17. Philadelphia Eagles – WR Marqise Lee, Southern California*
Lee is limping through a disastrous season, but he tormented Chip Kelly while the Eagles head coach was at Oregon, so the receiver may still appeal to Kelly here.
18. Green Bay Packers – TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina*
It wouldn’t be surprising if Ebron ended up going even higher than this given his elite athletic ability; he remains ahead of Jace Amaro at this point in the season.
19. Chicago Bears – FS Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama*
There are plenty of different directions for the Bears to go in here, but overhauling their secondary is probably the most pressing need at this point.
20. Arizona Cardinals – OT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee*
Richardson may not be a true left tackle at the pro level, but the Cardinals’ offensive line woes extend to the other side as well, where Richardson could fit.
21. Dallas Cowboys – DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
The Cowboys’ transition to a four-man defensive front hasn’t worked this season, making it imperative for them to prioritize adding additional talent this offseason.
22. New York Jets – OG David Yankey, Stanford*
The Jets have tried three different options at guard this season – Willie Colon, Brian Winters, and Vladimir Ducasse – but none of them have been effective.
23. Cincinnati Bengals – CB Bradley Roby, Ohio St.*
Roby has plenty of time to rehabilitate his draft stock, but for now he makes sense in this range, where the Bengals’ long-term future is growing murkier.
24. Detroit Lions – WR Allen Robinson, Penn St.*
Calvin Johnson is capable of single-handedly keeping Detroit’s passing game afloat, but they may still want to consider finding a reliable secondary option.
25. Carolina Panthers – LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio St.*
Thomas Davis is somehow still playing well, but given his age and extensive injury history, drafting an athletic linebacker such as Shazier still makes sense.
26. Cleveland Browns (from Colts) – QB Zach Mettenberger, Louisiana St.
Derek Carr may be hyped slightly more at this point, but Mettenberger’s superior deep passing skills may convince Norv Turner to advocate drafting him here.
27. San Francisco 49ers – CB Jason Verrett, Texas Christian
Verrett may be a slight reach at this point in the draft, but there aren’t any players that represent a strong enough value to dissuade the 49ers from drafting him here.
28. New England Patriots – TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech*
Bill Belichick has historically favored drafting tight ends with high picks, a decision made easier here by the lack of low-risk alternative options elsewhere.
29. New Orleans Saints – LB Kyle Van Noy, Brigham Young
The Saints have the luxury of basically drafting the best player available at this point, so adding a dynamic edge rusher to Rob Ryan’s 3-4 should appeal to them.
30. Denver Broncos – DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame*
Tuitt’s junior season has really hurt his draft stock, but his potential could earn him a spot in the first; Denver may want to replace oversized end Derek Wolfe.
31. Seattle Seahawks – OG Cyril Richardson, Baylor
The Seahawks have been starting James Carpenter and J.R. Sweezy at guard, neither of whom has been effective enough to prevent additional competition.
32. Kansas City Chiefs – OG Zack Martin, Notre Dame
Martin may actually be a better guard than Richardson, but Seattle’s scheme may favor the latter, providing the Chiefs with a solid value to conclude the first day.