JC's Live Draft Blog: Round 1

Kids look forward to Christmas Day, but I, on the other hand, live for the NFL Draft. It's always one of my favorite weekends on the sporting calendar, and for the fifth consecutive year, I'll be glued to the action for all 255 picks. I've got an entire row in the auditorium to myself, a catered spread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and plenty of aspirin to drown out 12 hours of Chris Berman.

5:19 PM
The Colts close out the longest first round in draft history with Anthony Gonzalez. Talk about the flash of Ted Ginn Jr. all you want, but smart Ohio State fans will tell you that Gonzalez was their most reliable receiver. Considering how often Indy lines up in three-wide sets, the slot man is practically a starter ...

5:05 PM
It's official as one of the best-case scenarios comes to fruition. Greg Olsen is coming to Chicago with pick No. 31, and although Desmond Clark had a career year in 2006, Olsen looks like the next in a long line of great Miami tight ends. In the court of public opinion, Bears fans have to be overjoyed ...

4:57 PM
The Chargers take Chris Davis at No. 30, which is logical since they do not have a receiver that would scare you. Greg Olsen was seen on television celebrating even before San Diego picked, so you have to think that he'll be the Bears' pick at No. 31. If that is indeed the case, GM Jerry has got to be ecstatic ...

4:44 PM
The player I forecasted the Bears would take today at No. 31 just went No. 29 to the Ravens. Ben Grubbs is the best guard available on most everyone's board and was probably considered by the Chiefs at No. 23. Three picks left to go in the first round, although we're almost six hours in already ...

4:32 PM
I'm wrong again, which at this point should not come as a shock to anyone. It's no secret that the Ravens wanted Joe Staley if he was still on the board at No. 29, so the 49ers had to jump one spot ahead if they wanted him. Central Michigan has just as many draftees as Florida State right now, which is a little upsetting to me ...

4:32 PM
The Patriots decided not to keep both of their first-rounders, so they just dealt No. 28 to the 49ers. San Francisco has a ton of picks this weekend, which gives them all kinds of flexibility to make some moves. I'm guessing this is going to be Alan Branch to help clog up that middle on defense ...

4:19 PM
The Saints had the best passing offense in the NFL last season, and Drew Brees just got even more dangerous with the selection of Robert Meachem at No. 27. He's a heckuva player, but they need to start playing some defense down on the bayou. Now it's really looking like Greg Olsen will be there for the Bears at No. 31, which could be quite a bargain considering he's by far the best tight end available and was projected to go in the middle of Round 1.

4:12 PM
There are few things more frightening in life than entering a Halas Hall bathroom just as Brad Biggs of the Chicago Sun-Times exits ...

4:07 PM
Anthony Spencer it is for the Cowboys at No. 26. I was banking on Robert Meachem because both Terrell Owens and Terry Glenn will be 33 years old by the start of next season. But the Dallas passing attack was pretty good in 2006, so perhaps getting some help on the other side of DeMarcus Ware makes more sense ...

3:59 PM
After the Cowboys traded out of the first round in the Brady Quinn deal with the Browns, they just made a flip with their divisional rival, the Eagles, to get back in the game at No. 26. I'm guessing they go after a receiver here – possibly Robert Meachem – although Anthony Spencer would really help the pass rush. I know the draft is so boring for some peope, but I love this crap ...

3:56 PM
Bears fans, you might be just a little closer to landing Greg Olsen at No. 31. I really thought the Panthers traded down from No. 14 with the specific idea of taking Olsen at No. 25, but they opt for his fellow Hurricane, Jon Beason, instead. Carolina may be thinking of using Beason to replace yet another Miami product, oft-injured linebacker Dan Morgan ...

3:47 PM
At No. 24, the Patriots reach just a little bit to take Brandon Meriweather because they simply can't count on Rodney Harrison anymore. If you remember back to that Miami brawl against FIU not too long ago, he was the guy stomping on guys like Robert DeNiro did to Billy Batts in Goodfellas. Not exactly a Bill Belichick kind of guy, but sometimes filling a need is simply too important ...

3:32 PM
Well, I had that one wrong. I really thought it was going to be Ben Grubbs for the Chiefs at No. 23 since Will Shields just retired, but they opt for Dwayne Bowe instead. Nobody can question this pick because Kansas City has needed to get younger at receiver for quite some time. Eddie Kennison is still their top target right now, and I believe he's old enough to have voted for Jimmy Carter ...

3:16 PM
How do you like that? The Browns pass on Brady Quinn at No. 3, but they just traded with the Cowboys at No. 22 and look like they're going to get him anyway. But if I see that photo of Quinn in the Bernie Kosar jersey one more time, I'm going to throw up in my mouth. I feel great that he's finally off the board, but save me the sentimental hogwash ...

3:04 PM
Jacksonville is the biggest wannabe Gator town in the state, so I had them taking Reggie Nelson at No. 21 all along. After losing Deon Grant, this is a logical choice. And apparently they didn't even consider Brady Quinn despite the fact that Byron Leftwich is going into the last year of his contract ...

2:57 PM
The Giants take a big step toward helping out their awful secondary by taking Aaron Ross at No. 20. He was behind both Leon Hall and Darrelle Revis on every team's board, but he's a solid player who is also a difference-maker in the return game. After seeing Devin Hester up close last season, the G-Men decided they needed some help in that area ...

2:47 PM
The Titans take Michael Griffin at No. 19, a pick that really surprised me. I was betting on Robert Meachem because he's from Tennessee, plus Vince Young needs weapons on the outside after losing both Drew Bennett and Bobby Wade – Bobby Wade! – in free agency. I know this team was really bad on defense a year ago, but they needed help at cornerback before safety considering the Adam 'Pacman' Jones situation ...

2:35 PM
Just like I thought, the Bengals take Leon Hall at No. 18. Arguably the top cornerback in the draft, he fills an immediate need in Cincinnati and probably shouldn't have been there at this point in the draft. We all know Carson Palmer & Company can light up the scoreboard, but that team needs to stop somebody because supposed defensive guru Marvin Lewis hasn't figured it out yet ...

2:27 PM
Jarvis Moss was an absolute monster in the national champtionship game, and it looks like Mike Shanahan took notice. He's the pick for the Broncos at No. 17 and gives them some immediate help with the pass rush. For the record, the Jaguars did very well in this trade as they only had to move down four spots and were able to pick up an extra third and an extra sixth. If they still land Reggie Nelson at No. 21, it's an even better deal. Nice work in the River City ...

2:25 PM
Looks like the Jaguars have traded down, so the Broncos are now on the clock at No. 17. We all know they took Jay Cutler last year and didn't make this move to go get Brad Quinn, but a rusher off the edge certainly makes sense. Maybe two Michigan guys, defensive tackle Alan Branch an linebacker David Harris, are in their crosshairs ...

2:13 PM
The whole world had the Packers addressing their needs on offense in the first round, but with Marshawn Lynch off the board, they go with defensive tackle Justin Harrell instead. I thought they might go with Robert Meachem since he may be the best receiver out there, but Harrell could have been a top-ten pick had he not missed so much time last year with a torn biceps. This was another team that I thought could have considered a tight end. Greg Olsen just might be there for the Bears, although he'll have to get past the Panthers at No. 25 and the Saints at No. 27 ...

2:01 PM
Now I'm officially happy. The Steelers take Lawrence Timmons at No. 15, which means Florida State has a player drafted before both Florida and Miami. For a Seminole alumnus like me, the rest of the day is gravy ...

1:52 PM
Cornerback it is as the Jets take Darrelle Revis at No. 14. I saw Revis going to the Steelers at No. 15 in a lot of mock drafts, so perhaps Pittsburgh is a little upset right now. New York was one team potentially in the market for a play-making tight end, so the odds of Greg Olsen falling to the Bears at No. 31 just got better ...

1:44 PM
With the two best cornerbacks on the board, the Jets jump up and make a deal with the Panthers for No. 14. Eric Mangini really needs some help at cornerback, and with the two best still available – Leon Hall and Darrelle Revis – New York jumps at the opportunity. Finally, some action. Carolina gives up No. 14 and a sixth-rounder in return for No. 25, a second, and a fifth from the Jets ...

1:39 PM
Adam Carriker goes No. 13 to the Rams, a team I saw him going to on a lot of mock drafts. We all know that St. Louis can still score a ton of points with Marc Bulger running that offense, but the defense really let them down the last year or two. Carriker can play both end and tackle, plus this is a franchise that also took Grant Wistrom out of Nebraska not too long ago ...

1:27 PM
That was very cool. Bruce Smith, one of the best players in Bills history and a Virginia Tech alumnus, accounces Buffalo's pick at No. 12. "God bless the Hokies," he says, referring to the unfathomable tragedy in Blacksburg not too long ago. The pick? Marshawn Lynch, an immediate replacement for Willis McGahee after trading him to Baltimore in the offseason ...

1:18 PM
Patrick Willis just became my favorite player in the draft since he was just shown on camera wearing a White Sox hat. Mike Nolan needs some serious help on defense, and Willis is a great start at No. 11 in the draft. I honestly thought it was going to be Adam Carriker because he looks like a natural defensive end in a 3-4 system, but you can't argue with Willis here. Wouldn't it be amazing if Quinn fell all the way to Kansas City at No. 23 just like he did in the Official Scout.com Mock Draft? Quite the clairvoyants we are ...

1:12 PM
The Texans have a future stud on their hands after selecting Amobi Okoye at No. 10. Still just 19 years old, he's the youngest player every to be selected in the NFL Draft. With Okoye on the inside and last year's No. 1 overall pick Mario Williams off the edge, suddenly Houston looks like they have some serious talent on defense. Remember DeMeco Ryans, a second-rounder a year ago, was the Defensive Rookie of the Year. However, that doesn't change the fact that they're offensive line is a joke and Matt Schaub will get destroyed just like David Carr did all those years ...

12:50 PM
And we have our first "Wow!" moment of the draft. ESPN just spent an entire segment talking about how Brady Quinn would be a perfect fit with the Dolphins at No. 9 and applauding them for allowing him to fall in their laps, yet Miami decides on Ted Ginn Jr. instead. Not only was the look on Quinn's face absolutely priceless, but his girlfriend was even more shocked. Every spot he slides, that's a few less pairs of Jimmy Choos in her walk-in closet. It just got interesting, ladies and gentlemen ...

12:39 PM
Jamaal Anderson goes to the Falcons at No. 8, and again, the draft is going pretty much as expected so far with the exception of Joe Thomas to the Browns. Anderson is more of an athlete than a football player right now because he was actually a receiver in high school before ultimately settling in at defensive end. Personally, I think he's got bust written all over him. And there's Brady Quinn sitting there for the Dolphins at No. 9. Everyone said they would have to trade up in order to get him, but his slide mirrors what happened to Matt Leinart a year ago ...

12:27 PM
Adrian Peterson goes No. 7 to the Vikings, right where he was going on most of the legitimate mock drafts being conducted. Chester Taylor was very good in Minnesota last year but really wore down the second half of the season, plus the two-pronged approach on the ground is the way to go in today's NFL. All of a sudden, the Vikes' running game with Peterson and Taylor behind the likes of Steve Hutchinson and Bryant McKinnie looks pretty daunting ...

12:19 PM
The Vikings probably thought they could have had a shot at either Brady Quinn or Adrian Peterson at No. 7. Now both of them are available. Either would be a good idea because Minny was nothing short of atrocious last season ...

12:14 PM
No. 6 is where the Bears could have been picking had the deal with the Redskins for Lance Briggs gone through. Intead, it appears that Washington will go with LaRon Landry and pair him with Sean Taylor at safety. Although the `Skins could really use a pass-rusher and would have loved to have Gaines Adams, replacing Adam Archuleta with Landry will add some serious skills to their secondary ...

12:04 PM
The Cardinals do the smart thing and take Levi Brown, regardless of the fact that No. 5 might be a little high for him. They gave a ton of money to Edgerrin James last season and still couldn't run the ball, so they've got to get their offensive line in order. Falling for Adrian Peterson would have been a big mistake ...

11:58 AM
Quizno's for lunch courtesy of the Bears. Not my favorite. But everything tastes better when it's complimentary ...

11:55 AM
Gaines Adams is the first defensive player to go as he heads to the Buccaneers at No. 4. They could still be talking to the Lions about a deal for Calvin Johnson. We'll see if this scenario indeed unfolds ...

11:53 AM
The Seahawks just traded Darrell Jackson to the 49ers for a fourth-rounder, which is a great deal for San Francisco considering they have a ton of picks and are in desperate need for a reliable receiver ...

11:49 AM
I can't confirm this, but I just heard that the Browns passed on Brady Quinn because his footwork wasn't quite as good as Bernie Kosar ...

11:43 AM
The Browns make the safe choice and take Thomas. They loved JaMarcus Russell but were not necessarily enamored with Brady Quinn, and you have to think the rumors about Adrian Peterson's collarbone played a role here. Thomas looks more Tony Boselli than Robert Gallery, but he's apparently too busy fishing with his father out on Lake Michigan to care too much ...

11:39 AM
The entire draft will hinge on what happens with the Brown at No. 3. If they take Brady Quinn to be their quarterback of the future, most of the trade possibilities at the top of the draft will disappear. If they take Adrian Peterson, Quinn will start to slide and other teams may start to put together packages to go get him. If it were me, I'd take Joe Thomas. Stud left tackles are usually a safe bet this high in the draft, and he'll immediately make their 31st-ranked rush offense that much better ...

11:30 AM
Calvin Johnson goes to the Lions at No. 2, but he shouldn't go apartment hunting in the Motor City just yet. A deal with the Buccaneers could still be in the works. If Tampa Bay takes Gaines Adams at No. 4, that might signal a trade ...

11:26 AM
Now is when the draft gets interesting with the Lions at No. 2. Everyone knows the Buccaneers are dying to get Calvin Johnson at No. 4, but instead of trading up with Detroit, they're simply daring Matt Millen to take him since he's already pretty much embarrassed himself with the Charles Rogers-Roy Williams-Mike Williams triumverate three years running. This is turning into a game of chicken ...

11:20 AM
It's official. JaMarcus Russell goes No. 1 overall to the Raiders. Personally, I would have taken Calvin Johnson – by far the best prospect available – and then drafted a QB like Trent Edwards in the second round. I just think Johnson is a once-in-a-generation talent and will be a consistent Pro Bowl performer for the next decade, plus the pressure put on first-round quarterbacks can be crushing ...

11:10 AM
The Raiders are now officially on the clock, and although the latest rumor says they might trade down with the Browns and target Brady Quinn, I'd be shocked if they don't stay at No. 1 and take JaMarcus Russell. Still, even though Quinn is from Ohio and has been lobbying for a chance to play in Cleveland, Russell is the quarterback GM Phil Savage covets. No matter what happens, get ready for a long day because you know every team is going to use every ounce of their 15 minutes in Round 1 ...

10:38 AM
This is one of the best times of the year, my friends. Spring is in the air, flowers are starting to bloom, and new Commissioner Roger Goodell has threatened to suspend me for the season if I don't get that smug look off my face. Needless to say, the NFL Draft is one of my favorite weekends on the sporting calendar. I'll be on hand for all 255 picks for the next 48 hours, and since this is my first draft blog at BearReport.com, it promises to be a good one. So to borrow a line from my man Hawk Harrelson, sit back, relax, and strap it down ...

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