If you think
McCarron, who thought he'd probably go around the mid- to late first round, saw Rounds 1, 2, 3 and 4 slide by until the
McCarron had nothing but success at Alabama, winning two national championships and going 36-4 as a starter. He was runner-up to the 2013
That's one of the perils of the draft. McCarron reportedly came off as arrogant in interviews with teams and rubbed people the wrong way. Regardless, he's in a good situation in Cincinnati, where starter
So the state of Ohio has two rookie quarterbacks who slid further than they expected, McCarron in Cincinnati and Manziel in Cleveland, and who have veterans in front of them, so aren't under pressure to start immediately.
McCarron was one of nine quarterbacks selected Saturday.
Big step up
Every draft pick has a back-story, and Pierre Desir's is unusual. The cornerback from Lindenwood University, a Division II school in Missouri, who was selected by Cleveland in the fourth round at No. 127 overall, was born in Haiti and spent his early years there before immigrating with his family to the U.S. He'll be 24 when the season starts, and he and his wife are raising two daughters, ages 3 and 7. He won the Cliff Harris Award, given to the small college defensive player of the year.
Whether it was at USC or in Seattle,
Last fall, in a Times story comparing USC and UCLA players, an anonymous scout said of Marsh: "He plays with his hair on fire. Guy's all over the place. He's always on the verge of personal fouls. That can cause problems if a guy doesn't know how to control himself, but you want a guy that's relentless and is trying to make plays."
Marsh was one of three Bruins selected Saturday. The New York Jets chose receiver Shaquelle Evans in the fourth round and the Pittsburgh Steelers took linebacker Jordan Zumwalt in the sixth. UCLA had a total of five players drafted, including linebacker Anthony Barr in the first round by the Minnesota Vikings.
Linebacker Devon Kennard, selected by the New York Giants in the fifth round, was the only USC player chosen Saturday. USC had three players selected in the draft. Safety Dion Bailey, tight end Xavier Grimble and defensive lineman George Uko, who left USC with a year of eligibility remaining, were not drafted.
A tall order
With Arizona drafting 6-foot-6, 248-pound Logan Thomas of
His is more complicated than a typical Cinderella story, though. Alexander didn't play football in 2012 because he punched a teammate at a party and was sentenced to a year in jail. All but 45 days of that sentence were suspended, but Alexander was kicked off the team, and spent part of his time on the dome's cleaning crew. He was reinstated before last season.
Of his year away from school, Alexander said: "It made me the man I am today. It's a lesson learned. Me and my teammate, we're great friends, it was a mistake. The Rams organization, they know about it, and it made me a better man today."
Brawn and brains
Defensive tackle Caraun Reid, selected in the fifth round by Detroit, became the first Princeton player in the modern era to be drafted in the first five rounds. He impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl, at one point notching sacks on consecutive plays.
In the fourth, the
The biggest brain could be John Urschel, the
His Twitter handle? @MathMeetsFBall.
In an interview with ESPN, Philadelphia Coach