2013 NFL Mock Draft Round 2: Complete Projections for Day 2 Action
The first round of the 2013 NFL draft is in the books, but fans shouldn't knock the value of second and third-round picks. When NFL teams are back on the clock on Friday, there will be more opportunities to improve rosters with players who could make an immediate impact.
Here are the complete projections for the second round, with analysis and a list of my projections for the third round as well.
Players who will have the best chance at starting as rookies are spotlighted. These selections will appear in italics and will feature an image.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars—Damontre Moore—DE, Texas A&M
At one point, Moore was thought to be a top five pick. It is possible the Jags still have him rated among the top pass-rushers in the draft.
Having taken Luke Joeckel with their first pick, Jacksonville hopes that Moore's availability could help ease the pain of a fanbase that wanted to see the team take Oregon's Dion Jordan.
34. San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City Chiefs)—Zach Ertz—TE, Stanford
In the 2012 draft, I thought the Niners could have benefited from taking a TE to pair with Vernon Davis. It may be a year late, but Ertz and Davis could be a nice tandem.
35. Philadelphia Eagles Geno Smith—QB, West Virginia
The Eagles still need a quarterback. But almost no one would have thought they could possibly have a shot at Geno Smith with the 35th pick.
After Smith didn't hear his name called in the first round, he may very well be there for the Eagles here.
Mike Vick likely has the starting spot on lock early, but Smith could be the man for the future.
36. Detroit Lions—Jordan Poyer—CB, Oregon State
Having already taken BYU's Ezekiel Ansah with the No. 5 pick, the Lions should look to address their secondary. Poyer has the big-play ability the Lions need in the secondary.
He could start on the opposite side of Chris Houston from Day 1. Detroit doesn't have another cornerback on their roster that would automatically be vaulted ahead of him.
It may be a slight reach taking him this high, but this is a position of need. In a pass-happy NFL, teams must have two dependable cornerbacks. This would give the Lions their duo.
37. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders)—John Cyprien— S, Florida International
Cyprien hails from a smaller program, but he had some first-round buzz.
ESPN's Jamison Hensley tabbed Cyprien to the Bengals with the No. 21 pick in his mock. If the Bengals could get him at No. 37, that would be a huge get.
38. Arizona Cardinals—Tyler Wilson— QB, Arkansas
The Cards traded for Carson Palmer, but they still have to find a quarterback of the future. Wilson's name hasn't been on the tips of tongues lately, but this would be a sensible selection for the Cardinals.
Cleveland's Pick Exercised in Supplemental Draft
39. New York Jets—Ryan Nassib—QB, Syracuse
News flash: Mark Sanchez is not the quarterback of the present or future. Nassib has the talent to be a first-round selection, so the Jets would be fortunate to have him.
I firmly believe Nassib could end up as the man in his rookie season.
The Jets took Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with their first pick, but Nassib could be the most impacting selection they make in this draft. The Jets won't be serious until they find a quarterback that can take them to the next level.
This pick could get them the leader they need.
40. Tennessee Titans—Manti Te'o—LB, Notre Dame
Te'o has a great nose for the ball and he's a tremendous leader. Tennessee's defense ranked 27th in the NFL last season. They used their first-round pick on the offensive side of the ball.
It's time they improve their defense.
It seemed like Te'o would go at several spots in the first round, but he has slipped to the second day. The Titans should be happy, as he could he help to drastically improve the team's run defense.
Though the last six months haven't been all that sweet for Te'o, he could find himself in a very favorable position when all is said and done.
41. Buffalo Bills—Markus Wheaton—WR, Oregon State
The Bills played their cards right. They moved back in the draft and still got the first quarterback in the draft at No. 16.
Now that the team has grabbed E.J. Manuel, they need to get him a primary weapon. Wheaton's speed and big-play ability could give the Bills a young and dangerous aerial combination.
42. Oakland Raiders (From Miami Dolphins)—Matt Barkley—QB, USC
What QB will make teams regret passing on him the most?
The Raiders could have had any of the top quarterbacks in the draft, but they moved back (San Jose Mercury News) and took cornerback D.J. Hayden with their first pick.
Now they must find their quarterback. They just sent one USC Trojans quarterback packing in a trade (Carson Palmer to Arizona), perhaps this one will work out better.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Jesse Williams—DT, Alabama
This is simply an example of taking the best player available. Williams could add depth to the Bucs defensive line.
The pass defense was the team's biggest weakness, but it is hard to ignore the possibility of teaming Williams with Gerald McCoy on the inside.
44. Carolina Panthers—Larry Warford—OG, Kentucky
The Panthers are building a solid team in the trenches. They are collecting big, nasty players on the inside on offense and defense.
In the first round they took Star Lotulelei. In the second round, they can improve the offensive line.
Warford isn't considered one of the top three guards, but he is a nice fit for a team like Carolina, who runs the read-option and other misdirection run plays.
New Orleans' Pick Forfeited
45. San Diego Chargers—Robert Woods—WR, USC
The Chargers need a big receiver that can make plays down the field. Philip Rivers desperately missed that type of weapon once Vincent Jackson moved on.
Woods isn't a towering 6'3" wideout, but he's big enough at 6'1". He also has the hands to step in and make an impact immediately.
He may not have expected to still be on the board at this part of the draft, but this would prove to be the best landing spot for him.
Rivers would certainly be happy to have him.
46. Buffalo Bills (From St. Louis Rams)—Keenan Allen—WR, California
Allen isn't a burner, but he is a solid route-runner who has good hands.
Adding another receiver may seem excessive, but aside from Stevie Johnson, the team doesn't have much in the way of dependable options at receiver.
When bringing in a rookie quarterback, it is smart to give him a diverse set of weapons. It is even more helpful when he and the receivers can grow together in a new offense to establish chemistry.
47. Dallas Cowboys—Sio Moore—OLB, UConn
Dallas' defensive scheme has changed. Moore's speed makes him attractive as a potential tackling machine in the 4-3.
He reminds me a little of Lance Briggs. That type of player would be just what the doctor ordered for the Cowboys.
48. Pittsburgh Steelers—Johnathan Hankins—DT, Ohio State
The Steelers drafted Jarvis Jones in the first round, but they need to continue to address their aging defense.
Hankins size and ability to absorb blockers is a perfect fit for the Steelers' system. Casey Hampton could return to the Steelers, but the team still needs to add young players.
If Hampton doesn't come back and Pittsburgh takes Hankins, I can see a scenario where he could start at nose tackle for the Steelers in 2013.
49. New York Giants—Cornellius "Tank" Carradine—DE, Florida State
The Giants are at their best when they have depth at defensive end. Osi Umenyiora signed with the Atlanta Falcons and Justin Tuck is getting long in the tooth.
Drafting Carradine would bring the team a talented young pass-rusher. He could ultimately be teamed with Jason Pierre-Paul to make a formidable set of defensive ends.
50. Chicago Bears—Jonathan Bostic—LB, Florida
The Bears passed on Te'o and Alec Ogletree to further shore up their offensive line with Kyle Long in the first round. But this pick should be dedicated to finding a long-term solution at middle linebacker.
D.J. Williams was only signed for one year. Bostic could theoretically learn the position on an NFL level as a rookie with designs on being ready to take over in 2014.
51. Washington Redskins—Phillip Thomas—FS, Fresno State
The Redskins secondary wasn't exactly a feared unit in 2012. They did have 21 interceptions, but they also allowed the third-most passing yards in the league.
Thomas has big-play potential. He led the nation in interceptions in 2012, but at 6'1" and 205 pounds, he is a physical presence against passes over the middle and against the run.
52. New England Patriots (From Minnesota Vikings)—Justin Hunter—WR, Tennessee
Hunter is big (6'4") and he has the speed and hands to become a deep threat for the Patriots. He has first-round talent and, in my opinion, he should have come off the board before Cordarrelle Patterson.
The Pats could have a steal if they take him here.
53. Cincinnati Bengals—Jonathan Jenkins—DT, Georgia
Jenkins is massive at 6'3" and 355 pounds. He showed flashes of dominance in college, but overall the entire Georgia defense underachieved when you look at their talent.
If Jenkins landed with Cincinnati, his run-stuffing size could make him the perfect complement to Geno Atkins' pass-rushing abilities.
54. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts)—Johnthan Banks—CB, Ole Miss
After losing Sean Smith, the Dolphins need to add a cornerback. Banks won't blow anyone away with his speed, but I like the fact that he held his own against NFL-caliber athletes in the SEC.
The 'Fins should have taken Dee Milliner when they moved up (per Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald), but this would at least address an area of need.
55. Green Bay Packers—Barrett Jones—OC/OG, Alabama
Jones is one of the most talented offensive lineman in this draft, he suffered an injury that prevented him for working out for teams during the pre-draft process.
That certainly hurt his stock.
He may miss the first part of the season, but a team that is willing to wait could get a future Pro Bowler. I believe he will be that good if he stays healthy.
56. Seattle Seahawks—Terron Armstead—OG Arkansas Pine Bluff
After an amazing performance at the combine, the freakishly athletic Armstead should hear his name called on Friday.
As the Seahawks look to add depth on the offensive line, Armstead would be a smart selection.
57. Houston Texans—A.J. Klein—WR, Iowa State
Once Brian Cushing went down in 2012, the Texans defense wasn't quite the same.
They need to add depth in case of another injury, but Klein could also start alongside Cushing as the second inside linebacker in the Texans' scheme.
58. Denver Broncos—Sam Montgomery—DE, LSU
Having lost Elvis Dumervil, the Broncos could stand to add a potential impact player at defensive end. At one point, I thought Montgomery could be a first-round pick, but he has slipped a bit.
He made some mistakes in his pre-draft interviews and that caused the slide. The talent is there, and once he matures he can be a productive player. It makes sense for the Broncos to take him at No. 58.
59. New England Patriots—Stedman Bailey—WR, West Virginia
The Pats can't depend on Danny Amendola staying healthy; they need another option in the slot. Bailey has the skill set and shiftiness to succeed in that role. I could also see him as a punt returner as well.
He's not Tavon Austin, but he would be a playmaker on the Pats offense and potentially a weapon on special teams.
60. Atlanta Falcons—Alex Okafor—DE, Texas
The Dirty Birds didn't address their need for a young pass-rusher in the first round. They had only 29 sacks in the 2012 and their leader in that department, John Abraham, is 34 years old.
Getting younger and better at the position is a must.
Okafor could ultimately take over at DE once Abraham has moved on.
61. San Francisco 49ers—Kwame Geathers—DT, Georgia
The Niners defense is built on huge tacklers that stuff the run, and Geathers is exactly that. At 6'5" and 355 pounds, he is a load on the inside.
He's a solid pick for the Niners here because he is a perfect fit for what they do on defense.
62. Baltimore Ravens—Kiko Alonso—LB, Oregon
On talent and the overall physical package, Alonso could have been taken late in the first round. But he has had some legal problems.
Those character concerns could push him into the third or fourth round. The Ravens need an inside linebacker and if they can keep him focused on football, he'd be a solid addition to the defense.
The Third Round
63. Chiefs—Giovani Bernard—RB, North Carolina
64. Jaguars—Darius Slay—CB, Mississippi State
65. Lions—Aaron Dobson—WR, Marshall
66. Raiders—Jamar Taylor—CB, Boise State
67. Eagles—Earl Wolff—S, N.C. State
68. Browns—Tyler Bray—QB, Tennessee
69. Cardinals—David Quessenberry—C, San Jose State
70. Titans—Kawann Short—DT, Purdue
71. Rams (From Bills)—Bacarri Rambo—S, Georgia
72. Jets—Da'Rick Rogers—WR, Tennessee Tech
73. Buccaneers—Travis Kelce—TE, Cincinnati
74. Cowboys (From Panthers through 49ers)—Akeem Spence—DT, Illinois
75. Saints—Bennie Logan—DT, LSU
76. Chargers—David Amerson—CB, NC State
77. Dolphins—Stepfan Taylor—RB, Stanford
78. Bills (From Rams)—Shamarko Thomas—S, Syracuse
79. Steelers—Montee Ball—RB, Wisconsin
80. Cowboys—Alvin Bailey—OG, Arkansas
81. Giants—Khaseem Green—OLB, Rutgers
82. Dolphins—(From Bears)—Jamie Collins—OLB, Southern Miss
83. Patriots (From Vikings)—DJ Swearinger—S, S. Carolina
84. Bengals—Ryan Swope—WR, Texas A&M
85. Redskins—Robert Alford—CB, SE Louisiana
86. Colts—David Bakhtiari—OT, Colorado
87. Seahawks—Vance McDonald—TE, Rice
88. Packers—Corey Lemonier—OLB, Auburn
89. Texans—Dwayne Gratz—CB, UConn
90. Broncos—Brian Schwenke—C, Calfornia
91. Patriots—Logan Ryan—CB, Rutgers
92. Rams (From Falcons)—Blidi Wreh-Wilson—CB, UConn
93. 49ers—Terrence Williams—WR, Baylor
94. Ravens—Marquise Goodwin—WR, Texas
95. Texans (Compensatory Selection)—Brandon Williams—DT, Missouri Southern
96. Chiefs (Compensatory Selection)—Zaviar Gooden—OLB, Missouri
97. Titans (Compensatory Selection)—Mike Glennon—QB, North Carolina State
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