Two All-Americans defensive linemen were chosen in the second round: Devon Still of Penn State by Cincinnati and Jerel Worthy of Michigan State by Green Bay. Also chosen, by Detroit, was Oklahoma standout receiver Ryan Broyles, who wrecked his left knee in November after setting some NCAA career records.
"We have the luxury of being able to rehab this guy very carefully and let him get healthy," Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said. "If the guy was healthy now, he would've been gone."
Coach Jim Schwartz said Broyles wouldn't have to "redshirt" this season.
"I'm glad the Detroit Lions felt I was a guy that was capable of coming back from an injury," Broyles said.
James, the nation's leading rusher in 2010, went to San Francisco 61st overall. He joins a crowded backfield with Frank Gore and Brandon Jacobs.
The Giants finished the second round by selecting LSU receiver Rueben Randle, the last of 26 players invited to the draft to be chosen.
"I was just waiting. There was nothing else I could do," Randle said.
"This is going to be a great opportunity for me. Coming in with a great quarterback and a great receiving corps with Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks, this will be an opportunity for me to help these guys out it."
Wilson, a standout at North Carolina State who transferred to Wisconsin and led the Badgers to the Rose Bowl, went to Seattle in the third round. Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey, who was suspended for five games in 2011 as part of the Buckeyes' NCAA troubles, was taken by Houston. Punter Bryan Anger of California, the first kicker chosen this year, joined Jacksonville at No. 70 overall.
New Orleans and Oakland made their first picks in the third round. The Saints, stripped of their second-rounder as punishment for their bounty program — they traded their first-rounder last year — chose a defensive tackle from Canada, Akiem Hicks of Regina.
The Raiders finished the round with Utah guard Tony Bergstrom.
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