NFL notes: Day 2 at the draft
Fans of the New York Jets react during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Al Bello/Getty Images/AFP)
Stephen Hill was one of six first-day NFL-draft invitees who never got picked.
The New York Jets finally selected him with the 11th pick of the second round, 43rd overall on Day 2 of the NFL draft at Radio City Music Hall.
Everybody here was feeling sorry for those six kids, what with their huge entourages of family and friends having to hang around another day.
Was Hill miffed? Not in the least. We forget that, for some of these young men, all this is gravy.
The fastest player at February's scouting combine - with one unofficial 4.30-second time in the 40 - Hill was all smiles when he met the press afterward. Practically giddy, even.
"No, it wasn't frustrating," said Hill, who played his college ball in a mostly run-centric option offence at Georgia Tech. "I was keeping a positive attitude, really.
"I just wanted to get drafted anywhere. I started out leaving college (in January) as a fourth-round draft pick. Just moving up the boards was a blessing. And so wherever I got a chance to get picked, I was just going to run with it ... I'm just ready to go out there and turn some heads."
Jets QB Mark Sanchez texted him.
"He was just saying congratulations," Hill said, "and he was ready for us to get started."
Speaking of Sanchez, during a commercial break it was announced by the PA announcer that fans could win a football signed by the Jets QB for buying a cellphone or some dang thing.
The fans' reaction?
Yeah, led by the Jets fans. Ouch.
SOUTH RISES AGAIN IN BUFFALO:
The Bills drafted two more players on Friday - from the Deep South, of course. Bills GM Buddy Nix is from Alabama, and head coach Chan Gailey is from Georgia. They sure like them good ol' boys.
Most of the players they've drafted in three years in Buffalo came from the South.
After taking South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore on Thursday in Round 1, the Bills on Friday selected Georgia tackle Cordy Glenn in Round 2, and WR T.J. Graham of North Carolina State in Round 3.
There were a bunch of minor trades again on Friday, including the one swung by Buffalo to acquire Graham. They moved up just two spots to take Graham, the low-buzz smurf wideout. Obviously, the team they swapped picks with (Washington) wasn't going to take him, and the team in between, Jacksonville, picked a punter - Bryan Anger. So why did Buffalo need to trade up to get him? They surrendered a seventh-rounder for the privilege.
In describing Titans' second-round pick Zach Brown, a linebacker, NFL Network's Mike Mayock said his upside is he's the fastest linebacker available this year.
"The bad news, he's somewhat allergic to contact," Mayock said.
Quipped host Rich Eisen: "Can he take a Claritin for that?"