17. Pittsburgh Steelers: DE – Sam Montgomery; LSU
One of the more glaring issues with Pittsburgh this season was their current Defense carrying AARP cards. It’s time to get younger and Montgomery will provide them with a beast to rush off the end.
18. Dallas Cowboys: OT – D.J. Fluker; Alabama
The Cowboys have areas of concern on both sides of the ball, but with Fluker available to help their Offensive Line, they jump at the chance to take a guy that can impact their Offense.
19. New York Giants: LB – Alec Ogletree; Georgia
Just missing out on Fluker will hurt for the Giants. Instead, they will switch their focus to the other side of the ball and grab the best player on the board while also improving their weak Linebacker corp. Ogletree has the ability to become a rock in the middle of the Giant D.
20. Chicago Bears: TE – Zach Ertz; Stanford
Jay Cutler could use more weapons. With Alshon Jeffery coming into his own by season end, they jump at the chance to finally get an impact Tight End they have been lacking since Greg Olsen left.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: DE – Ezekiel Ansah; BYU
Cincinnati will look to give Geno Smith some help and they will do so by getting an End that will draw some attention. The Bengals grab Ansah, who is working his way up the Draft boards and will improve their ability to get to the QB.
22. St. Louis Rams: WR – Keenan Allen; California
The patience of the Rams pays off and they are able to snag the 1st Wide Receiver of the Draft. Keenan Allen seems like a lock to be an impact guy, something the Rams have needed for quite some time at that position.
23. Minnesota Vikings: DT – Sharif Floyd; Florida
Minnesota has been getting old along the Defensive Line. Jared Allen has helped mask that but they know what they need. The Vikings pick up Floyd to provide both youth and power.
24. Indianapolis Colts: DT – Jesse Williams; Alabama
With a lot of the early focus last Draft on the offensive side, the Colts are a team in need of youth on the defensive side of the ball. Williams provides that as well as a big body to shore up the rush D.
25. Seattle Seahawks: WR – Cordarrelle Patterson; Tennessee
After discovering their new franchise Quarterback last season, it’s time for the Seahawks to give Russell Wilson a target to throw to for many years. Patterson comes off the board as only the second Wide Receiver of the Round.
26. Green Bay Packers: OL – Barrett Jones; Alabama
Green Bay will benefit from the injury Jones suffered during the SEC title game and Jones will fall to them at #26. Possibly the ideal pick for the Packers, Jones will provide the versatility Mike McCarthy likes and immediately improve the Offensive Line.
27. Houston Texans: WR – Robert Woods; USC
With a stout Defense intact, the Texans will use this pick to attempt to improve their passing attack. Andre Johnson has long needed someone on the opposite side of the field to provide another receiving threat, which is exactly what Woods will do.
28. Denver Broncos: CB – Xavier Rhodes; Florida State
The AFC Divisional Game will stay with the Broncos all the way to the Draft. The image of Champ Bailey getting burned signifies it’s time to start getting younger at Cornerback. Rhodes is an athletic guy that will hopefully learn for a year from Bailey before becoming a full-time starter himself.
29. New England Patriots: S – Eric Reid; LSU
This is where the 2nd QB of the Draft most likely gets picked. Not by the Patriots of course. New England is a perfect trading partner with a team looking to move up. But, if they stay, they grab a Safety, most likely opting for the athletic Reid.
30. Atlanta Falcons: TE – Tyler Eifert; Notre Dame
Although the shoes are virtually unfillable, Eifert is the clear choice to attempt to replace Tony Gonzalez. The Falcons rely on the Tight End too much not to address it early on.
31. Baltimore Ravens; LB – Manti Te’o; Notre Dame
This is definitely not a hoax. Fortunately, Baltimore fans have shown the willingness to look past off-field transgressions with their Linebackers. They will reap the benefits of Te’o falling after his offseason issues. The Ravens will find mid-1st Round talent at the end of the Round and pick up Te’o to fill the void at Middle Linebacker.
32. San Francisco 49ers: S – Matt Elam; Florida
Finishing out the first day, the 49ers opt to improve on their already stout Defense. Elam helps them improve immensely in their secondary and should fight for playing time immediately.