Broncos take IU WR Latimer in second round of NFL Draft

IU's Cody Latimer was drafted by Denver in the 2nd round. (NFL Network photo)

The Denver Broncos gave Peyton Manning another offensive target, selecting Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer in the second round of the NFL draft.

Denver drafted Latimer 56th overall, moving up six spots in a trade on Friday night with the San Francisco 49ers.

Latimer had 72 catches for 1,096 yards and nine TDs for the Hoosiers last season. He finished his career with 135 receptions for 2,042 yards.

The Broncos took Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby with the No. 31 pick in the first round on Thursday.

Cardinals take ND's Niklas

The Arizona Cardinals have selected big Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas in the second round of the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-6, 270-pound Niklas was the 52nd player selected in the draft. It is the first time the Cardinals have drafted a tight end this high since they selected Doug Marsh of Michigan with the 33rd pick in 1980.

Niklas is considered the best blocking tight end in this year's draft crop.

He converted from outside linebacker after his freshman season and chose to enter the NFL draft after his junior year. In his 26 games at tight end, including starts in all 13 last season, Niklas caught 37 passes for 573 yards and six touchdowns. The bulk of those catches came last season, when he had 32 receptions for 498 yards and five scores, including a 66-yard scoring play.

Tuitt to Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have taken defensive end Stephon Tuitt of Notre Dame in the second round of the NFL draft.

The 6-foot-5, 303-pound Tuitt recorded 127 tackles and 21.5 sacks in three seasons. He pulled out of the combine and was unable to participate in the Fighting Irish pro day after a left foot fracture that required surgery.

Tuitt could help the Steelers bolster an aging defense that last year ranked 25th in the NFL with 34 sacks in 2013.

He was an All-American as a sophomore, recording 47 tackles and a team-high 12 sacks and helped lead the Fighting Irish to the national championship game.

He finished his junior year with 50 tackles, 7.5 sacks and one interception and fell to the Steelers at the 46th overall pick.

Nix to Texans

The Houston Texans have traded up to select Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix with the 83rd pick in the draft.

Houston traded the first pick in the fourth round (101st overall) and the first pick in the fifth round (141) to the Eagles to move up.

Despite their need at quarterback, the Texans have also drafted defensive end Jadeveon Clowney with the No. 1 overall pick and guard Xavier Su'a-Filo in the second round and picked up tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz with the 65th overall pick.

Nix started eight games in 2013 and finished with 27 tackles and two tackles for losses.

Watt to Chargers

The San Diego Chargers have selected Notre Dame guard Chris Watt in the third round of the NFL draft.

Watt was taken with the 89th pick overall.

It's the second straight season the Chargers drafted a player from Notre Dame. A year ago, they moved up in the second round to take linebacker Manti Te'o.

Watt was a three-year starter at Notre Dame. He tore the medial collateral ligament in his right knee in the final regular-season game and missed the Pinstripe Bowl and the Senior Bowl.

Interior line depth was one of the Chargers' needs. They used their first two picks on defensive players.

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