Feb 24, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith (13) participates in a passing drill during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Mock Draft 2013: Second Round Projections

The second round is upon is and more than a few top notch players drifted and slid into the second day of the draft. Guys like Manti Te’o, Geno Smith and Keenan Allen are all still available as are names like Matt Barkley, Ryan Nassib and Margus Hunt. How will the second round stack up? Well if the first round taught us anything it’s that we can’t predict anything right, but we can certainly try.

 33Jacksonville Jaguars – Geno Smith, QB/West Virginia

The Jaguars need a quarterback and they’re shocked that Smith has fallen to them. Smith was rumored to be the Jags pick a No. 2 overall, and while they reportedly love Matt Barkley, they loved him in the sense that they didn’t think Smith would be available at 33rd overall.

 34. San Francisco 49ers (From Kansas City Chiefs) – Zach Ertz, TE/Stanford

Delanie Walker needs a replacement and Ertz is the guy. His Stanford ties will go a long way in assuring Jim Harbaugh this is a weapon he needs.

35. Philadelphia Eagles – Jonathan Cyprien, S/FIU

Philadelphia would like to take a quarterback, but Chip Kelly isn’t completely sold on the idea that Nick Foles is a guy he wants to get rid of. Cyprien fills a major hole on defense.

36. Detroit Lions – Robert Alford, CB/S.E. Louisiana

Detroit got their defensive end of the future in Ziggy Ansah, and it’s now time to draft a cornerback they desperately need.

 37. Cincinnati Bengals (From Oakland Raiders) – Manti Te’o, LB/Notre Dame

Do the Bengals pass on Te’o twice? Judging from their mess at linebacker, I’d take a safe bet saying no they won’t.

38. Arizona Cardinals – Menelik Watson, OT/Florida State

The Cardinals took a guard with their first pick and the importance the offensive line has on the future of the team means the second round pick will be spent fixing the holes.

–  Cleveland Browns – Forfeit pick due to selecting Josh Gordon in 2012 Supplemental Draft. 

39. New York Jets – Matt Barkley, QB/USC

The Jets need a quarterback, and they’re smart enough to take one. But they’re dumb enough to take another USC product with a questionable future. Like feet, Rex Ryan has a USC quarterback fetish.

40.  Tennessee Titans – Margus Hunt, DE/SMU

Tennessee grabbed Chance Warmack as fast as they could in the first round and this had a lot to do with a run of pass rushers at the top of the draft. Hunt is a project, but can potentially be something special.

41.  Buffalo Bills – Justin Hunter, Wide Receiver, Tennessee

What does the franchise quarterback E.J. Manuel need? A franchise wide receiver and the Bills are going to get E.J. all the tools he needs to win in Buffalo.

42. Oakland Raiders (From Miami Dolphins) — Tank Carradine, DE/Florida State

The Raiders got their cornerback in the first round and can now take the pass rusher they chose to pass on at No. 3 overall.

43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Johnthan Banks, CB/Mississippi State

Yes, they traded for Darrelle Revis. No, they don’t have anyone capable beyond him and that’s why Banks is not only a value here, he’s a no-brainer.


44.  Carolina Panthers – Darius Slay, Cornerback, Mississippi State

He’s got an injury concern, but his upside is tremendous and he’s a real value here for a Panthers team searching for cornerback help.

–  New Orleans Saints – Forfeit pick as a penalty for the 2012 Bountygate Scandal 

45. San Diego Chargers  – John Jenkins, DT/Georgia

San Diego could use some help up front on the defensive line and Jenkins is the best defensive tackle in the draft at this point, an easy pick here.

46.  Buffalo Bills (From St. Louis Rams) – Eddie Lacy, RB/Alabama

Doug Marrone is putting together a make-shift college All-Star team here on offense, which means if he can get things clicking he’ll have some real explosiveness moving forward.

47. Dallas Cowboys – Kawann Short, Defensive Tackle, Purdue

Jerry Jones needs to make up for that Travis Frederick pick in the first round. A mean defensive tackle is a good start.

48.  Pittsburgh Steelers – Johnathan Hankins, NT/Ohio State

Like was the case with Jarvis Jones in the first round, Hankins took a tumble and fell right into the Steelers laps at 48th overall.

49. New York Giants –  Kevin Minter, ILB/LSU

The Giants need a linebacker badly and they elected to pass on one in the first round. Don’t expect that to be a Day 2 strategy with Minter on the board.

50. Chicago Bears – Arthur Brown, ILB/Kansas State

Chicago is in the same boat as the Giants. They passed on a linebacker to take an offensive lineman in the first round and that’s something they won’t do again.

51. Washington Redskins – Shamarko Thomas, S/Syracuse

The Redskins need some help in their secondary and Thomas is not only sort of local, but he’s a starter in year one.

52. New England Patriots (From Minnesota Vikings) — Keenan Allen, WR/Cal

Injury woes sunk Allen to the second round, but whether the Vikings had this pick or the Patriots, Allen was likely going right about here anyways so it fits.

 53. Cincinnati Bengals — Montee Ball, RB/Wisconsin

Ball takes pressure off of BeJarvus Green-Ellis and also adds a dimension to the Bengals already explosive offense. Two big weapons have now been added, so watch out for Cincy.

 54. Miami Dolphins (From Indianapolis Colts) – DJ Swearinger, Safety, South Carolina

They got Dion Jordan in the first round, time to address the secondary with the second round pick.

55. Green Bay Packers– Cornelius Washington, LB/Georgia

The Packers need some depth at linebaker and Washington is a guy who could potentially see serious time in 2013 splitting reps with Nick Perry.

56. Seattle Seahawks — Khaseem Greene, Linebacker, Rutgers

Another team needing a linebacker, the Seahawks could go wide receiver here but linebacker is an actual need.

57. Houston Texans – Terron Armstead, OT/Arkansas-Pine Bluff

Houston grabbed a wide receiver in the first round and now need to eliminate all excuses for Matt Schaub. Next on the list, offensive line help.

58. Denver Broncos –Jesse Williams, Defensive Tackle, Alabama

They grabbed Bjoern Werner with their first round choice, now it’s time to make sure that defensive line stays young and powerful for a long time.

59. New England Patriots – Tyrann Mathieu, CB/LSU

This is such a Belichick pick it’s not even funny. The man always gets what he wants and things alway fall into place for him. Mathieu has his past, but if there’s one place in the NFL you don’t mess around it in New England with Belichick always an arms length away.

60. Atlanta Falcons – Damontre Moore, DE/Texas A&M

Another cornerback wouldn’t be a bad idea here, but the Falcons will want to shore up their issues on the edge of their defensive line and Moore is a real value here.

61. San Francisco 49ers – Jamar Taylor, CB/Boise State

The Niners continue to load up with hot young talent and take Jamar Taylor to add to their secondary. He’s not going to be an ace right away, but he’s got upside.

62.  Baltimore Ravens – Robert Woods, WR/USC

Baltimore may end up trading this pick, but Woods isn’t a bad choice. They lost Anquan Boldin this offseason and need a threat to take coverage off of Jacoby Jones and Torrey Smith. Plus another weapon for Joe Flacco can’t hurt.

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