He was followed by running back Derrius Guice, who was taken 59th overall by the Washington Redskins and wide receiver DJ Chark, who was selected 61st overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. "Like I said again, I'm just thankful that this whole process is over with, that an organization believed in me and trusted in me".
Guice never admitted he made up the allegations, although the National Football League released its findings Wednesday, stating its investigation could not find evidence such questions were asked.
"He was described to me as high-maintenance, as immature, someone who did not handle his emotions well", NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported shortly before Guice was drafted. There is another investigation out there that could be potentially embarrassing for the kid and the team that drafts him.
After quarterbacks topped Thursday's headlines, with a record four going in the first 10 picks of the entire draft and five overall in the first round, none were selected in Round 2 on Friday.
"We looked at the reports and talked to Derrius's agent and got a pretty good indication that we felt good about taking Derrius at that position", Gruden said. Guice's talent was too good to pass up. Falcons head coach Dan Quinn said in a statement that he spoke to Manuel, who was not initially identified, and "explained to him how inappropriate and unprofessional this was". A total of six running backs were taken ahead of him. "It's all hitting them and me off guard and out of nowhere and we just don't know where it's coming from our how it happened".
The Washington Redskins traded down in the second round with the SF 49ers. In fact, Guice rushed for 1,387 yards and 15 touchdowns on 7.6 yards per touch.
Information from ESPN Redskins reporter John Keim, ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein and The Associated Press was included in this report.