NFL Draft 2017 – Live!
Preamble: So, here it is, The Andrew Luck and RG3 Show. That should take all of ten minutes. So after they have been picked first and second in the 2012 NFL draft, what then? Well, 250 other college footballers are hoping that their NFL dreams will come true too.
Tonight we have the first round of the draft, with NFL teams trying to find the right young talent to turn their franchises from also-rans to SuperBowl candidates. Or turn SuperBowl contenders into champions.
Want to know who the best young players are? And which teams might want to sign them? Or even how the system works? Here’s “Everything You Need To Know About the 2012 NFL Draft.”
What we think we know is that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will be the No1 draft pick by the Indianapolis Colts – a future franchise quarterback to replace the recently departed franchise quarterback, Peyton Manning.
The Colts earned the right to the top pick by sucking so badly in the past NFL season. The Washington Redskins will get the number two pick, but not by dint of being the second worst team (although they were pretty poor last season) but due to some complicated trade swaps. The Redskins are expected to make Baylor QB Robert Griffin III the No2 pick and hope that he can become their Face of the Franchise. RG3 is the Heisman Trophy winner and would’ve been No1 pick most years. He may yet be No1 this year – but that is a distinctly remote possibility – and very shortly the guessing will all be over.
As well as his passing and running skills, RG3 also has a healthy dose of self-awareness. He may be one of the two best quarterbacks in college football, but this week he said this:
“As of Thursday as of 8 and 8:10 (p.m.), me and Andrew are two of the worst quarterbacks in the NFL. There’s Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Eli, I could go on for days — sorry if I didn’t mention you; don’t be mad. They’re great quarterbacks and we’re back at the bottom of the totem pole. Maybe we won’t be the worst, but by no means are we 1-2. We know that we have to compete.”
The selections are due to start at 8pm EST. Please share your thoughts/predictions/fears/links/mock drafts with us via email to email@example.com or Twitter to @Busfield or by posting a comment below the line.
Soak up that atmosphere: My colleague Tom Lamont is at Radio City Music Hall tonight and will be sharing some of the excitement and colour from the venue, but in the meantime, here’s a selection of twitpix taken by CNBC’s Darren Rovell:
An Indy fan looking forward to the new era
A Panthers fan who wants his team to prioritise the D-Fence
An overdressed Giants fan
A Redskins supporter desperate for Washington to end its search for a franchise quarterback
First tweet: So, the first tweet of the night is from NFL expert Cian Fahey, who says:
“I predict the Colts will draft Andrew Luck.”
Another tweet: Reg Evans tweets: “@Busfield how long now until the NFL draft? Following from Australia :D”
Well, Reg, the actual picking will begin at 8pm EST. Which is 1am BST. But please don’t ask me what time that is in Australia. Or, indeed, what day.
And another: David Tait tweets: “@GdnUSsports @Busfield Hey Steve, where do think the Giants will strengthen this draft and will Usi leave?”
Well, David, most of the mock drafts I’ve seen have suggested the Giants are thinking about their D. Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith is one name mentioned.
As for Osi Umenyiora, this is what he had to say this week:
“Would I want to [stay]? I think it would be ideal. I think I would if things could be worked out. But is that going to happen? I really don’t think so.
Next year, if I leave [after the contract is up], they won’t get anything. Maybe they will get a compensatory pick. But that’s it. So if they are going to do it, now would be the best time to [make a trade].”
Let the horse trading begin: ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweets:
“Minnesota is trading No. 3 pick Cleveland.”
Outside Radio City Music Hall: Tom Lamont emails:
In media credential purgatory, been told I won’t be in for at least 15 minutes.
An hour to go, waiting to take their seats inside, Radio City Music Hall is ringed by fans in oversized replica shirts. Police out in force, penning them in around the building with lengths of metal fencing while bewildered tourists on their way by to Times Square look on. Not sure what they’re making of the Jets fans in green wigs and full face paint, by far the most raucous of the supporters in attendance…
I was at Radio City Music Hall recently, but to see Aretha Franklin. Slightly different crowd that night.
Order: That Schefter tweet reminds me that I should probably give you some information on the order of picks tonight:
1. Colts 2. Redskins 3. Vikings 4. Browns 5. Buccaneers 6. Rams 7. Jaguars 8. Dolphins 9. Panthers 10. Bills 11. Chiefs 12. Seahawks 13. Cardinals 14. Cowboys 15. Eagles 16. Jets 17. Bengals 18. Chargers 19. Bears 20. Titans 21. Bengals 22. Browns 23. Ravens 24. Steelers 25. Broncos 26. Texans 27. Browns 28. Packers 29. Lions 30. 49ers 31. Patriots 32. Giants
Obviously, some of this will change through the night as desperation takes hold and teams’ horsetrade to secure their favourites.
No.3: So, why have the Browns traded slots with the Vikings? Adam Schefter has more:
“Fifty years after Cleveland drafted Ernie Davis, they’ve traded up to No. 3 to draft another RB, Trent Richardson…
…Vikings got the Browns picks in rounds 1, 4, 5, 7. Cleveland gets the No. 3 overall pick.”
Cian Fahey adds: “If you want to see why the Browns traded up for Richardson just watch this run http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=DEseTRh2oLE#t=16s”
Inside: Tom is through media credential purgatory and writes:
“Inside the main auditorium the media are all in place at banks of desks up at the front while fans mill into seats in the stalls behind and in the gallery above. Dress code is Beefily Suited in the media pen, with all kinds of sartorial business going on in the fan areas. There are young women in cocktail dresses, shirt-and-tied young men in baseball caps, all the fans in replica nylon, and one guy wearing a construction helmet with the word TANNENHILL written on it. He’s presumably a fan of quarterback Ryan, predicted by some to be among the first 10 or 12 picks tonight.”
Another email from Oz: Reg is happy with the timing (although doesn’t tell me what time it is where he is – or what day) and tweets: “@Busfield excellent! Thank you! Hope Miami get Tannehill although I wish we could have got Griffin III.”
The buzz seems to be that the Dolphins are after Tannehill. Is that what they need, though?
Introductions: The top draftees are being introduced on stage: LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne carries a child on stage with him.
Top level sources: Not only is Tom Lamont inside the Hall, he is now in a most sacred place:
“Talk of the gents (as attendees take a tactical pre-show loo break) is the Browns dealing with the Vikings to move up a place. A man at the urinals holding his iPad announces the news, to general amazement.”
Never mind that we already have that information, it’s the image of restroom iPad use that will stay with us…
“Not long now. Fans looking for distraction are in the lobby, in line to have their photo taken beside a replica (a replica) of the podium from which new draftees will be summoned to the stage. At the cost of 15 minutes queueing time and quite a bit of your dignity, you too could have a photo beside the replica podium…
Inside the auditorium excitement – or at least fan belligerence – building. From the upper tiers come “Who Dat?” chants…”
How to watch: If you can’t see this on ESPN and want to be able to see, NFL.com is streaming the show here.
Oz: Anna Blanch tweets: “@busfield It’s 0935am on friday in Australia (where I am). I’m a baylor alum and huge RGIII fan!”
Thank you for clearing that up, Anna, it should be a good morning for you.
More trading: Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller tweets: “We were just told that the #Vikings want to trade down again. Jaguars, Bills potential partners.”
Apparently that trading could be all about Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
NHL: Don’t get me wrong, I’m excited about this and all, but it is a bit of a shame that it comes on the same night as TWO game sevens in the NHL playoffs. So one of the TVs here is tuned to the hockey. At the end of the first period at Madison Square Garden, it’s Ottawa Senators 0-0 New York Rangers.
More views on Tannehill: Ryan Grubb emails: “Thanks for live blogging Steve it lets me ignore the awful ESPN coverage. Should be an interesting draft as always. I don’t know if Tannehill is the guy that the Dolphins really need. Why not tank it this year and make a run at Matt Barkley next year?”
You want the Dolphins to get worse?!?
Draft order: OK, here’s another go at the draft order:
- Indianapolis Colts
- Washington Redskins (from St. Louis Rams)
- Cleveland Browns (from Minnesota Vikings)
- Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland Browns)
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- St. Louis Rams (from the Washington Redskins)
- Jacksonville Jaguars
- Miami Dolphins
- Carolina Panthers
10. Buffalo Bills
- Kansas City Chiefs
- . Seattle Seahawks
- . Arizona Cardinals
- . Dallas Cowboys
- . Philadelphia Eagles
- . New York Jets
- . Cincinnati Bengals (from the Oakland Raiders)
- . San Diego Chargers
- . Chicago Bears
20. Tennessee Titans
- Cincinnati Bengals
- . Cleveland Browns (from the Atlanta Falcons)
- . Detroit Lions
- . Pittsburgh Steelers
- . Denver Broncos
- . Houston Texans
- . New England Patriots (from the New Orleans Saints)
- . Green Bay Packers
- . Baltimore Ravens
30. San Francisco 49ers
- New England Patriots
- . New York Giants
Inside: Tom writes: “Commissioner Rog booed like a panto villain when he took the stage. Great stuff.”
Patriots: Ger McCarthy tweets: “@Busfield Steve, what are the Patriots going to do in the draft?”
Well, focus on the D, I think, probably a linebacker or two. Shea McClellin of Boise State and Nick Perry of USC are a couple of names that have been mentioned.
How bad?: Ryan Grubb responds to my Dolphins question: “While no one wants to be consistently bad I don’t know if there is way for them to improve enough to pass the Pats, Jets, or even the much improved Bills in their division. If they are really concerned about competing this year they wouldn’t have traded Brandon Marshall. You can get good pretty quick in this league but you need a good foundation. Tannehill may be good but I don’t think it is worth reaching to get him.”
And here we go…: The Indianapolis Colts are on the clock
How long are they going to make us wait? Seriously. There are a lot of picks to go after this one….
No1: Indianapolis Colts pick…ANDREW LUCK
Andrew Luck: The No1 pick says it is everything he dreamed of…
SD: Thomas O’Shea asks: “any news on a possible san diego trade-up. desperately need to update both O and D line (and possibly at linebacker). wait, running out of draft choices.”
No word of any Charger trades yet, Thomas.
Next up: RG3 should be coming next. Here are the socks he’s wearing tonight.
No2: Washington Redskins pick ROBERT GRIFFIN III
And there’s a chant of “RG3! RG3! RG3!”
QBs: So, first two picks go exactly has expected. Apparently a quarterback has been selected with the first overall pick 12 times in the last 15 drafts.
Pats: Dami Awobajo tweets: “@germccarthy74 @Busfield do wonder if the pats need *that* much work. Still think Welker catches that pass – v different superbowl result”
RG3: says: “It means something. I’ll take pride. The plan is to go in there and on day one show the veterans that I am there to work. I am looking forward to joining the team.”
Those natty socks, by the way, are in the colours of the Washington Redskins.
No. 3: Cleveland Browns select TRENT RICHARDSON
So, Cleveland traded up for the excellent Alabama running back.
Late addition Nick Denny in Seattle tweets: “@Busfield You don’t have to be a college student to be drafted, right? In which case, I’d like to remind the NFL I’m available.”
But, how can I put this…are you good enough, Nick?
More trading: The Jaguars have traded up from 7 to 5 with the Buccaneers. Presumably to get Justin Blackmon.
No.4: Minnesota Vikings pick MATT KALIL
Vikings: USC offensive tackle Kalil is being brought in to protect QB Christian Ponder. Will it be enough?
Cowboys: “Dallas trades to 6 and St. Louis,” says Adam Schefter.
No.5: Jacksonville Jaguars pick JUSTIN BLACKMON
Inside the Hall: Tom Lamont writes: “And I’m back up with the wifi. Plenty boos in the hall for Andrew Luck at 1, RGIII heartily chanted at 2. Poor old Trent Richardson at 3 didn’t even get a proper stage introduction as RGIII was being interviewed at the time…
Purple Rain now playing as (purple outfitted) Minnesota select…”
No.6: Dallas Cowboys pick MORRIS CLAIBORNE
Cowboys: So Dallas pick a corner back and trade big to do it. Will Claiborne be the answer to the Giants offense? And the newly souped-up Redskins offense too…
Trying to keep up with all your tweets and emails: Bill Savage tweets: “@Busfield So do the players know whats going on? Justin Blackmon didnt look too impressed when he found out!”
Well, Bill, if you were one of the best players of your generation and you found yourself going to Jacksonville, how would you feel? Maybe it’s better than going to the Buccs.
No.7: Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick MARK BARRON
Florida: Crimson Tide defensive back Barron should stiffen the Tampa Bay defense. Dolphins on the clock. Will they choose the third quarterback of the evening?
Inside Radio City Music Hall: Tom Lamont writes: “Reaction to that Cowboys pick-trade, by the way, was huge. Great moo
of surprise in the hall, followed by a “Cowboys suck” chant.”
No.8: Miami Dolphins pick RYAN TANNEHILL
So, Miami were determined to have a new QB.
Tannehill: And Ryan already has a Dolphins jersey with his name on the back.
No.9: Carolina Panthers select LUKE KUECHLY
Dami Awobajo tweets: “@busfield still do wonder if Ponder is the right guy for the job (even though his protection is *now* a bit better)”
Bill Savage tweets about his new career in Jacksonville: “@Busfield I’d probably spend some of my new salary trying to convince MJD to run over Gabberts arm in practice so we could get a new QB.”
Chris Harding asks: “@busfield is it possible for players to refuse to go to team they are picked for? If so what happens?”
No.10: Buffalo Bills select STEPHON GILMORE
Miami reaction: Below the line skipperD says:
“Well, that’s me DONE with the Dolphins.
Tannehill was a 2nd/3rd round pick at best.
We now have a QB who won’t play for the first 2 seasons WITH NO-ONE TO THROW TO.
annoyed. very annoyed.”
On the clock: KC are up next…
No.11: Kansas City Chiefs pick DONTARI POE
Thanks: By the way, thank you for all your thoughts, emails, tweets, questions. I’m using as many as I can. Feel free to answer each other’s questions, by the way. Chris Harding asked if a player can refuse to go to the team that picks them. It has certainly happened ahead of the draft, where players have made clear that they won’t go (John Elway, famously, for instance). Has it happened on the night?
Eagles: Philadelphia has traded up to No.12…
No.12: Philadelphia Eagles picks FLETCHER COX
Why: Adam Schefter says: “Eagles traded up to get Miss St. DT Fletcher Cox one spot before the Rams could pick him.”
The Eagles now have a new athletic defensive tackle to chase the Redskins new QB RG3.
Dontari Poe: KC’s new defensive tackle certainly has the bling for the big time.
Poor commish?: @notRuairi tweets: “@Busfield with all this gigantic athletes hugging him, what must poor Roger Goodell smell like right by the end of the night?”
No.13: Arizona Cardinals pick MICHAEL FLOYD
Answers for Chris Harding: Conal Huetter writes: “Players can hold out of training camp, refusing to sign a contract. I think if they don’t sign by a certain deadline during the season, they can go back into the next year’s draft, with the team getting some sort of compensation. I can’t think of any time this has happened, although there was some danger that Michael Crabtree wasn’t going to sign with the 49ers a couple years ago. Also, hoping the Seahawks can grab DeCastro, Mel Kiper says he’s the best guard available since Steve Hutchinson, someone ‘Hawks fans know all about!”
Ryan Grubb adds: “I don’t think a player has caused any issues this draft. The most recent one that comes to my mind is Eli Manning. His dad made it know that he would not be playing for San Diego who had drafted him and forced their hand into a trade (involving Phillip Rivers) with the Giants. I think the Giants are pretty happy about that one.”
On the clock: St Louis Rams up next – having done a deal with the Cowboys…
NHL: Remembering to look out of the corner of my eye for the first time in ages, I see that at MSG it is Senators 1-2 Rangers, with 5 minutes to go in the third period of game 7…
DEFENSE!: Adam Schefter says: “3 DB drafted in top 10 for first time since 2005 (Adam Jones, Antrel Rolle, Carlos Rogers).”
No.14: St Louis Rams pick MICHAEL BROCKERS
No.15: Seattle Seahawks pick BRUCE IRVIN
Not seen this West Virginia defensive end mentioned in too many Mock Drafts.
Rags to riches: Bruce Irvin has quite a back story.
1 and 2: The top two:
Up next: Jets are up next…can they possibly surprise us more than they did a few weeks ago with their offseason trade…
Final: NY Rangers 2-1 Ottawa Senators So, Big Apple excitement at MSG as well as Radio City Music Hall.
No.16: New York Jets pick QUINTON COPLES
Jets: So, the Jets have resisted the temptation to add another QB to the roster, opting for the Tar Heels’ defensive end.
Polite: Chris Harding tweets: “@busfield cheers for the answers guys :)”
Jets: Here are some NY Jets draft picks from history:
HT Jim Bankoff
No.17: Cincinatti Bengals pick DRE KIRKPATRICK
He’s the third member of Crimson Tide to be chosen already…
No.18: San Diego Chargers pick MELVIN INGRAM
Up next: It’s the Bears on the clock. Am I the only one surprised by the large number of defensive players being picked this high in the draft?
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No.19: Chicago Bears pick SHEA McCLELLIN
NBA: 12 minutes to go in a very big basketball game: Knicks 76, Bobcats 63. Unless Charlotte do something very soon they are going to be in the record books…
No.20: Tennessee Titans pick KENDALL WRIGHT
This is a man who has caught a few passes from RG3 in his time…
No.21: New England Patriots pick CHANDLER JONES
So, the Patriots sign a defensive end from Syracuse. Not hard to see why: last season the Pats were as good as ever on offense, but the defense not so much
Adam Schefter tweets: “Bengals will trade pick No. 21…New England traded to 21.”
No.22: Cleveland Browns pick BRANDON WEEDEN
Another QB gets selected. He did beat Andrew Luck in the Fiesta Bowl.
Tweets: @notRuairi tweets: “@Busfield Think there are lots of defensive picks because very few good defenses last year. 49errs and Ravens exceptional. Few others.”
@rummario asks: “@Busfield thoughts on Panthers picking linebacker, Kuechly? he seems quite the talent, how much impact can we expect first year?….likewise Chandler Jones for the #Patriots. How much game time can we expect, barring any injuries?”
No.23: Detroit Lions pick RILEY REIFF
Lions’ Calvin Johnson, Madden Vote Winner, came on stage to announce that one.
No.24: Pittsburgh Steelers pick DAVID DeCASTRO
No.25: New England Patriots pick DONT’A HIGHTOWER.
Pats traded up with the Bronces to grab the linebacker. Did they do that just to spike the Ravens’ guns? Baltimore already had a pretty good defense.
Question: @danoftheavenue asks:
“@Busfield Do defence and offensive strengths go through cycles like most things in sport?”
You know the drill: Answers via email to email@example.com or tweet to @Busfield or post a comment below.
DirecTV: Aha, first DirecTV ad of the evening. Are you a fan of the series? This is the favourite in our household:
No.26: Houston Texans pick WHITNEY MERCILUS
A headline writer’s dream, right there…
NHL: For those of you wondering what’s going on in the other hockey playoff game seven, it’s Devils 2-0 Panthers, still plenty of time to go though…
NBA: And the Charlotte Bobcats have 150 seconds to close a 21 point gap on the Knicks.
By the way, Hunter Felt’s NBA playoff preview will be online on Friday
No.27: Cincinatti Bengals pick KEVIN ZEITLER
Apparently this is another defensive player the Ravens had their eye on…
NBA: Michael Jordan’s Charlotte Bobcats are now officially the crappest team in NBA history after losing to the Knicks 84-104, their 23rd straight defeat and ending the season with a .106 winning percentage. And to think, 23 games ago it just seemed like your everyday unsuccessful season.
OLD: “At 28 years, 195 days, Brandon Weeden is the oldest player to be drafted in the Common Draft era,” says Adam Schefter.
No.28: Green Bay Packers pick NICK PERRY
Hugs: Here’s a video snapshot of commissioner Roger Goodell’s evening, courtesy of SBNation.
No.29: Minnesota Vikings pick HARRISON SMITH
The Vikings traded up with the Ravens for that Fighting Irish defensive pick. Are the Ravens so hacked off that everyone is nabbing the players they had their eyes on?
No.30: San Francisco 49ers pick AJ JENKINS
Peyton Manning’s new teammates. Or not: Adam Schefter tweets: “Denver traded 36 and 101 to Tampa Bay for 31 and 126.” So the Buccs will up next….
No.31: Tampa Bay Buccaneers pick DOUG MARTIN
SuperBowl champs: The Giants are up next…
No.32: New York Giants pick DAVID WILSON
Another running back concludes the first round of the NFL’s 2012 Draft.
What it means: Here’s the reaction at Whitney Mercilus’ draft party. They look happy.
Thank you and goodnight: And that’s the end of the first round. We will have more draft coverage over the next few days, although this will be the end of the liveblogging. So, it just remains for me to say thanks for reading, emailing, tweeting, commenting, sharing, caring.