Friday, April 26, 2013
Kiper, Scouts Inc. second-round mocks
By Jamison Hensley
ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. and our friends at Scouts Inc. projected a second-round mock after the surprising turn of events Thursday night. They're Insider posts, which means you'll need a subscription to view the entire piece. But I can provide you the picks as well as my insights.
Sorry, Cleveland Browns, no pick for you. That was used last year in the supplemental draft for wide receiver Josh Gordon. Looking at the prospects in this round, it makes the Browns' decision look even better.
Kiper's picks: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame (from Oakland in Carson Palmer trade), and Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
Scouts Inc.: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama, and Tyrann Mathieu, DB, LSU
Hensley's comment: The theme here is taking a controversial player, whether it's Te'o or Mathieu. Te'o wouldn't add the speed that the Bengals need at linebacker but he has great instincts. Mathieu, aka "the Honey Badger," is a boom-or-bust prospect who has experience playing corner and safety. Not sure I would put him in the same locker room as Pacman Jones. As far as running backs, I think Ball fits what the Bengals want more than Lacy.
Kiper's picks: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
Scouts Inc.: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
Hensley's comment: I get the feeling that draft experts believe the Steelers will go safety in the second round. I wouldn't rule out running back, defensive line or inside linebacker here. Swearinger fits the mold of an AFC North thumper. He can be an intimidating presence. The concern is he lacks ideal speed, which can put him a step behind receivers.
Kiper's picks: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Scouts Inc.: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
Hensley's comment: Taking Armstead here makes more sense than Patton. Armstead isn't an NFL-ready lineman yet, but he could develop into a left tackle. He has the tools that you want: athletic, hard worker and highly intelligent. It will just take time because he needs to get into the weight room. With Patton, he projects to be a No. 3 receiver than a starter.