NFL Draft 2013 Results: Teams That Struck Gold on Day 2

Mike ShiekmanFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 24: Geno Smith of West Virginia throws during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 24, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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This 2013 NFL draft had been regarded as one of the deepest in years before the first pick was announced on Thursday night.

As a result, it was expected that some second-rounders could be of enormous value. Some teams made noise by finding a certain West Virginia quarterback at the start of Round 2 like the New York Jets, while the San Diego Chargers landed a steal towards the end of the Round 3.

Which teams made their draft on Day 2? Let’s take a look.


New York Jets: Geno Smith, No. 39

Smith will walk into one of the most bizarre rookie situations in NFL history, but all in all, the Jets were lucky to get a first-round prospect on Day 2.

It seems many talent evaluators didn’t see Smith as a first-round pick, but that will be a motivator heading to New York. In effect, this may be a blessing in disguise for the Jets, as he won’t have a sense of entitlement going into training camp.

How Rex Ryan and Marty Morninwheg handle the quarterback situation from here on out is anybody’s guess. New York has four quarterbacks on the roster as of this moment—Mark Sanchez, Tim Tebow, David Garrard and Smith.

This writer doesn’t imagine all four will end up on the roster by Week 1, but with this Jets organization, anything is in play.


Baltimore Ravens: Arthur Brown, No. 57

Ozzie Newsome did it again.

The Ravens general manager found a replacement for retired middle linebacker Ray Lewis late in the second round. It just so happens that he is a former Miami player, who then transferred to Kansas State.

Brown is a bit undersized for the position, but bloomed into a leader and all-around tackling phenom at K-State.

Those skills translate well to the NFL regardless of size, reminding this writer of Zach Thomas with the Dolphins from almost two decades ago.


San Diego Chargers: Keenan Allen, No. 76

Who ever thought that Allen would fall as far as the third round?

A dynamic receiving talent that really never had good quarterback play, Allen dropped on draft boards due to a weak time in the 40-yard dash and knee injury issues starting a few weeks ago.

In actuality, though, Allen is a first-round talent if he gets healthy and should be an enticing target for Philip Rivers in Allen's rookie season.

The Chargers' ability to also grab another potential first-round player in Manti Teo on Day 2 speaks volumes about where this team is headed under a new regime.


Mike Shiekman is a Breaking News Writer for Bleacher Report.