Eagles longtime kicker David Akers is a free agent, but the team has placed a transition tag on him and would have a chance to retain him.
The Cleveland Browns, with a pick from Atlanta, chose Stanford fullback Owen Marecic, a two-way player who also played linebacker. He won the inaugural Paul Hornung Award that goes to the nation’s most versatile player.
“He’s a tough kid,” Hornung said of the 6-0, 246-pound Marecic, who ran for five touchdowns and had two interceptions last season for Orange Bowl champion Stanford.
In a 13-second span against Notre Dame in 2010, he scored on a 1-yard TD plunge and then returned an interception 20 yards for another score.
The Washington Redskins were wheeling and dealing again Saturday after collecting 10 picks for rounds 4-7 by the end of Friday night. They made a five-pick swap with the Houston Texans and took Nebraska running back Roy Helu Jr. early in the fourth round.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has a knack for finding productive running backs. Maybe he’s got another in Helu, who ran for 1,245 yards last season.
“History is proof for itself, all the running backs and the offensive lineman that have worked under him and the success that they’ve had,” Helu said.
Three quarterbacks were taken in the fifth round, bringing the total to 10 through 163 picks. The Kansas City Chiefs went for Iowa’s Ricky Stanzi, the Texans took North Carolina’s T.J. Yates and the Chicago Bears picked Idaho’s Nathan Enderle.
The Baltimore Ravens went for a quarterback in the sixth round, picking Virginia Tech’s Tyrod Taylor, who had a 34-8 record as a starter. Last season, he was voted ACC player of the year after throwing for 2,743 yards and 24 touchdowns with five interceptions.