Day Two: Pick-By-Pick Recap
Typically, Round 1 is the night when the headlines are made. But the second day of the 2013 NFL Draft created its share of buzz.
Geno Smith to the Jets. Manti Te'o to the Chargers. Tyrann Mathieu to the Cardinals.
Once again, we spent the night at Selection Center, reacting to the picks flying fast and furious off the board. Here's a look back at how Football.com's draft specialists and NFL writers reacted while Rounds 2 and 3 unfolded (earliest picks are at the bottom of the story):
97. Titans (Comp. pick) ZAVIER GOODEN, OLB, Missouri
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Gooden can be a blur, chasing the ball with sub-4.5 speed. He's a little on the light side (234 pounds) but has potential to develop as a Will backer in a 4-3 scheme like Tennessee runs.
96. Chiefs (Comp. Pick) KNILE DAVIS, RB, Arkansas
Bob Boyles, Football.com Contributing Writer: Coming off 1,322 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns in 2010, Arkansas RB Knile Davis was a potential All-American until spending two years with ankle problems. Yet, he sparkled at this year's Combine.
95. Texans (Comp. Pick) SAM MONTGOMERY, DE, LSU
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Like his college teammate, Barkevious Mingo, Montgomery might be better suited to line up with his hand off the ground, as an OLB rather than a rush end. He can be a disruptive force, with 26.5 TFL and 17 sacks over the past two seasons.
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Thought he would have gone higher. Was an end in college. Really could be used at a 5 technique with some added size. Speed-wise, could be an OLB.
James Williams, NFL Contributing Writer: Considered a solid 2nd round potential pick that managed to slide to the end of the 3rd round due to red flags. With veterans like Ed Reed on defense and solid talent like J.J. Watt and Brian Cushing, he has a chance to stay focused and away from those red flags going forward.
94. Ravens BRANDON WILLIAMS, DT, Missouri Southern
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Brandon Williams has the potential to be a dominating force inside for the Ravens. His massive size combined with his quick feet and explosive punch make him very intriguing. The big question is can he handle NFL caliber offensive linemen after playing against subpar talent?
93. Dolphins (from 49ers via Packers) WILL DAVIS, CB, Utah State
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: An athletic corner who plays well up-tempo, though he tends to lose his positioning and ball awareness when revving too high.
92. Rams (from Falcons) STEDMAN BAILEY, WR, West Virginia
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Overshadowed by electric Tavon Austin, his receiver teammate at West Virginia, Bailey will join Austin in St. Louis, bringing along his Mountaineer career record 41 TD catches.
91. Patriots DURON HARMON, S, Rutgers
Arjuna Ramgopal, NFL Contributing Writer: Pats go the Rutgers route again and grab themselves an athletic safety. Harmon will be buried on the depth chart and will have to contribute on special teams to be active on game day.
Brandon Lawrence, NFL Contributing Writer: The Patriots defensive backfield in 2013 will be largely made up of former Rutgers players. Duron Harmon was New England's final pick of the night. The 6-foot safety was not invited to the NFL Combine in February, but will undoubtedly provide support to a Patriots secondary that was a huge target for long pass plays in 2012.
90. Broncos KAYVON WEBSTER, CB, South Florida
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Kayvon Webster is a good physical player. Has good size and defends the run well for a defensive back. He has stiff hips but makes up for that with good athleticism. Broncos will likely use him on special teams and let him develop under defensive backs like Champ Bailey.
89. Texans BRENNAN WILLIAMS, T, North Carolina
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Projects as a right tackle, with good height, strength and arm length. Probably not quick enough to play on the left side, but certainly has the attitude to play on the strong side for a team that likes to run the ball.
James Williams, NFL Contributing Writer: Williams adds depth to the position that had former 2011 7th round pick Derek Newton, who started 14 games last season but may not be ready for the start of OTAs after having knee surgery.
88. 49ers (from Packers) COREY LEMONIER, DE, Auburn
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: DE/OLB hybrid projects as an outside backer in San Francisco's 3-4 scheme. It probably is the best spot for Lemonier, who is a little slow off the snap coming out of a three-point stance.
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: A standout on Auburn's national championship team in 2010, Lemonier, another DE/LB hybrid for the 49ers, has slipped a bit in the intervening years as he failed to fill out his lean build.
87. Seahawks JORDAN HILL, DT, Penn State
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Jordan Hill is a motor player. Less than ideal measureables. Rotational type player.
86. Colts HUGH THORNTON, G, Illinois
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Colts get an aggressive blocker to fill in depth on the offensive line. Can play both guard positions and excels in pass protection. Bit of a reach here but the Colts get a guy who could develop into a good starting guard.
Trent Stutzman, NFL Contributing Writer: This may be a tiny bit of a reach for the Colts. But they were desperate for help in the interior offensive line, and Thornton's toughness and style of play will fit into OC Pep Hamilton's power running scheme.
85. Redskins JORDAN REED, TE, Florida
Ron Guy, NFL Contributing Writer: Jordan Reed? A tight end in the third round? The TE position needed depth but this was an unaffordable luxury item. Fred Davis was re-signed. Logan Paulsen showed well last year. The Niles Paul tight end experience is officially dead. I'm not sure whether that disappoints me or not.
84. Bengals SHAWN WILLIAMS, S, Georgia
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: The Bengals wanted to come away with a hard-hitting strong safety who could allow them to upgrade from Taylor Mays. Williams is the banger they've been looking for, though he's not one-dimensional. He can play the deep-half and closes on receivers with ferocity.
83. Patriots (from Vikings) LOGAN RYAN, CB, Rutgers
Brandon Lawrence, NFL Contributing Writer: Finally, the Patriots address the defensive backfield with Logan Ryan, cornerback from Rutgers. Ryan is a very physical corner and covers the field well. He's not the smallest corner either, listed at 5-foot-11. Good hands and can play safety. Character guy as well, which will serve him well in the locker room in New England.
Arjuna Ramgopal, NFL Contributing Writer: Logan Ryan adds some much needed depth at corner. While he seems to lack top end speed, he has the size to possibly move to safety.
82. Saints (from Bears via Dolphins) JOHN JENKINS, DT, Georgia
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Saints add some serious size to the interior of their line by adding John Jenkins. Jenkins has the size to play a nose tackle and swallows blocks. A good fit in New Orleans to help take pressure off of Jonathan Vilma and the other Saints linebackers.
81. Giants DAMONTRE MOORE, DE, Texas A&M
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Stop the presses! The Giants took a guy with a natural knack for rushing the passer! The last two years, Moore had 21 sacks and 28.5 TFL.
Allen Kim, Football.com, NFC East Editor: Damontre Moore likely fell due to off-the-field issues, but he represents great value here with the No. 81 overall pick for the Giants. He could use some work in run defense, but is excellent as a pass-rusher. If he can keep his head on straight, he could be a huge steal for Jerry Reese.
80. Cowboys J.J. WILCOX, S, Georgia Southern
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: A newcomer to strong safety after three years as an offensive star for FCS Georgia Southern, J.J. Willcox packs plenty of Big D bravado, recently claiming he was the best safety in the NFL Draft.
Richard Paolinelli, NFL Contributing Writer: Well it only took four picks but Dallas finally addresses a need. Would much rather have seen them take Reid or Elam in the first. We'll see if Mr. Wilcox can get the job done.
79. Steelers MARKUS WHEATON, WR, Oregon State
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Wheaton had a great Senior Bowl week. Consistently challenged the best DBs. Played in a pro system at Oregon State under Mike Reilly. Shorter than ideal, but a playmaker.
78. Bills (from Rams) MARQUISE GOODWIN, WR, Texas
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Bills add more speed to the outside. Goodwin has world-class speed and athleticism. Takes the top off of the defense. Needs to work on route running and catching but could be a great kick returner.
Stan Chrapowicki, NFL Contributing Writer: The Bills keep addressing a need with their selection of this Texas speedster. Goodwin is built like Percy Harvin (5-9, 183), but doesn't have home-run potential on every touch. Despite that, between Goodwin and C.J. Spiller, the Bills are definitely a faster team.
77. Dolphins DALLAS THOMAS, T, Tennessee
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: A bulky but agile tackle-guard combination, he brings a ton of versatility to Miami's offensive line. He's a three-year starter (two at tackle, one at guard) and can plug whatever hole the Dolphins feel is most needed.
76. Chargers KEENAN ALLEN, WR, California
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: San Diego got its third player with a first round grade (Fluker, Te'o, Allen). There are some Big Boards -- including ours -- who had Allen as the No. 2 receiver in the draft, after Tavon Austin, and certainly the wideout most capable of stepping in as an X receiver.
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: But for a questionable knee, big (6-2, 206) Keenan Allen might have gone in the first round.
75. Saints TERRON ARMSTEAD, T, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Great pick. Tremendous athlete. Watched this kid at the Senior Bowl and combine and he held his own vs the best. Will fill the void let by Jermon Bushrod. Could be the sleeper of a deep OL class.
74. Cowboys (from Panthers via 49ers) TERRANCE WILLIAMS, WR, Baylor
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Cowboys will trot out one of the most dangerous wide receiver combinations in the NFL after taking Terrance Williams. Williams has great speed and is a legitimate deep threat. Tony Romo now has great options all over the field.
Allen Kim, Football.com, NFC East Editor: The Cowboys could use a wide receiver for depth but, again, there are other priorities. Terrance Williams has size and a fair amount of speed. He'll certainly help make Tony Romo's job easier after turning in a fantastic year sans Robert Griffin III, but only if their offensive line can protect him long enough to make throws.
73. Bucs MIKE GLENNON, QB, NC State
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: We had speculated that the new, aggressive tone in Tampa would inspire the Bucs to bring in someone to push Josh Freeman to the next level. Glennon isn't a legitimate threat to Freeman's job in the short-term, but he has the tools to develop into a decent pro-style quarterback.
72. Jets BRIAN WINTERS, G, Kent
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: The Jets reportedly were hoping Jonathan Cooper would fall to them at No. 9 on Thursday, signalling they regarded guard as a position of need. They got a former wrestler with good footwork and body control. But his bench press at the combine (9 reps) has to set off some alarms about his upper body strength.
71. Rams (from Bills) T.J. MCDONALD, S, USC
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: A second-generation safety, not as fluid as others in this draft class. Projects to be a classic in-the-box run stuffer, though he has to prove he can stay on the field in passing downs.
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: NFL pedigree as his father, Tim, was a longtime 49ers DB. Great size, big hitter, has a chance to really develop under Jeff Fisher.
70. Titans BLIDI WREH-WILSON, CB, Connecticut
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Titans finally address the defensive need by getting Blidi Wreh-Wilson. Wreh-Wilson ran a 4.35 40-yard dash at his Pro Day and can play press coverage as well as zone coverage. Should start from day 1 opposite Jason McCourty.
69. Cardinals, TYRANN MATHIEU, CB, LSU
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Someone was going to take the risk on this talented, troubled prospect. Teams are as concered about his size as they are about his maturity. But Arizona, where his friend, former teammate and personal mentor Patrick Peterson is, might have been the best place Mathieu could have landed.
68. Browns LEON MCFADDEN, CB, San Diego State
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: It'd been 62 picks since the Browns last were on the clock, but they went right back to the defensive side of the ball and got Ray Horton another contributor.Teams didn't throw his way much, but when they did, he made them pay, returning two of his three INTs for touchdowns in 2012.
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Expected early on Thursday to look for a CB to pair with Joe Haden, the Browns waited for the third round to snatch smallish San Diego State corner Leon McFaddden, who could help Cleveland's return game.
Steven King, NFL Contributing Writer: The Browns tried everything they could to move up, but after being unable to do so, they attempted to fill another need and got Joe Haden some help at cornerback.
67. Eagles BENNIE LOGAN, DT, LSU
Allen Kim, Football.com NFC East Editor: Bennie Logan is fast and athletic, and he's capable of getting to the quarterback.The Eagles needed to improve their front four after taking an offensive tackle and tight end with their first two picks, and this draft is shaping up nicely for Philly.
66. Raiders, SIO MOORE, ILB, Connecticut
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Sio Moore might be the most underrated player in the entire draft. He can play inside linebacker, outside linebacker and defensive end. Has the speed and coverage ability to cover anybody on the field. Moore will start from day one in Oakland.
65. Lions LARRY WARFORD, G, Kentucky
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: At 6-3, 332, Warford is a big-bodied presence on the interior of Detroit's O-Line, and the Lions needed all the help up front they could find in this draft. Warford is better in pass protection than in exploding off the line in the run game; sounds like the perfect fit for Detroit.
64. Jaguars DWAYNE GRATZ, CB, Connecticut
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Just as the Mississippi State corners came off the board in the inverse order of what was expected, Gratz is taken before his more-heralded teammate Blidi Wreh-Wilson. He's a reliable zone corner who supports the run with force.
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Jacksonville is looking for big secondary players and found a 200-lb. CB in Connecticut's Dwayne Gratz.
Andrew Kates, NFL Contributing Writer: The Jags go for another physical cornerback in Dwayne Gratz. A name most won't be familiar with, but was productive at Connecticut as another big hitter. He is not great in coverage but with sub-4.5 speed, Gratz should be able to run opponents down. Needs to improve his ability to make plays on the ball, and not just make the highlight hit.
63. Chiefs TRAVIS KELCE, TE, Cincinnati
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Versatile H-back player. Not a strong inline TE who needs to improve blocking.
62. Seahawks (from Ravens), CHRISTINE MICHAEL, RB, Texas A&M
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Seahawks make their first pick of this draft with the last pick of the second round. The Seahawks take the most athletic running back in the draft. His speed and physical running style make him a great fit behind Marshawn Lynch. Needs some good veteran leadership to keep him out of trouble off the field.
Liz Mathews, NFL Contributing Writer: Pretty surprising that the Seahawks opted to go with a running back in the second round, having selected Robert Turbin in the fourth last year. But, the Seahawks have shown they are a run-first team, and with Leon Washington now with the Patriots, Seattle was clearly looking for a potential change of pace or red zone option to complement its every-down workhorse, Marshawn Lynch.
61. Packers (from 49ers), EDDIE LACY, RB, Alabama
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Totally called this one . . . well, 35 picks later than I expected. Lacy runs like the workhorse backs of old -- a punishing one-cut runner who will not be brought down by arm tackles. Green Bay isn't about to give him 25 touches a game, but he immediately provides the Packers with a credible three-down run threat they've lacked for years.
Jon Krouner, NFL Contributing Writer: Many speculated that the Packers would take Lacy in the first round to fulfill a long-term need at running back. The Packers may have gotten a steal by snagging Lacy here in the 2nd round. His north-south running style should be especially effective in short yardage situations and provide just another weapon in already dynamic offense.
60. Falcons ROBERT ALFORD, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Atlanta picks up another one of the draft's most athletic corners. Alford ran a 4.39 combine and has a 40-inch vertical. He and first-round pick Desmond Trufant give the Falcons depth and flexibility in their secondary.
Timotheus Gordon, NFL Contributing Writer: He may be more NFL ready than Trufant. Let's see if who'll win the second starting CB post between those two picks.
59. Patriots AARON DOBSON, WR, Marshall
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Patriots had great success with a couple of former Marshall WRs, Troy Brown and Randy Moss. Dobson has ability and ball skills.
Brandon Lawrence, NFL Contributing Writer: And there is the wide receiver pick from the Patriots, folks. Aaron Dobson is a 6-foot-3 receiver with tons of playmaking ability and a knack for making some of the most acrobatic catches humanly possible. Interesting that the team didn't go with higher-ranked Keenan Allen from Cal, but the Marshall connection runs too deep (i.e. Troy Brown, Randy Moss). Dobson can create space well against corners on the outside, which is exactly what the Patriots need.
58. Broncos MONTEE BALL, RB, Wisconsin
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Montee Ball is an extremely solid runner. He will never be accused of being the fastest player on the field but finds the hole well and picks up the tough yards. Ball will need to work on his pass blocking if he wants to play in Denver's offense.
57. Texans D.J. SWEARINGER, S, South Carolina
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: The Texans were vulnerable to big plays in big situations last year. Now, they add a tough, physical strong safety who is always looking to drop the hammer. His ability to cover the deep-half remains the big concern.
James Williams, NFL Contributing Writer: The pick of South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger gives the Texans a big hitter in the backfield. He will be mentored by newly acquired free agent Ed Reed.
56. Ravens (from Seahawks) ARTHUR BROWN, ILB, Kansas State
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Don't expect Ray Lewis production of out Brown . . . just yet. But Brown is the ideal candidate to step into Lewis' vacant position (so much so, we expected them to take him in the first round). Brown is a tackling machine who is also capable in coverage.
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: If ever there was a draft-to-need, it is the Ravens selection of Kansas State linebacker Arthur Brown, who might play inside or outside for LB-deprived Baltimore.
55. 49ers (from Packers) VANCE MCDONALD, TE, Rice
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: A rising TE on draft boards. Will be a solid pick up in both the run and pass games.
54. Dolphins, JAMAR TAYLOR, CB, Boise State
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: The Dolphins came away with a genuine steal in the late second round. Taylor was a first-round talent and perhaps has the most scheme versatility of any cornerback available in this draft class.
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Dolphins continue to make their defense better by getting Jamar Taylor. Taylor is physical at the line of scrimmage and has great hips. His natural athleticism helps him if he does get beat. Another piece for the Dolphins defense to try and catch the Patriots in the AFC East.
53. Bengals, MARGUS HUNT, DE, SMU
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: One of the most intriguing prospects in the draft. He's shown flashes of remarkable playmaking potential, from disrupting plays in the backfield to blocking kicks (17 in his career). A tremendous athlete who could become a play-wrecker for the Bengals in so many ways.
52. Patriots (from Vikings): JAMIE COLLINS, OLB, Southern Miss
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: New England finds an experienced playmaker, a lean, athletic weakside linebacker with 21 career sacks (and 20 TFL in his senior season alone).
Brandon Lawrence, NFL Contributing Writer: Collins is an athletic linebacker from Southern Mississippi who played quarterback for his high school team. The 6-foot-3 linebacker possesses quick feet and has shown the ability to pass rush, stop the run and drop into coverage. Bill Belichick loves versatility in a player more than anything, and he got it will Collins.
51. Redskins DAVID AMERSON, CB, NC State
Ron Guy, NFL Contributing Writer: David Amerson addresses an immediate need in the secondary. Safety was, and still is, the bigger problem area in the defensive backfield but at No. 51 overall, I suppose you take the hand you're dealt. Not sure why you sign DeAngelo Hall and E.J. Biggers and then select another corner. Label me "slightly confused."
Allen Kim, Football.com, NFC East Editor: The Washington Redskins addressed one of their biggest needs by grabbing a cornerback, and David Amerson should be a nice fit in their defense. He had a down year last season after a fantastic campaign the year before, but he has good ball skills and size. This was a solid, if unspectacular pick for Washington.
50. Bears JON BOSTIC, ILB, Florida
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Bears get their replacement for Brian Urlacher with Jon Bostic. Bostic has great speed and athleticism but lacks in the instincts department. Will need some coaching to help assimilate to the NFL game but has the speed and the hitting power to play in the NFL.
49. Giants JOHNATHAN HANKINS, DT, Ohio State
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Big Hank provides run-stopping bulk right in the heart of the Giants defensive front. He's not shown the kind of pass rush skills the Giants usually prefer in their linemen.
Allen Kim, Football.com, NFC East Editor: Jonathan Hankins is big at 6-foot-3 and nearly 320 pounds. The Giants upgraded at defensive tackle in free agency with short-term solutions, but they're shallow at the position for 2014 and beyond. He'll be a solid addition and some welcome added depth for a team in dire need of help with run defense. Regardless, with some good linebacker prospects available, Reese should've prioritized the middle of their defense over the front line.
48. Steelers LE'VEON BELL, RB, Michigan State
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Pittsburgh gets on the "second bus," taking the biggest back in the draft: 245-lb. Bell from Michigan State
47. Cowboys GAVIN ESCOBAR, TE, San Diego State
Allen Kim, Football.com NFC East Editor: The Dallas Cowboys followed up their reach for Travis Frederick with another poor one in Gavin Escobar. Escobar has good hands, but he's slow and far from being one of the team's top priorities.
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Great hands, Someone that can someday replace Jason Witten.
Richard Paolinelli, NFL Contributing Writer: There are words to describe Dallas' selection of San Diego State TE Gavin Escobar. Unfortunately, they cannot be printed here where younger, more sensitive eyes might read them. Suffice it to say that prior to this draft I did not think the Cowboys could do any worse than they did in 2009. I was wrong. Dallas came into this draft needing help on the offensive line, defensive tackle and safety. They have made two selections and still have needs at offensive line, defensive tackle and safety. This draft is not a train wreck for Dallas, it is a thermonuclear explosion.
46. Bills (from Rams): KIKI ALONSO, ILB, Oregon
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Bills get a very underrated player in Kiko Alonso. One of the most physical inside linebackers you will find. A true "thumper" who loves to hit and take on blockers. Character issues have been raised but Alonso can fill in as a very good rotational linebacker.
Stan Chrapowiicki, NFL Contributing Writer: The Bills address another need here at linebacker. It is surprising that Buffalo took this Oregon Duck when Kansas State's Arthur Brown and Penn State's Michael Mauti were still available, but the Bills still filled an important void.
45. Cardinals (from Chargers): KEVIN MINTER, ILB, LSU
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Minter is a pure inside backer, with great tackling instincts. He may be a step slower than ideal in trying to chase down breakaway threats.
44. Panthers KAWANN SHORT, DT, Purdue
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Carolina's primary area of need coming into the draft was the interior of its defensive line. The Panthers added Star Lotulelei on Thursday and a shockingly quick tackle in Short in Round 2. They hadn't had an inside presence since the days of Kris Jenkins. Suddenly, it is one of the team's areas of strength and will really help one of the league's best crew of linebackers.
43. Bucs JOHNTHAN BANKS, CB, Mississippi State
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Another corner to help defend the passing attacks of the NFC South. Dropped a bit on some boards after a slower than expected 40.
42. Raiders (from Dolphins) MENELIK WATSON, T, Florida State
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: Oakland had so many needs and it fills one in a big way here. Watson is a fantastic athlete as a former basketball star. Uses that to display great footwork. With only one year of starting experience, the pick has boom-or-bust written all over it.
41. Bills ROBERT WOODS, WR, USC
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Woods is not spectacular in any facet of his game. But he is perhaps the most pro-ready of this year's wide receivers, with tremendous hands and polished route running skills. He can slide into either the X or Z receiver spot and take pressure off Stevie Johnson from Day 1.
Stan Chrapowicki, NFL Contributing Writer: The Bills get what they needed in USC wide receiver Robert Woods. When you consider that Stevie Johnson is currently the top receiver on Buffalo's depth chart, the additions of Woods is a solid move. Who knows? Maybe they can reunite him with USC teammate Matt Barkley later on in this draft.
40. 49ers (from Titans) CORNELLIUS CARRADINE, DE, Florida State
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: If it weren't for the late-season knee injury, "Tank" would have been a sure-fire first-round pick like his fellow FSU DE, Bjoern Werner. Of the two, Carradine is the superior pass rusher, and should enhance the 49ers already stacked rotation.
39. Jets GENO SMITH, QB, West Virginia
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: A popular pick among Jets fans inside Radio City Music Hall, in no small part because it implies that Mark Sanchez's tenure may have reached its frustrating end. But hang on, Jets fans . . . Smith will have to learn to play in a system other than the Air Raid. And he may be surprised to find he had better weapons at West Virginia than will be available to him in his rookie season.
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The Jets love controversy. Geno Smith is a great prospect, though his NFL readiness is a question. Will need time to develop and the NYJ circus may not be the best place.
Stan Chrapowicki, NFL Contributing Writer: Geno Smith is a solid pick by the Jets. Dana Holgorsen's offense at West Virginia is bit different than what Marty Mornhinweg will bring to the Jets, but Smith is good enough and smart enough to adapt.
38. Chargers (from Cardinals) MANTI TE'O, ILB, Notre Dame
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: The most anticipated No. 38 pick in recent memory lands Manti Te'o in San Diego. Te'o may not have had the best workouts, but he is a gamer. Great film with elite instincts. Has a nose for the ball and will make a lot of tackles.
Christopher Smith, Football.com FBS Senior Editor: The Chargers may make a good landing spot for Te'o in that fellow inside linebacker Donald Butler is a young, developing star, and Te'o won't be expected to dominate early. He's essentially replacing Takeo Spikes, a tremendous leader and sure tackler who had trouble in 1-on-1 coverage because of his lack of speed. Te'o's name recognition is a benefit for San Diego, though an incidental one. For a franchise that's struggled to avoid blackouts in recent seasons, faced the constant threat of the team uprooting to Los Angeles and jettisoned Norv Turner and A.J. Smith after a multi-year witch hunt, the Chargers are in need of some buzz.
37. Bengals (from Raiders) GIOVANI BERNARD, RB, North Carolina
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: We've said all along that Bernard is perhaps the only true everydown back in this draft. He's a state-of-the-art back for today's NFL: a dynamic cutback runner who is as much a weapon in the passing game as the running game.
Evan Grossman, Football.com NFL Senior Editor: Even though Tim Krumrie couldn't pronounce his name, Bernard brings an added element to the Bengals running game. This might be the division's top offense in 2013.
36. Lions DARIUS SLAY, CB, Mississippi State
Bob Boyles, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: A late bloomer as far as draft stock was concerned, Slay is nearly 200 pounds with long arms. The new Lions cornerback might need to perfect his backpedal skills a bit.
35. Eagles: ZACH ERTZ, TE, Stanford
Bill Lund, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: 2nd best TE in the draft. Athletic, great hands. Another weapon for Chip Kelly's arsenal. Is a versatile player Kelly can be creative with in his offense.
Allen Kim, Football.com NFC East Editor: The Philadelphia Eagles get a great athlete in Zach Ertz, and he may be the most complete tight end in the draft. Ertz should thrive in Chip Kelly's offense, and this was a great pick for Philly.
34. Titans (from Chiefs via 49ers) JUSTIN HUNTER, WR, Tennessee
Matt LaPan, Football.com Draft Contributing Writer: San Francisco moves back and stockpiles more picks, they trade to the Titans and they take Justin Hunter. Hunter gives the Titans another downfield threat. The Titans clearly wanted to give Jake Locker more options and the wide receiver trio of Kenny Britt, Kendall Hunter and Hunter is great. Hunter struggles with drops at times but gives a deep threat with great speed.
33. Jaguars JOHN CYPRIEN, S, Florida International
David Seigerman, Football.com Draft Senior Editor: Gus Bradley took a page from the Seahawks and drafted a safety who will be a dominating physical presence. Many teams had Cyprien graded higher than Matt Elam, who was taken with the last pick of the first round.
Andrew Kates, NFL Contributing Writer: Cyprien is big and physical, but can he keep the speedsters in front of him? He loves to lay a hit on receivers, but can he help the cornerbacks by playing the whole field? Lots of potential, may take time to coach him up at the next level.
Aaron Dobson could be top fantasy rookie of 2013. A downfield target in New England (and from Marshall, no less)
Here is our chance c'mon Matt Barkley to the Cards.
Thought Cleveland had a chance to sneak into the playoffs in 2013 with a solid D, some good young skill players on offense and an unheralded but sneaky-good new coaching staff, but I think the Bengals have gone a long way toward becoming the division favorite in this draft. I think PIT/BAL are on a down cycle.
Cards should have picked a QB
What do you guys make of the Eagles' draft? Sort of a first glimpse or hint at Chip Kelly's direction and how much of the Oregon system he'll adapt or scrap. Do you read anything into the picks so far of OL or TE? Do they best suit a particular QB, Vick or otherwise?
Commissioner announces "legends" will read picks and the first guy they march out is Mark Brunell??
Matt LaPan - Football com
I think Geno Smith has the best potential. My best QB at the start of the process and still is. And I think that the Jaguars are in the biggest need of a QB. Gabbert just isn't the guy
I'm curious - of the likely Round 2 QBs, which do you think has the best potential in the NFL and which team is in most need of one of those QBs? Thanks!