NFL Draft 2013 Round 2: Players Who Will Make Immediate Impact on New Teams
The first round of the NFL draft usually features the most drama, but there are often many great players available in the second round.
Last year, numerous Round 2 picks made a big impact in their first year, including linebackers Levante David and Bobby Wagner and cornerback Casey Hayward.
This time around, there are a bunch of prospects who can help down the line like quarterback Geno Smith or defensive end Tank Carradine. However, these guys enter into great situations and should become big-time players right away.
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No. 33 Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Cyprien, FS, Florida International
The first pick in the second round unsurprisingly featured one of the best players selected. Jonathan Cyprien is not only athletic, but he has good instincts and is a hard hitter in the middle of the field.
Jacksonville gave up a lot of yards on defense last season against both the run and the pass. The safety has the ability to improve the unit on both fronts.
His range and athleticism put him on par with other safeties in the class, and the ability to make plays on the ball can change games at the next level.
The Jaguars solidified the offensive line with Luke Joeckel in the first round and then strengthened the secondary in the second. While these might not be the sexiest picks, it will lead to more wins in 2013.
No. 37 Cincinnati Bengals: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
It took a while for the first running back to come off the board, but the Cincinnati Bengals made a smart pick with Giovani Bernard.
With an interior runner like Benjarvus Green-Ellis already on the roster, the squad needed someone to complement him on the outside. None of the talented running backs selected in the second round would have been as good of a fit as Bernard.
The North Carolina running back has great speed and showed last season his versatility as a receiver and a returner. He will give the Bengals some explosiveness out of the backfield that the team lacked last season.
Even though Green-Ellis will start the season as the primary back, Bernard should have a huge season in Cincinnati.
No. 41 Buffalo Bills: Robert Woods, WR, USC
Stevie Johnson has proven he can be a steady No. 1 receiver for the Buffalo Bills. Unfortunately, the team had very few alternatives in the passing game.
Robert Woods is a perfect secondary target at receiver with size, hands and a great ability to run routes.
He held this role in the past couple of seasons at USC with Marqise Lee dominating the box score in most games. Still, Woods finished with 187 catches, 2,138 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns combined in the last two years.
Whether Kevin Kolb or E.J. Manuel ends up under center for the Bills, Woods should have a big year catching the ball.
No. 56 Baltimore Ravens: Arthur Brown, ILB, Kansas State
There is no denying that linebacker was a huge need for the Baltimore Ravens after losing Dannell Ellerbe and Paul Kruger to free agency and Ray Lewis to retirement.
After filling another need at safety in the first round, the Ravens made a fantastic pick with Arthur Brown in the second round.
The Kansas State linebacker represents great value at this stage as a big-time athlete with great instincts in the middle of the defense. It would not have been surprising if he was taken in the first round instead of the end of the second.
Brown has the ability to step in and start right away for the Ravens and should be able to rack up plenty of tackles in his first year in Baltimore.
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