CHICAGO (AP) – The Latest on the second day of the NFL draft (all times local):
Roberto Aguayo put his best foot forward and will stay in the state of Florida.
Aguayo, from Florida State, was selected by the Buccaneers in the second round of the draft and was the 59th overall pick.
The previous kicker to go in the second round was Mike Nugent, who was the 47th overall pick by the New York Jets in 2005.
Aguayo also became the first kicker since Sebastian Janikowski to forgo his senior year in college.
As a freshman in 2013, he won the Lou Groza Award as the nation’s top kicker, setting an FBS record with 157 points as the Seminoles won the national championship.
As a sophomore he was a first-team selection to The Associated Press All-America team for the second straight season. Had he stayed for his senior season, Aguayo would have likely set NCAA records for scoring.
The Alabama getaway began late at the NFL draft.
Only one member of the national champion Crimson Tide, center Ryan Kelly, went in the first round. And none was selected through nine spots in the second round.
Then three All-Americans heard their names called.
Linebacker Reggie Ragland went to Buffalo, which traded up to the 41st spot with Chicago for him. At No. 45, Tennessee took Heisman Trophy-winning running back Derrick Henry. And on the very next pick, defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson was selected by Detroit.
Ragland should fit nicely in Rex Ryan’s attacking defense. Henry joins DeMarco Murray and 2014 second-round pick, Bishop Sankey, in the Titans’ backfield.
Robinson fits a need for the Lions, who lost Ndamukong Suh in free agency last year.
Defensive tackle Jarran Reed then went 49th to Seattle, which traded up for him.
And cornerback Cyrus Jones went to New England with the 60th pick.
A growl would have been a more appropriate way to open Round 2, considering who the official greeter was.
“Welcome to Chicago, home of the world’s greatest fans,” said former Bears linebacker Dick Butkus, one of the meanest defenders pro football has seen.
“And as always,” he couldn’t resist adding, “Go Bears!”
Butkus was the last in a long line of former NFL greats to be introduced by commissioner Roger Goodell, who then officially opened the second round. But if Goodell’s intention in appearing alongside Butkus was to soften up the fans in the Auditorium at Roosevelt University, it didn’t work. By the time the commissioner showed up to introduce the first pick, he was roundly booed once again.
Kansas City hopes to land the NFL draft in the near future, joining cities such as Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles in expressing interest in what has become a three-day football festival.
Chiefs owner Clark Hunt said before Friday night’s second and third rounds that the organization would work with civic leaders on a bid. Kansas City has aggressively pursued numerous sporting events the past few years, ranging from NCAA regionals to next year’s U.S. figure skating championship.
Chicago is hosting the event for the second straight year, but Commissioner Roger Goodell said recently it was “very likely” to move next year. Falcons owner Arthur Blank is hoping to land that edition.
“Chicago has shown you can have the draft somewhere other than New York City,” Hunt said. “I’m interested and the organization is interested and the city is interested in bringing the draft here. When that opportunity presents itself, we’ll put our best foot forward.”
The president of the NFL players’ union is taking exception to how the league and Commissioner Roger Goodell responded to the problems of Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, who dropped in the first round after a video was posted to his Twitter account showing him smoking from a bong contraption.
Eric Winston, an offensive tackle with the Cincinnati Bengals, posted on Twitter that he was “stewing” over what had happened the previous night. He followed with a series of tweets:
“Last night everyone saw a young man’s dream turn into a nightmare. The mistakes he made in the past were released out there to millions with an intent to harm him. What did the NFL do? Nothing. In fact, if Roger is to be believed, they loved it because it made the draft ‘so exciting.’
“The NFL invested big on this marketing campaign of ‘family.’ It was all over Chicago on every billboard. Let me dish out some free advice to the young men coming into this league this weekend: they are not your family. This is a business. I hope that what Laremy said is true and that he learned from his mistake. I wish him good luck and hope every drafted player is wise to what it takes to make it in the NFL and who really has your back.”
Mississippi offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil was a no-show at the Miami Dolphins’ news conferences Friday to present him as their first-round pick.
Tunsil was absent due to an allergic reaction, the team said.
“Unfortunately, Laremy had an allergic reaction this afternoon, so right now he’s with our medical staff and hopefully it’s just a quick, short-term thing,” Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said.
Tunsil went through a bizarre plummet in the first round on Thursday. Considered a top-five pick, he went 13th overall after he said his social media accounts were hacked and incidents of his troubled past became public minutes before the first round began, including a video of him smoking from a gas mask-bong contraption.
Also, a post on his Instagram showed an alleged text message exchange between the offensive lineman and an Ole Miss football staff member that included Tunsil’s request for money for bills.
Before the second round of the NFL draft begins, team winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award will walk the red carpet. They also will announce some third-round selections.
Two winners of the national Payton honor, Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis (2014) and former Kansas City Chiefs guard Will Shields (2003), will take part in the festivities.
The Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award recognizes a player for his excellence on and off the field and his commitment to philanthropy and community impact.
Team winners, representing past and present players, are:
Arizona Cardinals:Jay Feely
Atlanta Falcons:Patrick DiMarco
Baltimore Ravens:Mike McCrary
Buffalo Bills:Eric Wood
Carolina Panthers:Thomas Davis
Chicago Bears:Israel Idonije
Cincinnati Bengals:Carlos Dunlap
Cleveland Browns:Gary Barnidge
Dallas Cowboys:Brandon Carr
Denver Broncos:DeMarcus Ware
Detroit Lions:Mike Furrey
Green Bay Packers: Sam Barrington
Houston Texans:Chester Pitts
Indianapolis Colts:Reggie Wayne
Jacksonville Jaguars:Maurice Jones-Drew
Kansas City Chiefs:Will Shields
Los Angeles Rams:Johnny Hekker
Miami Dolphins:Ronnie Brown
Minnesota Vikings: E.J. Henderson
New England Patriots:Kevin Faulk
New Orleans Saints: Scott Fujita
New York Giants:Steve Weatherford
New York Jets: Kevin Mawae
Oakland Raiders:Willie Brown
Philadelphia Eagles:Bennie Logan
Pittsburgh Steelers: Cameron Heyward
San Diego Chargers: Quentin Jammer
San Francisco 49ers:Takeo Spikes
Seattle Seahawks:Shaun Alexander
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:Rondè Barber
Tennessee Titans:Delanie Walker
Washington Redskins:Ryan Kerrigan