Last update: Friday, April 26, 2013, 5:33 p.m. This is a 2013 NFL Mock Re-Draft of Rounds 2 and 3 for Friday evening's NFL Draft coverage. With all of the trades that will go down, I don't expect to get many of these right (I nailed seven in my Re-Draft Round 2 last year), but it's still fun to speculate where the top prospects will go on Day 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
It appears as though the Jaguars will be going with Johnthan Banks, who's the type of tall, lanky cornerback that Gus Bradley wants on his defense.
San Francisco 49ers: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
The 49ers obviously have Vernon Davis as one of Colin Kaepernick's top targets, but Jim Harbaugh loves utilizing multiple tight ends. He used to have Delanie Walker as a No. 2 tight end option, but Walker signed with the Titans this offseason.
Philadelphia Eagles: Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
The Eagles met with Jonathan Cyprien at the Senior Bowl, so they may seem him as a long-term solution at the safety position.
Detroit Lions: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
The Lions are desperate for a left tackle in the wake of Jeff Backus' retirement. Menelik Watson has been mentioned as a possible first-round selection, so he could be the top player on Detroit's board.
Cincinnati Bengals: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
BenJarvus Green-Ellis rushed for 100-plus yards in four of the five games prior to battling Pittsburgh, but that's mostly just great blocking rather than the Law Firm improving. One of the Bengals' top priorities is finding a capable running back.
As mentioned in the 2013 NFL Draft Rumors page, we received word from a reliable source saying that the Bengals are "all in" on Eddie Lacy. This makes sense, as Cincinnati loves Alabama prospects.
Arizona Cardinals: Tank Carradine, DE/OLB, Florida State
The Cardinals were said to consider Dion Jordan or Ezekiel Ansah had they dropped to them. Tank Carradine would do just fine at this spot.
New York Jets: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
The Jets were considering Geno Smith at No. 13, so he may be their target in the second round.
Tennessee Titans: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
The Titans missed out on Dee Milliner, so they'll have to find a cornerback on Day 2. They need to improve their terrible pass defense if they want to beat the Colts or Texans.
Buffalo Bills: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
General manager Buddy Nix, who is generally forthcoming about his offseason plans, told the media that he plans on drafting a franchise quarterback. He also said that he desperately wants a wide receiver across from Stevie Johnson.
Oakland Raiders: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
The Raiders will have to use one of their Day 2 picks on a quarterback. Matt Barkley fits their offensive system.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Margus Hunt, DE/DT, SMU
The Buccaneers lost Michael Bennett and Roy Miller this offseason, so they have to find help on the defensive line. They've shown interest in Margus Hunt.
Carolina Panthers: Robert Woods, WR, USC
The Panthers need a new No. 2 receiver across from Steve Smith and an eventual replacement for the speedy wideout.
San Diego Chargers: Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
The Chargers drafted D.J. Fluker, but they still need at least one more upgrade on the offensive line.
Buffalo Bills: Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
The Bills have addressed their offense with their first two picks, but it's now time to turn to the defense. Buffalo's greatest need on that side of the ball is at corner.
Dallas Cowboys: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
The Cowboys are expected to use a Round 2-4 pick on a running back. Jerry Jones recently said that none of DeMarco Murray's current backups are considered No. 2 runners.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
The Steelers, as they always do, catch a falling prospect. Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette recently reported that the Steelers could be targeting an inside linebacker early in the 2013 NFL Draft. Kevin Minter may go at the end of the first round, so he's a steal at this juncture.
New York Giants: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
The Giants may want to bring in some cornerback help after Corey Webster was torched frequently this past season.
Chicago Bears: Sio Moore, LB, Connecticut
Is the Manti Te'o's wait over? Unfortunately, no. I don't know if a first-year head coach wants to deal with the Te'o distraction. The Bears do need a linebacker, however.
Washington Redskins: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
Here's some secondary help for the Redskins. They need a safety to pair with Brandon Meriweather - assuming that Meriweather can actually stay on the field for a change.
New England Patriots: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
Aqib Talib re-signed and Adrian Wilson was added, but neither might be around come 2014; Talib inked a 1-year deal, while Wilson will be 34 in October. The Patriots are always looking for secondary depth, and they've shown tons of interest in Blidi Wreh-Wilson throughout this pre-draft process.
Cincinnati Bengals: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
Cincinnati just drafted Dre Kirkpatrick in the first round last year, but an early cornerback selection is still in play because the team doesn't have much long-term cornerback depth. That's a problem because Mike Zimmer loves having three corners on the field.
Miami Dolphins: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
It doesn't sound like the Branden Albert trade is going to happen. Here's a tackle for the Dolphins.
Green Bay Packers: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
James Starks has yet to prove that he can stay healthy, while Alex Green has shown nothing in several starts. Cedric Benson is obviously not a long-term answer, though I've been impressed with DuJuan Harris in his limited action. Still, the Packers are expected to address the running back position at some point in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Seattle Seahawks: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
The Seahawks traded for Percy Harvin, but they could be in the market for another wideout because Sidney Rice is so unreliable. They're reportedly heavily interested in Quinton Patton.
Houston Texans: Jonathan Bostic, ILB, Florida
There's a ton of uncertainty at inside linebacker for Houston. Brian Cushing is coming off a torn ACL, Bradie James is an impending free agent who isn't very good, while neither Tim Dobbins nor Darryl Sharpton is worthy of starting.
Denver Broncos: Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
John Fox is not shy about using early selections on running backs. He needs one. Willis McGahee is old, Knowshon Moreno can't be trusted, and Ronnie Hillman's just a chance-of-pace back.
New England Patriots: Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
It's no secret the Patriots need receiving help in the wake of losing both Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd this offseason. Markus Wheaton fits exactly what Bill Belichick looks for in a receiver, and this is the right draft range for him.
Atlanta Falcons: Cornelius Washington, DE/OLB, Georgia
The overpaid Ray Edwards was cut during the season. John Abraham was also released recently. Defensive end will be a priority early in the 2013 NFL Draft, and the Falcons may even double dip at the position in the first few rounds.
San Francisco 49ers: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
The most frustrating part about creating this year's mock draft is finding a spot for all of the nose tackles. There are just too many, and there aren't enough teams that need them. The 49ers, as an example, don't value the position highly, but I think they'll see the value in obtaining someone like John Jenkins at the end of Round 2 or the beginning of Round 3.
Baltimore Ravens: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
The Ravens desperately need help at linebacker in the wake of Ray Lewis' retirement, Dannell Ellerbe's departure and Rolando McClain's ridiculous arrest.
One I think you greatly underestimate the las vegas population and fans. Yes its known as a "tourist" city but it has had a steady increase in population and is still growing. Finally having a pro franchise, you will find real fans going to the games. Two, when Oakland sucked you could see how empty their stadium was so I don't want to hear any boo hooing over the Oakland area fans losing out.
The greater Las Vegas metro area has over 2 million in population not to mention all the die hard raiders fans who live in the greater Southern California region who will make the trip to Vegas as many have to Oakland. The Raiders are a national brand not a regional team. Fans will follow this team everywhere, even if Musk were to build a stadium on Mars
*MARCH UPDATE* WITH TRADES ** RD 4 NOW ADDED **
RD2,3, & 4 ORDER IS RANDOM for trades that usually happen.
Used draft-site`s approach as a general guide. Really like their ranking system as it uses a hi-low rubric to rank each player. Took several ranking sites and averaged out player rankings. Used my own rankings for players I feel were ranked much too low. Combine results update. F/A updates with a few players still looking for a new home. Will update as they sign with new teams.
Will see teams reach for QB & OT. No big trades announced yet.