Best picks of the first round

Why Jags, Rams, Cowboys succeeded, plus thoughts on Manziel, more

Updated: May 9, 2014, 3:02 PM ET
By Todd McShay | ESPN Insider

The first round of the 2014 NFL draft had its fair share of surprises in addition to some picks that had seemed like possibilities for much of the draft process. Here is my take on the teams that made the best picks in Round 1 plus some other observations from the opening night of the draft.

[+] EnlargeBlake Bortles
Allen Kee/ESPN ImagesThe Jaguars did a good job of disguising their intentions to take Blake Bortles at No. 3.

Jacksonville Jaguars: UCF QB Blake Bortles at No. 3

The Jaguars might have finally found their answer at quarterback. We didn't have the highest grade on him in the world -- our top-ranked quarterback, but with only a mid-to-late first-round grade -- and he would be best-served to sit for a year so he can acclimate to the NFL and make the necessary improvements to his throwing mechanics. But he'll have the opportunity to do that in Jacksonville this season behind Chad Henne, and he has the potential to develop into a very good NFL quarterback in time. Moreover, the Jaguars did a good job of keeping their intentions with the No. 3 pick under wraps and were able to stay home and get the guy they wanted all along.

St. Louis Rams: Auburn OT Greg Robinson at No. 2, Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald at No. 13