Five biggest surprises from the NFL Draft

Posted May 10, 2014's Dan Salomone names five surprises that happened during the NFL Draft

1. Blake Bortles is the first quarterback drafted, No. 3 overall. Meanwhile, it would have been a surprise that quarterback Johnny Manziel was the third Texas A&M player selected if not for the top-tier talent of his fellow Aggies Jake Matthews and Mike Evans, who went back-to-back at Nos. 6 and 7.

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2. Running backs go historically late. One of the storylines revolving around this year’s draft was the value of the running back position in today’s NFL. It turns out the devaluation continued when the Tennessee Titans drafted Bishop Sankey with the 54th pick, marking the lowest selection used on the first running back in the history of the draft. The previous low was last year when the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Giovani Bernard with the 37th pick. Draft experts predicted none would go in the first round this year but not fall this far.

3. Defensive backs fly off the board. Nine defensive backs were selected in the first round, the most of any first round in NFL Draft history. The previous record of seven occurred three times (1998, 2006 and 2013). From Justin Gilbert at No. 8 to Bradley Roby at No. 31, the first round belonged to the secondary. In a copycat league, this is another sign of teams taking note of the defending Super Bowl champion.

4. Bills make bold moves. The Bills made the first draft-day trade, and it was the biggest, climbing up to grab Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. To do so, they gave a future first-round pick and a fourth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns. Trading first round picks, for good or bad, are franchise-changing decisions.

5. Marqise Lee slips to Day 2. Mock drafts met reality when USC wide receiver Marqise Lee was selected in the second round by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the 39th overall pick. Lee was considered the third-best receiver behind Watkins and Evans, but wound up being the sixth wideout taken off the board. “The Jaguars needed a wide receiver,” NFL Network Mike Mayock said. “And for Lee to be available at pick No. 39 is a bonanza for this franchise."