Live draft coverage of Day 2 - NFL draft shatters viewership record

Live draft coverage of Day 2 - NFL draft shatters viewership record

May 9th, 2014 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

Johnny Football may not have appreciated the excruciating wait until he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns with the 22nd pick, but ESPN sure did.

The Nielsen company said Friday that the first round of the NFL draft drew 9.9 million viewers to ESPN Thursday night, shattering the previous record for the event that the network has telecast since 1980. The previous high was 7.3 million viewers in 2010.

The drama about where former Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M would land is considered the biggest factor in the ratings success. Draft forecasters suggested Manziel would go much higher.

Viewership Thursday was 60 percent higher than last year's 6.2 million.

In Friday's second and third rounds of the NFL draft, the picks went as follows (refresh page for updates throughout the evening):

Second Round

1) Houston - Xavier Su'A-Filo, OG, UCLA

2) Dallas (from Washington) - Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise State

3) Cleveland - Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

4) Oakland - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

5) Atlanta - Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

6) Tampa Bay - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

7) Jacksonville - Marqise Lee, WR, Southern Cal

8) Detroit (from Minnesota through Seattle) - Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

9) St. Louis - Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State

10) Philadelphia - Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

11) New York Giants - Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State

12) Buffalo (from St. Louis) - Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

13) Seattle (from Detroit) - Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

14) Pittsburgh - Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

15) Washington (From Dallas) - Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford

16) Baltimore - Timmy Jernigan, NT, Florida State

17) New York Jets - Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

18) San Diego (from Miami) - Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

19) Chicago - Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

20) Arizona - Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

21) Green Bay - Devante Adams, WR, Fresno State

22) Tennessee (from Philadelphia) - Bishop Stankey, RB, Washington

23) Cincinnati - Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

24) Denver (from Kansas City through San Francisco) - Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

25) San Francisco (from San Diego through Miami) - Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

26) New Orleans - Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

27) Indianapolis - Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State

28) Carolina - Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

29) Jacksonville (from San Francisco) - Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

30) New England - Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

31) Miami (from Denver through San Francisco) - Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

32) Seattle - Justin Britt, OT, Missouri

Third Round

1) Houston - C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

2) Washington - Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

3) Miami (from Oakland) - Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State

4) Atlanta - Dezmen Southward, FS, Wisconsin

5) Tampa Bay - Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

6) San Francisco (from Jacksonville) - Marcus Martin, C, Southern Cal

7) Cleveland - Christian Kriksey, OLB, Iowa

8) Minnesota - Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

9) Buffalo - Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville

10) New York Giants - Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse

11) St. Louis - Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

12) Detroit - Travis Swanson, ILB, Arkansas

13) San Francisco (from Tennessee) - Chris Borland, Wisconsin

14) Washington (from Dallas) - Spencer Long, OG, Nebraska

15) Baltimore -Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State

16) New York Jets - Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland

17) Oakland (from Miami) - Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

18) Chicago - Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

19) Houston (from Pittsburgh through Cleveland and Philadelphia) - Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame

20) Arizona - Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

21) Green Bay - Khyri Thornton, DT, Southern Miss

22) Philadelphia - Josh Huff, WR, Oregon

23) Kansas City - Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

24) Cincinnati - Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia

25) San Diego - Chris Watt, OG, Notre Dame

26) Indianapolis - Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi

27) Arizona (from New Orleans) - John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State (KS)

28) Carolina - Trai Turner, OG, LSU

29) Jacksonville (from new England) - Brandon Linder, OG, Miami

30) Cleveland (from San Francisco) - Terrance West, RB, Towson

31) Denver - Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan

32) Minnesota (from Seattle) - Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern

33) Pittsburgh (compensatory selection) - Dri Archer, RB, Kent State

34) Green Bay (compensatory selection) - Richard Rodgers, TE, California

35) Baltimore (compensatory selection) - Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado State

36) San Francisco (compensatory selection) - Brandon Thomas, OT, Clemson