“I never questioned myself,” he said. “There’s nothing you can do because it’s out of my hands at that point. I was just hoping I got picked up somewhere and go and try to prove myself again.”
Two of the third-rounders, DTs Marcus Harrison of Arkansas and Pat Sims of Auburn, bring some baggage to the NFL.
Harrison was suspended at Arkansas last summer on drug charges, then returned to the team. Chicago picked him.
Sims once quit the Auburn team, but returned to eventually become a starter despite what some called attitude problems. Sims was chosen by Cincinnati, which gambled even more in the fifth when it took defensive tackle Jason Shirley. He missed most of his final season at Fresno State while getting arrested and serving three team suspensions — the kind background that the Bengals have overlooked in the past and regretted.
Exactly the opposite is the case with Army’s Caleb Campbell, a safety chosen 218th overall. Campbell will be allowed to take advantage of a new military rule allowing him to pursue an NFL career.
His selection by Detroit prompted cheers of ‘USA, USA” for Campbell, who was at Radio City Music Hall.
A rare player-draft pick trade occurred in the fourth round when Oakland sent cornerback Fabian Washington to Baltimore.
The first special-teamer to go was punter Durant Brooks of Georgia Tech to the Redskins with the second choice of the sixth round. Placekicker Taylor Mehlhaff of Wisconsin went to the Saints 10 spots after that.
In all, the two days and seven rounds — the first two rounds featured shortened time frames for picks — took 14 hours, 26 minutes. David Vobora, a defensive back/linebacker from Idaho was the final selection.
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