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Welcome to Row12’s NFL Draft Blog. We’ll be providing live analysis of every pick throughout tonight’s proceedings. Stay tune for further updates. The draft is a little more than an hour away!
Hull: Lots of rumors circulating right now naming Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher as the No. 1 pick. Both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay at ESPN are projecting Fisher as the pick. It's an interesting selection as the Chiefs didn't spend one of their 30 player visits on Fisher. The Chiefs are hoping for a substantial trade offer before making their selection official, though. We'll see if they can get it.
Horkman: There’s also an expectation that we’ll see many trades in the top 10. One such trade could be Detroit moving up to No. 3 to select Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson. That outcome would give us three offensive tackles in the first three picks with Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel landing in Jacksonville. Score one for the hogs!
Hull: The indecision around this draft feels like it's unprecedented. It's odd this age of technology the media is pretty clueless about who is doing what. Perhaps teams are getting better at putting out smoke screens or are simply just playing everything much closer to the chest. Whatever it is, it's left even those with plentiful sources clueless. Makes me wish even more Rick Gosselin was still doing mock drafts for the Dallas Morning News. No one was connected to the draft like Goose.
Hull: There is a bit of a network battle for draft coverage with both the NFL Network and ESPN televising the event. Obviously, ESPN is going to get a bigger share since the NFL Network is offered in fewer homes. But ESPN is offering a game called Draft Bingo. Find it here. The catch is you have to watch ESPN to win, and they are offering some ESPN swag with it. I honestly just changed the channel to ESPN so I could play.
Horkman: The calm before the storm. Less than three minutes until the draft begins. Many feel this is an underwhelming draft class, but I don’t agree with that assessment. The star power is lacking because the quarterback class is disappointing. However, it’s a strong class in rounds two and three. This is why you can expect many trades. Teams know where to find the value.
1. Kansas City Chiefs select Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher
Horkman: Give the Chiefs credit for keeping the media out of the loop. Everyone and their mother thought they were selecting Joeckel. They got this right, though. Fisher’s already an outstanding pass protector and his run blocking is only going to improve. His immediate future intertwines with Branden Albert’s. He can start at right tackle this season, if Albert isn’t traded. If they can move Albert, then Fisher slides in as the franchise’s left tackle on day one. Either scenario looks good.
Hull: News broke late Fisher was the pick, and I don't think it's the wrong pick at all. I've had Fisher ranked as the top OT in the draft since the Combine when he outperformed Texas A&M's Luke Joekel. There's one point about Joekel over Fisher for the Chiefs that I do like. Joekel spent a year blocking Von Miller, who is now with the Broncos. That experience could be invaluable. But by no means do I think Fisher is a bad selection.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars select Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel
Horkman: Many scoff at the notion of Jacksonville selecting an offensive tackle. They were last in sacks a year ago, so Oregon‘s Dion Jordan was the presumed choice. But the Jags aren’t making the playoffs with or without Jordan next season. Their draft is about two, three years down the road. Joeckel is a battle-tested left tackle prospect ready to play. He also provides leeway with Eugene Monroe’s contract, which expires next year. I suspect Jacksonville may want Monroe to convert to right tackle, as you don’t use the No. 2 overall pick on a long-term right tackle. Interesting times in Jacksonville.
Hull: Joekel was the top player on many boards, but the Chiefs prefered Fisher. That leaves a great OT prospect for the Jags. It's a good pick and the right pick. Send Monroe to the right side and then let him walk. Joekel could end up being what Monroe never developed into. And nothing can make a QB look better than a good pass protecting OT. Joekel is exactly that. This is the second time in the past three years a player from Texas A&M has been taken No. 2 overall. Von Miller was the first.
Hull: Couldn't help but notice a big smile on Lane Johnson's face as his dad congratulated him when ESPN put the camera on him. I smell a trade and Johnson is the pick.
3. Miami Dolphins (from Oakland) select Oregon DE/LB Dion Jordan
Hull: Talk about a twist! I was already writing about the Dolphins grabbing Lane Johnson. This means the Dolphins are likely making a trade with the Chiefs for Branden Albert. Jordan has loads of potential with elite athleticism, but he wasn't a productive college player. If the Dolphins had moved up for Johnson, I would have liked it more. I actually like Jordan in a 4-3 more than most draftniks because he's got a frame that weight could be added to. Still, this is the first real surprise of the draft.
Horkman: Talk about a curve ball. Most (including myself) thought it was Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson, but jumping up for Jordan also makes sense. He’s one of three big-time pass rushers in the draft. He’s a tall, lengthy, athletic edge player. He’s also a fluid athlete and can drop into coverage and run with running backs and tight ends. With Cameron Wake and now Jordan in the fold, Miami has the assets to put pressure on Tom Brady. We’ll see whether they end up acquiring Albert from Kansas City to round out an aggressive off-season.
4. Philadelphia Eagles select Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson
Horkman: Chip Kelly’s fast-paced tempo requires athleticism across the board, even along the offensive line. Johnson ran a sub 4.75 forty at 6-6 and 300-plus pounds. Scouts actually value the 10-yard splits ahead of the 40-yard dash for offensive lineman, and Johnson’s 1.61 10-yard split topped all other offensive lineman. He’s capable of playing left or right tackle, but obviously the Eagles project him on the left side in the long-term.
Hull: For my money, there isn't an OL in this entire draft with more potential. Johnson is an unreal athlete. He's got a higher ceiling than Joekel or Fisher. And Jon Gruden just made a great point. Johnson worked in a no-huddle offense with a similar pace Chip Kelly ran at Oregon. That makes him a brilliant fit for the Eagles.
5. Detroit Lions select BYU DE Ezekiel Ansah
Hull: Ansah is one of the better stories in the draft. There might not be a more natural athlete in the draft. He's barely beginning to tap into his potential. The Lions do need a CB, but the best pass defense is a pass rush. Ansah replaces Cliff Avril, who left the Lions in free agency. Ansah might not be a big hit as a rookie, but three years down the road he could be an All-Pro.
Horkman: The Lions probably wanted Lane Johnson or Dion Jordan, so the Dolphins and Eagles put them in a tough place. It may have worked out for the best, as I believe Ansah is the best player in this draft. He may not contribute as a rookie, but the draft is about year two, three, and so on. That’s when the value of this pick will kick in, as his nasty combination of size, speed, and strength translates to the field.
6. Cleveland Browns select LSU DE/LB Barkevious Mingo
Horkman: I’m not shocked the Browns took a pass rusher. They did sign Paul Kruger, but Baltimore used him as a down lineman during third downs. With Mingo in the fold, Cleveland can line him and Jabaal Sheard up at linebacker, while Kruger puts his hand in the dirt. That’s a scary trio. With that said, Sheard and Mingo are not great run defenders, so the Browns are leaving themselves vulnerable defending the run.
Hull: Jon Gruden might love Mingo, but don't count me among that group. I don't like his productivity and I find no excuse for the lack of it. He could develop into a fine pass rusher in the NFL, but I think he's going to be a bust. This is the first player picked in this draft I feel will be a bust. But the Browns were said to be high on Mingo and Alabama CB Dee Milliner, who would have been a much better selection at this point. The Browns are going to a 3-4 scheme, though, and one can never have enough pass rushers in that scheme.
7. Arizona Cardinals select North Carolina OG Jonathan Cooper
Hull: Cooper is a great athlete, particularly for a guard. Poor OL play is notorious in Arizona, especially when thinking about how bad the Cards have been running the ball in recent years. Cooper is a step in the right direction to fixing that issue. There were a lot of teams, including Tennessee and Dallas who valued Cooper as one of the top players in this draft. So Arizona wasn't alone in its interest of him.
Horkman: This is definitely a throwback draft. The first seven selections were all about protecting or getting after the quarterback. Cooper is a big-bodied guard capable of playing center. At the combine, he did 30-plus reps of 225 on the bench. This is a nice, safe choice by Arizona.
8. St. Louis Rams (from Buffalo) select West Virginia WR Tavon Austin
Horkman: Going into his fourth year as a starter, quarterback Sam Bradford has yet to play with a dynamic receiver. The Rams needed to right that wrong, which is why they made this aggressive move. Despite size limitations (5-9 & 174 pounds), Austin could develop into a special player. He’s quick in space and has outstanding straight-line speed. He’s not limited to a slot role, but his skill set makes him a dangerous weapon from that position. He’ll give this offense a much-needed adrenaline boost.
Hull: For the last two seasons, I've credited Austin with being the most electric receiver in college football. He's lethal in the open field, and a home run threat every time he touches the ball. The Rams move up a pick ahead of the Jets and get the guy they wanted. The Bills spurn their division rival Jets in the process.
Now the question is how far does Geno Smith fall? Can Buffalo get him at No. 16? Will the Jets take him next? There aren't any QB hungry teams left in front of Buffalo other than the Jets and they arguably have too many on the roster. Maybe the Jets take Geno to hurt the Bills just like Buffalo did them.
9. New York Jets select Alabama CB Dee Milliner
Hull: Jets needed to replace Darrelle Revis after sending him to Tampa Bay and they have to feel like they did so. Rumors were the Jets weren't really targeting Milliner, but with Tavon Austin and Barkevious Mingo off the board, this is probably the Plan C option for the Jets. Milliner Island? He'll get the chance in Rex Ryan's defense.
Horkman: Talk about pressure. Milliner replaces Darrelle Revis in New York. That’s not how it should be, but that’s how the New York media will call it. He’s a fantastic man-to-man corner and an even better tackler. Being coached by Nick Saban gives him credibility, as Saban is a former defensive back coach.
Marshall Faulk doesn’t seem to understand that New York traded Revis because of money. It's nice to see Rich Eisen call him on it.
10. Tennessee Titans select Alabama OG Chance Warmack
Horkman: This draft’s theme continues. Eight of the top 10 picks were in the trenches, including two guards. This is truly unprecedented in modern times. Warmack was a first-team All-American in 2012. He’s a good pass protector and great run blocker, which bodes well for Chris Johnson. He’s a big reason why Eddie Lacy may hear his name called tonight or early tomorrow.
Hull: Warmack was considered the best player in the draft by several draftniks. He ends up being the second OG and fifth OL taken in the draft. That's five in the top 10 and the Chargers, who greatly need help on the OL are missing out as a result. So are the Cowboys at No. 18. Don't be shocked if the Chargers now reach for Alabama OT D.J. Fluker with the next pick.
That said, there are some teams about to get some great value on DTs like Sharrif Floyd and Star Lotulelei. The Panthers have to be ecstatic at No. 14 because there's no doubt that's their biggest need.
11. San Diego Chargers select Alabama OT D.J. Fluker
Hull: Can't say I didn't call it. I'm patting myself on the back because this is the first pick in my last mock I actually nailed. That said, I don't like the pick. Fluker is a reach. He's got long arms, but he's more of a RT than a LT. He is not a great pass blocker, but this is a huge need for the Bolts, so it's an understandable reach even if they do end up playing him at RT. It was a need-based pick more than a value one.
Horkman: The Chargers need to protect Philip Rivers. Their lack of pass protection is a big reason why Rivers has seen his level of play drop the last two seasons. Fluker is a very good right tackle prospect. He has freakish arm length (37 inches) and does a great job of using his size to overwhelm opponents.
The Raiders are sitting pretty at No. 12 with each of the top three defensive tackles still on the board.
12. Oakland Raiders (from Miami) select Houston CB D.J. Hayden
Horkman: And they go cornerback. Forget about career-threatening, Hayden suffered a life-threatening injury during a practice by tearing a large vein. An electric pro day elevated his stock. He has good size and blazing speed. His ball skills are also outstanding. This is simply a great story.
Hull: I know Mike Mayock loves the guy, but Hayden's selection almost feels like Al Davis has been resurrected and is leading the Raiders' War Room. Hayden is a great story and I hope he succeeds, but the health questions are just too much for a top 15 pick to me.
On a side note, the NFL asked both the NFL Network's commentators as well as ESPN's to not tip picks before the selections are announced. ESPN is trying to be nonchalant about it, but is still tipping picks. The way the conversation kind of randomly shifted to D.J. Hayden just now is a great example of it.
The Jets get another chance to get back at Buffalo and force the Bills to reach for Ryan Nassib. All they have to do now is take Geno Smith. I wouldn't, though. Grab one of those great DTs available right now. Star Lotulelei would be a great fit for the Jets' 3-4.
13. New York Jets (from Tampa Bay) select Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson
Hull: I'm surprised he's taken ahead of Sharrif Floyd and Star Lotulelei. Richardson is a great fit for a 3-4 scheme, though, with some pass rushing skill. I do like Richardson's selection better than Geno Smith for the Jets. This all but assures, barring any trades, Smith will be available for the Bills at No. 16. Then we can really find out if they prefer Smith or Nassib.
Horkman: A quick-footed defensive tackle, Richardson has an incredibly high ceiling with outstanding athleticism and size. Because of his explosive first step, he should wreak havoc in the backfield, and develop into a pass rushing interior force. He wouldn’t have been my choice, as I believe Utah DT Star Lotulelei is a better fit for Rex Ryan’s defense, but I understand the thought process behind it.
14. Carolina Panthers select Utah DT Star Lotulelei
Horkman: Lotulelei’s a violent run defender and versatile enough to play any position along the defensive line. He’s only an average pass rusher, but he has good instincts in recognizing a play and displays quickness off the ball. Frankly, there aren’t 10 better players in this draft than Lotulelei, so this is great value at 14 for Carolina.
Hull: This is great value. Lotulelei should have never fallen this far but that happens when a player fails a physical at the combine. He checked out medically after that, but it scared off enough teams apparently. Panthers weren't going to make a wrong pick as long as they addressed their biggest need at DT here. This is a great example of need matching value. There's no way the Panthers can't get anything but an A-plus for this selection.
I can't help but wonder what's wrong with Sharrif Floyd, though. I never read anything that suggested he would tumble this far if Oakland didn't take him at No. 3. I personally think Dallas should consider trading up for him now.
15. New Orleans Saints select Texas S Kenny Vacarro
Hull: Vacarro is the elite safety in this draft class with an incredible knack for finding the ball. He's not a great open field tackler, but that can be coached up. The Saints' pass defense was historically bad. I'm not stunned they didn't take an OLB for their new 3-4 scheme because they are high on some of the pass rushers they have on the team including Martez Wilson and Victor Butler.
Horkman: The Saints hired Rob Ryan as defensive coordinator because they want a swarming defense that creates plays. They gave the edge to Vaccaro over Georgia OLB Jarvis Jones. Vaccaro was a first-team, all-conference player in 2011 (and second-team in 2012). He has good size, is fluid in coverage, and can serve as the last line of defense in their secondary.
16. Buffalo Bills (from St. Louis) select Florida State QB E.J. Manuel
Horkman: We knew Buffalo was targeting a quarterback, but we didn’t know which one. Manuel’s an accurate thrower of the football. There are lingering questions about whether he can operate from the pocket efficiently, but his Senior Bowl week helped answer some of those questions. Based on his body of work, he has a chance to become a competent starting quarterback, whose play will be elevated if the pistol offense proves more than just a fad.
What does it say about Ryan Nassib that his own head coach didn’t target him?
Hull: E.J. Manuel comes full circle with this selection. He was considered the top QB in this draft class just a couple years ago, but never seemed to reach his potential while at Florida State. He still ends up being the No. 1 QB taken in this draft based on his incredible measurables. He's got the height and athleticism the league is starting to drift toward, not to mention a cannon for an arm. He's incredibly raw, though, and I can't envision him as a starter as a rookie. Maybe in a couple years? So Kevin Kolb is the Bills' starter this season? Yikes.
Any QB taken at this juncture would be considered a reach to me, even Geno Smith. But now how far will Geno fall? Look at the No. 20 pick and see if the Bears don't trade out and the Eagles trade in with Geno as the target.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers select Georgia LB Jarvis Jones
Horkman: The Steelers are a franchise with a proud history at linebacker, but they needed to replace James Harrison on the outside. Jones is an explosive rush linebacker and is relentless in his pursuit of quarterbacks. His underwhelming pro day created a fuss, but he has plenty of good tape. I love this pick.
18. San Francisco 49ers (from Dallas) select LSU S Eric Reid
Horkman: This might surprise some people, but Reid was a fast rising prospect. He’s a height, weight, speed guy, which is something that Jim Harbaugh emphasized in previous drafts. He did disappoint in 2012, but his 2011 tape shows a playmaker that flies all over the field. His best football is ahead of him.
Hull: I had read over and over how much the Niners liked Eric Reid and apparently those reports weren't false. San Francisco had a lot of picks so moving up so you can't criticize them for using one of those selections to move up and get a guy they loved. Reid is a play-making safety, and while 18 is a little high for him, he is worthy of a first-round pick. I had the Niners taking him at 31 in my last mock.
As a Cowboys fan, seeing them move down is exactly what I wanted. It's the best move for them, although they were in position to land Sharrif Floyd, who would have been one of the best values in this draft. Still, Cowboys got the 74th overall pick, which carries great value in this deep draft class.
19. New York Giants select Syracuse OL Justin Pugh
Hull: This is somewhat of a surprise, but Pugh's versatility is going to be greatly valued by NFL teams. He played LT at Syracuse, but stood out as a guard during the Senior Bowl. Mel Kiper ranked him as the top center in the draft. In other words, he projects all over the OL, and it's hard not to like versatility on the OL. I expected him to be a first-round pick, and with the way OL has been picked in this draft, it's not all that surprising he's a top 20 selection.
Horkman: Pugh will have to overcome the short arm tag, as his 32-inch arms are a major red flag for many teams. He gets to the second level with ease and is assignment sound. His physical limitations will keep him from playing left tackle, but he’s good enough to start in the NFL as a guard or possibly right tackle.
20. Chicago Bears select Oregon OG Kyle Long
Horkman: The run on offensive lineman just won't end. A college tackle, Long could kick inside and earn a starting role as an NFL guard. He has a big enough frame to possibly bulk up, assuming he does move inside. That natural size along with athleticism gives him a high ceiling. He’s also the son of Hall of Fame defensive end Howie Long and the brother of St. Louis Rams defensive end Chris Long.
Hull: Nine offensive linemen taken in the top 20 picks. Long is going to take some development, but his athleticism is as good as any at the position. And obviously, his dad and brother have been successful in the NFL. Kyle is considered the best athlete in the family, too. He's new to playing on the OL, though, which means he will need some time in the league to develop. But by the time he's done, he could end up being a LT.
21. Cincinnati Bengals select Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert
Hull: The Bengals were apparently very high on Eifert, which makes one wonder if they're down on Jermaine Gresham. It's probably more likely the Bengals are going to run more two TE sets, which might fit better than trying to find another receiver opposite A.J. Green. Andy Dalton just got another great weapon in the middle of the field. Eifert is a good pairing with Gresham, too. They complement each other well.
Horkman: This may say a lot about Cincinnati’s interest in keeping Jermaine Gresham around long-term. Eifert was very productive in 2011 and 2012, catching 103 passes for 1,488 yards and nine scores. He’s a better prospect than former teammate (and now Minnesota tight end) Kyle Rudolph.
22. Atlanta Falcons (from St. Louis) select Washington CB Desmond Trufant
Horkman: A very aggressive corner, Trufant is comfortable in press coverage and shows great technique with his backpedal. He’s quick-footed and breaks on the ball well. He does have a tendency to grab a lot, so expect him to be susceptible to holding penalties. Regardless, Atlanta had a huge need at cornerback and it just seemed unlikely that Trufant would fall to them.
Hull: Trufant has a well known name. He was good in college, but he really started to establish himself in the evaluation process over the last two months. He was incredible at the Senior Bowl. He's very chatty, but he backs up what he says. He's got the attitude teams love in a cover corner.
23. Minnesota Vikings select Florida DT Sharrif Floyd
Hull: Best value of the first round, period. No questions about it. He was expected to be the No. 3 overall pick. There are questions about his short arms, but get over arm length. Floyd has incredible upside as an interior pass rusher. Vikings get an A-plus for this pick. Their defense just got better.
Horkman: Perhaps Floyd’s short arms caused him to fall, but he’s a big-time prospect that had no business falling out of the top 10, let alone top 20. He was a five-start prospect and the No. 1 defensive tackle in the country out of high school. He’s explosive off the ball and gets penetration into the backfield. He had an excellent combine, and it’s noteworthy that he ran a sub five 40-yard dash at about 300 pounds. Overall, he’s an ideal three-technique who could be a special player with excellent size, athleticism, and hustle.
24. Indianapolis Colts select Florida State DE/LB Bjoern Werner
Horkman: I have questions about whether Werner can stand up and play outside linebacker. He actually reminds me of former Packer Aaron Kampman, who had an unsuccessful transition to outside linebacker. Nevertheless, he plays the run well and is a good pass rusher.
25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle) select Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes
Hull: The Vikings traditionally love physical CBs and that's what Rhodes excels at being. I'm surprised he fell this far. There was late hype on Hayden and some teams did prefer Trufant, but Rhodes was the No. 2 CB on my board. This is great value. The Vikings picked up two Day 1 starters capable of making an immediate impact. Minnesota has had the best first day of the draft among teams that actually made selections.
Horkman: Because of Seattle’s success, bigger cornerbacks are the current NFL trend, and Rhodes fits that profile. He's also an outstanding athlete.
26. Green Bay Packers select UCLA DE Datone Jones
Horkman: Scheme versatility makes Jones an appealing player. He’ll bulk up and play defensive end in the long-term, but he could serve as a sub-package interior pass rusher. He’s explosive off the ball and he uses his hands well to disengage from blocks. Frankly, this wouldn’t have been my choice, but the Packers need bodies up front.
Hull: This is a great pick for the Packers. Jones fits well at a 3-4 DE. He's such a versatile player. If the Pack go to a 4-3 alignment in sub-packages, he can line up at DT or DE. He's a wonderful interior pass rusher. This isn't a developmental pick, either. The Packers are getting a player capable of making a difference immediately.
27. Houston Texans select Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins
Hull: The Texans showed a ton of interest late in Hopkins late in the draft process so his selection here isn't surprising at all. And it's about time the Texans addressed the receiver spot opposite Andre Johnson, who is going to be a happy man with this selection.
Horkman: Hopkins tore up LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. That’s the game that put him on 1st-round radar. He doesn’t offer major athleticism, but he’s a polished route runner and coming off a very productive season. As a pro, he’s an undervalued No. 2 wide receiver that could produce as a No. 1 under the right circumstances.
28. Denver Broncos select North Carolina DT Sylvester Williams
Horkman: I’m not as high on Williams as most are. He’s a good player, but he doesn’t stand out much. Still, he offers good size, physical play, and hustle.
Hull: I disagree with Matt. This is another great value on DTs. A position had to fall in this draft, but I didn't think it would be DT. This a very good position in this draft. I liked Williams better than Sheldon Richardson because he's more proven. I'm surprised he lasted this long. And I'm betting the Cowboys just sighed. They took a chance moving back, perhaps hoping a top DL or OL might fall to them. Williams is really the last of that group, although there is still some good players available in this deep DL class.
29. Minnesota Vikings (from New England) select Tennessee WR Cordarrelle Patterson
Hull: Patterson was the No. 1 receiver on board for much of the draft process until it became hard to ignore how high teams were on Tavon Austin. Patterson has elite size and speed. He's terrifically explosive, and the Vols did a great job of getting him the ball in a variety of ways including fly sweeps. If Patterson can reach his potential, you're talking about the next Terrell Owens.
Horkman: Joe Andruzzi just delivered the moment of the night. It’s hard to talk about football when the Boston Bombings are still so fresh in our minds. He’s just one of the many heroes from last week’s attacks. This was a classy move by the NFL.
Regarding Patterson, he’s this draft’s most physically gifted wide receiver. I’m not sure he’ll contribute right away, but the signing of Greg Jennings may ease those concerns. I don’t know if I agree with Minnesota’s approach of trading picks, though. This is a strong draft in rounds two, three, and four. They opted for quality over quantity.
30. St. Louis Rams (from Atlanta) select Georgia LB Alec Ogletree
Horkman: I thought off-field issues would sink Ogletree, but he manages to sneak into round one. He’s a gifted athlete with upside. He can defend the pass and is good in pursuit. He’s also a three-down player.
Hull: Ogletree's tape is very impressive, but I don't like his intangibles. He's got some off-the-field issues and there are guys I like better, but this is adequate value for the Rams. Not to mention they got good value in picks in their trade down.
31. Dallas Cowboys (from San Francisco) select Wisconsin OC Travis Frederick
Hull: Frederick certainly addresses a need. The Cowboys used six different centers last season. He's a reach, though. Dallas could have gotten him in the second round and maybe even the third. This is not a good day for Dallas. They didn't get good value out of their trade down, and then reached for Frederick. He could still prove worthy of the pick, though, if he can be a good starter in the league.
Horkman: I now understand why Jerry Jones drafts flash over substance. He's just not comfortable with the latter. This is a reach. Frederick could develop into a starter, but I believe he benefited from Wisconsin’s meat and potatoes reputation. He’s a couple of notches below Alabama’s Barrett Jones, whose stock has fallen because of injury.
32. Baltimore Ravens select Florida S Matt Elam
Hull: The Ravens got to sit back and get one of the players they valued most. They're in the right spot at the right time. Elam is a bit undersized, but he has Ed Reed like playmaking ability. Obviously, the Ravens need to replace the departed Reed.
Horkman: Elam is a thumper. He tackles well and has the speed to cover a lot of ground. He’s capable of covering the slot and does a good job of locating the ball in the air. The only significant red flag is his height. He would’ve gone in the top 10, if he were two inches taller. Unfortunately for him, he’s a hair under 5-10. Still, his combination of ball skills, range, and tackling make him the most polished safety available.
Check back tomorrow night for our Day 2 Blog.