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Breaking down the NFL draft

Draft-day deals

• San Francisco swapped the first of its two first-round picks (No. 13 overall) and a fourth-round pick to Denver to move up to No. 11 to take Rutgers OT Anthony Davis, not surprising considering they've given up a league-worst 150 sacks the past three seasons.

• San Diego traded the 28th pick in the first round, the eighth pick in tonight's second round (40th overall), swapped fourth-round picks and sent LB Tim Dobbins to Miami for the No. 12 pick (which the Chargers used to take Fresno State RB Ryan Mathews) and the Dolphins' sixth-round pick.

• Philadelphia traded the 24th pick in the first round and two third-round picks to Denver for the 13th pick, which they used to take Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham.

• The Denver Broncos traded the 24th pick (from an earlier deal with the Eagles) and a fourth-round pick (No. 113) to New England for the No. 22 pick, which they used on Georgia Tech WR Demaryius Thomas.

• Dallas traded the No. 27 pick and its third-round pick (No. 90) to New England for the No. 24 pick and a fourth-round pick (No. 119). The Cowboys selected embattled Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant.

• Denver traded a second-round pick (No. 43), third-round pick (No. 70) and fourth-round pick (No. 114) to Baltimore for the No. 25 pick and selected Florida quarterback Tim Tebow.

• Detroit traded its second-round pick (No. 34), fourth-round pick (No. 100) and seventh-round pick (No. 214) to the Vikings for the No. 30 pick (which the Lions used on California RB Jahvid Best) and a fourth-round pick (No. 128).

• The Jaguars traded defensive end Quentin Groves to Oakland for the Raiders' fifth-round pick (No. 158).

Biggest reaches

8. Oakland: Despite some glaring needs on offense, particularly quarterback, the Raiders surprised many by taking Alabama LB Rolando McClain.

10. Jacksonville: By seemingly all measures, the Jaguars reached by nearly a full round to take California DT Tyson Alualu, who was not projected to go in the first round by any of the major mock drafts.

Biggest steal

23. Green Bay: The Packers had to be thrilled to see Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga fall to their pick. Bulaga was considered a top 10 pick by nearly all pre-draft predictions.

First round by college

How the first round breaks down by college:

Oklahoma — 4; Florida — 3; Oklahoma State, Alabama, Rutgers, Texas, Georgia Tech, California — 2; Nebraska, Tennessee, Clemson, Fresno State, Michigan, USF, Idaho, Mississippi, Iowa, Penn State, Boise State, TCU, FSU — 1

NFC South

Here's a look at what Tampa Bay's division opponents did with their first-round picks:

With the 19th pick, the Atlanta Falcons selected Missouri outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. Just the third player in Missouri history to lead the team in tackles three times in a career, Weatherspoon's total of 413 tackles rank third in school history and his 12.5 sacks rank 13th in school history,

With the 32nd (and final) pick of the first round, the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints selected Florida State CB Patrick Robinson. Coming to Florida State as a 169-pound freshman, Robinson matured both on and off the field. His added bulk, and along with his excellent speed, often successfully faced the opponents' best receiver. He is also strong against the ru, with 24 of his career-high 52 tackles vs. the running game in 2009.

The Carolina Panthers were one of two teams (along with Chicago) that didn't own a first-round pick, having traded it to San Francisco in a draft-day deal last year for the 49ers' second-round pick (No. 43 overall) that allowed the Panthers to grab Florida State defensive end Everette Brown. Carolina's first pick in this year's draft is scheduled to be the 16th selection (48th overall) in tonight's second round.

From the rival's back yard

For the third consecutive year, the Washington Redskins drafted a player who had played at Longview High School, from the middle of Dallas Cowboys territory in east Texas. Oklahoma tackle Trent Williams became the first high-round offensive lineman selected by the team in a decade.

"They might have to hang a couple of Redskins flags across the city of Longview," Williams said with a laugh.

Williams joins receiver Malcolm Kelly (2008, second round) and linebacker Robert Henson (2009, sixth round) as Longview products on the Redskins roster.

First round by position:

How the first round breaks down by position:

Defensive line — 8

Defensive back — 7

Offensive line — 6

Running back — 3 Linebacker — 3

Quarterback — 2 Wide Receiver — 2

Tight end — 1

The rest of the top five

1. St. Louis

As expected, the Rams selected Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, the 2008 Heisman Trophy winner, with the No. 1 pick. Bradford obviously convinced the Rams brain trust that the shoulder injury he suffered during his senior season would not impact his NFL career.

2. Detroit

The Lions had their pick of the two best defensive tackles and went with Nebraska's Ndamukong Suh. Suh was the Associated Press player of the year last season, won the Lombardi, Bednarik and Nagurski trophies in 2009 and comes off a dominant Big 12 title game in which he had 12 tackles with 4 1/2 sacks.

4. Washington

The Redskins kept the conference streak alive, making OT Trent Williams the fourth consecutive pick from the Big 12 — and third in the top four from Oklahoma.

5. Kansas City

Most projected the Chiefs to use this pick on an offensive lineman, but with Williams off the board, they snagged Tennessee safety Eric Berry. Berry, considered the top defensive back in the draft, spent his final college season learning under former Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.

Dez Bryant defends himself

Oklahoma State WR Dez Bryant has been one of the more controversial prospects, saddled with reports of tardiness, laziness and being a prima donna. The rumors didn't keeping him from getting drafted in the first round, going 24th to the Cowboys, who traded up to get him. But they did prompt him into one final predraft tirade. "It's crazy how I'm getting ripped up, and I just don't get it," Bryant told Yahoo Sports. "Before this started, I didn't know I was such a 'bad guy.' I promise you, I didn't. When I hear these things — I'm not a hard worker, I'm not tough, I'm a diva — I look at it like they're talking about somebody else, because that's not me. … (Being drafted) is supposed to be a great moment for me. Trust me, it's not. But I try to stay positive for my mom and my younger brother and sister. I don't want to ruin it for them." Bryant said that at least one team asked him a question that was over the line. "They asked me if my mom's a prostitute," Bryant said. "No, my mom is not a prostitute. I got mad— really mad — but I didn't show it. I got a lot of questions like that: Does she still do drugs? I sat and answered all of them."

Breaking down the NFL draft 04/23/10 [Last modified: Friday, April 23, 2010 8:22am]

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