2013 NFL Draft Projections: Where Top Remaining Superstars Will Land on Day 2
The first day of the 2013 NFL draft passed without Geno Smith, the commonly thought best quarterback in this draft, getting selected.
With a host of teams in need of a quarterback up early in the second round, I don't expect him to last long, or USC's Matt Barkley for that matter.
Meanwhile, the Bears will benefit from Manti Te'o's free fall.
No. 33: Jacksonville Jaguars—Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
If the Jaguars get a nice offer, I'd expect them to trade down. However, the fact that no team jumped into the tail end of the first round to take Smith suggests there isn't much of a market.
However, the Jaguars shouldn't be so anxious to trade down in the first place. They need an upgrade at quarterback.
Blaine Gabbert can't hit 60 percent of his passes, and while he's only about to start his third year, he made modest gains last year. He has shown nothing to lead one to believe he will be a quality starter in this league.
The Jaguars can't let an opportunity to let a quarterback as talented as Smith slip by them in the second round.
No. 39: New York Jets—Matt Barkley, QB, USC
With Geno Smith off the board, I can't see the Eagles taking a quarterback in the second round. I think the Cardinals will address the offensive line again.
With those two teams steering away from quarterbacks, the Jets shouldn't have to worry about another team drafting a third quarterback. And the Jets have to upgrade at signal-caller.
This team will be dragged into the ground if it doesn't find a long-term option, or at least a legitimate one.
Matt Barkley is pro ready. While he doesn't have as high a ceiling as some of the other quarterbacks, he is an accurate mid-range passer with experience in a pro-style offense.
He could start from Day 1 and give the Jets an upgrade.
I'm not convinced Barkley will ever be an elite quarterback, but he can be an average starter. That's a solid value in the second round, and much better than what the Jets have been getting.
No. 50: Chicago Bears—Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
Middle linebacker is not a prioritized position in this draft. Combine that with some of the question marks around Te'o, and it's not surprising he is falling.
I didn't like this selection for the Bears in the first round. Te'o is not an ideal fit for Chicago. The Bears have asked their middle linebacker to cover a lot of ground, and the biggest knock on Te'o is his lack of speed.
However, in the second round, the Bears can't let him pass. This is a team that needs to be in a win-now mode, and Te'o fills a big need.
While he may not fill it ideally, he will be a strong and consistent presence in the defense.
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