GREAT BLUE NORTH DRAFT REPORT
NEWS AND INFORMATION ON THE NFL DRAFT
DRAFT REPORT WAR ROOM
2013 selection order
Picks by team
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(9:45 PM): Wow! If nothing else give the Raiders credit for sticking with their board by taking Houston CB DJ Hayden, the medical miracle who almost died in the fall, but has bounced baclk all the way to the top half of the draft. Really good prospect with terrific recovery speed and instincts, but time willtell about the health thing.
(9:35 PM): Three straight from the national champs as San Diego takes D.J. Fluker who'll play RT but the Chargers still have a huge hole on the other side. Amazingly, could the Raidesrs still get Sharrif Floyd at #12.
(9:28 PM): Tough coice for the Titans with OG Warmack and DTs Sharif Floyd and Star Lotulelei on the board. Happiest guy in America is Chris Johnson as the Titans grab Warmack who many considered to be the best player in the draft early in the process. Its also the second OG taken in the top ten after going for years without anyone at the position going top 15.
(9:18 PM): Darrelle who!
(9:06 PM): The Rams are on the clock with the 8th pick acquired from Buffalo. The Rams get the 8th and 71st picks, while Buffalo gets the 16th, 46th, 78th and 222nd picks. In essence, the Rams move up to the 8th pick for a second and seventh, which by the way appears to be more than Miami gave Oakland to move p 9 spots from 12 to 3. The Rams though really wanted the guy they got in Tavon Austin, who isn't big but is this draft's most dynamic playmaker. Sorry Arizona, but at least on paper its the Rams that loo like they have the chance to close the gap on the 49ers and Seahawks.
(9:05 PM): The Cards don't get an OT but find a nice consolation prize in UNC's Cooper who goes ahead of Alabama's Chanc Warmack. Time will tell whether this enough to help Arizona close the gap on the 49ers and Sahawks.
(9:00 PM): The Browns mess up everyone's mock by taking LSU OLB Barkevious Mingo, another great athlete with suspect productivity at the next level. Fascinating that teams re passing on the QBs but going after pass rushers instead..
(8:55 PM): The Lions were hoping that one of the OTs would drop to #5, but have to settle for the draft's biggest boom or bust. Ansah is a terrific athlete, but the Ghanian immigant couldn't even get his gear on when he showed up to play football three years ago and only has 4.5 career sacks. And while he's great in space he still ahs to prove he can get off quality blockers.
(8:45 PM): The Eagles thought they lost a chance at Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson when Miami moved up to #3 but got a reprieve when the Dolphins went defense and selected Dion Jordan. Johnson is still raw, but as a former QB who blew up the combine and has as much upside as any player in the draft. Still, it may be a tad high for a guy who is going to play RT for at least a couple of years as the Eagles already have a great LT in Jason peters who is coming back from injury.
(8:40 PM): Miami acquires the 3rd pick from Oakland but then shocks the world by selecting Oregon DE/OLB Dion Jordan when everyone figured it was a lock they were after Oklahoma OT Lane Johnson. It may means that the Dolphins are confident of getting LT Branden Albert from Kansas City. Jordan is one of those freakish athletes who wasn't always all that productive at Oregon but has a real upside and may finally give the Dolphins a fighting chance to slow down Tom Brady and company that have dominated the AFC Eas for years. For the record, the Oakland gets the 12th and 42nd picks to move down.
(8:26 PM): Jags take OT Luke Joeckel who until about 5 hours ago was considered to be the top prospect in the draft; great technician who has a chance to be a solid starter for the next 5-10 years. Sadly, it probably also does nothing to make the Jaguars a better team. As good as he may eventually be, impact players win games in the NFL and the Jaguars have none. The Jags still may add a QB with the 33rd pick to start the 2nd round, but appear to have committed to Blaine Gabbert for at least another year. The problem for the Jags is that after the great run of talented college QBs the past few years, there aren't a lot of top pro prospects at the position in the upcoming college classes.
(8:16 PM): As expected, since about 3 PM this afternoon, the Chiefs take Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher with the first pick at the 2013 draft. Hands up all those that figured a tackle from a MAC school would be the top pick this year in their future pool at the start of the season. Good pick for the Chiefs who addressed most of their big time needs in free agency, although the fact that they waited thru almost their full time allottment before making the pick indicates they would have moved it had they gotten any kind of offer. The Chiefs went with Fisher's upside over Luke Joeckel's technical proficiency. Now it will be interesting to see if the Ciefs still try and move Branden Albert as Fisher can play RT for the time being. If nothing else it makes Albert that much more expensive for any other team looking to make a deal for his services. With the Chiefs making their pick, the real intrigue starts with Jacksonville on the clock. Do the Jags take Joeckel, QB Geno Smith or move the pick.
(8:06 PM): The Chiefs are on the clock ...
(8:00 PM): And we are underway ...