17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jonathan Cooper, OL, North Carolina (SCOUTING REPORT)
Behind Warmack, Cooper is the best interior lineman in the 2013 NFL Draft. Adding him next to DeCastro and Pouncey would make the Steelers run game sing and Ben Roethlisberger upright.
18. Dallas Cowboys
DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Cowboys offensive line needs upgraded from left guard on over. Adding the massive Fluker to the right side of the line will immediately solve one problem for Tony Romo and company.
20. Chicago Bears
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State (SCOUTING REPORT)
Arthur Brown is a football player. A bit of a ‘tweener, I’m not sure whether he will fit in better at MLB or WLB in the NFL. If the Bears don’t draft a LB, look for an offensive tackle to be a possibility.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Keenan Allen, WR, California* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Andy Dalton is a good quarterback, but he isn’t going to win games on his own. Adding another weapon like Keenan Allen to the likes of AJ Green and company will make the Bengals a team to truly fear.
22. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)
Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon (SCOUTING REPORT)
Like Ziggy Ansah and Damontre Moore, Dion Jordan is a guy who will get a lot of different evaluations – from top five to second round. As a SLB, I like what he brings to the table – I’m just not sold on his health and ability to hold his weight over 245 pounds.
23. Minnesota Vikings
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue (SCOUTING REPORT)
When Kevin Williams finally hangs them up, Kawann Short can step in and be the guy that keeps blockers honest against Jared Allen. His motor improved as a senior and he makes splash plays with regularity.
24. Indianapolis Colts
Datone Jones, DE, UCLA (SCOUTING REPORT)
Jones can play the 3 and 5 tech positions, while also being able to shift outside to end when needed. He is an extremely smart football player who should be able to contribute as a rookie.
25. Seattle Seahawks
Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State (SCOUTING REPORT)
Carradine was a top 20 player before his injury this fall. If teams are comfortable with his recovery, he could end up being drafted even higher.
26. Green Bay Packers
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Ogletree is an athlete and a half. With safety speed in a linebacker’s body, Ogletree can rush the passer, cover and play the run. If he can improve taking on blockers, he could be a top five middle linebacker in the NFL.
27. Houston Texans
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Austin is a dynamic weapon. From a stacked alignment, he is absolutely uncoverable. With Austin wreaking havoc underneath, Andre Johnson will be even more effective.
28. Denver Broncos
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington (SCOUTING REPORT)
Broncos fans don’t need to be told about this one. Trufant is a physical corner that can turn and run down the sideline… and can track the football.
29. New England Patriots
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (SCOUTING REPORT)
Strong hands, decisive routes, subtle separation skills. An accurate quarterback like Tom Brady should be able to take advantage of Hopkins’ skills and turn him into a star. Hopkins has the lateral agility to get off the press and enough size and leaping ability to be effective in the red zone. Defensive tackle is an option here as well, but the addition of Armond Armstead should diminish that need.
30. Atlanta Falcons
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama (SCOUTING REPORT)
Jacquizz Rodgers and Eddie Lacy would be the backfield in Atlanta for the next six to seven years. Thunder and lightning anyone?
31. San Francisco 49ers
Johnathan Hankins, DL, Ohio State* (SCOUTING NOTES)
Hankins disappointed a bit over the last season, but he has all the physical tools to be a dominant force on the 49ers defensive line.
32. Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Minter, LB, LSU (SCOUTING NOTES)
No Ray Lewis? No problem… at least on the field as opposed to the locker room. Minter lives to tackle people.