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NFL Draft live blog: Tracking the first round pick-by-pick

by Anthony Slater Modified: April 25, 2013 at 11:55 pm •  Published: April 25, 2013
A helmet with the NFL football draft logo is placed on a table before the first round, Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) ORG XMIT: NYMA104
A helmet with the NFL football draft logo is placed on a table before the first round, Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Radio City Music Hall in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) ORG XMIT: NYMA104

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.

_________________Draft Started_______________________

-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*

UPDATE: Jason Kersey’s full story on the Lane Johnson story can be viewed by clicking here.

Former Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson, right, was selected fourth overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in last month's NFL Draft. AP PHOTO
Former Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson, right, was selected fourth overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in last month's NFL Draft. AP PHOTO

*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

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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