2013 NFL Mock Draft: Valentine's Day Edition with Projected Compensatory Picks
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Compensatory picks for 2012 free-agent losses will be announced soon. With the anticipation comes the mock projections of not just the picks, but also the players who should be chosen with them.
This time, I'll project four rounds' worth of picks, including the projected compensatory picks. This mock takes into account the compensatory picks projected by BloggingTheBeast.com. The following picks have been awarded in this simulation:
Houston Texans for DE Mario Williams
Kansas City Chiefs for CB Brandon Carr
Tennessee Titans for CB Cortland Finnegan
Detroit Lions for CB Eric Wright
Baltimore Ravens for OG Ben Grubbs
Green Bay Packers for QB Matt Flynn
Miami Dolphins for DT Kendall Langford
San Francisco 49ers for WR Josh Morgan
Atlanta Falcons for LB Curtis Lofton
1. Kansas City Chiefs: QB Tyler Wilson (Arkansas), Sr., 6'2", 220 Pounds
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It's pretty simple. If a team doesn't have a quarterback who is worth a starting role, it cuts the high-priced backup it has as the "starter" and brings in a young gunslinger. Kansas City needs to do that, as Matt Cassel and Ricky Stanzi are its only quarterbacks of substance under contract.
After cutting Cassel, the Chiefs need to bring in a star quarterback along the lines of either Tyler Wilson or Geno Smith. I like Wilson better in Andy Reid's offense. He's a true leader and would bring the fire needed to turn the Chiefs around quickly from the league's worst team to at least a .500 team.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Dion Jordan (Oregon), Sr., 6'7", 243 Pounds
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While most believe that Blaine Gabbert isn't a great quarterback and should be replaced, it looks like the Jacksonville front office likes him enough to keep him. So outside of some interior linemen on offense, Jacksonville needs a true Leo for Gus Bradley's defense.
Dion Jordan can be that Leo and so much more. He's a long, rangy defender who can play defensive end or linebacker, and he even lined up as a slot cornerback and covered wide receivers man-to-man while at Oregon.
3. Oakland Raiders: QB Geno Smith (West Virginia), Sr., 6'3", 214 Pounds
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When your team doesn't have a great quarterback, you have to get one. Carson Palmer, Terrelle Pryor and Matt Leinart are all quarterbacks who should either be cut or be backups. None of them has the talent to start anymore.
Geno Smith is the hardest worker out of all of the quarterbacks in the draft. People behind the scenes at West Virginia have touted his work ethic and leadership as big reasons why the offense has been as good as it's been since he took over as the starter. That kind of work will make him the long-term starter in Oakland.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: OT Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M), JR, 6'6", 310 Lbs
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Luke Joeckel is the best player in the draft, and the Eagles are lucky that he falls to them here. He's going to start right away at left tackle because of Jason Peters' injury—one that will take him more than just one season to recover from.
Joeckel is a better fit as a long-term starter at left tackle than Peters, anyway. He has great feet and can pass block against anyone. He does really well with mobile quarterbacks, as he can sustain blocks for a long time, and he even helped Johnny Manziel earn the Heisman with his protection.
5. Detroit Lions: DE Damontre Moore (Texas A&M), Jr., 6'4", 250 Pounds
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The Lions need a defensive end regardless of whether they re-sign Cliff Avril. They cut Kyle Vanden Bosch and have just Ronnell Lewis under contract in 2013. With Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh in the middle of the defense, Detroit should be more than able to create interior pass rush. But the need for an end is still there.
Damontre Moore is an all-around pass-rusher who isn't a great athlete but is a true football player. He fits the Lions' defensive scheme at either right or left end. He should start right next to Fairley and Suh and will create an excellent edge rush with Avril if the Lions decide to re-sign him.
6. Cleveland Browns: DL Star Lotulelei (Utah), Sr., 6'4", 325 Pounds
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With the Browns moving to the 3-4 defense, they need talent in their front seven. Ahtyba Rubin and Phil Taylor should easily take two of the three starting spots on the defensive line. Billy Winn could possibly take the other spot, but when someone of Star Lotulelei's talent falls to the Browns, they should take him.
Lotulelei is one of the best players in the entire draft. His size, combined with Taylor's and Rubin's, would give the Browns almost one ton of pure strength up front. Star's ability to play both the 3-technique and the 5-technique will give the Browns a starting-caliber player for their Calais Campbell role.
7. Arizona Cardinals: OT Eric Fisher (Central Michigan), Sr., 6'7", 305 Pounds
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The Arizona Cardinals have the worst offensive line in the NFL. They did have some promising players late in the season in Bobby Massie at right tackle and Lyle Sendlein at center. Daryn Colledge also proved all season that he is, at a minimum, serviceable. But a right guard and a left tackle should be top priorities.
Eric Fisher has the ability to start long term at left tackle. He has very quick feet and excellent use of his hands. He's very similar to last year's No. 3 overall pick, Matt Kalil. As a pass-blocker, he may be the best in the entire draft, and that will be useful for Bruce Arians.
8. Buffalo Bills: DE Barkevious Mingo (Louisiana State), Jr., 6'5", 240 Pounds
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Mike Pettine is Buffalo's new defensive coordinator. While he already has a ton of talent along the defensive front in Mario Williams, Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams, he needs someone to play his right end/stand-up pass-rusher role.
Dion Jordan would have been an excellent fit, but he went No. 2. So the Bills have to take the next best thing here in Barkevious Mingo. Mingo is a talented speed rusher who needs technical work. He also needs to improve his pass-rushing strategies, but long term, he has the potential to be the next DeMarcus Ware.
9. New York Jets: QB Mike Glennon (North Carolina State), Sr., 6'6", 232 Pounds
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Like I have said before, when a team's quarterback is so bad that he is known more for "butt-fumbling" and his majestic amount of interceptions than for actual talent, it's time to get rid of him and bring in someone who can actually play the position.
Mike Glennon is a great fit for the offense that Marty Mornhinweg will be running with the Jets. He also has the big-time arm to take advantage of Stephen Hill, Jeremy Kerley and Santonio Holmes. The Jets will need to find him some better protection, but Glennon is a franchise guy.
10. Tennessee Titans: DE Bjoern Werner (Florida State), Jr., 6'4", 272 Pounds
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Kamerion Wimbley and Derrick Morgan are average starters at best for Tennessee. The Titans need someone who can be a primary pass-rusher and still play the run in the base defense. They need to make sure they get the right guy, though.
Bjoern Werner is an interesting pick because he can play the run well and will be a primary pass-rusher for their defense. However, he's not as experienced as the average American football player because he is originally from Germany.
11. San Diego Chargers: OT Lane Johnson (Oklahoma), Sr., 6'6", 302 Pounds
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San Diego has one of the worst left tackle situations in the NFL. Jared Gaither has been a free-agent bust with his inability to get on the field, and Michael Harris was horrible as Gaither's injury replacement for most of the season.
Lane Johnson is a former quarterback and tight end who bulked up and moved to left tackle for the Oklahoma Sooners. He's one of the best pass-blockers in the entire draft this year and could eventually move up to being the top tackle off of the board.
12. Miami Dolphins: WR Cordarrelle Patterson (Tennessee), Jr., 6'3", 205 Pounds
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Miami needs a wide receiver to be the No. 2 guy across from Brian Hartline. Davone Bess is a solid slot player, and Armon Binns is an excellent No. 4 option, but the need for a deep option and a true No. 2 receiver who can blow the top off a defense is there.
So, the Dolphins should bring in Cordarrelle Patterson. He's raw for sure, but the speed and size can't be taught. As he works with the same receivers coach who was able to turn Brian Hartline into a legitimate No. 1 option, it wouldn't be shocking to see Patterson become extremely successful.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Dee Milliner (Alabama), Jr., 6'1", 199 Pounds
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have arguably the worst group of cornerbacks in the NFL. The Bucs haven't had great play from them since 2010, when Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib were the tandem. Tampa will have to attack its secondary as a whole in the draft with Barber finally looking toward retirement.
Dee Milliner is a great fit for the Buccaneers' defensive scheme under Bill Sheridan. Milliner can play both the left cornerback position and the nickel in the NFL. He's a good man-to-man corner, but he isn't someone who should be pressing receivers at the line. His best bet is in the off-man scheme that Sheridan runs.
14. Carolina Panthers: DT Sheldon Richardson (Missouri), Jr., 6'4", 295 Pounds
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The biggest hole in the Carolina defense has been its defensive line—specifically the defensive tackle spot. The Panthers need someone who can play in the 3-technique who has a high motor and is able to penetrate against the run.
They would get exactly that in Sheldon Richardson. Richardson could come right in at the 3-technique and be the Panthers' own version of Gerald McCoy or Ndamukong Suh. He's a high-motor penetrator who has the talent to create mismatches with almost any offensive lineman in the NFC.
15. New Orleans Saints: DE Ezekiel Ansah (Brigham Young), Sr., 6'6", 270 Pounds
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New Orleans is moving to the 3-4 and is missing a ton of talent for the switch. Then again, they didn't have much talent in the 4-3, as their defense was historically terrible in 2012. In Cameron Jordan, they have just one player worthy of starting on their defensive line.
In looking at the best type of player for Rob Ryan's new 3-4-style scheme, Ezekiel Ansah kept popping off the screen. He'd be a perfect fit for left defensive end—as Jordan is perfect for the right defensive end role—and would start right away in a spot that will have him play more 6-technique despite it being in a 3-4 scheme.
16. St. Louis Rams: OG Chance Warmack (Alabama), Sr, 6'3", 320 Pounds
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St. Louis is missing a couple pieces from their offensive line. Left guard and right tackle are the biggest holes on the Rams offensive front. Robert Turner and Barry Richardson were weak players in the first place, but now they are free agents who look unlikely to be retained.
Chance Warmack is someone who should be taken at left guard. His play would elevate Rodger Saffold's already solid play at left tackle. And along with Harvey Dahl, Warmack would also give the Rams a pair of great run blockers at guard.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: ILB Manti Te'o (Notre Dame), Sr., 6'2", 255 Pounds
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Pittsburgh needs an inside linebacker. Sean Spence is great for backup at both inside linebacker spots, but he isn't a long-term starter. Larry Foote and Stevenson Sylvester are both free agents and backups at this point in their careers, as well. The only starter is Lawrence Timmons.
Enter: Manti Te'o.
Sure, he had the fake girlfriend incident, but that won't drop him off the board completely. On the field, Te'o can start out right away as the strong inside linebacker next to Timmons and should thrive in that role, as he will be asked primarily to blitz and play the run in the Dick LeBeau scheme.
18. Dallas Cowboys: OL Barrett Jones (Alabama) Sr., 6'5" 302 Pounds
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The Cowboys need a ton of work on the offensive line. Their tackles have talent, but the coaching needs to catch up to it. Their left guard should be playing right guard and their center should be allowed to walk in free agency.
So, it's safe to say they should be looking toward a leader for their offensive line and preferably one at center. Here they get that in Barrett Jones. He won the Outland Trophy at left tackle in 2011 and the Rimington Trophy at center in 2012. He's like Matt Birk of the Ravens in that he makes his entire line better just by being on it.
19. New York Giants: OG Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina), Sr., 6'3", 295 Pounds
The Giants need someone who can be better than Kevin Boothe at left guard. William Beatty should be back at left tackle, and the ability to upgrade the man between him and center David Baas should be capitalized upon.
Jonathan Cooper is the most athletic left guard in the draft. He's also one of the strongest. He's going to be one of the top left guards in the NFL right after getting drafted. The intelligence, technique and quickness he shows on the field make him a top target for a team like the Giants that needs big, athletic blockers.
20. Chicago Bears: ILB Alec Ogletree (Georgia), Jr., 6'3", 232 Pounds
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Despite having a huge need on the offensive line, the Bears need to bring in someone who can replace Brian Urlacher. Their needs on the offensive line are at positions other than tackle, as Gabe Carimi and J'Marcus Webb could be the long-term starters there.
So in my mock, I have them taking Alec Ogletree. He's an excellent coverage linebacker and one of the bigger playmakers in the NFL draft at the position. The converted safety has issues in run defense, but every problem that he has is correctable, much as was the case with an early Urlacher.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: S Kenny Vaccaro (Texas), Sr., 6'1", 218 Pounds
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Chris Crocker is a free agent, and Taylor Mays hasn't been able to earn a spot starting at strong safety. The Bengals also have needs at linebacker and on the defensive line, but the perceived top safety in the draft is still available, so they should take him here.
That man is Kenny Vaccaro. He's a safety who can do it all and do it all well. He has great size and speed to go along with the natural talent he shows in zone coverage and in the run game. His trouble comes when he has to go man-to-man in coverage.
22. St. Louis Rams (from WAS): WR Keenan Allen (California) Jr., 6'3" 210 Pounds
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If there is one thing that will help a franchise quarterback develop, it's a true bona fide No. 1 wide receiver. Sam Bradford has some good options in Brian Quick and the recently acquired Titus Young under contract, but he needs his primary guy.
Keenan Allen is the best all-around receiver in the draft. He's a big-bodied receiver who can go over the middle or short and gain yards after the catch. He's also a guy who can go deep and blow the top off of a defense if called upon. He's a do-it-all receiver with a skill set that a No. 1 will need to have in the NFL.
23. Minnesota Vikings: DT Jesse Williams (Alabama), Sr., 6'4", 320 Pounds
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The Minnesota Vikings have an excellent set of defensive ends, but outside of Kevin Williams at defensive tackle, they need some help at that position. They would be best served to bring in another big-bodied nose tackle along the lines of what Pat Williams gave them.
Jesse Williams would give the Vikings a Williams Wall 2.0 to play with. He's a massive body with great quickness and burst off the line. His ability to play in either 1-gap or 2-gap schemes will only help the Vikings' defensive flexibility.
24. Indianapolis Colts: OLB Jarvis Jones (Georgia), Jr., 6'3", 241 Pounds
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The Colts need someone to play outside linebacker and get pass-rush pressure for them. Dwight Freeney wasn't a great fit and is past his prime. While Jerry Hughes was selected for the 4-3 defense that Tony Dungy ran, he is a solid rotational player, but Indianapolis still needs a starter.
Jarvis Jones is a great pass-rusher and an excellent fit for the 3-4, as he has worked in it for the past two years. He's been arguably the best defender in the entire country during his two years at Georgia. He would come right in and start at the weak outside linebacker role and give the Colts a great pass-rusher.
25. Seattle Seahawks: OT D.J. Fluker (Alabama) Jr., 6'5" 355 Pounds
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The Seattle offensive line is a solid group already. That is, outside of starting right tackle Breno Giacomini. He's been one of the worst right tackles in the NFL over the past two years in both pass protection and run blocking.
D.J. Fluker is a starting-caliber right tackle from the back-to-back national champions' offensive line. Fluker has been one of the anchors on the line with Barrett Jones and Chance Warmack. In the NFL, he will be able to anchor the Seahawks line with Russell Okung and Max Unger.
26. Green Bay Packers: CB Xavier Rhodes (Florida State) Jr., 6'2" 217 Pounds
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Between Charles Woodson moving to safety and Tramon Williams declining, the Packers need a starting-caliber cornerback. They have Casey Hayward and Sam Shields, but neither one of them is a good fit at the No. 1 cornerback role.
Xavier Rhodes is though. His speed and size combination is one of the best in the draft. With the success that Richard Sherman has had in Seattle, it wouldn't shock me to see Xavier rated higher by an NFL team due to his height too.
27. Houston Texans: CB/S Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State) Sr., 6'1" 185 Pounds
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Kareem Jackson and Jonathan Joseph are very good players, but Alan Ball, Brice McCain and Glover Quin are all free agents. However, they need a guy who can play the nickel and even compete for the free safety role with the massive amount of free agents they have.
Johnthan Banks is a great fit for the role as he has the ability to fill it. He could compete with Glover Quin should Quin re-sign. But he will likely just fill the role for the Texans as the starting free safety and nickel back.
28. Denver Broncos: S Matt Elam (Florida) Jr., 5'10" 202 Pounds
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After getting demolished on a deep pass late in the playoffs, it was obvious that the Broncos need more talent at safety than Mike Adams, Quinton Carter and Rahim Moore. They need someone who has the speed and coverage skill to cover the deep ball, but also the strength and ferocity to play the run well.
Enter: Matt Elam.
He's got not just the speed and coverage ability needed deep, he's also an enforcer type over the middle who plays the run well. Add in his leadership abilities and you have someone who is a complete package for the Broncos at strong safety.
29. New England Patriots: WR Tavon Austin (West Virginia) Sr., 5'9" 171 Pounds
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The Patriots have a ton of free agents at wide receiver. The biggest of them is Wes Welker. Welker is likely to be replaced as his contract will be too much for the Patriots to factor into their 2013 cap situation.
The ideal replacement for him is Tavon Austin. He's a Percy Harvin clone and would be able to give the Patriots the same kind of yards after catch and deep threat that Wes Welker gave them. Austin played a similar role to what Welker played in New England and should start right away.
30. Atlanta Falcons: LB Arthur Brown (Kansas State) SRr., 6'1" 231 Pounds
Atlanta had a ton of trouble in the playoffs with tight ends in coverage. But to remedy the issue, the Falcons would be best served to take a pure, all-around linebacker. Someone who can take over at strong-side linebacker in base packages and the secondary sub-linebacker in nickel packages.
Arthur Brown is someone who can play either middle or strong-side linebacker for the Falcons. He can blitz, cover and play the run all extremely well. He's also a leader on and off the field and will be a great addition to the Falcons locker room...and D-Block.
31. San Francisco 49ers: NT Jonathan Jenkins (Georgia) SR, 6'3" 358 Pounds
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The San Francisco 49ers could use some improved play from their starting nose tackle. While Isaac Sopoaga was solid in the middle of the defense, he is a free agent and started to have his performance taper off toward the end of the season.
John Jenkins can come in and start at nose tackle. He brings in a talent and ferocity that is needed in the middle of a Vic Fangio defense. He can take on multiple double-teams every game and has been a great clogger in the middle for the Georgia Bulldogs.
32. Baltimore Ravens: S D.J. Swearinger (South Carolina) Sr., 5'11" 210 Pounds
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Ed Reed and Ray Lewis are going to either retire or leave in free agency. That leaves giant holes at safety, middle linebacker and now, defensive leader. They have to hit at least two of the holes with their first-round pick. Otherwise, they won't come close to having the same kind of defense next season.
D.J. Swearinger definitely gives them someone to play both Ed Reed's role in the secondary and a new leader for their defense. The Gamecocks' 2012 defensive team captain is a fiery leader who any and every defensive coach would be ecstatic to have. He also has some of the best coverage skills of any player in the draft.
Round 2, Picks 1-5
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1. Jacksonville Jaguars: OG Larry Warford (Kentucky) Sr., 6'3" 343 pounds
The Jaguars need someone to play guard right next to the talented Eugene Monroe. Eben Britton has been a long-term bust and should be allowed to walk. Larry Warford is a first-round talent at guard who will be able to lock down the left guard role for Jacksonville and help protect the Jaguars quarterback long term.
2. Kansas City Chiefs: ILB Kevin Minter (Louisiana State) Jr., 6'2" 245 pounds
Whether or not the Chiefs move away from the 3-4, they still need an inside linebacker. In the 3-4, Kevin Minter can play the thumping "Ted" role. In the 4-3, he would be the middle linebacker and would allow Derrick Johnson to play the weak-side linebacker role.
3. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Desmond Trufant (Washington) Sr., 6'0" 186 pounds
Nnamdi Asomugha is a cut candidate, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a free agent. The Eagles need at least one starting-caliber cornerback. Desmond Trufant can come in and start at right corner instantly and could even compete for the No. 1 corner role depending on what Philly does in free agency.
4. Detroit Lions: WR Justin Hunter (Tennessee) Jr., 6'4" 200 pounds
Calvin Johnson is the best wide receiver in the NFL. But outside of him, the Lions need someone who can be a good No. 2. Justin Hunter is very similar to Roddy White in that he can run all of the intermediate routes and excels in making the most out of short routes. Don't underestimate his deep-ball ability, though, or he will make you pay like White does.
5. Cincinnati Bengals (from OAK): RB Giovani Bernard (North Carolina) Red-Shirt Soph., 5'10" 205 pounds
With the offensive line that the Bengals have, there's no reason for BenJarvus Green-Ellis to be so terrible in the running game. He should be cut, and with Brian Leonard and Bernard Scott as free agents, the Bengals need multiple backs. Giovani Bernard is speed back who will be able to take the majority of the carries for the Bengals.
Round 2, Picks 6-10
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6. Arizona Cardinals: OL Travis Frederick (Wisconsin) Jr., 6'4" 338 pounds
Outside of left tackle, a guy to play right guard is the next biggest need on the Cardinals line. If they take Eric Fisher and Travis Frederick like I've projected, they will have an excellent group for their offensive line. Frederick comes from a pro-style offense and can play center or either guard spot.
7. New York Jets: OLB Alex Okafor (Texas) Sr., 6'4" 260 pounds
With the pending release of Calvin Pace, and Bryan Thomas already on the free-agent market, the Jets need a pair of outside linebackers. Alex Okafor is someone who can play both OLB spots as a starter. He's an excellent pass-rusher and will give the Jets a true Rex Ryan outside linebacker.
8. Tennessee Titans: TE Tyler Eifert (Notre Dame) Jr., 6'6" 251 pounds
Tennessee is losing their starting tight end in Jared Cook. They will need someone to replace him as an all-around talent, and they get the best one in the draft. Tyler Eifert has rightfully drawn comparisons to Rob Gronkowski with his ability to block and his talent as a receiver.
9. Buffalo Bills: QB Ryan Nassib (Syracuse) Sr., 6'2" 229 pounds
Ryan Fitzpatrick is worthy of being cut. Thankfully for him, the Bill have a ton of cap space so they can keep him as the starter while they bring up a future franchise player. Ryan Nassib has experience with the entire Buffalo staff and will be a great fit for them long term as the franchise quarterback.
10. Miami Dolphins: TE Zach Ertz (Stanford) Jr., 6'6" 252 pounds
Anthony Fasano is a free agent and not that talented. Zach Ertz can run great routes and catch well. He'd bring the tight end element into the offense that had been missing with Fasano. However, Ertz isn't nearly as good of a blocker as the standard tight end and will need to improve that for the Dolphins to get the best impact from him.
Round 2, Picks 11-15
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11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: S David Amerson (North Carolina State) Jr., 6'3" 194 pounds
Tampa Bay needs multiple cornerbacks, and after taking Dee Milliner, it gets another player who was a college corner. David Amerson is a better fit at free safety, though—another need for the Buccaneers that he will be able to fill and play very well.
12. Carolina Panthers: CB Jordan Poyer (Oregon State) Sr., 5'11" 190 pounds
Chris Gamble is likely to get cut due to the Panthers being over the cap and his contract being able to save them a ton of money toward the cap. Jordan Poyer can come in and be a starting-caliber cornerback in the Panthers defense.
13. San Diego Chargers: DL Sharrif Floyd (Florida) Jr., 6'3" 305 pounds
With multiple starters for the Chargers looking to leave through free agency, they need to bring in some depth along their defensive line. Here they go with someone who can play both defensive end and defensive tackle in the one-gap 3-4 in Sharrif Floyd.
14. St. Louis Rams: OLB Khaseem Greene (Rutgers) Sr., 6'1" 230 pounds
With a lack of talent at outside linebacker, the Rams need to bring in some fresh blood. Khaseem Greene is someone who can play either the weak-side or the strong-side of the field. Greene needs work in the running game, but he should be able to start right away for the weak St. Louis defense.
15. Dallas Cowboys: S T.J. McDonald (Southern California) Sr., 6'2" 205 pounds
With the move to the Tampa 2, the Cowboys need a safety who can compete with Barry Church for the starting role at strong safety. T.J. McDonald is more of a free safety, but in the Tampa 2, his size and speed combination will be better deployed on the strong side in a John Lynch-style role.
Round 2, Picks 16-20
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16. Pittsburgh Steelers: DL Johnathan Hankins (Ohio State) Jr., 6'3" 322 pounds
Both nose tackle and defensive end need depth and a potential long-term starter. Johnathan Hankins is a big, quick defensive lineman who can play both spots and compete for the starting role. He's a plugging player who can take on double-teams and still create havoc.
17. New York Giants: OT Menelik Watson (Florida State) Sr., 6'6" 320 pounds
David Diehl and Sean Locklear are weak players at right tackle and need to be upgraded. Menelik Watson is a raw talent at tackle. His basketball background and tremendous size allow him to have quick feet to pass protect and the strength to get great push in the running game.
18. Chicago Bears: OL Justin Pugh (Syracuse) Sr., 6'6" 292 pounds
Despite having talent at both offensive tackle spots, it never hurts to have a guy who can play both tackle and guard spots on the roster. Justin Pugh will take a starting spot somewhere for the Bears offensive line. He could easily end up at left tackle with J'Marcus Webb sliding down to left guard.
19. Washington Redskins: S Phillip Thomas (Fresno State) Sr., 6'1" 215 pounds
Safety play was a weakness for the Redskins in 2012. Phillip Thomas can play either the free or the strong safety role in Jim Haslett's defense. Thomas is a deep-cover safety who is a solid wrap-up tackler and an efficient run defender.
20. Minnesota Vikings: WR DeAndre Hopkins (Clemson) Jr., 6'1" 205 pounds
Percy Harvin is a great player to blow the top off of the defense. However, they need a good No. 2. DeAndre Hopkins is a solid intermediate option who can give Christian Ponder someone who will help his development as an NFL quarterback.
Round 2, Picks 21-25
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21. Cincinnati Bengals: DE Cornelius Carradine (Florida State) Sr., 6'5" 265 pounds
Another one of the Bengals' big needs is at defensive end. They need someone who can be a pass-rushing complement to the combination of Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson (if he re-signs). Tank Carradine has starting potential but will likely be a backup early in his career after his season-ending injury his senior year of college.
22. Miami Dolphins (from IND): DE Margus Hunt (Southern Methodist) Sr., 6'8" 280 pounds
Miami needs a defensive end to play the strong side across from the Pro Bowl-caliber Cameron Wake. Margus Hunt has great length and strength. He's able to get good push in both the passing and rushing game in college but needs a lot of technical work to keep it up in the pros.
23. Green Bay Packers: RB Eddie Lacy (Alabama) Jr., 6'0" 220 pounds
Cedric Benson is a free agent and James Starks is mediocre at best at this point. The Packers need a running back to start for them. Eddie Lacy is the best power back in the draft, but his inability as a receiver will drop him to the late second round.
24. Seattle Seahawks: WR Terrance Williams (Baylor) Sr., 6'2" 205 pounds
Seattle could use another receiver for its collection. They have some solid options already in Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate. However, another outside receiver would be excellent, and Terrance Williams can start for the Seahawks on the outside.
25. Houston Texans: DT Kawann Short (Purdue) Sr., 6'3" 315 pounds
Shaun Cody is a free agent and the Texans could us an upgrade over him in the first place. Kawann Short is a first-round talent who happens to slip in a very good draft. He can fit the 1-gap, 3-4 defense that Wade Phillips runs and give J.J. Watt even more openings with his ability to eat up space.
Round 2, Picks 26-30
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26. Denver Broncos: DT Bennie Logan (Louisiana State) Jr., 6'3" 295 pounds
Denver's defensive tackle situation is very much in shambles. They have just Mitch Unrein and Sealver Siliga under contract. Bennie Logan is an ideal fit for their under-tackle role. He's a penetrator with experience in both the 1-technique and 3-techniques from LSU's defense.
27. New England Patriots: S Jonathan Cyprien (Florida International) Sr., 6'0" 209 pounds
New England hasn't had an enforcer since the days of Rodney Harrison. Jonathan Cyprien is definitely the guy to take on that role. He's an excellent coverage player, but he also hits like a Mack truck. He is rising up boards after an excellent Senior Bowl performance in January.
28. Atlanta Falcons: TE Travis Kelce (Cincinnati) Sr., 6'6" 260 pounds
Tony Gonzalez is retiring, and the Falcons will need someone who can replace his production. Travis Kelce is easily the best blocking tight end in the draft. However, he's raw as a receiver. His speed, hands and intelligence make him a great choice to develop for the Falcons as a long-term solution at tight end.
29. San Francisco 49ers: DE Sylvester Williams (North Carolina) Sr., 6'3" 305 pounds
In a move for depth along the 49ers defensive line, they take Sylvester Williams. Williams can line up at nose tackle or in the 5-technique on the outside. He's someone who can learn from Justin Smith long term and eventually take over as the starter in his role.
30. Baltimore Ravens: OT Dallas Thomas (Tennessee) Sr., 6'5" 310 pounds
Bryant McKinnie is a free agent and at 33 years old, it's hard to believe the Ravens bring him back as the starting left tackle. With Kelechi Osemele, Michael Oher and now Dallas Thomas, they have three guys who can play either tackle position and at least two who can play left guard.
Round 3, Picks 1-5
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1. Kansas City Chiefs: WR Stedman Bailey (West Virginia) Jr., 5'10" 195 pounds
Kansas City needs a wide receiver to join Jonathan Baldwin and Dexter McCluster. Stedman Bailey can play the No. 1 receiver role in the offense as he did in college. He's an underrated player who should go higher, but his physical talents will be what drops him to the third round.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars: CB Logan Ryan (Rutgers) Jr., 6'0" 190 pounds
Jacksonville's top three cornerbacks are all unrestricted free agents. Logan Ryan is a solid cover corner, but he would compete for the starting role at right cornerback with Mike Harris and whoever they decide to re-sign.
3. Detroit Lions: OT Oday Aboushi (Virginia) Sr., 6'5" 310 pounds
Detroit has just Jeff Backus and Riley Reiff under contract at tackle. Even if they re-sign Gosder Cherilus, there is a need for depth. Oday Aboushi can play both sides of the ball and will be a good fit for long-term depth. He could also compete for a starting spot at left tackle if Reiff can't take the spot.
4. Oakland Raiders: OLB Chase Thomas (Stanford) Sr., 6'4" 248 pounds
Projecting a move to the 3-4 under the new coaching staff, Chase Thomas makes a ton of sense for the Raiders. He's played at nearby Stanford for the past four years and is an excellent fit at the outside linebacker role in both the 3-4 and the 4-3.
5. Philadelphia Eagles: QB E.J. Manuel (Florida State) Sr., 6'5" 238 pounds
Nick Foles, Michael Vick and Trent Edwards don't bring any confidence as starting quarterbacks. Fortunately, the best quarterback for Chip Kelly's system fell to their third-round pick. E.J. Manuel will have the benefit of sitting behind a couple guys for a year while he learns the system before he gets his chance to start.
Round 3, Picks 6-10
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6. Cleveland Browns: CB Robert Alford (Southeastern Louisiana) Sr., 5'10" 186 pounds
After taking Star early on in the draft, the Browns take someone to replace Sheldon Brown as a starting right corner. Robert Alford can play both the right corner and the nickel role in Ray Horton's defense. He's a playmaker who falls due to a lack of competition and natural speed.
7. Arizona Cardinals: ILB Nico Johnson (Alabama) Sr., 6'3" 245 pounds
Paris Lenon is a free agent who should be retiring soon. Even if he doesn't retire, he's still 36 years old and isn't a long-term option. Nico Johnson is a plug-and-play option for inside linebacker as he has experience in a pro-style 3-4 defense under Nick Saban at Alabama.
8. Tennessee Titans: S Robert Lester (Alabama) Sr., 6'2" 212 pounds
The Titans need some depth at strong safety behind Jordan Babineaux. Al Afalava isn't a long-term solution there, but Robert Lester would be. He's got size and speed, and experience at free safety that make him a viable option as competition for a starting spot in the Titans defense at strong safety.
9. Buffalo Bills: WR Da'Rick Rogers (Tennessee Tech) Jr., 6'3" 206 pounds
Starting receiver Donald Jones won't be back with the Bills in 2013. So they go with the best receiver they can get here in Da'Rick Rodgers. The former Tennessee product is one of the best all-around receivers in the draft, but character issues caused him to transfer to Tennessee Tech.
10. New York Jets: OLB Sam Montgomery (Louisiana State) Jr., 6'5" 260 pounds
In a best-player-available situation, Sam Montgomery makes a ton of sense here as an outside linebacker in the Rex Ryan scheme. With Alex Okafor already taken, the combination of Okafor and Montgomery is some fresh blood that will be able to give stability to what has been a weak situation.
Round 3, Picks 11-15
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11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DT Jordan Hill (Penn State) SR, 6'1" 292 pounds
Gerald McCoy is a top five defensive tackle in the NFL, but he needs someone to compliment him in the Tampa defense. Jordan Hill out of Penn State can come in and play the 1-technique in Tampa's defense and help McCoy see less double teams.
12. San Francisco 49ers (from CAR): S Bacarri Rambo (Georgia) Sr., 6'0" 210 pounds
Dashon Goldson is a free agent, and Donte Whitner is weak in coverage. While Bacarri Rambo won't be expected to start right away, it wouldn't be shocking to see him end up as the starter within a year. His only issue has been off the field, but he seems to have learned his lesson from his latest suspension.
13. New Orleans Saints: OLB Corey Lemonier (Auburn) Jr., 6'4" 246 pounds
While the defensive line would be upgraded by adding Ezekiel Ansah, the outside linebacker corps of Junior Galette and Martez Wilson needs someone to compete with them. Corey Lemonier could be an instant long-term starter at strong outside linebacker and would allow Galette and Wilson to rotate on the weak side.
14. San Diego Chargers: RB Stepfan Taylor (Stanford) Sr., 5'11" 215 pounds
With Ryan Mathews' continued injuries and only having a pair of backup-caliber players left on the roster, the Chargers need a feature back. Stepfan Taylor proved his worth at Stanford as an all-around feature back who could come right in and start long term.
15. Miami Dolphins: OLB Sean Porter (Texas A&M) Sr., 6'2" 230 pounds
Koa Misi and Kevin Burnett have been average as the outside linebackers in the Dolphins 4-3 defense. They need to bring in someone with more athleticism for at least the nickel packages, and Sean Porter can definitely fill that role as he is an excellent pass-rusher and coverage specialist.
Round 3, Picks 16-20
Montee Ball is the NCAA's rushing touchdown leader.
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16. St. Louis Rams: OT Ricky Wagner (Wisconsin) Sr., 6'6" 310 pounds
After taking Chance Warmack to solidify the left side of the line, the Rams take Ricky Wagner to solidify the right side of the line. The Wisconsin product has played both left and right tackle in college and will be able to come in and start right away.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers: OT Brennan Williams (North Carolina) Sr., 6'7" 315 pounds
With the Steelers moving to the zone-blocking scheme, they need a left tackle. Mike Adams at right tackle, David DeCastro at right guard, Marcus Gilbert at left guard and Maurkice Pouncey at center will give the Steelers a good start. But Brennan Williams would finish off the offensive line with a player who fits the scheme well and will start at left tackle.
18. Dallas Cowboys: RB Montee Ball (Wisconsin) Sr., 5'11" 215 pounds
DeMarco Murray is great, but they could use someone who is better than Felix Jones, Phillip Tanner or Lance Dunbar at running back. Montee Ball has a ton of mileage on his legs, but since he won't need to be the starter, he would be a great fit for the Cowboys backfield.
19. New York Giants: TE Levine Toilolo (Stanford) Sr., 6'8" 265 pounds
Starting tight end Martellus Bennett is a free agent. If the Giants decide to go with a combination of Bear Pascoe and Adrien Robinson at tight end, they will need someone to come in and compete for playing time. Levine Toilolo has the size and blocking ability to be a great red-zone threat for the Giants.
20. Miami Dolphins (from CHI): S Shawn Williams (Georgia) Sr., 6'1" 218 pounds
Chris Clemons is a free agent, and the Dolphins have no depth at safety behind him and Reshad Jones. Shawn Williams is a good fit for the Dolphins' scheme under Kevin Coyle and will be able to at a minimum be the third safety in the defense.
Round 3, Picks 21-25
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21. Minnesota Vikings: LB Jonathan Bostic (Florida) Sr., 6'1" 246 pounds
Minnesota needs someone who can play starting middle linebacker should they lose Jasper Brinkley. Jonathan Bostic can compete with Audie Cole for the starting role. The worst-case scenario is that Bostic is a backup for both strong-side and middle linebackers.
22. Cincinnati Bengals: RB Mike Gillislee (Florida) Sr., 5'11" 207 pounds
A second running back? Yes. A second running back makes sense for the Bengals. They need someone to team with Giovani Bernard in a committee approach. So why not bring in a more power-style back to team with the speed that Bernard brings?
23. Washington Redskins: TE Joseph Fauria (UCLA) Sr., 6'7" 255 pounds
With just Niles Paul currently under contract for the tight end position, the Redskins need someone who can come in and compete for playing time. Joseph Fauria is a great red-zone threat and blocker from UCLA. He will be able to use his size in the NFL to go up and get jump balls in the end zone.
24. Indianapolis Colts: WR Robert Woods (Southern California) Jr., 6'1" 190 pounds
Reggie Wayne is great, but the Colts need someone who can learn from him and eventually take over as the No. 1 option since he is getting older. Robert Woods could step right in as the No. 2 option for Andrew Luck and combined with Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, he would give the Colts a top wide receiver trio.
25. Seattle Seahawks: LB Michael Mauti (Penn State) Sr., 6'2" 232 pounds
Seattle needs competition at linebacker to replace LeRoy Hill on the weak side. Michael Mauti was a team-leading, sideline-to-sideline middle linebacker for the Nittany Lions. He suffered a bad injury that has dropped him, and the Seahawks benefit from the drop he took because of it.
Round 3, Picks 26-30
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26. Green Bay Packers: DE William Gholston (Michigan State) Jr., 6'7" 278 pounds
C.J. Wilson, Jerel Worthy, Mike Neal and Ryan Pickett are replaceable and bringing in competition is always a good idea. This is about the floor for William Gholston, and his length would give the Packers someone who they could try to mold into a poor-man's J.J. Watt.
27. Houston Texans: QB Matt Barkley (Southern California) Sr., 6'2" 230 pounds
Houston will be looking for another quarterback to compete with T.J. Yates and Matt Schaub. Matt Barkley will fall due to his average physical abilities. He doesn't have a strong arm and has a shoulder injury that could prevent him from throwing at his pro day will hurt him.
28. Denver Broncos: ILB Kiko Alonso (Oregon) Sr., 6'3" 242 pounds
Keith Brooking is on his last legs and was mediocre at best at linebacker. Kiko Alonso is a fiery leader who can start right away and be a third-round steal for the Broncos. He's better in coverage than the average middle linebacker and is a solid plugger in the run game.
29. New England Patriots: CB Dwayne Gratz (Connecticut) Sr., 5'11" 200 pounds
The Patriots only have three cornerbacks signed to their roster for the 2013 season. Even if they do re-sign Aqib Talib, the Patriots need to bring in someone to compete for the nickel and the No. 2 cornerback role with Alfonso Dennard and Ras-I Dowling.
30. Atlanta Falcons: DE Datone Jones (UCLA) Sr., 6'4" 275 pounds
Atlanta needs a true pass-rusher. Datone Jones is someone who can compete for that role on the Falcons. His size and strength combination makes him very similar to former Falcon Patrick Kerney. Jones can start as the left end in base packages and then move into the 3-technique for passing situations.
Round 3, Picks 31-35
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31. San Francisco 49ers: WR Kenny Stills (Oklahoma) Jr., 6'1" 190 pounds
This is mainly a depth pick as the 49ers need some long-term depth in their wide receiver corps. Kenny Stills has been a No. 1 wide receiver for the Oklahoma Sooners and has the talent to be a No. 1 receiver in the NFL. However, he will have to earn that spot long term.
32. Baltimore Ravens: DT Brandon Williams (Missouri Southern) Sr., 6'2" 341 pounds
With Ma'ake Kemoeatu a free agent and Terrence Cody the only nose tackle of substance on the roster—Haloti Ngata is used as a defensive end—the Ravens need someone who will rotate in at nose tackle. Brandon Williams is a big-bodied plugger who can compete with Cody for playing time.
33. Houston Texans: ILB A.J. Klein (Iowa State) Sr., 6'1" 246 pounds
Houston needs an inside linebacker next to Brian Cushing. A.J. Klein is a severely underrated player who can play the middle in either a 4-3 or a 3-4. He'd be perfect for the strong-inside linebacker role that the Texans need as he is a thumper who will rack up the tackles.
34. Kansas City Chiefs: RB Le'Veon Bell (Michigan State) Jr., 6'2" 237 pounds
Peyton Hillis is a free agent, and the Chiefs need someone to take his role. Le'Veon Bell has the size to play either fullback or running back, and this will come in handy for Andy Reid's split-back sets. He will be able to combine with Jamaal Charles to form a thunder-and-lighting backfield that will help set up the play-actions for Tyler Wilson.
35. Tennessee Titans: DE Michael Buchanan (Illinois) Sr., 6'6" 250 pounds
After taking Bjoern Werner in the first round to start at right defensive end, they build their depth along the line with this pick. Michael Buchanan is a great fit for the pass-rushing rotational end. He needs to work on his run defending before he earns a starting spot, but he will get there eventually.
Round 4, Picks 1-5
Eric Reid's coverage issues make him drop.
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1. Jacksonville Jaguars: RB Jonathan Franklin (UCLA) SR, 5'10" 201 pounds
Maurice Jones-Drew is entering the last year of his deal, and the only other running backs the Jaguars have under contract are waivers-level players. Jonathan Franklin is a talented player who has had great production in L.A. for the Bruins and should be a good third-down back early to complement Jones-Drew.
2. Kansas City Chiefs: S Eric Reid (Louisiana State) Jr., 6'2" 212 pounds
In a best-player-available pick, the Chiefs take the slipping Eric Reid. His issues in coverage are what will drop him this far. However, he should be able to compete for a starting role at safety with Kendrick Lewis. Worst-case scenario, he's a run-situation defender who will play the third safety role.
3. Oakland Raiders: OLB John Simon (Ohio State) Sr., 6'2" 256 pounds
Whether it's at end in the 4-3 or linebacker in the 3-4, John Simon will give the Raiders versatility in their scheme to play multiple fronts. It makes a ton of sense for the 3-4 switch, though, as they have a ton of their defensive talent ready to leave in free agency.
4. Philadelphia Eagles: DT Josh Boyd (Mississippi State) Sr., 6'3" 312 pounds
With Philadelphia moving to a 3-4, it needs a new nose tackle. Josh Boyd has shown the ability to be a clogger in the middle of a defense at Mississippi State. Boyd will be able to start at the nose right away next to Fletcher Cox and Cullen Jenkins.
5. Minnesota Vikings (from DET): LB Jamie Collins (Southern Mississippi) Sr., 6'3" 245 pounds
After bringing in Jonathan Bostic to compete at middle linebacker, the Vikings need someone to compete for the weak-side linebacker role. Jamie Collins plays like a poor-man's Sean Weatherspoon and will be great competition if they decide to re-sign either Erin Henderson or Marvin Mitchell.
Round 4, Picks 6-10
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6. Arizona Cardinals: S Tony Jefferson (Oklahoma) Sr., 5'11" 212 pounds
With Adrian Wilson and Kerry Rhodes nearing the end of their careers, it's a good idea to bring in someone who can at least provide depth this year. Tony Jefferson is a good all-around safety, but he's a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none type.
7. Cleveland Browns: OLB Sio Moore (Connecticut) Sr., 6'1" 240 pounds
After shoring up the defensive line with Star Lotulelei, they bring in someone to compete for a starting role at linebacker in Sio Moore. Moore should be a good complement to Jabaal Sheard on the weak side of the defense. Especially if James-Michael Johnson and D'Qwell Jackson can lock down the inside linebacker roles.
8. Buffalo Bills: OLB Zaviar Gooden (Missouri) Sr., 6'2" 233 pounds
After taking Bakevious Mingo to shore up the defensive line, the Bills need someone who can compete for the role as nickel linebacker and eventually start at weak-side linebacker. Zaviar Gooden is arguably the most athletic linebacker in the draft, but he's excellent in coverage and will earn a role that way.
9. New York Jets: OL Chris Faulk (Louisiana State) Jr., 6'6" 323 pounds
The Jets have three parts to a very good offensive line under control in D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Nick Mangold and Austin Howard. However, they need to keep Matt Slauson or Brandon Moore before the draft. To take care of the final guard spot, they bring in the powerful and strong Chris Faulk—who played tackle in college and projects well to guard in either a man or zone scheme.
10. Tennessee Titans: WR Markus Wheaton (Oregon State) Sr., 5'11" 183 pounds
Multiple high picks have been taken lately by the Titans to build their wide receiver corps. However, they still have a need for one more good all-around talent so they can get rid of Kenny Britt and his off-the-field issues. Markus Wheaton has all the tools to be a No. 1 receiver. He falls due to it being a ridiculously deep wide receiver class, though.
Round 4, Picks 11-15
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11. Carolina Panthers: RB Andre Ellington (Clemson) Sr., 5'10" 197 pounds
The Panthers need a running back. Not because they don't have the talent currently, but because they should be cutting DeAngelo Williams due to his cap cost in a similar fashion to Chris Gamble. Andre Ellington is a good change of pace from the power of Jonathan Stewart.
12. New Orleans Saints: NT Kwame Geathers (Georgia) Sr., 6'5" 355 pounds
Between Brodrick Bunkley and Akiem Hicks, the New Orleans Saints don't really have a top-notch option for nose tackle. Kwame Geathers wouldn't be a starter either, but he would have better girth to rotate with Hicks in a nose tackle rotation.
13. San Diego Chargers: OL Manase Foketi (Kansas State) Sr., 6'5" 333 pounds
After taking a starting-caliber left tackle in the first round in Lane Johnson, they take his partner in crime for the left side in Manase Foketi. Foketi was a tackle in college, but his best fit would be at left guard next to a top-notch talent at left tackle.
14. Miami Dolphins: QB Tyler Bray (Tennessee) Jr., 6'6" 215 pounds
Yes, the Dolphins did just take a quarterback in 2012. Yes, it was in the first round. However, they don't have a backup quarterback outside of Pat Devlin. Tyler Bray will be best served to be behind Ryan Tannehill and give Joe Philbin a solid backup in the offense.
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: TE Jordan Reed (Florida) Jr., 6'3" 243 pounds
Dallas Clark is on his last legs, and Josh Freeman needs a starting-caliber tight end to team with him long term. Jordan Reed is a local product who fits Greg Schiano's offensive scheme. He's also someone who can stretch the seam routes when he is called on for it.
Round 4, Picks 16-20
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16. St. Louis Rams: DE Malliciah Goodman (Clemson) SR, 6'4" 272 pounds
Chris Long and Robert Quinn do a great job for the Rams as the starters on the end. However, they need someone to rotate in with them and Eugene Sims. Malliciah Goodman is a pure pass-rush specialist who will eventually be able to start somewhere.
17. Dallas Cowboys: WR Chris Harper (Kansas State) Sr., 6'1" 228 pounds
The Cowboys need someone to compete with Kevin Ogletree and Dwayne Harris at receiver. Chris Harper played in the Big 12 and is a larger, stronger possession receiver who can compete for a role as the third receiver in the Cowboys offense.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: RB Kenjon Barner (Oregon) Sr., 5'9" 188 pounds
Jonathan Dwyer and Isaac Redman are both power backs for the Steelers. However, they need a speed back who fits the one-cut zone-style scheme. Kenjon Barner has experience in it and would be an excellent one-cut zone-scheme back.
19. New York Giants: OLB DeVonte Holloman (South Carolina) Sr., 6'2" 246 pounds
The Giants need an outside linebacker to compete for a starting spot on the weak side. DeVonte Holloman is a converted safety who can keep up with any tight end and lays the wood. His football instincts are excellent as well, and he is an underrated run defender who can shed blocks.
20. Chicago Bears: OG Alvin Bailey (Arkansas) Jr., 6'5" 315 pounds
With Justin Pugh, Gabe Carimi and J'Marcus Webb, the Bears would need one more talent in their guard and tackle groups. Alvin Bailey is someone who can play either guard spot or right tackle and would provide competition. Between the four talents and Roberto Garza, the Bears would have a much better offensive line than they had in 2012.
Round 4, Picks 21-25
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21. Cincinnati Bengals: OLB Jelani Jenkins (Florida) Jr., 6'0" 237 pounds
The Bengals need some linebackers to compete for a starting role with Dontay Moch and Vincent Rey. Jelani Jenkins can play inside or outside and would be a perfect fit in the Mike Zimmer defense at either weak-side linebacker or middle linebacker.
22. Washington Redskins: OT Kyle Long (Oregon) Sr., 6'6" 304 pounds
Washington needs a long-term solution at right tackle. Kyle Long is a pure zone-blocking right tackle who can come in and compete for a starting spot right away with Tom Compton and Maurice Hurt. He also can back up either guard spot and will be an asset to the six-linemen sets, as he can play both sides of the field in those.
23. Minnesota Vikings: CB/S Darius Slay (Mississippi) State Sr., 6'1" 190 pounds
Minnesota needs some depth at cornerback and competition at strong safety. Darius Slay is versatile enough to provide both. He's a big rangy cornerback who can hit and would benefit both his own play and the defense's play with a move to safety.
24. Indianapolis Colts: DE Joe Kruger (Utah) Jr., 6'7" 280 pounds
Fili Moala is a free agent, and Drake Nevis is a bad fit for the 3-4. Joe Kruger is an excellent fit for the Colts to finally have multiple 5-techniques in the defense instead of an unbalanced unit. Kruger has a unique size and strength fit that should raise him up the boards.
25. Green Bay Packers: OT David Quessenberry (San Jose State) Sr., 6'5" 294 pounds
The Packers need some talent on their offensive line. David Quessenberry can compete at four of the five spots on the offensive line. Worst-case scenario for the San Jose State product is that he's a longtime depth player who can start when the Packers' injury prone linemen get hurt.
Round 4, Picks 26-30
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26. Seattle Seahawks: CB Blidi Wreh-Wilson (Connecticut) Sr., 6'1" 192 pounds
Marcus Trufant is a free agent and Walter Thurmond could use some competition at the nickel. Blidi Wreh-Wilson is the kind of raw cornerback prospect that the Seahawks like. He's got great length and speed, but need a ton of technical work before his impact is felt.
27. Houston Texans: WR Quinton Patton (Louisiana Tech) Sr., 6'0" 202 pounds
Kevin Walter hasn't been worth his contract and could be on the chopping block. However, even if they keep Walter, the Texans need someone who can compete with Lestar Jean, Keshawn Martin and DeVier Posey for the third wide receiver role.
28. Denver Broncos: DE Devin Taylor (South Carolina) Sr., 6'7" 275 pounds
Denver taking a defensive tackle in Bennie Logan earlier helps the line quite a bit. Here they take an edge-setting defensive end that would allow them to move Derek Wolfe back inside on pass-rush situations. Devin Taylor is an underrated pass-rusher who drew a ton of double-teams at South Carolina.
29. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from NE): OT Xavier Nixon (Florida) Sr., 6'6" 311 pounds
Demar Dotson is an average offensive tackle, and the Buccaneers need depth at offensive tackle at a minimum. Xavier Nixon could compete for the starting role at left tackle eventually while also providing a top-notch swing tackle early in his career.
30. Atlanta Falcons: WR Tavarres King (Georgia) Sr., 6'0" 192 pounds
Atlanta needs depth at receiver, and Tavarres King is a local player who fits into the four-verticals offense very well. He falls due to the deep receiver class, but he has some of the best hands in the class if he can stay focused.
Round 4, Picks 31-34
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31. San Francisco 49ers: LB Trevardo Williams (Connecticut) Sr., 6'1" 235 pounds
Larry Grant and Tavares Gooden are good backup inside linebackers. Unfortunately, the 49ers will be losing one of them to a team that wants to steal them for a starting role. Trevardo Williams can back up both spots in a coverage role early before developing into a possible future starter.
32. Baltimore Ravens: WR Aaron Dobson (Marshall) Sr., 6'3" 203 pounds
Anquan Boldin is either retiring this offseason or will retire soon. Torrey Smith and Jacoby Jones are speed receivers and not the big-body possession guy that Boldin is. So, the Ravens get a big-bodied receiver here in Aaron Dobson who can go over the middle and who will try to play Boldin's role.
33. Detroit Lions: DT Akeem Spence (Illinois) Jr., 6'1" 305 pounds
Detroit has the best defensive tackle combination in the NFL. However, they need a rotational guy to split time with Nick Fairley and Ndamukong Suh. Akeem Spence is someone who can fill that role as a 3-technique player in the rotation.
34. Baltimore Ravens: ILB Kevin Reddick (North Carolina) Sr., 6'2" 246 pounds
Ray Lewis retiring and Dannell Ellerbe on the unrestricted free-agent market makes inside linebacker a huge need. Kevin Reddick is another leader type as he was the Tar Heels defensive captain in both his junior and senior years.
Round 4, Picks 35-38
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35. Green Bay Packers: OLB Lerentee McCray (Florida) Sr., 6'2" 249 pounds
Erik Walden and Dezman Moses are mediocre at best. Lerentee McCray is a good player for the rotation. He's played in the 3-4 in college under Will Muschamp. He's shown ability as a pass-rusher and a sealing run defender on the outside.
36. Miami Dolphins: OG Omoregie Uzzi (Georgia Tech) Sr., 6'3" 302 pounds
Richie Incognito and John Jerry are solid starters, but the Dolphins need some depth on the offensive line. Omoregie Uzzi is a player who can contribute as a backup guard and has experience in a zone-blocking style scheme from his playing days at Georgia Tech.
37. San Francisco 49ers: TE Dion Sims (Michigan State) Jr., 6'5" 285 pounds
Delanie Walker is a free agent and Demarcus Dobbs and Garrett Celek are developmental prospects at best. Dion Sims is an excellent blocking tight end who has some solid ability as a receiver who can hit the underneath and soft-zone routes.
38. Atlanta Falcons: RB George Winn (Cincinnati) Sr., 5'11" 218 pounds
Atlanta needs a good all-around running back. George Winn is good enough to go in the third round, but slips due to the league's undervaluation of running backs in the draft. Winn is an all-around back with low mileage, as he had just 322 carries in his four years of college.
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He is also the Falcons analyst at Drafttek, runs the NFL draft website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.