Kiper, Scouts Inc. second-round mocks

April, 26, 2013
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ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr.Insider and our friends at Scouts Inc.Insider projected a second-round mock after the surprising turn of events Thursday night. They're Insider posts, which means you'll need a subscription to view the entire piece. But I can provide you the picks as well as my insights.

Sorry, Cleveland Browns, no pick for you. That was used last year in the supplemental draft for wide receiver Josh Gordon. Looking at the prospects in this round, it makes the Browns' decision look even better.

Cincinnati Bengals

Kiper's picks: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame (from Oakland in Carson Palmer trade), and Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

Scouts Inc.: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama, and Tyrann Mathieu, DB, LSU

Hensley's comment: The theme here is taking a controversial player, whether it's Te'o or Mathieu. Te'o wouldn't add the speed that the Bengals need at linebacker but he has great instincts. Mathieu, aka "the Honey Badger," is a boom-or-bust prospect who has experience playing corner and safety. Not sure I would put him in the same locker room as Pacman Jones. As far as running backs, I think Ball fits what the Bengals want more than Lacy.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Kiper's picks: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina

Scouts Inc.: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina

Hensley's comment: I get the feeling that draft experts believe the Steelers will go safety in the second round. I wouldn't rule out running back, defensive line or inside linebacker here. Swearinger fits the mold of an AFC North thumper. He can be an intimidating presence. The concern is he lacks ideal speed, which can put him a step behind receivers.

Baltimore Ravens

Kiper's picks: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine-Bluff

Scouts Inc.: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech

Hensley's comment: Taking Armstead here makes more sense than Patton. Armstead isn't an NFL-ready lineman yet, but he could develop into a left tackle. He has the tools that you want: athletic, hard worker and highly intelligent. It will just take time because he needs to get into the weight room. With Patton, he projects to be a No. 3 receiver than a starter.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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