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Draft Tracker: 1st Round pick-by-pick

Thu, Apr 25, 2013

1 Kansas City Eric Fisher/OT Central Michigan
SAVAGE COMMENT: Fisher came to the Senior Bowl as a mid-to-late first rounder and left Mobile as a legit top-10 pick. At the Combine he eleveated into the top five. Classic LT with height, long arms, a sturdy lower body and athleticism to adjust to counter moves. Should be a solid pro. First Senior Bowler to go No. 1 since Carson Palmer in 2003. 
2 Jacksonville Luke Joeckel/OT Texas A&M
SAVAGE COMMENT: Two 'rookie' GM's in John Dorsey/KC and David Caldwell/JAX = two LT's in first two picks. LT's are the 'safest' bet in the NFL Draft because if he doesn't work on the left side, he can go to the right side or even inside to OG. Jags get textbook left tackle who left A&M as a Junior. Athletic, has an upside, needs to get physically stronger, which he will.
3 Miami (*trade with Oakland) Dion Jordan/DE Oregon
SAVAGE COMMENT: First defensive player in school history to go in the top-10. First surprise of the night, trading up from 12th pick to get the OLB to play in their 3-4 defense.
4 Philadelphia Lane Johnson/OT Oklahoma
SAVAGE COMMENT: 2nd Senior Bowler to go in the first four picks. Eagles would have taken Johnson over Fisher or Joekel at No. 4. They love his height, athletic ability and temperment.
5 Detroit Ziggy Ansah/DE BYU
SAVAGE COMMENT: 3rd Senior Bowler to go in first five picks. First time the Senior Bowl has had 3 of the top 5 picks in the modern era and first time 3 in top 10 since 2003. Lions got 'engaged' wtih Ziggy at Senior Bowl and married him tonight. Absolute perfect fit in their 4-3 system.
6 Cleveland Barkevious Mingo/DE LSU
SAVAGE COMMENT: Cleveland got stuck with all the OT's off board. As expected, it was choice between Mingo/LSU and Milliner/ALA. They went with OLB, going for DC later.
7 Arizona Jonathan Cooper/OG North Carolina
SAVAGE COMMENT: Cards also stuck at No. 7 with no way out, but get an outstanding player. Very secure choice.
8 St. Louis (*trade with Buffalo) Tavon Austin/WR West Virginia
SAVAGE COMMENT: Buffalo lucks out with NFL offensive coaches salivating over WR Austin. Bills can now sit at No. 16 and take a QB. Buffalo gets 2nd and 3rd round picks plus some 'sugar' and now in position to take QB, most likely Nassib or Geno Smith from West Virginia. Bills could probably move down again into the 20s, but risk may be getting jumped if they get too far down. Some NFL coaches told me Austin was the best offensive player in the draft. GM Les Snead finally gets some help for Sam Bradford.
9 NY Jets Dee Milliner/DC Alabama
SAVAGE COMMENT: Really thought NYJ would get defensive player that Cleveland didn't take and it happened. NYJ trade Darelle Revis, enter for Dee Milliner. He will pair off well with Antonio Cromartie in Rex Ryan's defensive system.
10 Tennessee Chance Warmack/OG Alabama
SAVAGE COMMENT: Second Alabama player in a row and it may be three with the Chargers next, known to cover Alabama OT DJ Fluker. Tennessee had been hoping for months that OG Warmackd would be there. Pro Bowl potenial as a rookie.
11 San Diego D.J. Fluker/OT Alabama
SAVAGE COMMENT: Three Alabama players in a row and the fourth Senior Bowler in the top-11. Chargers had to take Fluker as the best available OL He will plug-in as a day one starter at RT.
12 Oakland (via trade with Miami) D.J. Hayden/DC Houston
SAVAGE COMMENT: Upset special. Most anticipated him going in the 20s. Almost died from torn vena cava in November. Incredible story. Would have been invited to Senior Bowl without tragic injury. Has returned to be a top-12 pick!
13 NY Jets (from Tampa) Sheldon Richardson/DT Missouri
SAVAGE COMMENT: Second upset special, taking Richardson over Star Lotulelei of Utah and Sharrif Floyd of Florida. NYJ fans hoping he is better than Dewayne Robertson. Richardson is more 4-3 than 3-4 fit. Other than DL on team, not sure of NYJ idea here.
14 Carolina Star Lotulelei/DT Utah
SAVAGE COMMENT: Panthers get gift of the night: Star at No. 14. Similar slide to Haloti Ngata in '06. GM Dave Gettleman, formerly of NYG, goes height, weight, speed.
15 New Orleans Kenny Vaccaro/S


SAVAGE COMMENT: Saints miss on Barkevious Mingo, must not be sold on OLB Jarvis Jones. Vaccaro is excellent in run support, deep coverage will vbe the concern. In Rob Ryan's defense he will be very actve.
16 Buffalo (via trade with St. Louis) EJ Manuel/QB Florida State
SAVAGE COMMENT: Wow! That's a Senior Bowl success story! Capitalized on every opportunity in the pre-draft process. Senior Bowl MVP is first QB taken in draft. EJ was the first QB to accept Senior Bowl invite. Had scouts and agents question our choice. Redeemed. So proud of EJ! He is first class all the way around. Great week in Mobile, especially in the game. Excelled in Indy and Pro Day. GM Buddy Nix loves Southern football.
17 Pittsburgh Jarvis Jones/OLB Georgia
SAVAGE COMMENT: Jones finds a home in Pittsburgh. The Steelers' way, sit there and get a perfect prospect for their 3-4 scheme. Exit Harrison, enter Jones. His chances for NFL success just tripled by going to the Steelers. They will maximize his strengths and minimize his weaknesses. And, once again, the CLE/PITT comparisons are inevitable. Browns take Mingo. Steelers take Jones. Let the competition begin. 
18 San Francisco (trade with Dallas) Eric Reid/S LSU
SAVAGE COMMENT: As expected, SF with boatload of picks, almost like ballast in a hot air baloon, needed to shed some to get off ground. They did. Dallas owner Jerry Jones always looking up to trade and SF get a player with great physical talent. In 2014 draft, would be top 10.
19 NY Giants Justin Pugh/OT Syracuse
SAVAGE COMMENT: Thanks to NFL for allowing fourh-year Junior December graduates in the Senior Bowl. Two men qualified: DJ Fluker and Pugh. Both go top-20 in the first round.
20 Chicago Kyle Long/OT Oregon
SAVAGE COMMENT: Spoke to Kyle this morning about his chances for first round. Told him if top three OTs got in top five, he'll get in first. Family has two No. 1's in Chris and Kyle, dad Howie a 2nd-rounder. Welcome to the club! Kyle was slowed by an illness during Senior Bowl week, then took almost every rep during the game after Eric Fisher exited the game after first quarter.
21 Cincinnati Tyler Eifert/TE Notre Dame
SAVAGE COMMENT: Bengals love Big-10 prospects. He will pair off with Jermaine Gresham in their two TE sets.
22 Atlanta (trade with STL) Desmond Trufant/DC Washington
SAVAGE COMMENT: Eight Senior Bowler to go in the first round. Spoke about ATL targeting corner this morning and, lo and behold, Falcons move up and get a corner with excellent cover skills inside and outside. Trufant will give Falcons options on perimeter and over the slot. Had a great week at the Senior Bowl and proved his speed at Combine with 4.38.
23 Minnesota Sharrif Floyd/DT Florida
SAVAGE COMMENT: Ideal for 4-3 with his in-line quicks.
24 Indianapolis Bjoern Werner/DE Florida State
SAVAGE COMMENT: Not sure of fit here with Colts 3-4 scheme. Appeared to be more DE than OLB. Big motor and short area quicks. Assumption for Werner at Indy is that he will be tried as OLB in Base, then DE in Sub/passing situations.
25 Minnesota (from Seattle) Xavier Rhodes/CB Florida State
SAVAGE COMMENT: Vikings fill two needs with Floyd and CB Rhodes -- a Gator and a Seminole.  Rhodes is a classic cover-2 corner who should be able to press and run in man-to-man. Some mocks had him as high as No. 12 to Miami.
26 Green Bay Datone Jones/DE UCLA
SAVAGE COMMENT: Had an outstanding week at the Senior Bowl. Showed versatility for either 3-4 or 4-3. Ninth first-round pick for Senior Bowl.
27 Houston DeAndre Hopkins/WR Clemson
SAVAGE COMMENT: Very athletic wide receiver. Saw him in practice during season. Impressive Junior. Has skills to help Texans this year because he will be able to perform duties of a No. 2 opposite Andre Johnson.
28 Denver Sylvester Williams/DT North Carolina
SAVAGE COMMENT: That's 10 first-round picks for the Senior Bowl! One of our Solid-as-Rock prospects. He will help immediately. Broncos get one of the real gems in this draft. Great person and player with the ability to defend the run and rush the passer.
29 Minnesota (via trade with NE) Cordarrelle Patterson/WR Tennessee
SAVAGE COMMENT: Viking give up four picks to move up and use third pick of first round. First team with three first-rounders since the 2001 Rams. Vikings fool everyone with this pick. Pundits said T'eo. Not so fast. Patterson has elite athleticism, needs to channel abilities to become complete receiver. Coaching will be very important to his success.
30 St. Louis (via trade with ATL) Alec Ogletree/ILB Georgia
SAVAGE COMMENT: Rams move up for Austin, now down for Ogletree. Fills two needs, both with speed. 'Tree can really run, ideal 4-3 Will.
31 Dallas (via trade with SF) Travis Fredrick/C Wisconsin
SAVAGE COMMENT: Cowboys flipped picks with SF and pick up a center. Wisconsin has history of producing OL.
32 Baltimore Matt Elam/S Florida
SAVAGE COMMENT: An explosive Junior who has a 'Raven' mentality. Opted for him over Manti Te'o and Jonathan Cyprien.


*Oakland trades 3rd pick to Miami for 12th pick and 2nd round pick (42)

*Buffalo trades 8th pick to St. Louis for 16th pick, plus 2nd-rounder (46th), 3rd-rounder (78th) and 222nd pick