By The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It’s Day 2 of the NFL draft! Who will choose Will Levis? The standout Kentucky quarterback was the most important identify on the board when the second spherical kicked off at 7 p.m. EST from Kansas City’s Union Station with the Pittsburgh Steelers on the clock.
Bryce Young went first general to the Carolina Panthers adopted by C.J. Stroud to the Houston Texans for a 1-2 quarterback combo on the high of the draft Thursday. The second spherical may be considered on NFL Network and ESPN. Follow for dwell updates from Associated Press reporters throughout the nation (all instances EST).
PICK OFF THE OLD BLOCK: STEELERS GET JOEY PORTER JR.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have drafted former Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. with the primary choose within the second spherical of the NFL draft.
Porter is the son of former Pittsburgh linebacker Joey Porter. The elder Porter was a four-time Pro Bowler who gained a Super Bowl with the Steelers.
The youthful Porter was projected as a first-round choose however didn’t get chosen on opening night time. Steelers followers on the draft in Kansas City had been chanting, “Jo-ey, Jo-ey” when the Steelers had been on the clock.
LEVIS LEAVES KANSAS CITY
Levis didn’t stick round to listen to his identify referred to as within the second spherical of the NFL draft.
After the Kentucky QB slipped out of the primary spherical, he determined to not return to Union Station for Day 2.
He was anticipated to go within the high 15 with some draft analysts projecting him among the many high 5. Levis sat uncomfortably within the inexperienced room, typically squirming in entrance of the TV cameras, as he watched three quarterbacks picked within the first 4 picks: Young to the Panthers, Stroud to the Texans and Anthony Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts.
CHIEFS OWNER SAYS NFL DRAFT IS A SHOWCASE FOR KC
The proprietor of the Kansas City Chiefs believes the NFL Draft has been a spectacular showcase for his or her hometown.
Clark Hunt, the son of Chiefs founder Lamar Hunt, added Friday that he’s “heard nothing but compliments from league personnel about the job the city has done,” AP’s Dave Skretta experiences.
The draft is being held at Union Station, the place the Chiefs celebrated their newest Super Bowl triumph in February. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and tight finish Travis Kelce started the draft Thursday night time by bringing the Lombardi Trophy onto the stage to hype up a crowd of about 125,000.
MAHOMES TO RAIDERS PICK: TAKE IT EASY ON ME
Mahomes tweeted at new Las Vegas move rusher Tyree Wilson to “take it easy on me” when the Raiders play the Chiefs this season.
The Raiders drafted Wilson seventh general Thursday out of Texas Tech, the place Mahomes starred earlier than main the Chiefs to 2 Supers Bowl titles.
“Pat is from the same area I’m from,” Wilson stated Friday on the Raiders’ facility in Henderson, Nevada. “I know his family, and it’s ironic that me and him both went to Texas Tech, and now we’re in the same division. So it’s going to be a lot of competition and excitement for Texas Tech and East Texas.”
RAIN DAMPENS NFL DRAFT
Showers began within the Kansas City space with the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft approaching, dampening the festive spirit that got here with Thursday’s first spherical at Union Station.
Still, 1000’s of followers descended on the downtown space for the second straight night time to soak up the scene. Many headed for the NFL Draft Experience and the little cowl it offered in an in any other case open expanse of grass.
The stage erected in entrance of the prepare station is roofed, as are the seats instantly in entrance of it. But a lot of the crowd, which figures to be far lower than on opening night time, should cope with the intermittent rain anticipated all through the second and third rounds.
JOEY PORTER JR. TO FATHER’S TEAM?
Former Penn State cornerback Joey Porter Jr. is among the many high remaining prospects going into the second spherical of the NFL draft.
The son of former Pittsburgh linebacker Joey Porter was a first-rounder in lots of mock drafts, together with by The Associated Press.
The Steelers have the primary choose of the second spherical at No. 32 general.
LEVIS TO THE COLTS?
Colts proprietor Jim Irsay raised eyebrows on Twitter hours earlier than the beginning of the second spherical of the NFL draft by asking followers if the group ought to take Levis for a Joe Montana-Steve Young QB combo.
Irsay requested the query after Indianapolis took Richardson with the fourth general choose. The Colts have the fourth choose within the second spherical, the thirty fifth general.
Montana and Young are each Pro Football Hall of Famers who gained Super Bowls in San Francisco. Young was Montana’s backup earlier than changing him.
WHO ARE THE BEST PLAYERS AVAILABLE?
Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker is one other intriguing prospect nonetheless on the board after being bypassed on a wild Thursday night time that featured a number of stunning swaps, two operating backs chosen among the many high dozen picks and a late run on a skinny class of huge receivers.
Other gamers anticipated to go within the second spherical embody tight ends Michael Mayer (Notre Dame) and Luke Musgrave (Oregon State), cornerbacks Brian Branch (Alabama), Porter Jr. (Penn State) and Kelee Ringo (Georgia), and guard O’Cyrus Torrence (Florida).
WHO’S ON THE CLOCK IN THE SECOND ROUND?
The Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and Detroit Lions have the primary three picks in Round 2.
The Los Angeles Rams (thirty sixth general) and Miami Dolphins (51st) bounce into motion in Round 2 after being spectators on Thursday night time. The Rams traded away their first-round choose and the Dolphins had been punished by the league for tampering.
The Denver Broncos (67th) and Cleveland Browns (74th) should look forward to the third spherical, barring a commerce to maneuver up.
DRAFT PICKS SO FAR
AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo breaks down all 31 first-round picks, together with Alabama defensive sort out Jalen Carter, who was as soon as projected to be the primary general choose and went ninth to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Carter’s inventory dropped after pleading no contest to 2 misdemeanors (reckless driving and racing) and being sentenced to a yr of probation and neighborhood service in March on costs associated to an car accident that killed a Georgia teammate and soccer staffer.
Young, Stroud, Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (Texans), Richardson and Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon (Seattle Seahawks) had been the highest 5 picks, whereas Kansas State defensive finish Felix Anudike-Uzomah was the final participant picked within the first spherical by the Super Bowl champions Kansas City Chiefs.
BIJAN ROBINSON, BACK WHERE HE STARTED
Robinson knew all concerning the Atlanta Falcons – and their Dirty Birds nickname – lengthy earlier than there was any trace he may at some point be picked by the group within the first spherical of the NFL draft.
Robinson, a local of Tucson, Arizona, performed for the Tucson Falcons as his first group in youth soccer. He posted pictures on his Twitter account of him holding his No. 1 Falcons jersey on Thursday night time and carrying his No. 8 Tuscon Falcons jersey.
“We stole every slogan from the Falcons. We were the Dirty Birds,” Robinson stated throughout first information convention on the Falcons’ apply facility on Friday. “That was my first team. It’s just crazy that now we’re here because I wore No. 8 the first year and wore No. 1 the year after.”
STELLERS FIRST ROUNDER HONORS GEORGIA TEAMMATE
Steelers first-round choose Broderick Jones started his NFL profession by honoring former Georgia teammate Devin Willock.
Jones, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive sort out taken 14th general by the Steelers, will put on No. 77 in Pittsburgh. That’s the quantity Willock wore throughout his time with the Bulldogs.
“I just wanted to show my respects by taking that number and letting (Willock) live through me,” Jones stated.
Willock and Georgia recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy died in a automobile accident in January, shortly after the Bulldogs gained their second straight nationwide title. Willock began each sport at proper guard for Georgia final season. Georgia defensive sort out Jalen Carter, taken ninth general by the Eagles on Thursday, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor costs of reckless driving and racing associated to the wreck.
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