Recapping The Events of Round One

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Scout.com's Adam Caplan takes an inside look at some of the interesting moves from the first day of this year's NFL Draft.

TEBOW TO DENVER DOES MAKE SOME SENSE: If we know anything about Denver Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, it's that he's daring.

He traded away his two top offensive players in the span of 12 months.

He's willing to take some risks. Some could say that selecting a quarterback that has major issues with throwing mechanics in the first round is not just daring, it's quite risky.

So should we really be surprised when Denver selected Tim Tebow in the first round? But McDaniels' reputation will clearly be on the line on this one.

If Tebow doesn't develop into their starting quarterback by year three, the time frame that typically is fair to judge a first-round pick, McDaniels will be under tremendous heat.

And where do Brady Quinn and Kyle Orton fit in the future at the quarterback position for Denver? Stay tuned.


JAGUARS SELECT HIGH-RISING PLAYER; SHOCK THE FANS
: Scout.com had mentioned in the Draft Blog that University of California DT Tyson Alualu was one of the high risers for the draft.

In fact, sources said that he moved from being a mid second-round pick back in January, to probably going off the board from 20-30 in the first round.

Alualu's coaching tape, according to several league sources, was so good that once the coaches got involved in the scouting process in early February, it was just a matter of time before the word got out that the interior defensive tackle was going to be selected much higher than many expected.

But when the Jacksonville Jaguars didn't wind up trading down and wound up selecting Alualu, it shocked many inside of Radio City Music Hall on Friday evening, including this reporter.

Could they have still gotten him by trading down? That we'll never know for sure.


RAIDERS' PICK LESS OF A SURPRISE?
: After reviewing the selection of University of Alabama LB Rolando McClain by the Oakland Raiders, it may make more sense than first thought.

It wasn't a secret in the scouting community that starting MLB Kirk Morrison wasn't coming off of a great season. In fact, had LB Ricky Brown not gotten hurt during training camp, some believed Morrison might not have started last season.

Morrison signed his one-year RFA tender recently, but unless he has a great season, it might be his last as a Raider.

Oakland still has to fill major needs at defensive tackle and on the offensive line as the second day of the draft progresses.


PHILLY GETS HIGH-END, HIGH CHARACTER PLAYER: When the Philadelphia Eagles traded up to select University of Michigan DE Brandon Graham, it left many fans wondering why they passed on University of Texas S Earl Thomas.

It's believed that Philadelphia had a higher grade for Graham than Thomas, but did they pass on a player who could have filled a bigger need?

Fair question, but that's not how draft boards are set up. Philadelphia stuck to their plan of targeting the higher player on their draft board. And it's not like Graham wouldn't be filling a need.

Philadelphia had major problems getting to Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo during their final two matchups of last season and it became rather clear that they had to make a bigger commitment to getting to the quarterback.

Graham, in the eyes of some personnel evaluators, was the best pass rusher available for this draft. Now Philadelphia can have a four-man rotation at defensive end.

As a veteran talent evaluator said about Graham recently in an email exchange...

"He's the kind of kid you would want your daughter to marry, but on the field he's an animal. He never takes a play off and you have to game plan for him."

Philadelphia can still address the cornerback or safety position with one or two of their second-round picks.


TEXANS FILL A MAJOR NEED; SELECT EMERGING DEFENSIVE BACK: While some fans believe University of Alabama CB Kareem Jackson should have been selected in the second round, consider how well he was respected by many NFL personnel evaluators.

Here are some points to consider:

Jackson played in a pro style defense which translates very well to NFL defensive schemes.

Jackson is a physical cornerback who can play in zone or man-to-man defenses.

Scouts believe Jackson has the mental makeup to come in and handle starting as a rookie.

Houston, however, must address the running back position probably by no later than the second day of the draft.


NEW ENGLAND SELECTS....ANOTHER CORNERBACK: When the New England Patriots selected Rutgers CB Devin McCourty in the first round, it left many wondering why?

New England seemed set at cornerback with veterans Shawn Springs and Leigh Bodden to go along with youngsters Darius Butler, Terrence Wheatley, and Jonathan Wilhite.

Could Springs be on the move?

The veteran defensive back is set to make $2.25 million in base salary along with a $1 million escalator. If they released Springs, who would step in?

That's what the front office must decide before training opens.

New England now has six cornerbacks and probably only five, at most, that should stay around by the end of August.

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