17. Cincinnati Bengals: Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick adds a physical element to the Bengals secondary. He’s got the ability to press off the line, make plays in zone and consistently tackle the ball carrier. Plus, he has the size to handle some of the bigger wideouts in the AFC North.
ICONUpshaw could play inside or out in the Chargers 3-4 front.
18. San Diego Chargers: Alabama OLB Courtney Upshaw
Upshaw is a thick, powerful kid who can line up all over the Chargers 34 front and get after the passer. He’s got the power to win consistently on contact vs. both the run and pass game and would be the kind of “NFL ready” prospect the Chargers would love to get in the middle of round one.
19. Chicago Bears: Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill
Hill is going to need to become a more consistent route runner. However, at 6-5 he showcases some natural short-area quickness to his game and knows how to go up and get the football vertically. He’s one of the draft's elite size/speed combos at the receiver spot and his stock is on the rise.
20. Tennessee Titans: Stanford OG David DeCastro
DeCastro has the ability to become one of the NFL’s best interior linemen and will instantly improve the Titans offense in both the run and pass game. He also offers them some much needed versatility and youth inside.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Georgia OL Cordy Glenn
Glenn is a powerful body who can maul defenders in the run game and more than hold his own inside vs. the pass. A potential Pro Bowl-caliber option at guard who should be an ideal power player in the AFC North.
22. -TRADE- Miami Dolphins via Cleveland Browns: Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden
If the Dolphins are unable to get their QB in the top ten, don’t be shocked to see them move back and take their pick from the second tier type QB prospects mid/late stages of round one.
23. Detroit Lions: Ohio State OT Mike Adams
As long as quarterback Matthew Stafford is healthy the offense is going to score points. Therefore, bringing in an athlete capable of protecting his blind side is becoming a major need in Detroit.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Stanford OT Jonathan Martin
Getting a potential franchise left tackle at 24 has to be a thrill for the Steelers. Martin is an athletic pass blocker who needs to get stronger, but has the talent to hold his own in space vs. the pass game and is an upgrade over what the Steelers have in place now.
25. Denver Broncos: Baylor WR Kendall Wright
After signing QB Peyton Manning, adding a big play threat to open up the field vertically and complement the pieces the Broncos already have in place makes a lot of sense for Denver.
26. Houston Texans: LSU WR Rueben Randle
The Texans would love to add another vertical threat to the offense to take some pressure off Andre Johnson and Randle has the strider speed to be a threat down the field and take the top off a defense.
27. New England Patriots: Penn State DT Devon Still
He’s not the most dynamic of pass rushers. However, he’s a big, strong kid with a good get off, long set of arms and knows how to play the run. He’s a potential anchor inside who can push the pocket and give the Patriots a lot of 3-4 and 4-3 flexibility.
ICONPerry can create pressure off the edge.
28. Green Bay Packers: Southern Cal DE/OLB Nick Perry
Perry has worked out well all post-season and is a versatile 43 DE or 34 OLB prospect who could line-up all over. His versatility on third down gives the Packers even more options in pressure situations.
29. Baltimore Ravens: Wisconsin OL Peter Konz
Konz has the ability to play both center and guard at the next level and gives the Ravens a real upgrade inside at a spot of need.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Stanford TE Coby Fleener
The 49ers need to add talent to the passing game, but if there isn’t a receiver on the board worthy of the pick, don’t be shocked to see them look at Fleener. Head coach Jim Harbaugh loves to run multiple tight end packages and Fleener has the ability to create a ton of mismatches in the pass game on all levels of the field.
31. New England Patriots: Alabama SS Mark Barron
New England has had to piece together their secondary this year, but in terms of talent they could certainly use an upgrade at a number of spots. Barron is a smart, instinctive safety with good ball skills, can play in the box and be effective bumping/running with tight ends underneath.
32. New York Giants: South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore
Getting a tall, physical defensive back who displays a natural feel in zone and can go get the football makes some sense for the Giants at the back end of round one.
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