33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dallas Thomas, OL, Tennessee
The Jacksonville Jaguars may have a quarterback problem, but they also have a problem both protecting the quarterback and opening up holes for the ground game. The Jaguars would benefit by greatly from adding a versatile offensive lineman in Tennessee’s Dallas Thomas, who could be a much-needed upgrade at either right tackle or at left guard.
34. Kansas City Chiefs: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
Even in the post-Scott Pioli era, the defensive line is likely to remain a priority area under Andy Reid, who had stacked up on defensive linemen in Philadelphia. The Chiefs need a 5-technique defensive end to replace unrestricted free agent Glenn Dorsey, and could add an incredible physical specimen with huge upside in SMU’s Margus Hunt.
Hunt was an inconsistent performer at SMU, but is a potential star if he can improve his technique.
35. Philadelphia Eagles: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State (Jr.)
It would come as little surprise if Nnamdi Asomugha and his massive contract are released after two disappointing seasons in Philadelphia, and whether that is the case or not, the Eagles will need reinforcement in their secondary. Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes is a big, physical cornerback who could be a potential upgrade at cornerback, and with his size could also project as an upgrade at free safety.
36. Detroit Lions: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
The Detroit Lions could use another playmaker at linebacker, and could get a very versatile and athletic one in Kansas State’s Arthur Brown. Brown can line up as both an outside and middle linebacker, can make tackles all over the field and is also a pass-rushing threat.
37. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders): Keenan Allen, WR, California (Jr.)
Rookies Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones showed promise this season, but for a team that never found a consistent No. 2 receiving threat across from A.J. Green, taking advantage of value at the position would be a smart move. If California’s Keenan Allen slides to the second round, he would be a perfect choice to play as a possession receiver across from Green.
38. Arizona Cardinals: Tyler Bray, QB, Tennessee (Jr.)
The Arizona Cardinals desperately need to upgrade at quarterback, so if they do not draft a quarterback in the first round or acquire a starter via free agency or trade, expect them to start the second-round run of quarterbacks. Their choice could be Tennessee’s Tyler Bray, a quarterback who was inconsistent for the Volunteers but is likely to rise given his physical attributes and high upside.
Cleveland Browns pick forfeited in Supplemental Draft (WR Josh Gordon)
39. New York Jets: Dion Jordan, OLB, Oregon
On the defensive side of the ball, the New York Jets’ greatest need is for a pass-rushing outside linebacker. Oregon’s Dion Jordan is a raw boom-or-bust prospect, but is unlikely to fall much farther than this point given his elite measurables and huge upside, and he is a good fit to transition to outside linebacker in the Jets’ 3-4 defense.
40. Tennessee Titans: Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
The Tennessee Titans have a significant need to upgrade at safety, and Texas’ Kenny Vaccaro is good value as a second-round pick. Vaccaro is an athletic defensive back who can play either safety spot and also line up as a slot cornerback, and could really be a valuable playmaker for a secondary who had some issues in pass defense this season. He is also a very solid hitter and run defender as well.
41. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
New head coach Doug Marrone will almost certainly be looking for a quarterback to compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick, and selecting Ryan Nassib seems like an obvious choice. Marrone has coached Nassib for the past four years at Syracuse, and Nassib is the best quarterback available and a definite potential upgrade over Fitzpatrick.
42. Miami Dolphins: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
The Miami Dolphins drafted their franchise quarterback last season in Ryan Tannehill, but need to find him more playmakers in the 2013 draft. There are a number of wide receivers available here that are great value and could be big playmakers, but the best fit could be Baylor’s Terrance Williams, a dynamic deep-threat would could become a go-to option for Tannehill.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Glennon, QB, North Carolina State
Josh Freeman’s play has been disappointing for two years running, and the Buccaneers have no plans of extending his contract, which ends after next season, this offseason according to the Tampa Bay Times. That means the Buccaneers should be looking to draft a quarterback to develop and potentially be Freeman’s successor in 2014 should he continue to underwhelm next season.
North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon is an inconsistent, turnover-prone quarterback, but he has tremendous physical tools which could make him a first-round pick. He would be a perfect choice to develop next season and potentially develop into a starting-caliber signal-caller for 2014 and beyond.
44. Carolina Panthers: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama (Jr.)
The Carolina Panthers need to upgrade at right tackle, and if they do not find one via free agency, they will need to act early in a draft where the demand for offensive linemen is high. Alabama’s D.J. Fluker is a long, powerful and athletic right tackle who projects to be a very solid starter at the position at the next level.
New Orleans Saints pick forfeited due to Bountygate
45. San Diego Chargers: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina (R-So.)
Ryan Mathews is a talented running back, but staying healthy has been a serious problem for him in his first three NFL seasons, and in a league where two- and three-back systems are the way to go, the San Diego Chargers don’t have a great complementary back.
A tremendous choice to pair with Mathews would be North Carolina’s Giovani Bernard, a fast and dynamic running back with great receiving ability out of the backfield. Bernard is arguably the best running back in the draft class, and could add a needed spark to the Chargers’ offense.
46. St. Louis Rams: Matt Elam, SS, Florida (Jr.)
Florida’s Matt Elam has quickly risen up the draft board with an impressive junior campaign, and would be considered great value in the middle of the second round. Meanwhile, the St. Louis Rams need an upgrade at safety.
Elam lacks ideal height for an NFL safety, but he plays bigger than he is as a hard-hitting safety who is a terrific in-the-box playmaker but is also a very solid deep cover safety.
47. Dallas Cowboys: Oday Aboushi, OT, Virginia
The Dallas Cowboys cannot afford to go far into the 2013 NFL draft without addressing their need for upgrading their offensive line, and have some decent choices for a potential right tackle upgrade available in the second round. The best available is Virginia’s Oday Aboushi, a long, powerful offensive tackle who would be a good fit to take over for Doug Free on the right side.
48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama (Jr.)
Rashard Mendenhall’s 2012 season was a trainwreck, and as he is set for unrestricted free agency, the Pittsburgh Steelers should be in the market for a new feature back. A physical power back who also has good speed and the moves to make defenders miss, Alabama’s Eddie Lacy would be a perfect fit as their second-round pick.