Second round blog: Manti Te’o to Chargers, Geno Smith to Jets
|04.26.13 at 6:46 pm ET|
The picks and some quick analysis on the fly…
– The Jaguars kicked off the second round of the draft by taking Florida International safety Johnathan Cyprien third overall. Cyprien was seen as a potential option for the Pats in the second round, as the Pats hold the 52nd and 59th overall picks.
– The 49ers followed the Cyprien pick by shipping the 34th pick, which they had acquired from the Chiefs for Alex Smith, to the Titans. Justin Hunter was the pick for Tennessee, which is interesting considering they have pretty much the same player on their roster already in Kenny Britt.
– Zach Ertz was an interesting pick for the Eagles. Chip Kelly has now passed on quarterbacks twice, and the next team picking with a potential need at quarterback is the Jets at No. 39.
– It was not Johnthan Banks, but Darius Slay who was the first Mississippi State cornerback taken as the Lions took with the 36th pick. Banks is big and slow, while Slay’s stock had been on the rise.
– Giovani Bernard went to the Bengals with the 37th pick. The North Carolina product was the first running back taken as the Bengals continue to bolster their offense.
– The Chargers made a major splash by trading up for Manti Te’o at No. 38, but the Jets one-upped them by bringing in Geno Smith with the 39th pick. The undersized and athletic Smith is an intriguing prospect. Worst-case scenario, the Jets still get bad quarterback play.
– Tank Carradine to the 49ers makes the rich richer. Big, strong pass-rusher.
– The Bills lost Donald Jones to the Patriots in free agency, and the Robert Woods pick replaces him well.
– Manelik Watson goes to the Raiders at No. 42. A good right tackle who has a lot of developing to do.
– Talk about an overhaul of a secondary. After signing Dashon Goldson and trading for Darrelle Revis, the Bucs draft Johnthan Banks. If it all comes together that will be a tough team to throw on.
– The Panthers went from desperately needing help at defensive tackle to having some really good young players at the position in Star Lotulelei and Kawann Short. Both players were great value, as Lotuluelei was a steal at No. 14 and Short could have easily gone in the late first round.
– Not thrilled with the Kevin Minter pick for the Cardinals. Well out of Alec Ogletree and Te’o’s class. Kiko Alonso out of Oregon went to the Bills with the next pick to make for a mini-run on inside linebackers that later continued when the Bears took Jonathan Bostic.
– The Cowboys traded down with both Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz on the board in the first round, but they got a good receiving tight end with San Diego State’s Gavin Escobar.
– Eddie Lacy has fallen a bit here, as he will at best be the third running back taken. The Steelers took Michigan State back Le’Veon Bell.
– The Johnathan Hankins pick is good for the Giants as long as they aren’t planning on making him a nose tackle primarily. If they are, why not go for the bigger Johnathan Jenkins?
– What was I saying about how well Bengals draft? Love the Margus Hunt pick for them.
– Arthur Brown definitely fills the need for a Ravens team that lost Ray Lewis and Dannell Ellerbe.
– Broncos take Montee Ball. Yet another running back ahead of Eddie Lacy.