The Dolphins are going to be in for a tough decision with Cordarrelle Patterson and Werner on the board. The Phins have the cap room to sign one of the top WR’s in free agency and the draft has plenty of options at the position. Pass rushers aren’t as easy to come by and finding someone to play opposite Cam Wake isn’t going to be easy. Werner is a solid talent that may fall a bit with a whole slew of freakish athletes being taken ahead of this point. Werner opposite of Wake is a nightmare for AFC East quarterbacks.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
To say the Bucs need secondary help would be the grossest understatement of the century. They have little talent on the corner and need a safety to pair with Mark Barron.
Xavier Rhodes is a perfect fit for what the Bucs want to do on the corner. He’s a physical, press corner with the recovery speed to make up for mistakes. His problem with being overly physical with his hands will be fixed at the next level and he has a shot at being a really good one in short order.
14. Carolina Panthers – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
This scenario is perfect for the Panthers with both Cordarrelle Patterson and Star Lotulelei on the board. I’ll give Patterson the edge on this one due to enormous impact he could have on the growth of the future of this franchise, Cam Newton.
Patterson is a special talent that gives the Panthers a long-term option to pair with Newton. Steve Smith will be 34-years old and Brandon LaFell remains the only other somewhat proven WR on the roster. Patterson has major upside that can stretch the field vertically and can turn underneath stuff into TD’s in the blink of an eye.
15. New Orleans Saints – Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
Star’s health concerns could drop him into a perfect situation for team and player. The Saints are moving to a 30 front but don’t have a true nose (Brodrick Bunkley). This pick gives them some flexibility to as Akiem Hicks and Star are both capable of playing the 5T or nose.
This may be the floor for Jarvis Jones, unless more comes out about his neck condition. The Rams have nothing at outside linebacker next to James Laurinaitis. This pick could be heart wrenching for the Rams with Jon Cooper remaining on the board. Jeff Fisher will add some defensive talent early in the draft and the opportunity to take one of the top defensive talents in the draft with the 16th pick.
I have maintained that Jones is optimal at the SLB spot. His skill set is perfectly suited to play opposite Laurinaitis.
The Steelers could go in a bunch of different directions with this pick. The Steelers need help at linebacker but the secondary isn’t getting any younger and finding someone that could play either FS or SS will be a priority.
Vaccaro didn’t run well at the Combine but performed well in the drills and showed pretty well in other tests. He still remains the top safety in the draft.
18. Dallas Cowboys – Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Will the Cowboys re-sign Anthony Spencer? That’s the question. After restructuring Miles Austin, Brandon Carr, DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, and Ryan Cook the Cowboys are $4 million under the cap. The Cowboys look serious about keeping Spencer who appears to be an odd fit in Kiffin’s 4-3.
Cooper is pushing Chance Warmack and could be higher on a few team’s boards. His added weight at the Combine didn’t appear to affect his movement skills. He’s a solid value and gives the Cowboys some much needed OL help.
19. New York Giants – Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida St.
It was reported that Carradine would have a pro day in April. If he performs well there, this pick could be a pipe dream. The Giants will be in the market for a DE to replace the production of Osi Umenyiora.
They are in a perfect spot to capitalize on Carradine’s late season knee surgery. Carradine was, at times, the best pass rusher on the FSU team. Far from the one-year wonder that many have him pegged as; this guy is the real deal. Carradine was effective in sub sets in 2011 and was dominate in 2012 as a FT starter. He was heavily recruited out of high school and even more so out of JC. Carradine is right up Jerry Reese’s alley.
20. Chicago Bears – D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Stockpiling OL should be a priority for Marc Trestman’s club this offseason. Fluker wasn’t expected, nor did he, tear up the Combine. Don’t let that fool you into believing that he’s not a first round pick. At worst you get a very good RG at best he could be a Pro Bowl RT in the league. Sign Jay Cutler and Chicago up for two of those.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Johnathan Cyprien, SS, FIU
Taylor Mays would be the opening day starter as strong safety. Obviously finding a safety will be a priority in free agency or the draft. Pairing Reggie Nelson with Cyprien is a dangerous combination for AFC North passing attacks.
Cyprien is a fast rising prospect that is capable of making an immediate impact on this squad. His ability to affect the run game at the line of scrimmage and play in the back half will make him a popular guy in April.
22. St. Louis Rams (f/Washington) – Menelik Watson, OT, Florida St.
The Rams would love to find a LT and move Rodger Saffold to the right side. That’s the ideal scenario for Jeff Fisher but finding a LT with the 16th or 22nd pick isn’t going to be an easy task.
Watson gives the Rams some long-term upside at the left tackle spot and has the goods to play on the right side early. He’s raw but he seemed to get better every week this season. He didn’t blow away at the Combine but remains a fantastic athlete that can move with the best of them.