The 2013 NFL Draft may not have been loaded with superstar talent at the top of the board, but the depth of the draft class showed on Friday, where many first-round talents came off the board during Rounds 2 and 3, the draft’s second day.
There was value to be had throughout Friday at positions across the board. For the New York Jets, it was West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, projected as the top quarterback for most draft prognosticators, falling into their hands at the No. 39 overall pick. The Baltimore Ravens traded up late in Round 2 for a falling star in Kansas State inside linebacker Arthur Brown, while the Green Bay Packers moved down and still came away with a steal in Alabama running back Eddie Lacy.
Those three players are among the many tremendous-value selections that NFL teams came away with during the draft’s second day. In the following ten slides, we take a look at the 10 best value selections of the day, considering not only the player’s overall value compared to the spot in which they were drafted, but also compared to the talent still available on the board at their position, and how well they fit the needs and schemes of the teams who drafted them.
Note: Overall rankings referenced within the slideshow are from my pre-draft Top 100 Prospects rankings. The rankings relative to spots players were selected are considered in compiling this list of 10 steals, but are not the sole factor considered.