The Jaguars did extensive research on this quarterback, searching for "the guy" to take the bad taste of Blaine Gabbert out of the franchise's mouth. Some thought Manziel could be that guy or possibly Carr or Garoppolo, who the Jaguars staff coached at the Senior Bowl. But Jacksonville surprised most and drafted in-state star Bortles No. 3 overall.
Bortles needs some technique work, but his size, arm talent and poised demeanor in clutch situations convinced the Jaguars that he was worth a top-three pick. And it's a great landing spot for him because he won't be expected to play right away with Chad Henne already on the roster, allowing the Jaguars to bring him along at his own pace. Time will tell if he's the top quarterback from this draft, but Jacksonville certainly thinks he will be.
9. Ozzie Newsome loves those Alabama players
Good football players just seem to find the Baltimore Ravens and with Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley still on the board at No. 17, the pick became a no-brainer for general manager Ozzie Newsome and Baltimore. An Alabama alum, Newsome has dipped into the Crimson Tide pool of talent before and as long as the Ravens are comfortable with his durability, Mosley is a great fit in Baltimore.
With Ray Lewis a few dozen yards away at Radio City Music Hall on the ESPN set, Mosley held up his Ravens jersey. It's not easy to replace a future Hall of Famer, but Mosley is extremely instinctive and is like an extra coach on the field with his knowledge, anticipation and passion for football.
10. Marcus Smith first big surprise first rounder
Pass rushers are king and in a draft where edge rushers weren't the strongest group, we anticipated many names being moved up the draft board. Louisville defensive end/outside linebacker Marcus Smith went much higher than most thought he would, landing at pick No. 26 to the Philadelphia Eagles.
A former quarterback, Smith emerged as the defensive leader for the Cardinals and finished the 2013 season with 18.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks and four forced fumbles, earning AAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. In Philadelphia's 3-4 scheme, Smith fits as a pass rusher who can stand up, put his hand on the ground and be a versatile weapon for Chip Kelly's defense. So while he was a surprise in the top 30 overall picks, Smith is exactly what Philadelphia was looking for in the first round.
Dane Brugler is an analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, a property of The Sports Xchange distributed in partnership with CBSSports.com.