When the NFL draft resumed Friday, teams concentrated on top prospects who fell out of the first round.
NEW YORK — When the NFL draft resumed Friday, teams concentrated on top prospects who fell out of the first round.
Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams waited in a side room at Radio City Music Hall for 37 picks. Arizona finally called his name at the sixth spot in the second round.
“When I went to visit, they told me I would not slip past pick No. 38,” Williams said, his eyes still wet. “And I respect them 100 percent.
Two high-profile quarterbacks preceded Williams to the stage.
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Cincinnati selected Texas Christian quarterback Andy Dalton at No. 35. The Bengals’ incumbent, Carson Palmer, has demanded a trade, and the addition of Dalton could pave the way for Palmer’s exit.
“We spent a lot of time on this, no question,” Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said. “It’s a big, important, important pick, important piece.”
San Francisco traded up with Denver to get the next spot and select the next QB: Colin Kaepernick of Nevada.
Clemson sack master Da’Quan Bowers, at one point considered a top-five pick before undergoing right knee surgery, fell to Tampa Bay at 51st overall.
“The last 24 hours have been crazy long,” said Bowers, who assured the Buccaneers his knee was fine. “It’s been grueling just waiting for that one phone call.”
Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, projected by some to go in the opening round, instead was chosen 10th in the third round by New England, where he can serve an apprenticeship under Tom Brady.