The rumors are flying about who will go where and what each team will do with their picks. The Raiders reportedly have a great deal of interest in trading out of the number three spot but much depends on who is available once they are on the clock.
The Chiefs have been on the clock since last season ended. They will officially be on the clock at 5pm Pacific time. But let's get this started right now...
-- The word right now is they have made their decision and settled on offensive tackle Eric Fisher as the pick. The buzz the Chiefs had decided on Fisher had been building over the past couple weeks.
-- If the Chiefs do take Fisher, the Raiders will be hoping the Jaguars don't take Luke Joeckel because he makes the number three pick the most valuable and would therefore have the most teams on the phone battling to trade up with Reggie McKenzie getting his pick of which offer he likes best.
Every first round has a surprise or two. Tonight's just might be CB D.J. Hayden, who continues to be linked to Oakland Raiders.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 25, 2013
-- We'll see if this interest in DJ Hayden is with the three pick or with a trade down.
The 2013 NFL Draft officially begins. The Kansas City Chiefs are on the clock
Round 1, pick 1: Kansas City Chiefs -- Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
-- So, the buzz turned out to be true. The Chiefs are expected to deal franchise player, Branden Albert, now.
-- The Jaguars are expected to try and find someone interested in trading up to the 2nd overall pick who wants to get their hands on Texas A&M OT Luke Joeckel. The Raiders are hoping they can't get a trade, don't take Joeckel, and can get a trade themselves.
Round 1, pick 2: Jacksonville Jaguars -- Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
-- This is bad news for the Raiders. The trade value of the third overall pick is significantly lower with Joeckel off the board.
-- The Oakland Raiders are on the clock
-- The Raiders are using the whole clock working the phones to get a good trade.
Round 1, pick 3: Oakland Raiders -- TRADE to Dolphins for their 12 overall pick
--With the pick from the Raiders, the Miami Dolphins select Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
-- This pick is a bit of a surprise, as the Dolphins might have had interest in OT Lane Johnson after letting Jake Long walk. Instead the Dolphins pick up a versatile defensive player who can both rush the passer and cover receivers out of the backfield in Jordan. He missed some time due to injury in college but when he was on the field he was a difference maker.
Round 1, pick 4: Philadelphia Eagles -- Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
--And so there goes Johnson to anchor Chip Kelly's offensive iine. Skill players are important in the spread but offensive linemen are paramount to avoid penetration.
Round 1, pick 5: Detroit Lions -- Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
-- This pick makes a lot of sense as the Lions lost both their main defensive ends in the offseason.
Round 1, pick 6: Cleveland Browns -- Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
-- Bit of a surprise here, but Cleveland does need to upgrade its pass rush especially on the edges. He and Paul Kruger could team up to form a serious pass rushing LB duo.
Round 1, pick 7: Arizona Cardinals -- Jonathan Cooper, G, North Carolina
-- No surprise here. The Cardinals could have gotten Carson Palmer killed if they hadn't solidified that awful O-line.
Round 1, Pick 8: Buffalo Bills TRADE pick to St. Louis Rams.
-- With the pick from Buffalo, the Rams select Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia.
-- This was a guy a lot of teams coveted, and with the Rams losing Danny Amendola to New England they needed another weapon for Sam Bradford.
Round 1, pick 9: New York Jets -- Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
--The Jets fans are.... happy? This is clearly a sign of the apocalypse.
Round 1, pick 10: Tennessee Titans -- Chance Warmack, G, Alabama
-- And with that the hopes of many Raider fans are dashed. The Titans get perhaps the best player in the draft at tenth overall.
Round 1, pick 11: San Diego Chargers -- D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
-- The third Alabama player taken in a row goes to San Diego. He is a good value here and can help shore up the Chargers' woeful offensive line.
Round 1, pick 12: Oakland Raiders -- D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
-- The Raiders get a very good CB prospect here. As their supposed starting corners are both on one-year deals it would be smart to develop a shutdown corner of the future. The Raiders passed up the two stud defensive tackles but this draft is deep at DT.
Round 1, pick 13: New York Jets -- Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
-- And with that, Richardson inexplicably becomes the top defensive tackle off the board. He will provide the Jets with a pass rush they have lacked for years.
Round 1, pick 14: Carolina Panthers -- Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
-- The run on defensive tackles takes shape here. Star is a huge tackle who will eat up blockers and allow LB Luke Kuechly to make plays.
Round 1, pick 15: New Orleans Saints -- Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
-- The Saints' woeful pass defense gets a boost here from the best safety in the draft.
Round 1, pick 16: Buffalo Bills -- E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
-- Manuel is the first QB off the board. This is a shocker. I figured if the Bills took a QB it would be Nassib.