Draft updates: Lions grab Duke guard Tomlinson
1. Tampa Bay- Jameis Winston (QB, Florida State)
2. Tennessee- Marcus Mariota (QB, Oregon)
3. Jacksonville- Dante Folwer (DE, Florida)
4. Oakland- Amari Cooper (WR, Alabama)
5. Washington- Brandon Scherff (OT, Iowa)
6. New York Jets- Leonard Williams (DE, USC)
7. Chicago- Kevin White (WR, West Virginia)
8. Atlanta- Vic Beasley (OLB, Clemson)
9. New York Giants- Ereck Flowers (OT, Miami FL)
10. St. Louis- Todd Gurley (RB, Georgia)
11. Minnesota- Trae Waynes (CB, MSU)
12. Cleveland- Danny Shelton (DT, Washington)
13. New Orleans- Andrus Peat (OT, Stanford)
14. Miami- DeVante Parker (WR, Louisville)
15. San Diego- Melvin Gordon (RB, Wisconsin)
16. Houston- Kevin Johnson (CB, Wake Forest)
17. San Francisco- Arik Armstead (DE, Oregon)
18. Kansas City- Marcus Peters (CB, Washington)
19. Cleveland- Cameron Erving (OG, Florida State)
20. Philadelphia- Nelson Agholor (WR ,USC)
21. Cincinnati- Cedric Ogbuehi (OT, Texas A&M)
22. Pittsburgh- Bud Dupree (LB, Kentucky)
23. Denver- Shane Ray (DE, Missouri)
24. Arizona- D.J. Humphries (OT, Florida)
25. Carolina- Shaw Thompson (LB, Washington)
26. Baltimore- Breshad Perriman (WR, Central Florida)
27. Dallas- Byron Jones (CB, UConn)
28. Detroit- Laken Tomlinson (OG, Duke)
29. Indianapolis- Phillip Dorsett (WR, Miami FL)
30. Green Bay- Damarious Randall (S, Arizona State)
31. New Orleans- Stephone Anthony (LB, Clemson)
32. New England- Malcolm Brown (DT, Texas)
First round cruises to a drama-free finish
The first round has come to a close, and believe it or not, the winners of the night might be the Lions.
The Lions took a position that was a glaring need and added some depth. Laken Tomlinson should be a starter, but that's not a given considering the Lions also trade for Manny Ramirez. I can envision a situation where the Lions redshirt Tomlinson and let a motivated Ramirez play out the final year of his deal. That being said, the job should be there for the taking for Tomlinson.
There were no surprises at the top of the draft. Jameis Winston went No.1, and when the Titans didn't trade the second overall pick and drafted Marcus Mariota, the drama of the night went away.
Tomorrow is where GMs make their money. The 2nd and 3rd rounds have very good players available. It's up to the guys making the decisions to pick the right ones.
The Lions will probably address the running back and/or defensive tackle.
Day 2 is always my favorite day of the draft. It's guys you know if you follow college football, and they always have a little chip on their shoulder because they weren't selected in the first round.
Lions grab Duke lineman
The Lions picked up two offensive guard in the first round after trading for Manny Ramirez with Denver, then proceeding to Draft Laken Tomlinson out of Duke.
Not a name we heard bouncing around much, but definitely someone that can start right away at guard. Interesting that the Lions would pick up two guards with Larry Warford cemented in a starting role, but they've definitely addressed the depth across the O-line with this trade and pick.
I would think now that the Lions see Manny Ramirez as more of an insurance option.
Lions trade down
The Lions showed some restraint and traded their 23rd overall pick to Denver for the 28th overall pick, offensive lineman Manny Ramirez, a 5th rounder this year and a 5th rounder in 2016.
Wow. The Lions made out like bandits there. Ramirez should start right away in 2015. Move down just five picks, pick up a starter in an area of need and pick up a couple late-round selections. Bravo.
There goes Gordon
Melvin Gordon, who made a living this past season torturing defenses in the Big Ten, is trading in snowy Wisconsin for sunny San Diego after the Chargers traded up to get him.
It's an interesting move by the Chargers. The only sense this trade makes is that they really coveted Gordon and were terrified that Houston would take him at No.16.
That's the second running back taken in the first round tonight. There hasn't been a running back taken in the first round since 2012.
Chargers move up
San Diego has traded the 17th pick, a 4th round pick this year and a 5th rounder next year for the 15th overall pick from San Francisco.
First Spartan comes off the board
A big part of the no fly zone is heading to the Vikings with the 11th overall pick.
Waynes is quite the player. He can run with just about anybody, but there are a few questions about his tackling ability and whether or not he should have been taken this high.
Lions fans should get used to seeing him twice a year as he tries to cover Calvin Johnson and company.
Gurley to St. Louis
The dream is dead, Detroit. Todd Gurley is not going to fall to the Lions at No.23.
Gurley suffered an ACL tear last season, otherwise he may have won the Heisman Trophy. He was that good, and is a dual-threat out of the backfield.
Bears get playmaker at No.7
Start shaking in your boots, Lions fans. This guy can play. Put him on the other side of Alshon Jeffrey, and we're talking about scary stuff for Chicago on offense.
This guy goes up and gets the ball. He is a playmaker. I absolutely love his game. I absolutely hate the fact that the Lions will have to see him twice a year.
Great value at No.6
Leonard Williams is at or near the top of a lot of people's draft boards, but he just didn't fit the need of those drafting in the top five.
Luckily for the Jets, Williams fell to them and will help bolster an already strong defensive line.
A lot of people will say the Jets really needed to get Geno Smith some help on offense, and they're right. The value here was just too good to pass up.
Cooper to the Raiders
Amari Cooper is going to be a solid pro. Most casual college football fans will argue he's easily the best wide receiver in the draft. I would beg to differ.
Oakland needed a playmaker on the outside for Derek Carr, and they're getting one in Cooper. I just think West Virginia's Kevin White is the best receiver in the draft.
Titans take Mariota
Marcus Mariota won the Heisman Trophy this past season, but a lot of questions have been raised about whether or not he is a franchise quarterback.
It's believed that the Titans fielded a lot offers for the second overall pick, but for now, they've made the decision to select Mariota for themselves.
Mariota is a talent, but he's coming from a pretty simplistic offense that relied more on feel and straight forward routes than being able to read defenses. If the Titans are expecting Mariota to blow the lid off the NFL in his first season, I think they'll be disappointed. But if they can do the unthinkable in 2015, and be patient, I think this guy can turn into the real deal.
No surprise at No.1
Jameis Winston wasn't quite as good in 2014 as he was in 2013, but he was still very good.
Tampa Bay obviously believes that the former Florida State quarterback will overcome his off-the-field issues and be the franchise quarterback the Bucs need.
Winston is a gamble. He seems like a big kid with NFL quarterback talent. The question going forward will be if he grows up in time to become the leader of a struggling franchise.
First round hopefuls ready for primetime
It's that time of year again when every NFL fan can dream big. It's also that time of year where we all play the role of armchair GM as every team makes a move in the first round that they hope pays off in the birth of a superstar.
There's little doubt about who will go No.1 overall tonight. Jameis Winston seems destined for Tampa.
A lot of questions surround the No. 2 overall pick, which is currently held by the Tennessee Titans. Will they take a chance on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota? Or will they trade the pick? perhaps to the Cleveland Browns, who seemingly year-after-year are looking to strike gold with a franchise quarterback.
Locally, the Lions seem to be in a make-or-break position. The thought process is that they will try to bolster the offensive and defensive lines in this draft, and they could do that as early as tonight with the 23rd overall pick. If a star running back, like say Todd Gurley or Melvin Gordon, fall to them at 23, they'll certainly have a decision to make.
The lights are on and the NFL is ready to take center stage in the middle of spring, starting with tonight's first round of the draft.