Ultimate Round 1 Continued (12-22)
12. Miami (Onebar) – Xavier Rhodes CB, Florida St.
Cornerback is one of the Dolphins greatest needs. Rhodes is a big corner with good speed who could step in day 1 to add some much needed stability to the Fins secondary.
13. Tampa Bay (Lupagus) – Ziggy Ansah DE, BYU
The Bucs have to improve their pass rush and this would be a dream scenario for the team. Ziggy is raw as uncooked bacon but his upside is limitless and he could blossom into one of the better pass rushers in the league.
14. Carolina (Lomas) – Tavon Austin WR, WVU
The Panthers need to start arming the Cam Newton arsenal and the easiest way to do that is to add TEs and slot WRs. They have enough at TE to ignore Eifert’s potential here, and Austin can be the playmaker that Steve Smith used to be.
15. New Orleans (Onebar) – Barkevious Mingo LB, LSU
Look for the Saints to go with the best available defender who fits the new 3-4 defense. Mingo has the potential to be an instant playmaker and although his potential has yet to reached could end up being a steal at 15.
16. St. Louis (Lupagus) – Kenny Vaccaro S, Texas
With Austin and Patterson off the board this becomes an easy choice for the Rams. Vaccaro gives them a playmaker at safety that they haven’t had in years.
17. Pittsburgh (Lomas) – Jarvis Jones DE/OLB Georgia
The Steelers need to hit on some key positions in this year’s draft or they could have some big trouble down the road. Adding Jones to replace Harrison is a great move that could really help both long and short term.
18. Dallas (Onebar) – Sheldon Richardson DT, Missouri
Look for the Cowboys to grab a defensive lineman that can produce day 1. Richardson would be a steal at pick 18 and would be a great fit in the Cowboys converted 4-3. Right tackle (Fluker) is also an option if they don’t sign someone before draft day.
19. NY Giants (Lupagus) – Alec Ogletree LB, Georgia
The Giants have a gaping hole in the middle of their defense. Yes Alec has some behavioral issues but Tom Coughlin is a hardass who can straighten this kid out and get the most out of his abilities.
20. Chicago (Lomas) – Arthur Brown LB, Kansas State
My top rated LB in this draft, Brown is a rangy athlete that can be a force between the tackles, but has the range to affect the entire field.
21. Cincinnati (Onebar) – DJ Fluker OT, Alabama
Bengals don’t look any closer to re-signing Andre Smith making the right side of the line a huge need. Fluker is a big man that could help shore up the right side for years to come and would be an upgrade over Smith.
22. St. Louis (from Washington) (Lupagus) – Keenan Allen WR, CAL
The Rams go with Allen here despite his poor 40 time. Allen never was a burner and his straightline speed doesn’t really matter. When 100% he is explosive in and out of his breaks and can make the tough catches in the middle of the field. He’d be a nice compliment to the deep speed of Chris Givens and the huge red zone target that is Brian Quick.