NFL Draft Recap


PITTSBURGH (AP) - Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger finally has a big red zone target at his disposal.

The Steelers took 6-foot-4 Martavis Bryant out of Clemson with their pick in the fourth round of the NFL Draft. Bryant caught 42 passes for 828 yards and seven touchdowns for the Tigers last fall while playing alongside star Sammy Watkins.

Pittsburgh was looking for size at wide receiver following the offseason departure of Jerricho Cotchery. Wide receivers coach Richard Mann says he the team was impressed by Bryant's length and his ability to track the football.

The Steelers grabbed Bryant one round after taking undersized running back/wide receiver/kick returner Dri Archer. Mann says he sees the 5-8 Archer spending time at wide out in certain packages.


CINCINNATI (AP) - The Bengals got another quarterback to back up Andy Dalton, this one with a history of winning big games. They took Alabama's A.J. McCarron in the fifth round Saturday. The Heisman Trophy runner-up fell to the 164th pick overall. So it'll be A.J. McCarron-to-A.J. Green, but mostly in practice. Dalton is the unchallenged starter, and McCarron will have a backup spot for now.

Cincinnati shored up two areas on defense - cornerback and line - and drafted a potential starter at center and a power running back.

The Bengals drafted Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, LSU running back Jeremy Hill, West Virginia defensive end Will Clarke, North Carolina center Russell Bodine, McCarron, Arizona linebacker Marquis Flowers, LSU receiver James Wright and Georgia Southern cornerback Lavelle Westbrooks.


BEREA, Ohio (AP) - The Browns snagged another quarterback and made another trade on the final day of the NFL draft.

After selecting Pierre Desir, a cornerback with a compelling background from tiny Lindenwood in the fourth round, Cleveland traded its seventh-round pick to Baltimore for a sixth-rounder in 2015.

It was general manager Ray Farmer's fifth trade in his first draft, which will be remembered for his deal late in the first round to get Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel at No. 22. Earlier in the first round, the Browns traded out of the No. 4 spot and selected Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert at No. 8.

The euphoria of Manziel's selection was quickly tempered by a report that star wide receiver Josh Gordon is facing a league suspension for failing a drug test.


Marshall offensive lineman Garrett Scott was selected in the sixth round of the draft by the Seattle Seahawks with the 199th overall selection. The Douglas, Ga., native became the 39th player in Marshall history picked in an NFL Draft.

Undrafted Free Agent Signings

Gator Hoskins - Miami Dolphins
Alex Bazzie - Cleveland Browns
Jeremiah Taylor - Baltimore Ravens
Shaq Rowell - Carolina Panthers

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