3. The 3-4 defense remains important: Seven hybrid linebackers/defensive ends went in the first round and five went to 3-4 teams. Two of the most interesting moves were for inside linebackers. The Pittsburgh Steelers passed on good cornerbacks to take Ohio State's Ryan Shazier. He was considered one of the best outside linebackers in the draft, but the Steelers' plan to use him at inside. He weighs 237 pounds. The thinking is spread offenses are forcing all defenses -- 3-4s especially -- to add speed to chase down faster players in the middle of the field or on the outside. The Steelers are younger and more athletic with a linebacking corps of Jarvis Jones, Jason Worilds, Lawrence Timmons and Vince Williams.
The Baltimore Ravens' 3-4 got stronger with the addition of Alabama inside linebacker C.J. Mosley. The Houston Texans now have J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney in their 3-4. Dee Ford gives the Kansas City Chiefs three pass-rushing linebackers. The surprise was the Eagles trading down and getting Marcus Smith, an outside linebacker rated by most to be a second-day pick.
4. The 2011 failures of first-round quarterbacks had an impact on the draft except in Jacksonville: In 2011, the Jacksonville Jaguars gambled and lost by trading a second-round pick, moving into the 10th overall pick of the first round and taking Blaine Gabbert, who was a bust.
Gambling again Thursday, the Jaguars made Blake Bortles the third pick in the draft. Unlike the Jaguars, the Minnesota Vikings, who failed on Christian Ponder, and the Tennessee Titans, who are still judging 2011 quarterback Jake Locker, weren't going to follow the same path. Those moves cost people jobs.
The Vikings took the cautious approach by trading a fourth-round choice to move from the second to the first round to take Teddy Bridgewater. The Titans didn't take a quarterback. And the Browns took a safer approach after the Brandon Weeden pick by getting Manziel at No. 22 in the first round. Now what they have to see is if taking a quarterback at No. 22 is cursed. Brady Quinn and Weeden were failures at No. 22.
5. The quality of the draft lessened the number of trades: In a draft this rich in talent, you don't want to give away quality 2014 choices. The Bills moved from No. 9 to No. 4 by giving a first-round pick and fourth-round pick next year, but no other picks this year.
Overall, there were only five first-day trades. The Atlanta Falcons ended up not wanting to sacrifice a bundle of picks to move to No. 1 and take Clowney. Instead, they lucked out and got Jake Matthews with the sixth pick. Tampa Bay got lucky and landed Mike Evans at No. 7. Four offensive linemen went in the top 12 along with three wide receivers.
Since 2004, the average number of trades over a three-day period is 26.8. Based on the start of this year's draft take the under. Three quarterbacks ended up going in the first round, but two were involved with trades. Bridgewater went to Minnesota after a trade at No. 32 with Seattle. The Browns moved up four spots from No. 26 to get Johnny Football.