NFL draft: First round was a no-fly zone
NFL draft: First round was a no-fly zone

Seattle’s victory in Super Bowl XLVIII underscored how important it is to have a solid defense, and how a top-shelf defense generally trumps a phenomenal offense. That philosophy was reflected in the NFL draft Thursday as a record nine defensive backs were selected in the first round, two more than any other opening round. (Seven were taken in the first round in 1998, 2006 and 2013.) Defensive backs who heard their names called Thursday were Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert (Cleveland), Virginia Tech’s Kyle Fuller (Chicago), Louisville’s Calvin Pryor (New York Jets), Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Green Bay), Michigan State’s Darqueze Dennard...