17. Pittsburgh Steelers – LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia*
Jarvis Jones’ medical issues make his draft stock difficult to predict, but Pittsburgh could give him some serious consideration if he slips this far; Jones would project as a replacement for James Harrison.
18. Dallas Cowboys – OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
Adding an elite interior lineman such as Cooper here would be a coup for Dallas; he represents an upgrade at either offensive guard spot. Sheldon Richardson is another possible option with this pick.
19. New York Giants – DE Datone Jones, UCLA
Cornellius Carradine may be the more disruptive pass rusher, but New York may prefer Datone Jones, as his versatility (defensive end, defensive tackle, five-technique) is similar to Justin Tuck’s.
20. Chicago Bears – LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia*
Chicago may also consider D.J. Fluker with this pick, but Alec Ogletree seems like a perfect fit for the Bears as long as they are willing to overlook his character issues; he is a steal at this point in the draft.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama*
It looks increasingly more likely that the Bengals will lose offensive tackle Andre Smith in free agency, so they could look at another former Crimson Tide lineman, D.J. Fluker, to replace him on the right side.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) – WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee*
Although Patterson’s stock has been slipping recently due to concerns about his ability to adapt to the NFL, his incredible physical tools should place him above competitors such as California’s Keenan Allen.
23. Minnesota Vikings – DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina
It would be somewhat surprising to see Sylvester Williams selected before Sheldon Richardson, but the latter’s character issues may turn off some teams. Williams is also the better fit at nose tackle.
24. Indianapolis Colts – DT Jesse Williams, Alabama
Jesse Williams may be somewhat of a reach here, but he nonetheless represents a better value than Ohio State prospect Johnathan Hankins. Indianapolis has been tight-lipped regarding their draft strategy.
25. Minnesota Vikings – LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
Leslie Frazier has not publicly ruled out drafting a middle linebacker with this selection, which makes sense considering their need at the position; Minnesota has met with Manti Te’o on multiple occasions.
26. Green Bay Packers – TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame*
The second Notre Dame prospect selected in as many picks, Eifert would offer Green Bay a replacement for incumbent Jermichael Finley, who is not under contract beyond this upcoming season.
27. Houston Texans – WR Robert Woods, Southern California*
Houston has been seeking a complement to Andre Johnson for some time now; luckily, Woods, Keenan Allen, Justin Hunter, and DeAndre Hopkins are all available. Woods is the most versatile of the options.
28. Denver Broncos – CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
Champ Bailey is under contract for two more years, but Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie could be gone after this season. Trufant could play in the slot as a rookie and take over on the outside in 2014.
29. New England Patriots – DE Cornellius Carradine, Florida St.
Despite the availability of Keenan Allen, DeAndre Hopkins, Justin Hunter, Quinton Patton, and Markus Wheaton, New England could very well go with Carradine, a big, long, athletic edge rusher.
30. Atlanta Falcons – DT Kawann Short, Purdue
The Falcons probably would have liked Cornellius Carradine at this point, but they can select a nice consolation prize in Kawann Short, who should prove a more disruptive tackle than starter Peria Jerry.
31. San Francisco 49ers – CB Jamar Taylor, Boise St.
After putting together a much more impressive workout than expected, Taylor is a potential first-round pick; the 49ers brought him in for a private workout and make sense as a possible destination.
32. Baltimore Ravens – SS Matt Elam, Florida*
Baltimore has met with Margus Hunt and Kevin Minter on multiple occasions, but are expected to sign Rolando McClain and have a glaring need at strong safety, where Bernard Pollard has yet to be replaced.