The first 32 picks are always unpredictable -- not an empty phrase, these picks are literally impossible to predict from top to bottom. (ESPN reportedly offered a cool $30 mil to anyone who could do it ... but you'd have a better chance of being next year's #1 pick.) That's what makes this one of the great weekends in all of sport.
17. New England Patriots: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
A loud "NO!!!" from a man sitting behind us wearing a Pats Adam Viniateri jersey. Apparently he wanted Ingram here. Though as Brennan says: "Nate Solder is the happiest man alive right now to protect Tom Brady. Castonzo falling is kind of a story though." Meanwhile, thoughts of grabbing a new backup QB for the Ram in the back of the draft percolate. Says Todd: "Feeley was brought in to run the West Coast. Might not look too good running McD's offense." No, but Kyle Orton might...
18. San Diego Chargers: DT Corey Liuget
Some appreciative claps for Liuget as his name is announced. Says Maurice: "There's been a few picks so far that aren't scheme fits..." At least Liuget has the ability to get to the quarterback, which makes him a usable player at 3-4 DE. However, says Brennan: "Not the nose tackle they were looking for."
19. New York Giants: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
Reaction to this pick was somewhat muted by a prodigious 9-run rally from down 4-1 to up 10-4 by the Cardinals baseball team, playing on most of the TVs that weren't hosting the draft. Lance Berkman is an animal. Meanwhile, the dwindling Amukamara-to-the-Rams contingent had one final moment on the soapbox to bemoan this pick.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
Lots of cheering for the Webster Groves kid who made it into the first round after suffering a lot of characterization as a guy who could fall. (Meanwhile, the SadCam tries desperately to find Da'Quan Bowers.) We know one thing for sure: @ottoman89 just became a Bucs fan. Says our friend @Bucco40, "Everyone should be a Bucs fan!"