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Cardinals take Clemson RB Andre Ellington in sixth round of draft

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CLEMSON, SC (AP) -

The Arizona Cardinals have added a second running back in the draft, selecting Clemson's Andre Ellington in the sixth round.

The 5-foot-9, 199-pound Ellington was first-team All-ACC after finishing with 1,081 yards rushing, 232 more receiving and nine total touchdowns.

Though undersized, he has good quickness and speed, and has shown an ability to run inside.

The Berkeley alum rushed for over 3,400 yards in his 4 year career with the Tigers and had 38 rushing TD's.

Meeks picked by Buffalo

The Buffalo Bills have drafted Clemson safety Jonathan Meeks with the 143rd pick in the NFL draft, continuing to boost their depth at safety.
 
Listed at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Meeks had 157 tackles, seven interceptions and 13 pass breakups in 50 career games, including 24 starts. Meeks is a versatile prospect who could play at strong or free safety in the pros and has good size and range.
 
Meeks was the second safety chosen by the Bills on Saturday, addressing a need for depth at the position. The team also selected Nevada safety Michael 'Duke' Williams one round earlier with the 105th overall pick. Buffalo's top safety, Jairus Byrd, is unsigned after receiving the franchise tag and the Bills had little experience on the roster behind Byrd leading up to the draft.

Goodman chosen by Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons continued adding to their defense by selecting Clemson defensive end Malliciah Goodman in the fourth round of the NFL draft on Saturday.

After picking cornerbacks Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford in the first two rounds, the Falcons took Goodman, who had seven sacks last season and whose eight career forced fumbles rank third in Clemson history.

Goodman (6-foot-4, 276 pounds) was a starter the last two years at Clemson.

Atlanta released longtime defensive John Abraham during the offseason and added free agent Osi Umenyiora. Goodman will compete for the second starting job opposite Umenyiora.

Finishing 24th in overall defense last year, the Falcons released cornerback Dunta Robinson and had cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Christopher Owens leave as free agents, but they re-signed strong safety William Moore.

 

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