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Lions head winners from first day

Winners
Detroit Lions: Matt Millen is having his best offseason. He paid big money in free agency for guard Damien Woody and cornerback Fernando Bryant. He maneuvered in the draft aggressively, filling out the offense with wide receiver Roy Williams and halfback Kevin Jones.

Atlanta Falcons: Things broke right for the Falcons. Owner Arthur Blank hoped to get Roy Williams in the first round, but he ended up getting much, much more. DeAngelo Hall is the potential shutdown cornerback the Falcons needed for new coach Jim Mora Jr. The big move was trading up in the lower part of the first round for wide receiver Michael Jenkins. Jenkins and Peerless Price give Michael Vick adequate weapons. Warrick Dunn and T.J. Duckett give them a great running attack. And they got a good young quarterback to groom in Matt Schaub.

Jacksonville Jaguars: Credit general manager James Harris in trying to do the right thing for his quarterback, Bryon Leftwich. Last year, Leftwich moved into the starting lineup when Dedric Ward and J.J. Stokes were the starting wide receivers. Both were eventually cut and ended up at the back of the Patriots' bench. Reggie Williams would be a top-10 choice in a normal year, and Greg Jones is a great backup to Fred Taylor. Now Leftwich has Jimmy Smith, Kevin Johnson, Troy Edwards and Williams as receivers. Still, you wonder if Smith might be on the trade block in the next year.

Pittsburgh Steelers: The Steelers weren't wrong when they drafted Plaxico Burress over Chad Pennington a few years ago because they were fighting the Super Bowl fight and not worried about the future. Today they were able to get the quarterback of the future, Ben Roethlisberger, and they were able to fill some needs -- cornerback Ricardo Colclough and tackle Max Starks. That's solid.

Minnesota Vikings: The Vikings are loading up on the defensive line. Adding Kenechi Udeze to the defensive line gives the Vikings one of the better young front fours in the game. Isn't that what the Carolina Panthers did in building to a Super Bowl run? Linebacker Dontarrious Thomas helps a thin linebacking corps that was down to six players with the pending retirement of Greg Biekert.

Losers
Cleveland Browns: Don't misunderstand, getting tight end Kellen Winslow is a great acquisition. He might be the one of the two best players in the draft. But the Browns don't have the luxury to trade away a second-round pick to move up one spot to take him. Their offensive line is thin, as is their secondary. All they seem to do is churn linebackers with new starters year after year. To come out of this draft with only two first-day picks -- Winslow and safety Sean Jones -- is not enough.

Dallas Cowboys: What, does Jerry Jones think that Bill Parcells is worrying about the 2005 team? Apparently, he does. He traded for Drew Henson, his quarterback of the future. He gave away the chance to take Steven Jackson by trading back for the gain of a 2005 first-rounder. Joe Gibbs is working on a two-year plan in Washington. This is Year 2 for Parcells. Julius Jones better be as good as Jackson or Year 3 might not be in Parcells' plans.

Kansas City Chiefs: Last year, Dick Vermeil wanted a pass-rusher and he got a halfback, Larry Johnson, who was no more than a third-stringer for him. This year, Vermeil wanted a wide receiver from one of the greatest receiver drafts in history. He got a defensive tackle, Junior Siavii and tight end Kris Wilson. Eddie Kennison and Johnnie Morton aren't getting any younger now.

John Clayton is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.