Friday, April 23

Updates: NFL Draft at Second Round - McCoy to Browns, Clausen to Carolina

Football fanatic had to wait and feel excitements while awaiting the star names for the second night of NFL Draft. Star-studded night and a huge crowd at Radio City Music Hall for the event.

Announcing the name for the draft are Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen, Stanford's Toby Gerhart, Texas' Colt McCoy and Alabama's Terrence "Mount" Cody were selected, the audience was treated to Jim Brown, Dan Marino and Ray Lewis. Floyd Little, Rod Woodson and John Randle.

Those choices became high-profile, beginning with Fighting Irish Quarterback Clausen at 48th overall - more than 40 picks lower than some projected.

Clausen, a three-year regular under Charlie Weis, was 16-18 as a starter after being one of the nation's most sought recruits. The Panthers' choice drew scattered boos, but with Jake Delhomme gone and Matt Moore the incumbent, Carolina seems a good landing spot.

NFL draft consultant Gil Brandt noted that Clausen brought his team from behind four times to win - and brought his team from behind four times and lost.

Clausen, the first Notre Damer chosen this year, kicked off a spurt of more recognizable selections - and three All-Americans. The first Southern Cal player, safety Taylor Mays, went to San Francisco, followed by Alabama cornerback-kick returner Javier Arenas to Kansas City, and Gerhart, the Heisman runner-up, to the Vikings.

McCoy finally was drafted, 85th overall, by Cleveland. That was one slot after his favorite target with the Longhorns, Jordan Shipley, went to Cincinnati.

On hand to make the announcement about his four-year starter and the winningest QB in NCAA history: Texas coach Mack Brown.

Early on, instead of Heisman Trophy winners and All-Americans, the choices were Indiana tackle Rodger Saffold, Virginia cornerback Chris Cook, and UCLA defensive tackle Brian Price. Yes, quality players, but hardly headline makers.

Needing a blocker for quarterback Sam Bradford, the first overall pick the previous night, the Rams ignored several trade offers to stay put. They went for an experienced player who started for four seasons with the Hoosiers.

Minnesota, which traded out of the first round, has had injury issues at cornerback, so Cook should be helpful. And Tampa Bay's defensive line has been a sieve, which it addressed with the selections of Oklahoma's Gerald McCoy at No. 3 overall and then Price.

Other notables on Day 2: Kansas City got a prime kick returner and receiving threat in 5-foot-8, 165-pound Dexter McCluster of Mississippi; Alabama's 350-pound All-American defensive tackle, Cody, went to Baltimore; and Cincinnati selected Florida linebacker Carlos Dunlap, who was arrested for DUI in December. The Bengals have a history of bringing in players with off-field issues.

South Florida safety Nate Allen was taken by Philadelphia with the second-rounder the Eagles got from Washington for Donovan McNabb.

Oregon safety T.J. Ward went to Cleveland, a selection announced by the Browns' greatest player, Jim Brown. The Hall of Famer got far more cheers than anyone Friday night.

Next on the applause meter were Lewis, Marino and Little. Marino introduced the Dolphins' selection of linebacker Koa Misi of Utah, Lewis announced LB Sergio Kindle of Texas and Little revealed that Denver took tackle Zane Beadles, also of Utah.

The final player selected on Day 2 was Alabama All-American guard Mike Johnson.

One player on hand was Arizona tight end Rob Gronkowski, who went 42nd overall to New England. The Patriots have a sparse group at the position.
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