17. Philadelphia Eagles
Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
Boyd might have been the first QB selected in the 2013 NFL Draft, but I think he will get passed by a couple of under-classmen this year. If a team wants a QB that can throw and run the read-option, Boyd is a great option.
18. St. Louis Rams (via WAS)
Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State
Jackson is an enoromous prospect that could theoretically also play tackle in the right scheme. Jackson could have declared for the 2013 NFL Draft, but staying around for his senior season should solidify a top pick.
19. St. Louis Rams
Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Clinton-Dix is the latest Alabama defensive back that is going to get first-round hype. He is sound in coverage and can make the hit when he needs to. The Saban pedigree won’t hurt him either.
20. Cincinnati Bengals
Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
They don’t make too many 6’5″ / 220lb receivers that can run a 4.5 forty – especially runs that can run routes other than a “nine” and a “fade”. If Coleman’s knee issues go away – he will miss spring practice – he should be in the discussion for second receiver off the board with Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt.
21. New York Giants
Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama
When a redshirt sophomore puts up seven sacks in the SEC, you stand up and take notice. Hubbard has a little more speed than Dont’a Hightower and will be a prospect that can stand up on first and second down and then put his hand in the dirt and rush on third.
22. Miami Dolphins
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Kouandjio was the forgotten man on the Alabama offensive line this year, as Warmack, Fluker and Jones hogged the spotlight. Kouandjio excelled at left tackle though and will be a good pro.
23. New Orleans Saints
Will Sutton, DE, Arizona State
Sutton lives in the backfield, totaling 23.5 tackles for loss and notching 13 sacks as a junior. With some refinement in technique, Sutton is going to get some Jared Allen comparisons.
24. Indianapolis Colts
Dominique Easley, DL, Florida
Easley is very adept at penetrating on the defensive line and is more of an athlete than his former teammate Sharrif Floyd. Easley isn’t huge, but he will try and live in NFL backfields.
25. Atlanta Falcons
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
After deciding to stay for his redshirt-junior season, Roby instantly vaulted up a couple of rounds due to the talented 2013 CB class leaving. He isn’t big (5’11” / 190), but he has elite recovery speed and finds ways to get his hands on the football, notching 18 pass deflections in 2012.
26. Denver Broncos
Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
Colvin could have declared this year and would have been a mid-round selection. Colvin has the tackling ability, ball skills and 6’0″ size requisite to be in the first round talks for a cornerback.
27. Houston Texans
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Aaron Murray is, to use a huge cliché, a gun-slinger. He isn’t the ideal height for a NFL quarterback, but he spins a nice ball and has the competitive drive to lead a team.
28. Green Bay Packers
Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB, Texas
Jeffcoat probably would have declared last year if he didn’t tear his ACL. If he can come back at 90% or better, he has the edge athleticism to challenge for a first round pick.
29. Seattle Seahawks
Christian Jones, LB, Florida State
Jones seems like an ideal fit as a “Will” linebacker in the NFL. He can run, hit and cover and will only improve with another season at Florida State.
30. New England Patriots
Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee
McCullers looks like the second coming of Ted Washington. At 6’8″ and 360 pounds, he is a tough man to move. If everything checks out medically, the Patriots will have trouble passing on a huge nose tackle here.
31. San Francisco 49ers
Andrew Jackson, LB, Western Kentucky
Jackson has great instincts and at 6’1″ and 260 pounds, can really thump you. He is a tackling machine that will at very least be a dominant presence against the run.
32. Baltimore Ravens
Dri Archer, RB, Kent State
Archer was the most dynamic runner I watched in 2012 – give him the ball on returns or out of the backfield and let him find his way to the end-zone.