Hot topic players like Manti Te'o and Geno Smith slipped to the second round. Of course, Te'o is well known due to the hoax, but I rated him as borderline first round talent coming into the draft. My rating was verified when he was selected 38th overall by the San Diego Chargers. Smith was expected by many draftniks to be the first quarterback taken, but EJ Manuel was picked by the Buffalo Bills instead, becoming the shock of the draft. Smith was so bothered that he left the first round early and was not going to come back for the second until he had a change of heart. Now, he is stuck in New York and expects to compete with Mark Sanchez for the starting spot. It is not a great place for a QB to be that needs to mature into the postion.
Quarterbacks Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib were not drafted until the fourth round and many had them rated as first round talent. There were rumors going around some circles that Nassib could be taken in the first by the Buffalo Bills reuniting him with his former college coach Doug Marrone. Nassib was drafted with the 110th overall pick by the New York Giants. On the other hand, Barkley was drafted by his former opposing coach Chip Kelly of the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly's Oregon teams faced Barkley four times during his tenure. Despite their drop, both appear to be in a better position than Smith; Barkley seems to be in a less tense situation than in New York and Nassib will likely sit behind Eli Manning which gives him more time to develop.
Some QBs even gave up the wait to be picked such as Tyler Wilson of Arkansas. He was in Wal-mart when he received a call from the Oakland Raiders to let him know they drafted him. Wilson was chosen with the 112th overall pick in the fouth round. He said, "I kind felt like everybody in the store at that point had kind of figured out what's going on. That was fun."
For the first time since 1963, a running back was not drafted in the first round. The first RB taken was Giovanni Bernard by the Cincinnati Bengals. Despite Bernard's dynamic playmaking ability, Eddie Lacy was expected to be the first running back drafted, but a toe injury could have been the cause of his slippage.
Controversial player Tyrann Mathieu was drafted with the 69th overall pick of the third round by the Arizona Cardinals. He seemed to go a little high.... rephrase, he was drafted a little too early. According to reports, he has been clean of marijuana for over three months since his several failed tests with LSU. At Arizona, Mathieu will be back with former LSU Tiger Patrick Peterson.
Alabama had a hoard of players picked in the draft, but a couple were taken late that could be solid NFL players. Center and swing lineman Barrett Jones was not selected until the 113th overall pick of the fourth round by the St. Louis Rams and defensive tackle Jessie Williams fell all the way to 137th of the fifth round. Neither may become pro superstars, but they appear to be definite NFL talent.
Some notable players on the Sleeper Watch went undrafted. Tulane QB Ryan Griffin signed with the New Orleans Saints and Western Kentucky TE Jack Doyle signed with the Tennessee Titans.
Draft Winners & Losers
While last year's draft was the year of the quarterback, this draft was the year of the hog mollies. A QB has been selected number one overall the last four years and for the first time since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger, offensive tackles were the first two players selected overall. Only one quarterback was drafted in the first round this year, but in 2012, four QBs were selected in the first round. This draft, there were four QBs taken in round four.
Late Round Picks Notable Names
37. RB Giovanni Bernard by Cincinnati Bengals
38. MLB Manti Te'o by San Diego Chargers
39. QB Geno Smith by New York Jets
40. DE Cornelius Carradine by San Francisco 49ers
48. RB Le'Veon Bell by Pittsburgh Steelers
56. LB Arthur Brown by Baltimore Ravens
58. RB Montee Ball by Denver Broncos
61. RB Eddie Lacy by Green Bay Packers
65. OG Larry Warford by Detroit Lions
69. CB Tyrann Mathieu by Arizona Cardinals
73. QB Mike Glennon by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
98. QB Matt Barkley by Philadelphia Eagles
110. QB Ryan Nassib by New York Giants
112. QB Tyler Wilson by Oakland Raiders
113. OL Barrett Jones by St. Louis Rams
115. QB Landry Jones by Pittsburgh Steelers
117. LB Khaseem Greene by Chicago Bears
128. WR Quinton Patton by San Francisco 49ers
131. RB Marcus Lattimore by San Francisco 49ers
135. RB Denard Robinson by Jacksonville Jaguars
137. DT Jessie Williams by Seattle Seahawks
146. DE Quanterus Smith by Denver Broncos
174. WR Ryan Swope by Arizona Cardinals
182. RB Kenjon Barner by Carolina Panthers
187. RB Andre Ellington by Arizona Cardinals