17. Baltimore Ravens – Eric Ebron TE, UNC
While this may not be the big WR that some wanted, he will put up massive numbers with Flacco at the helm. With Pitta likely gone, and the Ravens looking for another target in the passing game this seems like a perfect fit.
18. New York Jets – Jace Amaro TE, TTU
The Jets need help making Geno Smith comfortable, and no target in this draft (other than Ebron) will be as good of a safety blanket as Amaro.
19. Miami Dolphins – Zack Martin OT, ND
The Dolphins need an offensive tackle in the worst way, and even if they land one in free agency it will still be on the top of their list. Martin is a bit of a reach, but he has NFL starter written all over him and he looks like the clear number four tackle in this draft after Cyrus Kouandjio’s bad combine.
20. Arizona Cardinals – Calvin Pryor S, Louisville
The Cardinals don’t need a defensive back, but Pryor is too good to pass up here. This gives the Cardinals Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Calvin Pryor and they may even challenge for the best defensive in their division which is saying something.
21. Green Bay Packers – Darqueze Dennard CB, MSU
The classic BPA, Dennard will be a valuable asset to a Packers defense that has really lacked a playmaker in the absence of Clay Matthews.
22. Philadelphia Eagles – Ryan Shazier LB, OSU
Shazier is a speedy player who isn’t afraid to knock someone’s lights out, which is exactly what this defense needs to compliment their pass rush.
23. Kansas City Chiefs – Marqise Lee WR, USC
The Chiefs don’t have many needs, but wide receiver is one of them. Lee is a very good receiver, but in a deep and talented class he might not make the top-20.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Aaron Donald DT, Pitt
Donald is a wrecking ball in the middle of the defense, and the value is too great to pass up on here. The Bengals could end up with Donald and Geno Atkins, two impressive interior pass rushers and disruptors. This is essentially a less impressive version of the Watt and Clowney potential combo in Houston.
25. San Diego Chargers – Kony Ealy DE, Mizzou
Ealy is a very talented pass rusher whose length and flexibility will make him a good edge player in the NFL no matter what scheme he is in. To that end, it wouldn’t surprise me to see a talented defensive mind like Pagano pound the table for him on a team that needs better play in the front-seven.
26. Cleveland Browns – Xavier Su’a-Filo G/T, UCLA
XSF has all the tools to play tackle at the next level, but he is just such a talented interior player that it is hard to think he will play anything else at the next level. Having said that, the Browns need a new right guard, and XSF could be dominant at the next level and if the Browns are going to try to groom Manziel then they will need to give him protection up the middle or he will scramble.
27. New Orleans Saints – Louchiez Purifoy CB, Florida
Purifoy is a talented DB, that can add a lot of value in the return game. I know Sproles has been that dynamic special teams guy in the past, but it doesn’t look like he is that guy anymore in my opinion.
28. Carolina Panthers – Kelvin Benjamin WR, FSU
Benjamin is a huge target that could transition perfectly from Jameis Winton to Cam Newton. Steve Smith is always impressive, but eventually he will have to retire and Brandon Lafell should never be a team’s number one receiver.
29. New England Patriots – Bradley Roby CB, OSU
The ‘Niners love guys who can be starters on offense/defense and studs on special teams. Now this pick could be Purifoy just as easily as Roby, but I think Roby has the edge over LP in intensity and that could be enough to make him the pick here.
30. San Francisco 49ers – Stephon Tuitt DE, ND
The Pats need some youth in the trenches with the impending exit of Vince Wilfork in the near future, and while they don’t play the same position Tuitt could help ease the transition. From a rush defense perspective, it is hard to find a better DE than Tuitt at setting the edge but he won’t get to the passer nearly as much as you would like.
31. Denver Broncos – Timmy Jernigan DT, FSU
The Broncos need a talented interior pass rusher, and while they have made attempts to add young talent there, there is still something missing. Maybe Jernigan can be the spark that the Broncos need in the center of that line.
32. Seattle Seahawks – Antonio Richardson OT, Tennessee
Richardson has tremendous potential as a LT, but he will need to be nurtured into the position. Having him as the third OT behind an oft-injured player like Okung could be a very smart investment for Seattle.