17. Chargers – Marcus Peters – CB – Washington
By being dismissed from Washington, Peters’ put his first-round grade in jeopardy, but there’s a good chance someone will gamble on his upside. He’s a physical player, capable of being a true shutdown corner at the next level. Brandon Flowers is on a one-year deal, so this will likely be a major need in San Diego for the second straight year.
18. Chiefs – Shaq Thompson – LB – Washington – Scouting Report
The return of Derrick Johnson will help, but the Chiefs need to add depth at linebacker and start thinking about the future. Johnson is 32 years old, coming off a season-ending injury, with one year remaining on his contract. Thompson isn’t nearly has physical as Johnson, but he is a true sideline-to-sideline defender with elite athleticism.
19. Browns – Benardrick McKinney – LB – Mississippi St – Scouting Report
I’ve had the Browns and McKinney matched up for awhile now. They need to upgrade their run defense, and McKinney would be a great addition playing next to Karlos Dansby. He’s a physical player who can plug holes and has some versatility as a pass-rusher as well.
20. Eagles – Devin Funchess – TE/WR – Michigan – Scouting Report
Another weapon for Chip Kelly. The Eagles throw the ball downfield more than any team in the league, but the lack a guy who can go up and win the 50/50 balls consistently. Funchess could be a dangerous weapon as a hybrid tight end/receiver in Kelly’s system.
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 – Danny Shelton – DT – Washington – Scouting Report
The Steelers defensive relies heavily on the big bodies up front, and it was a weakness of the unit in 2014. Shelton could be a significant upgrade over Cam Thomas, who rotates between lining up as an end and on the inside in place of Steve McLendon.
23. Lions – Michael Bennett – DT – Ohio State – Scouting Report
Ndamukong Suh is a free agent and Nick Fairley, while playing well lately, has been inconsistent. Adding depth on the interior line is definitely a priority, and it becomes a critical one if Suh signs elsewhere. Bennett would be an ideal replacement for Suh, but could play next to him as well. He’s a an interior pass-rush threat, but has developed into a more well-rounded lineman this past season.
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 – Bud Dupree – DE – Kentucky – Scouting Report
The Panthers need to find someone to play opposite Charles Johnson. 2014 2nd-round pick Kony Ealy has potential, but he’s more of a one-dimensional pass-rusher. Dupree has the potential to become a true three-down lineman, much like Greg Hardy, who he would be replacing.
26. Ravens – Eli Harold – DE/LB – Virginia
Ozzie Newsome’s philosophy is generally to target the best available player, especially if he’s a pass-rusher. There should be plenty of options in that category this year, regardless of how the draft plays out. Harold could be groomed behind Terrell Suggs and used immediately to add some depth at linebacker.
27. Cowboys – Malcolm Brown – DT – Texas
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. Brown is a better fit for this role as a run defender, and would pair nicely with Henry Melton and Tyrone Crawford who are their primary interior pass-rushers.
28. Broncos –Cedric Ogbuehi – OT – Texas A&M – 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, and Ogbuehi has the potential to be an upgrade. This position could be addressed in free agency, but if they wait until the draft it should be high on their priority list in the first round.
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. Patriots - Lorenzo Mauldin – DE/LB – Louisville – Scouting Report
Mauldin hasn’t received enough attention for his pass-rush ability. He may be one-dimensional early in his career, but his athleticism to give the Patriots another weapon to incorporate on defense. The potential to put Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins and Mauldin on the field at the same time is intriguing, and a scary thought for opposing quarterbacks.
32. Seahawks – La’el Collins – OT – LSU – Scouting Report
The Seahawks offensive line terribly underachieved this year. They need an upgrade, possibly at right tackle or either guard position. Collins fits the profile of the typical oversized lineman they prefer, and could play tackle or guard.