17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jonathan Cooper, OL, North Carolina (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Steelers need help and depth across their offensive line and adding the talented Cooper would be a great start. Cooper, Pouncey, and Decastro would be unreal. While he doesn’t get the attention that Chance Warmack and David DeCastro have received in the past, Cooper’s skills are right there.
18. Dallas Cowboys
Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma (Scouting Notes)
Johnson is a nasty blocker that will go a long way to over-hauling the poor-performing Cowboys offensive line.
19. New York Giants
Kevin Minter, LB, LSU (SCOUTING NOTES)
Minter tackles people. Plug him in at inside linebacker and let him do his thing.
20. Chicago Bears
Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame (SCOUTING REPORT)
Te’o, the Heisman runner-up, isn’t a top five guy for us, but a three down linebacker with some versatility and off the charts intangibles is exactly what the Bears could use to replace their aging linebackers.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Jonathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia (SCOUTING NOTES)
Jenkins is a huge man that moves like a little man. Plugging him next to the talented Geno Atkins would give the rest of the AFC North fits for years.
22. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)
DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
Fluker has reached the potential of what he have been seeing for the last two years. He played the best I’ve seen him play the last month of the year and will be a great upgrade over Barry Richardson.
23. Minnesota Vikings
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Austin is a natural fit for the Vikings when Percy Harvin finally uses up the last bit of goodwill he had with the coaching staff… I guess that already happened.
24. Indianapolis Colts
Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama (SCOUTING NOTES)
Samson Satele isn’t the long term center for Andrew Luck. Better let Luck and Jones get their Manning / Saturday type of relationship going right away.
25. Seattle Seahawks
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State (SCOUTING REPORT)
Brown is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker that is solid in every aspect of the game. Adding him to the Seahawks already stingy defense and impressive linebacker corps would be unreal.
26. Green Bay Packers
Jarvis Jones, OLB/ILB, Georgia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Jones makes splash plays with regularity, but his injury history (spinal stenosis) might scare some teams off in the top ten. Jones and Matthews would be an intriguing pair of 3-4 OLB’s for the Packers.
27. Houston Texans
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. Behind the Texans defensive line, Ogletree could be special.
28. Denver Broncos
Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU (SCOUTING REPORT)
Adding Ansah to Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller would be a treat for Denver Fans, especially since Ansah can rush from the outside and the inside. He is still pretty raw, but the Broncos are in a position to make a luxury pick.
29. Baltimore Ravens
Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Ed Reed is perhaps the greatest safety of all time. If he doesn’t come back, Jefferson will do an admirable job filling in. He can play deep, in the box and loves hitting.
30. San Francisco 49ers
Robert Woods, WR, USC* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Robert Woods isn’t Randy Moss, but he is a competitor that wants the ball. Colin Kaepernick will love having this guy on the team, especially if AJ Jenkins never gets it together.
31. Atlanta Falcons
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (SCOUTING NOTES)
Eifert and Zach Ertz are the best tight ends in this class. Being able to pick from them is going to make Thomas Dimitroff a happy man.
32. New England Patriots
Kenny Vaccaro, CB/S, Texas (SCOUTING REPORT)
Kenny Vaccaro is my #1 safety prospect, which is somewhat odd because he rarely plays there. He has the ability to play a deep half, but is much more dynamic lined up on slot receivers where he can rush, press or drop into coverage. Defensive line or a trade down is also a possibility here.