NFL Draft 2013: Potential Day 2 Prospects Who Will Provide Teams with Big Value

Alex BallentineFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2013

Jan 21, 2013; Fairhope AL, USA; Senior Bowl south squad wide receiver Quinton Patton of Louisiana Tech (4) pulls in a pass during practice at Fairhope municipal stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

All the glitz and glamor surrounding the NFL draft usually begins and ends with Round 1, but it's the rounds that follow that actually make or break franchises. 

Round 2 provides teams with a great opportunity to add talent to the roster at a much cheaper price than their Round 1 contemporaries. Considering that 12 of last year's Pro Bowlers were second-round choices, it's not out of the realm of possibility to find a real star. 

These players may not be taken in the first round, but they will certainly make their new professional teams happy. 


Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

While teams are sure to scoop up the likes of Tavon Austin, Keenan Allen and Cordarrelle Patterson in the first round, some team is going to patiently wait for Patton to fall to them in Round 2. They will be rewarded for their patience. 

At 6'0" and 204 pounds, Patton has the size to play against NFL cornerbacks and has enough speed to be a threat downfield. He played in an offense that loved to throw the ball around at Louisiana Tech, so he's used to getting yards after the catch as well as making big-time plays downfield. compares Patton to Reggie Wayne of the Indianapolis Colts while Bleacher Report's own Matt Miller compares him to Joe Morgan of the New Orleans Saints. Either way, those are some good comparisons and a great find in the second round. 


Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

Bernard is the perfect example of a player that offers great value as a second-round selection. 

His injury past includes missing the entire 2010 season thanks to a torn ACL and some missed time in his final sophomore season with the Tar Heels due to discomfort in his knee. That should be enough to drop him out of the first round. 

However, his talent, explosiveness and versatility make him too good to pass up in the second round where teams can be a little bit more aggressive on picks with health concerns. Injury history or not, Bernard has the tools to become an explosive option in an NFL offense. 

His ability as a receiver out of the backfield makes him an intriguing option, and some team will have a much more versatile offense by bringing him into the fold. 


Johnathan Jenkins, NT, Georgia

One of the greatest personnel issues for teams that run the 3-4 scheme is the lack of legitimate nose tackles available. 

Let's face it, there's a serious lack of human beings that weigh over 330 pounds and possess the strength and quickness required to hold two gaps at the NFL level. That's what makes Jenkins a special talent. 

At 6'4" and 346 pounds, there's no doubt that he has the rare size you want to see in an NFL nose tackle and a rare find if he's available in the second round. Fortunately for teams willing to wait, this is a defensive tackle-heavy draft class that could allow Jenkins to slide farther than he usually would.