NEW YORK — Lights, camera, action.
A few minutes before the real NFL draft began its final day Saturday, Commissioner Roger Goodell stepped to the podium and announced: “With the first pick in the 2014 NFL draft, the Cleveland Browns select Vontae Mack, linebacker, Ohio State.”
For good measure, he did it a second time, too.
Relax, Browns fans, it’s for a movie. A film crew has been hanging out at Radio City Music Hall, along with a few actors, to record scenes for the picture. The movie is about the general manager of the Cleveland Browns (Kevin Costner) struggling to gain the No. 1 pick in the draft to save the franchise.
FAMILY TIES: The list is long, but nearly two dozen players drafted will be following in the NFL footsteps of fathers, brothers, cousins and uncles. Here’s a sampling:
Quarterback Geno Smith (Jets) is a cousin of former Broncos running back Melvin Bratton; Bengals running back Gio Bernard is the brother of Yvenson Bernard, who spent time with the Rams and Seahawks; Ravens running back Kyle Juszczyk’s great uncle, Rich Moore, was the No. 12 overall pick in the 1969 draft by the Packers; Bills wide receiver Robert Woods’ father, Robert, was a fifth-round pick of the Chiefs in 1978; Rams free safety T.J. McDonald’s father, Tim, played for the Cardinals and 49ers from 1987-1999.
Bears guard Kyle Long is the son of Hall of Famer Howie Long (Raiders) and brother of Chris Long, an All-Pro now with the Rams; Colts center Khaled Holmes’ brother, Alex, played for the Dolphins in 2005, and his brother-in-law is Troy Polamalu; Texans offensive tackle Brennan Williams’ father, Brent, played for the Patriots, Seahawks and Jets from 1986-1996.
Ravens linebacker Arthur Brown’s brother, Bryce Brown, plays for the Eagles; Falcons defensive back Desmond Trufant’s brother, Marcus Trufant, plays for the Seahawks, and another brother, Isaiah, has played on the practice squads for the Jets and Eagles; and Eagles defensive end Joe Kruger’s brother, Paul Kruger, plays for the Ravens.
WILLIAMS WORLD: In case anyone wondered, there were more than enough players drafted with the last name of Williams to put together an 11-player unit.
A total of 14 Williams were picked, though none has the same first name.