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It was without question one of the most entertaining first rounds of any NFL Draft in history.  There was a tremendous amount of build-up surrounding this year’s draft, thanks in large part to the scheduling.  The 2014 NFL Draft was pushed back two weeks and the nation’s top college players were left agonizing over where they would be selected.

Ultimately, the Houston Texans kicked things off by selecting defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina.  The Rams followed by taking the top tackle in this year’s class, Greg Robinson, from Auburn.  Many then believed that Jacksonville, who held the third overall selection would select former Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel, but that was not to be.  The Jags took Florida native Blake Bortles of UCF and just like that, things got interesting. The Bills then swapped picks with the Browns, sending both a 1st and 4th round pick to Cleveland.

With the fourth overall pick, Buffalo selected Clemson wideout Sammy Watkins, arguably the most explosive offensive player in the draft. Oakland sat at five and took highly coveted linebacker Khalil Mack out of Buffalo. Jake Matthews and Mike Evans went to Atlanta and Tampa Bay with the next two picks at six and seven, respectively.  Many figured that the Browns, who had just traded back to the eighth spot from number nine would then take Johnny Football, but that was not the case.  Cleveland elected to go with a corner, Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert.

The free fall for former Texas A&M Aggie Johnny Manziel had officially begun.  The next several picks were fairly predictable with the Lions selecting UNC tight end Eric Ebron and the Giants taking wideout Odell Beckham. Many were then speculating that the Cowboys, who held the 16th overall pick would bring Johnny Manziel to Jerry World, but that did not materialize.  Dallas instead chose tackle Zack Martin of Notre Dame.

Eventually the Philadelphia Eagles were on the clock with the 22nd pick and had announced that they would be trading their selection to Cleveland.  Immediately analysts and reporters began to speculate that Johnny Football was the pick, and they were correct.  Finally, Manziel had found a home.  Philadelphia had been discussing a trade with Minnesota as well, but ultimately the package the Browns put together reportedly far outweighed that of the Vikings.

In the very late stages of the first round, Minnesota was able to take a quarterback.  They swapped selections with last year’s Super Bowl champs, the Seattle Seahawks, and took Teddy Bridgewater of Louisville with the final pick of the night.  It was an incredibly eventful and exciting night for football fans across the country and one that will undoubtedly determine the success of many NFL franchises for years to come.

Check out the results of the 1st round of the 2014 NFL draft below as well as our great selection of NFL tickets and make your plans to see your favorite team take the field in 2014! 

2014 NFL Draft Results – 1st Round 

  1. Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
  2. St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
  3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
  4. Buffalo Bills – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
  5. Oakland Raiders – Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
  6. Atlanta Falcons – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
  8. Cleveland Browns – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
  9. Minnesota Vikings – Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
  10. Detroit Lions – Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
  11. Tennessee Titans – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
  12. New York Giants – Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, LSU
  13. St. Louis Rams – Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
  14. Chicago Bears – Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
  15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
  16. Dallas Cowboys – Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
  17. Baltimore Ravens – CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama
  18. New York Jets – Calvin Pryor, S, Lousiville
  19. Miami Dolphins – Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
  20. New Orleans Saints – Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
  21. Green Bay Packers – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S Alabama
  22. Cleveland Browns – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
  23. Kansas City Chiefs – Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
  24. Cincinnati Bengals – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
  25. San Diego Chargers – Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
  26. Philadelphia Eagles – Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville
  27. Arizona Cardinals – Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
  28. Carolina Panthers – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
  29. New England Patriots – Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
  30. San Francisco 49ers – Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
  31. Denver Broncos – Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
  32. Minnesota Vikings – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

 

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