17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jonathan Cooper, OL, North Carolina (SCOUTING NOTES)
Cooper doesn’t get all the love that Warmack does, but he is nearly equally as talented. An interior line of Cooper, Pouncey and DeCastro would conceivably keep Ben Roethlisberger upright.
18. Dallas Cowboys
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (Scouting Notes)
Adding the physical Johnson to Tyron Smith would be a good start to rebuilding the Cowboys’ offensive line. He has really improved his game this year and is ready to contribute as a rookie.
19. New York Giants
Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State (SCOUTING REPORT)
Banks is a big corner that has the athleticism to stick with the outside receivers that he is going to see in the NFC East like Dez Bryant, Pierre Garcon and Jeremy Maclin.
20. Chicago Bears
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (SCOUTING NOTES)
If the Bears want a guy to replace the speed that Brian Urlacher used to play with, Ogletree is their guy. A former safety like Urlacher, Ogletree is still learning the finer points of linebacker, but you can’t teach the athleticism that he has.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Kenny Vaccaro, CB/S, Texas (SCOUTING REPORT)
Vaccaro is the most versatile defensive back in this draft, being able to cover the slot, a deep half, rush the passer, and support the run from deep or in the box. Depending on how he runs at the combine, he might sneak into the top half of the first round.
22. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)
DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama (SCOUTING REPORT)
Barry Richardson was a starter last year for the Rams, Fluker would come in and win that job within the first week. A pure NFL right tackle, Fluker will maul you and is able to hold his own in pass protection with his length and strength.
23. Minnesota Vikings
Robert Woods, WR, USC* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Vikings need themselves some new receiving threats. WVU’s Tavon Austin might be tempting here to potentially replace the “headache” of Percy Harvin, but Woods might be too complete of a receiver too pass up here.
24. Indianapolis Colts
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
Andrew Luck needs his Jeff Saturday. Jones suffered a bad foot injury this year, but should be ready to go by the start of the 2013 season. As high as his football IQ is, he should be able to come into camp and pick up the offense without issue.
25. Seattle Seahawks
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State (SCOUTING REPORT)
Brown is such a fluid athlete – he covers well and gets from sideline to sideline to support the run. Adding Brown to Bobby Wagner and KJ Wright just doesn’t seem fair.
26. Green Bay Packers
Jarvis Jones, OLB/ILB, Georgia (SCOUTING REPORT)
I think this is where Jones’ freefall stops. NFL teams are going to look at Jones’ medicals from the NFL Combine perhaps more than any other. It might take a while for one to be okay with the spinal stenosis – although he certainly has some impressive skills. Without injury concerns, he is a top 15 pick for me.
27. Houston Texans
Keenan Allen, WR, California* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Houston needs a second threat to go alongside Andre Johnson – Allen is just that sort of prospect. If he is able to stay healthy, he has a chance to be the best receiver out of the 2013 NFL Draft class.
28. Denver Broncos
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (SCOUTING REPORT)
Perhaps one of the most polarizing figures in the 2013 NFL Draft, Ansah is just a big ball of talent that is lacking experience playing football. He could go anywhere from the top overall pick to the start of the second round and I wouldn’t be surprised.
29. New England Patriots
Sharrif Floyd, DL, Florida (SCOUTING NOTES)
Floyd is a versatile player that can play inside and outside in the 4-3, while having the skills and frame to play end in an odd front as well. He is the complement to Wilfork that the Patriots have been looking for and should open things up for Chandler Jones and company. If Sebastian Vollmer isn’t re-signed by draft time, the Patriots could also look at a right tackle here.
30. Atlanta Falcons
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (SCOUTING NOTES)
When Tony Gonzalez, perhaps the best tight end of all time, retires, you should probably try and replace that guy. Eifert has phenomenal hand strength and seems to have a catching radius bigger than anyone outside of Gonzalez and Gronkowksi. Either Ertz or Eifert will be the first tight end selected.
31. Baltimore Ravens
Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Ed Reed – is it time to move on from the greatest safety to play the game? If the Ravens say yes, Jefferson is the guy to try and fill and his shoes. Jefferson hits, has a ton of range, and is like a running back with the ball in his hands.
32. San Francisco 49ers
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford (SCOUTING NOTES)
Ertz and Harbaugh, back together again. Adding the huge, athletic tight end would make the diverse San Fran offense even more multiple.