April 26, 2013

Live 2013 NFL Draft Grades: Round 2



2013 Live Draft Grades: Round 1 / Round 2
(Friday, April 26, 2013)

Live Draft Grades for second round picks will be posted in real time. Below I will give my analysis of each pick and give a grade. Determining factors are: (Did they fill a need? Did they get good value? Etc.)

Also, check out my final 2013 NFL Mock Draft here, and see how I did this year.




33. Jacksonville Jaguars
Johnathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 208 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: With the 33rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select... Johnathan Cyprien, Safety, Florida International.

Love it! I'm not going to question them for not taking a quarterback here, as they just landed the second best safety at the top of the second round. They need play makers on defense, and Cyprien is just that. Could be a Kam Chancellor type of player for Gus Bradley.

Grade: A+



34. Tennessee Titans
Justin Hunter*, WR, Tennessee
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 200 lbs. | Class: Junior

(from San Francisco via Kansas City)



Analysis: With the 34th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select... Justin Hunter, Wide Receiver, Tennessee.

Stop me if you've heard this before, but I love this pick! A top 10 talent at receiver in the second round? Yes, Hunter needs to get more physical and needs to improve his game, but he has great size, speed, and athleticism. With Kenny Britt on the outside and Kendall Wright in the slot, this could be a dangerous offense.

Grade: A



35. Philadelphia Eagles
Zach Ertz*, TE, Stanford
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 244 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: With the 35th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select... Zach Ertz, Tight End, Stanford.

No Geno, but I do like the addition of Zach Ertz. It never hurts to add a dynamic pass catching tight end like Zach Ertz to this offense. Even though I view Ertz as a mid-second round prospect, I don't have a problem with Philly grabbing him here.

Grade: B+



36. Detroit Lions
Darus Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 192 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: With the 36th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions select... Darius Slay, Cornerback, Mississippi State.

The Lions drafted a defensive end and a corner in the wrong order IMO. Darius Slay is a good prospect, but this isn't great value for him IMO. Still, they did address a need, and could have found a solid starter in the second round.

Grade: C+



37. Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard**, RB, North Carolina
Ht: 5-9 Wt: 204 lbs. | Class: Senior

(via Oakland)



Analysis: With the 37th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals select... Giovani Bernard, Running Back, North Carolina.

Gio Bernard is the type of dynamic back they could use in this offense. I believe he is a great complement to BenJarvus Green-Ellis. I'm surprised they did not go with Eddie Lacy, because he would have been better value, but still a solid pick.

Grade: B



38. San Diego Chargers
Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 243 lbs. | Class: Senior

(via Arizona)



Analysis: With the 38th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers select... Manti Te'o, Inside Linebacker, Notre Dame.

Since Menelik Watson and Terron Armstead would be reaches here, there is nothing wrong with taking the best player available. Manti Te'o fills a major need at inside linebacker for the Chargers, and is great value at the top of the second round.

Grade: A-



39. New York Jets
Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 217 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: With the 39th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New York Jets select... Geno Smith, Quarterback West Virginia.

They didn't have to get him in the first round after all. This is the best value pick of the draft so far. A legitimate first round quarterback prospect falling to the second round? He can be a franchise quarterback. Mark Sanchez is done.

Grade: A+



40. San Francisco 49ers
Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida State
Ht: 6-4 Wt: 275 lbs. | Class: Senior

(via Tennessee)



Analysis: With the 40th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select... Cornellius Carradine, Defensive End, Florida State.

Cornellius Carradine is the 10th best player in the draft. His medical probably scared some teams off, but the 49ers were smart enough not to pass on him in the second round. I think he'll be a 3-4 defensive end, and the future replacement for Justin Smith. Or, he'll stand up and rush the passer.

Grade: A+



41. Buffalo Bills
Robert Woods*, WR, Southern California
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 200 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: With the 41st pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select... Robert Woods, Wide Receiver, Southern California.

Another good value pick in the second round. Robert Woods is a very reliable receiver with underrated play making ability. When you draft a quarterback in the first round, you need to provide him with weapons.

Grade: A-



42. Oakland Raiders
Menelik Watson*, OT, Florida State
Ht: 6-5 Wt: 310 lbs. | Class: Junior

(via Miami)



Analysis: With the 42nd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Oakland Raiders select... Menelik Watson, Offensive Tackle, Florida State.

Al Davis is still making picks for the Raiders I see. In therms of positional value and overall value, not a great pick. However, Menelik Watson has a ton of upside, and projects as a starting right tackle currently. He could be their left tackle of the future if they can't extend Jared Veldheer.

Grade: C



43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
Ht: 6-2 Wt: 186 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: With the 43rd pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select... Johnthan Banks, Cornerback, Mississippi State.

Great pick for the Bucs. Johnthan Banks is a big, play making corner who is versatile enough to play in the slot and at safety. Adding him to a secondary that now includes: Darrelle Revis, Mark Barron, DaShon Goldson, and Eric Wright turns this unit from worst, to... very good.

Grade: A



44. Carolina Panthers
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 308 lbs. | Class: Senior


Analysis: With the 44th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers select... Kawann Short, Defensive Tackle, Purdue.

Didn't expect them to double-dip on defensive tackles, but this is such a big need for them that I can't argue with it. Kawann Short is one of the better interior pass rushers in this draft, and should form a formidable interior with Star Lotulelei.

Grade: B+



45. Arizona Cardinals
Kevin Minter*, ILB, Louisiana State
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 246 lbs. | Class: Junior

(via San Diego)



Analysis: With the 45th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals select... Kevin Minter, Inside Linebacker, Louisiana State.

They traded back and drafted a stud inside linebacker who should start next to Daryl Washington for the next several years. Well done by Arizona. Arthur Brown is the better player, but Minter is a good fit for them.

Grade: A-



46. Buffalo Bills
Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 234 lbs. | Class: Senior

(via Saint Louis)



Analysis: With the 46th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select... Kiko Alonso, Inside Linebacker, Oregon.

Um... Arthur Brown? Kiko Alonso is a 4th round player for me, so this is definitely a reach. They filled a need, sure, but you have to understand value.

Grade: D+



47. Dallas Cowboys
Gavin Escobar*, TE, San Diego State
Ht: 6-6 Wt: 248 lbs. | Class: Junior


Analysis: With the 47th pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select... Gavin Escobar, Tight End, San Diego State.

Ugh... Again? Don't get me wrong, the value is nice, but I'm not understanding. Reach for a need in round one, then get good value on a position that you don't desperately need in round two? Well, it's a good thing Escobar will be a pretty good tight end for them, otherwise it would be a mistake.

Grade: B-