2014 NFL Draft, Day 3: 12 things to know, 'Here come the QBs' edition
After some 15 hours of live television coverage, countless Roger Goodell congratulatory bear hugs and 256 total selections, the 2014 NFL Draft is officially in the books. Here's our look back.
After nearly 15 hours of live television coverage, countless Roger Goodell congratulatory bear hugs and 256 total selections, the 2014 NFL Draft is officially in the books. Here's a look back at the Day 3 action. (And check out the things to know from Day 1 and Day 2, too.)
1. After five quarterbacks went in the first three rounds, nine went on the final day. Virginia Tech's Logan Thomas got the ball rolling, going to the Arizona Cardinals with the 120th overall pick (fourth round). Considered a first-round talent two years ago, an uneven 2013 saw his draft stock plummet, but Arizona coach Bruce Arians attributes some of Thomas' inconsistency to a lack of talent around him.
In related news: Arians played for the Hokies back in the day.
Whether Thomas becomes something other than a draft-day footnote is another matter.
2. The Houston Texans landed Tom Savage 15 picks after the Cards took Thomas -- and two rounds after most mock drafts had him going off the board. Then we saw the Kansas City Chiefs take Aaron Murray (5th round, pick 163) before the Cincinnati Bengals grabbed AJ McCarron (5th round, pick 164). Because, really, you can never have too many Andy Dalton s on one team.
Wow. Time and time again, scouts compared AJ McCarron to an "Andy Dalton" type. Now, they'll be QBs together in Cincy.— P. Schrager (@PSchrags) May 10, 2014
Now all Dalton needs is some chest ink.
3. The Tennessee Titans drafted LSU's Zach Mettenberger 14 picks after McCarron (5th round, pick 178) and it's reasonable to think that if he holds his own this preseason he could position himself for the starting gig heading into 2015.
Zach Mettenberger joins Blake Bortles as the only other A+ grade so far pic.twitter.com/S9TaTXelgy— Eric Kay (@ekaycbs) May 10, 2014
4. The Atlanta Falcons added depth at running back when they took DeVonta Freeman in the fourth round. We mention this for one reason: Because Luther Campbell -- yes that Luther Campbell -- is in the lurking in the background when Freeman got his "You've just been drafted" phone call.
Turns out, Campbell is Freeman's mentor. Either way, Freeman knows something about hard work:
St. Louis Rams third-round pick Mo Alexander knows something about hard work too:
Rams 3rd-rd pick, Utah St S Mo Alexander, spent year out of football as janitor @ Edward Jones Dome. Goes from cleaning it to playing in it.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 10, 2014
5. The New York Jets got playmaking wide receiver Jalen Sanders in the fourth round, and this might be one of our all-time favorite self-scouting reports:
Asked to describe playing style, diminutive WR/PR Jalen Saunders said he's a cross between a gorilla and a terrier. Small, but "savage."— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) May 10, 2014
6. For three days, the Cleveland Browns did a great job of taking quality players. But with reports of Josh Gordon 's looming suspension, and Nate Burelson's OTA injury, it would have mad sense for them to take a wide receiver or three. Didn't happen.
Browns holding open receiver auditions at the local park— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) May 10, 2014
This is a great #Browns draft if viewed entirely in isolation. Which is how they appear to have chosen to view everything.— Michael Tanier (@MikeTanier) May 10, 2014
7. The latest reminder that the NFL is the only show in town and every other sport is at its mercy. Two hours into the final day of a draft that features mostly players casual fans have never heard of, the line outside Radio City Music Hall was around the block.
This, along with those ridiculous first-round ratings, almost certainly means that the draft will remain in May. It keeps the NFL relevant longer into the offseason, which is all part of Roger Goodell's plan for world domination.
8. The Patriots' third fourth-round pick, Stanford tackle Cameron Fleming, is smarter than you.
New England Patriots (@Patriots) May 10, 2014
9. If you, like us, were wondering what Wade Phillips was up to this weekend, here you go:
if you're wondering what wade phillips is doing tonight, he's doing commentary on a foreign broadcast of the draft. pic.twitter.com/6mIsB44I6o— Brian Morrissey (@bmorrissey) May 9, 2014
10. As Day 3 progressed, and most of the big names were off the board, Michael Sam became the story.
The Chicago Bears were the target of some Twitter criticism when, in the sixth round, they took a punter while Sam was still available.
People mad that a punter went before Michael Sam. That punter had a better 40, bench press and vertical than Sam.— Michael David Smith (@MichaelDavSmith) May 10, 2014
A short time later, former Minnesota Vikings and Oakland Raiders punter Chris Kluwe tweeted this:
Michael Sam still not drafted? Clearly teams are worried about the fact a gay player terrifies them... I mean his intangibles.— Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) May 10, 2014
Maybe there is some truth to that but we think Sam's draft slide has everything to do with his football ability and, well, that's it. The Rams eventually drafted Sam in the seventh round with pick 249.
"We were fortunate to have the supplemental choices," Rams coach Jeff Fisher told NFL Network. "You use those for players that you want to give an opportunity to, that you want to draft. He’s a good football player. I’m excited about our draft and I’m excited about the possibility of adding him to our defensive front."
Regarding the expected media attention, Fisher said: "I don’t have any concern whatsoever. We drafted a good football player. I’m excited to get him on the practice field. Yeah, there’s going to be a little extra attention for a couple of days… we have a very mature team and certainly not going to let any kind of distraction affect this football team."
Here are the players to be selected 249th overall since 1994. Bobby McCray, who was drafted in 2004, had the most distinguished career, registering 29.5 sacks in six NFL seasons.
11. The Seattle Seahawks used the 199th pick on Marshall offensive lineman Garrett Scott. We mention this for one reason:
12. One final draft thought to hold you over until next year:
Finally, a friendly reminder: Sunday is Mother's Day. And if you need a gift idea, Richard Sherman has you covered:
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