One of the most intriguing draft classes in recent memory made for an exciting Day 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft on Thursday.
Parts of the first round went to plan. Jadeveon Clowney was selected first overall by the Houston Texans, two wide receivers (Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans) were among the first 10 selections, Khalil Mack was drafted in the top five, and Teddy Bridgewater didn’t have to wait multiple days to learn his fate, selected with the last pick Thursday by the Minnesota Vikings.
Still, parts of the first round – as tends to happen at the NFL Draft – took everyone by surprise. Blake Bortles was the first quarterback off the board, drafted third overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Cleveland Browns made three trades – two in the first half of the draft, and one in the second half. And one of those trades, which resulted in the Browns jumping from the 26th overall pick to the 22nd overall pick, put an end to the day’s most dramatic story line: Where Johnny Manziel would wind up. Manziel, a projected top 5 pick by some analysts, wasn’t taken until that No. 22 pick by the Browns, three hours after the draft kicked off.
REACTION FROM SIRIUSXM SPORTS
Prior to the start of the first round, Chris “Mad Dog” Russo spoke with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about the state of the NFL.
Clowney, Bortles, Mack and Manziel all dropped by the SiriusXM NFL Radio set at Radio City Music Hall to talk about the draft process and their new teams.
SiriusXM NFL Radio’s Jason Horowitz, Jim Miller, Pat Kirwan and Gil Brandt analyzed the first round at the end of the day, outlining their expectations for Clowney and other draftees.
SiriusXM’s Fantasy Sports Radio was also on hand in New York City, providing fantasy advice for all of the first round’s projected impact players.
And throughout the night on Twitter, SiriusXM NFL Radio shared out custom trading cards for each draft pick. Find the full set here.
Throughout Friday and Saturday, SiriusXM NFL Radio will have pick-by-pick coverage of Rounds 2-7 of the NFL Draft. Then, throughout Sunday and next week, keep it locked to channel 88 for more draft and offseason analysis.