Here are a few 2013 NFL Draft Day 2 rumors and ruminations to help keep you occupied leading up to rounds 2 and 3, which begins at 6:30 p.m. ET (ESPN, NFL Network) .
USA Today wonders why Florida State defensive end Tank Carradine tumbled out of the first round.
Why did Tank Carradine fall out of the first round?
The Florida State defensive end was seen by many as a solid pick late in the teens and into the 20s, but his recovery from knee surgery isn't going as well as the glowing stories on him would have one believe. Every team got the information on Carradine at the scouting combine medical recheck and it wasn't very good. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Da'Quan Bowers had a similar situation a few years ago and tumbled from a potential No. 1 overall pick to the second round. Carradine could be selected Friday night.
4. Cornellius “Tank” Carradine, DE, Florida State, Senior (6041, 276 and 4.75): Despite rumors that he could be selected in the top ten, Carradine slid through the first round undrafted. After a highly productive first year starting in 2012, teams were not willing to gamble on him because he was viewed as a “one year wonder” and suffered a season ending injury during that one season. A gifted athlete, Carradine’s production rushing the passer and against the run makes him the most complete defensive end remaining on the board entering the second round.
I’m thinking today could be the day that the Giants look at a cornerback, perhaps in round 2. In round 3, I’m thinking they might look defensive line.
Before I give you a quick rundown on some of the key guys remaining at these positions, let me address what I’m sure most of you are probably thinking – what about linebackers?
The reason why I believe the Giants might wait until Day 3 to draft a linebacker is because I think – and again, this is not set in stone and is only my opinion – they are projecting that Jacquian Williams and Keith Rivers can man the outside linebacker spots (both, while having had their share of injuries, are incredible talents with good speed – good enough to be considered every down linebackers). In the middle, they’ll have Dan Connor, who’s projected to be the starter in the base. And Connor would most likely be the guy who becomes a two-down linebacker.