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NFL draft: First-round news and notes

Phones were ringing

Predictions that the NFL's new rookie salary cap — and the cost associated with it — would lead to a flurry of trades at the top of the draft proved accurate. The Rams had previously traded the No. 2 overall pick to the Redskins, beginning a streak of six consecutive picks that changed hands.

Here's a look at Thursday's deals:

Cleveland: Traded the No. 4 overall pick and selections in Rounds 4, 5 and 7 to Minnesota for the No. 3 overall pick; selected Alabama RB Trent Richardson. With the No. 4 pick, the Vikings selected USC T Matt Kalil.

Jacksonville: Traded the No. 7 overall pick and a fourth-round selection (101 overall) to Tampa Bay for the No. 5 overall pick; selected Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon. The Bucs used the No. 7 pick to take Alabama S Mark Barron.

Dallas: Traded the No. 14 overall pick and a second-round pick to St. Louis for the No. 6 overall pick; selected LSU CB Morris Claiborne.

Philadelphia: Traded the No. 15 pick, a fourth-round pick (No. 114) and a sixth-round pick (No. 172) to Seattle for the No. 12 pick, selected Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox.

New England: Traded the No. 27 overall pick and a third-round pick (No. 93 overall) to Cincinnati for the No. 21 overall pick; selected Syracuse DE Chandler Jones.

New England: Traded up again, this time sending the No. 31 overall pick and a fourth-round pick (No. 126 overall) to Denver for the No. 25 overall pick; selected Alabama LB Dont'a Hightower.

Minnesota: Traded picks in the second (No. 35 overall) and fourth rounds (No. 98) to Baltimore for the No. 29 overall pick; selected Notre Dame DB Harrison Smith.

Tampa Bay: Traded picks in the second (No. 36 overall) and fourth rounds (No. 101) to Denver for overall picks No. 31 and No. 126 (fourth round); selected Boise State RB Doug Martin.

Biggest reach Seattle: Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia

The Seahawks pulled a stunner in the first round, addressing their need for a pass rusher by selecting West Virginia's Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick. The selection was made after Seattle traded with Philadelphia, moving down from No. 12 overall to No. 15 and acquiring two picks in the later rounds. But no one guessed Irvin would be Seattle's selection. Irvin played two seasons at West Virginia and had 14 sacks as a junior and 8½ sacks his final season. He is expected to be solely a pass-rush option for the Seahawks because he is undersized at 6 feet 3, 245 pounds. Irvin also had off-field problems before his arrival at West Virginia, including jail time.

NFL draft: First-round news and notes 04/26/12 [Last modified: Thursday, April 26, 2012 11:29pm]
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