17. Chargers – Landon Collins – SS – Alabama
The more I analyze draft scenarios, the more I think Collins will fall due to team needs. San Diego is a candidate to scoop him up and plug him in a strong safety next to Eric Weddle, solidifying the back end of their secondary.
18. Chiefs – Jaelen Strong – WR – Arizona State – Scouting Report
The similarities (on the field) to Jonathan Baldwin might scare Chiefs fans, but Strong is a far more reliable prospect and should give the Chiefs a nice downfield weapon. He has some flaws, but his size gives him the potential to have a Kelvin Benjamin-like rookie year.
19. Browns – Benardrick McKinney – LB – Mississippi St – Scouting Report
McKinney tested well at the combine which should ease some concerns about his athleticism. This is probably as early as he may come off the board, but it feels like a perfect fit plugging him in next to Karlos Dansby.
20. Eagles – Quinten Rollins – CB – Miami OH
No one thinks outside the box more than Chip Kelly, so I put him on the short list of guys who will consider Rollins (who has just one year of college football experience). Rollins fills a glaring need at cornerback and gives Kelly a prospect with significant upside to groom for his sytem.
21. Bengals – Dorial Green-Beckham – Oklahoma – Scouting Report
DGB is a top-10 talent with an undraftable character. But talent trumps all, especially in Cincinnati. Andy Dalton is frustrating, but he certainly has the tools to succeed with A.J. Green and DGB lined up on the outside. Given the Bengals inability to get over the hump, I think it makes sense to swing for the fences with this selection.
22. Steelers – Byron Jones – CB – Connecticut
The combine alone doesn’t vault someone into the first round, but Jones’ performance has caused people to go back an re-evaluation his game. His experience, couple with his upside as a playmaker, has him firmly in the first-round conversation. The Steelers are desperate for secondary help and have to consider one with this selection.
23. Lions – Danielle Hunter – DE – LSU – Scouting Report
A prospect with as much raw talent as Hunter can’t fall far on draft day. Initially he’ll fair better against the run, as he’s one of the best edge-setters in this class. However, he has the length and explosion of an elite pass-rusher and could develop into a dominant pass-rusher within two to three years.
24. Cardinals – Ereck Flowers – OT – Miami FL
Bobby Massie made some strides this year, but I’ve believed since he was in college that his pro position is at guard. The Cardinals need to make this pick about immediate value, and Flowers can help protect Carson Palmer at right tackle in 2015.
25. Panthers – Marcus Peters – CB – Washington
How much faith do the Panthers have in Bené Benwikere and Josh Norman? Both played well last year, but at the very least more depth is needed. If the Panthers are comfortable with Peters’ character, he could be a steal here.
26. Ravens – Owamagbe Odighizuwa – DE/LB – UCLA
Odighizuwa is the perfect Raven. He has the versatility to easily line up in multiple spots in the hybrid defense the Ravens frequently employ. He isn’t a dangerous pass-rusher, but he’s versatile defender who could blossom into a quality three-down defender for the Ravens.
27. Cowboys – Jordan Phillips – DT – Oklahoma
The Cowboys have to replace Nick Hayden, who has been a weak link on the defensive line all season. Hayden plays in a rotation, primarily being used against the run. Phillips is a massive run-stuffer who would fit perfectly into this role in Dallas.
28. Broncos – Andrus Peat – OT – Stanford – Scouting Report
Moving Orlando Franklin to guard solved one problem but opened up another. The revolving door of right tackles in Denver needs to be fixed. Peat is a confusing prospect, who could go anywhere from the top 10 to the second round. He has good value for Denver here though.
29. Colts - Cameron Erving – C – Florida State
Erving’s stock was plummeting before a late-season switch to center. But he’s on the rise again and looks like the top prospect at the position. The Colts have had a revolving door at center since Luck joined the squad. It’s time to solidify the position with a guy they can build the line around.
30. Packers - Maxx Williams – TE – Minnesota
Aaron Rodgers consistently went to Richard Rodgers in big spots during Green Bay’s playoff run, highlighting the need for a reliable tight end in this offense. Rodgers is a nice piece, but he lacks the explosive playmaking ability Jermichael Finley provided the offense a few years ago. Williams is more of a Gronkowski type than a Finley, but still a massive upgrade for the Packers offense.
31. Seahawks - T.J. Clemmings – OT – Pittsburgh
The Seahawks offensive line remains a work in progress. James Carpenter is likely gone, which will require some reshuffling. Clemmings is a candidate to step in as the starter at right tackle.
32. Patriots – Phillip Dorsett – WR – Miami FL – Scouting Report
You can’t teach speed, which is what Dorsett brings to the table. He’s an explosive deep threat—something the Patriots are lacking. He brings a lot of the same qualities that have turned T.Y. Hilton into one of the most dangerous weapons in the game.