2013 NFL second-round mock draft
NEW YORK -- With all the quarterbacks that remain there for the picking, and the unfinished Manti Te'o saga, Friday night's second round has a chance to be as interesting as Thursday night's first round was unpredictable. I can't really recall a second round ever coming close to overshadowing a first round, but there's a chance it happens in this unusual draft season of 2013.
For those of you not keeping score, my 7.0 mock had only seven real highlights: Four direct hits of players to the right team in the right slot, two examples of the right player in the right spot, but to the wrong team; and one case of the correct player and team matched up, but in the wrong draft slot.
You'd think after that, I wouldn't have the gumption to try again. But if nothing else, a second-round mock shows resiliency on my part.
Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse -- The Jags should have trade offers to consider from any team determined to get the second-round quarterback of their choice, and given all their needs, they should take the best package offered. But if they keep the pick, Nassib is considered the most pro-ready QB available and could walk in the door as Blaine Gabbert's replacement. Defensive end is the other needy spot in Jacksonville.
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford -- I'm not ruling out that the 49ers could opt for Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine or SMU defensive end Margus Hunt, but getting Delanie Walker's replacement from Jim Harbaugh's old team makes solid sense.
Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International -- The Eagles get their problematic safety issue addressed with a player who will start from day one.
Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State -- After landing Ziggy Ansah on Thursday night, it's got to be either an offensive tackle or a cornerback for the Lions. They have their choice between Watson or a cover man like Boise State's Jamar Taylor.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama -- The Bengals get their lead running back, and in combination with first-round tight end Tyler Eifert, serve notice that they're going to be more dangerous on offense in 2013.
Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State -- We're hearing the Cardinals like Glennon's pro potential more so than Southern Cal's Matt Barkley. I suppose Arizona believes one former USC quarterback is plenty.
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia -- Well, he's got to go somewhere. With only Mark Sanchez and David Garrard as potential starters, it's not like the Jets have all the answers at quarterback.
Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M -- The Titans went offense in the first round with Chance Warmack, but here's an opportunity to get the pass rush a needed boost.
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee -- The Bills target a first-round-graded receiver for E.J. Manuel (or Kevin Kolb) to play catch with.
Matt Barkley, QB, USC -- Not at all sure the Raiders should be even thinking about quarterbacks of the future with so many other needs, but Barkley would be a good value here, especially with this pick, the one they obtained from Miami Thursday night in the trade down from No. 3 to No. 12.
Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State -- The Bucs make their 2013 draft debut by taking the in-state pass rusher, with an eye on helping replace the departed Michael Bennett.
Keenan Allen, WR, Cal -- The Panthers need more weapons around Cam Newton, and somebody to throw to beside Steve Smith. Allen or USC's Robert Woods should be in their wheelhouse with solid second-round grades.
Johnathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia -- The Chargers continue to upgrade the quotient of big boys up front. After nabbing offensive tackle D.J. Fluker in the first round, they find themselves a nose tackle to clog up some running lanes.
Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame -- Buffalo provides a soft landing of sorts for the falling Golden Domer. A small-market setting and relatively low expectations for the downtrodden Bills might be just the thing for a guy who has seen way too much of the spotlight in recent months.
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue -- The Cowboys get a quality big body for their depleted defensive tackle depth chart.
Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin -- The Steelers still believe in running the football, and Ball is a proven commodity with an uncanny nose for the end zone.
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State -- Brown is a versatile and athletic prospect who looks ready to contribute early in his NFL career.
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State -- With linebackers like Manti Te'o and Arthur Brown off the board, the Bears look to Banks for an infusion of youth at cornerback, behind Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings.
Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State -- The secondary is definitely the target for the Redskins in the second round, after Washington sat out Thursday night's festivities. It's just a matter if their highest-ranking available player is a safety or a cornerback. With Johnthan Banks going right before them to Chicago, the Redskins take the safety they feel best about.
Margus Hunt, DE, SMU -- Cornerback is always a possibility for the Patriots (Connecticut's Blidi Wreh-Wilson?) and their never-quite-fixed pass defense. But Hunt is intriguing prospect with a rare build for a 3-4 end, and kind of has Patriots pick written all over him.
Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine-Bluff -- The Bengals make this pick if they're tired of waiting on Andre Smith to come to his senses and re-sign in Cincinnati.
Robert Woods, WR, Southern Cal -- If the Dolphins really want to slay the giant of the AFC East, they could use yet another receiving weapon at quarterback Ryan Tannehill's disposal. Then again, this might be the pick that gets shipped to Kansas City in exchange for offensive tackle Branden Albert.
Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State -- The Packers spend another pick beefing up a defensive line that got abused against the run at times in 2012.
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama -- There's some thought Seattle could go for Tyrann Mathieu in this slot, and he would be a decent addition to their talented secondary. But maybe that's not the best use of Seattle's first pick in the draft. Williams represents a solid addition to the defensive line rotation.
Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi -- Because Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips likes to collect outside linebackers with some edge pass rush skills.
David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State -- The Broncos need to be looking for secondary help and possibly Champ Bailey's eventual replacement in round two.
Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech -- The Patriots have been searching for more vertical threat at receiver since Randy Moss left town.
Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State -- The Falcons considered making a move up in the first round for Tyler Eifert, but deemed it too costly. But they can sit tight and get Tony Gonzalez's heir apparent near the bottom of the second round.
Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU -- I'm really not sure Mathieu is capable of cracking the second round, with all that baggage. But the 49ers still have a surplus of picks, a need to continue the upgrade in the secondary, and the belief that their coaching and team mentality can keep players focused on the task at hand. Plus, Jim Harbaugh loves a challenge.
Kevin Minter, LB, LSU -- The Ravens simply will be living a charmed life if they wrap up the first two rounds of this draft by finding proven SEC talents Florida safety Matt Elam and LSU's Minter waiting for them at No. 32 and 62.