17. Pittsburgh Steelers – DE Ezekiel Ansah, Brigham Young
James Harrison is out, and although the Steelers have attempted to seduce Victor Butler, they remain in need of an outside linebacker; Pittsburgh is reportedly interested in Ansah.
18. Dallas Cowboys – OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
Dallas hasn’t been able to find quality guards thus far; currently they employ Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau at the left and right guard spots, respectively.
19. New York Giants – DE Datone Jones, ULCA
With a defensive rebuild underway, New York could use a versatile defensive lineman such as Jones, who could help alleviate the losses of Chris Canty and Osi Umenyiora.
20. Chicago Bears – LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia*
Having converted to middle linebacker from strong safety, Ogletree’s athleticism makes him a natural successor to Brian Urlacher in the middle of Chicago’s defense.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – SS Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
Reggie Nelson has played surprisingly well at one safety spot, but Taylor Mays could be improved upon; Vaccaro fits Mike Zimmer’s defense well.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) – WR Keenan Allen, California*
Keenan Allen’s recovery from a PCL injury has been slow, but he should still end up in the first round of this April’s draft; after losing Gibson and Amendola, the Rams need help.
23. Minnesota Vikings – WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson*
Percy Harvin is out, Greg Jennings is in, yet the Vikings still need complementary receivers. Adding a tall option such as DeAndre Hopkins would help Christian Ponder.
24. Indianapolis Colts – DT Jesse Williams, Alabama
A thickly-built, long-armed defensive lineman like Jesse Williams would help Indianapolis defend against the run; he could contribute as a nose tackle or, ideally, as a left end.
25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seahawks) – LB Kevin Minter, Louisiana St.*
Tyrone McKenzie is currently Minnesota’s top option at middle linebacker; they could use a more reliable starter. Minter’s stock has surpassed Manti Te’o’s at this point.
26. Green Bay Packers – RB Eddie Lacy, Alabama*
Lacy, the top running back in the class, could add another dimension to Green Bay’s offense, which currently lacks a legitimate threat in the offensive backfield.
27. Houston Texans – WR Robert Woods, Southern California*
Lestar Jean, DeVier Posey, and Keshawn Martin are currently Houston’s top options opposite Andre Johnson; they may wish to add a versatile playmaker such as Woods.
28. Denver Broncos – CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
Trufant is a flexible, explosive cornerback with the versatility to play inside or on the boundary; Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s one-year deal shouldn’t prevent Denver from drafting him.
29. New England Patriots – DE Cornellius Carradine, Florida St.
Carradine’s height, bulk, and length should remind New England of Chandler Jones; their recent interest in free-agent pass rushers suggests they are seeking an upgrade over Rob Ninkovich.
30. Atlanta Falcons – DE Alex Okafor, Texas
After releasing John Abraham, the Falcons are in dire need of pass rushers; Okafor, who registered 12.5 sacks in 2012, could start at left end and provide some pressure.
31. San Francisco 49ers – CB Johnthan Banks, Mississippi St.
San Francisco’s defensive backfield was depleted when Dashon Goldson left, magnifying the need to invest in that area this offseason; Banks is physical enough for their scheme.
32. Baltimore Ravens – SS Matt Elam, Florida*
Baltimore’s starting safeties in 2012, Ed Reed and Bernard Pollard, are both free agents; the Ravens could replace Pollard with another enforcer in Florida’s Matt Elam.