Scouts who watched Notre Dame's last-second 31-28 victory over LSU were probably attempting to focus on senior prospects like the Tigers' stud left tackle La'el Collins. Spectacular performances from underclassmen from both teams, however, stole the show.
It just wouldn't be LSU-Alabama without a hard-fought, slugfest of a football game. In one of the few contests of the day that lived up to its pre-game billing, emerging edge rusher Danielle Hunter demonstrated the skill-set to excite NFL scouts.
The defending NCAA champion Florida State Seminoles held on to knock off Clemson in overtime but Tigers' pass rusher Vic Beasley showed off the form in a classic showdown against left tackle Cameron Erving that may earn the Tigers' star a top 15 selection in the 2015 NFL Draft.
With a clear need at cornerback opposite young star Joe Haden, logic said Cleveland should have been targeting Dee Milliner or D.J. Hayden. History says Cleveland could be right in waiting to add their cornerback, especially given former SDSU star Leon McFadden's coverage ability.
Teams swinging for the fences in the first round often come up empty, but a more measured, logical approach often results in better players drafted in later rounds. No one did that better Friday night than last year's Super Bowl opponents. Which other teams fared well in rounds two and three?
The Minnesota Vikings were the big winners of the first round but the 49ers, Rams, Steelers and Bengals also made moves that could pay off immediately. Which teams, on the other hand, made head-scratching picks in the top 32? Rob Rang grades each selection of the first round.