The wait was worth it for Palo Alto's Davante Adams, whose NFL future involves catching passes from Aaron Rodgers.

Taken by the Green Bay Packers with the 53rd overall pick in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday, the Fresno State wide receiver called the news "awesome."

"I can't wait," Adams said by phone from his family's home. "He's the best quarterback in the NFL. I've watched him for a long time. Now I get to play with him. It's pretty crazy ... a dream come true."

Rodgers, the one-time Cal star, was also a happy man.

"Love it," Rodgers tweeted after the selection.

The Packers grabbed a second Bay Area player when they selected Cal tight end Richard Rodgers with the No. 98 overall pick. "Another Rodgers from Cal in Green Bay, sweet," tweeted the quarterback (no relation).

The first Bay Area player taken was Stanford outside linebacker Trent Murphy, who went 47th overall by Washington. "I'm ecstatic," he said in a phone interview.

As many as seven more Stanford players could be chosen Saturday as the draft concludes with rounds four through seven. San Jose State quarterback David Fales also remains on the board.

Adams, 21, said he's never been anywhere as cold as Green Bay. "I'm totally good with it," he said. "For what I'm doing, it definitely outweighs everything else."

The 6-foot-1, 212-pounder was the ninth of a record 12 wideouts taken in the first two rounds.


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A graduate of Palo Alto High, Adams led the NCAA in pass receptions as a redshirt sophomore in 2013, grabbing 131 passes for 1,718 yards and 24 touchdowns. In two seasons, he caught 233 passes for 3,030 yards and a Mountain West Conference career-record 38 TDs.

"You love how he's a competitor," Packers receivers coach Edgar Bennett said. "He has good hands, makes the tough catch, goes up and attacks the football.

"He gets the ball north and south quickly, breaks tackles but also makes people miss."

The 6-foot-5, 252-pound Murphy, who led the nation last season with 15 sacks, got a text Friday from Stanford coach David Shaw, who told him he'd spoken with new Washington coach Jay Gruden.

But he wasn't sure until getting a phone call from Washington. "I was speechless," he said. "I couldn't be happier."

Gruden said he liked almost everything he saw in Murphy, a consensus first-team All-American.

"He's the first on the field every day, the last to leave. He studies the game, he's big, long," Gruden said. "He may not have the explosion right now off the line of scrimmage, but I look for production, I look for intensity, I look for toughness and accountability. He's got all those traits."

Murphy was the first Stanford defensive player taken as high as the second round since safety Tank Williams was drafted by Tennessee in 2002.

"I couldn't be more ready for it," Murphy said. "I had a great experience at Stanford. I'm very blessed. But I'm definitely ready for the next step."

Cal's Rodgers was drafted sooner than most experts anticipated, despite having his tight end position virtually eliminated from Cal's offense last fall.

The 6-4, 257-pounder, who caught 39 receptions for 608 yards last fall, said the Cal offense contributed to his decision to leave college after his junior year. But he didn't think it scared off NFL scouts.

"Obviously, you see the tight ends now in the NFL are flexed out, playing off the line," he said. "So it didn't worry me much."

Said Green Bay tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot: "He has really good hands, catches the football and he's a detailed route-runner. His understanding of schemes and concepts, he really understands the game."

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