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The 2014 NFL draft opens with the first round starting at 8 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall in New York.

Three quarterbacks in opening round

(Adam Hunger / USA Today)

It took almost three hours, but Johnny Manziel was taken in the first round. (Adam Hunger / USA Today)

The first round ended with a flourish with the Vikings trading up to make Teddy Bridgewater the third quarterback taken, after Blake Bortles and Johnny Manziel. Three years after choosing Christian Ponder, Minnesota gets a new quarterback of the future. Derek Carr went unpicked tonight but that could end with the opening choice of the second round Friday, possessed by the Texans.

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Blake Bortles was the first quarterback taken. (Elsa / Getty Images)

Minnesota, after trade with Seattle, gets Teddy Bridgewater at 32

(Adam Hunger / USA Today)

(Adam Hunger / USA Today)

Seattle traded out of the last pick in the first round, sending the pick to Minnesota for its second-round pick (No. 40) and its fourth-rounder (No. 108).

And, with the pick, the Vikings made a bold but risky move, picking up Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took notice.

Broncos lucky to have Roby still available

The Broncos caught a break. Having Bradley Roby available for the 31st overall choice gives them a cornerback capable of being a solid contributor.

Denver goes with defense at 31

The Denver Broncos moved to shore up their defense, just as they did during free agency, by taking Bradley Roby, a cornerback out of Ohio State, with the next-to-last pick of the first round.

He’ll join newcomers Aqib Talib, T.J. Ward, DeMarcus Ware on the defense.

Carr, Bridgewater still available

It’s down to two selections remaining in the first round. And two top quarterbacks, Teddy Bridgewater and Derek Carr, remain available. Is it time for a quarterback-needy team to trade up? Or will they remain unpicked entering Friday’s second round?

Offensive tackles remain for Redskins

If the Redskins want to take an offensive tackle Friday, the way the first round has unfolded has helped them. Cyrus Kouandjio and Morgan Moses, thought to be likely first-round picks, remain available with two choices left in the round.

San Francisco takes Northern Illinois safety at 30

San Francisco has taken Jimmy Ward, a safety from Northern Illinois,with the 30th pick.

Ward is the fourth safety taken tonight.

New England takes a defensive tackle with 29th pick

After kicking the tires on a number of quarterbacks, the New England Patriots went in a different direction with the 29th pick, choosing Florida defensive lineman Dominique Easley.

The pick is a gamble because of his two anterior cruciate ligament injuries.

Panthers opt for wide receiver help first

The Panthers needed help at wide receiver, and they needed to rebuild their offensive line. They opted to address their need at wideout first by taking Kelvin Benjamin even with two offensive tackles projected as likely first-rounders, Morgan Moses and Cyrus Kouandjio, still available.

Carolina looks to replace Steve Smith at No. 28

The Carolina Panthers did what they needed to do with the 28th pick — they went about finding a big wide receiver to replace Steve Smith.

In 6-5, 240-pound WR Kelvin Benjamin of Florida State, they hope they succeeded.

Some surprise first-rounders

Catching up on the last few picks… The Chargers got good value with Jason Verrett at 25th. It’s far more surprising that Marcus Smith and Deone Bucannon went in the first round.

Some surprise first-rounders

Catching up on the last few picks… The Chargers got good value with Jason Verrett at 25th. It’s far more surprising that Marcus Smith and Deone Bucannon went in the first round.

Arizona goes with defense at 27

The Arizona Cardinals moved to bolster their defense, taking Washington State safety Deone Bucannon with the 27th pick in the draft.

Bucannon led the Pac-12 in tackles last season.

Philadelphia picks a defensive end at 26

Hear those boos?

That means the Philadelphia Eagles have made their pick at No. 26. It’s Marcus Smith, a defensive end from Louisville.

Chances of a Cousins trade likely diminished

The Browns have their quarterback, having drafted Johnny Manziel. Kyle Shanahan no longer needs Kirk Cousins. The chances of Cousins being traded during this NFL draft perhaps aren’t extinguished, given that people familiar with the situation said earlier Thursday that several teams were interested. But those chances certainly appear diminished, with the Browns almost certainly out of the mix now.

Did a homeless man clinch Browns' decision on Manziel?

(Craig Ruttle / AP)

(Craig Ruttle / AP)

ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio reports that Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam made the final decision to take Johnny Manziel when he walked out onto the street and a homeless man yelled, “Draft Manziel.”

Which prompted a fair amount of incredulity.

San Diego drafts defensive back at No. 25

The San Diego Chargers took Jason Verrett, a cornerback out of Texas Christian, with the 25th pick in the draft.

Bengals fortunate to get Dennard 24th

The post-Manziel portion of the draft settled down with the Chiefs taking Dee Ford and the Bengals getting Darqueze Dennard. Cincinnati was fortunate to have Dennard still available for the 24th pick.

Cincinnati picks up Darqueze Dennard at No. 24

The Cincinnati Bengals chose Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard with the 24th pick.

Forever Johnny Football

(Adam Hunger / USA Today)

(Adam Hunger / USA Today)

When his name was finally announced and he strode onto the stage to receive his congratulatory hug from Roger Goodell, Johnny Manziel made it rain. It’s his move, after all.

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