Trade reunites RB White with Carroll
NEW YORK -- The Seattle Seahawks grabbed the spotlight as the final four rounds of the NFL draft began Saturday, acquiring running backs LenDale White from the Tennessee Titans and Leon Washington from the New York Jets.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll dealt for one of his mainstays at USC, getting White along with defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson from the Titans for Seattle's fourth- and sixth-round picks.
"Just a great one-two punch to add to our team," Carroll said of the new runners, both of whom come with question marks. "We're real excited about Leon Washington. Our guys loved him."
The Titans selected UCLA cornerback Alterraun Verner with the fourth-round pick acquired in the deal.
The burly and bruising White helped Carroll win a national championship with the Trojans. But he lost his starting job to Chris Johnson in 2009, and had problems with being late for meetings.
"As far as LenDale falling out of favor, he practiced," Titans coach Jeff Fisher said. "He was prepared to play. I think I can't blame him for wanting to play more. That's the kind of players you want on your roster. Considering the circumstances, he handled things. There were issues I don't need to bring up. I thought he handled things reasonably well."
The Seahawks also acquired the versatile Washington, who is recovering from a broken right leg, and a seventh-round pick from the Jets for a fifth-round pick. Washington recently re-signed with the Jets, for whom he has starred as a kick returner, runner and receiver.
"It's a great opportunity," he said. "I'm just excited."
Vickerson was suspended for four games in 2008 for violating the NFL performance enhancers policy. He's been a situational player for Tennessee.
Washington became expendable when the Jets moved up to Carolina's spot to draft USC's Joe McKnight, further loading up the team's backfield.
"Whatever Coach [Rex] Ryan wants me to play, I'll play whatever," McKnight said by phone from his home in River Ridge, La. "Whatever role he has for me in the package or whatever he wants me to do on the field, I'm going to do whatever."
"I've got some toughness to my game and I think I showed people this past year that I can work between the tackles somewhat," McKnight said. "I did a decent job with that."
Cincinnati receiver Mardy Gilyard was chosen by St. Louis to begin the fourth round as the Rams further bolstered their anemic offense.
St. Louis made quarterback Sam Bradford the first overall selection Thursday night and began the second round Friday by choosing offensive lineman Rodger Saffold from Indiana.
Gilyard was pick No. 99 overall and one of the most high-profile players still available. He should help the Rams on kick returns, too.
"It's like slim to none that kids actually get to go pro," Gilyard said. "My mom, she's bananas right now. She's going to call me about eight times in a row."
All-American tight end Aaron Hernandez of Florida went to New England, the second tight end chosen by the Patriots.
The first Ohio State player chosen was linebackerThaddeus Gibson, 116th overall by Pittsburgh.
Pittsburgh's fifth-round deal brought back cornerback Bryant McFadden, who won a Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2008. Arizona drafted quarterback John Skelton of Fordham with the pick it received in the trade.
Southern Cal tight end Anthony McCoy, who tested positive for marijuana earlier this year, went 185th overall, also to Carroll in Seattle. McCoy was academically ineligible for the Emerald Bowl last season, the last game Carroll coached for the Trojans before taking the Seahawks job.
All-American tight end Aaron Hernandez of Florida went to New England, the second tight end chosen by the Patriots. When DE Eric Norwood of South Carolina was taken by the Panthers at No. 124, every eligible All-American except placekicker Leigh Tiffin had gone.
Wide receiver Tim Toone of Weber State was Mr. Irrelevant, the 255th and final pick. Unchosen were Oregon running back LeGarrette Blount, who was suspended for most of last season after punching a Boise State player in the opener; wideout Danario Alexander of Missouri, who led the nation with 1,781 yards receiving; and quarterbacks Jevan Snead of Mississippi and Max Hall of Brigham Young.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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