2013 NFL Draft Projections: Second-Round Steals Who'll Be Stars Instantly

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIApril 16, 2013

October 06, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Cougars defensive back D.J. Hayden (2) makes a tackle on North Texas Mean Green tight end Drew Miller (86) during the fourth quarter at Robertson Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
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The 2013 NFL draft is coming closer with every passing day, with the next generation of stars set to grace the stage of the National Football League.

And whilst we might not know the order in which certain players will be selected, what we do know is that certain players from this year's class will become instant stars.

Luke Joeckel, Star Lotulelei, Eric Fisher, Dee Milliner.

The list of player that will be instant stars is long, and it's likely that all of the players mentioned will be selected in the first round—if not in the first few overall picks.

But who are the guys outside of that will be instant stars? Read on to see some second-round steals from the draft this year that will shine in the NFL from Day 1.


WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech

The 2013 NFL draft might not possess a standout wide reciever like years gone by, but there's a number of very good prospects who could go late in the first round or in the second, with Patton definitely someone to watch out for in the second.

At just 6'0", Patton isn't a big receiver, but he has a great pair of hands and is excellent at running routes. Throw in his speed and mobility, and he could very well become a starting receiver in the slot or even in the No. 2 position depending on which team takes him and how he fares through preseason training camps and the like.

Patton caught 104 passes for 1,392 yards last year and had a very strong Senior Bowl, which should make him a lock for a second-round pick this year.

And a pretty darn good one at that.


CB D.J. Hayden, Houston

D.J. Hayden is coming off a serious injury into the draft this year, and whilst that's likely to see him fall behind guys like Desmond Trufant and Dee Milliner, he may very well end up being a second-round pick this year for a team looking to add some assistance into its secondary.

The upside on Hayden is tremendous and is great at forcing turnovers—something that a head coach will definitely be looking for in his slot corner this year,

Hayden is excellent in man coverage, and if he can showcase his speed and skills—and prove that he is past his injury woes—than he could definitely become a Day 1 star in the NFL who teams will be wishing they picked up earlier in the draft.


DT, Jesse Williams, Alabama

Jesse Williams comes into the draft this year as an outside chance for the first round. He is talented and strong, but given the depth of talent across the defensive line this year, could well see himself fall into the second round—which will make him a great steal for any NFL team.

The Alabama tackle is capable playing in a 3-4 front in both positions, and this versatility is no doubt going to be a huge attraction for teams around the league.

Williams is very strong and very explosive. He is a powerful run-stuffer, but has shown great athleticism also to penetrate the line—making him a potential three-down player depending on the scheme and role he finds himself in.

Williams should be a first-round pick, but won't be—making him the biggest star to watch for in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft.


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