17. Chargers – Melvin Gordon – RB – Wisconsin – Scouting Report
The Chargers can’t possibly feel good about Branden Oliver and Danny Woodhead as their top running backs entering 2015. They could wait until the second round for better value, but the safer choice would be to take Gordon here to ensure they land someone capable of stepping into a starting role.
18. Chiefs – Ereck Flowers – OT – Miami FL – Scouting Report
The Chiefs offensive line was a mess in 2014 and they’ve only made one minor upgrade by signing Ben Grubbs. Flowers is a massive lineman who excels in the run game and could start immediately at right tackle or right guard for the Chiefs.
19. Browns – Owamagbe Odighizuwa – DE/LB – UCLA – Scouting Report
Considering all they’ve gone through with Josh Gordon, DGB is not an option. So with no viable receivers on the board the Browns address the defense. Odighuzuwa will help replace Jabaal Sheard and allow them to use Paul Kruger as more of a situational pass-rusher.
20. Eagles – Landon Collins – S – Alabama
Chip Kelly has already added two new starters to the secondary, and could add Collins to play the strong safety role, leaving Malcolm Jenkins as the lone returning starter. Collins ability to help in coverage and against the run makes him the prototypical strong safety, and a nice upgrade for the Eagles secondary.
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 – Kevin Johnson – CB – Wake Forest
The Steelers have ignored the secondary for years, but it sounds as though they’ll finally address the issue this offseason. Johnson doesn’t have elite size or speed, but is as fundamentally sound as any corner in this class and ready to make an impact as a rookie.
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 – Malcolm Brown – DT – Texas – Scouting Report
Losing Dan Williams and Darnell Dockett in the same offseason dealt a serious blow to the Cardinals defensive line. Nose tackle is now a top priority for the Cardinals, and while Williams can’t fully be replaced by anyone in this class, Brown would be an upgrade over their current options.
25. Panthers – Jake Fisher – OT – Oregon
Looking at the Panthers roster, it’s tough to imagine them starting the season with any of their current options at left tackle. As a rookie, Jake Fisher may not be an ideal left tackle for a contending team, but he’s an upgrade over Carolina’s current options.
26. Ravens – Marcus Peters – CB – Washington
Jimmy Smith is a free agent next year and Lardarius Webb will be a strong candidate as a cap casualty, so the Ravens would be wise to start thinking ahead. Peters may be viewed as a character risk, but the Ravens have never been shy about gambling a player if the value is right.
27. Cowboys – Carl Davis – DT – Iowa – Scouting Report
The Cowboys interior defensive line is a question mark, with limited proven commodities aside from Tyrone Crawford. Davis underachieved at Iowa, but has the elite talent that should draw interest from teams in the first round. He has the size to plug gaps in the run game but also the athleticism to be disruptive as a pass-rusher.
28. Broncos – D.J. Humphries – OT – Florida
The Broncos need to upgrade Peyton Manning’s protection, especially at right tackle. Evaluations of this year’s offensive line class are all over the board, so it’s tough to guess who will be available. Humphries, Clemmings, Collins, Peat, Fisher could all be possibilities.
29. Colts - Arik Armstead – DL – Oregon – Scouting Report
This isn’t a glaring need for the Colts, but it would be a perfect blend of value and scheme fit. Armstead can line up in multiple positions for the Colts hybrid defense, giving Chuck Pagano the versatility that he had with many players during his time in Baltimore.
30. Packers - Jalen Collins – CB – LSU
Tramon Williams and Davon House played over 1,400 snaps at cornerback for the Packers last year—so major changers are coming to the Packers secondary. There are a few fringe 1st-round cornerback prospects that could be on the board here, so it’s a fairly safe assumption that Green Bay will lean this direction on draft day.
31. Saints - T.J. Clemmings – OT – Pittsburgh
I’m not certain that the Saints are interested in an offensive linemen, but the value seems to fit. If they view Clemmings (or another lineman in this range) as a guard, it probably increases the chances of this selection dramatically.
32. Patriots – Cameron Erving – OL – Florida State
Brian Stork had a solid rookie year for the Patriots, and they could dip back into the well for another Seminole. Erving would provide depth at all five positions on the offensive line, but would likely compete for a starting job at guard as a rookie.