2013 Draft Live Blog, Day 2
With some surprise talent falling to the second round and plenty of other intriguing players waiting for their phones to ring, Steve Palazzolo once again will be here to comment as the evening unfolds.
Check in throughout the night to catch the PFF perspective.
More third round notes:
The Steelers drafted WR Markus Wheaton out of Oregon State – he’ll be expected to step right into the Mike Wallace deep threat role in their offense. The Giants are known for their defensive ends and they added another one in Damontre Moore from Texas A&M. Moore had a disappointing offseason leading up to the draft, but he found his way to the quarterback in the SEC. He’s worth the risk in the third round. The Houston Texans expected to look at right tackle at some point in the draft and they nabbed North Carolina OT Brennan Williams with the first of their third rounders. He’ll compete with incumbent RT Derek Newton who graded at -13.0 in his first year as a starter last season.
The Seattle Seahawks select DT Jordan Hill, Penn State
Seattle walked away with a nice interior pass rusher in Hill who projects to 3-technique in their scheme. He dominated the Senior Bowl as he notched four hurries and a sack on only 17 rushes.
San Francisco 49ers select OLB Corey Lemonier, Auburn.
The 49ers continue to stock up on pass rushing talent as they add Lemonier after already drafting DE Tank Carradine earlier today. With an already loaded starting-22, they’re taking advantage of their extra draft picks to build impressive depth throughout the roster.
The New Orleans Saints select DT John Jenkins, Georgia.
The Saints get their nose tackle as they select the 6-foot-3, 346-pound Jenkins. There wasn’t really a nose tackle option on the roster so Jenkins will be the man in the middle as the Saints transition to a 3-4 scheme.
The Jets filled a big need by adding guard Brian Winters from Kent State. Their offensive line was underrated last year, but both guards, Matt Slauson and Brandon Moore, are no longer with the team. They added Willie Colon to man one spot and Winters should have a chance to start right away. Finding a starter in the third round is nice value.
The third round has seen a number of defensive backs come off the board, none bigger than
CB Tyrann Mathieu going to the Arizona Cardinals. Off-field issues aside, he fits the NFL mold for a slot cornerback and his game reminds of Antoine Winfield. He’ll be a factor in the running game and he’s a good blitzer off the edge.
The Green Bay Packers select RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama
Will the Packers look to run the ball more in 2013? QB Aaron Rodgers was pressured a modest 29.9 percent of the time (16th in the league), but he took a sack on 26.2 percent of those pressures, second highest rate in the league. He’ll still be the focal point of the offense, but given the numbers of hits he takes, it makes sense to add a running back like Lacy to share the offensive workload in Green Bay.
The Baltimore Ravens select MLB Arthur Brown, Kansas State
The Ravens finally make a move for their middle linebacker and they were probably thrilled to see Brown available in the second round. Everyone talks about Baltimore losing Ray Lewis to retirement, but they also have a major hole with the loss of LB Dannell Ellerbe. Brown will fill one of the spots in the middle of the Ravens’ 3-4.
The Miami Dolphins added another important piece to their defense in CB Jamar Taylor out of Boise State. He can play either in the slot or on the outside and he’ll help make up for the loss of CB Sean Smith in free agency.
The New England Patriots have made two second round selections in OLB Jamie Collins and WR Aaron Dobson. Collins is a freak of an athlete who has experience dropping into coverage as well as rushing the passer. He mentioned at the NFL Combine that he’d love to drop into coverage at the next level to show off his athleticism and versatility. New England was expected to take a wide receiver at some point, and they make take another later in the draft. Dobson has good size and with a number of slot options already on the roster, he’ll be asked to make an impact on the outside.
Going to be jumping around a bit for the rest of the night.
The Cincinnati Bengals selection of DE Margus Hunt is an intriguing one as he should have time to sit and learn behind a strong Bengals defensive line. He was thought to be a better fit in a 3-4 scheme, but with the Bengals he can move back and forth between defensive end and defensive tackle in their 4-3.
The Pittsburgh Steelers select RB Le’Veon Bell, Michigan State.
The New York Giants select DT Johnathan Hankins, Ohio State
The Chicago Bears select LB Jonathan Bostic, Florida
The Washington Redskins select CB David Amerson, NC State.
The Bears find their Urlacher replacement in Bostic, while the Redskins were expected to attack their secondary and despite a disappointing 2012 season, Amerson has a lot of potential as a 6-foot-3 cornerback. Only CB Josh Wilson (+3.6) graded positively in the Washington secondary last season.
The Arizona Cardinals select LB Kevin Minter, LSU.
The Buffalo Bills select LB Kiko Alonso, Oregon.
The Dallas Cowboys select TE Gavin Escobar, San Diego State.
Two linebackers come off the board as Minter will be a nice complement to Daryl Washington on the inside for the Cardinals while Alonso fills a big need for the Bills as they only linebacker who graded positively for the Bills last season was Nick Barnett and he was cut.
Dallas looks like they’ll be featuring more 2-tight end sets with Escobar joining Jason Witten
The Carolina Panthers select DT Kawann Short, Purdue.
After taking Star Lotulelei in the first round, the Panthers double up at the defensive tackle position with Short. He’s more of a 3-technique while Lotulelei will likely play nose tackle in their 4-3 scheme.
The Oakland Raiders select OT Menelik Watson, Florida State
The Raiders will turn to Watson to play right tackle after Raiders right tackles combined to grade at -27.3 last year.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers select CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
Banks will join newly acquired Darrelle Revis in a revamped Tampa Bay cornerback corps.
The Buffalo Bills select WR Robert Woods, USC
New quarterback E.J. Manuel is getting some help. Woods was yet another potential Top 10 pick, but injuries and a dip in production forced him into the second round. He should see time opposite WR Steve Johnson on the outside while 2012 third round draft pick T.J. Graham mans the slot.
The San Francisco 49ers select Tank Carradine, Florida State.
Carradine was thought to be a Top 10 type talent, but a knee injury in late November put his draft status in question. He has the requisite length and first step to become a big time pass rusher. Carradine will probably get the Aldon Smith rookie treatment as he’s eased into the lineup in passing situations before lining up opposite Smith at outside linebacker for the forseeable future.
The New York Jets select QB Geno Smith, West Virginia.
The Jets make a move for the falling Smith and they may have their quarterback of the future. They stayed true to their board in the first round adding two top notch defensive talents and it’s unlikely they expected to see Smith at this point of the second round. It looks like Mark Sanchez’ days in New York are finally over.
The San Diego Chargers select LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame.
One of the biggest stories in the draft, Te’o heads to San Diego to play in their 3-4 defense. Chargers inside linebackers Donald Butler and Takeo Spikes graded at +2.8 and -1.8 respectively last season.
The Cincinnati Bengals select RB Giovani Bernard, North Carolina.
Everyone expected the Bengals to target a running back, but most thought that Alabama RB Eddie Lacy would be the first one off the board. Bernard will look to ignite the Cincinnati running attack.
The Detroit Lions select CB Darius Slay, Mississippi State
Many expected fellow Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks to be off the board by now, but Slay made a big move this past season and he’ll join a Detroit secondary that always seems to need help. They re-signed CB Chris Houston who graded at +7.6 last season but the spot opposite him was a revolving door of injuries and ineffective play.
The Philadelphia Eagles select TE Zach Ertz, Stanford.
Chip Kelly likes his tight ends and he’s certainly familiar with Ertz from their battles in the Pac-12. He’ll join TE Brent Celek and newly acquired H-Back James Casey as yet another chess piece in Philadelphia’s offense.
We have our first trade of Day 2 as the Tennessee Titans move up to take the San Francisco 49ers pick at No. 34 overall.
The Titans select WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee.
Coming into the season, many thought Hunter was an A.J. Green-like wide receiver, but he had far too many drops throughout his junior season. The Titans spent a first round pick on WR Kendall Wright last season and many expected him to primarily play in the slot, but he lined up on the outside 86 percent of his snaps. With Hunter coming in, Wright is freed up to spend more time in the slot where he can be a factor in both the short and downfield passing game.
The Jacksonville Jaguars select FS Jonathan Cyprien from FIU.
The Jaguars front office promised to fill needs in the draft and they did that and more with the selection of Cyprien. Many analysts had him pegged as a mid-first rounder, and he should fit in well with new head coach Gus Bradley’s defensive system. Cyprien might just be versatile enough to play either the center field role or perhaps double as an in-the-box enforcer.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are on the clock!
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