Some Interesting Questions Leading Up to Round 2 of 2013 NFL Draft

By Thomas Emerick
Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

As Day 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft approaches its kickoff, let’s take look at some of the biggest questions entering Round 2 and Round 3.

So the New York Giants‘ insatiable thirst for edge rusher should factor into Day 2, but who will it be?

A lot of great options have dropped into Round 2 thanks to the run on offensive lineman in Round 1, with Giants taking part in this with their selection of Syracuse tackle Justin Pugh at No. 19. When it comes to their second pick at No. 49 and third pick at No. 81, it would shock the world to see them go 0-for at edge rusher — especially with the likes Tank Carradine falling to Friday.

Will anyone take a chance on defensive back Tyrann Mathieu this early?

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport listed two players as encouraging stories for those that could come in and contribute after sitting out their final year of college: St. Louis Rams edge rusher Robert Quinn and Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham. I would actually file those both under the category of picks that haven’t come anywhere close to delivering on value, with Quinn (14th overall in 2011) and Gresham (21st overall in 2010) flashing talent but ranking near the bottom of Pro Football Focus grading at their respective positions in 2012.

Are Gresham and Quinn still getting snaps as of last year? Yes. Are they delivering and in any way that supports the drafting of Mathieu on Day 2? No, not at all.

Which quarterback will go first on Day 2?

Great question, and that’s one that just about everyone had answered incorrectly on Day 1 when E.J. Manuel went to the Buffalo Bills. One would guess that the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 33 overall, Philadelphia Eagles at No. 35 and New York Jets at No. 39 are all considering at least one of quarterbacks Geno Smith, Ryan Nassib or Matt Barkley. With the way this draft is going, maybe Tyler Wilson, Zac Dyster or Mike Glennon even leaps ahead of one of them on Day 2.

Rule nothing out at this point, except maybe Roger Goodell stepping up to the podium and apologizing for BountyGate.

You can also check out my take on Manti Te’o‘s draft stock heading into Day 2.

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