NFL Draft: Names to know on Day 2
With the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft officially in the books, let's take a look at some names to watch on Day 2, which encompasses both the second and third round:
GENO SMITH, QB, WEST VIRGINIA: Nobody lost more by slipping out of the first round than Smith. Once regarded as a top-10 pick, Smith slid out of the first round after the Buffalo Bills opted for Florida State signal caller E.J. Manuel. To potentially make matters worse, Smith told ESPN's Suzy Kolber after the first round that he would not return to Radio City for the rest of the draft, instead opting to return home. (UPDATE: Smith has now said that he will return for Day 2 of the draft, per multiple reports.) Could that be a glimpse into how he handles adversity? We'll let you decide.
MANTI TE'O, MLB, NOTRE DAME: Te'o was another guy who fell out of the first round after it appeared he would be taken by another team. While he was a sure tackler throughout his college career, his slow 40-yard dash time at the Combine, disappointing national championship game and the catfishing saga may have something to do with the slide. Still, he could be a value somewhere in the high-to-mid second round.
EDDIE LACY, RB, ALABAMA: With the NFL passing-friendly and teams shifting more toward committees at running back, it wasn't too shocking that Lacy slid out of the first round. Still, it was the first time since 1963 that no running backs were drafted in the first round. It's not an indictment of Lacy's skills that he fell to Day 2, but more of a commentary on the direction of the NFL. Lacy is still a three-down power back who can get the tough yardage. Expect him to go early in the second round.
JONATHAN CYPRIEN, S, FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL: Cyprien was often included in the triumvirate of second-tier safeties along with Eric Reid and Matt Elam. Reid went in the middle of Round 1 and Elam was the final pick of the first round. Cyprien is brash but not overly aggressive and is great in the box as a run-supporter. He could be a good value pick early in the second round.
JUSTIN HUNTER, WR, TENNESSEE: Hunter has the size (6-4) and the speed to become a top-notch receiver. But after he tore his ACL in 2011, it appeared he took a step back as a pass-catcher and became more inconsistent. If he can get over his mental hurdles and return to his form from two seasons ago, he could be worth a mid-second round pick. If not, he may slide into the third.
BARRETT JONES, C, ALABAMA: The Rimington Trophy winner has only one main issue -- some scouts have questioned whether or not he has the strength to hold off stronger bull-rushers at the next level. Either way, he has the versatility, leadership and football knowledge to become a longtime starter in the NFL. Look for Jones to come off the board early on in second round.
ARTHUR BROWN, MLB, KANSAS STATE: Brown is a great all-around linebacker who can play both inside and outside. His lack of prototypical size may have come back to haunt him, though, and was probably the reason why he slipped out of the first round. Brown likely will be an early- to mid-second round pick.
CORNELLIUS "TANK" CARRADINE, DE, FLORIDA STATE: Carradine is another prospect who has a ton of potential but was hindered by an ACL injury. Carradine worked out for scouts the week before the draft and reportedly ran well, but teams may have still been scared off by the stigma of a torn ACL. If he's healthy, Tank will be an incredible value early in the second round.
MARGUS HUNT, DE, SMU: Hunt has exceptional size and strength, but is very raw and inconsistent. That inconsistency and inexperience was most likely what keeps him on the board still. He has all the tools to become a J.J. Watt, but teams may be hesitant to spend an early pick on him if he's still an unfinished product. He may go mid- to late-second round.
MENELIK WATSON, OT, FLORIDA STATE: Watson has perfect size for the NFL, but like Hunt, a lack of game film really hurt him. He's a bit of a project that could use some seasoning behind a veteran lineman before taking the reins as a starter. Still, his measurables may be enough for a team to warrant using an early- to mid-second round pick on him.