Two days of the 2013 NFL draft are in the books, but that doesn't mean the draft coverage is going to stop just yet.
Day 3 has four more rounds for teams to make a splash and help bolster their lineups for the upcoming season, and that includes all kinds of talent that has dropped down the board and appears to be there for the taking.
But back to Day 2. There was a lot to like about the second and third round on Friday.
Teams like Tennessee traded up to give Jake Locker a marquee target on the outside (Justin Hunter), Geno Smith is now a member of the New York Jets in a locker room that still includes Tim Tebow, (for now) and the skill players that came off the board early (Mike Glennon, Le'Veon Bell, Montee Ball) weren't the ones we thought were going to get drafted in Rounds 2 and 3.
That being said, we have some early reaction to the results of Friday's selection process. Here's a look at a few of the best and worst picks from Day 2 of the NFL draft.
Best Picks of Day 2
No. 40, Tank Carradine, San Francisco 49ers
To move down from the No. 34 pick (acquired in the Alex Smith trade) and still pick up a pass-rusher that has first-round talent is such a San Francisco move over the past few years.
The 49ers allowed the Titans to move up and draft Justin Hunter at No. 34, and in return were content sitting and waiting for their guy with the 40th overall pick in the second round. That pick was Carradine, a guy with versatility to play on the edge in both a 3-4 and a 4-3, and the potential to move all over the field in certain sets.
Of course, the knee is still a concern.
But, San Francisco has the defensive line depth to allow Carradine to recover fully from a knee injury that forced him out of the final two games of the season. As noted by Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, this has been a huge draft so far for the defending NFC champs:
Daniel Jeremiah @MoveTheSticks
Nobody looks better than the 49ers when they get off the bus. Added more size/length with top two picks (Reid, Carradine).2013-4-26 23:16:43
No. 56, Arthur Brown, Baltimore Ravens
Speaking of defending champs, the Baltimore Ravens have completed a similarly impressive two-round rake in of prospects.
After taking Matt Elam in Round 1, the Ravens moved up when they couldn't believe that Arthur Brown was still on the board after Manti Te'o, Kiko Alonso and Kevin Minter were already preparing for NFL life.
In a shrewd move, the Ravens moved up six spots to select Brown, and he'll immediately take over the starting inside linebacker job (one of them) in the middle of Baltimore's 3-4 defense. Brown had a first-round grade from some scouts, and to get him at the bottom of the first round is huge for Baltimore's ability to bounce back from losing several marquee free agents.
Two picks, two starters for Ozzie Newsome. Pretty good first and second round for the current Super Bowl champions.
No. 92, Stedman Bailey, St. Louis Rams/No. 78, Marquise Goodwin, Buffalo Bills
The Rams and Bills have been intertwined during this draft after trading with each other in the top of the first round. They are even more connected after proving that some NFL teams are operating under the assumption that if some is good, more is better.
Both the Rams (Tavon Austin at No. 8) and Bills (Robert Woods at No. 41) spent high draft picks on a wideout, but both had no reservations about asserting that offense will not be a crutch after this draft is over.
The Rams reunited Austin with college teammate Bailey at the end of the second round, a move that has to have QB Sam Bradford jumping for joy when thinking about the possibilites out of the slot and in subsequent packages for these two West Virginia stars.
The Bills also added a slot receiver with some serious wheels, as former Olympic track star Marquise Goodwin joins Doug Marrone's efforts and has a chance to be a serious matchup problem for slot corners in the NFL.
Buffalo might not have had a draft that many expected, but by adding E.J. Manuel, Woods and Goodwin to add alongside Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, there's a good chance this offense puts up some serious points in Marrone's rookie season as head coach.
By the same token, the NFC West has some serious talent in it as a whole, and that has forced St. Louis to add receivers that can single-handedly change the game. Both should be fun to watch as rookies next season.
Worst Picks of Day 2
No. 47, Gavin Escobar, San Diego State
Although the Cowboys are thrilled to get another tight end to place alongside Jason Witten to complete some of their two-TE sets and help replace John Phillips, Escobar has to be a reach here if you look at what could have been.
Sitting at No. 18, the Cowboys could have drafted the best TE on the board—Tyler Eifert—and still picked up their draft choice at the bottom of the first round (Travis Frederick) at this spot in the second round.
While Escobar has a chance to be a really good red-zone threat and help take the pressure off of Witten and Tony Romo both, he's a stretch at this spot and didn't help Dallas address any defensive need in the process.
No. 62, Christine Michael, Seattle Seahawks
With defensive tackle and tight end both glaring needs, the Seahawks instead opted to go get Christine Michael with their pick at the bottom of the second round, a guy that wasn't really on many folks' radar with Johnathan Franklin still on the board and an abundance of running backs already on the roster.
Michael had a nice career at Texas A&M, and he's never had to carry the load with guys like Cyrus Gray helping him to pick up the slack behind Ryan Tannehill and Johnny Manziel.
He's a perfect fit for the offense as a one-cut bruiser that is hard to bring down and should form a tandem with Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin that puts Seattle on the map as a running back haven.
However, after spending a draft pick on Turbin last year and realizing that defensive tackle and tight end were needs around Russell Wilson's offense and Richard Sherman's defense, Pete Carroll and company opted to add depth to a position where depth is already there.
It's hard to question the Seahawks after taking Wilson in the third round in 2012 and adding other pieces (Bruce Irvin and Bobby Wagner come to mind) that others had written off, but this is a strange pick indeed for Seattle.
No. 46, Kiko Alonso, Buffalo Bills
Sitting at No. 46, you have to think the Bills got scared when Kevin Minter came off the board just one pick earlier to the Arizona Cardinals.
Fearing to not get one in the third round, the Bills jumped the gun a little bit on Alonso, even more so if you consider Arthur Brown was still sitting here as Buffalo made its pick.
Factor in the information from this tweet from the Bills' official Twitter account, and it's hard to figure out what Buffalo was doing in taking Alonso this early in the draft:
Buffalo Bills @buffalobills
RT @chrisbrownbills: Kiko Alonso, played ILB for Ducks, likely projects outside. #BillsDraft2013-4-26 23:37:02
There's plenty of upside with Alonso as a pro prospect. He makes plays all over the field, yet is inconsistent and times and will be asked to learn the intricacies of a new position in the Buffalo defensive scheme.
All that put together makes this a reach for the Bills. To be fair, I like what the Bills have done so far. They've upgraded the offense to the point that Marrone will have a lot of weapons to work with, and that is a big plus. Sometimes, though, individual picks are hard to peg, and this one is an interesting one from Buffalo based on need, board placement and others still around when the pick was made.
Complete Seven-Round Results
Note: An asterisk (*) indicates that a trade was made for the pick.
|1.||Chiefs||Eric Fisher||OT||Cent. Michigan|
|2.||Jaguars||Luke Joeckel||OT||Texas A&M|
|8.||Rams*||Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia|
|16.||Bills*||E.J. Manuel||QB||Florida State|
|21.||Bengals||Tyler Eifert||TE||Notre Dame|
|24.||Colts||Bjoern Werner||DE||Florida State|
|25.||Vikings*||Xavier Rhodes||CB||Florida State|
|36.||Lions||Darius Slay||CB||Mississippi St.|
|37.||Bengals*||Giovani Bernard||RB||North Carolina|
|38.||Chargers*||Manti Te'o||ILB||Notre Dame|
|39.||Jets||Geno Smith||QB||West Virginia|
|40.||49ers*||Cornellius Carradine||DE||Florida State|
|42.||Raiders*||Menelik Watson||OT||Florida State|
|43.||Buccaneers||Johnthan Banks||CB||Mississippi St.|
|47.||Cowboys||Gavin Escobar||TE||San Diego St.|
|48.||Steelers||Le'Veon Bell||RB||Michigan St.|
|49.||Giants||Johnathan Hankins||DT||Ohio State|
|51.||Redskins||David Amerson||CB||NC State|
|52.||Patriots*||Jamie Collins||OLB||Southern Miss|
|54.||Dolphins*||Jamar Taylor||CB||Boise State|
|56.||Ravens*||Arthur Brown||OLB||Kansas State|
|57.||Texans||D.J. Swearinger||S||South Carolina|
|60.||Falcons||Robert Alford||CB||SE Louisiana|
|62.||Seahawks*||Christine Michael||RB||Texas A&M|
|68.||Browns||Leon McFadden||CB||San Diego St.|
|72.||Jets||Brian Winters||OG||Kent State|
|73.||Buccaneers||Mike Glennon||QB||NC State|
|75.||Saints||Terron Armstead||OT||Arkansas-Pine Bluff|
|79.||Steelers||Markus Wheaton||WR||Oregon State|
|80.||Cowboys||J.J. Wilcox||S||Georgia Southern|
|81.||Giants||Damontre Moore||DE||Texas A&M|
|87.||Seahawks||Jordan Hill||DT||Penn State|
|89.||Texans||Brennan Williams||OT||North Carolina|
|90.||Broncos||Kayvon Webster||CB||South Florida|
|92.||Rams*||Stedman Bailey||WR||West Virginia|
|93.||Dolphins*||Will Davis||CB||Utah State|
|94.||Ravens||Brandon Williams||DT||Missouri Southern St.|
|101.||Jaguars*||Ace Sanders||WR||South Carolina|
|106.||Dolphins*||Dion Sims||TE||Michigan State|
|108.||Panthers||Edmund Kugbila||OG||Valdosta State|
|114.||Cowboys||B.W. Webb||CB||William & Mary|
|116.||Cardinals*||Earl Watford||OG||James Madison|
|118.||Bengals||Sean Porter||OLB||Texas A&M|
|119.||Redskins||Phillip Thomas||S||Fresno State|
|120.||Vikings||Gerald Hodges||OLB||Penn State|
|123.||Seahawks||Chris Harper||WR||Kansas State|
|126.||Buccaneers*||William Gholston||DE||Michigan State|
|128.||49ers||Quinton Patton||WR||Louisiana Tech|
|129.||Ravens||John Simon||DE||Ohio State|
|131.||49ers||Marcus Lattimore||RB||South Carolina|
|132.||Lions||Devin Taylor||DE||South Carolina|
|136,||Eagles||Earl Wolff||S||NC State|
|146.||Broncos*||Quanterus Smith||DE||Western Kentucky|
|148.||Panthers||A.J. Klein||ILB||Iowa State|
|149.||Rams||Brandon McGee||CB||Miami (FL)|
|151.||Cowboys||Joseph Randle||RB||Oklahoma State|
|154.||Redskins||Chris Thompson||RB||Florida State|
|162.||Redskins*||Brandon Jenkins||OLB||Florida State|
|163.||Bears*||Jordan Mills||OT||Louisiana Tech|
|165.||Lions*||Sam Martin||P||Appalachian St.|
|167.||Packers||Josh Boyd||DT||Mississippi St.|
|170.||Chiefs||Eric Kush||C||California (PA)|
|171.||Lions||Corey Fuller||WR||Virginia Tech|
|173.||Broncos*||Vinston Painter||OT||Virginia Tech|
|174.||Cardinals||Ryan Swope||WR||Texas A&M|
|175.||Browns||Jamoris Slaughter||S||Notre Dame|
|176.||Texans*||David Quessenberry||OT||San Jose State|
|177.||Bills||Dustin Hopkins||K||Florida State|
|180.||49ers*||Nick Moody||OLB||Florida State|
|181.||Raiders*||Latavius Murray||RB||Central Florida|
|183.||Saints||Rufus Johnson||DE||Tarleton State|
|185.||Cowboys||DeVonte Holloman||OLB||South Carolina|
|189.||Buccaneers*||Mike James||RB||Miami (FL)|
|193.||Packers||Nate Palmer||OLB||Illinois State|
|195.||Texans||Alan Bonner||WR||Jacksonville St.|
|198.||Texans*||Chris Jones||DT||Bowling Green|
|199.||Lions*||Theo Riddick||RB||Notre Dame|
|200.||Ravens||Kapron Lewis-Moore||DE||Notre Dame|
|203.||Ravens||Ryan Jensen||OG||Colorado St.-Pueblo|
|204.||Chiefs||Braden Wilson||FB||Kansas State|
|206.||Steelers||Vince Williams||ILB||Florida State|
|208.||Jaguars||Jeremy Harris||CB||New Mexico St.|
|209.||Raiders||Brice Butler||WR||San Diego State|
|210.||Jaguars*||Demetrius McCray||CB||Appalachian St.|
|213.||Vikings*||Michael Mauti||ILB||Penn State|
|214.||Vikings*||Travis Bond||OG||North Carolina|
|215.||Jets||Tommy Bohanon||FB||Wake Forest|
|216.||Packers*||Charles Johnson||WR||Grand Valley St.|
|217.||Browns*||Armonty Bryant||DE||E. Central Oklahoma|
|218.||Eagles*||Jodran Poyer||CB||Oregon State|
|221.||Chargers||Brad Sorensen||QB||Southern Utah|
|227.||Browns*||Garrett Gilkey||OG||Chadron State|
|229.||Vikings*||Everett Dawkins||DT||Florida State|
|230.||Colts||Kerwynn Williams||RB||Utah State|
|232.||Packers||Sam Barrington||OLB||South Florida|
|233.||Raiders*||David Bass||DE||Missouri Western|
|234.||Broncos||Zac Dysert||QB||Miami (Ohio)|
|236.||Bears*||Marquess Wilson||WR||Washington State|
|237.||49ers||B.J. Daniels||QB||South Florida|
|240.||Bengals||Reid Fragel||OT||Ohio State|
|241.||Seahawks||Jared Smith||DT||New Hampshire|
|242.||Seahawks||Michael Bowie||OT||NE Oklahoma State|
|243.||Falcons||Kemal Ishmael||CB||Central Florida|
|244.||Falcons||Zeke Motta||S||Notre Dame|
|245.||Lions||Brandon Hepburn||ILB||Florida A&M|
|246.||49ers||Carter Bykowski||OT||Iowa State|
|250.||Dolphins||Don Jones||S||Arkansas State|
|251.||Bengals||T.J. Johnson||C||South Carolina|
|254.||Colts||Justice Cunningham||TE||South Carolina|
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