Spent the majority of the day on the couch watching the NFL Draft. There are worse ways to spend a Saturday.
Here’s what I was keeping track of:
How many former Cowboys got picked? None were selected in Friday’s second or third round. Markelle Martin, Jamie Blatnick, Johnny Thomas, Levy Adcock, Josh Cooper and Grant Garner were possible draftees.
Martin’s name finally popped up on the screen in the middle of the sixth round, getting selected by the Tennessee Titans with the 20th pick (No. 190 overall). His fall was a big shock to me. I thought the knee injury that kept him from working out at the NFL Combine and OSU’s pro day in March could drop him from the third round (where he was projected by many to get selected), but I did not think he’d fall this far. Safeties that were picked before him: South Carolina State’s Christian Thompson (fourth round-Ravens), Maine’s Jerron McMillan (fourth round-Packers), Samford’s Corey White (fifth round-Saints). The Titans were one of the teams at Martin’s individual pro day two weeks ago, so this landing spot made sense.
I was also surprised that neither Blatnick nor Thomas were drafted. I expected Adcock, Cooper and Garner to need to go the free-agent route. It will be interesting to see which teams they sign with.
Like last night, I’m also curious to see what pieces the Browns and Jaguars add to complement Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon. Here are the picks those two teams have (as of now):
Round 4 No. 5: Travis Benjamin, WR, Miami
Shall we start the hashtag #Weeden2Benjamin? Many thought the Browns would add a wide receiver on Day 2, but they go with Benjamin with their first pick on Day 3. Benjamin ran a 4.36 40-yard dash at the Combine–on par with second-round pick Stephen Hill–and tallied 41 receptions for 609 yards and three touchdowns in 2011. He can also return punts.
Round 4 No. 25: James-Michael Johnson, LB, Nevada
Browns go back to defense with their second pick of the fourth round. He amassed 100 tackles (6.5 for loss), three pass break-ups and one forced fumble last season. Mel Kiper liked his work ethic and size (6-2, 240) and said he was one of the big risers during the pre-draft process.
Round 5 No. 25: Ryan Miller, guard, Colorado
More protection for Brandon Weeden, following the Browns’ selection of Mitchell Schwartz in the second round. Miller, who stands 6-7 and weighs 320 pounds, started 48 games for the Buffaloes and was rose from a late-round/free agent prospect to a mid-round prospect during the pre-draft process.
Round 6 No. 34: Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas
Fans around these parts have seen plenty of Acho at UT. The All-Big 12 first team selection tallied 117 tackles (14.5 for loss), three sacks, seven quarterback hurries, five pass break-ups and a forced fumble in 2011.
Round 6 No. 35: Billy Winn, DE, Boise State
Browns go defense again after addressing the offense so heavily earlier in the draft. He had 33 tackles (eight for loss) and three sacks in 2011. Winn was once projected as an early-round pick, but he struggled at the Senior Bowl and combine.
Round 7 No. 38: Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona
Three straight defensive picks now for the Browns. Wade was a second-team All-Pac-12 selection after compiling 52 tackles, two interceptions and 13 pass break-ups in 2011.
Round 7 No. 40: Brad Smelley, FB, Alabama
And here’s Trent Richardson’s lead blocker. That nearly completes the revamped Browns’ offense, which added a running back, quarterback, wide receiver, fullback and two offensive linemen.
Round 5 No. 7: Brandon Marshall, LB, Nevada
Still no more offensive players selected by the Jags after Blackmon. Marshall, who impressed at the combine, compiled 102 tackles (7.5 for loss), two sacks, four pass break-ups and one forced fumble in 2011.
Round 6 No. 6: Mike Harris, DB, Florida State
The Jaguars continue to focus on the defense in this draft, a unit that ranked sixth in the NFL in total defense (313 yards allowed per game) a season ago. The former junior college transfer had 58 tackles (six for loss), nine pass break-ups and an interception in 2011. He projects as a nickelback in the NFL.
Round 7 No. 21: Jeris Pendleton, DT, Ashland University
Ah, a late-round small school pick. That’s pretty much all I have to contribute there.
So, the only offensive player the Jags selected was Blackmon.