Players kept waiting until Day 2

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NEW YORK --- There was a downside to the NFL's decision to invite 25 players to the draft this year. Not all of them were taken in the first round.

That meant some of those left over had to get dressed up again Friday and come back to Radio City Music Hall, where memories were fresh from spending the previous night waiting 3 1/2 hours for a call that never came.

The first player to come out on stage Friday night was Virginia Tech running back Ryan Williams, when the Arizona Cardinals took him with the sixth pick of the second round.

Williams, a redshirt sophomore, said he wasn't expecting to go particularly high, but still held out hope Thursday as player after player was taken.

"Yeah, I can't lie, I thought the Redskins would take me," Williams said. "I thought the Atlanta Falcons, until they jumped 21 picks -- I knew I wasn't going to go seventh. I wasn't going to lie to myself about that.

"I heard that the Packers needed a running back so I thought they would take me, too. And that's just my fault for listening to everybody and paying attention to those mock drafts and stuff."

Williams felt more confident Friday. He had been told by the Arizona Cardinals that they wouldn't let him fall past their pick, No. 38 overall.

"There was one team that told me that they would get me, and they got me," Williams said.

UCLA safety Rahim Moore was picked shortly after by Denver at No. 45. Halfway through the second round, Kentucky receiver Randall Cobb was still backstage. He was picked later by Green Bay.

BEEN THERE BEFORE: Each club's pick was announced by a well-known former player from that team.

Former players included Jevon Kearse , Jabaal Sheard , Doug Williams , Dwight Clark and Barry Sanders .

BRAIN POWER: The first round of the draft featured four National Football Foundation National Scholar-Athletes -- the most in the 52-year history of the scholar-athlete program.

They are Florida State QB Christian Ponder (No. 12, Minnesota Vikings, 3.73 GPA), Colorado OT Nate Solder (No. 17, New England Patriots, 3.51 GPA), Boston College OT Anthony Castonzo (No. 22, Indianapolis Colts, 3.45 GPA) and Mississippi State OT Derek Sherrod (No. 32, Green Bay Packers, 3.54 GPA).


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