The Latest: LSU RB Derrius Guice slides to Redskins at 59
The Latest: LSU RB Derrius Guice slides to Redskins at 59
Apr. 28, 2018
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Latest on the NFL draft (all times local):
Derrius Guice's slide down the draft board has ended with the Washington Redskins selecting him 59th overall.
The LSU running back was previously projected as a first-round pick but slipped to late in the second round. The Redskins even traded down from the 44th pick and nabbed Guice, whom they hope can be their featured back.
Senior vice president of player personnel Doug Williams recently promised quarterback Alex Smith he'd get the running back situation figured out. Washington also has Samaje Perine, Chris Thompson and Rob Kelley in the mix.
The New England Patriots did their usually wheeling and dealing and land at the 56th pick, their first in the second round, and took Florida cornerback Duke Dawson.
Dawson was part of a run of defensive backs, specifically cornerbacks. Right before the Patriots picked, LSU corner Donte Jackson, maybe the fastest player in the draft, was taken by the Panthers. Cincinnati took Wake Forest safety Jessie Bates III at pick 54 and Tampa Bay selected North Carolina cornerback M.J. Stewart with the 53rd pick.
The first player to be drafted who was not invited to the combine was defensive tackle P.J. Hall, defensive tackle from Sam Houston State, at No. 57 by the Oakland Raiders.
The first trade of the second round involved the Tennessee Titans, who jumped up a few spots in a deal with the Oakland Raiders, to take pass rusher Harold Landry out of Boston College with the 41st overall pick.
Landry was a first-round projection for some, but coming off a senior season hampered by injuries he ended up a second-day selection. At 6-foot-2 and 252 pounds, he is a bit undersized to line up solely at defensive end and might have to develop into an outside linebacker.
Miami grabbed Penn State's Mike Gesicki, the second tight end drafted overall with pick No. 42. The Detroit Lions made it three running backs in the first half of the second round when they took Auburn's Kerryon Johnson. San Francisco made it three straight offensive players, trading up with the Redskins to take receiver Dante Pettis from Washington.
The Green Packers used the 45th selection to take Iowa cornerback Josh Jackson, one of three players left in the green room at the draft. Only Texas offensive lineman Connor Williams and UCF star Shaquem Griffin remained in the green room at AT&T Stadium.
Green Bay has taken cornerbacks with both picks, landing Jaire Alexander in the first round.
Two All-Americans have been chosen in the first five picks of the second round of the NFL draft: one from the FBS level, one in FCS. And both go to the same team.
Linebacker Darius Leonard of South Carolina State went fourth in the round to Indianapolis, which also had the next spot. Guard Braden Smith of Auburn was that choice.
Tampa Bay selected Southern California running back Ronald Jones, Chicago grabbed center James Daniels of Iowa, and Denver took Courtland Sutton, a receiver from nearby SMU.
The Cleveland Browns have added to their offense at the outset of the second round of the NFL draft.
Cleveland led off the proceedings with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield on Thursday night. It also took cornerback Denzel Ward of Ohio State.
On Friday, offensive lineman Austin Corbett of Nevada and Georgia running back Nick Chubb were early selections for the team that lost all 16 games last season.
Corbett can play tackle, guard and center. He was a team captain as a sophomore.
Chubb, who shared duties with Sony Michel for the SEC champions — Michel went to New England as the 31st pick Thursday — Chubb is a load. He's tough in the short-yardage areas.
In between those choices, the Giants grabbed UTEP guard Will Hernandez. New York is in need of a revamped offensive line, particularly after taking Penn State running back Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick.
Cleveland has opened the second round of the NFL draft by taking Nevada center Austin Corbett.
The pick was announced by Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown.
Corbett can also play guard and tackle. He was team captain as a sophomore.
The second round was preceded by the introduction of 10 Hall of Famers who will announce their teams' selections, and 22 other former players who will handle the same chore.
The Dallas Cowboys have nine picks over the final six rounds of the NFL draft amid an ESPN report that tight end Jason Witten plans to retire after 15 seasons and join the "Monday Night Football" telecast.
Owner and general manager Jerry Jones says Witten hasn't made a final decision and wanted the weekend to think about his future. The Cowboys will have to decide whether they need to take another tight end.
Dallas already had one tight end retire this month. James Hanna, mostly a blocker as Witten's backup, gave up after a two-year battle with a knee injury.
Executive vice president Stephen Jones has expressed confidence in the other three tight ends on the roster: Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin and former Baylor basketball player Rico Gathers.
Swaim, a seventh-round pick out of Texas in 2015, has the most experience with nine catches for 94 yards in 28 games over three seasons.
Jarwin, undrafted a year ago, spent most of the season on the practice squad. Gathers hasn't played a regular-season game in two seasons, missing all of last year after sustaining a concussion in training camp.
The Cowboys weren't afraid to take tight ends high in the draft with Witten as the starter. They've made three second-round picks since 2003: Anthony Fasano (2006), Martellus Bennett (2008) and Gavin Escobar (2013).
The NFL said that Thursday's first round of the draft had the second-largest viewership ever for an opening night.
The first round of the draft, which was televised by Fox, ESPN, ESPN2 and the NFL Network, combined for 11.2 million viewers, an increase of 22 percent over the first round of the 2017 draft in Philadelphia which was televised by ESPN and the NFL Network.
With a total of 30 million viewers, the draft easily outdrew an NBA playoff game on TNT: Bucks-Celtics had a 2.4 million average.
The draft continues on Friday night with the second and third rounds.
The NFL likes to trot out its legends. It particularly enjoys doing it for the second day of the draft.
Once again it will do so, and 10 Pro Football Hall of Famers will be on hand to announce their team's pick.
Quite the roster, from the man considered by many the greatest player ever, Jim Brown for Cleveland, to tackle Jerry Kramer, who enters the Canton, Ohio, shrine this summer and was the blocker for Green Bay's Bart Starr's winning touchdown in the Ice Bowl.
The other Hall of Famers: Aeneas Williams (Arizona), Andre Reed (Buffalo), Mike Singletary (Chicago), Bob Lilly (Dallas), Willie Lanier (Kansas City), LaDainian Tomlinson (Los Angeles Chargers), Dwight Stephenson (Miami), Willie Brown (Oakland) and Rod Woodson (Pittsburgh).
Lots of brothers have made it to the NFL. Some have played on the same team or been selected in the same draft.
The Edmunds siblings made history Thursday night as the first brothers selected in the same opening round. Linebacker Tremaine went 16th to Buffalo. Then older brother safety Terrell, also of Virginia Tech, was chosen 28th by Pittsburgh.
Older brother Trey was a rookie running back with the Saints last year.
Talk about family pride.
"Man, it was great," Tremaine says. "Definitely to see my other brother get drafted tonight, it was a big-time relief for my whole family. I know everybody's excited and I'm excited. It's a long time coming, but we can finally say that we made it."
Tremaine is only 19 and will be one of the youngest players in the league. Terrell is 21.
"I've always been a young guy, whatever team that I was on," Tremaine says. "I'm a mature guy, so I just say, just listened to my dad, my brother because they've been through the process, try to get things from them and continue to do the things I was doing and be the best player that I can be."
Tremaine and Terrell's dad is Ferrell Edmunds, who played seven NFL seasons at tight end. It was a competitive household for Ferrell's sons.
"Very competitive," Terrell says. "We stayed in like a cul-de-sac with my cousins as well, so we were all out there playing pickup. We called it pick up and dive. So like you pick up the ball and then you run. It is a never-ending game.
"So you pick up the ball, you run until you get tackled. If you get tackled you got to throw the ball in the air. So outside people were losing teeth, coming in with cuts all over and everything, but we just kept on playing, so it's definitely competitive. And in any sport — basketball, too, because we were basketball players, too, so competitive all the time."
Two of the brothers could meet on Dec. 23 when the Steelers are at New Orleans.
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