The Miami Dolphins pulled the first two shockers of the 2013 NFL Draft a little more than 30 minutes into the proceedings.
The first was dealing the No. 12 and No. 42 overall selections to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for the No. 3 overall pick. The second was when they used that selection to snag Oregon pass rusher Dion Jordan.
After the Kansas City Chiefs picked Central Michigan's Eric Fisher at the top of the draft and Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel went to the Jacksonville Jaguars with the next pick, it appeared logical the Dolphins were moving up to make Oklahoma's Lane Johnson the third straight offensive tackle to kick off the draft to help replace the free-agent loss of Jake Long. But the Dolphins instead made the surprise move to get Jordan to pair opposite Cam Wake on defense.
"I was surprised. I wasn't expecting that," said Jordan. "I'm surprised and very blessed ... and I'm ready to go to work.
The Raiders had been attempting to deal out of the No. 3 spot all day to accumulate more selections. They entered the draft with seven overall picks, but the trade with Miami gave Oakland three selections among the top 66 in the draft. The Raiders used the first of those picks to select Houston cornerback DJ Hayden.
The St. Louis Rams made the next bold move, trading up with the Buffalo Bills to acquire the No. 8 pick and make West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin the first skill position player off the board.
Austin stands only 5-feet-9 and 175 pounds, but he provides Rams quarterback Sam Bradford with a field-stretching weapon. Austin is only the third wide receiver head coach Jeff Fisher has selected in 17 NFL Drafts, and helps replace the free-agent loss of Danny Amendola to the New England Patriots.
Austin's speed will also help challenge the big, physical cornerbacks featured by division rivals San Francisco and Seattle. St. Louis felt it needed to move up from the No. 16 spot with Austin being a hot name on Thursday and potentially a target of the New York Jets with the ninth pick.
In exchange for moving out of the No. 8 spot, Buffalo landed four picks: Nos. 16, 46, 78 and 222 overall while sending the No 71 pick to St. Louis. The Bills used the 16th pick on Florida State's EJ Manuel, the first quarterback off the board.
The former Seminoles star joins Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson in the quarterback equation in Buffalo.
"It wasn't a very big surprise. I knew I had a chance to go early in the draft, I knew the teams that needed a quarterback and were interested," Manuel told ESPN. "It was just a matter of what happened that day. I'm just so happy, I'm just so proud."
--The San Francisco 49ers entered the draft with 13 picks, and packaged selections in the second and third rounds to acquire the Dallas Cowboys' No. 18 overall pick. The 49ers nabbed LSU free safety Eric Reid, while Dallas picked up the NO. 31 and No. 74 overall picks.
The Cowboys made a surprise with the second to last pick of the night, selecting Wisconsin center Travis Frederick. While Dallas needed offensive line help, Frederick was rated a second-round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, and centers rarely go in the first round.
--The Rams weren't done dealing, trading out of the No. 22 overall spot and acquiring the No. 30 overall pick from Atlanta along with third- and sixth-round picks from Atlanta.
The Falcons, who cut ties with Dunta Robinson and lost Brent Grimes in free agency, picked Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant at No. 23.
St. Louis used the No. 30 pick on Georgia outside linebacker Alec Ogletree.
--The Minnesota Vikings picked Floyd at No. 23 and Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes at No. 25. They then shipped four picks to the New England Patriots to moved back into the first round and get Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson at No. 29 overall. The Patriots landed second- (No. 52), third- (83), fourth- (102) and seventh-round (229) picks in the exchange.