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THE BIG PICTURE

Offensive tackles go at Nos. 1 and 2, and many more linemen go in Round 1.

NEW YORK - NFL teams bought in bulk during the first round of the draft Thursday.

Unlike the past four, when quarterbacks went No. 1, more than 600 pounds went in the first two picks in offensive tackles Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel.

Fisher is only the third offensive tackle picked No. 1, joining Orlando Pace (Rams in 1997) and Jake Long (Dolphins in 2008). It's also the first time since the merger in 1970 that offensive tackles went 1-2.

The first six picks were linemen, though Dion Jordan also plays linebacker. Speaking of Jordan, Miami traded up nine spots to get the ex-Oregon star.

Three players from national champion Alabama, including a guard and offensive tackle, went in the first round.

The first quarterback? Not until No. 16, Florida State's EJ Manuel to the Bills.

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