NEW YORK -- Short on glam, slim on glitter, the NFL draft was still nothing less than a rock solid B-plus. As in Big, as in Brawn, as in Bulk, as in Beefy.

We're talking a scale-busting 600 pounds at the outset Thursday night with offensive tackles Eric Fisher of Central Michigan and Luke Joeckel of Texas A&M.

The first seven picks were all linemen: four on offense, three on defense. No Andrew Lucks or Robert Griffin III at the top of this crop.

"That's a lot of love for the big boys up front, which we usually don't get," Fisher said.

Unlike the last few years when bumper crops of quarterbacks reigned, this was pure muscle, and lots of it.

Not a single QB was selected until Florida State's EJ Manuel went to Buffalo at No. 16 -- the lowest since 2000, when Chad Pennington went 18th to the New York Jets.

Fisher became the first Mid-American Conference player selected at the top when Kansas City's new regime led by coach Andy Reid.

"This is so surreal," Fisher said. "I can't process what's going on right now."

Fisher was followed by Joeckel going to Jacksonville, Oregon defensive end Dion Jordan to Miami, which traded up with the Raiders, and Oklahoma tackle Lane Johnson to Philadelphia.

The procession of linemen continued with BYU defensive end Ziggy Ansah going to Detroit; LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo to Cleveland; and North Carolina guard Jonathan Cooper to Arizona.

Fisher was only the third offensive tackle picked No. 1, joining Orlando Pace (1997, St. Louis) and Jake Long (2008, Miami) since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.

"What you're getting is a very athletic player, a great kid, smart kid, engineering major," Reid said of Fisher.

Miami, envisioning Jordan as the next Jason Taylor, sent its first-rounder (12th overall) and this year's second-rounder to Oakland. Then new Eagles coach Chip Kelly got a road-grader for his uptempo offense in Johnson.

"Tackle is not a very sexy position," Johnson said. "But it's a position of dire need."

The next big trade saw the Rams move up eight spots to No. 8 -- and send four picks to Buffalo to do so. St. Louis ended the pursuit of heft by grabbing West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin, who at 5-foot-8, 174 pounds, could probably fit in the hip pocket of any of the guys picked ahead of him.

The Jets may have found a replacement for cornerback Darrelle Revis -- traded to Tampa Bay -- when they picked Alabama's Dee Milliner. That was the first of three straight selections from two-time national champion Alabama: Tennessee took guard Chance Warmack and San Diego got offensive tackle D.J. Fluker.

Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, who had a heart scare at the NFL combine but then checked out fine, went 14th to Carolina, followed by Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro to New Orleans.

Then came Manuel, though many analysts pegged West Virginia's Geno Smith as the top quarterback.

  • Manti Te'o must wait one more day to find out his future after a tumultuous four months.

    The Notre Dame linebacker was not taken in the first round of the NFL draft. And so fans -- and even people who don't normally care about football -- will buzz for another 24 hours about the fake girlfriend hoax and its repercussions on his football career.

    But what likely dropped Te'o to the second round had little to do with the tabloid-ready story of the woman who supposedly died during the season, only for the Heisman Trophy runner-up to acknowledge in January that he had been a victim of a hoax. Before those revelations, Te'o struggled in the national championship game, then he ran a 4.82-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine, considered slow for a linebacker.