The 2013 NFL draft opens with the first round starting at 8 p.m. EDT at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Will Luke Joeckel be the first pick? Eric Fisher? Which team will take Manti Te’o ? Join us as we follow the twists and turns of each pick.
The second and third rounds of the NFL draft will begin with some high-profile names still unclaimed.
West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith was the unlucky player repeatedly shown sitting and waiting in vain for his name to be called. He left Radio City Music Hall and, ESPN reported, would not be returning for Friday night’s rounds. He declined an interview, but Suzy Kolber reported that he was heading home.
Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu also will try their luck again.
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It was an odd first round, with only one quarterback taken and not one single running back, a real historical anomaly.
No running back was taken in the first round for the first time since the 1963 draft.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 26, 2013
And … West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith leaves the building with three teams still waiting to make picks. This, clearly, is not going to be his night.
St. Louis, with its 30th pick, takes Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree. He’s a bit of a gamble, though, with a DUI arrest just before the combine and two suspensions during his college days
Dallas is on the clock at 31 (from the San Francisco trade), to be followed by Baltimore. Manti Te’o, anyone?
Just after DeAndre Hopkins, a wide receiver from Clemson, was the 27th pick, taken by the Houston Texans, comes word of a little intrigue.
The Minnesota Vikings are trying to move up, probably into New England’s 29th pick, in order to draft Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. The Vikings are offering second-, third- and fourth-round picks, just the kind of compensation that makes the Patriots salivate.
Tight ends were another strong group in this draft and the Cincinnati Bengals took the first one with the 21st pick, taking Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert.
That was followed quickly by a trade, with the Atlanta Falcons trading up into the 22nd pick in order to take Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant. He’s the younger brother of Marcus Trufant.
Meanwhile, another talented cornerback, LSU’s Tyrann Mathieu, remains available because of his off-the-field concerns.
The New York Giants went with — surprise — an offensive tackle, taking Syracuse’s Justin Pugh with the 19th pick.
That was followed quickly by the Chicago Bears taking another offensive lineman, Oregon’s Kyle Long. Yes, his dad is Howie Long.
— Jon Zimmer (@NFLhistory) April 26, 2013
At 17, the Pittsburgh Steelers chose to go with defense, taking Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones. And that was followed quickly by a trade.
The Dallas Cowboys traded their 18th pick to the San Francisco 49ers — who have 13. And with that pick, the 49ers took LSU defensive back Eric Reid.
The Buffalo Bills seemed destined to take a quarterback in this draft and, with the 16th pick, they did just that, going with Florida State’s E.J. Manuel.
That had to be a tough pick for Bills Coach Doug Marrone. He passed up his QB at Syracuse, Ryan Nassib, in favor of Manuel.
And, yes, the first round was half over by the time a quarterback was taken.
Manuel tells Suzy Kolber he’s wearing a pink shirt because his mother is battling breast cancer.
“I just started thinking about my mom, what’s she’s battled through and gone through,” he said. “I’m not the only guy whose mom or parent has battled through something like that and made it. I’m just so proud.”
Bills starting lineup will likely now have a C.J., an E.J., and a T.J. Need to call Packers, ask for D.J. Williams in trade.
— Aaron Schatz (@FO_ASchatz) April 26, 2013
At 14, the Carolina Panthers have taken Star Lotulelei, a defensive tackle from Utah.
He’s the player who was sent home from the NFL combine to be checked out for a cardiac problem. Doctors cleared him, saying the “event” might have been caused by a virus.
Star was a top-3 prospect before the combine.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) April 26, 2013
With their second pick in the first round, the New York Jets go in a different direction, march to the beat of a different drummer … or something.
They’ve taken Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson with the 13th pick.
With the 13th pick, the Jets select DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri. A curve ball. Not sure I understand this pick. Not a scheme fit. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) April 26, 2013
are jets aware their offense stinks?
— daniel kaplan (@dkaplanSBJ) April 26, 2013
The Oakland Raiders make their pick at No. 12 — and it’s Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden.
He’s a bit of a longshot, given his miraculous recovery from a fluke injury that nearly killed him. You can read his full inspirational story here, but the short version is that he suffered a tear of the vein that carries blood from the lower half of the body back to the heart.
After Milliner and Warmack, the San Diego Chargers go with another Alabama player, offensive tackle D.J. Fluker, at No. 11.
Yes, the Tide is on a roll.
— Eric Stangel (@EricStangel) April 26, 2013
Another offensive lineman and another Alabama player, Chance Warmack, is the Tennessee Titans’ pick at the No. 10 spot.
This makes the first time since 1997 that only one quarterback, wide receiver or running back has gone in the top 10, Berman says and then reverts to yapping about Legos.
— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) April 26, 2013
The New York Jets, thwarted in their attempt to land Tavon Austin by the dastardly Jeff Fisher, have taken Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner.
Although Mel Kiper wishes Milliner had bigger hands, it must be pointed out that the secondary is a position of need for the Jets, who traded Darrelle Revis…and will pick again at No. 13. Jon Gruden says he is “football-savvy,” which is the kind of thing that major college football players often are.
Jets fans seem to like it. What gives with the no booing thing? They seem to like Milliner Island.
The Jets just replaced Darrelle Revis … Hey kid, no pressure.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) April 26, 2013
Dee Milliner’s watch is insane. twitter.com/BuzzFeedSports…
— BuzzFeed Sports (@BuzzFeedSports) April 26, 2013
The St. Louis Rams made a big, bold move: they’ve traded into the No. 8 spot occupied by the Buffalo Bills and picked West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin.
Sam Bradford, with help on the offensive line coming from Jake Long, now gets a admittedly undersized target but one that Jon Gruden calls “a devastating modern-day weapon” moments before breathing deeply into a paper bag.
The Rams, astute observers will recall, have two first-round picks, thanks to the Washington Redskins (who like Robert Griffin III just fine). They made the move here because the New York Jets loved Austin at No. 9.
Trade deers: Buffalo traded No. 8, No. 71 for STL No. 16, No. 46, No. 78, No. 222
— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) April 26, 2013
The lovefest for linemen continues, with Arizona taking North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper.
Seven picks. Four offensive linemen. Three defensive ends. … Big men. It’s a draft George Young would’ve loved.
— Ralph Vacchiano (@RVacchianoNYDN) April 26, 2013
Meanwhile, it looks as if there might be a trade coming up…a trade that ESPN’s Adam Schefter says will “shake up the draft.”
With the sixth pick, the Cleveland Browns take Barkevious Mingo, a rather undersized defensive end out of LSU.
Let’s let Jon Gruden take this: “We’re going to change his name to bingo because before you can say bingo he has your quarterback.”
This means he likes it. (At least he kept Berman from talking about Legos again.)
Barry Sanders steps up to announce the Detroit Lions’ selection…conveniently, he’s on the cover of “Madden NFL 25,” which the NFL would like you to buy.
The Lions, by the way, have taken BYU defensive end Ezekiel “Ziggy” Ansah with the fifth pick.
The Lions love that Ziggy can collapse the edge with power.. Forces QBs to step up into Failey, Suh.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 26, 2013
OH MY GOD, THE LIONS SELECTED BARRY SANDERS AGAIN!
— World of Isaac (@WorldofIsaac) April 26, 2013
Chip Kelly arrives in Philadelphia from Oregon, bringing his wide-open offense with him and what player do the Eagles take with the No. 4 pick?
Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson, in a move that has to make Michael Vick breathe a little easier after the beating he took last season.
And, yes, that’s three offensive linemen in the first four picks. We told you this draft was loaded with tackles.
Lane Johnson to RT, Todd Herremans to RG and Dann Watkins to….?
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherCSN) April 26, 2013
The Oakland Raiders choose to swap places with the Miami Dolphins, who move down from No. 12 to take defensive end Dion Jordan from Oregon with the third pick.
So much for all that speculation that they’d take Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson.
ESPN’s Chris Berman is impressed because “he has Dion and Jordan in his name.” Jon Gruden is shocked. The NFL Network is comparing Jordan to Jason Taylor, Aldon Smith, DeMarcus Ware.
The Raiders also get the Dolphins’ second-round pick, the 42nd overall.
At least Luke Joeckel didn’t have to wait long. Whew.
The Texas A&M offensive tackle who’d been rumored to be the No. 1 pick until earlier this week, didn’t have to cool his jets for an uncomfortably long in the green room like Brady Quinn or Aaron Rodgers in past drafts.
The Jacksonville Jaguars took him with the second pick. This marks the first time since 1968 that offensive linemen have gone 1-2 in the draft.
Up next: the constant adventure that is the Oakland Raiders.
Despite having known which player they would take with the No. 1 overall pick in the draft for seemingly ages, the Kansas Chiefs take their allotted 10 minutes and select …
Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher, just as everyone has been saying they would all day.
“I can’t even process what’s happening right now. This is a dream come true,” Fisher told ESPN. “The fact that I was the No. 1 pick is … I can’t understand what’s going on right now. What an honor, what an honor. A great opportunity. I’m pumped to be a Chief.”
When the call came from the Chiefs, his phone didn’t work and they had to call back. Gah.
The Chiefs’ official draft party is rocking. twitter.com/BuzzFeedSports…
— BuzzFeed Sports (@BuzzFeedSports) April 26, 2013
“I’m going to use all 15 minutes even though I’ve known who I wanted for the last month.. LOL!” – Andy Reid
— Faux John Madden (@FauxJohnMadden) April 26, 2013
Roger Goodell is greeted by a smattering of boos — far fewer than he heard in New Orleans at the Super Bowl and, after a brief mention of the explosion victims in West Texas and Boston, it’s Joe Namath and Phil Simms to talk about the 2014 Super Bowl.
Namath: “New York! New Jersey! Super Bowl XLVIII!”
Simms: “You are officially on the clock.”
“Namath? A script? No, why? Oh, come on. Sure it will be fine.”
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) April 26, 2013
Manti Te’o, the former Notre Dame linebacker who was involved in a fake dead girlfriend hoax, isn’t in New York for the NFL draft. Instead, he’s, presumably, watching at home in Honolulu.
Most observers have Te’o going late in the first round, possibly to the Baltimore Ravens with the final pick of the night.
The Kansas City Chiefs still aren’t tipping their hand about which player they’ll take with the No. 1 pick, although more and more reports indicate it’ll be Eric Fisher, rather than Luke Joeckel.
Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel seem to be demanding quite a lot of attention in the moments leading up to the draft… twitter.com/kcchiefs/statu…
— Kansas City Chiefs (@kcchiefs) April 25, 2013
And with this post, the vow to not mention Leon Sandcastle of Primetime University was broken.
In a sign that the prime-time NFL draft may have vaulted the shark, there are red-carpet arrivals, carried live on the NFL Network.
And then there are these guys:
And this happy couple:
The Philadelphia Eagles have the most picks among NFC East teams over the next three days. They’ll draft nine players, barring trade movement, for new Coach Chip Kelly.
The New York Giants have eight picks and the Washington Redskins seven. The Dallas Cowboys have six. The Redskins, of course, have no first-round pick. They traded it last year for that Robert Griffin III guy.
The New York Jets no doubt will draw their usual, shall we say, enthusiastic crowd to Radio City Music Hall for the draft and they’ll have plenty to yap about.
The Jets, thanks to the trade that sent Darrelle Revis to Tampa Bay, have two first-round picks, at No. 9 and No. 13 (from the Bucs) and are the first team since 2000 to have two of the first 13 picks.
Which means only one thing: Jets fans will have two times the opportunity to lament this as their worst draft ever.
As for that 2000 draft, the Washington Redskins and Baltimore Ravens also had two of the first 13 picks.
The Redskins took LaVar Arrington at No. 2 and Chris Samuels at No. 3; the Ravens drafted Jamal Lewis at No. 5 and Travis Taylor at No. 10.
The Jets? They took Shaun Ellis at 12 and John Abraham at 13.
Savor this photo from 1991. Jorts! Mullets! Sun-In! More jorts! Like a great work of art, you’ll notice something new every time you look at it.
— Brett Favre(@Favre4Official) April 23, 2013
There may not be a game-changing quarterback, like Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III or Russell Wilson, in this draft, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t be an extremely useful and important one.
“It’s not as pretty as years past, because there’s not a good-looking quarterback or anything like that,” Luke Joeckel, expected to be among the top picks — if not the top pick — told the New York Times’ Judy Battista. “It’s three mauling, ugly tackles at the top. And all three of us want to go first.”
This, then, is the disrespect draft, a class so maligned that estimates of how many players truly deserve to be selected in the first round have ranged from 10 — courtesy of ESPN’s Bill Polian, a former Colts president — to, well, a number definitely less than 32.
Gil Brandt, a former Dallas Cowboys personnel executive who analyzes the draft for NFL.com, called this a class of “complementary” players — a diplomatic way of describing the kind of picks who fill in the holes around stars like Luck and Griffin.
Each year, as the hours left before the draft dwindle, damaging whispers about players circulate as some teams try to disguise their intentions. It can be a fun parlor game to try to see through those smoke screens. But this year, the smoke seems to have engulfed the entire class, making it seem as if team executives will be holding their noses as they turn in their draft cards.
At his predraft news conference this week, Denver’s John Elway — a member of what might have been the N.F.L.’s most heralded draft class, the one from 1983 that inspired a new TV documentary — was asked about this year’s quarterbacks. He said: “I’m just glad we’re not in that market. Let’s put it that way.”
The Oakland Raiders wouldn’t be the Oakland Raiders if they didn’t rock the NFL draft some way, somehow.
Sure enough, there’s a report by CBS’s Jason LaCanfora that:
How’s this for a shocker: Several execs picking early in round 1 believe OAK will take corner DJ Hayden 3rd overall if they keep the pick
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) April 25, 2013
Although ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports, as the rumors fly at a more feverish pace, that the Raiders are entertaining offers for the pick.
Of Oakland’s last 12 1st-round picks (since 2001), only Darren McFadden (2009) remains on Raiders roster.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 25, 2013
And, as if that weren’t bad enough:
Time to change this: Over past 9 years, Raiders are only NFL that has not drafted a Pro-Bowl player in first round.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2013
This seems like an excessive bit of security for the baseball caps that players will put on the moment they’re drafted, but, hey, it’s the NFL.
— NFL (@nfl) April 25, 2013
It would be so much cooler if the players walked out carrying the cases.
The San Francisco 49ers have a ridiculous 13 picks over the next three days, with rumors flying around that they’d like to move up in the first round in order to bolster their defense.
As for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, they have 12 picks for Ozzie Newsome to work with.
Just when, exactly, did the NFL draft become a touchy-feely thing, with every single first-round pick hugging the stuffing out of Commissioner Roger Goodell?
“Every year before the draft, the day before, all of the draft eligible players that we bring into New York come in and we sit in my office for probably half an hour or 45 minutes and just have a chance to talk,” Goodell said on ESPN’s “Mike and Mike” show. “And Gerald McCoy, who was drafted … by Tampa Bay the next day, I remember saying, ‘You know, this is a big moment for me. Can I really express myself?’ I said, ‘Sure, within reason.'”
This would be a good time to point out that McCoy, the third pick in the 2010 draft, is a defensive tackle who runs about 6-4, 300 pounds or so.
“He came out on that stage and I’ll tell you, he hit me and I still feel it,” Goodell joked.
“He just really embraced me. What it is is … this is something they work for all their lives. They work hard. This is a goal of theirs. And to finally be drafted in the NFL is a big moment, it’s an emotional moment. And when they come across that stage, I think it really hits a lot of these guys. … Gerald had actually lost his mother just a few months before and it was really a point where it was a big time for him. For me to have that moment with these guys as they start their careers is really an honor.”
Now you know why Goodell only hangs around for the first round.
Police on Friday night arrested one suspect in the Boston marathon bombing, Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, in a boat stored in a driveway in Watertown, Mass., following a daylong manhunt. A second susptect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Dzhokhar’s brother, died in a shootout Thursday night after a police officer was killed at MIT and the suspects led police on a chase that ended in explosions and gunfire.
Follow along below as the day and night unfolded on Friday. See here for the latest photographs from Boston.