2013 NFL Mock Draft: Last-Minute Predictions for Rounds 2 and 3
The first round of the 2013 NFL Draft might be over, but the real fun is just beginning.
Day two of the draft has always proven to be just as exciting to NFL fans, maybe more if you buy into the prevailing opinion that teams are built throughout the entire draft—not just your first-round pick.
There's plenty of storylines to watch as day two opens, including the top-three quarterbacks (Geno Smith, Matt Barkley and Ryan Nassib) all still on the board for the plucking at the top of the second round and Manti Te'o still sticking around after no one chose to take in him in Round 1.
All that said, if you think the first round was hard to predict, get ready for a different kind of beast in the second and third round. The Dallas Cowboys' pick of Travis Frederick in the bottom of the first round could be a preview of things to come on Friday, as you never know what a team's board really looks like until the pick is in.
In any event, we'll take a crack at who might be coming off the board in the next two rounds, complete with some analysis heading into the second round and what to expect your team to be looking at when they are on the clock on Friday night.
2013 Second-Round NFL Mock Draft
33. Jacksonville Jaguars — QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
Jacksonville is clearly in the market for a QB here after taking big OT Luke Joeckel with its first-round pick last night, and Nassib has quietly vaulted his name up draft boards enough to make sense at this spot.
In doing so, the QB competition in Jacksonville officially opens and we might have seen the last of Blaine Gabbert as a starter for the Jags.
34. San Francisco 49ers (via KC) — DT Jesse Williams, Alabama
San Francisco addressed its need in the secondary by sending only a third-round pick to Dallas in exchange for swapping first-rounders and Eric Reid is now the starting safety for the 49ers going into training camp.
Without a clear need at any other position other than tight end, the 49ers nab one of the best DTs available by taking Williams, and he adds versatility across the D-line in San Francisco that should be vital next season.
Another option here could be Stanford tight end Zach Ertz, but the 49ers have weapons galore on offense and there are some good TEs at the bottom of the round that could be available.
35. Philadelphia Eagles — QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
The Eagles got their left tackle of the future in Lane Johnson, and now add Geno Smith to officially signal the end of the Nick Foles/Michael Vick era in the near future.
Smith was clearly disappointed in not being taken on Day 1, but going to Chip Kelly's offense couldn't work out more perfectly for the four-year man from West Virginia. He should thrive in Kelly's offense, and this is a good fit and value for the Eagles after shoring up the offensive line on Day 1.
36. Detroit Lions — OT Menelik Watson, Florida State
Not able to jump ahead of the Eagles to draft an offensive lineman in the first round, the Lions get the benefit of a falling prospect in Menelik Watson, one of the men on hand to watch the events of the first round first-hand.
He didn't get his name called on Thursday, but he won't have to wait long to hear his name called on Friday. As the best OT, by all accounts, on the board, Watson provides stability and depth to the Detroit offensive line and is a clear position of need for the Lions.
37. Cincinnati Bengals (via OAK) — RB Johnathan Franklin, UCLA
As I've suspected all along, Johnathan Franklin has a great chance to be the first running back selected in the 2013 draft.
A complete player somewhat undervalued by scouts because of the production during his first few years at UCLA, Franklin came on strong late to end the regular season and proved his worth both as a runner, a pass-catcher and a blocker in workouts that were conducted before the draft.
Cincinnati has the law-firm at RB (BenJarvus Green-Ellis), but there's no reason not to upgrade the position enough to prepare for both the future and an attempt to make this offense as potent as possible in 2013. With two picks in the round, the Bengals can afford to take another offensive player as long as the board looks favorable for second-round pick No. 2.
38. Arizona Cardinals — RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama
After Franklin comes off the board, the Cardinals get desperate to add a running back here and Lacy is without a doubt the best player available at this point in the draft.
While the Cardinals could choose to bolster the rest of the offensive line or look to add QB depth with a guy like Matt Barkley, adding a marquee running back shouldn't be taken lightly. Lacy's on-the-field stats and game speak for themselves—and he's the best option if the Cards go offense here.
Cleveland forfeits second-round pick after 2012 Supplemental Draft (Josh Gordon).
39. New York Jets — WR Keenan Allen, California
The Jets need a big, talented receiver to take over for Santonio Holmes in the near future, and Allen fits the bill. Despite some injury and character concerns, he likely would have been a first-round selection on talent alone.
After John Idzik spent two first-round picks on defensive players, the Jets need to do something to either replace the QB situation or give said QBs something to throw to on the outside. In Allen, they don't reach for a QB and they don't take on the hailstorm of selecting another USC QB (Barkley).
To top it off, Allen is projected to be a good player at the position and the kind of "possession" receiver Mark Sanchez could use next season.
40. Tennessee Titans — CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State
Tennessee has been waiting for a Cortland Finnegan replacement for a couple of years now, and Jamar Taylor is a player who could turn into a shut-down corner at the next level.
He was projected to be in the mix at the bottom of the first round, and should be a lock for the Titans after picking up Chance Warmack to open up holes for Chris Johnson in Round 1.
41. Buffalo Bills — LB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
Buffalo was one of the first teams to be linked with Te'o when the draft process began.
A poor game against Alabama and the hoax incident have pushed him down the board enough to be a second-round pick, but that doesn't take away the fact that he's a capable ball player who knows how to captain a defense.
The Bills have talent all over the field on D, but the right linebacker to put it all together on any given play would do wonders for their success in 2013. Call me crazy—Te'o could be that piece.
42. Oakland Raiders (via MIA) — LB Kevin Minter, LSU
Oakland loves speedsters, and to pick up a starting-caliber linebacker with the pick it received from Miami in the Dion Jordan move is a great start to the Reggie McKenzie era.
McKenzie might have received less value than he could have gotten for the No. 3 pick, but the Raiders didn't have a second-round pick until the deal was made and end up getting two starters in the first 42 picks.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — DT John Jenkins, Georgia
Gerald McCoy hasn't been a disappointment for the Bucs, but finding a guy that can supplement his ability in the run-stuffing department would be a huge get for Greg Schiano.
That man could be Jenkins, sitting here after 42 picks and several of the marquee tackles already going off the board in the first round. He's a load in the middle and might not be a three-down player right away, but gets pressure in the backfield and is a corruptive force when motivated.
Turn on the Georgia tape and you will see all kinds of NFL talent, but a motivated Jenkins might be the cream of the crop.
44. Carolina Panthers — WR Robert Woods, USC
Carolina made the pick of the first round by getting Star Lotulelei, and a strong draft continues by holding pat and drafting Robert Woods in the second round.
Carolina is one of the best team's in the NFL at finding a keeping talent that might not be as highly-touted as other picks (see WRs on the roster right now), and taking a guy like Woods falls right into that category.
He might not have the raw ability of teammate Marqise Lee, but he is a down-the-field threat that doubles as a possession receiver in some spots. That's exactly what Carolina needs to expand this offense, and Woods is a quality pick at No. 44.
New Orleans forfeits second-round pick (Bounty-gate scandal).
45. San Diego Chargers — Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
There's a prevailing opinion that the Chargers could again turn to the offensive line with this pick and I wouldn't blame them one bit after losing top guard Louis Vasquez to go along with a pitiful effort in protecting Philip Rivers.
Instead, the Chargers address the secondary with one of the best CBs on the board. A long, athletic force from a standout Mississippi State defense, Banks helps the Chargers contend with Peyton Manning right away.
46. Buffalo Bills (via STL) — WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee
This draft is turning into a dream come true for the Bills, who traded back in the first round before selecting the highest QB on their board, and can pick up a talented WR in the second that has first-round skills.
Hunter might not have the pure speed or ability to the man he draws comparisons to (Randy Moss), but he does have incredible leaping ability and will help Manuel in bail-out fashion right away in Buffalo.
47. Dallas Cowboys — S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International
Dallas sold Reid to the 49ers with pick No. 18, and luck out with Cyprien falling to this spot on the board. He's a high-caliber, high-motor guy from a small school, but doesn't play like he's in a lesser conference on film.
Dallas got rid of Gerald Sensabaugh and Barry Church is coming off a season-ending injury, so the Cowboys must get a starter with this pick at the position. Other options include Baccari Rambo from Georgia and D.J. Swearinger from South Carolina—the next pick on this mock.
48. Pittsburgh Steelers — S D.J. Swearinger, South Carolina
Swearinger completes a solid two-round effort for the Steelers, grabbing two SEC standouts with first and second-round picks.
As Jarvis Jones helps bridge the gap on the front seven, Swearinger does the same in the secondary, maybe a replacement for Troy Polamalu one day.
49. New York Giants — DE Tank Carradine, Florida State
The Giants get a gift at No. 49, after passing on several DEs in the first round (Datone Jones, Bjoern Werner) who could have been role players for Tom Coughlin.
Luckily, Werner's teammate is regarded as one of the steals of the draft after his performance on film was studied more and more; he drops down to the second round because of an injury history with the Noles.
The Giants lost a step in the pass-rushing game in 2012, and picking up an explosive player on the outside to help replace Osi Umenyiora would be a great start to fixing that problem.
50. Chicago Bears — LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State
I had Brown going to the Bears in the first round and to get him at this point in the draft would be a good fit for both sides.
The Bears are aging at the linebacker position, and after addressing the offensive line in the first round, taking the best linebacker on the board with this pick wouldn't be considered a stretch at all.
Brown has great sideline-to-sideline ability and knows how to find the ballcarrier in run situations. As a replacement for Brian Urlacher and a long-term plan at the position, he looks like a nice fit for Marc Trestman.
51. Washington Redskins — CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut
One of the forgotten-about names in this draft, Wreh-Wilson quietly had a nice career in the Big East for the Huskies.
He has long arms, a nice vertical leap and had a crucial interception during his senior season at UConn that helped the Huskies take down then-undefeated Louisville.
He was an All-Big East player in 2012 and could help the Washington secondary right away after a season in which the Redskins were burned time and time again on the outside. There's a lot of turmoil in the Washington secondary right now and the Redskins really need a starter here. This guy fits the bill.
52. New England Patriots (via MIN) — WR Markus Wheaton, Oregon State
The Patriots weren't fortune enough to see Justin Hunter or Keenan Allen fall into their laps with a pick acquired from Minnesota on Thursday, but Wheaton is a guy some feel is Mike Wallace with better route-running ability.
As an outside receiver and a man who will help ease the loss of both Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd, Wheaton would be a nice value pick for the Patriots after picking up three extra selections from the Vikings.
53. Cincinnati Bengals — CB Darius Slay, Mississippi State
Cincinnati took care of business on offense with its first two picks, and can do the same on defense by addressing cornerback or linebacker in the second round. Slay is a guy who makes a ton of sense to get younger and more active in the back line and he helps increase the chances that Cincinnati has a top-tier defense when things open up in 2013.
54. Miami Dolphins (via IND) — OT Terron Armstead, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Miami chose to trade up to get Dion Jordan with the No. 3 pick, a move that makes sense because they have this pick from the Vontae Davis trade back around the start of the 2012 season.
With Branden Albert talks stalled (h/t ESPN) and Jake Long gone to St. Louis, the Dolphins can't afford to get cute and not get a potential replacement along their offensive line. Armstead ran a killer 40 in the NFL combine, and he's a nice player that might require some bulk to be considered a long-term tackle prospect.
Either way, the Dolphins need to address the offensive line before there aren't many viable options left.
55. Green Bay Packers — OL Barrett Jones, Alabama
After picking up Datone Jones in Round 1, the Packers too have a need to get better along the offensive line after the Jeff Saturday retirement.
Green Bay was working with a patch-job on the line before Saturday retired, anyway, as the former Colt was benched before the 2013 postseason began.
In Jones, the Packers get younger, more versatile and don't have to trade up to get a guy that some had a first-round grade on before injury concerns dropped his stock some. While not the most athletic, strongest or fastest player, Jones brings 110 percent on every play—a reason why he's able to do so much on the field.
56. Seattle Seahawks — DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
Seattle might have traded away its first-round pick for offensive help in the form of Percy Harvin, but sitting at No. 56 without having to move and seeing three potential targets (Hankins, Kaawan Short and Jenkins) all in this region would be huge for the Seahawks.
Hankins is a big, physical DT who eats up space in the running game. He adds a dimension on the defensive line to help the Seahawks prepare for the decline of Red Bryant and others.
57. Houston Texans — DE/OLB Corey Lemonier, Auburn
Wade Phillips loves his outside rushers in the 3-4 scheme, and Lemonier is a guy who has shot up draft boards in that department after more study of his tape following an impressive combine performance.
Houston has Brian Cushing coming off of a knee injury and would benefit from some added depth at this position, and Lemonier is certainly a fit as a 3-4 OLB and provides versatility in the front seven after a nice career at Auburn.
58. Denver Broncos — RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina
The Broncos' running game is a big area of concern after the injury concerns surrounding top backs Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno, and having a quality RB to eat time in the second half is a hallmark of a Manning team that has success.
Bernard, one of the top RBs available at this point, makes sense to help bolster the position and avoid another Lance Ball/Ronnie Hillman situation during the playoff stretch if McGahee, Moreno and others wind up injured.
59. New England Patriots — OLB Cornelius Washington, Georgia
New England needs a spark on the defensive line after choosing to go offense with its first pick, and Cornelius Washington is a Round 1-type guy who falls right in line with what the Patriots are looking for on defense.
Another draft, another chance for New England to clean up the leftovers in the best available category.
60. Atlanta Falcons — DE Margus Hunt, SMU
Many thought Margus Hunt was a goner at the bottom of the first round, but Atlanta and San Francisco both trading up ended that pipe dream.
Lucky for the Falcons, he might still be available at the bottom of the second round. A huge prospect with so much upside it's almost unfair, Hunt fills a need on the defensive line and continues the tradition in Atlanta in drafting guys that can help right away (CB Desmond Trufant was taken in the first round).
61. San Francisco 49ers — TE Zach Ertz, Stanford
As mentioned earlier, the Niners might not wait this long to take Ertz. But I don't see a team taking him in the middle of the second round without trading up or down, and that could make him available at the bottom of the second.
If that's the case, re-joining Jim Harbaugh in San Francisco helps the Niners keep pace in the two-TE department after the loss of Delanie Walker and Niners fans everywhere are happy the team was able to wait this long to grab a position of need.
62. Baltimore Ravens — WR Terrance Williams, Baylor
Don't be convinced that Baltimore isn't working the phones—I have a feeling they are looking to trade into the 40s to take the best LB available.
If not, taking the best receiver on the board to replace Anquan Boldin isn't a bad move at all, especially considering how vital Boldin was to the team's success in the Super Bowl and the entirety of the championship season.
A big, speedy prospect with great hands, Williams needs to expand his route tree to be a Grade A receiver, but he helps the Ravens not lose a step on offense and forms a nice trio with Jacoby Jones and Torrey Smith.
2013 Third-Round NFL Mock Draft
63. Kansas City — OLB Sio Moore, UConn
64. Jacksonville— DT Kaawan Short, Purdue
65. Detroit — CB Tyrann Mathieu, LSU
66. Oakland — DE Alex Okafor, Texas
67. Philadelphia — DE Damontre Moore, Texas A&M
68. Cleveland — QB Tyler Bray, Tennessee
69. Arizona — QB Matt Barkley, USC
70. Tennessee — DE Sam Montgomery, LSU
71. St. Louis (via BUF) — S Shamarko Thomas, Syracuse
72. New York Jets — QB Tyler Wilson, Arkansas
73. Tampa Bay — TE Travis Kelce, Cincinnati
74. Dallas (via SF/CAR)— RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina
75. New Orleans — OLB Khaseem Greene, Rutgers
76. San Diego — OG Larry Warford, Kentucky
77. Miami — RB Montee Ball, Wisconsin
78. Buffalo (via STL) — OG Alvin Bailey, Arkansas
79. Pittsburgh — QB Mike Glennon, North Carolina State
80. Dallas — QB Matt Scott, Arizona
81. New York Giants — CB Jordan Poyer, Oregon State
82. Miami (via CHI) — WR Ryan Swope, Texas A&M
83. New England (via MIN) — DT Brandon Williams, Missouri Southern State
84. Cincinnati — LB Jon Bostic, Florida
85. Washington — WR Marquise Goodwin, Texas
86. Indianapolis — OL David Bakhtiari, Colorado
87. Seattle — TE Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
88. Green Bay — S Baccari Rambo, Georgia
89. Houston — WR Stedman Bailey, West Virginia
90. Denver — RB Stepfan Taylor, Stanford
91. New England — CB Robert Alford, SE Louisiana
92. St Louis (via ATL) — C Brian Schwenke, California
93. San Francisco — CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers
94. Baltimore — LB Kiko Alonso, Oregon
95. Houston (comp) — S J.J. Wilcox, Georgia Southern
96. Kansas City (comp) — WR Da'Rick Rodgers, Tennessee Tech
97. Tennessee (comp) — RB Le'Veon Bell, Michigan State
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