Unexpected (and expected): Day 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft

(National Football League)

(National Football League)

NEW YORK — The experts said this was going to be one of the most unpredictable in recent memory. And you can easily say that was the case for Day 1 of the 2013 NFL Draft. There were some surprises and disappointments.

Speaking of disappointments, no “Fandango” humming in the first round? The “What?” chants sort of hung on for another year. Thought we could get “Fandangoing” got at least.

Ah, let’s get to it.

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First things first
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Mike Mayock called this fat-boy draft. He said Eric Fisher was going to be the first overall selection. So there were no surprises. Luke Joeckel went to the Jaguars with the second pick. That was expected. (And our style correspondent Megan Collins also called Fisher because he looked meaner than Joeckel … when you’re right, you’re right).

The big surprise came when the Raiders traded out of the third pick. There were rumors the Raiders wanted to get out of that spot and the Dolphins were hot for Dion Jordan. So there weren’t too many surprises up at the top.

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First quarterback selected
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There was a strong feeling in recent days the Bills were going to draft the first quarterback in the first round. And there was an even stronger feeling the quarterback wasn’t going to be Geno Smith.

We were right.

However, most figured it would be Ryan Nassib (who played for Doug Marrone at Syracuse), or maybe Matt Barkley. Turned out it was none of the above as the team went with E.J. Manuel from Florida State.

If somebody tells you they knew the Bills were going to do that, they’re lying. How surprised was Manuel to be picked? He didn’t even have his coat on.

Oh, and can somebody give a call to Kevin Kolb to see how he’s doing?

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Free falling
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Geno Smith, uh, see you on Friday.

But he does have a new friend.

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Free falling, part II
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Some mock drafts had Shariff Floyd going as high as No. 3 to the Oakland Raiders. Floyd went out No. 23 to the Vikings. He has some new friends, too. The Vikings chose Xavier Rhodes and Cordarrelle Patterson in the first-round. The Vikings paid quite a price to the Patriots to get Patterson. Not sure if the Vikings are that high on Patterson, or if they wanted to take Friday off because the team won’t have a selection in the second- and third-rounds.

Wouldn’t it be cool if the Vikings draft table was just empty on Friday? I want this to happen more than I should.

Don’t bother to look it up, St. Louis was the last team to draft three players in the first-round in 2001. The selections, Damione Lewis, Adam Archuletta and Ryan Pickett. St. Louis did go to the Super Bowl that season, so you have that,Vikings fans.

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Free falling, part II
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Manti Te’o didn’t go in the first-round, either. But at least Alex Flannigan gets another day (at least) in Hawaii!

Oh, did we end up jinxing Smith, Te’o and Barkley with this?

But hey look, Te’o found a friend, too.

I feel better for Geno.

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New threads
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The Miami Dolphins showed off some new uniforms. The all-white uniforms will look rather striking in person. The white facemasks give it kind of a World League of American Football feel. Seriously, look at the Orlando Thunder uniforms.

Uniform monitor reaction: Meh+

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New threads, II
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The Vikings also showed off some new uniforms. And it looks pretty slick. But like the Dolphins, the Vikings should have gone with grey facemasks.

Uniform monitor reaction: Sweet

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And finally!
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This was my first NFL Draft and the place went bananas right before the Jets were going to select. Both times, however, it was a letdown. Maybe the Jets fans have been beaten into submission, but there wasn’t any lusty boos to be heard. If that’s the case tomorrow, Jets fans, can we get a little “Fandango”?

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