Wide receivers and more trades were trendy Saturday in the fourth round of the NFL draft.
Chris Givens, the first player selected from Wake Forest this year, was taken by St. Louis to open the round. Givens also can help the Rams in the return game. He had some injury issues in college, but had 1,330 yards on 83 receptions in 2011.
”Yesterday was a little frustrating and a little humbling at the same time,” Givens said of not going on Friday.
”I really felt like they liked me a lot and I thought they were going to get me and then they got (WR) Brian Quick, and then I thought OK well they’re not going to get me anymore. Then today I was pleasantly surprised.”
Cleveland, desperate for offensive playmakers, might have added one in Miami Hurricanes receiver Travis Benjamin, and Carolina went for Arkansas wideout Joe Adams, all in the first nine selections Saturday. There were eight wide receivers chosen in the round, including Wisconsin’s Nick Toon, son of former Jets standout Al Toon, by the Saints.
After Benjamin, another Hurricane was coveted by the Dolphins. Miami then jumped up six slots in a deal with San Francisco to get running back Lamar Miller, one of the faster players at his position and also a kick return prospect. Miller had two years of eligibility remaining in college, but entered the draft.
San Francisco received Miami’s pick in the fourth round and two sixth-rounders, one this year and one in 2013. After 18 deals on the first two days of the draft, there were three in the first few minutes Saturday.
Michigan State quarterback Kirk Cousins, projected by many to go late in the first round or early in the second, lasted until No. 102, when the Redskins took him. Of course, Washington selected Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III second overall to be its franchise quarterback.
Linebacker Nigel Bradham became the first Florida State player chosen, going No. 105 overall to Buffalo. College powers Texas and Florida waited until deep in the fourth round to have someone selected: Gators defensive tackle Jaye Howard to Seattle at No. 114, and Longhorns linebacker Keenan Robinson at No. 119 to Washington.
Tight end, generally considered a weak spot in this year’s crop – only three were taken through the first two days – became popular in the fourth round, with five going.