By The Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — It’s Day 2 of the NFL draft! Will Levis has lastly come off the board after being picked within the second spherical by the Tennessee Titans. The standout Kentucky quarterback was the most important title on the board when the second spherical kicked off from Kansas City’s Union Station.
There had been seven trades within the second spherical, together with the Titans shifting up eight spots to pick out Levis.
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 might be seen on NFL Network and ESPN. Follow for reside updates from Associated Press reporters throughout the nation (all instances EST).
QB HENDON HOOKER SELECTED IN THIRD ROUND
Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker had an outdoor likelihood of going within the first spherical, however the second spherical appeared the probably vacation spot.
Until it wasn’t.
Hooker’s wait lastly ended within the third spherical when the Detroit Lions chosen him with the 68th general decide.
SECOND ROUND ENDS WITH SEVEN TRADES
The trades began early and saved on coming within the second spherical of the NFL draft.
It began when Tennessee moved up eight spots to the second choice and took Will Levis off the board. The Kentucky quarterback went thirty third general after being broadly projected as a first-round decide.
Other groups shifting up had been Las Vegas, Atlanta, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Kansas City and Chicago. Green Bay and Indianapolis moved down within the second spherical twice every.
The Chiefs moved up eight spots to get one other goal for Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, taking huge receiver Rashee Rice at No. 55.
NEW RAIDERS TIGHT END HAS GOOD MEMORIES FROM VEGAS
New Las Vegas tight finish Michael Mayer has some familiarity with the Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium.
Mayer’s Notre Dame beat BYU 28-20 in a Shamrock Series sport there Oct. 8. Mayer starred by catching 11 passes for 118 yards and two TDs.
Mayer, chosen No. 35 general, additionally starred in a promotional video earlier than the sport towards BYU. Mayer, defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey and coach Marcus Freeman did a spoof of “The Hangover,” the 2009 comedy of a bachelor get together gone mistaken in Las Vegas.
“That was cool,” Mayer mentioned. “That was the first time I got to see the city and drive around. I’m looking forward to the fans, the greatest fans in America. I know (the Raiders) have a great fan base. I’m excited to be a part of it.”
FAMILY FIRST FOR WILL LEVIS
Levis left the NFL draft in Kansas City earlier than the second spherical began Friday evening as a result of he and his household wanted to get again to their house in Connecticut for a giant get together deliberate for Saturday, experiences AP Football Writer Teresa Walker.
The Titans ended the QB’s agonizing wait beneath the glare of TV cameras with the No. 33 general decide. Levis says they had been in a really completely different environment at house after being in good fits and clothes Thursday evening.
Levis mentioned his battle was delayed, and he arrived house simply earlier than the Titans referred to as to inform him they chose him. Levis says he was a “crying mess” and he was “ecstatic to get the call.”
LAST DRAFT ATTENDEES FINALLY OFF THE BOARD
The final two of the 17 gamers who attended the draft are lastly off the board.
Alabama cornerback Brian Branch and Georgia Tech defensive finish Keion White have been taken back-to-back picks in the midst of the second spherical. Branch went forty fifth general to Detroit and White was taken at No. 46 by New England.
Branch was the final participant within the inexperienced room. White left Kansas City earlier than his title was introduced and obtained the information from his house in Atlanta.
“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Branch mentioned when requested why he determined to remain in Kansas City. “Just wanted to enjoy the moment.”
TOP TIGHT END PROSPECTS GO QUICKLY IN ROUND 2
The high prospects at tight finish have gone shortly within the second spherical of the NFL draft after hanging round longer than anticipated on opening evening.
Detroit has taken Iowa’s Sam LaPorta at No. 34 general. Michael Mayer of Notre Dame was the following choice to Las Vegas, and Luke Musgrave went No. 42 to the Green Bay Packers. The Raiders traded up 4 spots with Indianapolis to get Mayer.
Mayer and LaPorta had been getting some first-round consideration together with Dalton Kincaid of Utah. Kincaid went to twenty fifth general to Buffalo.
LEVIS TAKEN IN SECOND ROUND BY TITANS
The Titans chosen Levis with the thirty third general decide.
The Kentucky QB projected as a first-round decide however wasn’t chosen on opening evening.
He sat uncomfortably among the many prospects on the draft as all 31 first-round picks got here and went with out his title referred to as.
The 6-foot-4 Levis has prototypical measurement for an NFL quarterback with a robust arm. Accuracy and decision-making have been inconsistent, particularly in his remaining school season.
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 decide 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 decide however didn’t get chosen on opening evening. 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 title referred to as with the thirty third general decide by the Titans.
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 alternatives: 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 evening 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 mentioned 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, hundreds of followers descended on the downtown space for the second straight evening to absorb the scene. Many headed for the NFL Draft Experience and the little cowl it supplied 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 many of the crowd, which figures to be far lower than on opening evening, 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. was among the many high 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. He was picked by the Steelers 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 workforce ought to take Levis for a Joe Montana-Steve Young QB combo.
Irsay requested the query after Indianapolis took Richardson with the fourth general decide. The Colts have the fourth decide 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.
Leis was chosen No. 33 general by the Titans.
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 evening that featured a number of shocking swaps, two working backs chosen among the many high dozen picks and a late run on a skinny class of huge receivers.
WHO’S ON THE CLOCK IN THE SECOND ROUND?
The Los Angeles Rams (thirty sixth general) and Miami Dolphins (51st) soar into motion in Round 2 after being spectators on Thursday evening. The Rams chosen guard Steve Avila from TCU.
The Denver Broncos (67th) and Cleveland Browns (74th) should anticipate the third spherical, barring a commerce to maneuver up.
FIRST ROUND DRAFT PICKS
AP College Football Writer Ralph Russo breaks down all 31 first-round picks.
Young, Stroud, Alabama linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (Texans), Richardson and Illinois cornerback Devon Witherspoon (Seattle Seahawks) had been the highest 5 alternatives, 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 in regards to the Atlanta Falcons – and their Dirty Birds nickname – lengthy earlier than there was any trace he would possibly sooner or later be picked by the workforce within the first spherical of the NFL draft.
Robinson, a local of Tucson, Arizona, performed for the Tucson Falcons as his first workforce in youth soccer. He posted pictures on his Twitter account of him holding his No. 1 Falcons jersey on Thursday evening and sporting his No. 8 Tuscon Falcons jersey.
“We stole every slogan from the Falcons. We were the Dirty Birds,” Robinson mentioned 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 decide 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 mentioned.
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 expenses of reckless driving and racing associated to the wreck.
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