And here we go (recap to come tomorrow!)


1. Indianapolis Colts — Andrew Luck, Stanford QB

The Colts got Luck, now all they need is a soft schedule to see if it all works together (Getty Images).

Quote from Luck (via ESPN.COM): “I realize you could go crazy trying to measure yourself to Peyton Manning every day. That would be an insane way to live,” Luck said. “I know his legendary status, really. Huge shoes to try and fill if you’re trying to do that. … If one day I can be mentioned alongside Peyton as one of the football greats, that would be a football dream come true.”

2. Washington Redskins (from the St. Louis Rams) — Robert Griffen III, Baylor QB

Perhaps the best name the Redskins have had on a the back of a jersey at QB in 20 years (Getty Images).

Quote from RG III (via The Associated Press): “Go catch that dream — because a lot of times when you chase something you never get to it,” he said. “So if you say, `Hey, I’m going to go catch my dream,’ you’re already telling yourself that you’re going to get it.”

3. Cleveland Browns (from the Minnesota Vikings) —Trent Richardson, Alabama RB
4. Minnesota Vikings (from the Cleveland Browns) —Matt Kalil, Southern California, OT
5. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers) — Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State WR
6. Dallas Cowboys (from the St. Louis Rams) —Morris Claiborne, LSU CB
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Jacksonville Jaguars) —Mark Barron, Alabama S

 8. Miami Dolphins —Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M; QB

You think he’s hot? You should see his wife? I would have married him, too. (Getty Images)

9. Carolina Panthers —Luke Kuechly — Boston College ILB
10. Buffalo Bills — Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina CB
11. Kansas City Chiefs — Dontari Poe, Memphis DT
12. Philadelphia Eagles (from Seattle Seahawks) —Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State DT
13. Arizona Cardinals — Michael Floyd, Notre Dame WR
14. St. Louis Rams (from the Dallas Cowboys) — Michael Brockers, LSU DT
15. Seattle Seahawks (from Philadelphia Eagles) — Bruce Irvin, West Virginia OLB
16. New York Jets — Quinton Coples, North Carolina DE

Welcome to the NFL, now give your boss a hug. (Getty Images)

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders) — Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama CB
18.  San Diego Chargers — Melvin Ingram, South Carolina DE (Video via YouTube)

19. Chicago Bears — Shea McClellin, Boise State OLB
20. Tennessee Titans — Kendall Wright, Baylor WR
21. New England Patriots (from Cincinnati Bengals)  — Chandler Jones, Syracuse DE
22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons in 2011) — Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State QB
23. Detroit Lions — Riley Reiff, Iowa OT
24. Pittsburgh Steelers — David DeCastro, Stanford OG
25. New England Patriots (from Denver Broncos) Dont’a Hightower, Alabama ILB
26. Houston Texans — Whitney Mercilus, Illinois DE
27. Cincinnati Bengals (from New England Patriots thru New England) — Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin OG
28. Green Bay Packers — Nick Perry, USC DE
29. Minnesota Vikings (from Baltimore Ravens) — Harrison Smith, Notre Dame S
30. San Francisco 49ers — A.J. Jenkins, Illinois WR
31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from New England Patriots thru Denver Broncos) — Doug Martin, Boise State RB
32. New York Giants — David Wilson, Virginia Tech RB

TEAMS WITHOUT PICKS IN THE FIRST ROUND: Atlanta Falcons, Baltimore Ravens, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders.

What I liked:
– No big surprises: Andrew Luck and RG III went as the top two picks to kick off prime time NFL DRAFT coverage. Lots of trading up and down for teams like the Brown, Cowboys and Jags to obtain much needed players. This draft had the most draft trading in the first 10 picks than any other draft in the college draft era.
-Roger Goodell hugs it out: As you can see from the pictures, Roger Goodell was trying to give more hugs than fines last night. Bringing out his best “I love you, man” sentiments, every single player that was invited to the draft got some love from the commissioner of the NFL. Goodell even got a little confident and gave dap to new Chargers running back Melvin Ingram (As a Dawgs fan, so glad I don’t have to see him ever again). Please see the video above.
– The SEC Reigns supreme: With nine picks in the first round (3 from Alabama, 3 from LSU, 2 from South Carolina, 1 from Mississippi State) the SEC shows the nation again where the talent goes to play college football. The second round may start off with a SEC player, with draft analysts projecting that Georgia OT Cordy Glenn could be taken by the St. Louis Rams.The Rams have 3 picks in the next two draft rounds.
– In the most ever invited to Radio City Music Hall to get a chance to be embraced by Bear Hug Goodell, 26 former college football players were there to see if they would be welcomed prime time to the NFL. 6 were left by the end of the first round, and these are guys who will be picked up within the first 10 picks of round two. They are:
1. Stanford tight end Coby Fleener,
2. Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn,
3. Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill
4. LSU receiver Rueben Randle
5. Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still 
6. Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw.

Information used in this article from ESPN.COM, USA Today, NFL.COM, YouTube, Getty Images, The Bleacher Report and Pro Football Talk (NBC Sports). Quotes used from ESPN.COM and The Associated Press.


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