Iowa running back Shonn Greene never expected to be selected on the second day of the NFL draft, but at least he didn't have a long wait.
Greene, a former Inquirer all-South Jersey selection from Winslow Township, hoped to be chosen in the first two rounds Saturday. Instead, Greene was the first player chosen in yesterday's third round by the New York Jets.
The Jets traded three picks to Detroit to move into the 65th overall spot, which they used to select Greene.
"It's great that they wanted to trade up to get me as the first pick in the third round," Greene said yesterday by telephone as he rode in a limousine to the Jets' practice facility. "It was disappointing that I didn't go in the second round, but I'm blessed to be in the NFL and to be playing for the Jets."
Greene rushed for 1,850 yards and 20 touchdowns and finished sixth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Greene spent yesterday with family in Sicklerville.
"That's great that my family will be able to follow me," he said.
Temple defensive tackle Terrance Knighton was ecstatic to be the eighth pick in the third round, 72d overall, by Jacksonville.
"I was surprised how high I got drafted, but I knew there was a high demand for defensive tackles," Knighton said by phone from Connecticut, where he was spending the day with family. "I knew if defensive tackles were taken early I would move up, and I was hoping that would happen."
The 6-3, 321-pound Knighton was chosen before any player from the University of Miami. Indeed, the first Temple player came off the board before anyone from Michigan (defensive tackle Terrance Taylor to Indianapolis with the 136th pick), Nebraska (linebacker Cody Glenn to Washington at No. 158), Notre Dame (defensive back David Bruton to Denver at No. 114), and Virginia Tech (cornerback Victor Harris to the Eagles at No. 157).
"They started calling me in the past couple of days," Knighton said of Jacksonville. "When my phone rang and I saw who it was, I froze and drew a blank and didn't know what to do."
Penn State defensive end Aaron Maybin was chosen as the 11th player in the first round Saturday by Buffalo, and four of his teammates were selected yesterday.
Wide receivers Derrick Williams and Deon Butler were chosen by Detroit and Seattle, respectively. Seattle had traded up in the third round with the Eagles to get Butler.
Guard Rich Ohrnberger went in the fourth round to New England, and center A.Q. Shipley was selected by Pittsburgh in the seventh.
Rutgers, which had receiver Kenny Britt become the school's first first-round choice Saturday, had four other players drafted.
In the sixth round, quarterback Mike Teel went to Seattle and cornerback Jason McCourty went to Tennessee. In the seventh round, safety Courtney Greene was picked by Seattle, and receiver Tiquan Underwood went to Jacksonville.
Purdue linebacker Anthony Heygood of Cardinal O'Hara signed as a free agent last night with the Carolina Panthers. His agent, Jeff Chilcoat, said Heygood had other free agent offers.