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NFL Draft: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, then chaos with trades
NFL » QBs taken with draft’s top picks as expected; eight trades follow.


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"It just goes to show you that anything can happen," Blackmon said, referring to the Jaguars going after him.

St. Louis must have liked dealing down because the Rams did it again, trading with Dallas, which was 14th overall. The Cowboys selected LSU’s Morris Claiborne, the top cornerback, adding him to free agent signing Brandon Carr and shoring up what was a Swiss cheese secondary.

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St. Louis got a second-rounder in the deal.

Tampa Bay finished off a wild 30 minutes of bartering by grabbing Alabama safety Mark Barron seventh overall.

A third quarterback went eighth where Miami — can you believe it? — stayed put. The Dolphins took Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill, who played receiver for most of his time in college. His coach at A&M, Mike Sherman, is the Dolphins offensive coordinator.

Carolina selected Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly, the nation’s leading tackler. Buffalo chose cornerback Stephon Gilmore of South Carolina, and Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe went to Kansas City before the next trade occurred.

Philadelphia moved up from 15 to 12, giving Seattle two later picks, then took Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox.

Notre Dame receiver Michael Floyd went to Arizona, then the Rams finally got involved, taking LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers.

Three more defensive players followed: West Virginia end Bruce Irvin to Seattle, North Carolina end Quinton Coples to the Jets, and Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick to Cincinnati.

New England made two deals later in the first round, with Cincinnati to get Syracuse DE Chandler Jones, and with Denver to draft Crimson Tide linebacker Dont’a Hightower. Minnesota also traded back into the round, getting Baltimore’s No. 29 slot and selecting Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith.


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Tampa Bay also got back into the first round at No. 31, dealing with Denver, then taking Boise State running back Doug Martin.

The Super Bowl champion Giants concluded a swift but hectic round by choosing Virginia Tech running back David Wilson.



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