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And the thirty-second and final pick, 11:06 p.m.: The New York Giants take the third running back of the night, Virginia Tech’s David Wilson.
Thirty-first pick, 10:56 p.m.: The Tampa Bay Bucs take Boise State runnig back Doug Martin.
Thirtieth pick, 10:50 p.m.: The San Francisco 49ers take Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins to their stable of WRs.
Two picks to go and I’m already feeling a little nostalgic for this draft. Tampa Bay and the New York Giants are the last two teams and this bad boy is going to break the record for the fastest first round, squeak in at around three hours.
Twenty-ninth pick, 10:48 p.m.: Minnesota takes Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith.
Twenty-eighth pick, 10:41 p.m.: Green Bay takes USC linebacker Nick Perry. Meanwhile, Baltimore has traded its pick and Minnesota is on the clock as this draft just keeps rollin’.
Alabama defensive end Courtney Upshaw and Georgia offensive lineman Cordy Glenn are still available. Just sayin’.
Twenty-seventh pick, 10:36 p.m.: The Bengals are back with another pick, taking Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler.
Twenty-sixth pick, 10:30 p.m.: Houston adds to its already formidable defense by taking Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus, who is shown on Skype in a family mosh pit when the pick is announced. Frankly, someone should have drafted him for his name alone.
Twenty-fifth pick, 10:24 p.m.: The New England Patriots trade picks No. 31 and 126 to the Denver Broncos for the 25th pick and take Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower. Hightower is the fourth ’Bama player taken tonight and the second in a row for a team with the league’s 31st-ranked defense. Good grief, Belichick plays the draft like a fiddle.
Twenty-fourth pick, 10:22 p.m.: Another oooh moment: Pittsburgh takes Stanford guard David DeCastro.
Twenty-third pick, 10:20 p.m.: Finally, some excitement ... Megatron is in the house. Calvin Johnson, Madden 13 (is that a double jinx?) cover guy, announces the Detroit Lions’ pick. It’s Iowa tackle Riley Reiff.
Twenty-second pick, 10:13 p.m.: Cleveland gets a quarterback, Oklahoma State’s Brandon Weeden. He’s the fourth quarterback taken toight.
Twenty-first pick, 10:10 p.m.: Roger Goodell — sorry, RG1 — hears boos as he announces that the defense-impaired New England Patriots have taken Syracuse defensive end Chandler Jones.
Twentieth pick, 10:05 p.m.: The Tennessee Titans take one of Robert Griffin III’s Baylor targets, wide receiver Kendall Wright. This is the first of three picks that are in but have not been announced. They’re stacking up like this is LaGuardia.
Ninteenth pick, 10 p.m.: Shea McClellin, Boise State defensive end, is the Chicago Bears’ choice.
The Patriots and Bengals have made a trade, with the Patriots getting the 21st pick in exchange for the 27th and a third-rounder (No. 93).
Think Tom and Gisele are watching the draft?
Eighteenth pick, 9:53 p.m.: South Carolina linebacker Melvin Ingram is the San Diego Chargers’ choice. He’s 6-1, 260some pounds, but had an extremely impressive pro day.
Ingram has a special handshake with Goodell, then a bearhug. Everyone is calling Goodell RG1 now, by the way. Where does this leave Rex Grossman?
Seventeenth pick, 9:46 p.m.: With the pick they got from Oakland in the Carson Palmer trade, the Cincinnati Bengals take Alabama defensive back Dre Kirkpatrick, the third ’Bama player to go in the first round.
Sixteenth pick, 9:40 p.m.: The Jets take North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples. Jets fans seem...perplexed. So much so that they only half-heartedly do their traditional booing. The saddest moment of the night.
Fifteenth pick, 9:33 p.m.: West Virginia linebacker Bruce Irvin is Seattle’s pick, in spite of off-the-field issues. Maybe he’ll mature with Pete Carroll.
And now it’s time for J-E-T-S JetsJetsJets.
Fourteenth pick, 9:27 p.m.: The Rams finally stop trading and make a pick, taking LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the pick they’d traded their No. 6 for earlier in the day. Friday is the Rams’ big draft day, though. They have the 33rd pick and the 39th (from the Redskins) and the 45th (from the Cowboys).
Thirteenth pick, 9:19 p.m.: The Arizona Cardinals take a wide receiver, Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, as an understudy to Larry Fitzgerald. An interesting pick because of his off-the-field issues, but he should help supply some of the oomph the offense lost with the departure of Anquan Boldin. Fitzgerald is going to be doing some mentoring...
Twelfth pick, 9:11 p.m.: Fletcher Cox, the defensive tackle from Mississippi State is the Eagles’ choice.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano likes the move: “He’s exactly the right pick for the Eagles. They needed to beef up their run defense with a big, mean defensive tackle, and Cox certainly does that. But the Eagles’ defense is also based on the ability to rush the passer with their front four, and Cox is an excellent pass rusher from the interior of the defensive line. He was higher on many draft boards than Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe, who went one pick earlier to Kansas City, and he’s a better fit for what the Eagles do on defense than Poe would have been.”
Eleventh pick, 9:04 p.m.: Defensive tackle Dontari Poe goes from the delicious BBQs of Memphis to the wonderful BBQs of Kansas City. Mike Mayock says Poe has “a good motor.”
And ... the Philadelphia Eagles have acquired the No. 12 pick from Seattle in exchange for fourth- and sixth-round picks. The Seahawks will pick 15th.
Tenth pick, 8:58 p.m.: Stephon Gilmore, the South Carolina cornerback, goes to Buffalo and is the third DB taken so far. Teams are taking more time with their picks now, ending Goodell’s aerobic workout.
Ninth pick, 8:55 p.m.: Deion seems pretty chipper. Man, this is flying — the ninth and 10th picks are in. At this point, Goodell will be sipping Bosco in his jammies by 11. Carolina takes Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly and we wait to learn Buffalo’s pick..
Eighth pick, 8:49 p.m.: It’s looking like the Miami Dolphins are finally gonna get a quarterback, taking Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M. Well, after missing out on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn (and Drew Bees, too), it makes sense. Besides, he “has a huge upside.” (Go ahead and take a drink every time someone says that and “high motor.”
Seventh pick, 8:43 p.m.: This is wack; the Colts are the only team that has drafted in its original position so far. Thanks, Rich Eisen. Also, thanks for not being Chris Berman.
Anyway, Tampa Bay welcomes Alabama defensive back Mark Barron to Florida. He can just rent a U-Haul and drive there. Convenient.
Sixth pick, 8:37 p.m.: The Dallas Cowboys take LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, getting the pick from St. Louis,and now chills until their next pick, No. 81 tomorrow night.
Fifth pick, 8:32 p.m.: This draft is like speed dating...Jacksonville takes Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
Fourth pick, 8:27 p.m.: The Vikings take USC tackle Matt Kalil. Christian Ponder, Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson should be happy. Just before the pick was announced, Jacksonville and Tampa Bay traded picks with the Jaguars getting No. 5 for the Bucs’ No. 7. The Jags also gave up a fourth-round pick.
Third pick, 8:20 p.m.: The Cleveland Browns take Alabama running back Trent Richardson, the guy they traded up to get just before the draft began.
Second pick, 8:12 p.m.: With the second pick, the Washington Redskins take Robert Griffin III. No drama, no suspense...just a deluge of “RGIII” chants.
Griffin speaks of his father and grandfather, says he’s “taking the Grffin name someplace it’s never been before. I take pride in having that ‘third’ on the end of my name.” RGIII’s socks say “Catch That Dream.”
First pick, 8:06 p.m: It’s Andrew Luck!!! Why did no one tell me this was going to happen???
Okay, on to the Redskins and the Skins fans are chanting, “RGIII!” These people may give Jets fans a run for their money tonight.
Luck tells Suzy Kolber says he’s “so honored, so grateful to be able to represent the city [of Indianapolis] now.” Luck is wearing Zegna...the final fashion update of the night.
8:02 p.m.: Hey, it’s 8:02. There should be two picks in by now.
Here we go. A mix of boos and cheers for Roger Goodell (more of the former).
The Colts are on the clock ... and Andrew Luck is on the phone with them already — a flip phone. He should probably move to a smartphone.
7:54 p.m.: Just a few minutes to go. The players have been introduced, Commissioner Roger Goodell has been booed and RGIII’s socks have been unveiled. Time for this pageant to begin.
By the way, Goodell says that RGIII calls him RG1. Smart kid.
7:15 p.m.: The M&Ms — in team colors — are in place on each team’s table, a sure sign that the first round of the NFL Draft is going to take place tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The fans have been lining up all day — and not just the usual array of New York Jets fans (the ones usually booing — for good reasons).
Cleveland gets Minnesota’s pick in exchange for its No. 4 pick and fourth-, fifth- and seventh-round picks (the Browns had 13). Cleveland is expected to take Alabama running back Trent Richardson, who hadn’t heard of the trade when Suzy Kolber asked him about it during a red-carpet — yes, the NFL Draft has jumped the shark with a red carpet — interview.
“Like I say it’s always an honor,” Richardson said of the possibility of going to Cleveland. “I don’t know if they’re going to pick me, but if they do I’m happy. ... I can’t wait to be there.”
Kolber asked if there was symbolism to the fact he was wearing a brown suit. (Is this the People’s Choice Awards?) At least RGIII turned the tables and asked Kolber what she was wearing...Carmen Marc Valvo, fyi. Steinberg and Kogod have the story on RGIII’s rockin’ socks, btw.)
The Detroit Free Press reports that the Lions, who have the 23rd pick, are interested in moving into the top 15. The Lions gave up 90 points and 900 yards in their last two games, losing to Green Bay and New Orleans, and reports have them targeting — surprise — defensive players.
Twenty-six players have been invited to New York for the night that will change their lives and some couldn’t help reminiscing about that today.
Exciting day for 32 guys today, agonizing wait followed by a big sigh of relief when u get that call. Looking forward to seeing who we pick— Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12) April 26, 2012
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