17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Steelers need youth and talent at the cornerback position in this draft. Add in Trufant’s demeanor and toughness and you have a natural fit here.
18. Dallas Cowboys
DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Cowboys offensive line just isn’t good at all. Adding Fluker at right tackle is just a start. I’d expect the Cowboys to spend multiple picks on the offensive line this April.
19. New York Giants
Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State* (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Giants love drafting defensive linemen – especially ones with upside. Werner isn’t the athlete that Pierre-Paul is, but he still has the ability to get after the quarterback and play the run.
20. Chicago Bears
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Brian Urlacher isn’t walking in that door. Ogletree has plenty of issues on and off the field, but he has athleticism to spare and the speed needed to upgrade the middle of the Bears defense.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Jarvis Jones, OLB/ILB, Georgia (SCOUTING REPORT)
I’m not a huge Jones fan, but I think Cincinnati could do some interesting things with him. I think he would be an upgrade over Maualuga inside and any potential that Moch has outside.
22. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)
Jonathan Cyprien, SS, FIU (SCOUTING REPORT)
After losing their starting safety in free agency, adding the versatile Cyprien would be a great get with their second first round pick. I can also see them trading down again to a team needing to draft a QB.
23. Minnesota Vikings
Cordarelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (SCOUTING REPORT)
No Percy Harvin? No problem? Patterson has that ability, but he is maddeningly inconsistent with his hands and concentration. His speed, quicks and ability with the ball in his hand are top notch, however.
24. Indianapolis Colts
Datone Jones, DE, UCLA (SCOUTING REPORT)
Jones is the perfect fit for that Colts need to do. A pass-rusher that can play both inside and outside, Jones is a football junkie that pick up where Dwight Freeney left off.
25. Minnesota Vikings (via SEA)
Xavier Rhodes, CB/S, Florida State (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Vikings just picked up one threat, now they need to cover other teams’ threats. Rhodes is a big corner that could transition to safety if needed.
26. Green Bay Packers
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama (SCOUTING REPORT)
Lacy can offer the dynamic running style that the Packers have lacked over the last couple of years. He could (should?) be the only first round running back this year.
27. Houston Texans
Keenan Allen, WR, California* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Andre Johnson needs some help. Allen is a receiver that can draw attention away from Johnson and give Matt Schaub another big target that can separate and get open.
28. Denver Broncos
Eric Reid, FS, LSU* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Mike Adams and Rahim Moore aren’t inspiring much confidence in Denver this off-season. Adding Reid gives the Broncos another option covering a deep half that has the ability to buzz down into the box and take on running backs in the hole.
29. New England Patriots
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (SCOUTING REPORT)
With only Danny Amendola seen as a viable day one starter for the Patriots, the Patriots might double-dip on receivers as they have done with other positions in the past. Hopkins is the solid intermediate threat that can get down the field as well. There are a host of defensive backs here as well, but I truly think the Patriots might be set at the position if Alfonzo Dennard avoids prolonged jail time.
30. Atlanta Falcons
Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State (SCOUTING REPORT)
Carradine is a top-ten talent that just happened to injure his knee late in the season. A top NFL team will get a shot at him and turn him into a star as soon as he is 100%. Replacing John Abraham with Carradine and Osi Umenyiora is a pretty savvy move.
31. San Francisco 49ers
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue (SCOUTING REPORT)
With the picks that they have and the roster in place, the 49ers can do whatever they want. Short is a talented player that will blossom into a terror with Coach Harbaugh getting after him.
32. Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Minter, LB, LSU (SCOUTING NOTES)
The Ravens need linebacker and Te’o and Minter are the top ones available here. I think Ozzie will go with the more mentally strong player – in this case, Minter.