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t’s not a whole lot different than the fifth or sixth pick.” Indeed Cheap Vincent Valentine Jersey , the 20th pick was Kyle Long, one of the best in the class. A four-year starter for the Bears, he’s a three-time Pro Bowler and was named second-team All-Pro in 2014.

The weirdness of this draft, continued: The first Pro Bowler at an offensive skill position was selected two-thirds of the way through the first round. Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert was taken by the Bengals at No. 21.

Earlier this month, Desmond Trufant signed a five-year, $68.75 million contract extension with the Falcons, who took the cornerback with the No. 22 pick in 2013. He’s just the sixth player in the first round to have so far signed a second contract with the team that drafted him (Eric Fisher, Lane Johnson, Tavon Austin, Kyle Long and Travis Frederick are the others). The rookie wage scale set by the 2011 CBA made first-round contracts less burdensome for teams, and it also introduced the fifth-year option, so missing in the first round is not as financially devastating as it was previously. With the 2013 class Cheap Trey Flowers Jersey , more teams than ever used that fifth-year out: Only 17 players in the 2013 first round had their options picked up, compared to 20 in 2012 and 21 in 2011.

The Vikings picked twice in the 2012 first round, and three times in the 2013 first round. Their two 2012 first-rounders (tackle Matt Kalil and safety Harrison Smith) together started more games in their first four seasons than all three of their 2013 first-rounders (Sharrif Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson) combined.

Three first-rounders are already out of football: Milliner (Jets); defensive end Bjorn Werner, picked No. 24 by the Colts; and safety Matt Elam, picked No. 32 by Baltimore. Werner has retired, citing injuries, but coming out of Florida State some teams weren’t sure he had true NFL ability. Elam was probably a reach by the Ravens to fill a need—the void left by Ed Reed. The lesson again: Draft talent, don’t chase positions.

The Seahawks didn’t have a first-round selection; they traded the 25th pick to the Vikings as part of a package for wideout/returner Percy Harvin, who has since retired. All but one of Seattle’s 11 draft picks that year are gone from the team—tight end Luke Willson remains—but the team seems to be taking a stab at its own redraft. This offseason, they’ve signed four 2013 draft castoffs: Luke Joeckel, Dion Jordan and second-rounders Arthur Brown and Eddie Lacy.

John Middlekauff Cheap Tom Brady Jersey , the Eagles’ West Coast scout from 2012-13, recalls going through UCLA and liking defensive tackle Datone Jones . . . as a mid-round talent. “I remember thinking he was like a fourth-round player, then he had a good Senior Bowl, measured in well, and you realize he’s not going to be there in the fourth round,” Middlekauff says. “Just on his senior tape, he was severely overdrafted. But he’s one of those cases where you can let the Senior Bowl skew your view on a guy.” The Packers drafted him at No. 26, but they declined to pick up his fifth-year option. He signed a one-year contract with Minnesota this spring.

The weirdness of this draft, continued: DeAndre Hopkins was just the third skill position player drafted in the first round, five picks from the end. He didn’t have head-turning size or speed, but teams perhaps undervalued the fact that had the skillset to be a Day 1 starter at a position where rookies often struggle. Hopkins has been on the receiving end of below-average quarterback play during his four years in Houston, but he’s started every game and is in line for a big payday this year.

John Elway Cheap Tedy Bruschi Jersey , two weeks before the 2013 draft, told the Denver Post: “We feel like we can get as good a player at No. 28 as we could at 10. It’s not like last year with Luck and RGIII. The year before with Von (Miller) and (Marcell Dareus) and A.J. Green and Patrick Peterson—loaded top end. This is probably a deeper draft, but not nearly as many top impact guys.” The Broncos chose defensive tackle Sylvester Williams, a solid but not spectacular three-year starter who is now with the Titans. But Elway’s instinct was correct: The bottom 16 picks have earned 13 Pro Bowl nods, compared to two in the top half of the first round. This is opposite of the trend in the previous two drafts, which, after four years, had at least double the amount of Pro Bowlers in the top half of the first round than the bottom half—so it’s not simply that the later picks in 2013 went to better, winning teams. The better explanation is that in a year with less blue-chip talent, evaluating players was an uncertain task. “With the talent pool that year,” Mark Dominik says, “trying to put the board together took a little bit more work.”

Vikings GM Rick Spielman was in the middle of a press conference about their first two first-round picks when team staff rushed in and yanked him out of the room. The Patriots were calling because they wanted out of the first round. They sent their 29th pick to the Vikings Cheap Steve Grogan Jersey , who selected receiver/returner Cordarrelle Patterson. In exchange, the Patriots received draft picks that they used later in the same draft on Jamie Collins, Logan Ryan and Josh Boyce. Advantage: New England.

From top to bottom, the 2013 first round combined for fewer games played and fewer starts in their first four seasons than any other first round from 2009 to 2013.

The immediate reaction to the Cowboys’ selecting Travis Frederick at No. 31 was, at best, underwhelming. A Dallas Morning News headline the night of the first round read, “Cowboys’ execs appear glum after trade down in first round.” The collective reaction on the team’s live feed of the draft room was co.

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