This was the first N.F.L. draft held in a stadium. Roughly two-thirds of the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium was cordoned off and left vacant, while thousands poured into the remaining section, from the chairs set up on the floor abutting the stage to the top concourse. If that atmosphere seemed strange, the boos that accompanied Commissioner Roger Goodell every time he walked onstage to announce a pick provided a reassuringly familiar soundtrack.
A much different reception greeted the Steelers’ 28th pick, which was announced by Ryan Shazier, the Steelers linebacker who sustained a gruesome spinal injury during a game in December. Accompanied by his fiancée, he walked to the podium with a pronounced limp.
After the Broncos took Chubb at No. 5, Indianapolis selected Quenton Nelson, a guard from Notre Dame, who Colts fans hope will help protect quarterback Andrew Luck, who is still working his way back from a shoulder injury.
The Bills’ selection of…