Friday, April 26, 2013
Kiper: Second-round NFL mock draft
By Edward Aschoff
After seeing a record 12 SEC players taken in the first round of the NFL draft, it's time to look at who could go in the second round.
NFL draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has his second-round mock draft all ready and has eight SEC players going in tonight's second round. There are some real SEC gems remaining and I'm sure there will be a few surprises as well.
Here's a look at Kiper's mock draft:
No. 41: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee (Buffalo Bills)
No. 43: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
No. 46: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama (Buffalo Bills)
No. 48: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina (Pittsburgh Steelers)
No. 51: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU (Washington Redskins)
No. 54: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State (Miami Dolphins)
No. 55: Cornelius Washington, OLB, Georgia (Green Bay Packers)
No. 58: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M (Denver Broncos)
Kiper also has his list of the 10 best available players on Day 2. Three of them are SEC players, including Lacy, who is listed at No. 2 on Kiper's list. He was a projected first-rounder heading into the draft, and even though he is listed as Kiper's top running back in the draft, he fell out of the first round.
Talk about a second-round steal.
Here are the SEC players listed and a little from Kiper on each:
No. 2: Lacy -- "The top runner on my board, I think Lacy has more talent coming into the pros than former Alabama star Mark Ingram."
No. 8: Minter -- "Minter has solid sideline-to-sideline range, even though he didn't jump out on film."
No. 9: Jenkins -- "Jenkins fits as a 3-4 nose tackle who can stuff the run and take on double teams."