First Round at a glance

April 27, 2008

TRADING DOWN, THEN UP It wasn't surprising that the Ravens traded the No. 8 pick. It was surprising whom they traded with. To move up from No. 26, Jacksonville had to give the Ravens its first-round pick, two third-round picks and a fourth-rounder. The Ravens then traded up to No. 18 and took Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco. They gave up one of the third-round picks they got from the Jaguars and a sixth-round pick.

DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE Chris Long, Vernon Gholston and Derrick Harvey were the top three edge pass rushers in the draft, and it didn't take long for them to go off the big board. Long went second to St. Louis, Gholston sixth to the Jets, and Jacksonville traded up to the Ravens' eighth pick to get Harvey. That set the tone for the early picks and underscored the need to pressure the quarterback. Seven of the first 10 picks were defensive players.

RISING Harvey of Florida to No. 8, linebacker Jerod Mayo of Tennessee to New England at No. 10 and Flacco to No. 18. Many mock drafts had Harvey going in the late teens. Flacco wasn't even in the first round of most mock drafts.

FALLING Wide receiver Devin Thomas of Michigan State. Many thought he would go No. 11 to Buffalo. He fell to the second round, No. 34 overall, to the Redskins.

TOP 10 PICKS 1. Miami: Jake Long, OT, Michigan 2. St. Louis: Chris Long, DE, Virginia 3. Atlanta: Matt Ryan, QB, Boston College 4. Oakland: Darren McFadden, RB, Arkansas 5. Kansas City: Glenn Dorsey, DT, LSU 6. New York Jets: Vernon Gholston, DE, Ohio State 7. New Orleans: Sedrick Ellis, DT, USC 8. Jacksonville: Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida 9. Cincinnati: Keith Rivers, LB, USC 10. New England: Jerod Mayo, LB, Tennessee TODAY'S TV Rounds 3-7, beginning at 10 a.m. on ESPN and NFL Network

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