17. New England Patriots (From Oakland) – Mike Pouncey, G/C, Florida
Belichick has always seemed to have a Florida connection. This time he heads down south to snag an elite interior lineman. Pouncey’s brother will jump his stock up. Belichick’s first priority has to be protecting Tom Brady. He has the picks to address the defense later, particularly since he needs pass rushers and 34 ends.
18. San Diego Chargers – J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
The Chargers don’t have a whole lot of needs. They have the talent there. They could use a pass rusher and an upgrade on their defensive line. Watt’s got the size to play in a 3-4 scheme. He’s a hard worker and stout against the run.
19. New York Giants – Gabe Camiri, OT, Wisconsin
The Giants have been looking this offseason to be more physical on the line of scrimmage in order to get back to their rushing roots. Camiri is the most physical lineman in this draft in terms of run blocking. He comes from a good system of run oriented play that should translate to strong play in the NFL.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Justin Houston, DE, Georgia
The Bucs got a hold of Gerald McCoy last draft and will look to pair him with another presence on the defensive line. Houston’s stock has been on the way up thanks to a great combine and pro day. He’s quick and agile, a good fit for a Tampa-2 scheme.
21. Kansas City Chiefs – Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
Ayers is an elite linebacker that should provide a great opposite to Tamba Hali. He’s played mostly as a 43 outside linebacker, but his skill set translates well to a rush linebacker. The Chiefs defense still needs to continue adding pieces, but they’re close to being elite.
22. Indianapolis Colts – Anthony Costanzo, OT, Boston College
The Colts continue to try to protect Peyton Manning as best they can. Their line last season was the worst that Manning’s had since his rookie year. Looking at how their season went with him under that pressure, as well as the fact that Peyton is hitting his mid-thirties.
23. Philadelphia Eagles – Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
The Eagles had one of the top secondaries a few years back, but the talent level has diminished. Asante Samuel continues to play well, but they could use some help. Harris did struggle against some of the elite talent in the college ranks, but has the talent to be a high end corner.
24. New Orleans Saints – Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
The Saints picked up Sedrick Ellis but their rush defense hasn’t been air tight of recent. Liuget has lost some of his 3-4 stock which should knock him down a few slots, but the Saints will be glad to pick up this talented run stuffer.
25. Seattle Seahawks – Jake Locker, QB, Washington
I’d guess that some team will trade up to pick up Locker before this point, however the Seahawks will pick up their future signal caller here. Charlie Whitehurst was unimpressive last season and doesn’t look like much more than a career backup.
26. Baltimore Ravens – Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
The Ravens might stick around here, but if a corner like Harris or a pass rusher like Houston slips a little they might move up to snag him. If they do stand pat, Sherrod’ll be a good pickup. Gaither’s a free agent and his relationship with the team has been strained since they moved Oher to the left tackle spot. Oher struggled there so they may revert to their 2009 lineup, but if they’re sold on Oher as a left tackle they’ll need a replacement on the right side.
27. Atlanta Falcons – Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
The Falcons could use a compliment wide receiver for Roddy White, but unless they really like Torrey Smith or Jonathan Baldwin, they’ll address the defensive side. They could use an elite pass rusher on their line. Heyward falls a bit because this is such a deep defensive line draft.
28. New England Patriots – Muhammad Wilkerson, DE, Temple
The Patriots addressed their offensive line, but they could go Solder here if they want to find a bookend with Sebastian Vollmer. If they’re comfortable with Matt Light for another year then Wilkerson is a better pick to replace Richard Seymour. Their defense is young and Belichick will try to get all the pieces in place for another long run.
29. Chicago Bears – Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
The Bears line improved over the end of last season, but it still needs significant upgrades almost across the board. Solder is a step in the right direction. He’s a little raw, but has elite size and moves pretty well while carrying that size.
30. New York Jets – Phil Taylor, NT, Baylor
The Jets and Kris Jenkins seem to have parted after back to back season ending injuries. Enter Land Phil Taylor. He’s a monster of a nose tackle that’ll fit right in Rex’s 34 scheme.
31. Pittsburgh Steelers – Aaron Williams, CB/S, Texas
The Steelers would love an offensive lineman here and might reach for one, but Williams will help an aging cornerback corp which has been burned on several occasions by spread offenses, such as the Patriots and Packers this last season.
32. Green Bay Packers – Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona
The Superbowl Champs could use a little help on offensive line, defensive line, and secondary, but with no really good options there, they’ll add a compliment pass rusher to Clay Mathews in Brooks Reed.