12. Miami Dolphins - Star Lotulelei DT, Utah
If the Dolphins don’t move up to get one of the offensive tackles, or can’t, then they need to just grab the best player available. Star is just that, a playmaker at D-tackle with the versatility to kick out to end. He would be a penetrating disrupter in the Dolphins 4-3 and would give the team leverage and insurance in the Randy Starks extension talks.
13. New York Jets (From Tampa Bay) – Geno Smith QB, West Virginia
The Jets used the pick they got in the Revis trade to land their QB of the future. Smith is a mobile passer with good arm strength, and decent accuracy. It may take him a year, but he’ll be a guy the team can build a solid offense around.
14. Carolina Panthers - Sheldon Richardson DT, Mizzou
The Panthers have a gaping hole at defensive tackle and draft Sheldon here to plug it. Richardson should start from day one and is a penetrating tackle who plays balls out every single snap.
15. New Orleans Saints - Jarvis Jones OLB, Georgia
The Saints are very desperate for a pass rusher in their new 3-4, and have no trouble taking Jones here. Yes he tested poorly, but that was sort of expected. Jones is a natural pass rusher who always seems to be harassing the QB on tape.
16. St. Louis Rams - Tavon Austin WR, West Virginia
The Rams sweated it out, and their man falls to them at pick 16. Austin gives them an explosive slot guy to replace Danny Amendola. Tavon also allows them great versatility as he can line up just about anywhere on the field, and he’ll give defensive coordinators in the NFC West ulcers.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers - Kenny Vaccaro S, Texas
The Steelers consider Cordarrelle Patterson here but instead get the future replacement for Troy Polamalu. This defense has to get younger and right now it has 11 and 12 year vets starting in the secondary. Vaccaro is a do everything type of safety and he does it well.
18. Dallas Cowboys - Sylvester Williams DT, UNC
The Cowboys are pissed when Vaccaro goes off the board one pick before they are up. They regain composure and add another much needed piece to their new Tampa 2 scheme. Williams is a prototypical three technique in a 4 man front and his penetrating, disruptive style will help make this defense work.
19. New York Giants - DJ Fluker OT, Alabama
David Diehl has become a huge liability and force the Giants to do something they haven’t done in 14 years, draft an offensive tackle in round 1. Fluker is a mauler whose biggest help to the team will be in the running game, but this hoss will also keep Eli erect longer.
20. Chicago Bears – Alec Ogletree LB, Georgia
The Bears added DJ Williams in free agency but he is not a long term fix. Ogletree would be just that. He is super athletic and could also play outside if needed. He is extremely fast to the ball and is a big thumper. He does have some character concerns to go with poor tackling form, but the Bears defensive staff can mold him into the next great Bear linebacker.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – John Cyprien S, FIU
The Bengals have some issues at safety and need to bring in a young guy who can add some exuberance and big plays in their secondary. Cyprien’s stock has steadily increased since the Senior Bowl and if does end up going this high Josh Norris will soil himself in the back and front.
22. St. Louis Rams (From Washington) – Justin Pugh OT/G, Syracuse
The Rams continue to think about Sam Bradford and give him some protection. This is a bit of a surprise pick but, Pugh is a versatile player who can really play all five positions on the offensive line. He’ll start at guard for the Rams in year one, but could be moved just about anywhere over time.