17. Baltimore Ravens - Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina - Scouting Report
This pick has been rumored all offseason and I’m finally buying in just before the draft. It’s a tough call betwen Ebron and Calvin Pryor, however. OC Kubiak loves to use multiple tight ends, so Ebron feels like a good fit.
18. New York Jets - Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State - Scouting Report
The Jets may trade up for a receiver, but if they stay put they’re going corner at this slot. Roby has the athleticism that fits well with what Rex Ryan wants from his cornerbacks.
19. Miami Dolphins – Cyrus Kouandjio – OT – Alabama – Scouting Report
I don’t like putting someone in my mock draft who I believe could only land with one team. However, the Dolphins are so desperate for offensive line help, I just don’t see them going any other possible direction. Ideally, they’ll trade down, but Kouandjio is a strong possibility wherever they land.
20. Arizona Cardinals - Blake Bortles – QB – Central Florida - Scouting Report
Bruce Arians has stated he doesn’t want a quarterback, but he may not have a choice. The Cardinals are likely to bring someone in to develop for a year or two behind Carson Palmer. It sounds like it’s either Bortles or Carr.
21. Green Bay Packers – C.J. Mosley – LB – Alabama – Scouting Report
The Packers aren’t crazy about Brad Jones and they aren’t sure about A.J. Hawk’s long-term future. Mosley would be really tough to pass up here. Ryan Shazier would probably be the backup plan.
22. Philadelphia Eagles – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State - Scouting Report
The Eagles may need to trade up to make this selection a reality, but Cooks is definitely on their radar screen. He’s an ideal fit for Chip Kelly’s offense and player he’s already familiar with from his days at Oregon.
23. Kansas City Chiefs – Marqise Lee – WR – USC - Scouting Report
Lee is overrated by the media and in some years he would fall out of the first round. But there are too many teams desperate for a receiver. The Chiefs need someone to start opposite Bowe.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Ryan Shazier – LB – Ohio State - Scouting Report
Eventually Burfict shifts inside, which will allow Shazier to play the weak-side position. In fact, they may make that move immediately, moving Maualuga to the strong-side spot.
25. San Diego Chargers - Jason Verrett – CB – TCU - Scouting Report
The Chargers secondary is a mess and with a plethora if frige first-round cornerbacks it’s tough to envision a scenario in which they don’t grab one. Verrett may not be the top guy on any board, but he has a first-round grade for just about everyone.
26. Cleveland Browns – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State – Scouting Report
(from IND) I don’t view Carr as a first-round prospect, but enough teams do and there’s a decent chance someone snags him in the late first. There have been too many rumors about the Browns to know what’s true, but Carr’s traits would seem to fit Kyle Shanahan’s system well.
27. New Orleans Saints – Cody Latimer – WR – Indiana – Scouting Report
The Saints are excited about Kenny Stills, but they lost Lance Moore and Marques Colston is just about finished. Latimer fills an immediate need and also gives them a guy to groom as an eventual No.1.
28. Carolina Panthers - Joel Bitonio – OT/OG – Nevada - Scouting Report
The Panthers need a receiver but the gap between what’s available here and what will be available in the second round is nonexistent. Bitonio offers an immediate upgrade for the offensive line and fills a hole at a position that is fairly limited in this draft class.
29. Chicago Bears – Calvin Pryor – S – Louisville - Scouting Report
[PROJECTED TRADE] Most projected trades this year will focus on the quarterbacks, but I have a hunch the Bears are going to make a big move to upgrade the defensive this year. In this scenario they add Donald to improve the pass-rush and now Pryor to help out the pass-defense.
30. San Francisco 49ers - Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU - Scouting Report
Odell Beckham is not falling to No. 30, but the 49ers are also not staying put at No. 30. I’m not officially predicting a trade but this is a selection I expect to occur somewhere between pick 10 and 19.
31. Denver Broncos - Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota - Scouting Report
Some teams are staying away from Hageman because of questionable character, but his talent is enough to entice a team with veteran leadership to make the gamble.
32. Seattle Seahawks – Xavier Su’a-Filo – OG – UCLA – Scouting Report
The Seahawks love big-bodied linemen. Su’a-Filo will start right away on the right side, potentially taking over for James Carpenter at left guard in 2015.