2. "Draft Day," the Cleveland Browns reality show: Browns general manager Ray Farmer proved Thursday night he's no Kevin Costner, star of "Draft Day." Costner made two big draft-day trades, battled with his owner, fought with the Browns' cap expert, who was the woman he was dating, and bantered with his head coach.
Farmer made the boldest moves Thursday to maneuver to get cornerback Justin Gilbert, quarterback Johnny Manziel and first-round and fourth-round picks in 2015. But Friday was like a version of "24" with no Jack Bauer coming to the rescue.
ESPN.com reported wide receiver Josh Gordon could be facing a one-year suspension and wide receiver Nate Burleson suffered a second forearm fracture in less than a year. With reports circulating that the owner and the general manager knew of the possible Gordon suspension, questions surfaced why the Browns didn't address the receiver position. Without Gordon in the first two games last season, Brandon Weeden was destined for a slow start and his eventual benching. Brian Hoyer or Manziel could be heading down a similar path if Farmer doesn't come up with some receiving help. They drafted guard Joel Bitonio, linebacker Chris Kirksey and small-college running back Terrance West.
The hope offered Thursday turned negative Friday, but the Browns reality show always remains interesting.
3. The 2014 quarterback class was clearly overhyped: Most experts thought the draft offered some quality at the quarterback position. Only three quarterbacks went in the first round. The thought was Day 2 would be good for quarterbacks. It was a disaster.
First, Derek Carr of Fresno State had to sit for a day knowing the Houston Texans had the first chance to draft him but wouldn't. The franchise had too many bad memories with his brother, David. Carr found a happy home in Oakland four picks into the second round, but the rest of the quarterback class got ignored. Sure, Jimmy Garoppolo was honored to be the second-round choice of the New England Patriots, but he joins Ryan Mallett in an NFL witness protection program. Tom Brady is the starter. The backup serves four seasons without playing time. That was it for quarterbacks on Day 2. AJ McCarron was ignored. So was Zach Mettenberger. So was Aaron Murray. So was supposed rising star Tom Savage.
That wasn't the buzz going into the draft.
4. Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien isn't panicked about the quarterback position: Instead of taking a quarterback, the Texans drafted guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz and nose tackle Louis Nix III on Friday night. The Texans plan to draft a quarterback Saturday, but is that quarterback going to be good enough? At the moment, the Texans have only Ryan Fitzpatrick and last season's backups.
"Again, we have talked about this before from the standpoint that we have done a lot of work on the quarterbacks throughout the process because it is a position ... we'd like to be able to draft quarterbacks and develop young quarterbacks," general manager Rick Smith said. "That is certainly something that we want to do, but we will always do that obviously with corresponding value, and so if there is an opportunity for us to do that [Saturday], then we will certainly entertain that."