CHICAGO (AP) — The wait is over for injured linebackers Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith.
Considering how long it could have been, they will take it.
Jacksonville traded up to grab Jack with the fifth pick of the second round on Friday, two spots after Dallas selected Smith in the NFL draft.
Jack was considered a potential top-five pick at one point, but concerns about his right knee sent him tumbling down the board. He played both ways as a freshman at UCLA and was the Pac-12 offensive and defensive newcomer of the year. But a knee injury limited him to three games last season.
Smith also was expected to be a first-round pick before he tore two ligaments in his left knee during Notre Dame’s loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.
Jack and Smith might not be able to play much this season, but the Jaguars and Cowboys clearly figured the value was too good to pass on at this point in the draft.
Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones, one of the last players left in the green room, went to Kansas City at No. 37 and got a big ovation when he walked onstage. He gave Commissioner Roger Goodell a big hug as the crowd roared.
The Browns kicked off the second round with Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah.
Cleveland traded out of the No. 8 spot in the first round, but opted to stay in place for the opening pick. The 6-foot-4 Ogbah, who is from Nigeria, had 28 sacks during his time with the Cowboys.
With the No. 33 overall pick, the Titans selected Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd. He had three sacks in the national championship game against Alabama.
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