LOS ANGELES--A draft-record 12 wide receivers were selected in the first two rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, including six in the second round Friday.
A roller-coaster weekend for the Browns is not yet over, but Cleveland chose Nevada offensive tackle Joel Bitonio 35th overall, eschewing what might suddenly be the franchise's greatest need--wide receiver.
"I didn't know if they were going to go receiver; I knew they needed some help on the line as well," Bitonio said Friday.
The Browns chose to pass on receivers, despite learning Pro Bowl wide receiver Josh Gordon, who led the NFL with 1,646 yards in 14 games last season, is facing a possible one-year suspension for a repeat violation of the NFL drug policy. Cleveland drafted running back Terrance West from Towson before the end of the third round.
Expected Cleveland target Marqise Lee, an All-American in 2012 at Southern Cal, landed instead with the Jacksonville Jaguars (39th overall), where he'll pair with quarterback Blake Bortles (third overall). Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson (61st) joined the rebuilt offense at the bottom of the second round.
To open the second day of the 2014 draft, the Houston Texans drafted UCLA's Xavier Su'a-Filo, a two-time All-Pac-12 guard with 40 career starts.
Dallas traded its second- and third-round picks to Washington for the 34th overall pick to select Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence (10.5 sacks last season), who will be penciled in at the right end spot vacated by all-time sacks leader DeMarcus Ware.
"He was the only player left who could draw two blocks," said owner Jerry Jones.
Derek Carr, a fifth-year senior from Fresno State, was the 36th overall pick and fourth quarterback drafted in 2014. Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo was selected 62nd by the New England Patriots, where he is likely to become the backup to Tom Brady.
Atlanta, again addressing trench players and adding size, selected Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman 37th. At 6-6, 310, Hageman was coached by the Falcons' coaching staff at the Senior Bowl and was considered a first-round prospect by NFLDraftScout.com.
The Buccaneers also stuck to their draft theme of going with tall receivers for new quarterback Josh McCown with tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (6-5, 262), who won the Mackey Award for the Washington Huskies last season. Tampa Bay drafted 6-5 wide receiver Mike Evans seventh overall on Thursday.
A flurry of trades hit in the middle of the round. Defending Super Bowl champion Seattle traded the 40th pick to Detroit, where the Lions chose BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy. St. Louis swapped with Buffalo for the 41st pick and drafted Florida State defensive back Lamarcus Joyner, a cornerback who played safety in the Seminoles' nickel package. At 42, the Eagles (from Tennessee) selected Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews, the cousin of Hall of Famer Jerry Rice who led the SEC with a gaudy 19 yards-per-catch average last season.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly said the 6-foot-3 Matthews will be a slot receiver.
With pick 54 from Philadelphia, the Titans drafted Washington running back Bishop Sankey, marking the latest ever the first tailback was selected. Cincinnati made it two straight running backs, taking LSU's Jeremy Hill, and San Francisco manuevered to get Ohio State's 230-pounder Carlos Hyde to mark three ballcarriers in four picks.
Offensive linemen (center Weston Richburg, 43rd, N.Y. Giants and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandijo, 44th, Bills) went in consecutive picks.
"We're excited about his size and his length and what he may lack in a little foot quickness, he'll make up in length and make them take a bigger arc to get to the quarterback," Bills GM Doug Whaley said.
The Seahawks made their first choice of the weekend, vertical threat wide receiver Paul Richardson (Colorado, 45th overall),
Retired linebacker London Fletcher announced the Redskins first pick in the draft, Stanford edge rusher Trent Murphy (47th) and regional rival Baltimore followed with Florida State junior defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan.
Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro, used essentially as a receiver, was drafted 49th by the New York Jets. San Diego traded up to 50th for Georgia Tech outside linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu, who left the Yellow Jackets with 31.5 career sacks.
LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson (51st) joins the Chicago Bears, who added three defensive ends in free agency and picked cornerback Kyle Fuller 14th overall. The pick marked the 11th consecutive draft in which a d-lineman from LSU was chosen.
Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas (52) landed with the Arizona Cardinals before the Green Bay Packers went with Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams. Adams led the FBS with 131 receptions last season and joins second-round picks Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson.
Denver traded away fourth- and fifth-round picks to San Francisco for the 56th selection to take Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer.
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