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May 9, 2014

NFL Draft: Running backs still waiting for call

— NEW YORK (AP) — Welcome to Day 2 of the NFL Draft. Plenty of running backs are still available.

For the second straight year, no running backs were selected in the first round. Before last year, that had never happened in the common draft era, which started in 1967 with the merger of the NFL and AFL.

Once one of the football's glamour positions, running backs have now been relegated to role players in the NFL. Star college backs such as Carlos Hyde, Bishop Sankey, Tre Mason and Ka'Deem Carey should start coming off the boards Friday night, when Rounds 2 and 3 are held at Radio City Music Hall.

Round 1 on Thursday night started with South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney going to the Houston Texans and ended with the Minnesota Vikings trading back into the first round to pick Teddy Bridgewater. The Louisville quarterback wasn't the only high-profile passer to have a long wait backstage.

Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel waited about 3 hours before the Browns pulled off a trade to take the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner with pick No. 22.

Now Johnny Football is Johnny Cleveland and the Texans are back on the clock, maybe looking for quarterback.

Houston has the first pick of the second round. The Washington Redskins will get their draft started on Friday, with the second pick of Round 2, No. 34 overall.

The defending Super Bowl champion Seahawks also have yet to make it pick. Seattle traded out of the first round, giving the Vikings the 32nd pick they used to take Bridgewater and getting back Nos. 40 and 108. Barring a trade up, Indianapolis would be the last team to draft. The Colts' first pick is the 27th of the second round, No. 59 overall.

Here are five things to look for on Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

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