The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft was an exciting one. Without the quarterbacks to be taken at the top of the draft like last year when Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, the intrigue was in the fact that there wasn't much interest in the quarterbacks in this year's class.
So what happened?
Two of the class' previously lauded players in Geno Smith and Manti Te'o, considered at one time to be top five picks, did not get drafted in the first round.
Smith was long considered the best quarterback of the draft. he remains undrafted, while the Buffalo Bills took the only quarterback of Day 1 -- E.J. Manuel.
Trades? there were five. The Miami Dolphins traded up to number three to take pass rusher Dion Jordan. The St. Louis Rams traded up to the eighth pick to select receiver Tavon Austin. The San Francisco 49ers moved up to number 18 to grab LSU safety Eric Reid. The Atlanta Falcons moved up to draft Desmond Trufant. The final trade of the round was when the Vikings traded back into the first round to take receiver Cordarrelle Patterson.
The offensive line dominated the first round, especially early on. Six were taken in the first 11 players, including two guards. Not a single guard had been take in the top 10 since 1997. Both Jonathan Cooper and Chance Warmack did it this year. Nine were taken overall in the round.
The pass rushers got love early on, too. Between offensive linemen and pass rushers, they made up nine of the first 11 selections.
What can we expect on Day 2? With only Manuel off the board at quarterback, expect the second round to be the quarterback round. I can see as many as five going in the round.
Here is how the picks went in round one.
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