They say that football games are won not by the quarterback or the running back or the wide receivers, but in the trenches. If you can control the line of scrimmage with your offensive line or defensive line, then you can control the football game. That axiom has found renewed traction in the NFL if the results of the first round of tonight’s NFL draft are to be believed. The first seven picks of 2013 were offensive and defensive linemen, with the draft headed up by number one pick Eric Fisher, a 6’7 306-pound offensive tackle from Central Michigan University, who was selected by Andy Reid and the Kansas City Chiefs. They’ll need Fisher to protect new starting quarterback Alex Smith. Here are the full first round results.
It was a night of odd trends, to be sure. The first seven picks were linemen, and the first two picks were offensive tackles. That’s the first time since 1970 two tackles went 1-2. Fisher is only the third offensive tackle to go at the top of the draft (1970 and 2008). Meanwhile, the first quarterback wasn’t taken until the Buffalo Bills grabbed Florida State’s EJ Manuel at 16 (the lowest since 2000). Amazingly, no running backs were taken in the first round of the NFL Draft (a first since 1963) as compared to a staggering 18 linemen in 32 picks.
But no matter what may happen in the draft itself, at least Roger Goodell got booed. That’s really all that matters.
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