17. Pittsburgh Steelers — Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Patterson is the top receiver in this year’s draft, and could go in the top 10. I actually think he is the type of player the Steelers might jump up to go and get, even though they aren’t typically that aggressive. He has great speed and versatility to go along with his 6’2″ 217 pound frame.
18. Dallas Cowboys — Johnathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Dallas desperately needs help on the offensive interior, and Cooper is considered an elite prospect at his position. They would be elated to grab him here.
19. New York Giants — Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
The Giants are making big changes at the LB positions, and despite a DUI before the combine, Ogletree is still the best at his position and should be a huge upgrade for the New York defense.
20. Chicago Bears — D.J. Fluker, OL, Alabama
It’s no secret the Bears have to upgrade their offensive line, and getting Fluker would be a huge step in the right direction for this offense.
21. Cincinnati Bengals — Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
One of the Bengals’ few pressing needs is to go and get a safety, and they get arguably the best in the draft here. Vaccaro should be a great pickup for Mike Zimmer’s defense.
22. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) — Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
Cyprien is a hot name who would fill a huge need on the St. Louis defense, which was really improved last year.
23. Minnesota Vikings — Keenan Allen, WR, California
The Vikings have three weapons on offense, and they are talking about trading one of them away. They need skill players badly in Minnesota, and in bunches.
24. Indianapolis Colts — Johnathan Hankins, DL, Ohio State
The Colts’ rebuild last year was focused mainly on offense. This year, I think they’ll look to build from the inside out on defense, starting with a great pick here in Johnathan Hankins.
25. Seattle Seahawks — Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
Damontre Moore struggled at the scouting combine, and didn’t appear to be overly athletic by any stretch. What I did notice was that in drills like the vertical and broad jump, he posted good numbers. Moore is an explosive player who makes plays behind the LOS.
26. Green Bay Packers — Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Enough is enough messing around in Green Bay with the RB position. Lacy would immediately come in and be a starter, and provided they can get their OL issues worked out, this could be a heck of a move for their offense.
27. Houston Texans — John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
Shaun Cody is a free agent, and the Texans have a huge hole in the middle of their defense. Jenkins is a massive man who would be a great pickup for this defensive unit.
28. Denver Broncos — Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
The Broncos’ offense has playmakers in Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker, but Tavon Austin is too good to pass on at this point, especially with Denver’s shallow WR depth. Austin is a dynamic playmaker who has rare speed and toughness for his size.
29. New England Patriots — Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
The Patriots love versatility, and Datone Jones is a guy they could move all over their defensive front. He’s gaining steam as a prospect and could be a great fit here.
30. Atlanta Falcons — Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
There’s no question the Falcons need to upgrade their pass rush, and Okafor is one of the more well-rounded DE prospects coming out this year.
31. San Francisco 49ers — Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
Justin Smith isn’t getting any younger, and the Niners could be losing some DL depth this offseason to free agency. Short would be a solid pickup for them.
32. Baltimore Ravens — Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
With Ray Lewis retiring and Danell Ellerbe potentially leaving for free agency, the Ravens suddenly have a huge couple of holes at ILB in their 3-4 defense. Minter could be an ideal fit for them.