As I mentioned in Round 1, these picks will be affected by veteran Free Agency as well as Pro Days and Interviews. Also, for time and my own sanity, all of the remaining rounds will be discussed speed dating style. One sentence and done. Well, except for the Colts, of course.
1. Houston Texans
Dee Ford – DE/OLB – Auburn
Dee Ford gives Houston a chance to pressure off the edge, something they’ve lacked outside of J.J. Watt.
Kyle Van Noy – OLB – BYU
Orakpo is aging and Van Noy could be his replacement if Orakpo is not brought back after this season.
3. Cleveland Browns
David Yankey – OG – Stanford
Yankey is a solid get here for the Browns after having poor post-season workouts.
4. Oakland Raiders
Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State
Carr is my 3rd rated QB, yes, ahead of Johnny Football, and could do very well if placed in the right system.
5. Atlanta Falcons
Jace Amaro – TE – Texas Tech
With Tony Gonzalez leaving Atlanta needs to address the TE position after their spending spree in free agency on both offensive and defensive lines.
6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Xavier Su’a-Filo – OG – UCLA
My guess is Lovie tries to move back to Dungy-ball and tries running the ball more often so Su’a-Filo makes sense.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Carlos Hyde – RB – Ohio State
Jacksonville did sign Gerhart but I’m not convinced he’s their back of the future.
8. Minnesota Vikings
Jimmie Ward – FS – Northern Illinois
Ward could go in the first round or drop into the third, but Minnesota needs his playmaking abilities.
9. Buffalo Bills
Cyrus Kouandjio – OT – Alabama
Kouandjio was considered as a first rounder up until the end of this season and the post-season workouts have not helped him.
10. Tennessee Titans
Tre Mason – RB – Auburn
With Chris Johnson likely out, Tennessee needs a replacement.
11. New York Giants
Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State
I’ve not heard much on Jernigan since his stock initially rose but the Giants need a presense in the middle of their line.
12. St. Louis Rams
Deone Bucannon – S – Washington State
Bucannon is a playmaker that Fischer will love at the back of his defense.
13. Detroit Lions
Scott Crichton – DE – Oregon State
Pass rush is an immediate need for the Lions.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers
Stephon Tuitt – DE – Notre Dame
Tuitt has fallen greatly since the end of the season, but Pittsburgh would be happy to help cushion his fall.
15. Dallas Cowboys
Trent Murphy – DE – Stanford
Dallas needs a solid pass rusher from the DL and Murphy is a never quit, high-motor guy.
16. Baltimore Ravens
Weston Richburg – OC – Colorado State
The Ravens are a mess at OC and Richburg could step in and play immediately.
17. New York Jets
Pierre Desir – CB – Lindenwood
Desir would give Rex Ryan a solid CB to plug in right away after losing out on basically every CB on the market.
18. Miami Dolphins
Bishop Sankey – RB – Washington
Sankey gives Miami a better option at RB than anyone they have on their current roster.
19. Chicago Bears
Lamarcus Joyner – CB/FS – Florida State
Chicago needs secondary help and Joyner would be a versatile upgrade who can play both CB and S.
20. Arizona Cardinals
Jimmy Garappolo – QB – Eastern Illinois
The Mad Kangol Hatter strikes again by drafting his QB of the future.
21. Green Bay Packers
Austin Safarian-Jenkins – TE – Washington
Green Bay desparately needs a TE to help Aaron Rodgers as his safety valve.
22. Philadelphia Eagles
Jordan Tripp – OLB – Montana
I’ve been a huge fan of Tripp since I started draft prep and Eagles fans will be happy with the versatile skill set he brings.
23. Cincinnati Bengals
Marcus Roberson – CB – Florida
The Bengals need secondary help and could realistically take CBs with their first two picks.
24. San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City)
Jordan Matthews – WR Vanderbilt
San Francisco needs another playmaker with all the injuries that Michael Crabtree has every year.
25. San Diego Chargers
Martavius Bryant – WR – Clemson
The “other” Clemson WR would be a perfect fit for a Chargers team in need of WR help.
26. New Orleans Saints
Keith McGill – CB – Utah
New Orleans could use another big CB to play press-man coverage in Rob Ryan’s aggressive defense.
27. Indianapolis Colts
Jarvis Landry – WR – LSU
The best quality in this draft is at the WR position. Ryan Grigson has consistently said he loves to draft players that fall due to their performances in post-season workouts. Landry is most definitely one of those guys. He’s a strong handed WR who sets up his routes beautifully. Also, he’s a willing and able blocker. While he doens’t have the speed of some of his WR counterparts, he makes up for it in toughness and productivity.
Other potential picks:
Chris Borland – ILB – Wisconsin (unlikely due to D’Qwell Jackson signing)
Donte Moncrief – WR – Mississippi
Davante Adams – WR – Freson State
Jeremiah Attaochu – OLB – Georgia Tech
28. Carolina Panthers
Joel Bitonio – OT – Nevada
Most of Carolina’s OL retired this offseason so they’ll need to replace them and quickly.
29. San Francisco 49ers
Marcus Martin – C – USC
San Francisco has not resigned their starting C and Martin could play immediately.
30. New England Patriots
Troy Niklas – TE – Notre Dame
Niklas is a versatile big TE who is a willing blocker and very productive while at Notre Dame.
31. Denver Broncos
Chris Borland – ILB – Wisconsin
Denver needs to shore up the middle of that defense and Borland could be one of the most instinctive LBs in this class.
32. Seattle Seahawks
Jack Mewhort – OT – Ohio State
With how much Seattle will likely run the ball, it’s good to have a solid OT prospect who can step in and play if needed.