Take 2: Goodell records spot for Draft Day movie
NEW YORK -- Lights, camera, action.
A few minutes before the real NFL draft began its final day Saturday, Commissioner Roger Goodell stepped to the podium and announced: "With the first pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select Vontae Mack, linebacker, Ohio State."
For good measure, he did it a second time, too.
Relax, Browns fans, it's for a movie. A film crew has been hanging out at Radio City Music Hall, along with a few actors, to record scenes for the picture.
The movie is about the general manager of the Cleveland Browns (Kevin Costner) struggling to gain the No. 1 pick in the draft to save the franchise.
Also featured in the film are Jennifer Garner, Ellen Burstyn, Denis Leary, Frank Langella and Chadwick Boseman -- currently appearing as Jackie Robinson in "42" -- as Vontae Mack.
WILLIAMS WORLD: In case anyone wondered, there were more than enough players drafted with the last name of Williams to put together an 11-player unit. A total of 14 Williams were picked -- 10 who play defense, four who play offense. None has the same first name.
Any public address announcer would enjoy introducing this lineup:
- Sylvester Williams, defensive end (No. 28, Denver)
- Terrance Williams, wide receiver (No. 74, Dallas)
- Shawn Williams, strong safety (No. 84, Cincinnati)
- Brennan Williams, offensive tackle (No. 89, Houston)
- Brandon Williams, defensive tackle (No. 94, Baltimore)
- Duke Williams, free safety (No. 105, Buffalo)
- Trevardo Williams, defensive end (No. 124, Houston)
- Jesse Williams, defensive tackle (No. 137, Seattle)
- Steve Williams, cornerback (No. 145, San Diego)
- Tourek Williams, defensive end (No. 179, San Diego)
- Vince Williams, linebacker (No. 206, Pittsburgh)
- Michael Williams, tight end (No. 2011, Detroit)
- Nicholas Williams, defensive end (No. 223, Pittsburgh)
- Kerwynn Williams, running back (No. 230, Indianapolis)
ANOTHER PERFECT PASS ROUTE: Josh Boyce is one lucky wide receiver.
The speedy wideout was New England's fourth-round pick on Saturday, No. 102 overall, and Boyce knows he's one fortunate pass catcher.
"All three of them are great guys, great quarterbacks," Boyce said. "I've been blessed to play with great quarterbacks my whole career."
ROLL IVY: This was one special draft for the Ivy League. Known for turning out doctors, lawyers, economists and presidents, the league saw three of its players picked in the three-day NFL draft. That may not sound like many, but consider this: in the past six draft, NFL teams picked a total of three players from the league,
And the winners are:
- Cornell tackle J.C. Tretter, a fourth-round pick (No. 122) by Green Bay.
- Harvard running back Kyle Juszczyk, a fourth-round compensatory pick (No. 130) by Baltimore.
- Princeton linebacker Mike Catapano, a seventh-round pick (No. 207) by Kansas City.
FAMILY TIES: The list is long, but nearly two dozen players drafted will be following in the NFL footsteps of fathers, brothers, cousins and uncles. Here's a sampling:
Quarterback Geno Smith (Jets) is a cousin of former Broncos running back Melvin Bratton; Bengals running back Gio Bernard is the brother of Yvenson Bernard, who spent time with the Rams and Seahawks in 2008; Ravens running back Kyle Juszczyk's great uncle, Rich Moore, was the No. 12 overall pick in the 1969 draft by the Packers; Bills wide receiver Robert Woods' father, Robert, was a fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in 1978 and played for them, the Browns, Oilers and Lions; Rams free safety T.J. McDonald's father, Tim played 13 seasons for the Cardinals and 49ers from 1987-1999.
Bears guard Kyle Long is the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long (Raiders) and brother of Chris Long, an All-Pro now with the Rams; Colts center Khaled Holmes' brother, Alex, played for the Dolphins in 2005, and his brother-in-law, Troy Polamalu, is a seven-time Pro Bowler for the Steelers; Texans offensive tackle Brennan Williams' father, Brent, played for the Patriots, Seahawks and Jets from 1986-1996; Ravens linebacker Arthur Brown's brother, Bryce Brown, plays for the Eagles; Falcons defensive back Desmond Trufant's brother, Marcus Trufant, plays for the Seahawks, and another brother, Isaiah, has played on the practice squads for the Jets and Eagles; and Eagles defensive end Joe Kruger's brother, Paul Kruger, plays for the Ravens.
Freelancer Matthew Carroll in Foxborough, Mass., contributed to this report.
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