Both Cincinnati and San Francisco laid the groundwork for their future with their quarterback choices and Tampa Bay ended the frustration of Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers by choosing the once highly touted defensive end with the 51st overall pick.
The second and third rounds of the draft took place Friday shortly after the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed to let the NFL resume its lockout of players. League owners had asked for a temporary stay of a district court judge's order to lift the lockout.
The fact that the NFL was conducting its draft as usual was reason enough for one appeals court judge to write a dissenting opinion that said the league's request for an emergency stay should not have been granted because there was no emergency.
The Cincinnati Bengals have faced something of an emergency during the off-season because quarterback Carson Palmer has demanded a trade.
Against that background, the Bengals drafted Dalton -- who led TCU to an unbeaten season last year and a victory in the Rose Bowl over Wisconsin.
San Francisco then traded the 45th, 108th and 141st choices in this year's draft to Denver to move up and choose Kaepernick, who became the first quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 in three straight seasons.
Bowers was originally expected to be a high draft pick, but after knee surgery his stock fell. He was finally chosen by the Buccaneers more than midway through the second round.
Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams became the second running back taken in the draft when Arizona chose him with the 38th pick. Alabama's Mark Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner, was the only running back selected in the first round. He went to New Orleans with the 26th pick.
The final four rounds of the draft will be conducted Saturday.