2013 NFL Draft Picks: Most Intriguing Players for Day 2
Te'o was one of several players to fall down the draft. However, not many of the other players are under as much scrutiny as the linebacker.
Quarterbacks were under the microscope on Thursday, but only EJ Manuel was taken in the first round. Geno Smith will find a home soon enough. There's no question that he will be selected on the second day. The position itself is intriguing, but the players aren't much of a storyline.
After the first round was filled with teams picking linemen, the second day should feature more skill players being selected.
Who joins Te'o on the list of most intriguing players to watch on Day 2?
Manti Te'o (ILB)
Everyone wants to know when Te'o will be picked. He had the talent to be a first-round pick, but the start of 2013 has seen his stock plummet.
He finished his senior season with over 100 tackles and had seven interceptions. His performance was good enough to get him runner-up in the Heisman voting.
There were several linebackers taken in the first round. Teams saw the talent available and picked who they felt fit their scheme best.
Teams need to know that Te'o can overcome off-the-field issues and perform at a high level. His combine performance was underwhelming, which gave critics even more to work with.
All eyes will be on Te'o when the second round gets going. It's unclear who is interested in him, but he will get picked at some point. There's too much talent, and a team will benefit from not being too aggressive on Day 1.
Marcus Lattimore (RB)
No running back was picked in the first round on Thursday, and it is highly unlikely that Marcus Lattimore will be the first one picked. However, he may have the most talent of any back in the draft.
Eddie Lacy of Alabama has drawn a lot of interest, so many expect him to go early in the second round. Lattimore has more upside than Lacy.
Lattimore did everything at South Carolina. He had over 550 carries and 70 catches in under three full seasons as a Gamecock. Not only was he a multi-purpose back, but he can also stay in the backfield and block.
The running back can use his strength and burst to bust through holes, and he can pick up the tough yards.
Injuries are the only reason he is still available. He has suffered season-ending injuries to both knees in back-to-back seasons, so teams are wary of his health. When a team finally calls his name, they will be rewarded.
*All stats are from ESPN.com
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