The dust has settled and day 1 of the NFL draft has come to an end. Here is a synopsis of our picks and how they stacked up to what happened. My picks will appear in red, actual picks will appear in blue.
1. Luke Joeckel/Eric Fisher-Kansas City: The Chiefs made this selection purely based on their scheme and what they thought Fisher could do in it
2. Eric Fisher/Luke Joeckel-Jacksonville: The best possible thing to happen to the Jags. They get the best overall talent in the draft.
3. Geno Smith/Dion Jordan-Miami (from Oakland): A good selection to put on the other side of Cameron Wake
4. Dion Jordan/Lane Johnson-Philadelphia: 3 tackles in the first 4 picks. Next year we'll see who takes Vick's place.
5. Dee Milliner/Ezekiel Ansah-Detroit: A good selection with a lot of upside to replace the departed Kyle Vanden Bosch.
6. Jarvis Jones/Barkevious Mingo-Cleveland: Another selection based purely on potential. In time, Mingo could be a force....needs to add some weight and get stronger.
7. Ezekiel Ansah/Jonathan Cooper-Arizona: Must be good since he's the first guard selected this high in a decade and a half. Selected for his pass blocking ability, needs to improve in the run game.
8. EJ Manuel/Tavon Austin-St Louis (from Buffalo): Good trade by the Rams to move up to get the most electrifying receiver in the draft.
9. Barkevious Mingo/Dee Milliner-New York Jets: The obvious choice to replace Darrell Revis.
10. Chance Warmack/Chance Warmack-Tennessee: The highly decorated guard from Alabama went right where everyone though he would.
11. Tavon Austin/DJ Fluker-San Diego: Austin was gone at this point, so it didn't hurt to get Rivers some protection and improve a weak run game while they're at it.
12. Lane Johnson/DJ Hayden-Oakland (from Miami): A good corner, if healthy...could be the best one in the draft in the same mold as Patrick Peterson.
13. Sharrif Floyd/Sheldon Richardson-New York Jets: Bolsters a weak line in New York.
14. Bjoern Werner/Star Lotulelei-Carolina: The Panthers take the best NT in the draft. At best, he may be the next Haloti Ngata.
15. Xavier Rhodes/Kenny Vaccaro-New Orleans: The Saints address the secondary and take the consensus best safety in the draft.
16. Kenny Vaccaro/EJ Manuel-Buffalo (from St Louis): If EJ Manuel can improve his decision making and ability to dissect defenses, this will turn out to be a good pick. All the measurables are there.
17. DeAndre Hopkins/Jarvis Jones-Pittsburgh: A very good rush linebacker to replace Harrison
18. DJ Fluker/Eric Reid-San Francisco (from Dallas): San Francisco rebuilds its secondary immediately after their Super Bowl campaign, ensuring they may be their next year.
19. Tyler Eiffert/Justin Pugh-New York Giants: One of two "WTF" picks in the draft.
20. Star Lotulelei/Kyle Long-Chicago: Not that the Bears couldn't use the help on the line, but they also lost their leader on the defense and a gaping hole at middle linebacker that could have easily been filled.
21. Eric Reid/Tyler Eiffert-Cincinnati: Pairing Eiffert and Gresham could be as good as the Hernandez/Gronk tandem in New England.....if not better.
22. Cordarrelle Patterson/Desmond Trufant-Atlanta (from St Louis): A good pickup to replace a CB they had lost during free agency.
23. Manti Te'o/Sharrif Floyd-Minnesota: Finally, the highest graded DT finds a home on perhaps the leagues best D line. Jared Allen could break the sacks record this year
24. Datone Jones/Bjoern Werner-Indianapolis: A departure from the norm, the Colts draft the big-bodied Werner who has a lot of potential, in the mold of JJ Watt
25. Desmond Trufant/Xavier Rhodes-Minnesota: A big position need, the Vikings select the second best corner in my opinion
26. Eddie Lacy/Datone Jones-Green Bay: Best possible scenario for Green Bay happened. They got some help on defense and still added Lacy in the second round.
27. Justin Hunter/DeAndre Hopkins-Houston: A good receiver to put on the opposite side of Johnson.
28. Sylvester Williams/Sylvester Williams-Denver: A solid pick to ensure their D line is stout this coming year.
29. DJ Hayden/Cordarrelle Patterson-Minnesota (from New England): The Vikes get a new receiver, and between Rudolph and Jennings, Ponder should have a lot to be happy about. Also the Vikings 3rd pick in the latter half of the 1st round.
30. Zach Ertz/Alec Ogletree-St Louis (from Atlanta): Between Laurinaitis and Ogletree, the Rams give opponents a reason to be terrified about throwing across the middle
31. Matt Elam/Travis Frederick-Dallas (from San Francisco): This was the "OMG, WTF is Jerry Jones thinking?" pick of the draft. Jones slips further into senility and the Cowboys get worse or stay the same. The Cowboys of the 90s are probably hanging their heads in shame.
32. Tank Carradine/Matt Elam-Baltimore: A very good pick falls to the Ravens. Elam is a physical safety that fits the mold. Now that Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard are gone, this was a huge need.