It’s been said over and over, but while the 2013 NFL Draft lacks star power at the top, it’s extremely deep in rounds two and three. So that should make for an exciting Day 2 tonight.
You’ll notice plenty of first-round talent on the board between picks 33-62. There are even some players in the third round that had a shot at being selected in round one.
For the Packers, I’d be quite surprised if they don’t add a skill position player at some point today. Whether it’s running back, wide receiver, or both, the Packers should have plenty of options to add an impact player on Day 2. There wasn’t a single running back selected in round one, so Eddie Lacy, Giovani Bernard, Johnathan Franklin and Le’Veon Bell are all still on the board. There’s a very good chance that one of those players will fall to the Packers at No. 55.
Sorry, Mel Kiper, but Montee Ball is not a first-round talent, and I don’t think he’ll be selected in the second round at all.
But if the Packers have their choice between several running backs, they’ll probably have to decide what’s more important: Do they a running back that would play immediately, or grabbing a wide receiver to groom for the future? Of course, they could go for a more immediate need and go with a safety or center, but I believe the value will be better at the end of the third round at those positions.
Ten is a really nice and even number. So here are ten potential Packers picks to keep an eye on today: UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin, Michigan St. RB Le’Veon Bell, Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton, North Carolina RB Giovani Bernard, Oregon St. WR Markus Wheaton, Southern Miss LB Jamie Collins, West Virginia WR Stedman Bailey, California C Brian Schwenke, North Carolina St. S Earl Wolff and Georgia Southern S J.J. Wilcox.
Now that we’re batting 1.00 after correctly predicting the Datone Jones pick, let’s see if we can nail the team’s Day 2 selections as well. Note: It probably won’t happen.
Second Round (Picks 33-62)
33. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi State
34. San Francisco 49ers: TE Zach Ertz, Stanford
35. Philadelphia Eagles: QB Geno Smith, West Virginia
36. Detroit Lions: OT Menelik Watson, Florida State