2013 NFL Mock Draft: Best Moves for Round 2 Teams

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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Best Moves for Round 2 Teams
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After a wild and unpredictable first round that saw plenty of movement and surprising picks, the second round of the 2013 NFL draft doesn't appear to be any easier to call. There is a lot of talent left on the board, though, so teams will have an opportunity to improve even more.

This year's draft isn't exactly stocked with elite-level talent, but there is a ton of depth at many positions, and it will come into play in the second round. There are certainly some guys remaining on the board who will ultimately provide first-round value, so it's simply a matter of identifying those players and putting them in the right situation.

Here is a full, second-round mock draft complete with all of the trades that went down during Thursday night's first round.

 

33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

One of the biggest storylines of the first round was the fall of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith. Prior to the draft, there was talk of Smith being taken as high as No. 2 by the Jacksonville Jaguars. That didn't happen, and there was only one quarterback taken in the entire first round as the Buffalo Bills selected E.J. Manuel at No. 16. That means Smith is still on the board as the second round looms.

The Jags didn't think enough of Smith to take him No. 2, but No. 33 may make a lot more sense for them. Jacksonville currently has Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne at the position, and while Gabbert is a young quarterback, he doesn't appear to have what it takes to be a starter in the league.

Smith has far more potential and could very well compete for the starting job as a rookie if the Jaguars decide to take him here.

Jacksonville has a ton of needs, but with a new offensive tackle in place in the form of Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel, it could stand to grab a new quarterback as well. The Jaguars fans desperately need something to get excited about, and picking a promising quarterback like Smith could definitely create some buzz.

 

34. San Francisco 49ers (via Kansas City): Damontre Moore, OLB, Texas A&M

The 49ers can do pretty much anything they please in this draft, so they'll grab a high-upside pass rusher in Moore to pair with Aldon Smith.

 

35. Philadelphia Eagles: Margus Hunt, DL, SMU

Philadelphia shored up its offensive line in the first round, so it would be smart to strengthen the defensive line with a 3-4 end such as Hunt.

 

36. Detroit Lions: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State

The Lions missed out on the top three offensive tackles in the first round; however, they get great value here as Watson is a potential stud at the position.

 

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

While the Bengals made somewhat of a luxury pick in the first round when it selected tight end Tyler Eifert, they will fill a big need here with Cyprien.

 

38. Arizona Cardinals: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU

The Cardinals don't have much at linebacker aside from Daryl Washington, but Minter gives them another dynamic playmaker in the middle of their defense.

 

39. New York Jets: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama

This is a spot that could make sense for a quarterback, but the Jets have nothing at running back and desperately need a featured runner such as Lacy.

 

40. Tennessee Titans: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State

The Titans addressed one need in the first round as they took a guard in Chance Warmack and they'll fill another here by taking a promising corner in Taylor.

 

41. Buffalo Bills: Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame

While there was a lot of talk about Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o falling out of the first round, most believed that somebody would take him fairly late. The Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens were all possibilities, but they all passed on the controversial linebacker.

He figures to land somewhere in the second round, and while it's unclear where, the Buffalo Bills make a lot of sense at No. 41.

If not for an awful performance in the National Championship Game against Alabama as well as the well-documented girlfriend hoax, Te'o probably would have been a top-10 pick. He was the best defensive player in college football last season and was named a Heisman Trophy finalist. Somebody is willing to pay for production, and the Bills are likely that team as they are starved for linebackers.

Buffalo has a very strong front four including Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus, so Te'o could be a perfect fit as he'll have room to roam and make plays. The Bills desperately need a tackling machine in the middle of their defense, and Te'o is a guy who can fill that role despite the negative publicity surrounding him.

 

42. Oakland Raiders (via Miami): Matt Barkley, QB, USC

While the Raiders have been burned by USC quarterbacks in the past, they have a definite need at the position and will likely be drawn in by Barkley's collegiate production.

 

43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, DE, Florida State

The Bucs have cycled through a lot of different defensive ends over the past few seasons, but Carradine is an intriguing prospect with a ton of potential.

 

44. Carolina Panthers: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

Carolina doesn't have much quality at the cornerback position, so it would be wise to nab a big, physical corner such as Banks.

 

45. San Diego Chargers: Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky

The Chargers took steps toward protecting quarterback Philip Rivers in the first round by taking tackle D.J. Fluker, and it should add to the offensive line with Warford.

 

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46. Buffalo Bills (via St. Louis): Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee

Buffalo has nothing at wide receiver aside from Stevie Johnson, but Hunter is a guy who can get down the field and make some big plays.

 

47. Dallas Cowboys: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina

The Cowboys have had a revolving door at safety for the past several seasons, but Swearinger is a guy who should be able to play right away and hold a spot for years to come.

 

48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Keenan Allen, WR, California

Pittsburgh lost No. 1 wide receiver Mike Wallace in free agency, and while there is nobody of his caliber on the board, Allen is a big receiver with a ton of upside.

 

49. New York Giants: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State

The Giants have had a lot of injuries and inconsistent play at linebacker over the past couple years, so taking a guy like Brown seems like an obvious maneuver.

 

50. Chicago Bears: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford

Ertz falls a bit since there aren't many teams that need a tight end, but the Bears will be thrilled to pair him with the newly acquired Martellus Bennett.

 

51. Washington Redskins: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU

If not for off-field issues, Mathieu very well may have been a first-round selection in this draft, but the Redskins will be happy to roll the dice and hope for the best.

 

52. New England Patriots (via Minnesota): Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn

The Patriots seem to find a corner that they like in every draft and Wreh-Wilson seems like the type of player that they typically target.

 

53. Cincinnati Bengals: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

In terms of collegiate production, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball may be the top player in the 2013 NFL draft.

Over the past two seasons, he rushed for nearly 4,000 combined yards and scored 61 touchdowns, and while there is no guarantee that his numbers will translate to the NFL level, they have to count for something.

There are plenty of teams who will be looking for a back in the second round, and the Cincinnati Bengals would be a fantastic situation for Ball to land in.

The Bengals are a rough-and-tumble team committed to running the football. They have BenJarvus Green-Ellis in place, and while he did a solid job last season, he isn't particularly explosive.

Ball could serve as a change-of-pace back initially and split time with Green-Ellis before ultimately taking over the starting job on a full-time basis. The Bengals have a strong offensive line and they should create holes for the Wisconsin product.

There is some concern about Ball being able to carry a full workload in the NFL as he is on the smaller side, but he is built solidly and was a workhorse for three seasons at Wisconsin.

In fact, he had over 300 carries in each of the past two seasons. That means he has more tread on the tires than any other running back, but he has more experience and a better track record as well.

 

54. Miami Dolphins (via Indianapolis): Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Many thought that the Dolphins would nab Oklahoma offensive tackle Lane Johnson when they traded up in the first round, and while they went with defense, they can address a need with Armstead.

 

55. Green Bay Packers: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina

The Packers have a lot of running backs, but none of them have managed to take the reins, so Bernard is a definite possibility at this juncture.

 

56. Seattle Seahawks: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

Seattle is fairly set at most positions, but it could afford to upgrade at defensive tackle and Short is a perfect fit for the Seahawks' defensive scheme.

 

57. Houston Texans: Corey Lemonier, DE/OLB, Auburn

The Texans have lost a few productive pass rushers over the past couple offseasons, so they'll nab a developmental guy in the form of Lemonier.

 

58. Denver Broncos: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

There is no question that Denver's biggest needs resided on the defensive line, and after taking a defensive tackle in the first round, they'll add a defensive end in the form of Okafor.

 

59. New England Patriots: Robert Woods, WR, USC

The Patriots don't have many options when it comes to outside receiving threats, but Woods was extremely productive at USC and could form a nice rapport with quarterback Tom Brady.

 

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60. Atlanta Falcons: Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers

Atlanta is definitely weaker on the defensive side of the ball and could use some depth at linebacker, so Greene is a realistic target at No. 60.

 

61. San Francisco 49ers: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama

The 49ers don't really have a defined nose tackle on their roster, and even though they don't necessarily need one, Williams is a luxury pick they can afford to make.

 

62. Baltimore Ravens: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

Baltimore lost a key contributor at wide receiver in Anquan Boldin, and while that isn't something that can easily be replaced, Williams could be a big-time pass catcher eventually.

 

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