17. Pittsburgh Steelers – CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida St.*
Rhodes, one of the stars of this year’s Combine, could help replace expensive free agent Keenan Lewis as an outside cornerback.
18. Dallas Cowboys – OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
Doug Free could shift inside to guard; another option is to draft a cost-effective alternative such as Jonathan Cooper in the draft.
19. New York Giants – DE Datone Jones, UCLA
Someone like Datone Jones would fit New York’s scheme; he could play left end and slide inside on passing downs a la Justin Tuck.
20. Chicago Bears – LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia*
Ogletree’s character concerns could be overlooked by Chicago, where his athleticism would provide a quality replacement for Brian Urlacher.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama*
An incredibly powerful running back, Lacy would offer Cincinnati a workhorse to complement their improving passing attack.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) – FS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
Vaccaro is just the kind of player Jeff Fisher likes: big, aggressive, and physical; Craig Dahl should be replaced in the secondary.
23. Minnesota Vikings – WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
Tavon Austin’s very similar to mercurial Vikings receiver Percy Harvin; the Vikings may be better off moving on from Harvin for a cheaper option.
24. Indianapolis Colts – DT Jesse Williams, Alabama
A reliable two-gapping option with the versatility to play either defensive tackle, nose tackle, or five-technique, Jesse Williams would fit well.
25. Seattle Seahawks – OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama*
Replacing Breno Giacomini with a road-grader like D.J. Fluker could stabilize Seattle’s offensive line, which has been shuffled often recently.
26. Green Bay Packers – DT Kawann Short, Purdue
Short weighed in at 299 pounds during the Combine this week; his reduced weight may alleviate concerns about his conditioning and stamina.
27. Houston Texans – WR Robert Woods, Southern California*
Houston has been searching for a quality receiver to help shoulder some of Andre Johnson’s offensive burden; Woods is a solid value.
28. Denver Broncos – CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
The Tracy Porter signing didn’t quite work out, and Champ Bailey may be nearing the end of his career; Trufant tested well in Indianapolis.
29. New England Patriots – DE Cornellius Carradine, Florida St.*
Carradine’s stock is difficult to project because of his ACL injury; however, his tools could convince New England he’s the next Chandler Jones.
30. Atlanta Falcons – TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame*
Tony Gonzalez should return for another NFL season; nonetheless, it’s imperative for Atlanta to consider their future without him.
31. San Francisco 49ers – CB Logan Ryan, Rutgers*
Ryan is a big, physical cornerback with outstanding tackling skills; he recalls former Washington Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs.
32. Baltimore Ravens – LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
Ray Lewis must be replaced at linebacker; Te’o is talented enough to fill in as long as he can win the respect of an NFL locker room.