The 2015 NFL Draft kicked off on Thursday with a new location and new crop of prospects ready to find new homes. And while there's no doubt that the league won by holding this year's fesitvities in Chicago (more than 50,000 fans showed up to take in the event), others weren't so lucky. So, without further ado, let's recap the winners and losers from Day 1 of the NFL Draft. — Sid Saraf
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WINNER: Jameis Winston
Let's start at the top. After a long and hard draft process, after all of his missteps at Florida State, after all of the conjecture and rumors, the big day finally arrived. And when the dust settled, Winston did indeed go to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with the No. 1 overall pick. Whatever people may think of him, Winston will get his money and have a chance to grow with a burgeoning group of receivers and head coach Lovie Smith. He even celebrated with a dinner of crab legs. Not a bad day.
LOSER: Chip Kelly/Marcus Mariota
The Philadelphia Eagles head coach had visions of reuniting with the quarterback from his Oregon days, but alas, it wasn't to be. Kelly made several attempts to trade with the Titans for the No. 2 pick -- and even made a last-ditch effort to make a deal with the Bucs for the top pick -- but nothing happened. Kelly could only watch as Mariota went to the Titans and while the latter has no reason to feel glum with going second overall, there are doubts as to how he'll fit in Ken Whisenhunt's system in Tennessee. Oh, and NFL commissioner Roger Goodell flubbed his name at the podium. Bummer.
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WINNER: Running backs
The last time a running back was selected in the first round? Back in 2012, when three went off the board. On Thursday night, the position -- viewed as 'devalued' in recent years -- bounced back. The Rams shrugged off injury concerns and grabbed Georgia star Todd Gurley with the 10th overall pick before the Chargers traded up and took Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon with the 15th selection. Will we see a running back resurgence? Too early to tell, but this is a solid start.
LOSER: Zac Stacy and Tre Mason
Not everyone was happy with Gurley and Gordon going early. St. Louis Rams running backs Stacy and Mason -- who carried the load in 2014 -- suddenly find themselves with another body in a very crowded backfield. Stacy, in particular, seemed less than thrilled as he fired off a tweet right after Gurley's selection. He's rumored to want a trade out of St. Louis now that it appears he's fourth on the depth chart behind Mason, Gurley and Benny Cunningham. Ouch.
WINNER: Detroit Lions
Believe it. The Lions didn't make the sexiest moves on Thursday night, but they seemingly got much better up front. Detroit (holding the 23rd pick) pulled off a trade with the Denver Broncos, moving down fives spots to the 28th selection to land Broncos offensive lineman Manny Ramirez and two more draft picks in the process. With the 28th pick, the Lions took Duke guard Laken Tomlinson, an All-American last season. Not a bad haul.
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LOSER: La'el Collins and Randy Gregory
Both prospects seemed destined for the first round at the start of the draft process. Collins was projected to go as high as the first 10 picks and there were those who once thought Gregory was the most talented defensive prospect in this class. However, Collins ran into off-the-field trouble that caused him to leave Chicago just before the draft and Gregory failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Both players didn't get picked on Thursday night. Gregory got selected by Dallas at No. 60 on Friday, while Collins remained on the board, with his reps saying if he didn't get drafted in Rounds 2 or 3, he hoped to enter the draft again next year.
WINNER: Derek Carr
The Oakland Raiders quarterback has to be smiling. After a rookie season where he showed off flashes of great promise, the team went out and got him a legitimate No. 1 target: Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper. The latter set an SEC record with 124 receptions in 2014 and at just 20 years old has already drawn comparisons to Reggie Wayne and Torry Holt. Things are looking up for the Silver and Black.
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LOSER: Bruce Irvin
Wednesday night brought news that the Seahawks aren't expected to pick up the outside linebacker's fifth-year option. That's not good. Then on Thursday, Irvin took to Twitter during the draft and started railing on draft experts. You can check out his rant here. Not sure why he was upset, but there it is.
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WINNER: New York Jets
Sometimes things just fall into your lap. For the Jets -- and new head coach Todd Bowles -- Thursday was like Christmas when USC's Leonard Williams somehow slipped to the sixth pick. And although they are stout up front already, the team went ahead and grabbed Williams as the unquestioned best player available at that spot. When you add Williams to a front seven that includes Sheldon Richardson and Muhammad Wilkerson, the Jets suddenly have options. With Wilkerson wanting a big-money deal soon, the Jets could possibly seek a trade -- knowing they have Williams in reserve -- and perhaps get a first-round draft pick in return.
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LOSER: Roger Goodell
Sure, Thursday was a resounding success as Chicago came out in full force to enjoy the first night of the draft. However, it had to have been rough to walk out on stage to a chorus of boos several times throughout the first round. He even took a (predictable) pounding on social media, got lifted off his feet by Danny Shelton and flubbed Marcus Mariota's name. It could have gone better, even though the league won the night.