NFL Draft 2013 Results: Most Surprising Day 2 Storylines

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NFL Draft 2013 Results: Most Surprising Day 2 Storylines
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Day 2 of the 2013 NFL draft lacked much of the drama that highlighted Thursday's opening round, but was not without its fair share of surprises.

A day after the Buffalo Bills made Florida State's EJ Manuel the first quarterback taken in 2013, two other quarterbacks came off the board, including NC State's Mike Glennon, who was selected in the third round by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But it was where Geno Smith wound up landing that made the most waves.

Here we'll get you up to speed heading into the final day of the 2013 NFL draft, revisiting Day 2's most surprising storylines.

 

Arizona Cardinals Reunite Tyrann Mathieu and Patrick Peterson

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It's not all that surprising that former LSU playmaker Tyrann Mathieu went in the third round on Friday, but what was shocking was where he ended up.

The Arizona Cardinals, who took another former Tigers corner two years ago in Patrick Peterson, took a chance on the Honey Badger, reuniting the two big-play corners in the desert. But it doesn't stop there. Arizona drafted former LSU linebacker Kevin Minter in the second round as well, adding to the college reunion.

Whether the Cardinals' new-look defense will be successful in 2013 remains to be seen. But it's safe to say that LSU football fans now have an NFL team to root for on Sundays.

Mathieu and Peterson combined for six interceptions playing alongside each other in 2010.

 

Matt Barkley Sits and Sits, Goes Undrafted Through First Three Rounds

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Perhaps the biggest storyline on Day 2 was a selection that wasn't. 

USC quarterback Matt Barkley, believed to be one of the top passers available in this year's draft class coming in, watched as team after team passed on him in Rounds 2 and 3 on Friday. 

What makes Barkley's current situation so shocking, though, is that he would have likely been a top-10 draft pick had he come out of college one year early in 2012. He was coming off a 3,500-plus-yard, 39-touchdown season with the Trojans last year and wasn't coming off a shoulder injury.

It would be stunning if Barkley weren't selected on Day 3, but at this point know one knows for sure what the future has in store for the highly touted signal-caller.

 

Jets Take Geno Smith, Is Mark Sanchez Era in New York Over?

Many were shocked to watch Buffalo draft EJ Manuel over Geno Smith in Thursday's first round, but it didn't take long for another AFC East team with quarterback trouble to snare Smith in the second round on Friday.

The New York Jets made a statement early in Round 2, selecting the former West Virginia passer No. 39 overall, perhaps signaling the end of Mark Sanchez's run in the Big Apple.

It's unlikely that Sanchez finds another home before the start of next season given his mammoth-sized contract, but Smith has to be considered the Jets' quarterback of the future now. He's thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of his past two seasons in college and rarely looks flustered in the pocket.

The move is still a surprising one if for no other reason that it creates even more controversy in New York—specifically under center, where the Tim Tebow drama was overwhelming a season ago. If the Jets don't start cutting ties with some of their quarterbacks, the drama will only amp up this coming fall.

 

*Click here to view every selection with round-by-round results courtesy of NFL.com.

 

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