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Back to Main MenuReal Estate TransfersBack to Main MenuLocal Grocery AdsSpecial SectionsLocal AdsLagniappeDraft day has finally arrived and things seem more unsettled than at any other time during the lead up to tonight. There has been no lack of chatter what with the uncertainty surrounding the No. 1 pick, where Johnny Manziel will go, which team could make a trade and who is moving up or sliding down the draft board. Here are five things to keep an eye on during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft:1. Texans on the clockA defensive lineman has been taken No. 1 overall twice in the last 19 drafts. The last team to go that route with the top pick was the Texans, who took Mario Williams in 2006. Of course, Houston does not have to take South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. They could select another impact defender in Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack.While much of the thinking leans toward Houston keeping the No. 1 pick, a trade down could yield quite a haul and Atlanta (see below) could be a dance partner. If that scenario unfolds, the Texans could find themselves with pick Nos. 6, 33 and 37. Houston would likely not get Clowney or Mack, but the Texans could still address the pass rush at No. 6 with linebacker Anthony Barr. They could then grab, say, a quarterback (Teddy Bridgewater, Derek Carr) at No. 33, and flip back to defense with a rush end (Dee Ford, Jeremiah Attaochu) at 37.There is much uncertainty surrounding which team will select quarterback Johnny Manziel. There has been no such uncertainty regarding how hot of a topic his draft prospects have been the past several weeks. (AP Photo/Dave Martin, File)2. Where does Johnny go?Manziel is the draft's biggest name and he has seemingly been linked to every team but the Hamilton Tiger Cats. As loud as the buzz surrounding the quarterback has been in the weeks leading up to the draft, it is sure to shake the walls of venerable Radio City Music Hall no matter what happens. With so much uncertainty and the rumors of all the teams that are interested in the 2012 Heisman winner, when his name is called it will be an event unto itself.The timing of when Manziel strolls out of the green room will have much influence on other teams. If he goes No. 1 to Houston, does Cleveland at No. 4 look to another position and circle back for the best available QB at No. 26? If Manziel starts to slide to the middle of the first round, does Dallas, for example, trade down from No. 16 in return for a nice package of goods? The scenarios are many, and like Manziel himself, they Bruce Ellington Kids Jersey are far from subtle.3. Browns take a QB, but where?The Browns have to draft a quarterback, plain and simple. They started three quarterbacks last season: Jason Campbell, Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer. What is not plain and simple is where Cleveland selects their quarterback. The Browns have the fourth and 26th picks.A strong defense can make life easier for the offense, so that could mean taking a disruptive defender like Mack at No. 4. Selecting a defender that can be slotted into a starting position right away would Authentic Chris Borland Jersey be the much safer route to take. The Browns can still address the quarterback situation at No. 26 by selecting perhaps Teddy Bridgewater, who many expect will still be available at that point.Greg Robinson, left, an offensive tackle from Auburn University, gestures as he visits the Sept. 11 memorial in New York, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)4. Spotlight on AtlantaDo the Falcons trade up, trade down or stand pat? Atlanta has the No. 6 selection, but they could have the draft's No. 1 impact. There is no lack of smoke signals indicating Atlanta will trade up to the top spot and select either Clowney or Mack. There would be quite a price to pay, though. A trade would most likely cost the Falcons their second round pick (No. 37) this year and a first rounder next year.The Falcons, though, have many needs and the offensive line is not the least of them. That is why remaining at No. 6 makes good sense with one or more of the elite offensive tackles Jake Matthews, Greg Robinson or Taylor Lewan likely available. After all, Matt Ryan needs to remain upright. Atlanta should still have a shot at Ford or Attaochu at No. 37 and could walk away completely satisfied with how the first couple of rounds went.Trading down may prove to be the best option of all. Detroit is one team that has been mentioned when it comes to trading up. The Lions have the tenth pick and are said to have a strong interest in receiver Mike Evans. The Falcons could be a trading partner and would gain additional picks while remaining in position to get one of the three O linemen mentioned above at No. 10.A deep class of receivers opens up many possibilities and allows for surprises. There is little debate that Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans are at the head of the class, but that does not mean there is no intrigue. Does Jacksonville, which fumbled with Justin Blackmon at No. 5 two years ago, select Watkins at No. 3 and make him the highest receiver taken since the Lions took Calvin Johnson second in 2007? Speaking of the Lions, do they trade up from No. 10 and snag Evans to line up opposite Johnson?After Watkins and Evans it is anybody's guess, but keep an eye on two players: Odell Beckham and Cody Latimer. Both have made their way up the draft board Latimer has surged forward and a team may trade up to snatch Beckham while another could surprise by selecting Latimer earlier than many expect.
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