Let's just say the phone isn't ringing off the hook for Big 12 players so far in the NFL draft. Only four players from the conference had been selected through the middle of the third round Friday night, and it appeared the conference was heading toward having the fewest draft picks among the power five leagues again.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The Tennessee Titans waited through the second round of the NFL draft then continued stocking their receiving corps to give quarterback Marcus Mariota more targets. They made a trade with the New England Patriots, moving up 11 spots to No. 72 overall to select wide receiver Taywan Taylor of Western Kentucky. Taylor becomes the Titans' second receiver taken in this draft, joining fifth overall pick Corey Davis of Western Michigan.
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons struck familiar themes when they again focused on defense high in the NFL draft and again selected a player from Louisiana State on Friday night. The Falcons traded down, giving away their second-round pick, to select LSU linebacker Duke Riley in the third round. One year ago, the Falcons took LSU linebacker Deion Jones in the second round.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Latest on the NFL draft (all times Eastern): 11:10 p.m. The winner of the 2016 Doak Walker Award as the nation's top college running back will stay in the Lone Star State, as Texas' D'Onta Foreman goes to the Houston Texans in the third round. No. 88 Oakland: Eddie Vanderdoes, DT, 6-3, 305, UCLA. He played his best football at UCLA early in his career, before an ACL injury. No.
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch continued to be a busy man on the second day of the draft, using a third-round pick on Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon and making another trade Friday. Witherspoon was taken with the 66th overall selection in the draft. San Francisco did not have a second-round pick after trading it to Seattle as part of a deal for the 31st overall pick on Thursday.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- With the 51st pick of the NFL draft, No. 7 was looking for a change of fortune in his seventh season as architect of the Denver Broncos. General manager John Elway has grabbed some first-round steals and some late-round gems. It's Round 2 that's been his bugaboo.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -- The Washington Redskins went back to Alabama in an effort to upgrade their 28th-ranked defense, selecting outside linebacker Ryan Anderson with the 49th overall pick. Anderson's selection in the second round Friday night came after the Redskins took Crimson Tide defensive lineman Jonathan Allen with 17th pick. Washington then took UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau in the third round at pick No. 81.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers selected Texas A&M safety Justin Evans in the second round of the NFL draft, addressing a need for help in an overhauled secondary. Evans was the 20th pick Friday night, No. 50 overall as general manager Jason Licht and second-year coach Dirk Koetter continue to try to surround Jameis Winston with pieces the young quarterback needs to be successful. Alabama tight end O.J.
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Texans opened with defense in the second round of the NFL draft, selecting Vanderbilt linebacker Zach Cunningham with the 57th overall pick on Friday night, and then turned to offense. Houston added Texas running back D'Onta Foreman in the third round with the 89th pick.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger openly took his team's wide receiver group to task after a loss in the AFC championship game in January, stressing the team needs to develop playmakers outside of All-Pro Antonio Brown. Roethlisberger's bosses were listening. The Steelers took USC wide receiver Juju Smith-Schuster in the second round of the draft on Friday, giving Roethlisberger a big target to hopefully take some of the pressure off Brown.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) -- The Miami Dolphins stayed on the defensive side of the ball on the second day of the draft Friday. The Dolphins' second-round pick was Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan, who was moved to tears by the news, and they added Clemson cornerback Cordrea Tankersley in the third round. Miami chose Missouri defensive end Charles Harris in the opening round.
FRISCO, Texas (AP) -- The Cowboys remained focused on defense in the NFL draft, shifting to pass coverage Friday after trying to boost the pass rush with their first pick. Dallas selected Colorado cornerback Chidobe Awuzie 60th overall in the second round, not a surprising move after losing lost two starters in free agency in Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles Rams moved back in the second round and still got a playmaker with their first pick of the draft. The Rams chose South Alabama tight end Gerald Everett with the 44th overall pick Friday after retreating seven spots in a trade with the Buffalo Bills, who gave a third-round pick to Los Angeles. The Rams didn't have a first-round pick after last season's trade for No.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) -- The Oakland Raiders stuck to defense on day two of the NFL draft, taking Connecticut safety Obi Melifonwu with their second-round pick and UCLA defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes in the third round. The Raiders took Melifonwu with the 56th overall pick Friday night, adding more help for the secondary after taking Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley with their first-round pick.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A night after landing running back Leonard Fournette with the fourth pick in the NFL draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars took a big step to fortify his blocking. The Jaguars traded up one spot to select Alabama offensive tackle Cam Robinson with the 34th overall pick Friday night, giving the franchise what it believes will be a cornerstone to play alongside Fournette for years to come.
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears weren't through with controversy after Day 1 of the NFL draft. Following a stunning trade to move up and select quarterback Mitchell Trubisky at No. 2 on Thursday, the Bears traded down in Round 2 Friday and selected NCAA Division II tight end Adam Shaheen.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) -- The New Orleans Saints added a ball-hawking safety and made a trade to take a running back during the second day of the NFL draft. The Saints have used their second-round pick on Utah safety Marcus Williams, who has intercepted 10 passes over his last two seasons.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) -- Jalen Tabor boldly declared last month he was the best player available in the draft. After 52 picks were made before the cornerback's name was called, he wasn't backing down from the boast. "That's just my confidence," Tabor said. The Detroit Lions selected their second-straight Florida Gator, taking Tabor in the second round with the No.
CINCINNATI (AP) -- Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon is headed to Cincinnati, which added to its reputation for taking chances on players with significant off-field issues. The Bengals traded down in the second round on Friday and took Mixon with the 48th overall pick, putting them back in the spotlight as a place known for giving second and third chances.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The Indianapolis Colts stayed true to their defensive overhaul on Friday, taking Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson in the second round of the NFL draft and Ohio University defensive end Tarell Basham in the third round. Wilson fills a clear need for the Colts, who have no experienced starter to play opposite two-time Pro Bowler Vontae Davis.