Friday, February 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFL draft: Second- and third-round news and notes

One in. One out?

Browns general manager Tom Heckert said Friday the team is considering trading quarterback Colt McCoy after using its second first-round pick on Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden.

"It's something we'll talk about tonight and tomorrow," Heckert told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Heckert said the Browns selected Weeden to be a starter. It's also worth noting that Weeden is 28 years old, mid-career age after pursuing a baseball career.

"I wasn't concerned about his age," Browns coach Pat Shurmur said. "I was impressed with his maturity and production on tape. We became very fond of him."

Shurmur told ESPN he spoke to McCoy on Friday afternoon and he is "doing fine. … He gets it. We're all grownups."

Not stupid. Just indifferent

Cornerback Morris Claiborne, long considered among the Bucs' potential top choices before the draft, told the Dallas media Friday he basically blew off the Wonderlic test at the combine, and that resulted in him scoring 4 out of 50. "I looked on the test, and wasn't nothing on the test that came with football," said Claiborne, taken sixth overall by the Cowboys Thursday. "So I pretty much blew the test off." Scores on the intelligence test, which are given to all prospects, are supposed to be kept confidential but are occasionally leaked despite warnings by commissioner Roger Goodell of "significant discipline." Asked if he regretted not taking the test seriously, Claiborne said, "If I knew there was going to be this much heat about it, yeah."

Delayed gratification

Rutgers receiver Mohamed Sanu became a Bengal … eventually.

Sanu got a call Thursday from someone claiming to be with the Bengals, saying they were about to take him at No. 27. Instead, commissioner Roger Goodell called out the name of Wisconsin guard Kevin Zeitler.

Turns out, the team was right but the round wrong. The Bengals took Sanu in the third round. This time, it really was receivers coach James Urban calling.

"I said, 'You want to be a Bengal — this time, for real?' " Urban said.

Sanu let bygones be bygones.

"My agent said it was some kid playing a prank," he said. "The kid said he was very sorry, he didn't mean anything by it. (Later), once I saw that (incoming) number, I was like, 'I'm going to be a Bengal!' I'm hysterically laughing about it right now."

Who's laughing?

We like to make fun of the draft, considered sport's most overhyped nonevent. But there's little question it draws TV viewers.

ESPN averaged 6.661 million viewers for Thursday's first round for a rating of 5.1, according to the fast national ratings, which measure the biggest markets. That makes it the second-most-viewed since viewership numbers started being kept in 1983 — the 2010 first round averaged 7.2 million viewers — and up 16 percent from last year's 3.8.

Thursday's telecast peaked with a 5.8 between 8:30 and 9 p.m., meaning 5.8 percent of U.S. households with TVs were tuned in.

NFC South

Carolina

Round 2 (40): The Panthers, who took Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly in the first round, bolstered their offensive side by selecting Amini Silatolu (sill-uh-TOE-lou) of Midwestern State, a Division II school in Wichita Falls, Texas, that competes in the Lone Star Conference. Silatolu played tackle in college but at 311 pounds is projected as a guard in the NFL. He is a potential replacement for longtime starter Travelle Wharton, who was released in a salary cap move.

Round 3: Traded pick to the Bears for tight end Greg Olsen before last season.

New Orleans

Round 2: It was stripped of the pick by the NFL as part of its bounty program.

Round 3 (89): After trading down seven spots with the Ravens and picking up an extra fifth-round pick, the Saints selected Akiem Hicks, a defensive tackle from the University of Regina in Canada. Had 61/2 sacks last season but is considered to be a project.

Atlanta

Round 2 (55): The Falcons, who didn't have a first-round pick, beefed up their offensive line by taking Wisconsin's Peter Konz (6 feet 5, 314 pounds). A center in college, Konz is likely to play guard (at least initially) for Atlanta.

Round 3 (91): Atlanta went back to the offensive line, selecting Lamar Holmes, a tackle from Southern Miss. Holmes is huge (6-5, 323 pounds), strong and improved consistently throughout his college career.

Transactions

ROUND 2

Jets: Traded picks in the second (No. 47 overall), fifth (No. 154) and seventh (No. 232) rounds to the Seahawks for the No. 43 pick; took Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill. Bears: Traded picks in the second (No. 50) and fifth (No. 150) rounds to the Rams for the No. 45 pick; took South Carolina receiver Alshon Jeffery. Packers: Traded picks in the second (No. 59) and fourth (No. 123) rounds to the Eagles for the No. 51 pick; took Michigan State defensive tackle Jerel Worthy. Bucs: Traded picks in the third (No. 68) and fourth (No. 126) rounds to the Texans for the No. 58 pick and a seventh-round pick (No. 233); took Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David. Packers: Traded picks in the third (No. 90) and fifth (No. 163) rounds to the Patriots for the No. 62 pick; took Vanderbilt cornerback Casey Hayward.

ROUND 3

Bills: Traded picks in the third (No. 71) and seventh (No. 217) rounds to the Redskins for the No. 69 pick; took N.C. State receiver T.J. Graham. Chargers: Traded picks in the third (No. 78) and sixth (No. 183) rounds to the Dolphins for the No. 73 pick; took LSU safety Brandon Taylor. Ravens: Traded picks in the third (No. 91) and fifth (No. 164) rounds to the Falcons for the No. 84 pick; took Temple running back Bernard Pierce.

   
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