Nick Saban appeared stunned that Alabama tackle James Carpenter, who was not in a single mock draft that I’d seen, was selected in the first round by Seattle.
This will be regarded as a huge reach to everyone but the Seahawks.
Kansas City, picking at No. 26 after Baltimore passed for reasons yet unexplained, selected Pittsburgh wide receiver wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin, giving the Raiders an angular second target to defend along with Dwayne Bowe.
Any chance the Raiders had of taking Jimmy Smith out of Colorado to guard either Bowe or Baldwin ended when Baltimore determined it was OK with the character risks of a top 10 talent and took him at No. 27.
Two words explain why Baltimore feels they can get Smith to toe the line: Ray Lewis. Two more: Ed Reed.
New England traded out of the No. 28 spot so New Orleans could take former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram of Alabama. The Patriots picked up a second round pick and a first round choice next year.