Eric Fisher is the prime example of "it doesn't matter where you go it's what you do when you get there."
Out of high school virtually no one recruited him. He went to Central Michigan as a 230-pounds tight end. Fisher is now 6-foot-7 and 306-pounds and the first player taken [Kansas City Chiefs) in the NFL Draft. What a great story.
18 Linemen Taken
For the first time ever the first two players off the board at No. 1 and 2 overall were offensive tackles in Eric Fisher (Kansas City) and Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M). Lane Johnson (Oklahoma) went No.4 to Philadelphia. Jonathan Cooper (No. 7 to Arizona) and Chance Warmack (No. 10 to Tennessee) were the top two guards taken. Five offensive linemen were drafted in the first ten picks and seven of the first 11 picks. 10 of the 32 picks were offensive linemen.
Eight defensive linemen were chosen as well.
So 18 of the first 28 picks were linemen.
There were five trades in the first round. St. Louis made a bold move, going from No. 16 to 8 with Buffalo to make sure they grabbed West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin. By the way, he was the first non-linemen drafted.
How about the Vikings? After already selecting defensive tackle Shariff Floyd and Xavier Rhodes with the No. 23 and 25 pick, Minnesota made a bold move to trade back into the first round with the Patriots. With that pick they selected wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
Speaking of surprises…
There were a few more surprises during the first round. None were bigger than the Bills drafting Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel with their first pick. Manuel has all the physical tools and very good size. He can run and possesses a good arm. But during his tenure at FSU he was very inconsistent as a passer. If you are inconsistent in college how can you become consistent in the pros where the game is much faster and much harder?
Kyle Long was projected to go in the second round but was taken No. 21 overall by the Bears. This kid is quite the athlete but needs to be developed. Chicago is re-built their front through free agency and now the draft.
Sheldon Richardson was chosen by the Jets with their second first round pick. He seems better suited to play the three-technique in a 4-3 but appears to be a future five-tech for New York.
Maybe the biggest reach was Dallas taking Wisconsin center Travis Frederick. He's a really good player and the top player at this position in this draft class. But it seems the Cowboys could have gotten him a little later in the draft.
No running backs were taken in the first round since 1963.
Only one quarterback taken in the first round - EJ Manuel to Buffalo. 2
Two foreign born players were selected in the first round in Ezekiel Ansah (Ghana) and Bjoern Werner (Germany). Detroit landed Ansah and Werner went to the Colts. Both players are defensive ends.
Three Alabama players taken consecutively in the first round – cornerback Dee Milliner (Jets), offensive guard Chance Warmack (Titans) and offensive tackle D.J. Fluker (Chargers) were taken at No. 9, 10 and 11 respectively. Has that ever happened before?
Seven former Junior College stars were selected in the first round of the draft. That list includes Lane Johnson (Kilgore), Sheldon Richardson (Sequoias), D.J. Hayden (Navarre), Kyle Long (Saddleback), Star Lotulelei (Snow), Sylvester Williams (Coffeyville ) and Cordarrelle Patterson (Hutchinson).
12 of the 32 players selected in the first round were from the SEC. The ACC had six, the Pac 12 had five, the Big 12 had three and the Big East and Big 10 each had one.
Big names still on the board
There are plenty of big names still on the board and it should be a very interesting second round later today. Quarterbacks Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib, running back Eddie Lacy, wide receivers Robert Woods and Keenan Allen, tight end Zach Ertz, offensive tackles Menelik Watson and Terron Armstead, defensive ends Damontre Moore,Tank Carradine and Margus Hunt, defensive tackles Jesse Williams, John Jenkins, and Johnathan Hankins,, linebackers Manti Te'o, Kevin Minter and Arthur Brown, safety Jonathan Cyrpien and cornerbacks Johnathan Banks and Jamar Taylor are still on the board.