The most pervasive storyline entering 2013 NFL Draft Round 2 rests unquestionably on the fates of West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o, and I will make the assumption that you haven’t been living under a rock and forgo explaining why. The two remain available entering Day 2 of the draft and have inspired widespread speculation around whether and where they may land on Friday.
Over the past week, I have been pegging Smith to the Philadelphia Eagles at pick No. 35 or via a trade up somewhere in that neighborhood. According to NFL Network‘s Ian Rapoport, “for the Eagles they really like Geno Smith too, that is really a fit that I’m starting to hear now. … The interest is real.”
The New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals and Oakland Raiders also pick among the top 10 in the second round, and could feasibly go quarterback here as well. Obviously, Ryan Nassib and Matt Barkley among others provide competition for selection at the QB spot. Whenever Smith goes, he’ll likely learn from Radio City Music Hall as Adam Schefter is reporting that Smith has reconsidered his decision to view Day 2 from home.
As for Te’o, NFL Network draft analyst Charlie Casserly said that Te’o should “go for a walk around the beach and come back half way through the second round, that’s when you turn the television on.” The New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals and San Diego Chargers all select mid-to-late second round and could use an upgrade at linebacker.
There’s also the very real possibility that both Te’o and Smith slip to the third round.