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FINALLY, A QB

When Buffalo took Florida State's EJ Manuel at No. 16, it was the latest the first quarterback was taken since Chad Pennington went No. 18 to the Jets in 2000.

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Gridiron of Dreams?

This week's draft at Radio City Music Hall is being used as the backdrop for a new Kevin Costner movie titled Draft Day. Costner plays the general manager of the Browns. "It's a film about the day of the draft," actor Josh Pence told nfl.com. "It's about all the chaos that surrounds the GM on the day of the draft and a struggling team trying to piece together what he's going to do, who he's going to take No. 1." The film is scheduled to be released next year.

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Best still available

QUARTERBACK

Geno Smith.................6-3/218...........West Va.

Matt Barkley................6-3/227...........USC

Ryan Nassib................6-2/227...........Syracuse

Tyler Wilson................6-2/215...........Arkansas

RUNNING BACK

Eddie Lacy..................5-11/231..........Alabama

Giovani Bernard..........5-9/202............N. Carolina

Montee Ball.................5-11/214..........Wisconsin

Johnthan Franklin........5-10/205...........UCLA

Andre Ellington............5-9/199............Clemson

RECEIVER/TIGHT END

WR Robert Woods........6-1/201...........USC

WR Keenan Allen.........6-2/206...........California

WR Justin Hunter.........6-4/198...........Tenn.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Menelik Watson...........6-5/314............FSU

Brian Winters..............6-4/315............Kent St.

Terron Armstead.........6-5/306............Ark-Pine Bluff

DEFENSIVE LINE

DT Johnathan Hankins......6-3/320........Ohio State

DE Tank Carradine...........6-4/273........FSU

DT Kawann Short.............6-3/303........Purdue

LINEBACKER

Arthur Brown..............6-0/241.............Kansas St.

Manti Te'o..................6-1/241.............Notre Dame

Kevin Minter...............6-0/246.............LSU

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Jamar Taylor..............5-11/193...........Boise St.

Darius Slay................6-0/192.............Miss. St.

Jonathan Cyprien........6-1/208............FlU

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First round by position

OL - 9

DL - 8

DB - 7

WR - 3

LB - 3

TE - 1

QB - 1

RB - 0

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First round by conference

SEC - 12

ACC - 6

Pac-12 - 6

Big 12 - 2

Independent - 2

Big Ten - 1

Big East - 1

Mid-American - 1

Conference USA - 1

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Other draft tidbits

- The 12 SEC players taken in the first round matched the first-round record of 12 by the ACC in 2006.

- No running back was taken in the first round for the first time since the 1963 draft.

- Center Travis Frederick of Wisconsin went to the Cowboys at No. 31, the latest the Big Ten has had a player taken in the first round.

Source: ESPN Stats & Info

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