At the dawn of the first day, speculation largely centered on how the Bears would be able to trade down or on what the Bears needed to address immediately in the draft. What happened at the end of the day was a lot of trading and a Bears pick that very few saw coming but one that makes sense.
Miami jumped up into the third pick to take Dion Jordan after Eric Fisher and Luke Joeckel went 1-2, and Lane Johnson was gone at 4 to the Eagles. St. Louis jumped up to 8 to pick up Tavon Austin. Arizona started the offensive guard dominoes with Jonathan Cooper at 7 and Chance Warmack was gone at 10 to the Titans.
Buffalo took EJ Manuel at 16 as their new quarterback of the future, Jarvis Jones went off as the first linebacker to the Steelers, and Justin Pugh came off at 19 to the Giants, setting the stage for the Bears pick at 20.
On the surface, it's a stunning pick, but he's versatile (can play guard and tackle) and has a lot of room to develop - he pitched into offensive line play with very little preparation and acquitted himself very well. The Bears have a need at the interior of the line and Long can play on the right tackle spot as well, to push J'Marcus Webb and Gabe Carimi.
It'd be one thing if the Bears made a pick and still had to fill offensive line - but that's not the case here, as he can develop and provides youth at a position that could use a high-ceiling player.
After Long, Tyler Eifert went to Cincinnati, Desmond Trufant to Atlanta at 22, and Minnesota used their first pick on Sharrif Floyd, ending his slide. Indianapolis grabbed Bjoern Werner (who I'd forgotten about at this point) and Minnesota came back with Xavier Rhodes. Minnesota later added a third first round pick to grab Cordarelle Patterson. The Cowboys added Travis Frederick, who some draftniks had as a third-round grade, and Baltimore closed out with Matt Elam.
|1||1||1||Kansas City||Eric Fisher||T||Central Michigan|
|1||2||2||Jacksonville||Luke Joeckel||T||Texas A & M|
|1||3||3||Miami (via OAK)||Dion Jordan||DE||Oregon|
|1||5||5||Detroit||Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah||DE||BYU|
|1||7||7||Arizona||Jonathan Cooper||G||North Carolina|
|1||8||8||St. Louis (from BUF)||Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia|
|1||9||9||New York Jets||Dee Milliner||DB||Alabama|
|1||11||11||San Diego||D.J. Fluker||T||Alabama|
|1||12||12||Oakland (from MIA)||D.J. Hayden||DB||Houston|
|1||13||13||New York Jets (from TB)||Sheldon Richardson||DT||Missouri|
|1||15||15||New Orleans||Kenny Vaccaro||S||Texas|
|1||16||16||Buffalo (via STL)||E.J. Manuel||QB||Florida State|
|1||18||18||San Francisco (via DAL)||Eric Reid||DB||LSU|
|1||19||19||New York Giants||Justin Pugh||T||Syracuse|
|1||21||21||Cincinnati||Tyler Eifert||TE||Notre Dame|
|1||22||22||Atlanta (from STL from WAS)||Desmond Trufant||CB||Washington|
|1||24||24||Indianapolis||Bjoern Werner||DE||Florida State|
|1||25||25||Minnesota (from SEA)||Xavier Rhodes||DB||Florida State|
|1||26||26||Green Bay||Datone Jones||DE||UCLA|
|1||28||28||Denver||Sylvester WIlliams||DT||North Carolina|
|1||29||29||Minnesota (from NE)||Cordarelle Patterson||WR||Tennessee|
|1||30||30||STL (from Atlanta)||Alec Ogletree||LB||Georgia|
|1||31||31||Cowboys (from SF)||Travis Frederick||C||Wisconsin|
I'm a little surprised Geno Smith wasn't taken in the first round, as well as a little surprised that Alec Ogletree lasted as long as he did. As far as the Bears not trading down... We don't know what offers were or weren't made, but given the trades that did happen, I don't know how much extra a trade down would have gotten the Bears, and I'm a proponent of "take your guy." So, Long ended up being that guy.
Minnesota had themselves a day, adding Shariff Floyd, Xavier Rhodes and Cordarelle Patterson in the last twelve picks of the round.
So at this point, there's still a number of players available:
Manti Te'o, Arthur Brown, Kevin Minter, Kiko Alonso, Geno Smith, Matt Barkley, Eddie Lacy, Justin Hunter, Tank Carradine, Jonathan Cyprien, Zach Ertz, and Margus Hunt, to name just a few.
There's still plenty of picks to be made, and it'll be interesting to see where the Bears turn next.