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Trades add spice to NFL Draft's final day

| Sunday, April 25, 2010

NEW YORK — Time to draft and time to trade ... and trade ... and trade.

NFL teams were almost as busy dealing veterans as they were making draft picks Saturday. Jason Campbell, LenDale White, Kirk Morrison and Leon Washington all changed teams on the final day of the draft.

With Donovan McNabb now in Washington, Campbell became expendable and was sent to Oakland for a fourth-round pick in 2012. Where that leaves JaMarcus Russell, the top overall pick of 2007 who has struggled with the Raiders, is anyone's guess.

The Tennessee Titans dealt White to Seattle, reuniting the running back with his college coach, Pete Carroll. Later, the Seahawks acquired another runner, versatile Leon Washington, from the Jets — who also released standout guard Alan Faneca.

"Just a great one-two punch to add to our team," Carroll said of the new runners, both of whom come with question marks. "We're real excited about Leon Washington. Our guys loved him."

Washington missed half of 2009 with a severe leg injury. He recently re-signed with the Jets, for whom he has starred as a kick returner, runner and receiver.

"It's a great opportunity," he said. "I'm just excited."

The burly and bruising White helped Carroll win a national championship with the Trojans. But he lost his starting job to Chris Johnson and had problems being on time for meetings.

"As far as LenDale falling out of favor, he practiced," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "He was prepared to play. I think I can't blame him for wanting to play more. That's the kind of players you want on your roster. Considering the circumstances, he handled things. There were issues I don't need to bring up. I thought he handled things reasonably well."

Oakland also sent starting middle linebacker Morrison to Jacksonville as the bartering got heavy in Round 4.

"For me, it's a new beginning. I feel like I was drafted all over again," Morrison said.

The fourth round began with St. Louis further bolstering its anemic offense by taking wide receiver Mardy Gilyard, who once lost his scholarship at Cincinnati and even lived out of his car.

When new Seahawks coach Carroll dealt for one of his mainstays at Southern California, getting White from the Titans for Seattle's fourth-rounder and sixth-rounder, Seattle also received defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson. The Titans selected UCLA cornerback Alterraun Verner with the spot acquired in the deal.

Vickerson was suspended for four games in 2008 for violating the NFL performance enhancers policy. He's been a situational player for Tennessee.

Southern Cal tight end Anthony McCoy, who tested positive for marijuana earlier this year, went 185th overall, also to Carroll in Seattle. McCoy was academically ineligible for the Emerald Bowl last season, the last game Carroll coached for the Trojans before taking the Seahawks job.

Oakland selected one of the draft's fastest players, wideout Jacoby Ford of Clemson, with the pick acquired from the Jaguars for Morrison. After drafting Rolando McClain in the first round to take over at middle linebacker, Morrison became expendable despite leading the Raiders in tackles the past four seasons.

"I definitely didn't see a slip in my play," Morrison said. "Now I can move to Jacksonville and show what I can do."

St. Louis made quarterback Sam Bradford the first overall selection Thursday night and began the second round Friday by choosing offensive lineman Rodger Saffold from Indiana.

Gilyard was pick No. 99 overall and one of the most high-profile players still available. He should help the Rams on kick returns, too.

"It's like slim to none that kids actually get to go pro," Gilyard said. "My mom, she's bananas right now. She's going to call me about eight times in a row."

In another deal, the Jets moved up to Carolina's spot to draft USC's Joe McKnight at No. 112. That freed the way to deal Washington, and New York chose Kentucky fullback John Conner with the pick secured from Seattle.

All-American tight end Aaron Hernandez of Florida went to New England, the second tight end chosen by the Patriots. When DE Eric Norwood of South Carolina was taken by the Panthers at No. 124, every eligible All-American except placekicker Leigh Tiffin had gone.

The only Rhodes scholar chosen came on the final spot in the sixth round when Tennessee chose Florida State safety Myron Rolle.

"I sacrificed a lot in my Rhodes scholarship experience to stay in shape, make sure I was ready and pride myself for this exact moment," Rolle said.

Wide receiver Tim Toone of Weber State was Mr. Irrelevant, the 255th and final pick. Unchosen were Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount, who was suspended for most of last season after punching a Boise State player in the opener; wideout Danario Alexander of Missouri, who led the nation with 1,781 yards receiving; and quarterbacks Javon Snead of Mississippi and Max Hall of Brigham Young.

NFL Draft

Team-by-team selections

Arizona

1 (26) Dan Williams, dt, Tennessee.

2 (47) Daryl Washington, lb, TCU.

3 (88) Andre Roberts, wr, The Citadel.

4 (130) O'Brien Schofield, lb, Wisconsin.

5 (155) John Skelton, qb, Fordham.

6 (201) Jorrick Calvin, db, Troy.

7 (233) Jim Dray, te, Stanford.

Atlanta

1 (19) Sean Weatherspoon, lb, Missouri.

3 (83) Corey Peters, dt, Kentucky.

3 (98) Mike Johnson, g, Alabama.

4 (117) Joe Hawley, c, UNLV.

5 (135) Dominque Franks, db, Oklahoma.

5 (165) Kerry Meier, wr, Kansas.

6 (171) Shann Schillinger, db, Montana.

Baltimore

2 (43) Sergio Kindle, lb, Texas.

2 (57) Terrence Cody, dt, Alabama.

3 (70) Ed Dickson, te, Oregon.

4 (114) Dennis Pitta, te, BYU.

5 (156) David Reed, wr, Utah.

5 (157) Arthur Jones, dt, Syracuse.

6 (194) Ramon Harewood, ot, Morehouse.

Buffalo

1 (9) C.J. Spiller, rb, Clemson.

2 (41) Torell Troup, dt, UCF.

3 (72) Alex Carrington, de, Arkansas State.

4 (107) Marcus Easley, wr, Connecticut.

5 (140) Ed Wang, ot, Virginia Tech.

6 (178) Arthur Moats, lb, James Madison.

6 (192) Danny Batten, lb, South Dakota State.

7 (209) Levi Brown, qb, Troy.

7 (216) Kyle Calloway, g, Iowa.

Carolina

2 (48) Jimmy Clausen, qb, Notre Dame.

3 (78) Brandon LaFell, wr, LSU.

3 (89) Armanti Edwards, wr, Appalachian State.

4 (124) Eric Norwood, de, South Carolina.

6 (175) Greg Hardy, de, Mississippi.

6 (198) David Gettis, wr, Baylor.

6 (202) Jordan Pugh, db, Texas A&M.

6 (204) Tony Pike, qb, Cincinnati.

7 (223) R.J. Stanford, db, Utah.

7 (249) Robert McClain, db, Connecticut.

Chicago

3 (75) Major Wright, db, Florida.

4 (109) Corey Wootton, de, Northwestern.

5 (141) Joshua Moore, db, Kansas State.

6 (181) Dan Lefevour, qb, Central Michigan.

7 (218) J'Marcus Webb, ot, West Texas A&M.

Cincinnati

1 (21) Jermaine Gresham, te, Oklahoma.

2 (54) Carlos Dunlap, de, Florida.

3 (84) Jordan Shipley, wr, Texas.

3 (96) Brandon Ghee, db, Wake Forest.

4 (120) Geno Atkins, dt, Georgia.

4 (131) Rodderick Muckelroy, lb, Texas.

5 (152) Otis Hudson, g, Eastern Illinois.

6 (191) Dezmon Briscoe, wr, Kansas.

7 (228) Reggie Stephens, c, Iowa State.

Cleveland

1 (7) Joe Haden, db, Florida.

2 (38) T.J. Ward, db, Oregon.

2 (59) Montario Hardesty, rb, Tennessee.

3 (85) Colt McCoy, qb, Texas.

3 (92) Shawn Lauvao, g, Arizona State.

5 (160) Larry Asante, de, Nebraska.

6 (177) Carlton Mitchell, wr, South Florida.

6 (186) Clifton Geathers, de, South Carolina.

Dallas

1 (24) Dez Bryant, wr, Oklahoma State.

2 (55) Sean Lee, lb, Penn State.

4 (126) Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, db, Indiana, Pa.

6 (179) Sam Young, ot, Notre Dame.

6 (196) Jamar Wall, db, Texas Tech.

7 (234) Sean Lissemore, dt, William & Mary.

Denver

1 (22) Demaryius Thomas, wr, Georgia Tech.

1 (25) Tim Tebow, qb, Florida.

2 (45) Zane Beadles, ot, Utah.

3 (80) J.D. Walton, c, Baylor.

3 (87) Eric Decker, wr, Minnesota.

5 (137) Perrish Cox, db, Oklahoma State.

6 (183) Eric Olsen, g, Notre Dame.

7 (225) Syd'Quan Thompson, db, California.

7 (232) Jammie Kirlew, lb, Indiana.

Detroit

1 (2) Ndamukong Suh, dt, Nebraska.

1 (30) Jahvid Best, rb, California.

3 (66) Amari Spievey, db, Iowa.

4 (128) Jason Fox, ot, Miami.

7 (213) Willie Young, de, N.C. State.

7 (255) Tim Toone, wr, Weber State.

Green Bay

1 (23) Brian Bulaga, ot, Iowa.

2 (56) Mike Neal, de, Purdue.

2 (71) Morgan Burnett, db, Georgia Tech.

5 (154) Andrew Quarless, te, Penn State.

5 (169) Marshall Newhouse, ot, TCU.

6 (193) James Starks, rb, Buffalo.

7 (230) C.J. Wilson, de, East Carolina.

Houston

1 (20) Kareem Jackson, db, Alabama.

2 (58) Ben Tate, rb, Auburn.

3 (81) Earl Mitchell, dt, Arizona.

4 (102) Darryl Sharpton, lb, Miami.

4 (118) Garrett Graham, te, Wisconsin.

5 (144) Sherrick McManis, db, Northwestern.

6 (187) Shelley Smith, g, Colorado State.

6 (197) Trindon Holliday, kr, LSU.

7 (227) Dorin Dickerson, wr, Pittsburgh.

Indianapolis

1 (31) Jerry Hughes, de, TCU.

2 (63) Pat Angerer, lb, Iowa.

3 (94) Kevin Thomas, db, Southern Cal.

4 (129) Jacques McClendon, g, Tennessee.

5 (162) Brody Eldridge, te, Oklahoma.

7 (238) Ricardo Mathews, de, Cincinnati.

7 (240) Kavell Conner, lb, Clemson.

7 (246) Ray Fisher, db, Indiana.

Jacksonville

1 (10) Tyson Alualu, dt, California.

3 (74) D'Anthony Smith, dt, Louisiana Tech.

5 (143) Larry Hart, de, Central Arkansas.

5 (153) Austen Lane, de, Murray State.

6 (180) Deji Karim, rb, Southern Illinois.

6 (203) Scotty McGee, kr, James Madison.

Kansas City

1 (5) Eric Berry, db, Tennessee.

2 (36) Dexter McCluster, rb, Mississippi.

2 (50) Javier Arenas, db, Alabama.

3 (68) Jon Asamoah, g, Illinois.

3 (93) Tony Moeaki, te, Iowa.

5 (136) Kendrick Lewis, db, Mississippi.

5 (142) Cameron Sheffield, lb, Troy.

Miami

1 (28) Jared Odrick, dt, Penn State.

2 (40) Koa Misi, lb, Utah.

3 (73) John Jerry, g, Mississippi.

4 (119) A.J. Edds, lb, Iowa.

5 (145) Nolan Carroll, de, Maryland.

5 (163) Reshad Jones, db, Georgia.

7 (212) Chris McCoy, lb, Middle Tennessee.

7 (252) Austin Spitler, lb, Ohio State.

Minnesota

2 (34) Chris Cook, db, Virginia.

2 (51) Toby Gerhart, rb, Stanford.

4 (100) Everson Griffen, de, Southern Cal.

5 (161) Chris DeGeare, g, Wake Forest.

5 (167) Nate Triplett, lb, Minnesota.

6 (199) Joe Webb, wr, UAB.

7 (214) Mickey Shuler, te, Penn State.

7 (237) Ryan D'Imperio, rb, Rutgers.

New England

1 (27) Devin McCourty, db, Rutgers.

2 (42) Rob Gronkowski, te, Arizona.

2 (53) Jermaine Cunningham, de, Florida.

2 (62) Brandon Spikes, lb, Florida.

3 (90) Taylor Price, wr, Ohio.

4 (113) Aaron Hernandez, te, Florida.

5 (150) Zoltan Mesko, p, Michigan.

6 (205) Ted Larsen, c, N.C. State.

7 (208) Thomas Welch, ot, Vanderbilt.

7 (247) Brandon Deaderick, de, Alabama.

7 (248) Kade Weston, dt, Georgia.

7 (250) Zac Robinson, qb, Oklahoma State.

New Orleans

1 (32) Patrick Robinson, db, Florida State.

2 (64) Charles Brown, ot, Southern Cal.

3 (95) Jimmy Graham, te, Miami.

4 (123) Al Woods, dt, LSU.

5 (158) Matt Tennant, c, Boston College.

7 (239) Sean Canfield, qb, Oregon State.

New York Giants

1 (15) Jason Pierre-Paul, de, South Florida.

2 (46) Linval Joseph, dt, East Carolina.

3 (76) Chad Jones, db, LSU.

4 (115) Phillip Dillard, lb, Nebraska.

5 (147) Nick Petrus, g, Arkansas.

6 (184) Adrian Tracy, lb, William & Mary.

7 (221) Matt Dodge, p, East Carolina.

New York Jets

1 (29) Kyle Wilson, db, Boise State.

2 (61) Vladimir Ducasse, ot, Massachusetts.

4 (112) Joe McKnight, rb, Southern Cal.

5 (139) John Conner, rb, Kentucky.

Oakland

1 (8) Rolando McClain, lb, Alabama.

2 (44) Lamarr Houston, dt, Texas.

3 (69) Jared Veldheer, ot, Hillsdale.

4 (106) Bruce Campbell, dt, Maryland.

4 (108) Jacoby Ford, wr, Clamson.

5 (138) Walter McFadden, db, Auburn.

6 (190) Travis Goethel, lb, Arizona State.

7 (215) Jeremy Ware, db, Michigan State.

7 (251) Stevie Brown, db, Michigan.

Philadelphia

1 (13) Brandon Graham, de, Michigan.

2 (37) Nate Allen, db, South Florida.

2 (86) Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, de, Washington.

4 (105) Trevard Lindley, db, Kentucky.

4 (121) Keenan Clayton, lb, Oklahoma.

4 (122) Mike Kafka, qb, Northwestern.

4 (125) Clay Harbor, te, Missouri State.

5 (134) Ricky Sapp, de, Clemson.

5 (159) Riley Cooper, wr, Florida.

6 (200) Charles Scott, rb, LSU.

7 (220) Jamar Chaney, lb, Mississippi State.

7 (243) Jeff Owens, dt, Georgia.

7 (244) Kurt Coleman, db, Ohio State.

Pittsburgh

1 (18) Maurkice Pouncey, c, Florida.

2 (52) Jason Worilds, lb, Virginia Tech.

3 (82) Emmanuel Sanders, wr, SMU.

4 (116) Thaddeus Gibson, lb, Ohio State.

5 (151) Chris Scott, ot, Tennessee.

5 (164) Crezdon Butler, db, Clemson.

5 (166) Stevenson Sylvester, lb, Utah.

6 (188) Jonathan Dwyer, rb, Georgia Tech.

6 (195) Antonio Brown, wr, Central Michigan.

7 (242) Doug Worthington, de, Ohio State.

St. Louis

1 (1) Sam Bradford, qb, Oklahoma.

2 (33) Rodger Saffold, ot, Indiana.

3 (65) Jerome Murphy, db, South Florida.

4 (99) Mardy Gilyard, wr, Cincinnati.

5 (132) Michael Hoomanawanui, te, Illinois.

5 (149) Hall Davis, de, Louisiana-Lafayette.

6 (170) Fendi Onobun, te, Houston.

6 (189) Eugene Sims, de, West Texas A&M.

7 (211) Marquis Johnson, db, Alabama.

7 (226) George Selvie, de, South Florida.

7 (254) Josh Hull, lb, Penn State.

San Diego

1 (12) Ryan Mathews, rb, Fresno State.

3 (79) Donald Butler, lb, Washington.

4 (110) Darrell Stuckey, db, Kansas.

5 (146) Cam Thomas, dt, North Carolina.

5 (168) Jonathan Crompton, qb, Tennessee.

7 (235) Dedrick Epps, te, Miami.

San Francisco

1 (11) Anthony Davis, ot, Rutgers.

1 (17) Mike Iupati, g, Idaho.

2 (49) Taylor Mays, db, Southern Cal.

3 (91) Navorro Bowman, lb, Penn State.

6 (173) Anthony Dixon, rb, Mississippi State.

6 (182) Nate Byham, te, Pittsburgh.

6 (206) Kyle Williams, wr, Arizona State.

7 (224) Phillip Adams, db, South Carolina State.

Seattle

1 (6) Russell Okung, ot, Oklahoma State.

1 (14) Earl Thomas, db, Texas.

2 (60) Golden Tate, wr, Notre Dame.

4 (111) Walter Thurmond, db, Oregon.

4 (127) E.J. Wilson, de, North Carolina.

5 (133) Kam Chancellor, db, Virginia Tech.

6 (185) Anthony McCoy, te, Southern Cal.

7 (236) Dexter Davis, lb, Arizona State.

7 (245) Jameson Konz, wr, Kent State.

Tampa Bay

1 (3) Gerald McCoy, dt, Oklahoma.

2 (35) Brian Price, dt, UCLA.

2 (39) Arrelious Benn, wr, Illinois.

3 (67) Myron Lewis, db, Vanderbilt.

4 (101) Mike Williams, wr, Syracuse.

6 (172) Brent Bowden, p, Virginia Tech.

7 (210) Cody Grimm, db, Virginia Tech.

7 (217) Dekoda Watson, lb, Florida State.

7 (253) Eric Lorig, de, Stanford.

Tennessee

1 (16) Derrick Morgan, de, Georgia Tech.

3 (77) Damian Williams, wr, Southern Cal.

3 (97) Rennie Curran, lb, Georgia.

4 (104) Alterraun Verner, db, UCLA.

5 (148) Robert Johnson, db, Utah.

6 (176) Rusty Smith, qb, Florida Atlantic.

6 (207) Myron Rolle, db, Florida State.

7 (222) Marc Mariani, wr, Montana.

7 (241) David Howard, dt, Brown.

Washington

1 (4) Trent Williams, ot, Oklahoma.

4 (103) Perry Riley, lb, LSU.

6 (174) Dennis Morris, te, Louisiana Tech.

7 (219) Terrence Austin, wr, UCLA.

7 (229) Erik Cook, c, New Mexico.

7 (231) Selvish Capers, ot, West Virginia.

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