Cleveland, desperate for offensive playmakers, might have added one in Miami Hurricanes receiver Travis Benjamin, and Carolina went for Arkansas wideout Joe Adams, all in the first nine selections Saturday. There were eight wide receivers chosen in the round, including Toon.
Another three wideouts were chosen in the fifth round, four in the sixth and five in the seventh for a total of 33.
San Francisco received Miami’s pick in the fourth round and two sixth-rounders, one this year and one in 2013, in the Miller deal. After 18 trades on the first two days of the draft, there were three in the first few minutes Saturday and four in Round 4, followed by eight more in the next round. Altogether, 27 trades were made.
Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins, projected by many to go late in the first round or early in the second, lasted until No. 102, when the Redskins took him. Of course, Washington selected Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III second overall to be its franchise quarterback..
“I was trying to forecast which teams would be looking at a quarterback and I didn’t see the Redskins thinking along those lines, but coach Shanahan’s words to me were that he couldn’t pass me up,” Cousins said.
Another Robert Griffin from Baylor was selected _ a tackle who went to the Jets at No, 203.He calls himself RG2 and Big Griff.
“He is like a brother,” Griffin said of the quarterback . “We have the same name, but didn’t treat each other any differently. It was an everyday thing, but I was the one putting my hand in the dirt and he was the one putting his hand on the ball and throwing the rock. I felt I had to do a little extra just for him because we have the same name.”
Linebacker Nigel Bradham became the first Florida State player chosen, going No. 105 overall to Buffalo. College powers Texas and Florida waited until deep in the fourth round to have someone selected: Gators defensive tackle Jaye Howard to Seattle at No. 114, and Longhorns linebacker Keenan Robinson at No. 119 to Washington.
Houston, which was ranked 18th to finish the season, had no players selected.
Tight end, generally considered a weak spot in this year’s crop _ only three were taken through the first two days _ became popular in the fourth round, with five going. But only one was drafted in the fifth.
Randy Bullock of Texas A&M was the first placekicker taken, at No. 161 overall by Houston. The All-American kicker, Bullock won the Lou Groza award, connecting on 25 of 29 field-goal attempts in 2011.
Players undrafted include record-setting quarterbacks Kellen Moore of Boise State and Case Keenum of Houston.