NFL Draft 2013 Results: Biggest Surprises of Day 2

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2013

NFL Draft 2013 Results: Biggest Surprises of Day 2

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    As unpredictable as the 2013 NFL draft has been, some of the surprises were truly shocking.

    It was shocking to see E.J. Manuel go No. 16 to the Buffalo Bills on Day 1, but that has taken a backseat to some of the storylines of the second day.

    Whether it was at quarterback or running back, highly touted players fell down the ranks.

    The surprises weren't just about the players, though. Some teams made some eye-opening picks.

    As the second day comes to a close, it's time to see what some of the shocking moves were.

    For full draft coverage, check out Bleacher Report's own Ken Dorset's live blog.


    *All stats are from

Matt Barkley Is Still Waiting

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    Easily the biggest story of the draft is Matt Barkley not being drafted through two days of the draft.

    After last year's draft, Barkley looked like the No. 1 pick in this year's draft. He went back to school and entered his senior season on the preseason No. 1 team and as the Heisman favorite. But things went south in a hurry.

    The Trojans went 7-4 with him at quarterback. His numbers weren't as spectacular as they were in his junior season, but his team's struggles were hardly his fault. 

    Barkley did throw a career-high 15 interceptions, which was more than twice as many as he threw two years ago. However, he was on pace to set career highs in touchdowns and yards per attempt.

    At this point in the draft, he will be a steal for any team that picks him. A team that still wants to bring in a young quarterback to compete for the starting quarterback should be aggressive to get the quarterback. Even a team looking for a backup quarterback would be thrilled to get him on the third day. 

    Who knows how much longer Barkley will have to wait. Nobody expected him to have to wait this long, and it could just keep going.

Manti Te'o Goes Before Geno Smith

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    Coming into the NFL draft, Geno Smith expected to be a first-round pick. Manti Te'o didn't know what to expect.

    Overnight speculation was plentiful, but it felt like a team was going to make a trade to try to get Smith early in the second round. Instead, the New York Jets added to their quarterback depth chart by taking him with the seventh pick of the second round.

    Te'o was selected at No. 38 by the San Diego Chargers, who needed to improve their linebacking corps. It was a nice pick by the team, but it caught a lot of people by surprise. What may have been surprising was that the Chargers traded up to get Te'o, with details courtesy of Gregg Roesenthal of

    Picking Te'o early in the round wasn't shocking, but it was pretty surprising to see the top-rated quarterback still available at that point in the draft.

The Fall of Eddie Lacy

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    Like Geno Smith, Eddie Lacy was supposed to be picked in the first round. Smith didn't have a long wait on the second day, but Lacy waited through most of the second round.

    Lacy, like Smith, was the top-rated player at his position. However, he was the fourth running back taken. Teams like the Cincinnati Bengals, Pittsburgh Steelers and Denver Broncos decided to go with different players.

    The Green Bay Packers ended his free fall at pick No. 61.

    In a passing offense, Lacy will be expected to pick up the tough yards. He isn't going to catch the ball much out of the backfield, so his power style will need to be effective.

    Lacy has the talent to be a good back, and he will have very little pressure on him in Green Bay. As long as he can come in and contribute, this will be a good fit.

Honey Badger Gets Drafted

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    Tyrann Mathieu was going to get drafted at some point, but it seems like a stretch to draft him early in the third round.

    The pick is risky because of his reported drug issues, so the Arizona Cardinals have to find a way to make this pick work.

    Arizona may have made this pick because Mathieu's LSU teammate, Patrick Peterson, is already in the desert. These two young players will make plays in the secondary, and they can both change a game on special teams.

    Mathieu has plenty of talent. He can be a good player in the NFL, but he'll have to make smart choices off the field. As long as he has learned from his past mistakes, though, this could end up being a good pick.

Mike Glennon Was the Third QB Drafted

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    N.C. State's Mike Glennon looks like a solid prospect, but he certainly wasn't the third-best quarterback in this draft.

    After E.J. Manuel and Geno Smith were gone, it looked like Matt Barkley or Syracuse's Ryan Nassib would be the next quarterback taken. Maybe even Miami (OH)'s Zac Dysert would get a call.

    None of the above happened because of Glennon.

    The big quarterback has good skills, but his numbers at N.C. State were underwhelming. In two seasons as a starter, he completed only 60 percent of his passes and threw 29 interceptions. He did throw for 31 touchdowns in back-to-back seasons, but he turned the ball over more as his career went on.

    Glennon can make just about any throw a coach can ask for, and he throws a good deep ball. But his accuracy issues make him a risky pick this early in the draft, especially with some of the other prospects available.