17. Cleveland Browns – OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor
Shawn Lauvao was a major liability at right guard last season, but his replacement this year, Oniel Cousins, has been even worse, creating a gaping hole on the line.
18. Tennessee Titans – OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee*
This probably isn’t an ideal draft position for the Titans, but they are nevertheless able to secure a long-term replacement for 31 year-old right tackle David Stewart.
19. Miami Dolphins – TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina*
Charles Clay is a respectable option at tight end, but the Dolphins could provide quarterback Ryan Tannehill with a better one by selecting Ebron, an elite athlete.
20. Detroit Lions – WR Brandon Coleman, Rutgers*
Other than Calvin Johnson, the Lions wideout with the most snaps played on the season is Kris Durham, hardly a desirable option that would prevent drafting another target.
21. Dallas Cowboys – LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio St.*
What was seemingly a perfect marriage of skills and scheme at linebacker went wrong, as Bruce Carter has been benched by the Cowboys, opening the door for Shazier.
22. Green Bay Packers – CB Antone Exum, Virginia Tech
Exum is recovering from microfracture surgery, but if he passes medical checks, he’s the type of confident, feisty player the Packers could use, particularly as a safety option.
23. Baltimore Ravens – OG Gabe Jackson, Mississippi St.
There are a wealth of options available to Baltimore here, with Jackson getting the edge for his ability to protect Joe Flacco as well as help reinvigorate a stagnating run game.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – LB Kyle Van Noy, Brigham Young
The decision to sign James Harrison for the strongside linebacker role indicated Cincinnati’s intent on finding an effective edge rusher for their creative fronts.
25. Chicago Bears – LB Christian Jones, Florida St.
Drafting a traditional 4-3 linebacker like Jones may not be the flashiest option, but it should provide Chicago with a versatile, rangy long-term starter at linebacker.
26. San Francisco 49ers – CB Bradley Roby, Ohio St.*
A string of underwhelming performances have temporarily caused Roby’s draft stock to plummet, but he could easily rebound and become the first cornerback selected.
27. New England Patriots – DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
At 6’6” and 311 pounds, Hageman has the versatility to play in either a three-or-four-man front, allowing head coach Bill Belichick to rearrange his defenders however he sees fit.
28. Cleveland Browns (from Colts) – CB Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida*
Buster Skrine is a talented, respectable boundary cornerback, but it’s possible that Cleveland would be interested in further bolstering their secondary with another Florida product.
29. Seattle Seahawks – TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington*
Zach Miller has caught just eight passes so far this season, meaning the Seahawks could potentially be interested in taking a chance on Seferian-Jenkins late in the first.
30. Kansas City Chiefs – DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame*
Kansas City’s defense has been playing better than anticipated this season, but they could still use another five-technique if Tyson Jackson departs in free agency.
31. New Orleans Saints – DE Trent Murphy, Stanford
A strong value at this point, Murphy is a massive pass rusher who has played both defensive end and outside linebacker during his time with the Cardinal.
32. Denver Broncos – DT Anthony Johnson, Louisiana St.*
Sylvester Williams is seen as the team’s nose tackle of the future, but Kevin Vickerson is far from an ideal starting option at the three-technique position opposite him.