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17. Baltimore Ravens – Zack Martin OT, Notre Dame
Final Analysis: Martin would be a great fit opposite Eugene Monroe and also has the ability to kick inside if needed. The Ravens are in obvious need of o-line help and Martin is one of the most sound out of the entire group.
18. New York Jets – Eric Ebron TE, North Carolina
Final Analysis: The Jets need to surround the offense with more weapons, Ebron has the ability to help youngster Geno Smith come out of his shell and show what he’s got. The Tarheel tight end has the athletic ability to stretch the field and have an impact like Gronk/Graham.
19. Miami Dolphins – CJ Mosley LB, Alabama
Final Analysis: If the Dolphins miss out on a top tackle the next choice could be a leader for the middle of the defense. Mosley is worthy of a top 10 pick and has all the qualities on and off the field you look for at linebacker.
20. Arizona Cardinals – Blake Bortles QB, UCF
Final Analysis: The Cardinals will be in a good position to take advantage of other teams passing the quarterback position. Bortles would enter an ideal situation with the ability to comfortably sit for a year behind the seasoned Carson Palmer, the UCF quarterback could be the future for the Cards.
21. Green Bay Packers – HaHa Clinton-Dix S, Alabama
Final Analysis: The Packers love adding first round defenders and Clinton-Dix would be a steal at 21. Green Bay has a weakness at safety and the thought of getting the best playmaking safety in the class at 21 would be a best case scenario for the Green and Gold.
22. Philadelphia Eagles – Marqise Lee WR, LSU
Final Analysis: Lee is one of the most polished receivers in the draft and would instantly be one of the Eagles best receivers. Has number 1 capabilities with his smooth route running and ability to make big plays.
23. Kansas City Chiefs – Cody Latimer WR, Indiana
Final Analysis: The Chiefs will no doubt be on the lookout for a receiver to throw opposite Dwayne Bowe in hopes of adding more spark to their offense. Latimer has good size and speed but is a bit raw, while it is somewhat of a reach his ceiling is pretty high.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Bradley Roby CB, Ohio St.
Final Analysis: Roby has some off the field question marks but you can’t deny his talent. Cincy would be a perfect landing spot, not only fills a need but puts Roby in a good spot with some season veterans who can help keep him in check.
25. San Diego Chargers – Jason Verrett CB, TCU
Final Analysis: The Chargers had one of the worst pass defenses in the league last year and if they plan to make another playoff run they will need to add some stability. Verrett while undersized has the ability to be an above average corner and could help stop the bleeding for the Bolts.
26. Cleveland Browns – Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
Final Analysis: Talk about a win/win for the Browns. Not only do they get the top offensive weapon in Watkins at 4, but they get possibly the best quarterback out of the class as well. I still don’t buy that Teddy isn’t worthy of a top 5 pick, this would be a homerun for Cleveland in 2014.
27. New Orleans Saints – Ryan Shazier LB, Ohio St.
Final Analysis: Shazier is the one of the most athletic linebackers in the draft, and while you would hope for more size for a inside 3-4 linebacker his athleticism and intangibles make up for it. Rob Ryan would have a field day with a linebacker of his caliber.
28. Carolina Panthers – Morgan Moses OT, Virginia
Final Analysis: The Panthers offensive line might be one of the biggest needs in the ENTIRE draft. I don’t think they can afford to wait until round 2, so look for them to get the best available and also don’t be surprised if they double dip at the position.
29. New England Patriots – Ra’Shede Hageman DT, Minnesota
Final Analysis: The former Gopher is one of the biggest boom or bust type players in the entire draft. Has all the physical tools to be a star defensive lineman in the NFL, his ability to play multiple spots for the Pats defense making him a perfect fit.
30. San Francisco 49ers – Stephon Tuitt DE, Notre Dame
Final Analysis: Tuitt is one of the most underrated players in the draft in my eyes. Big dominating defensive lineman that could help bolster the 49ers defense and make an already great defense better.
31. Denver Broncos – Xavier Su’a-Fil G, UCLA
Final Analysis: The Broncos will look to add more protection for Peyton Manning and a road grater for the running game. Su’a-Fil has Pro-Bowl talent and is the best guard in the class, would make an instant impact for the Broncos.
32. Seattle Seahawks – Dee Ford DE, Auburn
Final Analysis: Seattle has the luxury of nabbing talent instead of needs, in this case it is both. Ford is a tenacious defender that would be able to play multiple spots among an already stout defense.