There are no professional football teams in Oklahoma and only one state player — OU offensive tackle Lane Johnson — expected to be taken in Thursday night’s first round.
But interest will remain high because, well, it’s the NFL and this is America. So keep it here for live pick-by-pick coverage and a bit of commentary in between.
The draft starts at 7 p.m. CT. In the meantime, read Jason Kersey’s great piece on Lane Johnson’s unlikely journey to the top of the draft boards.
-Chris Berman, Mel Kiper Jr. and Jon Gruden discussing the ‘motor’ and ‘adjusted wingspan’ of 20-year-old kids. Ah, it must be April. Welcome back to the NFL Draft. The Chiefs have the first pick, expected to select Eric Fisher, a tackle for Central Michigan (wait, Central Michigan!?). Safe to say that’ll be the first #1 overall selection for the school.
-Commissioner Roger Goodell to the podium. Kansas City officially on the clock.
-Solid start for the commish. But hey, he’s probably still got a higher approval rating than Bud Selig.
*1st overall – Kansas City Chiefs select Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher*
-Not exactly the franchise-changer that Andrew Luck or RGIII have proven to be, but then again, you can’t expect him to be. Not all draft classes are created equal, especially at the top.
*2nd overall – Jacksonville Jaguars select Texas A&M tackle Luke Joeckel*
-Stat from ESPN: First time since 1968 that offensive tackles went 1-2 in the Draft. Pretty crazy (and telling about this year’s talent pool).
-Woah. Raiders trade third pick to the Dolphins. Many ESPN guys speculating that could be Lane Johnson’s destination.
*3rd overall – Miami Dolphins select Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan*
-Well, never mind. The Dolphins fooled ESPN, NFL Network, Twitter and almost everybody. Not a bad pick, though. And Lane Johnson won’t be on the board for long.
*4th overall – Philadelphia Eagles select Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson*
-And our first, and very likely last, state player has been chosen. Good spot for Johnson. Will play in the up-tempo offense of Chip Kelly.
-”I like this kid because he’s nasty. I like that. If you watched his combine, you wouldn’t think he’s an offensive lineman.” -Jon Gruden on Lane Johnson.
-Yes, he did.
-Here’s Jason Kersey’s story on the Eagles selection of OU lineman Lane Johnson
*5th overall – Detroit Lions select BYU defensive end Ezekiel Ansah*
-Barry Sanders announced that last pick. He’s been everywhere lately.
*6th overall – Cleveland Browns select LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo*
-And Brandon Weeden can exhale. Looking like he may get another year to prove himself in Cleveland.
-Also, that’s six picks and six linemen (three on each side). The trenches may be underrated by fans, but not by NFL executives.
*7th overall – Arizona Cardinals select North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper*
-Seven picks, seven linemen. How long will this go (probably not too long with Tavon Austin still out there)?
*8th overall – St. Louis Rams select West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin*
-Jon Gruden: “If Sam Bradford saw this guy play his alma mater, he’d be excited to have him. Because Tavon Austin went for 580 all-purpose yards on Oklahoma.”
-But seriously, that’s huge for Bradford and the Rams.
*9th overall – New York Jets select Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner*
*10th overall – Tennessee Titans select Alabama guard Chance Warmack*
-Warmack ran a 5.49 40-yard dash, which invoked some criticism. Jon Gruden with a great response: “If you don’t like the time your guard ran in the 40-yard dash, then don’t time your guards in the 40-yard dash.”
*11th overall – San Diego Chargers select Alabama tackle D.J. Fluker*
*12th overall – Oakland Raiders select Houston defensive back D.J. Hayden*
*13th overall – New York Jets select Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson*
*14th overall – Carolina Panthers select Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei*
*15th overall – New Orleans Saints select Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro*
-Jon Gruden: “Texas wasn’t very good on defense.”
*16th overall – Buffalo Bills select Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel*
-The first quarterback is finally off the board. It’s the latest the first one has been selected since 2000 (Chad Pennington, 18th overall).
-Surprising. Manuel wasn’t a top-three QB on many draft boards. But personally, I don’t hate it. Athletic, with a lot of upside.
-Also, Geno Smith is in full free-fall mode. Pending a trade, it doesn’t look like any remaining first round teams need a quarterback.
*17th overall – Pittsburgh Steelers select Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones*
*18th overall – San Francisco 49ers select LSU safety Eric Reid*
*19th overall – New York Giants select Syracuse guard Justin Pugh*
*20th overall – Chicago Bears select Oregon offensive lineman Kyle Long*
*21st overall – Cincinnati Bengals select Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert*
-Would think this gives former OU tight end Jermaine Gresham some competition, but ESPN Insider Chris Mortenson believes the Bengals want to pair both on the field together.
-Jon Gruden: “With Gresham and Eifert, they can give teams fits with two tight end sets.”
*22nd overall – Atlanta Falcons select Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant*
*23rd overall – Minnesota Vikings select Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd*
*24th overall – Indianapolis Colts select Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner*
*25th overall – Minnesota Vikings select Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes*
*26th overall – Green Bay Packers select UCLA defensive end Datone Jones*
*27th overall – Houston Texans select Clemson wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins*
*28th overall – Denver Broncos select North Carolina Sylvester Williams*
*29th overall – Minnesota Vikings select Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson*
*30th overall – St. Louis Rams select Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree*
*31st overall – Dallas Cowboys select Wisconsin center Travis Frederick*
-First Big 10 player selected
*32nd overall – Baltimore Ravens select Florida safety Matt Elam*
First round storylines
*No running backs taken
*Manti Te’o and Geno Smith still available
-Only one quarterback taken
Picks by conference
SEC — 12
ACC – 6
Pac-12 – 5
Big 12 – 3
Independent – 2
MAC – 1
C-USA – 1
Big East – 1
Big 10 – 1
Thanks for following along with me