by Dave Miller
April 27, 02013
Let's go inside day two of the 2013 NFL Draft from a college perspective...
CLICK HERE for my Day 1 notes
Tyrann Mathieu will be reunited with former teammate Patrick Peterson.
— It's no wonder why the SEC has had a stranglehold on the BCS national championship, as the first three rounds of this year's draft were SEC-heavy. Thirty-two of the 97 draftees thus far are from Mike Slive's league, which bests the previous record of 25 from the ACC in 2006. Last year 16 SEC players were drafted in the first three rounds. Six players from LSU are already gone (all defenders), including dismissed cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. He will be reunited with former teammate Patrick Peterson. Just imagine that punt returner depth chart in Arizona.
— Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o was selected 38th overall by San Diego, and the Junior Seau comparisons began almost immediately. The Chargers seem like a good fit for the former Fighting Irish defender, though, as the media should not be as overwhelming as in another city such as New York or Chicago. And he fits John Pagano's 3-4 scheme pretty well.
— St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford has to be ecstatic that the Rams were able to bring in two very intriguing weapons for the offense in former West Virginia teammates Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. The Rams needed weapons for their aerial attack, and what the pair of Mountaineers did to opposing defenses last fall was criminal. Meanwhile, Geno Smith has to be wondering who he will throw to in minicamps and training camp in New York with the Jets. Speaking of the former West Virginia quarterback, there remain questions on how he will transition to the NFL as many of his throws in college were at or behind the line of scrimmage, including a ton of screen passes. But he is a very intelligent signal-caller who could have a chance to play early with the Jets' troubles at the position.
— Last year, Washington selected Robert Griffin III with the second overall pick and still selected Kirk Cousins later in the draft. Is Buffalo considering doubling up on signal-callers this year, perhaps taking Matt Barkley or Ryan Nassib after selecting EJ Manuel in Round 1? While I believe Barkley has limitations when it comes to his arm strength and athleticism, it is still stunning to see him on the board entering Saturday.
— Three winners from Friday night:
* Cincinnati: After landing Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert in the first round, the Bengals brought in North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard and SMU defensive end Margus Hunt in the second round. The offense will become more explosive with Eifert and Bernard, while Hunt has all of the physical skills that coordinator Mike Zimmer desires in a pass rusher.
* Green Bay: The Packers were able to land Alabama running back Eddie Lacy after all after they passed on the Crimson Tide star in the first round. Green Bay gets a tough runner who can block and a nice piece to help complement the team's vertical passing game.
* Detroit: After selecting high-ceiling defensive end Ziggy Ansah with the No. 5 pick in the first round, the Lions filled two huge needs when they chose speedy Mississippi State cornerback Darius Slay and Kentucky offensive guard Larry Warford. Slay was chosen ahead of teammate Jonathan Banks, and he should be able to contribute in Detroit's sub packages at the very least. Meanwhile, Warford could start at right guard.
— My 10 best players available: Louisiana Tech WR Quinton Patton, UCLA RB Johnathan Franklin, Rutgers LB Khaseem Greene, USC QB Matt Barkley, Tennessee Tech WR Da'Rick Rogers, Fresno State FS Phillip Thomas, Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson, South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore, Georgia FS Bacarri Rambo and Texas DE Alex Okafor.