17. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alec Ogletree, OLB, Georgia
With James Harrison being cut, the Pittsburgh Steelers now desperately need help in their pass rush department—as it wasn’t all that effective this past season. Alec Ogletree might have some off the field issues, which will cause his stock to drop, but there’s no debating that this kid can play.
18. Dallas Cowboys: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Dallas Cowboys have been searching for a 3-technique defensive tackle for quite sometime and Sheldon Richardson is their guy. Granted, this might be a bit of a reach at No. 18 overall, but Richardson fits exactly what the Cowboys need.
19. New York Giants: Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
With Star Lotueleli’s heart condition, it has caused his stock to plummet rather quickly. There’s no question how much talent and potential that Lotueleli, it’s just a matter of whether or not teams feel comfortable with his heart condition. With that being said, selecting Lotueleli at No. 19 overall could be a big-time steal for the Giants.
20. Chicago Bears: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Aside from Brandon Marshall, the Chicago Bears have no one that Jay Cutler find throw to on a consistent basis. The Bears might have Alshon Jeffery in the mix, but he still has a lot more to develop in order to emerge as a reliable option for Cutler. As of right now, Tyler Eifert is my top tight end on my draft board and appears to be a perfect fit for the Bears.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Kenny Vaccaro, FS, Texas
Let’s put it this way: Taylor Mays is awful and Nate Clements is a free agent—the Bengals need a safety. So why not draft not only the best available safety but the best available player? This pick makes too much sense for Cinci.
22. St. Louis Rams: Keenan Allen, WR, California
As the Rams draft an offensive guard to help protect Sam Bradford, it’s now time to draft him a reliable No. 1 wide receiver. Keenan Allen out of California is a solid wide receiver prospect that was once considered a top-1o pick. Allen was overlooked quite a bit during his years at Cal, as the quarterbacks that he had throwing him passes were average at best. All in all, Allen has all the potential in the world to be a solid NFL wide receiver.
23. Minnesota Vikings: Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
Letroy Guion is not the answer at defensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings—they need to part ways with him. With that being said, Ohio State’s Jonathan Hankins could fit rather nicely next to Kevin Williams along Minnesota’s defensive front.
24. Indianapolis Colts: Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
The Colts will likely have Datone Jones line up in a 3-technique and just let him play. He has all the potential in the world be a very productive defensive end and could put up some solid numbers in his first year in the NFL.
25. Seattle Seahawks: Robert Woods, WR, USC
Russell Wilson needs a No. 1 wide receiver—it’s just simple. With Robert Woods being the best available X-receiver, this selection should be an easy decision for Pete Carroll and Seattle.
26. Green Bay Packers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Eddie Lacy will fit Green Bay’s offensive perfectly. The Packers already have an elite quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, he just needs a little help from his ground-game—and Eddie Lacy should do a nice job in stabilizing that for the Packers.
27. Houston Texans: Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Tavon Austin will absolutely tear it up playing with Andre Johnson and Matt Schaub. The Texans have long been searching for a true option to play opposite of Johnson and Austin is that guy. This is a perfect fit for Houston.
28. Denver Broncos: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
Manti Te’o certainly has some unwanted publicity following him—but the kid can play. Te’o will be a huge upgrade over Keith Brooking in Denver’s defense.
29. New England Patriots: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
With Aqib Talib’s, Alfonzo Dennard’s and Kyle Arrington’s future up in the air with the Patriots, Bill Belichick needs to draft a cornerback. Desmond Trufant is a very physical cornerback that can onto the field immediately and make a major impact in New England’s young defense.
30. Atlanta Falcons: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
This pick is rather a steal for the Falcons. Atlanta has already moved on without John Abraham and Ray Edwards and will now look to move into the future with a young, athletic defensive end—Damontre Moore fits that mold perfectly.
31. San Francisco 49ers: Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
If you ask me, the 49ers are the NFL’s most complete team—they are my early Super Bowl favorites. With that being said, San Francisco doesn’t have too many glaring needs but could certainly add some depth at their cornerback position with the selection of Jonathan Banks.
32. Baltimore Ravens: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
Goodbye Ray Lewis and hello Kevin Minter. The Super Bowl champs will look to replace their future Hall of Fame linebacker in this year’s draft—and Kevin Minter seems like the fit guy.
Round Two is on page three.