NFL Mock Draft 2013: Full Outlook for Second-Round Action
With 32 players already off the board and on their way to making a new home with an NFL franchise, teams will have to dig a bit deeper in the second round to find the talent and needs they're seeking for the 2013 season.
Surprisingly enough (or not), Geno Smith and Manti Te'o are both still without a team to play for next season, but I think that changes come Round 2.
Let's take a look at my projections of how the second round will shape out. In case you missed it, here's a review of the first round.
Note: Highlighted players italicized
33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
I'm as surprised as anyone that Geno Smith is still on the board to start the second round, but I don't think he goes any further than Jacksonville at 32.
With Luke Joeckel already drafted, Smith joins the Jags to improve Jacksonville's offense in 2013.
34. San Francisco 49ers (via KC): Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
The San Francisco 49ers addressed the safety spot by moving up in the first round and I think they stay on the defensive side at No. 34 also.
Jesse Williams is the type of defensive tackle that fits what the 49ers like to do up front. He's a physical specimen who can play the nose tackle spot and cause some havoc up front against opposing offensive lines.
35. Philadelphia Eagles: Jonathan Cyprien, FS, Florida International
The Philadelphia Eagles have a huge need at safety and they address it with first-round talent Jonathan Cyprien.
I think Philly needs to count its blessings that Cyprien falls to them at No. 35.
36. Detroit Lions: Menelik Watson, OT, FSU
The Lions got their man in Ezekiel Ansah in the first round and bolster the offensive line with Menelik Watson in the second round. Keeping Matthew Stafford healthy and productive should be the main focus of Detroit's coaching staff.
37. Cincinnati Bengals (via OAK): Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
Kevin Minter has first-round talent and I think the Cincinnati Bengals snatch him up early to bolster the middle of that defense. Minter has already drawn comparisons to Takeo Spikes, which is quite the compliment.
38. Arizona Cardinals: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
After drafting Jonathan Cooper to bolster the offensive line, I think Arizona goes out and gets a quarterback in Round 2.
Had Matt Barkley entered the 2012 NFL draft after his junior season, he likely would have been a top 10 pick in the draft.
Instead, Barkley went back for his senior season and now isn't even slated as a first-rounder, according to multiple NFL draft experts.
Carson Palmer has dealt with injuries the past two seasons in Oakland and has been inconsistent at times.
With Palmer aging, Barkley could potentially be the future for the Cards.
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39. New York Jets: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Some felt former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib had first-round talent, as ESPN's Todd McShay recently mocked Nassib to the Buffalo Bills with the No. 8 overall pick.
I was never willing to go that far, but I do like the idea of Nassib to the New York Jets, especially after New York addressed the defense with both picks in the first round.
Mark Sanchez clearly isn't the quarterback of the future for the Jets and there's no reason for New York to pass on a QB in the draft.
Nassib was impressive at the 2013 Senior Bowl and should definitely be drafted in the second round to a team like the Jets, who should be looking to shore up the quarterback spot.
40. Tennessee Titans: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
I'm still shocked that Damontre Moore didn't go in the first round, but the Tennessee Titans will be one lucky franchise if he falls to No. 40.
Moore is a defensive end/outside linebacker hybrid who excels at rushing the passer—a talent the Titans undoubtedly could use.
41. Buffalo Bills: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
The Buffalo Bills finally get the wide receiver they need to complement Stevie Johnson with Terrance Williams in the second round. Williams is a tall wideout who can make a big difference in the vertical passing game. Big playmaking ability here.
42. Oakland Raiders: Sam Montgomery DE, LSU
The Oakland Raiders should continue to focus on defense in the second round. After selecting D.J. Hayden in the first round, I like the idea of Sam Montgomery coming to Oakland and being an immediate playmaker for the defense.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
With an aging Dallas Clark at tight end, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers go out and get a young talent in Zach Ertz, who's a solid route-runner and versatile athlete who can add instant offense to Tampa Bay.
44. Carolina Panthers: Shamarko Thomas, Safety, Syracuse
I see this as one of the best starts to a draft in recent memory for the Carolina Panthers, as they address glaring needs with early talent.
In the first round, the Panthers get a defensive tackle to plug up the middle of the defensive line, and then in the second round they take playmaking safety Shamarko Thomas out of Syracuse.
According to ESPN's Pat Yasinskas, Carolina has a dire need for a safety, as he writes:
"On safety, the Panthers allowed opponents to complete 47.2 percent of their passes of more than 20 yards downfield last season. That was the worst figure in the NFL."
Again, I say it's a successful draft for the Panthers.
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45. San Diego Chargers: Jamie Collins, LB, Southern Miss
Seeking an outside linebacker who can also serve as a pass-rusher, I like the San Diego Chargers to take Jamie Collins in the second round.
Collins plays the run exceptionally well and will help the Chargers build upon a staunch run defense that ranked sixth in the NFL last season.
46. Buffalo Bills: Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame
It's no secret that the Buffalo Bills need a linebacker and with Manti Te'o still on the board when the 46th pick rolls around, the Bills pull the trigger on the former standout linebacker in an attempt to contend in the AFC East.
47. Dallas Cowboys: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
The Dallas Cowboys' rushing attack was largely inconsistent last season, highlighting the potential need for a running back. In my opinion, Eddie Lacy is the best RB of the 2013 class and makes a ton of sense for a Cowboys team that should be looking to run the ball more this season.
48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
The inconsistency of the Steelers' running backs last season was a big reason for the 8-8 finish, which is why they go out and get Le'Veon Bell to add a spark out of the backfield. Bell was the fifth-leading rusher in college football last season and has the potential to be a first-year starter for the Steelers.
49. New York Giants: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
I really thought the New York Giants should have went corner in the first round, which is why I think they have to draft a CB in the second round.
New York's secondary was dismal in 2012, ranking 28th in the league against the pass, highlighting the need for Johnthan Banks out of Mississippi State.
50. Chicago Bears: Arthur Brown, MLB, Kansas State
After a disappointing first-round selection, the Chicago Bears make up for it by drafting Arthur Brown to fill the spot of Brian Urlacher on defense. Brown is one of the best tacklers at the position and has the intangibles to be a leader in Chicago.
51. Washington Redskins: Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
With Brandon Meriweather coming off an ACL tear and Reed Doughty being an unrestricted free agent after this season, the Washington Redskins undoubtedly have a need at the safety position.
Phillip Thomas is a physical defender who doesn't mind pitching in against the run, making him a perfect fit for the NFC East.
52. New England Patriots (via MIN): Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
After owning the 29th-ranked pass defense a season ago, the New England Patriots go out and get a physical corner in Jamar Taylor, an athletic corner who has no problem pitching in against the rush.
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Already boasting elite receiver A.J. Green, Cincinnati goes out and gets another vertical threat in Quinton Patton. I think Andrew Hawkins will be the No. 2 for the Bengals, but Patton has the potential to overtake that No. 2 wideout spot as the season progresses.
54. Miami Dolphins (via IND): Keenan Allen, WR, California
Bolstering the defense with their fist two picks of the draft, the Miami Dolphins go out and get another target for Ryan Tannehill in Keenan Allen. The former Cal Bear will be a nice complement to Mike Wallace and Brian Hartline while making the Dolphins a serious threat in the East.
55. Green Bay Packers: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
After addressing the defense in the first round, I think the Packers go out and get college football's third-leading rusher from 2012, Montee Ball.
Possessing a running game will add another dynamic aspect to Green Bay's offense and may propel it into the Super Bowl yet again under Aaron Rodgers.
56. Seattle Seahawks: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
With their first pick in the 2013 draft, the Seattle Seahawks select John Jenkins as part of that fierce defense.
In a defensive tackle rotation that now includes Cliff Avril, Jenkins helps Seattle boast one of the NFL's top defenses yet again.
57. Houston Texans: David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State
At 6'1", David Amerson possesses the necessary height and ball skills to cover NFL wideouts and I like him to the Houston Texans in Round 2. I loved that the Texans address their wide receiver need with DeAndre Hopkins in the first round, and I think they strengthen their secondary with the 57th pick.
58. Denver Broncos: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
Given the injury history of Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno, the Denver Broncos go out and get Giovani Bernard out of North Carolina.
Bernard is a versatile playmaker out of the backfield who could be an excellent complement to Peyton Manning's pass-heavy offense.
59. New England Patriots: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
The New England Patriots already have some depth at defensive tackle, but Vince Wilfork is 31 and can't be that same playmaker forever. Short is surprisingly quick for his 300-pound frame and could be a future standout on the interior of New England's defensive line.
60. Atlanta Falcons: Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers
Khaseem Green is best served as an outside linebacker in a 4-3 defensive scheme, which is what the Atlanta Falcons run.
Greene doesn't have ideal size but his quickness and awareness certainly make up for that.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
With Delanie Walker now a member of the Tennessee Titans, the San Francisco 49ers should be looking for a tight end to replace him, as the Niners love using two tight ends in some of their offensive sets.
Vance McDonald can play in the slot as a receiver, where he also has the skill to block on running plays and screens to the outside.
62. Baltimore Ravens: Robert Woods, WR, USC
Without Anquan Boldin, Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens need a reliable wide receiver. Robert Woods out of USC is a potential No. 1 wideout and shows flashes of Anquan Boldin-like talent, with the ability to catch the football away from his body and get open when the coverage breaks down.
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