Manti Te'o and Geno Smith were notable absences from the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft but in a relatively star-less year franchises made interesting team-building moves.
Here is the full list of round one picks:
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Fisher, offensive tackle, Central Michigan
The Chiefs chose Fisher over Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel. Fisher is the more physical and aggressive player out of the two, but really they were choosing between a Big Mac and a Whopper. Everybody has an opinion on which one is better, but the reality is that you're getting a very similar product. It all comes down to personal taste.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: Luke Joeckel, offensive tackle, Texas A&M
The Jaguars like burgers too. Joeckel was the 'safe' pick – a player who the Jaguars can plug in right away and be confident that he'll do just fine.
3. Miami Dolphins: Dion Jordan, outside linebacker, Oregon
An explosive defensive end but with plenty of question marks against his name. As well as a lingering shoulder injury, Jordan had slightly disappointing production in his senior year (just five sacks – though that had to do with schemes at Oregon, too) and has been accused of disappearing in big games. Weighing in at not much more than 250lbs, a lot of people wonder whether he has enough size to survive in the NFL.
4. Philadelphia Eagless: Lane Johnson, offensive tackle, Oklahoma
Prototypical size and measurable for an offensive tackle, he could slot in on the right or left sides of the lines for Philadelphia – depending what happens with Jason Peters as he continues his recovery from a ruptured Achilles.
5. Detroit Lions: Ezequiel Ansah, defensive end/outside LB, BYU
Ezequiel 'Ziggy' Ansah might be the most intriguing player in this entire draft. A Ghanaian athlete who only discovered the sport in 2010, he has a grand total of nine starts in his football career. Nine. That makes Menelik Watson look like a veteran. What he does have is freakish athleticism – a terrifying combination of size, power and explosiveness. Also, Ansah + Suh + Fairley = one scary defensive line.
6. Cleveland Browns: Barkevious Mingo, outside LB/defensive end, LSU
Is there a better name in America than Barkevious Mingo? Maybe that belongs to his brother, Hughtavious Mingo. A surprising pick as the Browns have greater need in the secondary than they do on the defensive line.
7. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Cooper, guard, North Carolina
Cooper is another safe pick – one of the finer guard prospects to come out in several years with tremendous power and footwork.
8. St. Louis Rams: Tavon Austin, wide receiver, West Virginia
Austin is stand-out playmaker in this draft, an undersized but jet-heeled receiver who just makes plays. The Rams had a big need at the position after losing both Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson in free agency.
9. New York Jets: Dee Milliner, cornerback, Alabama
The clear No1 cornerback in this draft, with fantastic size (6ft 1ins, 197lbs) and tremendous cover skills. He might not turn out to be the next Darrelle Revis but there is nobody else in this draft who is nearly so ready to step in and play right away at the position.
10. Tennessee Titans: Chance Warmack, offensive guard, Alabama
Warmack is an elite run blocker, a 317lb steamroller who not only holds his own at the line of scrimmage but also gets to the second level and lays out linebackers.
11. San Diego Chargers: DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama
A super-sized mauler who belongs strictly on the right side of the line.
12. Oakland Raiders: DJ Hayden, cornerback, Houston
A miracle man. Last November, Hayden suffered an injury which is fatal in 95% of cases – when a hit in practice tore a vein that feeds the heart. Five months later, he's a first-round pick.
13. New York Jets: Sheldon Richardson, defensive tackle, Missouri
At his best he is a terrifyingly disruptive player – blowing immense holes in offensive lines and tracking down players in the backfield. He also has a few red flags against his name – he missed time this year due to academic eligibility issues. And a surprise that the Jets have not yet tackled their problems on offense.
14. Carolina Panthers: Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle, Utah
Lotulelei is what a lot of analysts will refer to as a "space-eater" – a big guy who does his best work lined up opposite a specific offensive lineman, controlling the gaps either side of that player.
15. New Orleans Saints: Kenny Vaccaro, safety, Texas
The best safety in the draft, Vaccaro is a hard-hitting player who will contribute plenty in run support as well as in the passing game. He's also a natural fit for a Rob Ryan defense.
16. Buffalo Bills: EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
Surprisingly taken above Geno Smith as the first quarterback in the draft. Manuel has great size, power, speed and clearly fits into the mould of running, read-option quarterback that is presently all the rage in the NFL. But his throwing motion, decision-making and accuracy have all been questioned.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Jones, defensive end/outside LB, Georgia
A dominant player in college but with concern over his slow 40-yard time (he clocked 4.92 at his Pro Day), as well as his long-term durability. Spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal column, was diagnosed in 2009 but Jones was subsequently cleared. He was a consistent playmaker in college, recording 28 sacks and 45½ tackles for a loss in two seasons at Georgia, and the Steelers need to fill the void left by the loss of James Harrison.
18. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid, safety, LSU
Reid is a hard-hitting safety who addresses a need for San Francisco.
New York Giants: Justin Pugh, offensive tackle, Syracuse
It will be interesting to see where he finishes up on their offensive line. Pugh played at tackle for Syracuse but a lot of scouts have argued that his short arms mean he'll need to move inside to guard in the pros.
20. Chicago Bears: Kyle Long, guard, Oregon
Son to Hall of Fame offensive defensive end Howie Long and younger brother to Pro Bowl defensive end Chris Long, Kyle took the eminently reasonable decision to pursue a career on the other side of the line, rather than live forever in his relatives' shadows.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Eifert, tight end, Notre Dame
Eifert is not so much a tight end as a 6ft 6ins receiver who happens to weigh 250lbs and tends to line up beside an offensive tackle. A rare athlete with remarkably soft hands and great reach, he will be a terrific red zone target and, combined with AJ Green and Jermaine Gresham, gives Cincinnati quite the menacing set of options of offense.
22. Atlanta Falcons: Desmond Trufant, cornerback, Washington
The Falcons paid a steep price to get Trufant, giving up the 30th, 92nd and 198th picks to move up to No22. But this is a team seeking a Super Bowl now, not somewhere down the line, and Trufant is ready to start right away. Like Long, he has good bloodlines, with two brothers who have already played cornerback in the NFL. Unlike Long, he is not a reach here. Trufant is a tremendous in cover corner who can really run with receivers.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Sharrif Floyd, defensive tackle, Florida
A versatile and disruptive player, he can provide the Vikings with a significant boost to their interior pass rush.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Bjoern Werner, defensive end, Florida State
The German was tremendously productive in college, recording 13 sacks for Florida State last year. Werner is likely viewed as the long-term successor to Robert Mathis, who turned 32 in February.
25. Minnesota Vikings: Xavier Rhodes, cornerback, Florida State
A tall and physical cornerback who excels at challenging receivers on the line of scrimmage.
26. Green Bay Packers: Datone Jones, defensive end, UCLA
Jones makes a lot of sense in Green Bay – a 6ft 4ins, 280lbs defensive end who can hold his own at the point of attack and will fit nicely in their 3-4 defense.
27. Houston Texans: DeAndre Hopkins, wide receiver, Clemson
Hopkins is a big, strong and reliable possession receiver who won't drop a lot of balls. Exactly what the Texans need to take the pressure off Andre Johnson.
28. Denver Broncos: Sylvester Williams, defensive tackle, North Carolina
More explosive than you might expect for a man who weighs 313lbs, Williams can clog up running lanes but also get into the backfield and cause trouble. Another player with a great back story – having quit football after high school and gone to work in Walmart, then as a mechanic, before returning to the game as a walk-on at Coffeyville Community College.
29. Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, wide receiver, Tennessee
A freakish athlete at wide receiver but one whose work ethic and route running have been questioned.
30. St. Louis Rams: Alec Ogletree, inside linebacker, Georgia
Struggles sometimes to get off blockers, but he's got fantastic range from sideline to sideline.
31. Dallas Cowboys: Travis Frederick, center, Wisconsin
When you pay your quarterback as well as Dallas have paid Romo, you need to protect him too. Frederick has good pedigree, he is the 15th offensive lineman to be drafted out of Wisconsin since 2000.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Matt Elam, safety, Florida
Elam steps into an enormous Ed Reed-shaped hole in Baltimore.
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