17. Chiefs – Trae Waynes – CB – Michigan State
For a playoff contender, the Chiefs have a ton of holes, so they’re tough to predict right now. Aside from Sean Smith, the Chiefs secondary play has been shaky. Waynes and Smith wouldn’t exactly replicate the Seahawks dominant secondary, but it would give them two tall corners to build a secondary around.
18. 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.
19. Browns – Devin Funchess – TE/WR – Michigan – Scouting Report
If you’re going to start Johnny Manziel, you have to surround him with weapons. Devin Funchess would provide the Browns with another receiver to create mismatches down the field. Having the ability to line up with Gordon, Cameron, Funchess and Hawkins would open up a variety of options at various depths on the field for Manziel.
20. Eagles – Shaq Thompson – LB – Washington – Scouting Report
Kelly favors athleticism and speed on the defensive side of the ball just as much as the offensive side. Thompson is exactly the type of linebacker Kelly covets, and would be an upgrade over Casey Matthews in the middle of their defense.
21. Ravens – Shawn Oakman – DE/LB – Baylor – Scouting Report
Oakman is a developmental prospect but his potential is too great for him to fall far. The Ravens are in a position to bring him in and use him in favorable situations early in his career before turning him loose in a few seasons. Despite modest college success, you just can’t overlook a guy with his size and athleticism.
22. Packers – Bud Dupree – DE – Kentucky – Scouting Report
The Packers defense is severely lacking depth, and it’s forced them to play a number of players out of position this season. Dupree is an athletic edge-rusher who may not start immediately, but would be groomed as Peppers’ replacement and provide much-needed depth in the short term.
23. Steelers – Danny Shelton – DT – Washington – Scouting Report
The Steelers defense is built around a powerful nose tackle, but they’ve been lacking consistency at the position in recent years. Shelton has many of the same qualities that made B.J. Raji a force for the Packers before injuries derailed his career.
24. Seahawks – T.J. Clemmings – OT – Pittsburgh
Aside from Max Unger, the Seahawks entire offensive line is replaceable. Clemmings does not have the same upside as some other prospects on the board, but has the size the Seahawks like on their line and the ability to contribute in a starting role immediately.
25. Saints – Nate Orchard – DE/LB – Utah
The Saints need a ton of help on defense, making this pick impossible to predict. You can plug in at least 10 different defenders at this spot and easily justify the selection. Orchard is coming off a breakout season and looks like one of the most disruptive pass-rushers in this class.
26. Bengals – Cedric Ogbuehi – OT – Texas A&M – Scouting Report
Ogbuehi has flashed top-10 potential, but an inconsistent year puts his first-round status in jeopardy. The Bengals aging offensive line could use an upgrade, and Ogbuehi would be worth the risk at this point. Both Andre Smith and Andrew Whitworth are free agents after the 2015 season, so now is the time to think about addressing one of those positions.
27. Cowboys – Eddie Goldman – DT – Florida State
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. Goldman 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. Colts – Cameron Erving – C – Florida State – Scouting Report
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.
29. 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 an interior pass-rush threat, but has developed into a more well-rounded lineman this past season.
30. Broncos - Ty Sambrailo – OT – Colorado State
The Broncos dominant offensive line was reshuffled last offseason and it’s taken a signficant step backwards. Sambrailo would be an immediate upgrade over the rotation of right tackles they’ve used this year. There may be other tackles on the board with more upside, but Denver needs immediate production.
31. Cardinals - Melvin Gordon – RB – Wisconsin - Scouting Report
The Cardinals have had terrible luck with running back health in recent years. But they’re the type of team that needs a dominant running game to complement their punishing defense. Gordon can step into an immediate starting role and would be complemented nicely by Andre Ellington.
32. Patriots – Dorial Green-Beckham – Oklahoma – Scouting Report
Late in Brady’s career, it may be time for Patriots to make a real gamble in the draft. DGB has elite potential and could easily have been a top-10 pick had he stayed out of trouble and closed out his career at Missouri. Instead, he’s the biggest wild card of this draft. But the Patriots are equipped to gamble on one of the biggest difference-makers in this class.