Friday, April 26, 2013
Round 2 mocks: Will Bills take Manti Te’o?
By James Walker
It was an exciting first-round in the AFC East that saw a lot of twists and turns. Could there be more surprises on the way Friday night?
For predictions, here are two second-round mock drafts from ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. and Scouts Inc.:
Buffalo Bills, No. 41 and No. 46
Kiper: WR Justin Hunter, Tennessee; RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama
Scouts Inc.: LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame; WR Keenan Allen, Cal
Analysis: These are interesting picks for the Bills, who should get solid value at the top of the second round. After drafting quarterback EJ Manuel in the first round, Buffalo will focus on other needs. I do not like the projection of Te'o from Scouts Inc. Yes, Buffalo had the 31st-ranked run defense in the NFL last season. But Te’o comes with a lot of questions, and there are more athletic linebackers still available. Buffalo doesn't need that extra attention Te'o brings after just making a controversial quarterback selection in Round 1. The projection of Hunter or Allen makes more sense for the Bills. Buffalo needs a strong No. 2 option at receiver to pair with Steve Johnson. Buffalo should pass on Lacy. The Bills have a very good tandem at tailback with C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson.
New York Jets, No. 39
Kiper: QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse
Scouts Inc.: Nassib
Analysis: The Jets reportedly would like a shot at Geno Smith. But this pick of Nassib would definitely spice things up in the AFC East. Buffalo passed over Nassib for Manuel, despite having former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone in the building. The Jets are looking for a long-term solution and taking Nassib would provide the opportunity for him to get revenge against his former coach twice a year in the AFC East. New York must draft a quarterback sooner or later. With only one quarterback currently off the board, there should be solid value at No. 39.
Miami Dolphins, No. 54
Kiper: CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi
Scouts Inc.: CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State
Analysis: Both Kiper and Scouts Inc. have Miami addressing the cornerback position. The Dolphins had the 27th-ranked pass defense last season. They plugged one spot at corner by signing Brent Grimes in free agency. This second-round pick could potentially fit on the other side. Left tackle also is a huge need for Miami, but there aren’t a lot of quality left tackles on board. Tight end is another position Miami could address on Friday.
New England Patriots, No. 52 and No. 59
Kiper: WR Keenan Allen, Cal; CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State
Scouts Inc.: DE Margus Hunt, SMU; Aaron Dobson, Marshall
Analysis: New England made a wise move to trade out of the first round for more picks. There is tremendous depth at the positions the Patriots are most considering. The Patriots are looking for receivers, cornerbacks and pass-rushers. They can get all three on Friday if they play their cards right. Hunt would fit in New England’s system. He is the type of relentless, high-motor player Patriots coach Bill Belichick wants. Although I think Hunter and Robert Woods are better for the Patriots, Allen and Dobson are decent options as well. New England will be picking in the bottom half of the second round, so some of these targets could be taken off the board.