Big-name QBs taken later in the draftThe Sports Xchange
May 10. 2014 9:08PM
And 134 picks later, Houston added a quarterback in the fourth round of the 2014 NFL Draft.
The Texans, who entered the draft with a need at quarterback and the No. 1 overall pick, bypassed backfield help early but selected Pittsburgh's Tom Savage with the 135th overall pick, six slots from the start of the fifth round.
Two other big-name college quarterbacks waited even longer. In the fifth round, the Cincinnati Bengals rolled the dice on Alabama's A.J. McCarron, who was 36-4 with the Crimson Tide and could eventually compete with maligned starter Andy Dalton.
McCarron - chosen after Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood and defensive end Ed Stinson on Day Three - went 164th, one pick after Georgia four-year starter Aaron Murray was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Titans opted for quarterback Zach Mettenberger with the second pick in the sixth round (178th overall). Mettenberger had medical issues and maturity concerns entering the draft.
Philadelphia opened the third day of the draft selecting versatile Florida defensvie back Jaylen Watkins with the 101st overall pick, a player coach Chip Kelly said had a very high football IQ. Late in the fifth round, Kelly addressed the secondary again with Stanford junior free safety Ed Reynolds.
The third pick of the fourth round was running back Devonta Freeman of Florida State.
Clemson cornerback Bashaud Breeland went 102nd to the Washington Redskins, and five defensive backs were among the first 14 picks in the round.
The New York Giants added Boston College running back Andre Williams (113th). The franchise has been successful developing players from coach Tom Coughlin's old haunts, and scoring bargains in the backfield (Brandon Jacobs, 110th, 2005; Ahmad Bradshaw, 250th, 2007).
Williams was joined by FBS second-leading rusher, Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey (Bears, 117th) and Oregon's dynamo DeAnthony Thomas, who had 26 rushing, 15 receiving and four return touchdowns in three seasons with the Ducks. He was selected 124th by the Kansas City Chiefs. Wisconsin's James White (130th, Patriots) and Coastal Carolina's Lorenzo Taliaferro (138, Ravens) was the sixth running back drafted in the fourth round.
Arizona, with quarterback Carson Palmer past his physical prime, brought Virginia Tech project Logan Thomas on board (120th). Thomas, 6-6, 240, ran a 4.6 in the 40 and some scouts viewed him as a tight end prospect.
Liberty cornerback Walt Aiken was the first player drafted who was not invited to the Scouting Combine. The 125th overall pick, Aiken did have an opportunity to show his stuff to scouts at the Senior Bowl in January.
While the Browns did not add a wide receiver, the 49ers got another in South Carolina's Bruce Ellington, who was projected as a third-round pick by NFLDraftScout.com.
Green Bay, which drafted Fresno State's Davante Adams in the second round on Friday, Wisconsin's slick route-runner Jared Abbrederis with the final pick in the fifth round.