NFL Draft 2013: Projected Day 2 Picks Who Will Be Stars at Next Level
Although the first round of the NFL draft gets the most hype, there are always valuable players that are still available after the first day is completed.
The second day is filled with prospects that possibly have a couple of flaws, but could end up being great value picks. Every season, there are usually players from this group that end up exceeding expectations as early as training camp and end up starting from Week 1 (see: Wilson, Russell; 2012).
Although the following college stars are not likely to be taken in the first round of this year's draft, they should all be big-time players in the NFL, and they are the guys to keep an eye on during Day 2 of the 2013 NFL draft.
Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
There are a few wide receivers that could sneak into the first round this year, including West Virginia's Tavon Austin. However, it is his teammate that was one of the most productive players in the country in 2012.
Stedman Bailey finished third in the nation in receiving yards (1,622), second in catches (114) and first in receiving touchdowns (25). He was a steady target all season for the possible first overall pick, Geno Smith.
While Bailey does not have the size of other receivers in this class or the speed of Austin, there is something to be said about someone who can consistently run great routes and catch passes.
The Mountaineer would be an ideal slot receiver on any NFL team, and he could end up approaching 100 catches multiple times at the next level. Bailey is certainly worth a second- or third-round pick in the upcoming draft.
Bacarri Rambo, FS, Georgia
Not only does Bacarri Rambo have an awesome name, but he also has a ton of talent to go with it.
In only 10 games this season, the safety finished with 73 tackles and had three interceptions. This came after a junior season where he had eight interceptions and was named a first-team All-American by the Associated Press.
Character concerns will hurt Rambo after he missed the first four games of the season due to a positive drug test (via Sports Illustrated). However, that does not overshadow what he can do on the field.
The Georgia star is the type of defensive playmaker that can change a game in an instant. The teams that pass on him will certainly regret making such a mistake.
Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State
Few noticed Joseph Randle last season when Brandon Weeden and Justin Blackmon were lighting up the scoreboard with a great passing attack at Oklahoma State. However, the running back was a big reason for that dominant attack, as he finished 2011 with 24 rushing touchdowns.
He was just as good in 2012—without both Weeden and Blackmon—and rushed for 1,417 yards.
Randle has great size for an NFL running back, but he also has the speed to break long carries when there is an opening.
In addition, he has proven throughout his career that he is an excellent receiver out of the backfield with 108 catches in three years.
The junior is a prototypical every-down running back that will easily be able to handle the taxing NFL season, and teams should not let him slide too far down in the draft.
Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
Manti Te'o received a lot of publicity this season as the anchor of one of the top defenses in the country. However, Kevin Minter was able to do that as well with LSU.
While the Tigers did not have as strong of a year as they did in 2011, Minter was not the problem. He finished with a team-high 130 tackles, including 15 for a loss, and four sacks.
Against Florida, he totaled 20 tackles and two sacks in a losing effort.
Minter will likely be selected behind other inside linebackers like Te'o and Alec Ogletree, but he is just as impressive at covering the field from that position. He will instantly solidify the middle of an NFL defense and be a steal in the second round.
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