Ultimate Round 1 Continued (23-32)
23. Minnesota (Lomas) – Bjoern Werner DE, FSU
A great player is going to drop to the Vikings because of how deep this 20-60 range is, and Werner is a great player. BW could either supplement Jared Allen or give the Vikings the option of trading him away to a contender. Both sides win, a team like Denver or the Giants get a dominant end and the Vikings get younger and retake some cap room.
24. Indianapolis (Onebar) – Desmond Trufant CB, Washington
Colts will be in the hunt for a young corner to add to the mix. Trufant has solid cover skills and could be a fall back plan if Vontae leaves next year via free agency.
25. Minnesota (from Seattle) (Lupagus) – Justin Hunter WR, Tennessee
The Vikes will have a tough decision to make if the draft falls this way. Hopkins and Hunter are pretty much neck and neck, but the Vikings like the size and overall speed and playmaking ability of Hunter so they go that way. Manti Te’o would also be very hard for Rick Spielman to pass up here.
26. Green Bay (Lomas) – Damontre Moore DE/OLB TAMU
The Packers need a cheap, effective pass rusher opposite a soon-to-be expensive Clay Mathews and Moore is all of that and well…more (sorry). “Damonster” has caught a lot of flak since the combine but his tape still makes me think he is a true first round player and the Packers get value and need here.
27. Houston (Onebar) – DeAndre Hopkins WR, Clemson
If one of the top receivers are still on the board at pick 27 the Texans will most likely bite the bullet. They have needed a number 2 for Andre Johnson for years and with this years WR crop this could actually be the year they get their man.
28. Denver (Lupagus) – Margus Hunt DE, SMU
The Broncos are in need of a pass rusher after losing Elvis Dumervil to a fax faux pas. Marugs is raw as some Lupagus chicken, but in time he should develop into a pass rushing nightmare.
29. New England (Lomas) – Johnathan Hankins DT, OSU
Adding more mobile beef in the middle is exactly what the Patriots should be doing if they aren’t going to add a WR here. Wilfork can teach Hankins the ropes and hopefully make him more consistent.
30. Atlanta (Onebar) – Tyler Eifert TE, Notre Dame
Even with Gonzalez back for one final year the Falcons need to prepare for the future. Eifert is too good of value to pass on. Eifert will get a year under his belt playing behind one of the all-time greats.
31. San Francisco (Lupagus) – Datone Jones DE, UCLA
The 9ers have to find someone to play opposite and eventually take over for the aging great Justin Smith. Jones is a prototypical 5 technique who will be strong vs. the run but also provide some pressure too.
32. Baltimore (Lomas) – Manti Te’o LB, Notre Dame
McClain is not a safe long-term answer at MLB, but Te’o is. Alabama game aside Te’o had a great year and how often do you have to face a dominant guard like Chance Warmack.