17. San Diego Chargers – Cedric Ogbuehi – OT – Texas A&M
The Chargers need to continue overhauling the offensive line to keep Philip Rivers on his feet as he gets older. Ogbuehi isn’t quite at the elite level as some of the other Texas A&M linemen to enter the draft in recent years, but is still a worthy first-round prospect.
18. Dallas Cowboys – Shawn Oakman – DE – Baylor
Oakman is a wildcard in this draft because he has yet to prove much on the field. Much like Aaron Lynch last year, it’s all about potential. But the first-round talent is obvious and he should be in a good position to develop at Baylor this season.
19. Atlanta Falcons – T.J. Yeldon – RB – Alabama – Scouting Report
Considering the depth at the running back position this year, someone is bound to sneak into the first round. The Falcons probably can’t rely on Steven Jackson for more than another year and should be in the market for a younger option this offseason.
20. Arizona Cardinals – Chuckie Keeton – QB – Utah State – Scouting Report
I’m fully on board the Chuckie Keeton bandwagon. As long as he can regain his pre-injury form, he as the potential to develop into a special prospect. He reminds me of Russell Wilson in many ways, and may be even more athletic.
21. New York Jets – Mario Edwards – DE/LB – Florida State
Edwards is still developing, but has the raw talent to break out this season and climb into the first round conversation. The Jets have been lacking an dominant pass-rush threat in recent years and could use the addition of a difference maker in the front seven.
22. Baltimore Ravens – DeVante Parker – WR – Louisville
Steve Smith should help in the short term, but the Ravens need to find a more permanent solution at wide receiver. Parker has the size to develop into more of a possession receiver in Baltimore, filling the void left by Anquan Boldin’s departure, and allowing Torrey Smith to excel as the downfield threat.
23. Chicago Bears – Dante Fowler Jr. – DE – Florida
Jared Allen will help for now, but the Bears need some more youth on the defensive line. Fowler is an explosive pass-rusher and could develop along with Will Sutton and Ego Ferguson as the next generation of the Bears line.
24. New Orleans Saints – Melvin Gordon – RB – Wisconsin
The Saints have pieced together a backfield this year, but they’re going to miss Darren Sproles. Gordon isn’t on Sproles level as a pass-catcher, but he has the tools to be a quality well-rounded back who could take over the bulk of the workload in 2015.
25. New England Patriots – P.J. Williams – CB – Florida State
The Patriots secondary could be among the best in the game if Revis and Browner are healthy and effective, but the Patriots are likely to be looking for a younger, cheaper option for the long haul next offseason. Williams is one of a number of quality junior cornerbacks who could declare early if they live up to expectations.
26. Philadelphia Eagles – Devin Funchess – TE – Michigan – Scouting Report
Maybe Zach Ertz will take the next step and this pick will be unnecessary, but Funchess has the athleticism and size to be a perfect fit at tight end in Chip Kelly’s offensive scheme. He’s essentially an oversized receiver, and would be capable of making an immediate impact.
27. Cincinnati Bengals – Ty Montgomery – WR – Stanford – Scouting Report
The Bengals need to add a new dimension to their offense in order to take the next step. Montgomery would essentially fill the Andrew Hawkins role, albeit at a much higher level.
28. San Francisco 49ers - Carl Davis – DT – Iowa
Justin Smith turns 35 this season and the 49ers really don’t have a backup plan in place. He’s too valuable to their defense to ignore his age any longer. Davis has the ideal tools to play end in the 3-4 scheme and could be groomed as Smith’s replacement.
29. Indianapolis Colts – Marcus Peters – CB – Washington
One of the most surprising non-moves of the 2014 offseason was the Colts lack of attention to the secondary. That could come back to haunt them, and be a theme for their 2015 offseason strategy. Peters is another one of the talent junior cornerbacks this year.
30. Seattle Seahawks – Donovan Smith – OT – Penn State
The Seahawks love oversized lineman and Smith fits the mold. He’s played well as Penn State’s left tackle, but will probably shift to the right side or guard in the NFL. He could be an immediate starter at guard in Seattle.
31. Green Bay Packers - Cameron Erving – OT – Florida State
It seems like every year the Packers are trying to sort out a talent but inconsistent and injury-prone offensive line. Unless some guys like Derek Sherrod take a significant step forward, it will probably be an area that gets address again next offseason.
32. Denver Broncos – Denzel Perryman – LB – Miami FL
Nate Irving gets the first shot at inside linebacker this year, but it’s shaping up to be an area of weakness for the Broncos. Perryman is a talent athlete, but needs to prove he can perform at a consistent level to warrant a first-round grade.