After a nearly three hours, a draft that started with the prospect of multiple megadeals managed to produce very few. Instead, the majority of the NFL stood pat, often resulting in understandable selections, albeit without the excitement of past drafts.
The top of the draft went more-or-less according to plan. Jameis Winston came off the board with the top pick and Marcus Mariota, after a failed but valiant effort by the Philadelphia Eagles, went No. 2 to the Tennessee Titans. The only moderate surprise of the top 10 was the New York Giants' selection of Miami offensive lineman Ereck Flowers.
The first trade of the night happened in the middle of the round. The San Francisco 49ers, having missed out on DeVante Parker, dropped back two spots in order to get the next highest rated player on their board, Arik Armstead. The San Diego Chargers, San Francisco's partner in the swap, secured Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon in the process.
The two most peculiar picks occurred late in the round. First, the Denver Broncos traded up to No. 23 to select Missouri defensive end Shane Ray. Some analysts considered Ray a top 10 talent in his draft class, but a citation for marijuana possession from earlier in the week pushed him further down the board. Seven picks later, the Green Bay Packers took Arizona State safety Damarious Randall with the apparent intention of converting him to cornerback.
Heading into Day 2, the biggest storylines focus on several talented-but-risky prospects. At the top of that list is LSU's La'el Collins, the versatile offensive lineman currently being questioned by police in connection to a shooting death of a former girlfriend (though he is not a suspect). Nebraska's Randy Gregory possesses some of the best edge rush ability in the draft, but his slender figure (6'5", 235 pounds) and positive test for marijuana at the combine have teams concerned.
Day 2 of the 2015 NFL Draft begins at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN and NFL Network. Acme Packing Company will continue to provide Packers draft coverage all weekend.