17. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jarvis Jones, OLB/ILB, Georgia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Jones is going to be dogged by the spinal stenosis label, despite doctors at the NFL Combine reportedly clearing him. Some team is going to get a talented, if somewhat flawed, player later than they should. I think Pittsburgh could line him up at any linebacker position.
18. Dallas Cowboys
DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Cowboys need blockers, but don’t be surprised if they move up and put Kenny Vaccaro in the place of newly-departed Gerald Sensabaugh. Fluker is a mammoth RT/RG that will be a starter on day one in Dallas.
19. New York Giants
Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah (SCOUTING REPORT)
Rarely could you get a top three talent this late in the draft, but if Lotulelei hasn’t satisfied NFL medical staffs about his “heart condition”, he might be in for a nasty fall. Hopefully, Star will check out just fine and he can climb back into the top three where he belongs.
20. Chicago Bears
Kevin Minter, LB, LSU (SCOUTING NOTES)
Minter just plays football. He isn’t a special athlete – just a good one. The Bears aging linebackers need some youth, why not get the best tackler in the 2013 NFL Draft.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Keenan Allen, WR, California* (SCOUTING REPORT)
Allen would be a luxury pick for the Bengals, but Andy Dalton is a quarterback that needs talent around him. AJ Green, Allen, Mo Sanu and Marvin Jones would certainly fit the bill.
22. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)
Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia (SCOUTING REPORT)
If Danny Amendona doesn’t re-sign with the Rams, Sam Bradford is going to need a slot receiver. Austin is as dynamic as they come and probably won’t make it past the Vikings 23rd pick.
23. Minnesota Vikings
Kawann Short, DT, Purdue (SCOUTING REPORT)
If the Vikings move Percy Harvin this off-season, Tavon Austin is going to be a trade up target for them. If they keep Harvin, addressing the future at DT is a need – Kawann Short would shore that up on first and second downs.
24. Indianapolis Colts
Datone Jones, DE, UCLA (SCOUTING REPORT)
Jones seems like a great fit for what the Colts are trying to do on defense. He is a smart football player that really understands the game – let him line up at the 3-tech and watch him create havoc.
25. Seattle Seahawks
Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State (SCOUTING REPORT)
You would be hearing about Carradine as a potential #1 pick in this draft if it weren’t for his health concerns. If an NFL team feels comfortable that Carradine will be ready by week one, he will be a first round pick.
26. Green Bay Packers
Xavier Rhodes, CB/S, Florida State (SCOUTING NOTES)
Charles Woodson has left the building. Rhodes doesn’t have that skill set yet, but he is a player that can go outside and perhaps even convert to the safety position if need be.
27. Houston Texans
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (SCOUTING REPORT)
Ogletree has certainly had some off the field issues, but he has athleticism to spare and is just now starting to figure out how to be a linebacker. His upside behind JJ Watt and next to Brian Cushing is off the charts.
28. Denver Broncos
Jonathan Cyprien, SS, FIU
Yes, I think the whole NFL wants the Broncos to draft a new safety – except Joe Flacco. Cyprien is quite versatile – he helps against the run and can drop back in coverage and cover a a deep half as well.
29. New England Patriots
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson (SCOUTING REPORT)
The Patriots need an outside receiver to help keep opposing safeties from crowding the middle of the field. Hopkins runs great routes and has strong hands – two great compliments to 4.5 speed. Quinton Patton, Justin Hunter and a bevy of defensive backs could also be in play here.
30. Atlanta Falcons
Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama (SCOUTING REPORT)
Michael Turner is not coming back, so the Falcons need a bigger back to complement ‘Quizz. Lacy has the balanced skill-set that will mesh well with Matt Ryan’s offense.
31. San Francisco 49ers
Johnathan Hankins, DL, Ohio State* (SCOUTING NOTES)
The 49ers roster is so loaded that they can take a depth defensive tackle that would start on 25+ other NFL teams. Hankins has a chance to be a Pro Bowl caliber player if he continues to work and improve.
32. Baltimore Ravens
Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame (SCOUTING REPORT)
Te’o doesn’t need to be a leader in the Ravens locker room, they have plenty of those laying around in guys like Ed Reed and Ray Rice. What he can be is a very good middle linebacker – which is exactly what the suddenly Ray Lewis-less Ravens need.