Monday, April 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Day 2 of the NFL draft

NFC South

Panthers

Carolina improved its pass rush and run defense in the first round with the selection of Utah tackle Star Lotulelei (No. 14). It opted for more of the same by taking Kawann Short (above), a defensive tackle from Purdue, in the second round (No. 44). The Panthers did not have a third-round pick.

Saints

New Orleans took Texas S Kenny Vaccaro (No. 15) on Thursday. It didn't have a second-round pick because of the bounty scandal. In Round 3, (No. 75), it took left tackle Terron Armstead (above) of Arkansas-Pine Bluff who is expected to start. It then acquired the No. 82 pick from Miami and took Georgia defensive tackle Johnathan Jenkins.

Falcons

Atlanta continued to concentrate on pass defense. After selecting Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant in the first round (No. 22), it chose Southeast Louisiana cornerback Robert Alford in the second (No. 60). It did not have a third-round pick.

Te'o becomes a Charger

Perhaps the biggest name to fall out of the first round Thursday was Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, as famous for his role in a hoax as playing football. Te'o didn't have to wait too long Friday, with San Diego selecting him with the sixth pick in the third round (No. 38 overall). Te'o won last season's Butkus Award as the nation's best linebacker, but his stock fell after a bad outing against Alabama in the national championship game and a slow 40-yard time at the combine. When former Chargers defensive back Jim Hill was handed the card to make the announcement by commissioner Roger Goodell, he was told, "You're going to get a big cheer when you announce this pick." It was more a mix of surprise and recognition of one of the most talked-about players in the draft. The Chargers traded up with the Cardinals to grab Te'o, whose tabloid-ready story of a girlfriend who died during the season — only for the Heisman Trophy runner­up to say in January he had been a victim of a hoax — made for a national soap opera.

Was EJ Manuel a reach?

Along with the snubs of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, the chatter after the first round focused on the Bills making Florida State's EJ Manuel (left) the first and only quarterback taken (at No. 16). Some analysts had Smith and USC's Matt Barkley rated ahead of Manuel. But Buffalo GM Buddy Nix stood by his pick. "If we can develop this guy, he has the talent to take you to the dance," Nix said. "This guy was further along than most of (the other quarterbacks) as far as his knowledge of the game." Manuel revealed in a radio interview Friday he was momentarily confused when the NFL mistakenly called his Radio City Music Hall hot line phone when the No. 3 pick was announced. Turns out it was looking for Dion Jordan, who had just been selected by Miami. One thing Manuel has going for him in Buffalo: His god­father is former Bills great and Hall of Famer Bruce Smith.

More QB drama with the Jets

The Jets' quarterback drama apparently won't go away with the expected release of Tim Tebow. After falling through the first round Thursday, West Virginia's Geno Smith (above) was taken by the Jets at No. 39. He's the likely replacement for Mark Sanchez, the fifth overall pick in 2009 who has struggled mightily over the past two seasons. Smith could immediately compete for the starting job with Sanchez, who is owed $8.25 million in guaranteed money this season. The Jets' other quarterbacks on the roster: David Garrard, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms.

State players selected Friday

Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International, No. 33, Jaguars The first pick of the second round is projected to start opposite Dwight Lowery. He replaces Dawan Landry, who signed with the Jets. Cyprien started 45 games in four seasons.

Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State, No. 40, 49ers The 6-foot-4, 276-pounder, nicknamed "Tank," helps fill the voids left by tackles Isaac Sopoaga (Eagles) and Ricky Jean Francois (Colts).

Menelik Watson, T, Florida State, No. 42, Raiders He grew up in England playing soccer and basketball while also boxing. He played one season of basketball at Marist before taking up football at Saddleback (Calif.) Junior College. He played one season with the Seminoles and is considered raw.

Jon Bostic, LB, Florida, No. 50, Bears Chicago seeks to replace four-time All-Pro Brian Urlacher, who was not re-signed. As a senior with a reputation for speed, Bostic made 67 tackles and 6½ sacks. He will compete with former Broncos middle linebacker D.J. Williams for the starting job.

Jordan Reed, TE, Florida, No. 85, Redskins He started out as a quarterback with the Gators but was moved to tight end in 2011. Last year he led the Gators in receiving with 45 catches for 559 yards.

Kayvon Webster, CB, USF, No. 90, Broncos The Bulls got on the board for the first time since having three players drafted in 2011. As a senior, Webster had 82 tackles (four for loss), two sacks, six pass breakups and three forced fumbles.

Draft-day deals

Round 2

No. 34 pick: San Francisco sends it to Tennessee for Nos. 40 (Round 2) and 216 (Round 7) and a 2014 third-round pick. The Titans take Tennessee receiver Justin Hunter.

No. 38 pick: Arizona sends it to San Diego for Nos. 45 (Round 2) and 110 (Round 4). The Chargers take Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.

No. 55 pick: Green Bay sends it to San Francisco for Nos. 61 (Round 2) and 174 (Round 6). The 49ers take Rice tight end Vance McDonald.

No. 56 pick: Seattle sends it to Baltimore for Nos. 60 (Round 2), 165 (Round 5) and 199 (Round 6). The Ravens take Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown.

Round 3

No. 82 pick: Miami sends it to New Orleans for Nos. 106 (Round 4) and 109 (Round 4). The Saints take Georgia defensive tackle Johnathan Jenkins.

No. 88 pick: Green Bay sends it to San Francisco for Nos. 93 (Round 3) and 216 (Round 7). The 49ers take Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier.

No. 93 pick: Green Bay sends it to Miami for Nos. 109 (Round 4), 146 (Round 5) and 224 (Round 7). The Dolphins take Utah defensive back Will Davis.

Finally

After no running backs went in the first round for the first time in 50 years, one got called early in the second — but not the one expected. With Alabama's Eddie Lacy and Wisconsin's Montee Ball available, the Bengals took North Carolina's Giovani Bernard at No. 37. Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell went 11 picks later to the Steelers. Ball (who holds the I-A record with 83 rushing touchdowns) fell to the Broncos at No. 58. Lacy, considered by many the top running back in the draft, went to Green Bay with the next-to-last pick of the second round (No. 61).

'Honey Badger' gets a shot

LSU's Tyrann Mathieu, aka "Honey Badger," one of the draft's most controversial players, went to Arizona in the third round. Once considered a Heisman front-runner, Mathieu didn't play last season after being kicked off the team for failing multiple drug tests. A close friend of Cardinals Pro Bowl cornerback Patrick Peterson, Mathieu spent the past few months trying to rehabilitate his image after being arrested in October with three former teammates for marijuana possession. "I was filled with joy," Mathieu said after his selection. "It's been a long road. I'm ready to play football."

Quick hits

• The Rams' two first-round picks, receiver Tavon Austin and linebacker Alec Ogletree — got the star treatment Friday, arriving at the team complex in Rolls-Royces before a news conference capped by applause from team employees.

• LSU linebacker Kevin Minter on a phone call after Arizona took him in the second round: "They asked me if I was ready to come to Arizona to bust some heads. I told them, 'Yes.' "

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