16. New Orleans Saints – Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri
The Saints will be losing interior defensive line depth during free agency and they need a dynamic interior rusher. While this draft has a surplus of edge rushers, the interior rushers like Richardson will not be as common. Richardson fits exactly what New Orleans needs at this time to improve in the trenches.
17. Dallas Cowboys – Chance Warmack, Guard, Alabama
Every year it seems that we talk about the Cowboys needing to add talent along the offensive line and this year they have an opportunity to take one of the top offensive guard prospects to come around since Steve Hutchinson. If Warmack were a tackle, he would garner consideration with the first-overall pick. Since he is a guard, he will fall in the draft a la David Castro last season, despite being a top ten talent. This would be a home run pick for Dallas.
18. Cincinnati Bengals – Dion Jordan, Defensive End, Oregon
Jordan is a player that could continue to rise up draft boards as the draft approaches and it would not be shocking to see him work his way into the top ten. Jordan is an incredible pass rusher with unmatched speed and athleticism — what else would you expect from an Oregon player?
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Johnathan Banks, Cornerback, Mississippi State
After trading away Aqib Talib, Tampa Bay needs to add some top tier players in the secondary. Banks has the experience from playing in the SEC and would be a valuable asset to the Buccaneers defensive backfield as they face the passing attacks of Matt Ryan and Drew Brees.
20. Minnesota Vikings – Sam Montgomery, Defensive End, LSU
At this point, Montgomery would clearly be the best player available. Due to depth at his position, he falls a bit in the draft but he has the talent of a top 15 player. Montgomery is a great pass rusher that never gives up.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers – Alec Ogletree, Linebacker, Georgia
The Steelers are aging on defense and no one knows as well as Dick LeBeau that you can never have too many linebackers. Pittsburgh will be looking to add a young inside linebacker early in this years draft and Ogletree could be that guy. Another name to keep an eye on would be Alabama’s CJ Mosley and you can never count out a developmental quarterback.
22. Seattle Seahawks – Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
Seattle needs to add a number one receiver and Patterson has as much potential as anyone that will be available. If you want to get an idea of what Patterson an offer, just watch the Volunteers first game of the season against North Carolina State where Patterson abused then top-ranked cornerback David Amerson.
23. Indianapolis Colts – Jesse Williams, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
Indianapolis loaded up on offensive talent in last year’s draft so it would only be fair to pay as much attention to the defensive side of the ball this season. Williams is a hard-working defensive tackle that will never give up. We saw an example of Williams’ never give up attitude in the SEC Championship where he came up with a big fourth-and-one stop despite injuring his leg minutes earlier.
24. New York Giants – Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame
Martellus Bennett provides the Giants a nice receiving threat at tight end and he is an underwhelming blocker, but the Giants tend to roll with the best player available and Eifert fits the description here. Eifert is a well-rounded tight end that has the sill set to do it all at the next level.
25. Green Bay Packers – Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Central Michigan
For a team that likes to throw the ball as much as Green Bay, they would be wise to load up on offensive line talent.
26. Denver Broncos – C.J. Mosley, Outside Linebacker, Alabama
Mosely is too good to pass up. Many draft scouts have called Mosley the best true linebacker in the draft and it’s no secret that the Broncos could benefit from adding star-studded linebackers to their roster.
27. Chicago Bears – John Jenkins, Defensive Tackle, Georgia
Chicago needs to add talent in the trenches on both sides of the ball. There will be some cries for protection for Jay Cutler, but a talent like Jenkins next to Peppers would only create more chaos for opposing quarterbacks and create more plays for the Bears ball-hawking secondary.
28. New England Patriots – Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, West Virginia
When you look at Bill Belichick, he loves players like Tavon Austin. Austin is brilliant in small spaces and he has the deep speed to give the Patriots a deep threat they currently lack. Austin can also be moved all around the offensive backfield. New England would have a field day drawing up plays for the dynamic wideout.
29. San Francisco 49ers – Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas
Vaccaro could wind up being the top safety prospect, but at this point in the draft process he will go in the mid to late twenties. San Francisco can use the talent in their secondary and Vaccaro can provide them with what they need.
30. Baltimore Ravens – Matt Elam, Safety, Florida
Ed Reed isn’t getting younger, so the Ravens should start looking for their next ball-hawking, physical safety. Elam is a hot name in scouting circles and could be that guy.
31. Atlanta Falcons – Ezekial Ansah, Defensive End, BYU
Atlanta could benefit from adding to their pass rush and Ansah is one of this year’s most intriguing prospects. Ansah is as raw as it gets and is still new to the game of football, but he has the natural talent to develop into an incredible force in the future. Ansah has drawn comparisons to New York Giant Jason Pierre-Paul.
32. Houston Texans - Terrance Williams, Wide Receiver, Baylor
Houston needs to add a receiving option opposite Andre Johnson and Williams is the best receiver available. This is generally the area where teams start wheeling and dealing for the second-tier quarterbacks which would include the likes of Matt Barkley and Mike Glennon, but if the Texans were to take the pick they’d be looking for an outside threat.