Top 5 Players Picked In The Second Day Of The 2013 NFL Draft

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The Top 5 Players Picked In Day 2 Of the 2013 NFL Draft


The NFL Draft had some interesting things happen this year. The first round was devoid of most of the big names we expected to see taken and in my opinion, the best rounds of the draft this year were the second and the third.

Day two of the draft was like a rapid-fire assault of big-name players right off the bat, and it made every upcoming pick more exciting than the last. Manti Teo, Giovani Bernard among others were some of the big moves early on. We also saw a wealth of running backs begin to fly off the board after none were taken in the first round, which has been a rarity.

A lot of linebackers also came off the board, and these were the game-changing players that everyone thought would be gone after the first round. Having these players available well into the second and third round was a big plus for this year's draft, as the suspense of where the big-named players were going to go was delayed a day instead of just having all of the great players go in the first round like usual.

It was hard to decipher if the teams were going for the best available talent or drafting for need, but regardless, it was interesting to watch which directions teams were trying to go towards. There were a lot of great players taken in the first round, but the second and thirds rounds were where the fun really took place. These are my top five players taken in the second day of the draft.

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5. Geno Smith (Quarterback, New York Jets)


Geno Smith was a great pick by the Jets. They find themselves with a player who is fiercely competitive and who will push Mark Sanchez for playing time.

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4. Kevin Minter (Linebacker, Arizona Cardinals)


Kevin Minter was an absolute animal for the LSU Tigers last year, and was snatched up by the Arizona Cardinals in a move that will surely add to their ferocity on defense. Minter's smarts and skill set should let him contribute immediately.

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3. Eddie Lacy (Running Back, Green Bay Packers

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Eddie Lacy had a great year in 2012 at Alabama and has the size to be a primary ball carrier for the Green Bay Packers. Lacy didn't get the lions share of carries in his final year in school, but he displayed the toughness while running in the trenches that is needed to succeed in the NFL. He has some intense competition for the starting role with Jonathan Franklin behind him but regardless if he starts or not, Lacy will be heard from on the field in 2013.

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2. Justin Hunter (Wide Receiver, Tennessee Titans)


Justin Hunter has amazing potential, but needs to refine his game a bit. With his big-play ability mixed with solid size, Hunter can be the Tennessee Titans' No. 1 option or a No. 2 at worst. Hunter is great at the point of attack, and is more refined than the previously taken Cordarelle Patterson. If Hunter puts the time in, he can be a star.

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1. Jonathan Cyprien (Safety, Jacksonville Jaguars)


It's strange that Jonathan Cyprien wasn’t picked when the 49ers had a chance to get him. Maybe it’s because he didn’t play in the SEC, but Cyprien is a solid coverage guy with big hitting ability. The Jacksonville Jaguars made a great pick to start off the second round and Cyprien should start right away as was the best overall safety in the draft behind Kenny Vaccaro.