The second and third rounds of the 2013 NFL Draft are over and the first Illinois player was selected towards the tail end of the third round. Here’s some quick hits on how the rounds went down at Champaign.
Hugh Thornton drafted by the Indianapolis Colts
- As projected by very few mock drafts, the Illinois Fighting Illini made an appearance during the third round of the NFL Draft, however, that player was not Michael Buchanan. Instead, DE Hugh Thornton was selected by the Indianapolis Colts with the 86th overall pick in the third round on day two. Expect Thornton to be in a position battle for a starting job in the NFL. If he shows enough potential and toughness, he could be the starting left guard for Andrew Luck in 2013.
Michael Buchanan Passed up by the San Francisco 49ers and Houston Texans
- Not many mock drafts had Michael Buchanan going in the third round, but mostly everyone had him being the first Illini to be selected in the NFL Draft. The mock draft that had him going in the third round was Tam Bradford’s of Chicago Now. He had the Seattle Seahawks selecting Buchanan. However, the Seahawks went in a different direction and drafted DT Jordan Hill out of Penn State. After that, the only defensive ends selected were Corey Lemonier (Auburn) by the San Francisco 49ers and Sam Montgomery (LSU) by the Houston Texans. The other mock drafts have Buchanan going sometime during day three to either the Oakland Raiders or the Miami Dolphins. I would put my money on the Raiders taking a stab at Buchanan before Miami. The Dolphins traded up on Thursday to select DE Dion Jordan (Oregon) and should be looking elsewhere. However, Oakland still needs a defensive lineman and Buchanan is a quick pass rusher on the edge.
Manti Te’o and Geno Smith get drafted
- After a stressful Thursday night during the first round of the NFL Draft, both Manti Te’o and Geno Smith were picked up in the second round on Friday. Te’o actually gets put into a nice spot with the San Diego Chargers. He can focus on his play more in San Diego and not really need to deal with any extra pressure like he did during the selection process. As for Geno Smith, he gets put into the meca of pressure…the New York Jets. He became at least the fourth QB to hit the Jets’ roster and it isn’t sure what will happen in New York this season. All I know is that the drama never ends in NYC.
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