33. Jacksonville Jaguars
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
New head coach Gus Bradley is one of the best defensive minds in the game. His defenses in Seattle were built on great secondary play. Banks is a big, aggressive corner who has very good zone instincts and is fearless vs. the run. After adding Werner in round one, the Jags add another piece to rebuild the defense around.
34. Kansas City Chiefs
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Dwayne Bowe is a free agent and Jonathan Baldwin is a joke. After getting their franchise QB in round one they need to rebuild the weapons around him. An ILB, DE or CB could fit here, but Hopkins is a better value and can replace or compliment Dwayne Bowe nicely.
35. Philadelphia Eagles
DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama
After getting the best interior defender in round one, the Eagles get the best Right Tackle in the draft in the second. With Jason Peters coming back, the right side of the line is a much bigger need. Fluker really opened eyes at the Senior Bowl with how well he carried his weight along with his massive wingspan. Fluker can come right in and replace Todd Herremans to add stability to the right side, which really struggled last year.
36. Detroit Lions
Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Cliff Avril is a free agent and Kyle Van Den Bosch is on a quick decline. It’s time for the Lions to rebuild their pass rush, which was a big reason behind their success two years ago. Montgomery was inconsistent this past year, but offers explosiveness off the edge. Montgomery could stand to add more weight, but his size, length and burst will have him coming off the board in the late first or early second.
37. Cincinnati Bengals
Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Okafor wouldn’t be my guy at this pick, but it seems like a Bengals type of selection. Okafor offers and NFL ready body along with a powerful pass rush move. However, he still makes the same mistakes he did 3 years ago at Texas. He is very inconsistent in run support and often leaves huge running lanes on the edge of the defense. The Bengals need to find someone to play opposite Carlos Dunlap and someone to take double teams away from stud DT Geno Atkins.
38. Arizona Cardinals
Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
The Cardinals take a chance passing on Quarterbacks in round one, but are rewarded when Wilson falls into their lap in the second round. Wilson showed good poise, anticipation and athleticism at the Senior Bowl and firmly entrenched himself as one of the top three passers in this draft class. Wilson goes to a great situation in Arizona, where he will be given a chance to compete for the starting job in new HC Bruce Arians’ pass-heavy offense.
XX. Cleveland Browns
The Browns forfeit this pick after using it in the supplemental draft.
39. New York Jets
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
The Jets could go QB here, but Lacy is just too good to pass up. Shonn Greene is a UFA and just isn’t dynamic enough to carry the load by himself when the QB play is bad. Lacy is the best RB in the draft and a true feature back. By the time the draft rolls around Lacy could end up going much higher.
40. Tennessee Titans
Tony Jefferson, SAF, Oklahoma
The Titans pass defense was disgraceful last year. Michael Griffin had an awful year and could possibly be cut. Even if he isn’t the Titans need someone who can play along side him that offers range, instincts and coverage skills. Jefferson is one of the top three safeties in this draft class and should be able to play right away.
41. Buffalo Bills
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
The Bills could add a WR here to go with new QB Matt Barkley and #1 WR Stevie Johnson, but with so many still available the Bills opt for the best WLB in the draft. Brown will get knocked for his lack of size, but he is simply one of the best football players in this draft. He can make plays all over the field, run sideline to sideline and can cover RB/TE. The linebacker position is a huge area of need for the Bills and the top ones are likely to be gone by their 3rd round pick.
42. Miami Dolphins
Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
The Dolphins chose to trade Vontae Davis prior to the season and have a decision to make on CB Sean Smith who is a free agent. Poyer is a tremendous cover corner. He can play in a variety of different coverages, including press and off man. He isn’t the fastest corner, but is always in the proper position and has really good instincts in coverage.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State
After letting Aqib Talib go the Buccaneers number one need is finding at least one more cornerback to sure up the back end. Playing in the NFC South the Bucs play six games against very good QBs and need to get better vs. the pass or they will continue to be just mediocre. Amerson is a bigger corner who can match up vs. the more physical receivers in the NFC South.
44. Carolina Panthers
Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
After getting their defensive tackle in the first round, the Panthers turn their attention to defending the pass. Josh Norman looks like he has some long term potential, but besides that they don’t have any young corners to rebuild the secondary around. Ryan has good size and is a really well-rounded cover corner. He could even go higher by draft day.
XX. New Orleans Saints
The Saints forfeited this pick due to NFL Sanctions.
45. San Diego Chargers
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The Chargers still need to add an OT, but Austin is simply too dynamic to pass up here. The Chargers have a lot of big, vertical threats, but they lack a dynamic slot WR. Austin would add another dimension to the Chargers passing attack and give QB Phillip Rivers a safety valve, that he was missing last year.
46. St. Louis Rams
Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
After addressing their two biggest needs in the first round the Rams continue to rebuild their WR position with the reliable and dynamic Patton. He has some of the best body-control and off the snap quickness in the draft. At the Senior Bowl he showed very good hands and proved he can play against the best defenders in the nation.
47. Dallas Cowboys
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
The Cowboys are switching to a 4-3 defense and need to find at least one defensive tackle who can play in that scheme. Short has tremendous position versatility as he can play 3-Tech and NT. He can penetrate, provide some pass rush and help solidify the pass rush. I could also see the Cowboys taking a chance on a QB like Ryan Nassib or Mike Glennon here.