17. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8) – Jarvis Jones, OLB, Georgia The Steelers have aged at OLB and Jones is too talented to pass on this late in the first round. Jones only slide this far because of his injury concerns. At this point those concerns are worth the risk of possibly the best pass rusher in the draft.
18. Dallas Cowboys (8-8) – Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama Warmack is the top guard on my board and the Cowboys need to improve their guard play. Warmack should be able to be plugged in from day one and contribute.
19. New York Giants (9-7) – Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon The Giants love athletic freaks and taking the BPA. Jordan fits both of those qualifications. He will need to be molded but what team is more equipped to mold a defensive lineman than the Giants?
20. Chicago Bears (10-6) – Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina The Bears continue to have offensive line struggles and until they find some form of combination they need to keep adding talent. Cooper is a complete guard and many have him as the best guard in the draft.
21. St. Louis Rams (7-8-1) – Arthur Brown, OLB, KSU My surprise pick in the draft comes with the selection of Arthur Brown. He is slightly undersized but his speed and instincts are great. He is a true playmaker on the Wildcats defense and I think as people watch more tape and see his numbers at the combine they will see the potential he possesses.
22. Minnesota Vikings (10-6) – Johnathan Jenkins, DT, Georgia The Vikings could use some youth on the interior of their offensive line and Jenkins is a big man to account for. Adding Jenkins to shore up the middle may help Allen continue to get pressure on opposing QB’s.
23. Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) – Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU The Bengals have a strong interior defensive line because of the man beast Geno Atkins but they could use another pass rusher. Ansah is a pass rush specialist that may need to develop some before he is more than just a situational pass rusher but he could impact games his rookie year.
24. Baltimore Ravens (10-6) – Barkevious Mingo, DE/OLB, LSU Baltimore’s defense isn’t the same as it was in previous years. They could choose to go Vaccaro or Ogletree here, to replace aging all-pros Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, but Mingo is great value this late in the first round.
25. Seattle Seahawks (11-5) – Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame The Seahawks have playmakers at QB, HB, and a solid offensive line but adding another weapon in Tyler Eifert should help give Wilson an outlet. There’s a common trend of drafting a top notch tight end with your young QB and this is the one for Tyler Wilson.
26. Indianapolis Colts (11-5) – Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama Jones is versatile and experienced. The Colts have needs at offensive line and Jones could fill the center role and provide depth at both guard spots.
27. Green Bay Packers (11-5) – Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU The Packers could use some depth at OLB and taking a chance on Sam Montgomery could pay off with his large upside. With the team lacking a need for a starter they can take risks on high upside players.
28. San Francisco 49ers (11-4-1) – Matt Elam, SS, Florida The Niners have one of the best defenses in football but they are getting to the resigning stage meaning they may lose Gholdson this season. Adding Elam gives them options and leverage in negotiating.
29. Houston Texans (12-4) – Kenny Vaccaro, CB/S, Texas The Texans needs are few but Vaccaro could help the secondary. He provides depth and competition at nearly every defensive back position and should push to start his rookie year.
30. New England Patriots (12-4) – Jesse Williams, DT/DE, Alabama Williams is a big physical DT that can play perfectly in the Patriots hybrid defense. He can play 4-3 DT and 3-4 DE if needed. Should help solidify one of the weak spots on the Patriots defense.
31. Denver Broncos (13-3) – Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia The Broncos biggest need by far comes at the MLB position. They have depth issues at other positions but adding a playmaker that can cover from sideline to sideline will ensure the success of this defense.
32. Arizona Cardinals (From Atlanta) – Mike Glennon, QB, NC State Another trade in the first round has Arizona moving back up in front of Jacksonville to select their developmental QB of the future. Kolb is likely the starter but Glennon is brought in to push and challenge for the starting spot.