Jadeveon Clowney was brought to tears and America was on the edge of their seats as the NFL Draft kicked off at Radio City Music Hall. Sure, a lot of people would say it's way too early to judge what went down on Thursday night, but we at FOXSports.com have no patience. Therefore, let's recap what went down and point out the winners and losers from the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. -- Sid Saraf
WINNER: Carolina Panthers
The Panthers lost almost their entire receiving corps from 2013 this offseason and things were looking dim for quarterback Cam Newton. Who would he throw the ball to? Well, the organization did sign free agents such as Jason Avant and Jerricho Cotchery, but they finally got someone to build on when they took Kelvin Benjamin on Thursday. The tall (6-5) receiver has sure hands and can grow into a nice target for Newton. Things are looking up in Carolina.
LOSER: Running backs
Well, we can't say we're surprised by this. It speaks to the sad state of affairs when it would have been a shock if a running back had been selected in the first round on Thursday. Of course, none were and nobody batted an eye. So, Carlos Hyde (pictured), you'll have to wait. It's the second year in a row that running backs didn't make an appearance on the opening day. What has happened to a once glamorous position?
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WINNER: Buffalo Bills
Is this the year the Bills break out and become a playoff contender? The team already has an up-and-coming defense and bolstered their receiving corps this offseason by adding Mike Williams to Stevie Johnson, Robert Woods and Marquise Goodwin. On Thursday, they engineered a trade with the Browns to move up to the fourth pick. Once there, they stole the best receiver in the draft in Sammy Watkins right under the Raiders' nose. Quarterback EJ Manuel might need two footballs in 2014.
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LOSER: Timmy Jernigan
The big defensive tackle out of Florida State was a popular pick to go in the first round on many a mock draft. But then, reports came out this week that Jernigan failed a drug test at the NFL Scouting Combine and now he finds himself waiting until the second day. Are the two related? There's no way to know if that's exactly why he wasn't picked, but it sure didn't help.
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WINNER: Dominique Easley
This young man has quite a story. Easley would have easily been among the top picks if two ACL surgeries hadn't derailed his college career at Florida. However, those injury concerns scared experts, most of whom listed Easley as a third or fourth-round pick this year. Good thing the Patriots couldn't care less about experts' opinions. Bill Belichick and Co. went with their gut and grabbed the undeniably talented Easley with the 29th pick. Dream come true.
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LOSER: AFC West
The Chiefs already had a fierce defense as they feature such front-seven studs as Derrick Johnson, Tamba Hali, Justin Houston and Dontari Poe. Now, they added talented pass-rusher Dee Ford out of Auburn with their first round pick. Sure, Ford has some rough spots and isn't a finished product, but if you throw him into the mix with a group of proven players then the sky's the limit. It's going to be a headache to play quarterback (hint, hint, Peyton Manning) in that division if you have to face this group twice a season.
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WINNER: New Orleans Saints
Some people in Who Dat Nation groaned when they lost speedy running back Darren Sproles in free agency. Sigh, what to do? Oh, here's a thought: Why not trade up to the 20th pick and grab the Biletnikoff Award winner in Brandin Cooks? The youngster out of Oregon State has blinding speed and when you put him on that Superdome turf, expect the touchdowns to come in bunches. This is a home run selection for New Orleans.
LOSER: The fans in attendance
The TV ratings for the NFL Draft will be undoubtedly high. However, for those people actually in the audience at Radio City Music Hall who had to sit through almost four hours of hard-pickin' action, the night must have seemed like an eternity. What's worse, Jets fans didn't even get a reason to yell and scream with outrage this year. Gang Green actually did the right thing by taking safety Calvin Pryor. What is the world coming to?
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WINNER: St. Louis Rams
Will anyone want to run on the Rams now? St. Louis' front seven was already fierce, but they did have a tendency to get gashed up the middle with the run game on occasion. Well, no more. The Rams grabbed standout Pitt defensive tackle Aaron Donald with the 13th pick and added him to a group that already has Robert Quinn, Michael Brockers and Chris Long. Oh, they also got arguably the best offensive tackle in Greg Robinson with the second overall pick. This team could be in for great things in 2014.
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Yes, all of us. Jerry Jones trolled the entire country again heading into the draft, as the boisterous Cowboys owner sang the praises of Johnny Manziel and reportedly announced his intentions of taking the quarterback if he fell to the Cowboys at the 16th pick. Guess what? Manziel did fall and the entire nation (check Twitter if you need proof) held their collective breath and sat on pins and needles, expecting the world to collapse if Manziel's name was called. Alas, Big D had other ideas and went with Notre Dame tackle Zack Martin. Joke's on us.
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WINNER: Johnny Manziel
No, he's not a loser. Some might think he is because he fell all the way to the 22nd pick. But, things could have been much worse as he could have tumbled out of the first round altogether. So, while he did have a long wait, seemingly drank 40 bottles of water while waiting in the green room and didn't go as high as he wanted, Johnny Football did hear his name called on Thursday night. What's more, he's got a great shot of winning the starting job in the fall. Go, Johnny, go.