17) St Louis Rams (via Washington) – Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
The Rams had OG Larry Warford targeted if they were unable to get Alec Ogletree at the end of the first round. With two more first round picks in 2014 it’s likely the Rams will use one of the picks to build up the offensive line. Richardson is a dominate OG and has the talent to plug and play in the NFL.
18) Philadelphia Eagles – Tajh Boyd, QB, Clemson
I’m sure Chip Kelly would love to get his hands on Marcus Mariota if he falls this far or the Eagles could opt for a corner like Ifo Ekpre- Olomu. With that said I think Chip Kelly continues to tinker with the QB position until he gets his long term centerpiece to build this team around. Boyd isn’t the athlete that Mariota is, but he is a vastly improved passer with above average mobility.
19) Chicago Bears – Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, CB, Oregon
The Bears have a talented, but aging pair of cornerbacks. Besides Tillman and Jennings the Bears lack capable depth at corner. Ekpre-Olomu is a big time playmaker. He’s not afraid to put his body on the line and should have no problem playing the nickel role with Jennings and Tillman on the outside.
20) New York Giants – Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
This might be a little high for Van Noy and I’m not sure he’ll be a first round pick come April, but his game fits with the Giants needs. When you look at the Giants roster the lack of talent at the LB position astounding. Van Noy projects to a SLB in the NFL and should have a solid, productive NFL career.
21) Baltimore Ravens – Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
The Ravens can’t rely on Bryant McKinnie forever and at some point they will have to draft a long-term replacement. Richardson hasn’t been hyped as much as other top OT prospects, but he’s every bit as good. A very good athlete that projects to the LT position in the NFL. Richardson was good enough to make last year’s 3rd round pick Dallas Thomas move inside to OG, so Richardson could play LT. Richardson opened eyes with his performance vs. Clowney and South Carolina last season.
22) Dallas Cowboys – Adrian Hubbard, DE, Alabama
Hubbard plays OLB for the Crimson Tide, but has the size, length, and rush skills to play either OLB or DE in a 4-3. Anthony Spencer is a free agent after this season and besides Demarcus Ware, the Cowboys DL is a mess. Other possibilities are Anthony Johnson, Dominique Easley and Aaron Lynch with this selection.
23) Cincinnati Bengals – Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
The Bengals like big, tall defensive end prospects. The Bengals spent alot of money extending Carlos Dunlap and Geno Atkins, which means franchise DE Michael Johnson likely leaves via free agency. The team has high hopes for Margus Hunt, but need more depth and talent at DE when Johnson departs. Murphy plays OLB at Stanford, but projects to DE in the NFL.
24) New Orleans Saints – Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
The Saints defense is making the transition to the 3-4 defense this season and really don’t have the pass rushers to make a smooth transition in year one. Khalil Mack is a dynamic edge rusher, that can play on his feet and get to the QB in Rob Ryan’s new scheme. If Mack and other OLB’s are gone look for the Saints to address the secondary with a CB like Jason Verrett.
25) Green Bay Packers – Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
The Packers pass defense is a major work in progress. Tramon Williams and Casey Heyward are solid, but not spectacular corners. Sam Shields is coming up on free agency and their is no clear replacement on the roster. Verrett is a bit undersized but makes up for it with ball skills and a fearless agility to attack the play.
26) Indianapolis Colts – Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
Andrew Luck is on the fast track to becoming the best QB in the NFL, but the Colts lack a legitimate answer at RB. Vick Ballard was a short term solution and is now on IR. Ahmad Bradshaw isn’t long for the NFL with all his foot problems. Lache Seastrunk is a big play, everydown RB prospect that can break a big run everytime he touches the ball. Seastrunk would legitimze the Colts run game and make Andrew Luck even more dangerous to defend.
27) Houston Texans – Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
Houston could go a lot of different ways with this pick as there will be holes at Safety, DE and DT after the season. Anthony Johnson is the next in a long line of talented interior defensive linemen to come out of Baton Rogue. Johnson’s stock is still very fluid and based on development this season could be much higher or lower on draft boards.
28) Atlanta Falcons – Aaron Lynch, DE, South Florida
I’m sure the Falcons would love to draft a TE like Seferian-Jenkins or Coly Lyerla with this selection, but pass rush is ever a bigger issue. Thomas Dimitroff has struggled to draft and develop NFL caliber pass rushers and can’t afford to pass up on a talented player like Lynch at this spot.
29) New England Patriots – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Based on what I have heard from Patriots people the TE is the one area the team is immediately looking to upgrade. Aaron Hernandez was a unique prospect and there is no replacing his skill-set. What the Patriots can do is select the big, athletic, and talented Seferian-Jenkins to pair up with Rob Gronkowski. Having two gigantic and athletic tight ends offers a different challenge for defenses and will open up the offense for the young wide receivers. Besides tight end the defensive line is likely to be an area of need next April. Players like Dominique Easley and Ra’Shede Hageman are possibilities. Also keep an eye on Oregon TE Colt Lyerla who could be the pick if ASJ is gone.
30) Seattle Seahawks – Ra’Shede Hageman, DE/DT, Minnesota
Pete Carroll loves those massive, versatile defensive linemen. Hageman is a prototypical 3-4 DE, but he fits the profile for what Seattle likes from a DT. Paired with the pass rushers of the Seahawks front seven, Hageman makes an already good defense that much better.
31) Denver Broncos – Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
The Broncos have spent a lot of resources on the defensive line, but still have a hole at defensive tackle. Easley is a pass rushing defensive tackle that should match up with Derek Wolfe and Sylvester Williams to provide the Broncos with plenty of interior rush potential.
32) San Francisco 49ers – Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
Paul Richardson isn’t a name people are familiar with right now, but by the end of the season they will be. Richardson is coming off a knee injury which cost him all of 2012. He exploded back on the national scene with an electric start to this 2013 campaign. Richardson is a speedy vertical threat that many have compared to Desean Jackson for his speed and ability to beat coverage.