17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Even if the Pittsburgh Steelers do lose Mike Wallace via free agency, adding Cordarrelle Patterson will add even more depth to one of the NFL’s top receiving corps. Patterson is a great athlete but his biggest issue is his consistency—but that’s certainly coachable.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
With Anthony Spencer and Victor Butler both being free agents, the Dallas Cowboys will likely look towards the draft to address their need at defensive end.
19. New York Giants: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
I don’t know about you guys, but what happened to the New York Giants in 2012? It seemed like their secondary was being torched left and right—especially towards the end of the season. With that being said, drafting the best available cornerback to replace Corey Webster would be a bright idea for the Giants.
20. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
What else is new? The Chicago Bears need help on their offensive. No surprise here, right? Drafting the best available offensive guard is something that I’d do if I were the Bears GM.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia
The Cincinnati Bengals already have a strong defense but upgrading at outside linebacker wouldn’t be all that bad of a decision. Alec Olgetree fits exactly what the Bengals would need at outside linebacker and should be an immediate first-year impact player for Cinci.
22. St. Louis Rams (via Washington): Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
At this point of the draft, this is a complete and total steal for the St. Louis Rams. Heading into the offseason, you could argue that the Rams biggest need is an upgrade at offensive tackle—and they’d be addressing it with the selection of Lane Johnson out of Oklahoma.
23. Minnesota Vikings: DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
The Minnesota Vikings badly need a wide receiver. They need to have someone that Christian Ponder can throw to aside from Percy Harvin. With that being said, Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins seems like the perfect fit for the Vikings.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
The Indianapolis Colts really don’t have a solid and reliable cornerback aside from Vontae Davis. With the current draft board, Xavier Rhodes should be the ideal selection for Indy. He should emerge as a first-year starter and should have a major impact on Indy’s young and inexperienced defense.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
Taking a look at Seattle’s defense, they really don’t have any flaws as they’re arguably one of the elite defenses that the NFL has to offer—however, they could use some depth along their defensive line. Florida’ Sharrif Floyd is the best available defensive tackle and should fit nicely as he’s an explosive defensive tackle.
26. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Call me crazy, but I truly believe that Eddie Lacy would be a perfect fit for the Green Bay Packers. The Packers already have one of the NFL’s top offenses led by Aaron Rodgers, but they don’t have a legitimate ground-game—Lacy would stabilize that weakness for many years to come.
27. Houston Texans: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Year after year, the Houston Texans always seem to be looking for a threatening wide receiver to play opposite of Andre Johnson—Tavon Austin should be that guy. When watching Austin on film, he reminds me of Percy Harvin of the Minnesota Vikings and should compliment Johnson very well.
28. Denver Broncos: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Denver’s two starting defensive tackles, Kevin Vickerson and Justin Bannan, aren’t all that great and are actually both free agents. With that being said, drafting a defensive tackle in the first round would be a wise decision for the Broncos. Jesse Williams out of Alabama seems like the a guy that could flourish as a defensive tackle for many years to come at the NFL-level.
29. New England Patriots: Robert Woods, WR, USC
In all honestly, I really don’t see Bill Belichick drafting a wide receiver in the first-round of the NFL draft—however, if I were Belichick, I’d gladly welcome Robert Woods to New England. The Patriots could be entering a era that might not be including Wes Welker, as he’s an unrestricted free agent this offseason. With Welker’s future up in the air, adding a speedy yet physical wide receiver like Woods would be a great value pick for the Patriots.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
Heading into the offseason, Atlanta’s biggest need is probably at defensive end—and with Datone Jones still on the board, this should be an easy decision for Thomas Dimitroff.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
In my honest opinion, the 49ers are probably the most complete team in football. However, grabbing another cornerback to add depth to a position that is incredibly valuable in this era of the NFL would be a very wise decision for San Francisco.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
With Ray Lewis walking into the sunset as a Super Bowl champion, the Baltimore Ravens will move on and will look for a linebacker that will replace the future Hall of Famer. So why not Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o? This might seem a little far-fetched, but doesn’t it make sense? Te’o was a tackling machine at the college ranks and his style of play should translate very well into the professional level.