NFL Draft Nears The End Of Round One With A Few Surprises
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Brady Quinn came into today’s NFL draft with many different views on where he would begin his career. Many thought that possibly the Browns would take him with their first round pick. There ended up being some truth to that theory as the Browns did take Quinn in the first round, however, he was not their first pick, one that was used on Joe Thomas. Cleveland used a trade to pick Quinn with the #22 pick.
In other first round news it was surprising to see the Dolphins, who have been in dire need of a franchise quarterback since the retirement of Dan Marino, pass on quinn with their #9 pick, and taking Ohio State wide receiver Ted Ginn Jr., a move that was not popular among Dolphin fans.
The Jets traded up to the #14 spot to take cornerback Darelle Revis out of Pittsburgh. And speaking of the city of Pittsburgh, the Steelers took Florida State linebacker Lawrence Timmons with the #15 pick. That move was made to replace Joey Porter, who signed with Miami, but it also signals that new coach Mike Timlin will stay with the 3-4 defense that has made the Steelers so successful in the past.
An interesting pick occurred at #10, where the Texans used their pick on 19 year old Amobi Okoye out f Louisville.
Green Bay, which was in desperate need of playmakers for Brett Favre to deliver the ball to, chose to pass up the top wide receivers, and went with defensive tackle Justin Harrell.
Two Miami Hurricanes went back to back toward the end of the first round with Safety Brandon Merriweather going to New England at 24 and outside linebacker Jon Beason being chosen at 25 by Carolina.