17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Steelers need to find some help before Roethlisberger is made out of metal. Fisher doesn’t get a lot of publicity, but he will be a first round selection come April.
18. Dallas Cowboys
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (Scouting Notes)
The Cowboys could use Tyron Smith and four new guys on the offensive line. Johnson is an under-the-radar prospect that should give Dallas some flexibility on how they deploy their blockers.
19. New York Giants
Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Giants love to collect talented pass rushers and Mingo certainly fits the bill here. Put him opposite Jason Pierre-Paul and he could wreak some havoc if he is able to harness his athleticism.
20. Chicago Bears
Jonathan Cooper, OL, North Carolina (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Bears need help across their offensive line and adding the talented Cooper would be a great start. While he doesn’t get the attention that Chance Warmack and David DeCastro have received in the past, Cooper’s skills are right there.
21. Minnesota Vikings
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Austin is a Percy Harvin clone that runs better and isn’t such a liability on the injury report. In other words, when Harvin gets shipped out of Minnesota, Austin becomes a natural fit as a first round pick for the Vikings.
22. Cincinnati Bengals
Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia (SCOUTING NOTES)
Jenkins is a huge man that moves like a little man. Plugging him next to Geno Atkins, Carlos Dunlap and company would be very dangerous to the rest of the AFC North.
23. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)
DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
Fluker has finally grown into all that he was able to be this year – a dominant force capable of throwing around defensive lineman with brute strength and power. Barry Richardson should not be starting in the NFL – the Rams should snatch this guy up in a heartbeat.
24. Baltimore Ravens
Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Ed Reed is perhaps the greatest safety of all time. If he hangs up his cleats, there will be a big hole to fill. Jefferson isn’t Ed Reed yet, but he has the range, ball skills and hitting ability to get the job done.
25. Seattle Seahawks
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Seahawks defense is just nasty. However, adding one more cog to their front four – especially one as versatile as Jordan – could take them over the top.
26. Indianapolis Colts
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
The new Peyton Manning needs his new Jeff Saturday. Jones is a versatile lineman that is very adept at making line calls and running things up front. He should be able to start right away in 2013.
27. Green Bay Packers
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (SCOUTING NOTES)
Ogletree is an incredible athlete that is finally learning how to play linebacker – his best football is ahead of him in the NFL.
28. San Francisco 49ers
Robert Woods, WR, USC* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Robert Woods isn’t Randy Moss, but he is a savvy receiver with great hands that could help Colin Kaepernick become all that he can be – especially if AJ Jenkins still isn’t ready to contribute. Terrance Williams would be a great option here as well if the 49ers were looking for more of a strict vertical threat.
29. Houston Texans
Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
This might be a bit of a reach for the Texans here, but Williams looks like a good fit for their defense with Shaun Cody probably on the way out.
30. New England Patriots
Kenny Vaccaro, CB/S, Texas (SCOUTING REPORT)
Imagine a sub-package of Alfonzo Dennard, Aqib Talib at corner, Kenny Vaccaro at “star”, with Devin McCourty and Tavon Wilson/Pat Chung/Steve Gregory at safety. Excited? Vaccaro hits like a linebacker, covers like a corner, and competes like a perfect combination of Tom Brady and Rodney Harrison. Vaccaro’s ability to play as a slot corner as well as both safety positions gives him a leg up in the crowded Patriots defensive backfield. Phillip Thomas from Fresno State is also a strong option here, along with a WR or DE.
31. Denver Broncos
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (SCOUTING REPORT)
Robert Ayers has been a disappointment in Denver, adding a situational pass rusher like Ansah is a luxury pick for the Broncos, but one that could pay huge dividends down the line.
32. Atlanta Falcons
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (SCOUTING NOTES)
Tony Gonzalez is probably going to retire after the 2012 season, but even if he doesn’t, Eifert would be a great pick here for the Falcons. Trying to cover White, Jones and Eifert would be very difficult for the NFC South.