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Jarius Wright makes the most of his first NFL opportunity

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With Vikings receiver Percy Harvin nursing an ankle that he says was sprained in three places, it was foolish to think the Vikings would be able to plug in another slot receiver and expect him to do what Harvin does as well as any slot receiver.

Someone forgot to tell Jarius Wright how foolish that thought was.

Wright made an immediate splash for Minnesota, catching a 54-yard pass and then a three-yard touchdown on the team’s first scoring drive of the game.  Wright’s first career reception was the second longest first career reception in team history, second only to Adrian Peterson’s 60-yard catch-and-run for a score in his 2007 debut against the Falcons.

Wright finished with three receptions for a team-high 65 yards.

After the game, Wright told PFT that he knew his chance was likely coming from the day Harvin was injured.  By Wednesday, Wright knew that he’d definitely dress on Sunday, the first NFL regular-season appearance for the rookie fourth-round pick from Arkansas.

Asked what advice he received from Harvin as Wright prepared for his debut, Wright said, “Percy gives me advice every day.”  Wright said that the best guidance he has received from the 2009 NFL offensive rookie of the year is a “play every play like it’s your last.”

Wright hopes he’s done enough to continue to play once Harvin is healthy.  And while Wright had said he’s ready for playing in an NFL venue because he has played in much larger and louder college stadiums, his first taste of pro football showed him that it’s just as loud at the next level.

“This Metrodome really rocks,” Wright said.

If the Vikings can emerge with their upcoming Soldier Field/Lambeau Field road trip with at least a split, the Metrodome will be rocking like never before when the Bears come to town on December 9.

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Lions take Taylor Decker with 16th pick

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A run on offensive tackles is continuing in the NFL draft, with the Lions selecting Taylor Decker from Ohio State.

The Lions turned in their card almost immediately after they were on the clock, suggesting that Decker was very high on their draft board. It’s easy to see why: Decker is NFL-ready and can play either right tackle or left tackle on a team that needs help protecting Matthew Stafford.

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has called Decker one of the best players he’s coached, comparing him to brothers Mike Pouncey and Maurkice Pouncey (whom Meyer coached at Florida) in terms of their ability to translate college success to the next level.

It’s been a big night for Ohio State, who also had Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott and Eli Apple in the first half of the first round. The Buckeyes are sending plenty of talent to the NFL.

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Browns hold onto No. 15, pick Corey Coleman

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The Browns traded from No. 2 to No. 8 before the draft started and they moved down to No. 15 while they were on the clock Thursday night, but they’ve decided to stop stockpiling future picks and use one.

Wide receiver Corey Coleman was the pick as the Browns go back to the Baylor wideout well while waiting for Josh Gordon’s possible reinstatement from his substance abuse suspension. If Gordon does return and things break Robert Griffin III’s way at quarterback, Baylor will be well represented in Cleveland.

Coleman is coming off a very productive year that saw him catch 76 passes for a Big 12-leading 1,363 yards and an FBS-best 20 touchdowns. That made him the choice as the winner of the Fred Biletnikoff Award as the best collegiate receiver and helped him become the first receiver off the board on Thursday night.

He isn’t the tallest receiver, but has a lot of speed off the line and can make plays after the catch. The Browns’ cupboard at wideout isn’t well stocked, which should leave plenty of work for Coleman as a rookie if Hue Jackson thinks he can handle the load early on.

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Raiders grab West Virginia safety Karl Joseph with 14th pick

MORGANTOWN, WV - SEPTEMBER 29:  Karl Joseph #8 of the West Virginia Mountaineers pumps up the crowd against the Baylor Bears during the game on September 29, 2012 at Mountaineer Field in Morgantown, West Virginia.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) Getty Images

With the retirement of Charles Woodson, the Oakland Raiders were in need of some additional help in the secondary. They found it in West Virginia safety Karl Joseph, selecting him with the 14th pick in the draft.

Joseph will join Nate Allen and Reggie Nelson in the back of the Raiders defense.

Allen appeared in just three games last season and Nelson is a 10-year veteran. At 5-10, 205, Joseph will likely assume a free safety role with the Raiders.

The addition of Joseph infuses some youth into Oakland’s secondary to pair with a front-seven that included Khalil Mack and Bruce Irvin as pass rushers.

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Dolphins stop Laremy Tunsil’s slide

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01:  Laremy Tunsil #78 of the Mississippi Rebels scores runs in a touchdown during the second quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Getty Images

Not long after ESPN’s Adam Schefter offered up the hyperbolic notion that tackle Laremy Tunsil was on the La’El Collins track, Tunsil has a home.

The Dolphins have made Tunsil the 13th overall pick in the draft.

Tunsil’s slide has been fueled by the late release, via apparent hacking of his Twitter account, of a video that seemed to show Tunsil smoking marijuana with a bong and a gas mask.

In an interview with ESPN’s Suzy Kolbe, Tunsil declined to say whether he’s the person seen in the video. He reiterated that his account was hacked.

Tunis becomes the eventual replacement for Branden Albert at left tackle, and Tunsil is, from an intensity standpoint, possibly the exact opposite of the tackle the Dolphins picked in the second round two years ago, in Jonathan Martin.

Time will tell whether the No. 13 pick ends up being a lucky one for Miami. It caps what has been an unlucky night for Tunsil.

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With the 12th pick, the Saints take Sheldon Rankins

The Saints need all the help they can get on defense.

They took a big step toward fixing that with the 12th pick, taking Louisville defensive tackle Sheldon Rankins.

Rankins could provide immediate pass-rush help from inside for the Saints, who were unable to make opposing quarterbacks hurry at all last year.

The Saints also signed Nick Fairley in free agency, giving them options up the middle, and perhaps the opportunity to be something other than dreadful against the pass.

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Ohio State doesn’t become first school with three top-10 picks

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The good news for Ohio State is that three former Buckeyes have made it to the top 10 of the draft. The good news for the rest of the Big 10 is that these guys are all gone.

Joining Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa (No. 3) and Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliot (No. 4) is cornerback Eli Apple, who went to the Giants at No. 10.

According to ESPN’s Chris Berman, it’s the first time any school has placed a trio of players in the first 10 selections, an amazing development considering the number of dominant college football programs over the years.

More Buckeyes could be coming in round one and beyond. For now, the folks in Columbus can take pride in the fact that their school has accomplished something no one else has.

UPDATE 9:43 p.m. ET: Well, that’s what I get for listening to Berman. Apparently, Oklahoma has done it before. Regardless, Ohio State did it tonight.

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Bucs add hometown cornerback Hargreaves at No. 11

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The Buccaneers used the No. 11 pick in the NFL Draft to select cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.

Going defense makes sense for the Buccaneers, who last year got their quarterback in Jameis Winston and three other starters from the draft. Hargreaves will immediately see action for a defense tasked with slowing NFC South quarterbacks Cam Newton, Drew Brees and Matt Ryan.

Hargreaves, who’s from Tampa, was an early entry to the draft after three years at Florida.

The Bears and Buccaneers swapped picks in the second on-clock trade of the first round. The Bears gave up a fourth-round pick to jump in front of the Giants and select pass rusher Leonard Floyd.

The Giants took cornerback Eli Apple at No. 10.

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Eli Apple makes the Top 10, heads to Giants

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Good news for Eli Apple: There are some great restaurants in New York, and he’s now a Giant.

Apple, who was the subject of the most ridiculous pre-draft discussion of the week when an anonymous scout criticized his alleged inability to cook, was selected by the Giants with the 10th overall pick in the draft.

Put aside the silliness of cooking, and Apple is a very good cornerback from Ohio State who should make an immediate impact on the Giants’ defense. At 6-foot-1 and 199 pounds, Apple has good size for a cornerback, and is viewed as ready to play in the NFL right now.

Now Apple, who grew up in South Jersey, heads to the Big Apple.

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Bears trade to No. 9, take Leonard Floyd

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The Bears had the 11th pick in the draft, but it seems they were worried about the Giants taking the player they wanted.

Chicago made a trade with the Buccaneers to move up to the ninth pick of the first round and selected Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd. The Bears gave up No. 11 and No. 106 to move up to Tampa Bay’s spot.

Floyd’s star was on the rise in the weeks leading up to the draft. He was always projected to be a first-round pick, but made his way from the second half of projections into the top as the big day drew closer. Floyd showed a lot of versatility while in Georgia and there has been talk about him playing at either inside or outside linebacker in the NFL.

The Bears could use playmakers all over their defense and Floyd gives the a piece who defensive coordinator Vic Fangio can use to build a more threatening unit in his second season with the team.

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Browns stockpiling picks, this year and next

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2016, file photo, Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown addresses the media during a news conference in Berea, Ohio. The Browns are not in any rush to make a decision on quarterback Johnny Manziel’s future. Sashi Brown, the team’s newly appointed vice president of football operations, said Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016,  the team is “not in any panic to make any decision one way or another on him.”  (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File) AP

The Browns and Titans keep making trades.

The Titans have actually made a draft pick. The Browns keep loading up on picks and will be very busy later.

In the trade that allowed the Titans to move up from No. 15 and select Jack Conklin at No. 8, the Browns got a third-round pick (No. 76) in this year’s draft and a second-round pick in 2017.

That means the Browns currently hold five picks between Nos. 15-77 in this year’s draft, two first-round picks in 2017 (theirs and the one the Eagles sent to move up for Carson Wentz) and two second-round picks in 2017. They previously added an extra 2018 second-round pick from the Eagles.

The Browns have lots of needs, and under new football honcho Sashi Brown and coach Hue Jackson they now have a lot of picks to address them.

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Titans trade up to grab Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 31:  Offensive tackle Jack Conklin #74 of the Michigan State Spartans looks on before taking on the Alabama Crimson Tide during the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Tennessee Titans acquired the No. 8 overall pick in a trade with the Cleveland Browns in order to grab Michigan State tackle Jack Conklin.

The Titans needed help on the offensive line to protect last year’s first round selection Marcus Mariota. But instead of selecting Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil – who continued to slide after a bong hit video was posted on his Twitter account Thursday before the draft – the Titans elected to go with Conklin.

Tennessee has done a fantastic job early in the draft. By moving out of the No. 1 overall pick, the Titans grabbed a haul of draft picks from the Los Angeles Rams. Despite initially moving back, they found a partner willing to deal in the Browns to allow them to still get the immediate help on the offensive line they desperately needed.

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Agent: Laremy Tunsil’s account was hacked

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01:  Laremy Tunsil #78 of the Mississippi Rebels scores runs in a touchdown during the second quarter against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the Allstate Sugar Bowl at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) Getty Images

One of the big stories of the first hour of the draft is about Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil, a player who hasn’t been picked after a video of him taking a bong hit while wearing a gas mask was posted to his Twitter account just before the draft.

Tunsil’s agent has confirmed that Tunsil is in the video and says that the video was posted to the account by someone other than Tunsil.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media said on the draft broadcast that Tunsil’s agent has been calling teams in an attempt to reassure them about his client. Tackles Ronnie Stanley and Jack Conklin are both off the board while Tunsil waits to hear his name called, however.

UPDATE 9:34 p.m. ET: There was previously a reference in this post to a tweet from Tunsil’s account, but it was a fake account.

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49ers take DeForest Buckner at No. 7

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With plenty of needs on both sides of the ball, a former Oregon coach has drafted a player he once recruited.

Defensive lineman DeForest Buckner has been drafted by the 49ers and coach Chip Kelly.

Buckner started as a true freshman in 2012, Kelly’s last year in Oregon. Now, Buckner will play for Kelly during Buckner’s first year in the NFL — and Kelly’s first year with the 49ers.

It’s the second straight year the 49ers drafted an Oregon defensive lineman in round one.

The 49ers need help on the defensive line given the 2015 retirement of Justin Smith and the decision last year to part ways with Aldon Smith.

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Eagles say they aren’t trading Sam Bradford

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Carson Wentz is officially a member of the Eagles and executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman says that Sam Bradford’s going to remain one as well.

Bradford would like to be traded as a result of the team’s decision move up to the No. 2 pick and select Wentz, but Roseman said in a press conference after the pick that Bradford is “our quarterback.” That has been the team’s position since making the trade with the Browns and Roseman wouldn’t say whether the team has had any talks about trading Bradford.

Bradford hasn’t been taking part in offseason work with the team since the deal. Coach Doug Pederson said that they’ll welcome him back with “open arms,” although it remains to be seen when that return might come.

Until he does, it’s probably safe to assume that we’ll hear more about a potential change of address and more of the Eagles saying that Bradford will be staying in Philadelphia while Wentz gets his feet wet as a backup.

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With the sixth overall pick, the Ravens select Ronnie Stanley

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 08:  Offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley #78 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on November 8, 2014 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Fighting Irish 55-31.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Ravens might be shopping their left tackle now, since they just chose another one.

With the sixth overall pick, Baltimore took Notre Dame left tackle Ronnie Stanley.

He’ll likely replace Eugene Monroe, who was rumored to be on the trade block prior to the draft. Now with a like-for-like replacement, it’ll be easier.

Stanley was viewed by some as a safer tackle prospect than Laremy Tunsil anyway, and that’s before a bizarre video turned up on Tunsil’s since-deleted Twitter account.

The Ravens have been known to take chances on players with off-field issues in the past, but this time, Stanley’s clean record might have broken what may or may not have been a close decision.

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