NFL Mock Draft 2013: Updated Predictions for Round 2

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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Updated Predictions for Round 2
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Matt Barkley looks downfield without any idea what's about to hit him.

Round 1 is complete, so we redirect our attention to the second round of the 2013 NFL draft.

There's plenty of talent to be had that shall not go overlooked.

Where will USC's Matt Barkley wind up? How many more offensive linemen will go off the board in Round 2? What about the other quarterbacks aside from Barkley and Geno Smith?

There's obviously a lot to discuss as day two is set to kick off on Friday evening. With that, let's sink our teeth into a full second-round mock.

Note: Highlighted players in italics.

 

33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Matt Barkley, QB (USC)

Jacksonville opting for Matt Barkley is the best fit for each party.

The Jaguars already provide a decent receiving corps with Justin Blackmon, Cecil Shorts and tight end Marcedes Lewis available to make plays, and they all accumulate good yards after the catch.

Additionally, the Jags give Barkley a strong ground game with Maurice Jones-Drew. His presence sets up the play-action pass and Barkley's development quickens as a result.

While at USC, he tossed 116 touchdowns to a mere 48 picks and sported a 64.1 completion percentage. His arm strength is better than he's given credit for, and he worked well under center.

In the defensively suspect AFC South, Barkley will produce well with the solid talent around him.

 

34. San Francisco 49ers (via KC): Jesse Williams, DT (Alabama)

San Francisco needs youth along the defensive line. Jesse Williams obviously provides this, but also the short-area quickness to make an immediate impact. He'll be a great complementary pick in the trenches for the linebackers and secondary.


35. Philadelphia Eagles: Johnthan Banks, CB (Mississippi State)

After addressing the need along the offensive line in Round 1, the Eagles must improve the secondary by drafting Johnthan Banks. After all, Philadelphia allowed 33 passing touchdowns last season and managed just eight picks. Getting Banks locks down half the field, courtesy of his knack for changing field position off turnovers.


36. Detroit Lions: Menelik Watson, RT (Florida State)

Pass protection is needed for Matthew Stafford to remain consistent. Menelik Watson is a great addition at right tackle, because he brings the size and lateral agility to isolate one-on-one. He's also a strong pick to establish a tougher running game.

 

37. Cincinnati Bengals (via OAK): John Cyprien, S (Florida International)

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Arguably the best safety in the draft, John Cyprien falls to Cincinnati at No. 37. The Bengals need a versatile safety to roll down or sit back deep, and Cyprien does both. His knack for finding the ball will pay immediate dividends as well since the Bengals struggled to force turnovers in 2012.

 

38. Arizona Cardinals: Ryan Nassib, QB (Syracuse)

Ryan Nassib is the future under center for the Cardinals. Offering solid decision-making skills and improved production during his college career, Nassib has the size and arm strength to add balance. With him, Arizona can attack confidently downfield and occasionally use the pass to set up the run.


Cleveland Browns forfeit pick from 2012 supplemental draft

 

39. New York Jets: Zach Ertz, TE (Stanford)

Zach Ertz is a complete tight end from a pro-style offense. In other words, he fits New York's offense to a T. In addition to his excellent talent to run-block effectively, Ertz is also a reliable receiver. The Jets now have even better offensive balance to control the tempo in an improving division.

 

40. Tennessee Titans: Alex Okafor, DE (Texas)

Tennessee needs a complete defensive end to isolate the run and apply instant quarterback pressure. Alex Okafor will provide those assets because of his fast release at the snap. The Titans already have a solid group of linebackers, so complementing them up front fields a complete front seven.

 

41. Buffalo Bills: Terrance Williams, WR (Baylor)

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Terrance Williams is one of the draft's most explosive receiving targets. After averaging 18.9 yards per catch in 2012, his presence for Buffalo provides a significant boost to the passing game. Defenses must now honor Williams' ability to go deep or get yards after the catch, which takes attention away from C.J. Spiller.


42. Oakland Raiders (via MIA): Sam Montgomery, DE (LSU)

The Raiders need a pass-rusher and depth for the rotation. Sam Montgomery offers that, courtesy of his reliable assignment discipline and lateral quickness. With more quarterback pressure, Oakland is able to generate more turnovers to assist the offense.

 

43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tank Carradine, DE (Florida State)

An improved pass rush will make the Buccaneers an even stronger playoff contender. Tampa Bay collected just 27 sacks in 2012, whereas Tank Carradine racked up 11 for the Seminoles to go with 80 tackles. Assisted by an upgraded secondary, Carradine will produce nicely as a rookie.

 

44. Carolina Panthers: Jamar Taylor, CB (Boise State)

Carolina won't sniff the postseason without enhancing the coverage in its secondary. The front seven is set after landing Star Lotulelei, but opting for Jamar Taylor gives another playmaking presence in the secondary. In addition to defending 13 passes in 2012, Taylor snagged four picks and forced three fumbles. In the high-powered NFC South, his impact will slow the offensive onslaughts of Atlanta and New Orleans.


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45. San Diego Chargers: Jamie Collins, LB (Southern Miss)

Jamie Collins is a slight reach for the Chargers, but San Diego needs a pass-rusher with great potential. Collins recorded 20 tackles for loss in 2012, forced four fumbles and defended five passes. Possessing the instincts to develop immediately, Collins is worth the risk in the middle of Round 2.


46. Buffalo Bills (via St. Louis): Manti Te'o, LB (Notre Dame)

The Bills catch a gem with Manti Te'o. Buffalo fields a strong defensive line and the secondary has great potential. An instinctive linebacker such as Te'o allows for a better run defense and coverage at the intermediate level.


47. Dallas Cowboys: Kawann Short, DT (Purdue)

Kawann Short brings the tenacity and burst at the snap to collapse the pocket, which helps DeMarcus Ware and Co. to dart around the edges. In addition, Short will draw occasional double-teams to give the linebackers a cleaner path to the ball.

 

48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Le’Veon Bell, RB (Michigan State)

The Steelers ranked No. 26 in rushing offense last season so Pittsburgh needs to land a punishing running back that suits its offensive philosophy.

Enter Michigan State's Le'Veon Bell, a dominating Brahma Bull for the Spartans during the past two seasons. He stockpiled 2,741 rushing yards and scored 25 times on the ground.

He was utilized a lot in college, so it's reasonable to suspect that Bell was overworked, but that red flag is negated by the fact that he won't be an every-down back in Pittsburgh. Nevertheless, Pittsburgh's passing game will remain efficient with Ben Roethlisberger spreading the field and buying time when needed.

Bell's impact gives the Steelers a competitive advantage in short yardage, on third down and inside the red zone. As Bell develops, Pittsburgh will make a strong run back to the playoffs.

 

49. New York Giants: Shamarko Thomas, S (Syracuse)

The Giants need a hart-hitting safety who constantly makes plays on the ball. Welcome Shamarko Thomas to the Big Apple, a safety who will play be solid near the line and fill the second level for any blitzing 'backer. Factor in decent man-coverage skills, and Thomas consistently covers in shell protection at the intermediate level.

 

50. Chicago Bears: Arthur Brown, LB (Kansas State)

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A fast linebacker with quick reactionary skills will complete Chicago's front seven. Well, Arthur Brown racked up 201 tackles the past two years and defended nine passes. With the Bears' solid front line, Brown's overall ability will make an even greater impact for the Chicago defense.

 

51. Washington Redskins: Tyrann Mathieu, DB (LSU)

Tyrann Mathieu is certainly a reach for the Redskins in Round 2. That said, Washington desperately needs better coverage, and Mathieu's potential offers much versatility. His nose for the ball suits well at safety and Mathieu's quickness works in man-to-man at corner. Regardless of where he lines up, the guy will find the rock and help generate turnovers.

 

52. New England Patriots (via MIN): Quinton Patton, WR (Louisiana Tech)

Quinton Patton is an impressive route-runner with reliable hands and short-area quickness. The Patriots need one more target for Tom Brady. Otherwise, defenses will continue to stack the box against the run and blitz. After catching 183 passes and racking up 2,594 receiving yards combined in 2011 and 2012, Patton will stretch the field and split zones to occupy linebackers and safeties.


53. Cincinnati Bengals: Montee Ball, RB (Wisconsin)

The Bengals need a complete running back and Montee Ball is the perfect solution. His dual-threat production for the Badgers will quickly impact Cincinnati on first and second down. Ball will also provide reliable pass protection, which gives Andy Dalton more time to spread the field.


54. Miami Dolphins (via IND): Larry Warford, G (Kentucky)

Emphasizing balance will take Miami to another level in 2013. Larry Warford out of Kentucky is one of the draft's most underrated linemen. He brings a physical approach in the trenches and also sets up nicely as a pass-blocker.

 

55. Green Bay PackersPhillip Thomas, S (Fresno State)

The Packers have to get a dynamic safety to make another run at the postseason.

In 2012, Green Bay ranked No. 11 in pass defense, but gave up 24 passing touchdowns. Electing for Fresno State's Phillip Thomas addresses the intermediate level because he'll cover in shell protection for a blitzing linebacker and fill running lanes.

His impact lets the Packers run more Cover 1 and Cover 3 in press coverage, which expands the front seven's blitz package. The best way for Green Bay to fend off any explosive attack is with quarterback pressure.

Factor in Thomas' ability to generate turnovers—six forced fumbles and 11 picks between his final two college seasons—and the Packers get off the field on third down. Complemented by a stellar pass rush and upgraded run defense, Thomas will see numerous playmaking opportunities.

As a result, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense are provided with additional possessions.


56. Seattle Seahawks: John Jenkins, DT (Georgia)

The responsibilities of John Jenkins will be limited in Seattle. That said, his size for drawing double-teams allows the defensive ends and linebackers more playmaking opportunities. When he is blocked by one man, Jenkins has the initial quickness to apply interior quarterback pressure.

 

57. Houston Texans: David Amerson, CB (North Carolina State)

David Amerson is a high-risk, high-reward choice at No. 57 overall, which means he'll either give up a big play or make a big play. Houston is a nice fit because it has Ed Reed patrolling the secondary at safety. As a result, Amerson will find increased turnover chances, and his ability to change the field position will become a distinct advantage.


58. Denver Broncos: Giovani Bernard, RB (North Carolina)

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Giovani Bernard is an explosive running back to take over the No. 1 ball-carrier spot. Denver's future at the position is uncertain, which leads to Bernard's selection in Round 2. The Broncos now present stronger balance, thanks to Bernard's impact for making the play action a significant threat.

 

59. New England Patriots: Barrett Jones, Center/Guard (Alabama)

The interior future of New England's offensive line rests with Barrett Jones. Easily one of the draft's most versatile linemen, Jones brings the talent to extend running lanes and move laterally when pass-blocking. Given that Dan Connolly turns 31 years old this season to match Logan Mankins, Jones supplies youth and depth for Tom Brady and Co. to address a long-term need.

 

60. Atlanta Falcons: Khaseem Greene, LB (Rutgers)

Khaseem Greene was a productive linebacker in college. From 2010 through 2012, he collected 354 tackles, defended 13 passes and forced 12 fumbles. This level of all-around talent helps Atlanta's front seven, because the Falcons need a 'backer of Greene's capabilities, especially after allowing 4.8 yards per rush last season.


61. San Francisco 49ers: Vance McDonald, TE (Rice)

Supplying Colin Kaepernick with another playmaker will bolster San Francisco's aerial onslaught. Vance McDonald didn't put up electrifying numbers, but he scored 15 touchdowns and measures 6'4" at 267 pounds. In short, he'll develop as an asset inside the red zone and on third down.


62. Baltimore Ravens: David Bakhtiari, T (Colorado)

Baltimore can use some reliable depth at offensive tackle.

Although Colorado's David Bakhtiari is a reach in Round 2, the guy brings excellent potential and skill for right tackle. He's quick at the snap, drives well off the ball and is capable of getting to the second level.

That talent alone will keep the Ravens' running game stellar on first down as well as punch the cut of a front seven inside the red zone. At the combine, he pumped out 28 reps on the bench press, which also helps for winning the immediate point of attack.

Measuring 6'4" and 299 pounds, he definitely has to put on some bulk and get quicker, but that will also come with NFL development.

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