The second round of the NFL draft will be underway shortly, and there are still several players on the board. So without further ado, let’s examine the top three players still available as we ramp up for another day of drafting.
It came as a major surprise when the first round came and went, and West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith’s name was not called. He was passed over on numerous occasions, even by teams that desperately needed to fill the role (such as the Jets). His demeanor resembled that of Aaron Rodgers during the 2005 NFL draft when he waited until the 24th pick to hear his name.
Smith had a fantastic season for the Mountaineers in 2012, throwing for over 4,000 yards with 42 touchdowns to just six interceptions.
In 2011, Mathieu was regarded as one of the best college football players in the nation. The “Honey Badger,” as he was known, was a consensus All-American selection and a Heisman Trophy finalist. However, his NFL career was thrown into jeopardy after numerous off-the-field issues. His draft stock plummeted even more after he was formally dismissed from the LSU football program.
Although Mathieu is a red flag for most NFL teams, his talent is undeniable. If he can be kept in check, there is no doubt that his defensive prowess will translate in the NFL.
The 6'5", 310-pound Watson has been regarded by various NFL draft experts and scouts as a physical specimen. A left tackle, he played just one year at FSU but made quite an impact. He is intelligent and has the size and athleticism to contain pro pass-rushers.
The one knock on Watson, according to his NFL.com draft profile, is that he is:
Still raw, limited football experience. Older than ideal. Hand placement is poor. Often hits outside of the frame, and will have a tendency to get overly grabby. Will result in more penalties in the NFL. Needs to play with a wider base. Inconsistent with his footwork.