Early impact from Rounds 2-3
Manti Te'o among Day 2 picks who could have an early impact
On our "SportsCenter Draft Special" on Sunday, I was asked for one bold prediction regarding this draft class and I said that, in a few years, we'll say the second round was more impactful than the first. That's pretty bold if you look at draft history, maybe even ridiculous. But based on how this class lined up, you see potential impact all over Day 2 (and even Day 3).
For this, I was asked to pick some "impact" players from Rounds 2 and 3. That means guys positioned for success in 2013. This does not mean these are the best players in this draft. It's just noting who seems to have been drafted into a situation where he has a chance to excel -- and has the skills to do so. On Monday, I picked out the Round 1 players.
Now, we're on to the next rounds. Here are the potential impact players from Day 2:
More Kiper NFL draft content:Draft Grades | Impact players: Round 1 | Rounds 2 and 3
It's not an accident that we've seen tight ends drafted out of Stanford in two of the past three years. Chip Kelly loves to use them. And the Eagles drafted Ertz not just because Kelly couldn't stop him in college -- Ertz had 11 catches against the Ducks last year -- but because he's a great fit for Kelly. The Eagles have speed outside, but they really needed another tight end so they can get two on the field. And Kelly loves players who catch and block down the field. That's Ertz.
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