17. Pittsburgh Steelers — Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU
If anyone can get the best out of a guy like Mingo, it’d be the Steelers who could utilize his speed in certain packages and move him all around the field.
18. Dallas Cowboys — Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Williams would be a really solid anchor for the Cowboys’ new-look 4-3 defensive front. He is tough as nails, and gives great effort on every play.
19. New York Giants — Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
Rhodes is a big, versatile defensive back who would help out an underachieving backfield in New York. They could have some really nice young pieces at CB if they picked him up in round one.
20. Chicago Bears — D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
The Bears have to be desperate for OL at this point. Jay Cutler won’t last much longer behind that terrible group. Pencil Fluker in as a starter at either RT or guard.
21. Cincinnati Bengals — Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Ogletree had a little run-in with the law, but that doesn’t typically bother the Bengals, who would be getting a pretty nice steal here. Ogletree can play strong-side linebacker or inside, wherever the Bengals need him. He’d be a nice young addition to a LB group that is losing Rey Maualuga and Manny Lawson.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) — Keenan Allen, WR, California
With all the top OL off the board, the Rams could go WR or DT here in my opinion. Allen has the ability to be a #1 receiver, and the Rams are certainly desperate for one of those.
23. Minnesota Vikings — Manti Te’o, LB, Notre Dame
Jasper Brinkley is a free agent, and the middle of that Vikings defense needs a boost. Why not Te’o for this team? Aside from Chad Greenway, the cupboard is bare at LB for Minnesota.
24. Indianapolis Colts — Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Darius Butler is a free agent, and the defensive backfield needs to be upgraded for the Colts. Trufant is a hot prospect who could be a great fit at this point.
25. Seattle Seahawks — Dion Jordan, DE/OLB, Oregon
Jordan is rumored to be missing some three or four months with a shoulder injury, and the Seahawks would love to take advantage of his fall. They need some more edge rushers for their defense with Chris Clemons out for a while.
26. Green Bay Packers — Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
If the Packers are not able to retain Brad Jones, ILB becomes a huge need for them. There are some holes in the middle of that defense as-is. Minter would be a fantastic addition.
27. Houston Texans — DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
The Texans need a #2 receiver to go with Andre Johnson, and Hopkins has the potential to develop into much more than that. I love his potential in the NFL.
28. Denver Broncos — Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Williams is a hard working defensive tackle prospect who comes in at 24 years old going on 25 as a rookie, but he fits right in with what the Denver Broncos are doing defensively. He’d be a great pickup.
29. New England Patriots — Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
The Patriots need help on their defensive front, and after failed projects like Ron Brace, I think it’s time to bring in a guy who can make an impact year one. Hankins has no business this far down the board, and could make key contributions as a rookie as well as take over for Vince Wilfork down the road.
30. Atlanta Falcons — Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
There’s no secret the Falcons need edge rushers, and Okafor has the potential to be one of the most complete defensive ends in this year’s draft.
31. San Francisco 49ers — Eric Reid, S, LSU
The Niners could lose Dashon Goldson in free agency, and I think they need some more home grown talent in the backfield as it is. Reid was an All-American safety who could come in year one and make an impact as a starter.
32. Baltimore Ravens — John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Jenkins is a massive nose tackle prospect who would be a great fit for the Ravens’ 3-4 defensive scheme. He has some questions regarding his motor, but there aren’t many 300 plus pound men who don’t. The Ravens can coach him up and get him to a Pro Bowl level.