– Greetings from ContinuityX Training Center where we are closing in on the start of the 2013 NFL Draft. Finally!
– For most of the night, we’ll provide regular updates throughout the first round with a couple of breaks to do press conferences here.
– Stay tuned for updates. Enjoy the draft, wherever you are.
– Well, here we are, it’s almost time to actually get this thing going. The broadcast has begun and the commissioner has put the Chiefs on the clock.
– Lots of speculation here. It’s going to be an OT, that much we know. Eric Fisher or Luke Joeckel, obviously. Let’s see how this plays out.
– And the first pick is Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher. What a rise for him. At the Senior Bowl there was discussion he could be there for the Rams at No. 16. It was clear after that he was going way beyond that.
– Jacksonville is on the clock. This will be interesting here. Many think they’ll got tackle also and take Joeckel but this pick is much more of a wild card. Could go with a pass rusher, maybe even a QB.
– Joeckel it is. Two picks, two offensive tackles.
– Intrigue starts now with Oakland. You just never know which way the Raiders are going to go.
– We have the first trade. Miami has moved up. Have to assume this is for yet another OT, in this case Lane Johnson.
– Not Johnson. It’s Oregon DE Dion Jordan. Not many saw that one coming. Many people believe he’s the best defensive player in the draft. Very interesting.
– Next up is Philly. Johnson now makes sense there unless they want to go with a DT.
– From the blog earlier, we discussed the value of picks and it’s obvious the price hasn’t gone off the charts. Oakland got a second round pick to move down nine spots. That’s the same price the Cowboys paid the Rams to move up eight spots last year. Doesn’t require a big move this year.
– Johnson to Philadelphia. No surprise there. They get an athletic LT who can fit into their uptempo offense.
– And with that, the biggest run on offensive tackles in the top 5 of the draft is now complete.
– Next up is Detroit. Have to think the choice comes down to DE Ezekiel Ansah or CB Dee Milliner. Ansah played for the Lions staff at the Senior Bowl and apparently liked him.
– Ansah it is. Great story, makes sense for them. And Jim Schwartz loves him some defensive linemen.
– Possible trade alert coming next. This Cleveland pick is awfully interesting. They could move down but they could also go any number of ways with their pick.
– Cleveland goes with pass rusher DE Barkevious Mingo.
– Not a huge surprise there though thought they may move back.
– Arizona up now. With the tackles gone it could be time for the first guard to go in the top 10 since Chris Naeole in 1997.
– It is indeed a guard. North Carolina G Jonathan Cooper is off the board. Excellent athlete, going to be tough to deal with for the next decade or so for the Rams.
– Bills are on the clock. This could be a hot point for the Rams if they indeed want to make a move up. The cost of moving up earlier was a second round pick. Keep an eye out here.
– The move has been made. The Rams have made a trade to move up. Have to think this is for WR Tavon Austin.
– Indeed, the Rams have landed their much-coveted weapon. Was told he was the highest rated player on the Rams board. The offense and special teams just got much better.
– Much more to come on Austin and the trade soon.
– Here are the details on the trade with Buffalo:
The Rams receive: Pick No. 8 (Austin), and move up in the third round to Buffalo’s spot there.
The Bills receive: Pick No. 16, Pick No. 46, the Rams’ third round pick and the Rams’ seventh round pick.
– So the Rams will get an earlier pick in round three and surrender their second and seventh rounders.
– The Jets are up next and sick to their stomach to see Austin in St. Louis.
– New York replaces Darrelle Revis with Alabama CB Dee Milliner.
– Tennessee is up next. Sharrif Floyd or their choice of DTs or potentially Chance Warmack. You know Mike Munchak loves him some nasty guards.
– Titans opt for the guard and land Warmack. Both guards off the board in the top 10. No surprise there.
– Here’s a better look at the Rams’ trade with Buffalo:
Rams get: Picks No. 8 and No. 71
Bills get: Picks No. 16, 46, 78 and 222
– San Diego is now on the clock. They can’t be thrilled about their options here. Maybe D.J. Fluker. They need OL help.
– Fluker it is. Wow. Nice run for the Bama guys here.
– And the offensive linemen are pretty much all gone. Good news for Florida State’s Menelik Watson, who could now go much sooner than anticipated.
– Oakland is back on the board and could get the guy many had them pegged for with the 3rd pick in Sharrif Floyd. That would be a nice coup for them since they got a second rounder to make the move.
– If you want a potential surprise, keep an eye out for Houston CB D.J. Hayden.
– Oakland goes with Hayden. The fall for Floyd continues. It will be interesting to see how the DTs go now.
– Austin on conference call now. Back in a bit.
– Jets go with Sheldon Richardson from Mizzou. The first DT in this draft is Richardson. Interesting scheme fit but a stud player.
– Carolina is up.
– Panthers go for Utah DT Star Lotulelei. Floyd’s drop continues.
– New Orleans is now up. Jarvis Jones would make sense, Floyd would make sense. But the Saints are always hard to peg. Even Texas S Kenny Vaccaro wouldn’t surprise.
– The Saints opt for Vaccaro.
– Something to think about now: If the Rams were still at 16, the options right now would include Alec Ogletree, Jarvis Jones, all WRs not named Austin and all safeties not named Vaccaro. Seems like Austin move makes even more sense in light of that.
– Buffalo is up now and all signs point to a QB, likely Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib.
– The Bills do go QB but throw a curveball. It’s Florida State’s E.J. Manuel. The league knows something. It’s why he was invited to New York. Dots connected.
– Pittsburgh up next. Jarvis Jones makes a ton of sense there but they could go WR as well.
– Jarvis Jones it is. That’s a quinessential Steelers pick.
– San Francisco has made its move. Up to 18 in a swap with Dallas. Who is this for? Notre Dame TE Tyler Eifert, maybe?
– Niners go with LSU S Eric Reid. A little surprising but another player invited to New York by the NFL. They get a replacement for DaShon Goldson.
– The Giants are up. They could go OL, DL or maybe LB here.
– They go with offensive line but not Watson. It’s Syracuse OL Justin Pugh. Mild surprise by NFL Network’s Mike Mayock was apparently clued in.
– Up next is Chicago. Is this where Manti Te’o lands? It could very well be.
– Eifert would also make sense for Chicago. Throwing it out there but Eifert falls to 22, could the Rams find a trade partner in Atlanta?
– Wow. Another OL. But it’s Kyle Long. Wow. What a story. Congrats to Chris’ brother. Good for him.
– Cincinnati is up next. Eddie Lacy has been rumored there but who knows which way anyone is going to go in this draft at this point?
– Bengals throw a wrench in that plan, take Eifert here.
– Rams are on the clock. Look for a move down.
– Rams make a trade. Manipulating this thing. Trade with Atlanta. Details to follow.
– Here’s the breakdown of the trade:
Rams get: Pick No. 30, No. 92 and No. 198.
Falcons get: Pick No. 22.
– I believe there is a future 7th that will go to Atlanta as well but we’ll confirm later.
– Atlanta goes with Washington CB Desmond Trufant.
– Minnesota grabs Floyd. Finally. Nice value there for them.
– Indianapolis grabs DE Bjoern Werner.
– Minnesota takes CB Xavier Rhodes of Florida State.
– Lotsof options coming here for the Rams. One would think a team looking for one of these QBs might want to get to the Rams’ spot to do it. Rams could theoretically acquire another third rounder to do it depending on how far they’d have to move.
– If they stay, there are still some intriguing options. Guys like Ogletree, Cyprien, Lacy on the board. Plus other safeties and OLBs.
– Green Bay takes UCLA DE Datone Jones, a nice fit as a 5-technique for them.
– Houston is up. Probably going to take a WR. Lots of choices though.
– The Texans go with Clemson WR DeAndre Hopkins.
– Denver is up next. They could go with a DT. Sylvester Williams would make sense. A DE like Tank Carradine would make sense too.
– The Broncos bolster their D-line with Williams.
– The Patriots are up next, could look to trade down. Chatter that Minnesota wants to move up with New England to score Te’o.
– FYI, the seventh rounder that goes to Atlanta from the Rams in the 2015 draft is the one the Rams acquired from New England last year in exchange for WR Greg Salas.
– Vikings do indeed move up. It’s Te’o time.
– Rams on the clock. Lots of possibilities here. Ogletree would make sense so would someone like Cyprien or Elam. OR, another trade down, perhaps to a team in need of a QB.
– Minnesota not going Te’o. It’s Cordarrelle Patterson.
– And the Rams are on the clock. All signs pointing to Ogletree.
– It’s official, the Rams have selected LB Alec Ogletree of Georgia. The LB corps just added a dynamic athlete and for the second year in a row, the team gets a top 10 talent much later than the top 10. Like Janoris Jenkins a year ago, Ogletree fell because of some off the field issues. But his talent is undeniable. Dunbar, Laurinaitis and Ogletree is quite formidable.
– Dallas goes with Wisconsin C Travis Frederick.
– Baltimore on the clock to end the first round. Safety or LB possible.
– Ravens go with Florida S Matt Elam.
– And with that, the running blog is done running for tonight. Time to do some writing and attend some press conferences. Thanks for following along. Back tomorrow night with more.
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