23. Minnesota Vikings - Manti Te’o LB, Notre Dame
The Vikings can’t go into the season with Marvin Mitchell and or Audie Cole starting at middle linebacker. Te’o had a weird and disturbing offseason but he’s got loads of great tape on him and would be an instant starter for this defense. Plus you can’t ignore the fact that Vikings’ GM Rick Speilman is a Notre Dameophile.
24. Indianapolis Colts – Xavier Rhodes CB, FSU
The Colts have filled a bunch of needs in free agency and added some corners but none have the talent of Xavier Rhodes. He can start opposite Vontae Davis early in his career and use his size and speed to cover the best receivers teams can throw at him and also use his strength and nastiness to help in the run game.
25. Minnesota Vikings (From Seattle Seahawks) – Cordarrelle Patterson WR, Tennessee
The Vikings have to be overjoyed to see Patterson still on the board. He is as versatile and explosive as Tavon Austin, but is three times his size. The downside is that Patterson is extremely raw, and needs a lot of work running routes, and understanding offenses. It’s a bit of a boom or bust pick, but the Vikings are willing to roll the dice.
26. Green Bay Packers – Margus Hunt DE, SMU
The Packers go with a huge man with even bigger upside. Hunt is raw, but he is the size of a sasquatch. This 6’8 beast has ungodly natural athletic ability and with the right coaching can become one of the best defensive ends in the league.
27. Houston Texans - Keenan Allen WR, CAL
The Texans need to find a compliment to Andre Johnson and do it here with Allen. He’s got a lot of negative buzz surrounding him right now with his poor 40 time, concerns about the health of his knee, and this mysterious abundance of water in his drug test. Still, Allen is a physical receiver who can make tough catches in traffic, and will prove to be an effective weapon for this offense.
28. Denver Broncos - Bjoren Werner DE, FSU
The Broncos lost Elvis Dumervil to a fax machine and now need a pass rusher quite badly. Werner was once seen as a top ten pick but has fallen off since. He still has a great motor and is a hard worker and could develop into a double digit sack man.
29. New England Patriots - DJ Hayden CB, Houston
The Pats got good news with Dennard’s slap on the wrist, but they only signed Aqib Talib to a one year deal so corner is still a big need. Hayden is a uber talented corner with great speed, tackling ability, and coverage skills. The only concern regarding him is his recovery from a torn vessel in his heart. It appears the medical is good on him, so he is off to Foxboro.
30. Atlanta Falcons – Tyler Eifert TE, Notre Dame
The Falcons have a big need at corner, but with Tony “Sexual Mocha” Gonzales stating this is his last year, they can’t pass up on the best tight end in the draft. Eifert is a huge target with sticky hands, and good speed. He’ll be a very adequate replacement for the future hall of famer.
31. San Francisco 49ers - Jesse Williams NT, Alabama
The 9ers don’t have any glaring needs but they do need a nose tackle to replace Sopoaga. Williams is a thickly build Aussie, who can definitely anchor. He can also provide some inside pressure, and could play a little end too if the team needs him there.
32. Baltimore Ravens - Justin Hunter WR, Tennessee
The Ravens need to bolster their receiving corps after letting Boldin walk and then shoving a bunch of money into Joe Flacco. Hunter is a big target with great speed. He can be a vertical threat on the outside but can also make tough catches across the middle. Flacco will love him.