The first round of the NFL draft may get the most publicity, but the second round is arguably the more intriguing time to watch how teams pick.
At the time of the second round, every team has taken a player whom they believe can start on opening day. Now it is time to start filling needs and taking risks. Teams are now ready to get creative with their drafting.
Certain teams have intriguing decisions to make in the second round. Should they take a chance on a prospect who may or may not pan out or make a boring yet safe pick? Decisions, decisions.
New York Jets, 39th Pick
Three out of four draft analysts on NFL.com have the Jets taking a defensive end in the first round. Nothing notable there. The second round is where things could get interesting for New York.
CBS Sports’ mock draft has the Jets taking Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel with their second-round pick. Yes, that is right: There is a legitimate chance that the Jets will draft another quarterback.
Chances are that Mark Sanchez will be the starter when next season begins. Who knows where Tim Tebow will be by then? By drafting a quarterback, the Jets would be sending a clear message that the starting job will eventually be up for grabs.
Which of these second-round picks is the most intriguing?
Maybe the Jets will refrain from courting more quarterback controversy and play it safe. But it will be fascinating to see how the Jets use their second-round pick.
Should Pick: anybody but a quarterback
Buffalo Bills, 41st Pick
This one could be fun to watch depending on how the Bills pick in the first round. This is a team in desperate need of a quarterback after releasing starter Ryan Fitzpatrick this offseason.
If Buffalo decides to fill a need other than quarterback in the first round, then we need to keep an eye on the 41st pick. It is unfortunate that the Bills chose this draft class to eye a quarterback, but their attempts to replace Fitzpatrick will at least be fun to watch.
Should Pick: Geno Smith or USC quarterback Matt Barkley in first round, Tennessee WR Justin Hunter in second round
Pittsburgh Steelers, 48th Pick
This is the first draft in a long time where the Steelers need to take players who will have an immediate impact on an aging squad. Pittsburgh has a lot of needs to address in this draft and could go in a multitude of directions in the second round.
Pittsburgh could use help at wide receiver, running back, offensive line, defensive end and cornerback. How the team prioritize those needs will determine how it uses its second-round pick.
CBS Sports has Pittsburgh taking either Texas A&M DE Damontre Moore or Alabama running back Eddie Lacy in the second round. Whomever the Steelers select, it will be intriguing to watch the situation progress.
Should Pick: Lacy or Wisconsin RB Montee Ball