After two offensive tackles started this draft and the Dolphins seemingly trading up for the third, the first curveball was thrown our way as the Dolphins traded up for linebacker Dion Jordan. The first round went a little crazy a few more times as Geno Smith sat with his head down, lopsided trades were made and some picks made you scratch your head. Here's a recap.
Best Pick: Texans select DeAndre Hopkins - Houston needed a receiver and they value route running and size. Hopkins offers both of that and comes without reaching. The Texans found a starter and hopefully a player that can provide a spark to their stagnant offense.
Worst Pick: Justin Pugh to the Giants - Not only was this a massive reach on my board, but offensive tackle is one of the deepest positions in this draft. The Giants could've used Tyler Eifert, Arthur Brown or Bjoern Werner. I didn't like Pugh on film; he looked soft, weak and was an average athlete. His Senior Bowl week and combine measurements only sealed his 3rd/4th round grade from me.
Best Value: Carolina Panthers drafting Star Lotulelei - I had Star as my fifth overall player in the draft and the Panthers really needed some interior help on the defensive line. To get him with the fourteenth pick is great value at a need position. (+9)
Biggest Reach: Chicago Bears drafting Kyle Long - After six linemen went in the first eleven picks and Justin Pugh was drafted by the Giants right before the Bears, it appears like they panicked and reached for the 82nd player on my board. Sure, they need help on the offensive line, but Kyle Long is a project. He has started five games of D-1 football and I'm not sure he's ready to make the contribution that a top 20 pick should. (-62)
Others: Giants - Pugh (-101), Cowboys-Frederick (-27), 49ers-Reid (-33)
Bold Move: Buffalo Bills drafting E.J. Manuel as the first Quarterback selected - After trading back from the 8th pick, Buffalo still had the opportunity to draft the first QB. They chose Manuel over Ryan Nassib and Geno Smith. They're hitching their wagons to Manuel instead of Doug Marrrone's own college QB (Nassib) and Big East rival QB (Smith). That's a bold bet when your job is the wager.
Strangest Fit: Sheldon Richardson and the Jets - The Jets needed pass rushers and offensive playmakers. After missing out on Tavon Austin and Barkevious Mingo at 9, I understand Dee Milliner. At 13, they selected Sheldon Richardson; one of the best interior pass rusher in the draft. The problem is they already have Muhamed Wilkerson and Quinton Coples at those positions. How do you get all three players on the field at once?
Day One Winner: Minnesota Vikings - Sure, they may not pick again until Saturday, but if I told you one team would end up with Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson in the first round, they'd take my draft card. The Vikings are not only walking away with three new starters, they added three values that could've been top 20 picks.
Day One Loser: Dallas Cowboys - First they lose out on Kenny Vaccaro at pick 15, then they trade back late on the clock and ONLY get a 3rd round pick in return. They were robbed in pure daylight out of desperation and the 49ers took advantage. Then, when they selected a 2nd/3rd round offensive lineman at 31, they officially botched the first round. To make matters worse, the Vikings gave away the farm to the Patriots just two picks ahead of them. Dallas hasn't drafted particularly well over the last few years and this start isn't promising.