Welcome to Day 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft!
The first round of the draft was line-heavy as expected, with three offensive linemen going in the top four picks. Only one quarterback was taken and no running backs. Three wide receivers were selected and one tight end. The Raiders selected a guy who had been rising fast on draft boards, Houston cornerback D.J. Hayden and they seem pleased with the pick.
Remaining on the board are some very good players including QB Geno Smith, TE Zach Ertz, RB Eddie Lacy, WR Keenan Allen and LB Manti Te'o. The QB class in the second round will likely include Ryan Nassib, Mike Glennon, and Matt Barkley.
Speaking of Barkley, here is a tweet from Bill Williamson earlier today:
#Raiders hearing a lot of Matt Barkley chatter at 42. Reggie was at his pro day. Don’t know how I feel about that one yet.
— Bill Williamson (@espn_afcwest) April 26, 2013
Whether that talk is genuine or just meant to drum up trade action remains to be seen. The draft starts at 3:30 Pacific Time and the Jaguars have the first pick.
Round 2, Pick 33: Jacksonville Jaguars select -- Johnathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
-- Some expected Geno Smith here, but the Jaguars' new head coach is former Seattle DC Gus Bradley who made his name designing a defensive system around big, physical defensive backs.
Round 2, Pick 34: San Francisco 49ers TRADE pick to Tennessee
-- With the pick, the Titans select -- Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
-- The Titans select the top receiver on the board, a big playmaking wideout. He won't have to move very far and will provide a huge weapon for Jake Locker who needs every one he can get.
Round 2, Pick 35: Philadelphia Eagles select -- Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
-- Ertz is the best TE on the board and that position is used a lot in Chip Kelly's spread. Kelly played against Ertz last year and he was tremendous in the Cardinal's defeat of Oregon.
Round 2, Pick 36: Detroit Lions select -- Darius Slay, CB, Miss St.
-- The Lions elect to upgrade their secondary rather than their offensive line here. Not a poor choice in a division with Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler.
Round 2, Pick 37: Cincinnati Bengals select -- Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
-- The Bengals needed an RB badly and they take Bernard over Eddie Lacy.
Round 2, Pick 38: Arizona Cardinals TRADE pick to San Diego
-- With the pick, the Chargers select Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
-- San Diego finally replaces Junior Seau with a decent inside linebacker. He will slot in nicely next to Donald Butler.
Round 2, Pick 39: New York Jets select -- Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
-- And with that the Mark Sanchez Experience is mercifully over. If only the Jets had some weapons offensively.
Round 2, Pick 40: San Francisco 49ers select -- Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
-- Here the Niners get a fabulous pass rushing prospect with some health concers. When healthy he will bolster the Niners' already stellar defense and eventually replace Justin Smith.
Round 2, Pick 41: Buffalo Bills select -- Robert Woods, WR, USC
-- The Bills take a guy a lot of Raider fans wanted, who will give Kolb/Manuel a great weapon in Buffalo across from Stevie Johnson.
Round 2, Pick 42: Oakland Raiders select -- Menelik Watson, OT, FSU
-- The Raiders select the best offensive line prospect on the board in Watson, who played LT in college but could slide to the right side in the pros. Watson had a borderline first round grade by many and to get him here is good value.
Round 2, Pick 43: Tampa Bay Buccaneers select -- Johnthan Banks, CB, Miss St.
-- Banks is a big, physical corner with good reflexes, instincts and cover skills. He is not fast but can blanket a receiver in short yardage.
Round 2, Pick 44: Carolina Panthers select -- Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
-- The Panthers double up on DTs in the first two rounds as they draft Short, who impressed scouts at the Senior Bowl after an above average college career.
Round 2, Pick 45: Arizona Cardinals select -- Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
-- The Cardinals here upgrade their LB corps with a excellent SEC product. I felt he could have gone earlier than this and is good value.
Round 2, Pick 46: Buffalo Bills select -- Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon
-- Kiko Alonso goes here to Buffalo, the third Oregon player to go so far in the draft. Alonso has a high motor and a nose for the ball and is always looking to make the big impact play.
Round 2, Pick 47: Dallas Cowboys select -- Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego St.
-- The Cowboys take a highly regarded tight end prospect here. They can run two tight-end sets and Escobar can take over for the aged Jason Witten and eventually become Romo's new security blanket.
Round 2, Pick 48: Pittsburgh Steelers select -- LaVeon Bell, RB, Michigan St.
-- Pittsburgh takes an impressive RB prospect here. He is a bruiser who was a workhorse in college. Considering Pittsburgh's recent injury troubles with the running backs, this is a solid choice.
Round 2, Pick 49: New York Giants select -- Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio St.
-- The Giants continue to add beef to their lines with the best defensive tackle available. He has a massive frame and good athleticism.
Round 2, Pick 50: Chicago Bears select -- Jon Bostic, LB, Florida
-- The Bears here take a player to fill their LB void. Bostic was productive in his career at Florida and plays very aggressively.
Round 2, Pick 51: Washington Redskins select -- David Amerson, CB, N.C. St.
-- Prior to this season, Amerson was considered the best CB prospect in the draft. His stock fell during the season as he was burned a few times and seemed to regress, but he had a great combine and impressed a lot of teams.
Round 2, Pick 52: New England Patriots select -- Jamie Collins, LB, Southern Miss
-- The Patriots add to their awful defense, and as usual take a player nobody has ever heard of. I'm sure he will be a Hall of Famer.
Round 2, Pick 53: Cincinnati Bengals select -- Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
-- The Bengals strengthen their already vicious pass rush with the big man from SMU. He and Carlos Dunlap will form an excellent set of bookend DEs.
Round 2, Pick 54: Miami Dolphins select -- Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise St.
-- Jamar Taylor was a ballhawk playmaking corner at Boise St. and although he didn't face the toughest competition he was very impressive on the field. With New England's pass game and Buffalo taking a QB and WR in this draft, Miami had to respond.
Round 2, Pick 55: Green Bay Packers TRADE pick to San Francisco
-- With the pick, the Niners select -- Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
-- Vance McDonald is a needed component for the Niners after they lost back up TE Delanie Walker in free agency this year. McDonald will mostly be used as a blocking TE behind the starting TE Vernon Davis.
Round 2, Pick 56: Seattle Seahawks TRADE pick to Baltimore
Ravens select-- Arthur Brown, OLB Kansas St
-- Undersized but tenacious, the Ravens hope that he will be the type of Linebacker that Novorro Bowman is for the Niners. That would be a solid, consistent player, although maybe not spectacular.
Round 2, Pick57: Houston Texans select-- DJ Swearinger, S South Carolina
-- DJ Swearinger is a hard hitting cocky Safety who doesn't just hit you hard, he lets you know afterwards with his jawing. The Texans got a solid player to learn from newly acquired veteran Ed Reed.
Round 2, Pick 58: Denver Broncos select-- Montee Ball, RB Wisconsin
-- After breaking the NCAA single season record for TD's the year before last Montee Ball decided to go back for his senior season. He didn't do anything to hurt but he also didn't help his draft stock. Downgraded due to Wisconsin backs not performing well in the NFL the Broncos have added a potential starter once Willis McGahee retires.
Round 2, Pick 59: New England select-- Aaron Dobson, WR Marshall
-- Aaron Dobson is a tall receiver that has a ton of potential. He will be looked at as a player that can play on the outside and demand attention to open things up for their new slot receiver Danny Amendola.
Round 2, Pick 60: Atlanta Falcons select-- Robert Alford, CB SE Louisiana
-- It is rather fitting that Hall of Fame former Falcon Deon Sanders would announce a fellow CB for his former team. Robert Alford comes from a small school but the Falcons are hoping for a big impact from their new corner.
Round 2, Pick 61: Green Bay Packers select-- Eddie Lacey, RB Alabama
-- The Packers tried to address their running back needs via free agency last year but it didn't work out so in comes Eddie Lacey. Many thought Lacey could be the first back off the board so the Packers are pretty ecstatic to have gotten him with the second to last pick in the 2nd round.
Round 2, Pick 62: Seattle Seahawks select-- Christine Michael, RB Texas A&M
-- Christine Michael may have a girls name but don't consider that while evaluating his skills as a runner. The Seahawks have added a legitimate backfield mate to Marshawn Lynch with this pick.