NEW YORK -- The fastest first round in the modern NFL draft era is in the books after 3 hours. Twenty players who started in the green room to begin the night found a home, while six more will have a sleepless night.
It was a wild, trade-filled night with almost too many storylines to keep track of. We'll try anyhow.
Here were the biggest surprises from Thursday night. These are the moments we'll remember years from now.
The Cowboys' stealth pursuit of Claiborne pays off
No one saw the Dallas Cowboys' trade up for LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne coming, not even Claiborne himself. He told NFL.com he was "shocked" when the Cowboys traded up for him because they didn't speak to him once during the pre-draft process. He also was emotional, crying because so many members of his family are Cowboys fans. Jerry Jones made his splash move.
New England Patriots fans have been begging for pass rush and front seven help for years. They finally got their wish.
LSU's Michael Brockers told NFL.com his beard has special powers. After seeing it up close, we don't doubt it. We'll have more on this important story Friday in ATL.
49ers' surprise first-rounder
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke said weeks ago that he had a specific player he knew he would draft with the No. 30 pick. It sounded ridiculous, but he wasn't kidding. Baalke knew there was no way anyone else was considering Illinois wide receiver A.J. Jenkins in the first round. No way.