NFL Draft Live Blog
After months of speculation, tons of innuendo and enough Pete Carroll smoke screens via Twitter to make a Seattle Seahawks fan go insane, mock drafts no longer matter.
The real thing is here.
Despite the regular-season opener being nearly five months away, football once again takes center stage in the sports world with the 2010 NFL Draft.
In what has become nearly as big of an event as the Super Bowl, the three-day extravaganza kicks off tonight with the St. Louis Rams on the clock.
Struggling franchises will begin to move forward — unless you’re the Oakland Raiders, who seemingly always find a way to take a step back.
So put aside the NHL and NBA playoffs for one night only (okay, maybe three nights only) and get ready for the rollercoaster ride that is the league’s annual draft.
I’ll be here all night at the National Football Post keeping you up-to-date with the selections as they happen. I’ll also throw in lots of good stuff that should be kept off-the-record — but is totally acceptable when gracing the pages of the Daily Jolt.
So in the spirit of one Tim Tebow, God bless.
7:05 p.m. ET: Welcome aboard, everyone. Get ready for one helluva ride tonight. Plenty of storylines and plenty of drama. Can't wait for it all to unfold. Twenty-five minutes remain until the St. Louis Rams are officially on the clock.
7:07 p.m. ET: ESPN's Jenn Brown with Texas QB Colt McCoy. Ms. Brown looking great as always.
7:10 p.m. ET: Also, be sure to join the NFL Draft Live Chat on the NFP's main page. Matt Bowen will be discussing the picks all night long.
7:13 p.m. ET: Jets fans boo Dan Marino. Awesome.
7:16 p.m. ET: By the way, Twitter runs slow as it is. It is sure to legitimately crash tonight.
7:21 p.m. ET: What a night this is going to be. The amount of last-minute speculation that was spreading throughout the 'net today was insane. Love it. None of that matters once the Rams make their selection at No. 1, however.
7:25 p.m. ET: Jon Gruden continues to question the effect of the spread offense on the QBs coming out of that system. Difficult transition for sure, but not something to be too concerned about in my opinion, as no young QB will be ready from Day One.
7:27 p.m. ET: My appreciation for Rachel Nichols continues...
7:31 p.m. ET: The Jimmy Clausen falling to Minny talk at No. 30 continues. The guy may be the best QB in the draft, despite Sam Bradford's impressive skill set. Could he fall that far down the board?
7:32 p.m. ET: The Commish takes the stage.
7:35 p.m. ET: Would just love the Rams to shock the world here.
7:36 p.m. ET: Bradford is shown smiling and on the phone.
7:38 p.m. ET: No. 1- St. Louis Rams select Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford
7:42 p.m. ET: This is the only time of the night when I won't be objective, as I'm a Lions fan. But I'm really hoping Detroit goes Suh here. There's no way it's Okung, right? While I am really not a Jeff Backus fan, Suh is too good to pass up.
7:44 p.m. ET: No. 2- Detroit Lions select Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh
7:45 p.m. ET: SUUUUUHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
7:50 p.m. ET: The Buccaneers should get their three-technique here in Gerald McCoy.
7:52 p.m. ET: No. 3- Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Oklahoma DT Gerald McCoy
7:54 p.m. ET: Seeing the emotion from McCoy is what the draft is all about.
7:57 p.m. ET: Here we go with the 'Skins. This is where the draft shifts. Where do they turn?
7:58 p.m. ET: No. 4- Washington Redskins select Oklahoma OT Trent Williams
8:01 p.m. ET: So Okung is not even the first tackle taken. Do the Chiefs go Eric Berry at No. 5?
8:05 p.m. ET: Eric Berry will be a Chief. On the phone, smiling and saying he's excited to be a Chief.
8:07 p.m. ET: No. 5- Kansas City Chiefs select Tennessee S Eric Berry
8:12 p.m. ET: Will the Seahawks grab Okung to be the heir to Walter Jones?
8:15 p.m. ET: No. 6- Seattle Seahawks select Oklahoma State OT Russell Okung
8:17 p.m. ET: I know I'm in the minority, but I just don't see why the Browns don't go Clausen here. Jake Delhomme can be a nice bridge until Clausen is ready. Is waiting for McCoy in the second round the better play? Maybe. But I think the Golden Boy is a difference-maker.
8:23 p.m. ET: No. 7- Cleveland Browns select Florida CB Joe Haden
8:27 p.m. ET: And then it was the Raiders. My oh my, what will Al do right here...
8:28 p.m. ET: No. 8- Oakland Raiders select Alabama ILB Rolando McClain
8:30 p.m. ET: So the QB and O-line spots get passed over for McClain, who I do like. But at No. 8? Wow, in the waning moments I actually thought that Jimmy could be the guy.
8:31 p.m. ET: No. 9- Buffalo Bills select Clemson RB C.J. Spiller
8:32 p.m. ET: See ya, Marshawn? Wow, like the idea of taking Spiller here. O-line is still a mess, though. It seems the Bills have a lot of return men, but I do think Spiller could be a productive back. I just never thought Buddy Nix would go Spiller at No.9.
8:36 p.m. ET: Maybe it's Clausen's small hands that are turning teams off. Or maybe teams just don't think he's as good a player as I do.
8:38 p.m. ET: No. 10- Jacksonville Jaguars select California DT Tyson Alualu
8:39 p.m. ET: Definitely way early for Alualu. Was the production there in college? Just saw him more as a second-rounder.
8:41 p.m. ET: San Francisco moved up, switching spots with Denver (No. 13).
8:43 p.m. ET: No. 11- San Francisco 49ers select Rutgers OT Anthony Davis
8:45 p.m. ET: Denver picked up an extra fourth-rounder in that Niners deal.
8:46 p.m. ET: Miami and San Diego make a deal. San Diego goes from No. 28 to No. 12. Perhaps Chargers are looking to grab RB Ryan Mathews or DT Dan Williams.
8:49 p.m. ET: No. 12- San Diego Chargers select Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews
8:52 p.m. ET: This is insane. Another deal, as Denver moves back down and stockpiles picks. Philly is now on the clock, moving from No. 24 to No. 13. The Eagles gave up their two third-round selections in the deal.
8:57 p.m. ET: No. 13- Philadelphia Eagles select Michigan DE Brandon Graham
9:00 p.m. ET: It seemed that everyone thought the Eagles would go secondary here, but I really like the Graham selection. They didn't have to give up their high second-rounder, either.
9:04 p.m. ET: I just don't see Pete Carroll and Seattle going with Clausen here. I'd love to see it, but I just don't have that feeling.
9:05 p.m. ET: No. 14- Seattle Seahawks select Texas DB Earl Thomas
9:08 p.m. ET: I like Thomas' personality, but I just think this is a reach.
9:13 p.m. ET: No. 15- N.Y. Giants select South Florida DE Jason Pierre-Paul
9:15 p.m. ET: JPP goes before Derrick Morgan. Solid pickup, especially because I think Osi could be on his way out.
9:20 p.m. ET: No. 16- Tennessee Tita ns select Georgia Tech DE Derrick Morgan
9:22 p.m. ET: San Fran on the clock. Clausen? Probably not. Iupati could be the play.
9:25 p.m. ET: No. 17- San Francisco 49ers select Idaho G Mike Iupati
9:27 p.m. ET: The Niners are giving Alex Smith every chance to succeed.
9:28 p.m. ET: No. 18- Pittsburgh Steelers select Florida C Maurkice Pouncey
9:31 p.m. ET: No. 19- Atlanta Falcons select Missouri OLB Sean Weatherspoon
9:37 p.m. ET: No. 20- Houston Texans select Alabama CB Kareem Jackson
9:38 p.m. ET: Clausen says he's relaxed, according to Erin Andrews. It may be Minny after all. Quick switch by ESPN to Jenn Brown. Awesome.
9:40 p.m. ET: No. 21- Cincinnati Bengals select Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham
9:44 p.m. ET: New England drops down, acquiring the Denver's fourth-rounder.
9:45 p.m. ET: No. 22- Denver Broncos select Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas
9:49 p.m. ET: Could Dez Bryant go to Baltimore and join Anquan Boldin?
9:51 p.m. ET: No. 23- Green Bay Packers select Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga
9:58 p.m. ET: Dallas moves up. It has to be to take Bryant, right?
10:00 p.m. ET: No. 24- Dallas Cowboys select Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant
10:01 p.m. ET: Bryant remains a Cowboy, going from Stillwater to Big D. 'Boys moved up so Ravens wouldn't grab him. Great value. Roy who?
10:03 p.m. ET: The Broncos may be my new favorite team as they are going to select Tebow. Again, though, I don't get the sliding down the board of Clausen. Tebow is all smiles with family and friends.
10:08 p.m. ET: Ravens trade the pick to Denver, most likely because they lost out on Bryant.
10:09 p.m. ET: No. 25- Denver Broncos select Florida QB Tim Tebow
10:11 p.m. ET: It will be great to see Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels working with Tebow. It's a good fit personality-wise. Of course, the question is can he develop into a starter?
10:14 p.m. ET: God bless.
10:16 p.m. ET: No. 26- Arizona Cardinals select Tennessee DT Dan Williams
10:21 p.m. ET: Definitely in need of many Coors Lights right about now.
10:23 p.m. ET: No. 27- New England Patriots select Rutgers CB Devin McCourty
10:29 p.m. ET: No. 28- Miami Dolphins select Penn State DT Jared Odrick
10:35 p.m. ET: Great highlight reel of Rex Ryan.
10:37 p.m. ET: No. 29- N.Y. Jets select Boise State CB Kyle Wilson
10:38 p.m. ET: Just a sick secondary right now for the Jets.
10:40 p.m. ET: Is it Clausen time? Minnesota on the clock. Indy and New Orleans to follow and close out opening night.
10:43 p.m. ET: The Lions move back into the first round in a deal with Minnesota and get a much-needed RB in California's Jahvid Best.
10:43 p.m. ET: No. 30- Detroit Lions select California RB Jahvid Best
10:45 p.m. ET: What a draft already for my Lions. And what a disappointing night for Jimmy Clausen.
10:54 p.m. ET: No. 31- Indianapolis Colts select TCU OLB Jerry Hughes
10:55 p.m. ET: Had a feeling Hughes would end up in Indy. Great pickup.
11:03 p.m. ET: No. 32- New Orleans Saints select FSU CB Patrick Robinson11:05 p.m. ET: So that concludes the first round of the 2010 draft. Wow. Tebow in Denver...Clausen not yet selected...Taylor Mays not taken by the Saints like I thought he would be. Very interested in how the early part of Round Two will play out.
11:08 p.m. ET: Tebow gets to wear No. 15 in Denver with Brandon Marshall now in Miami.
11:11 p.m. ET: I am beyond exhausted. Looking to pick up a 24-oz. Coors Light at the local grocery store in a few minutes.
11:20 p.m. ET: Clausen to Charlie Weis and the Chiefs at No. 36?
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