The skill players were almost entirely blocked out of the 2013 NFL Draft’s first round by the best young offensive and defensive lineman in the country.
If 2012 was the year of the quarterback, then 2013 certainly became the year of the big man, as the first seven selections were offensive and defensive lineman, with Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher becoming the just the third offensive lineman selected number one overall since 1997.
After the Kansas City Chiefs chose Fisher, the Jaguars selected Texas A&M product Luke Joeckel at No. 2 and the Dolphins traded up to grab defensive lineman from Oregon, Dion Jordan.
“That’s a lot of love for the big boys up front, which we usually don’t get,” Fisher said, according to ESPN.com.
All in all, 17 lineman were selected on day one, while the Buffalo Bills were the only team to take a quarterback – Florida State’s E.J. Manuel. It was a far cry from last year’s star-studded first round, but as one drafted player explained, team’s were simply filling their biggest needs.
“Tackle is not a very sexy position,” said Lane Johnson, who was selected fourth overall by the Eagles. “But it’s a position of dire need.”
While the first round short on skill players, it was also short on trades. Miami and St. Louis moved up to snag their desired picks, but for the most part teams stayed put.
Teams also stayed away from some of the so called “riskier picks” and avoided Manti Te’o, Tryann Mathieu and Marcus Lattimore in round one. Though, that wasn’t as surprising, the fact that Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib – the draft’s top ranked quarterbacks – were left on the board was a bit shocking.
We’ll have to wait and see where those players land in day two of the NFL draft and we’ll get you caught up to speed in tomorrow morning’s draft recap.