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“He’s had a lot of production,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said of Mallett. “He’s won wherever he’s been. … I don’t think you can have too much depth at that position.”

The second round got under way with New England standing pat and taking Virginia cornerback Ras-I Dowling. The Patriots, though, still made a few deals that brought more draft picks, including a second-rounder in 2012 from Oakland.

Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams was another disappointed player after the first round. He cheered up when he went to the Arizona Cardinals with 38th pick.

“When I went to visit, they told me I would not slip past pick No. 38,” Williams said after becoming the second running back selected in the draft (Alabama’s Mark Ingram was New Orleans’ first-rounder). “And I respect them 100 percent.”

Williams left school with two years of eligibility remaining. He rushed for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns, averaging 5.6 yards per carry, as a redshirt freshman in 2009, but was limited by a hamstring injury last season.

“The passion that I play with separates myself from a lot of people on the job,” he said.

Earlier, the fans’ mood over the labor dispute hadn’t changed as, for the second straight night, they showered Commissioner Roger Goodell with boos. And that was way before the latest court decision.

The second round also saw Clemson sack master Da’Quan Bowers _ at one point considered a top-five pick before undergoing right knee surgery_ fall to 51st overall. Tampa Bay grabbed Bowers 10 spots after Jarvis Jenkins, a less-regarded defensive end from Clemson, went to Washington.

“The last 24 hours have been crazy long,” said Bowers, who assured the Buccaneers his knee was fine. “It’s been grueling just waiting for that one phone call. I didn’t expect the wait to be this long. I was expecting to go off the board in the first round.”

Kyle Rudolph of Notre Dame was the first tight end chosen, by Minnesota at No. 43. Two picks later went the first safety, UCLA’s Rahim Moore to Denver.

The final pick of the second round was Kentucky’s Randall Cobb, an All-America all-purpose player projected as a receiver in the pros.

Twelve players from the Atlantic Coast Conference went in the second round.

Still waiting to be chosen were All-America linebacker Greg Jones of Michigan State, and Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, who is making a comeback from cancer.