The Patriots will enter Friday night's portion of the NFL Draft with a league-high four second-day draft picks.
The draft's "second day" now encompasses rounds two and three, with compensatory selections at the end of the third round. The Patriots entered the draft with just five overall selections, but expanded their pocketbook to eight after trading down with the Vikings, who selected Cordarrelle Patterson toward the end of round one. Our day-two mock draft is accessible at the link below.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Bucs are trying to trade back into the second round.
There's no mention of who the Bucs could be targeting, but they have needs at defensive end and tight end. Florida State DE Tank Carradine could experience a fall like current Bucs DE Da'Quan Bowers did due to his knee, and Tampa Bay wasn't afraid to pull the trigger on Bowers at No. 51 in 2011. The Bucs are scheduled to pick just once on Friday at No. 73 overall.
NFl.com's Ian Rapoport reports Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks is "coveted," and a run on cornerbacks is expected early in the second round.
Rapoport adds that the Jaguars -- who hold the first pick of the second round -- "love" Banks, and they are expected to hold onto the pick and go defense with it. Banks' college teammate, Darius Slay, is also expected to come off the board quickly, as well as Boise State's Jamar Taylor. Plenty of teams at the top of the second round are in need of corners.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport mentioned the Bengals, 49ers, Cardinals, and Patriots as teams that could look at drafting LSU CB/PR Tyrann Mathieu early on Friday.
The Bengals and Patriots are two new clubs to throw into the hat, as the 49ers and Cardinals have already been linked to Mathieu. Rapoport thinks the 49ers could use Mathieu to cover new Rams slot machine Tavon Austin in the NFC West. San Francisco holds the Nos. 34 and 61 picks in the second round. The Bengals are sitting at 37 and 53, the Cardinals at 38, and the Patriots hold the 52nd and 59th picks.
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Alabama RB Eddie Lacy is likely to be selected "in the first six or seven picks" of the second round.
Rapoport mentioned the Bengals and Cardinals at Nos. 37 and 38. Arizona reportedly "really likes" Lacy's power and slashing ability, while Cincy could use a back to upgrade on BenJarvus Green-Ellis. We think the Jets and Raiders could grab a running back early Friday, too. If Rapoport's report is accurate, the Steelers at 48 and Packers at 55 will have to look elsewhere for running backs.
ESPN's Chris Mortensen stated on SportsCenter that he expects USC QB Matt Barkley and Mississippi State CB Johnthan Banks to be on the Jaguars' radar at No. 33 overall.
Keep in mind Mortensen called Brian Quick to the Rams at 33 at roughly this same time last year, while many expected them to draft Rueben Randle or a large host of alternatives. The Banks idea -- a good one because he'd fit new Jags coach Gus Bradley's press-man scheme -- was previously floated by NFL.com's Gil Brandt. Mort didn't rule out the possibility of a Jaguars trade down.
USA Today's Mike Garafolo compares Tank Carradine's knee situation to Da'Quan Bowers' in 2011.
Carradine tore his ACL last November. He was able to run pretty fast in a straight line at his April 20 Pro Day, but the results of Carradine's medical recheck at the Combine "weren't very good." The fear amongst NFL teams regarding Bowers was that his knee injury was degenerative. He was selected with the 51st overall pick. We still wouldn't be surprised if Tank went in round two.