NFL Draft 2013: Players Who Will Become Day 2 Steals

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IApril 26, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - SEPTEMBER 15:  Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers runs the ball against the James Madison Dukes during a game at FedExField on September 15, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Day 2 of the 2013 NFL draft won't feature quite the same amount of star power that Thursday's opening round did, but that doesn't mean there aren't plenty of notable names set to turn into big-time value picks on Friday.

The second and third rounds of this year's draft will commence on Friday, as the topflight prospects who were overlooked on Thursday will likely have their names called.

Better late than never, I guess.

Below we'll highlight a trio of players who will become Day 2 steals in 2013.


Eddie Lacy, Alabama, RB

A bruising style of runner who rarely goes down on the first hit, Alabama's Eddie Lacy is destined to become a second- or third-round steal on Day 2. 

Lacy rushed for 1,322 yards and 17 touchdowns for the Crimson Tide a season ago, averaging a ridiculous 6.5 yards per carry. Sure, he put up those numbers while running behind one of the nation's top offensive lines, but imagine what he could do running behind a talented NFL O-line.

In addition to boasting power and strength, Lacy is much more than a pounder. He can make defenders miss once he enters the second level of a defense and turn what should be a solid gain into a huge play.

His landing spot is undetermined, but one thing is for sure: Whichever team lands him on Day 2 will be all smiles for the rest of the weekend.


Geno Smith, West Virginia, QB

The Buffalo Bills fooled just about everyone in Thursday's first round by making Florida State's E.J. Manuel the first quarterback drafted in 2013.

Will it cost them?

That remains to be seen, but what we do know is that some lucky team is going to select West Virginia's Geno Smith on Day 2. Viewed by many draft analysts and experts as the top available quarterback in this year's class, Smith was expected to come off the board in Round 1.

While USC's Matt Barkley is another solid option for a team in need of help under center, Smith's production (4,198 yards and 42 passing touchdowns in 2012), arm strength, accuracy and pocket awareness makes him a Day 2 steal without question.


Manti Te'o, Notre Dame, LB

Manti Te'o didn't wind up becoming a 2012 Heisman Trophy candidate by accident last season. The former Fighting Irish linebacker can play, as evidenced by his 113 total tackles and seven interceptions as a senior.

For a team with a need at linebacker, Te'o's toughness and leadership traits in addition to his instincts and recognition skills make him the perfect addition to the second level of an NFL defense. 

Te'o's impressive production at Notre Dame speaks for itself. While he struggled in his most recent outing against Alabama last January and had a poor performance at the combine a month later, the tape simply does not lie.

This is a player who was once being projected as an early first-round selection in late 2012, surely making him one of Day 2's biggest steals.


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