No quarterback is top pick for first time since 2008

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For the first time since 2008, a quarterback didn’t go No. 1 overall.

Like ’08, the first pick was an offensive tackle.

Central Michigan’s Eric Fisher became only the fourth offensive tackle ever selected first overall. Michigan’s Jake Long was the top pick of the Dolphins five years ago.

For a while, it appeared Thursday’s first round might not have a single quarterback drafted. But the Bills traded down from No. 8 to No. 16, where they selected Florida State’s E.J. Manuel. More safeties (three) were drafted than quarterbacks.

In so doing, they bypassed Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib, who played under new Bills coach Doug Marrone in college.

“I don’t think I was very conflicted,” Marrone said in a less-than-ringing endorsement of Nassib. “I think that at the end of the day there are a lot of good quarterbacks in the draft, and we were able to take the best quarterback that we felt fit us here in our situation in Buffalo.”

West Virginia’s Geno Smith, USC’s Matt Barkley, Nassib and Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson will have a sleepless night, waiting for rounds 2-3 to begin Friday night.

Dolphins get Jordan

The Miami Dolphins pulled off the first surprise of the draft, trading from No. 12 to No. 3 to take Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan.

With their need for an offensive tackle after losing Jake Long in free agency, the Dolphins had been expected to take Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson after pulling off the trade.

They even took Jordan by surprise.

“It wasn’t like my name was being tossed around to go to the Miami Dolphins,” Jordan said. “It was a huge surprise to me talking on the phone with the Miami Dolphin coach and seeing the Raiders helmet on the screen. I had to put it together really fast. It’s good.”

Vikings get three firsts

The Vikings entered the day with two first-round picks.

They ended it with three.

Minnesota pulled off a late trade with the Patriots to move back into the first round at No. 29 to select Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. They had used their other two picks on Florida defensive tackle Sharrif Floyd at No. 23 and Florida State cornerback Xavier Rhodes at No. 25.

Briefly

• Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, a Heisman finalist, went undrafted.

• Only one skill position player, West Virginia receiver Tavon Austin, was drafted in the first 15 picks. Austin went No. 8 to the St. Louis Rams, who had traded up.

• Four Texas high school players were selected in the first round Thursday. Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel (Arlington High School) went second, Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson (Groveton) was fourth, Houston’s D.J. Hayden (Fort Bend Elkins) was 12th, and Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro (Brownwood) went 15th.

• A running back was not drafted in the first round for the first time in 50 years. Alabama’s Eddie Lacy is the top running back, and though three Crimson Tide teammates heard their names, Lacy did not.

Charean Williams 817-390-7760 Twitter: @NFLCharean

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