NFL Draft Day One

NFL Draft Day One

Day One of the NFL Draft

It was an unusual day at the NFL draft, but not unexpected. The first seven picks were all linemen: four on offense, three on defense.  The first two picks were offensive tackles Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M.

The last few years the buzz was all about the quarterbacks.  The first quarterback picked this year was Florida State’s EJ Manuel, who went to Buffalo at No. 16, the lowest since 2000, when Chad Pennington went 18th to the Jets.

Well-known names such as Manti Te’o, Matt Barkley, and Geno Smith are still on the board entering day two.

Te’o was disappointing in the BCS Championship game, and at the combine.  Barkley’s lack of success as the leader of the Trojans, made his a risky pick.

This year’s draft was considered ‘weak’ at the skilled position.  In addition, the injuries to quarterbacks made teams aware of the need for what Keith Jackson called the “big uglies” to protect their highly paid signal callers.

With several ‘big name’ players still on the board, day two could be interesting.  Sixty four college players know where they will play this year.  Hundreds more most likely had restless sleep last night.

Fisher became the first Mid-American Conference player selected at the top when Kansas City’s new regime led by coach Andy Reid chose the 6-foot-7, 306-pound offensive tackle.

17 linemen went in the first round, weighing an estimated 5,650 total pounds.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express

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