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NFL draft second-round picks: Jags give Jack chance as Jets pick Hackenberg

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It was a long wait and a soft landing for Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith in the 2016 NFL draft

It was a long wait and a soft landing for Myles Jack and Jaylon Smith. The pair of athletic linebackers with health questions went early in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday, with Jacksonville trading up to grab Jack two spots after Dallas selected Smith with the No34 overall pick.

Jack and Smith were two of the biggest names still on the board at the beginning of the day, and Alabama running back Derrick Henry went to Tennessee at No45. Henry powered the Crimson Tide to the national championship last season and won the Heisman Trophy.

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.

Bottom line is, man, Im ready to go, Jack said. Ill be there rookie minicamp. Im a 100% healthy. Im cleared. The knee shouldnt be a concern anymore. I definitely proved that with my play. Theres nothing else to talk about. Im ready to play ball.

Smith also was expected to be a first-round pick before he tore two ligaments in his left knee during Notre Dames loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Following the advice of doctors at Notre Dame and agent Eugene Parker, who passed away from cancer on 31 March, Smith had Cowboys team doctor Dan Cooper perform the surgery.

Im going to be fine. Ill be able to play again, Smith said. Its just timing. Timing is everything and for Dallas to draft me, theyre going to get a great player. Im looking forward to playing for a great team.

The New York Jetsselected Penn State star Christian Hackenberg with their second-round pick. With Ryan Fitzpatrick still unsigned and in a contract stalemate with theJets, New York added the 6ft 4in, 225lbs Hackenberg, who threw 16 touchdowns with six interceptions last season for the Nittany Lions. In three seasons at Penn State, Hackenberg set the school marks for career passing yards, completions and touchdowns.

He is regarded as a pro-style dropback, pocket passer with a strong arm, but was sacked 104 times in three seasons and there are questions about his mobility. His overall abilities have been widely scrutinized over the last two years, and he acknowledged that hes happy to get a fresh start in the NFL.

Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones, one of the last players at the downtown Chicago theater, went to Kansas City at No37 and got a big ovation when he walked onstage. He gave Commissioner Roger Goodell a big hug as the crowd roared.

Jones said he has never been to Kansas City. I heard they got the best steak, the best barbecue … I cant wait to get there and eat, Jones said.

Linebacker Reggie Ragland (No41 to Buffalo), defensive tackles AShawn Robinson (No46 for Detroit) and Jarran Reed (No49 to Seattle) and cornerback Cyrus Jones (No60 to New England) made it five players for Alabama in the second round after center Ryan Kelly was the only one from the Crimson Tide to go on the first day. Reed was the last player in the green room.

Not getting picked last night was a little stressful, Ragland said. But my family kept me calm, and I kept my dad calm, which was important. … It was a humbling feeling. You think youre going somewhere, but God has a plan.

Also worth noting: defensive end Noah Spence from Eastern Kentucky to Tampa Bay at No39, and wide receiver Michael Thomas of Ohio State to New Orleans at No47. Spence began his collegiate career with the Buckeyes, but was banned from the Big Ten after two failed drug tests. Thomas is the nephew for former NFL receiver Keyshawn Johnson.

Ohio State had five players go in the top 20 of the first round on Thursday.

The Browns kicked off the second round with Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, and the Titans selected Clemson defensive end Kevin Dodd with the No. 33 overall pick. Dodd had three sacks in the Tigers loss to Alabama in the national championship game.

Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo went to Tampa Bay at No59.

Second round draft picks

32. Cleveland, Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State.

33. Tennessee, Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson.

34. Dallas, Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame.

35. San Diego, Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas.

36. Jacksonville (from Baltimore), Myles Jack, LB, UCLA.

37. Kansas City (from San Francisco), Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State.

38. Miami (from Jacksonville through Baltimore), Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor.

39. Tampa Bay, Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky.

40. New York Giants, Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma.

41. Buffalo (from Chicago), Reggie Ragland,LB, Alabama.

42. Baltimore (from Miami), Kamalei Correa,LB, Boise State.

43. Tennessee (from Philadelphia through Los Angeles), Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State.

44. Oakland, Jihad Ward, DE, Illinois.

45. Tennessee (from Los Angeles), Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama.

46. Detroit, AShawn Robinson, DT, Alabama.

47. New Orleans, Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State.

48. Green Bay (from Indianapolis), Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana.

49. Seattle (from Buffalo through Chicago), Jaron Reed, DT, Alabama.

50. Houston (from Atlanta), Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame.

51. New York Jets, Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State.

52. Atlanta (from Houston), Deion Jones,LB, LSU.

53. Washington, Sua Cravens,LB, Southern Cal.

54. Minnesota, Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson.

55. Cincinnati, Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh.

56. Chicago (from Seattle), Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State.

57. Indianapolis (from Green Bay), TJ Green, S, Clemson.

58. Pittsburgh, Sean Davis, CB, Maryland.

59. Tampa Bay (from Kansas City), Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State.

60. New England, Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama.

61. New Orleans (from Arizona through New England), Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State.

62. Carolina, James Bradberry, CB, Samford.

63. Denver, Adan Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/apr/29/nfl-draft-second-round-picks-myles-jack-christian-hackenberg

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