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 – Landon Collins – S – Alabama
With a healthy Eric Berry, this isn’t even an options. But with his future up in the air, it’s something the Chiefs have to consider. Berry is a versatile safety, which would allow the Chiefs to easily work both him and Collins into the same secondary if Berry eventually returns to his old form.
19. Browns – Ereck Flowers – OT – Miami FL – Scouting Report
The Browns haven’t been happy with Mitchell Schwartz at right tackle and are looking for an upgrade in the draft. Flowers flashed moments of dominance, and has the profile of a guy who could develop into a franchise left tackle. With no pressure for him in to grow into that in Cleveland, it could be an ideal spot for him to develop.
20. Eagles – Jaelen Strong – WR – Arizona State – Scouting Report
Strong is the versatile receiver Chip Kelly loves, which makes him a great fit if he’s on the board. His ability to win down the field on the outside, or as a physical short-yardage receiver in the slot make the perfect fit in Philly. If he’s on the board, Kelly may have a hard time passing him up.
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 – Todd Gurley – RB – Georgia – Scouting Report
Despite the serious health issues, someone will gamble on Gurley. 29-year-old Joique Bell is a short-term option, but the Lions need to find a new feature back soon. Gurley and Gordon should both be high on their board.
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 – Scouting Report
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 – Byron Jones – CB – Scouting Report
The Cowboys secondary is a bit of a mess due to Carr and Claiborne failing to live up to expectations. Jones would offer much needed competition for both, and would likely supplant Claiborne as a starter on the outside.
28. Broncos – D.J. Humphries – OT – Florida – Scouting Report
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 - Eric Kendricks – LB – UCLA – Scouting Report
D’Qwell Jackson was a liability last year and doesn’t have much left in the tank. Kendricks offers an immediate upgrade, especially against the run, and should start over Jackson by the end of his rookie year—if not immediately.
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 - La’el Collins – OL – LSU – Scouting Report
I’m not certain that the Saints are interested in an offensive linemen, but the value seems to fit. If they view Collins (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 – Scouting Report
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.