While the Minnesota Vikings waited to pick, several other newsworthy events happened

The Minnesota Vikings had to wait, like the rest of the football world, for the draft to fall to them. In the process, a lot of NFL news was made.

While the Minnesota Vikings had to wait for hours to make their first pick, there was plenty of action that went on during the first day of the 2016 draft. Here were some of the stories that made news Thursday night.


  • Quarterbacks went with the first two picks for the second straight season and the third time in four years with the selections of Jared Goff and Carson Wentz. In 2015, the first two picks were Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota. In 2012, the top two picks were Andrew Luck and Robert Griffen III.
  • This year was the fourth time the first two picks in the draft were traded. The other three were 1967, 1975 and 1997.
  • Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott went with the fourth pick in the draft, the highest a running back has been drafted since Trent Richardson went with the third pick of the 2012 draft (thanks to a flip-flop trade with the Vikings).
  • The Vikings will get to see four of the first five picks in the draft. They play at home against the Chargers and Rams in the preseason, at Philadelphia in Week 7 and at home vs. Dallas in prime time in Week 13.
  • The first offensive tackle to get selected was Ronnie Stanley of Notre Dame with the sixth pick. It was the first time since 2011 that an offensive lineman wasn’t selected in the first five picks.
  • Three of the first 10 picks were Ohio State players -- DE Joey Bosa at No. 3, RB Ezekiel Elliott at No. 4 and CB Eli Apple at No. 10. Of the second 10 picks, two of them were Buckeyes -- OT Taylor Decker at No. 16 and LB Darron Lee at No. 20.
  • For much of the draft process, Laremy Tunsil was viewed as top offensive lineman in the Class of 2016 with many thinking that he would be the first overall pick. His off-field questions were his biggest red flag, but his draft status took a beating shortly before the start of the draft. Tunsil’s Twitter account was reportedly hacked with a video showing Tunsil taking a bong hit while wearing a gas mask. Not only wasn't he the first pick, he was the third offensive tackle taken, dropping all the way to Miami at No. 13.
  • Two months ago, all of the picks in the first round were with the teams that were assigned them. Of the first 15 picks, seven of them were traded -- including the eighth pick, which went from Miami to Philadelphia to Cleveland to Tennessee.
  • Of the first 16 picks, eight were offensive players and eight were defensive players.
  • When Alabama center Ryan Kelly went with the 18th pick, it marked the eighth straight year an Alabama player has gone in the first round, the third-longest streak in history, trailing only Miami (14, 1995-2008) and Florida (9, 1983-91).

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