Oklahoma State connections on Day 3 of NFL Draft
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.
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