17. Pittsburgh Steelers – LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia* (FRX: #12 overall prospect, $1,952)
The Steelers have shown interest in Ezekiel Ansah, but Jarvis Jones may be a more natural fit for their scheme as a pass-rushing replacement for departed linebacker James Harrison.
18. Dallas Cowboys – OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina (FRX: #16 overall prospect, $1,724)
With Sheldon Richardson off the board, Dallas has a fairly easy choice to make here in Cooper, arguably the draft’s best offensive guard prospect; he fills a major need.
19. New York Giants – DE Ezekiel Ansah, Brigham Young (FRX: #7 overall prospect, $2,678)
Ansah could easily go much higher, but his lack of experience, technique, and production could cause him to slip a bit in a draft filled with appealing pass rushers.
20. Chicago Bears – LB Alec Ogletree, Georgia* (FRX: #21 overall prospect, $1,464)
Brian Urlacher doesn’t appear likely to return, but Chicago should have the opportunity to replace him with another converted strong safety; Ogletree is an elite athlete.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – LB Kevin Minter, Louisiana St.* (FRX: #30 overall prospect, $1,065)
Surprisingly, the Bengals ended up bringing back middle linebacker Rey Maualuga, but nonetheless it’s easy to imagine them being eager to replace him.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) – WR Keenan Allen, California* (FRX: #22 overall prospect, $1,355)
After losing Danny Amendola and Brandon Gibson in free agency, the Rams could really use some more talent at wide receiver; Allen is a solid value at this point.
23. Minnesota Vikings – LB Arthur Brown, Kansas St. (FRX: #28 overall prospect, $1,164)
Manti Te’o is another possibility here, but he doesn’t make splash plays with the same frequency as Brown, who could potentially play in the middle or on the weak side.
24. Indianapolis Colts – DT Jesse Williams, Alabama (FRX: #31 overall prospect, $1,059)
Chuck Pagano’s defense requires big bodies up front; Williams is a classic two-gap player who could potentially start at any of Indianapolis’ three defensive line spots.
25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seahawks) – DT Sylvester Williams, North Carolina (FRX: #40 overall prospect, $982)
Letroy Guion hasn’t developed into the type of feared run stuffer the Vikings need at nose tackle; Sylvester Williams would be an excellent complement for Kevin Williams.
26. Green Bay Packers – DE Datone Jones, UCLA (FRX: #26 overall prospect, $1,260)
Green Bay’s defensive front seven has been somewhat disappointing, which should cause them to look at upgrade possibilities there; Datone Jones has intriguing versatility.
27. Houston Texans – WR Robert Woods, Southern California* (FRX: #43 overall prospect, $838)
Houston has been seeking a number two receiver for quite some time, which could lead them towards a player such as Robert Woods, one of the draft’s most versatile players.
28. Denver Broncos – CB Desmond Trufant, Washington (FRX: #20 overall prospect, $1,565)
Champ Bailey is probably nearing the end of his storied NFL career, while Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is only on a one-year deal; Trufant is supremely athletic.
29. New England Patriots – CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Connecticut (FRX: #77 overall prospect, $555)
After running in the 4.3s at Connecticut’s pro day, Bill Belichick, who was in attendance, may have fallen in love with Wreh-Wilson, a perfect fit for New England’s organization.
30. Atlanta Falcons – DE Cornellius Carradine, Florida St. (FRX: #35 overall prospect, $1,032)
Osi Umenyiora should offer an improvement at right end, but the Falcons could still stand to upgrade over starting left end Kroy Biermann with Cornellius Carradine.
31. San Francisco 49ers – FS Eric Reid, Louisiana St.* (FRX: #44 overall prospect, $837)
Reid is being hailed as a first-round pick due to his impressive combination of size, versatility, and intangibles; San Francisco needs to replace Dashon Goldson, who left in free agency.
32. Baltimore Ravens – SS Matt Elam, Florida* (FRX: #36 overall prospect, $1,023)
James Ihedigbo is currently slated to start at strong safety following Bernard Pollard’s departure; Matt Elam, an enforcer in Pollard’s mold, would be a far superior replacement.