33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Jaguars quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo recently told the Florida Times-Union that he believes Blaine Gabbert would be the best quarterback in the 2013 draft class. That said, Gabbert has not been impressive in his first two NFL seasons and Scelfo isn’t calling the shots in Jacksonville.
The Jaguars shouldn’t give up on Gabbert entirely just yet, but it will come as a surprise if new general manager David Caldwell and head coach Gus Bradley do not draft a quarterback to at least compete with Gabbert and Chad Henne going forward. If USC’s Matt Barkley is still available at the top of Round 2, they should pounce on the opportunity to select him.
34. Kansas City Chiefs: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
The Kansas City Chiefs’ best quarterback option for 2013 would be the acquisition of a veteran quarterback such as Alex Smith or Matt Flynn, but either way, they should draft a quarterback to at least compete for the starting job and develop for the future.
Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib is a physically-gifted passer who could easily end up as a first-round pick, but would be a great second-round choice for the Chiefs, especially if they can sign or trade for a veteran quarterback option to develop him behind.
35. Philadelphia Eagles: Matt Elam, SS, Florida
The Philadelphia Eagles need to add playmakers to their secondary. Florida’s Matt Elam is an enforcer at strong safety who can be an upgrade at that position. He is a big hitter who can be a big playmaker in run support, but also has good ball skills and can be an improvement on the back end in pass coverage.
36. Detroit Lions: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
If the Lions lose Cliff Avril as an unrestricted free agent, they will have to replace both of their starting defensive ends from last season, with Kyle Vanden Bosch having already been released. That makes it imperative that the Lions find a pass-rushing defensive end early in the draft, and Texas’ Alex Okafor is good value as a second-round pick.
Okafor is a very good pass-rusher who uses his hands very well, is quick and makes a lot of plays around the line of scrimmage. He does not have as much upside as many of the class’ top defensive ends, but he is likely to be one of the best defensive ends from the class.
37. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders): Johnathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International
Florida International strong safety Johnathan Cyprien is shooting up draft boards, which could entice the Bengals to pounce on him early in Round 2. Cyprien is a big safety who hits hard and is a rangy playmaker, and is a potential fix to fill the team’s major need at the position.
38. Arizona Cardinals: Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State
Bruce Arians’ last two quarterbacks as an offensive coordinator were Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger, so as he begins his new gig as Arizona Cardinals head coach, he will be looking for a big quarterback who can throw the deep ball. North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon could fit the bill.
Glennon has some major issues with inconsistency and accuracy, but his deep passing ability when he is on his game and his visually appealing mechanics make him an intriguing quarterback prospect likely to be drafted early. If the Cardinals pass up drafting a quarterback in Round 1, Glennon will likely be their guy if available in Round 2.
Cleveland Browns Pick Forfeited in Supplemental Draft (WR Josh Gordon)
39. New York Jets: Corey Lemonier, OLB, Auburn
The New York Jets’ greatest need on the defensive side of the ball is to add a pass-rushing outside linebacker. Auburn’s Corey Lemonier could be a good fit for the Jets’ 3-4 defense as a second-round pick.
Lemonier is an athletic pass-rusher who can explode off the edge, something the Jets currently do not have at the position. He needs to become a stronger run defender, but he has the physical ability and upside to warrant a second-round selection.
40. Tennessee Titans: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
The Tennessee Titans have an explosive speed back in Chris Johnson, but could make Johnson more effective by installing a two-back system and adding a legitimate power back to complement him. Alabama’s Eddie Lacy would be a great fit.
Lacy is a very good between-the-tackles runner who runs well through contact, but is a complete back who could eventually ascend to being the feature back in Tennessee. Lacy does not have explosive speed, but he is a hard runner who can accelerate through contact and make defenders miss.
41. Buffalo Bills: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
The Buffalo Bills have a major need for playmakers at the linebacker position, so they should be ecstatic if Kansas State’s Arthur Brown falls to their spot in Round 2.
Brown is an athletic linebacker who can make tackles from sideline to sideline, and would be a great fit to take over immediately in place of recently-released Nick Barnett at weakside linebacker. Although undersized, Brown is aggressive at the line of scrimmage and can provide stability to a struggling unit on all three downs.
42. Miami Dolphins: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
The Miami Dolphins selected Ryan Tannehill in last year’s draft as their franchise quarterback. In this year’s draft, they need to add playmakers for him at wide receiver.
There is a lot of value at wide receiver on the board at this point, but the Dolphins would be unlikely to pass upon Tennessee’s Cordarrelle Patterson. A big receiver who also has great athleticism and quickness, Patterson has the most upside of any wideout in the draft class, and could be the downfield difference-maker the Dolphins currently no have in their passing game.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
Having traded Aqib Talib midseason, and Eric Wright likely to be cut after only one season with the team, cornerback is the team’s biggest need. Rutgers’ Logan Ryan, an athletic and skilled cover corner with good ball skills, is the best cornerback available.
44. Carolina Panthers: Tavon Austin, WR/RB, West Virginia
West Virginia’s Tavon Austin is a dynamic offensive weapon who would be great value in the middle of Round 2. Austin could potentially excel as a slot receiver with outstanding open-field quickness that makes defenders miss consistently. He can also contribute situationally out of the backfield, while he also has potential as a kick and punt returner.
New Orleans Saints Pick Forfeited Due to Bountygate
The New Orleans Saints lost their second-round pick as part of their punishment for operating a bounty system.
45. San Diego Chargers: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
Ryan Mathews is a talented running back, but staying healthy has been a serious problem for him in his first three NFL seasons. Two- or three-back systems are the way to go in today’s NFL, and the San Diego Chargers need a complementary back for Mathews.
A tremendous choice to pair with Mathews would be North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard, a fast and dynamic running back with great receiving ability out of the backfield. Bernard is good value as a mid-second-round pick.
46. St. Louis Rams: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
If Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert actually falls past the top 45 picks in the draft, the St. Louis Rams should jump enthusiastically at the opportunity to draft him.
The Rams could certainly use another downfield playmaker for the passing game, while Eifert also has the size and strength to potentially be an asset as a blocker. Eifert would be outstanding value for the Rams in the middle of Round 2, and give them another significant offensive weapon.
47. Dallas Cowboys: Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
The Dallas Cowboys have a major need to reinforce the right side of their offensive line, with no need more glaring than to upgrade over Mackenzy Bernadeau at right guard.
Kentucky’s Larry Warford is a massive, powerful guard who can drive defensive linemen off the line of scrimmage, and also has good feet for a guard of his size. He would be a great value choice in the middle of Round 2, and be a big upgrade at a position of need.
48. Pittsburgh Steelers: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
Casey Hampton will be 36 next season and is an unrestricted free agent, so it is time for the Pittsburgh Steelers to move on at nose tackle.
Georgia’s John Jenkins could slip to the middle of the second round due to motor and stamina concerns, but he is a massive, run-stuffing nose tackle who would fit in the middle of the Steelers’ defensive line. Jenkins has surprising quickness for his size, and could be the blocker-occupying space-eater they need in the middle of their three-man front.