Based on a recent report published by Reuters, QB Andrew Luck was the first to be selected at the beginning of the NFL draft on Thursday. He was later on, accompanied by Robert Griffin III. Fans’ predictions were shattered when three teams were moved up after a series of unexpected trades in the first round.
The Indianapolis Colts held their annual party at the Manhattan Theater where numerous guests showed up on Thursday. All the three balconies of the theater were filled with fans that went ecstatic to see their favorite player, Andrew Luck, selected as number 1 pick. The second choice that was made during the first round was Robert Griffin III.
Everybody thought Luck and Griffin would feature in the first selections, but nobody expected what came afterwards. Teams were incredibly agitated in the first half of the proceedings because they were competing against each other to get the players that they wanted. As a consequence, some teams requested to switch places among them, so they would make the desired selections.
The Cleveland Brown made a trade with the Minnesota Vikings to move up one spot from number 4 and allow them to select Trent Richardson. The Vikings, who originally held the third selection, chose USC tackle Matt Kalil. Two more trades were made afterwards; the Jacksonville Jaguars went from the seventh to the fifth position in order to pick Oklahoma State’s wide receiver Justin Blackmon, whereas Dallas Cowboys gave up their first- and second-round picks so they could opt for Morris Claiborne.
The trades that were performed during this year’s NFL draft prevented people in the room to guess who would come off next. There is however, a good side to these modifications: it was for the first time after many years when running backs could hear their names called in the first round.
Luck will be replacing NFL’s Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning by taking over the reins of the Colts’ offence. The quarterback told reporters that he didn’t intend to replace Manning as it would be a very big responsibility. Nevertheless, he would be much honored to be mentioned next to Payton in quarterback history.