in the Vikings.