The opening round of the NFL draft impressed many YouWager fans. Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and other outstanding quarterbacks weren’t picked, including West Virginia’s Geno Smith. Several teams decided to go fort nine offensive linemen including Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M.
None of the NFL teams making the first 32 selections opted for Te’o, not even the Minnesota Vikings, which had three first-round picks. The 22 year-old’s poor performance in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish’s defeat versus the Alabama Crimson Tide in the national championship game was something to consider. Not to mention the fake girlfriend hoax a few months back.
Moreover, no running backs were chosen for the first time since 1963.
Fisher became the first Mid-American Conference player selected at the top when the Kansas City Chiefs’ new regime led by coach Andy Reid chose the 6-foot-7, 306-pound offensive tackle.
The native of Michigan was followed by All-American Joeckel going to play for the Jacksonville Jaguars, defensive end Dion Jordan of Oregon will suit up for the Miami Hurricanes, which traded up with the Oakland Raiders, and Oklahoma Sooners tackle Lane Johnson will play for the Philadelphia Eagles.
A skill position player is yet to be picked — a huge difference from the last four drafts, when quarterbacks went first.
The procession of linemen continued with the BYU Cougars defensive end and Ghana native Ezekiel Ansah, going to play for the Detroit Tigers; LSU Tigers defensive end Barkevious Mingo for the Cleveland Browns; and the Arizona Cardinals got North Carolina Tar Heels guard Jonathan Cooper.