Jason Worilds isn’t my answer at OLB. I take a guy that has very average athletic skills but great tape because I’m replacing a guy that was very similar in James Harrison. Jones is a top fifteen talent (currently sitting at No. 15 on our board), so I feel I’m getting a solid value at a position of need.
My safeties are a major worry for me. Kenny Vaccaro is a guy that I’m not as high on as many others but I think its solid value and fills my biggest position of need.
I was able to add Dan Connor in the offseason but I’m not letting that stop me from taking a huge value pick (Brown is rated as our 8th overall prospect). Brown can challenge Connor inside. At worst he allows us to move Mathias Kiwanuka to DE and he can play SLB for us.
20. Chicago Bears – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
With an eye on the future I pull the trigger on a big corner that slides a bit from where we have him valued. Rhodes is a big corner that can give me a force opposite Peanut Tillman. Tillman is a guy that I am working to get re-signed before he hits the market next offseason but Rhodes gives me insurance just in case.
I need to find a starter opposite Reggie Nelson. While the draft is deep at the safety position, I’m going with a sure thing in Cyprien. I’m impressed with his ability to play in the backend and in the box. He’s the difference maker I crave in my secondary and gives me a perfect complement to a guy that I rescued off the scrap heap in Nelson.
22. St. Louis Rams (f/Washington) – Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon St.
I’d love to grab a safety here but Cyprien and Vaccaro are off the board, so I look to add a weapon. I would have loved to get my hands on Tavon Austin but he was long gone. Wheaton is the dynamic speedster that I need in this offense.
23. Minnesota Vikings – Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
I need some depth outside of Josh Robinson and Chris Cook. Trufant is a guy that I feel comfortable is going to be a player that isn’t going to bust out and gives me the scheme versatility that my DC is looking for.
I wasn’t able to lock down a pass rushing linebacker in free agency, so I take to the draft to find myself a good one. Werner is a guy that I think can play on his feet. He’s a guy that I feel comfortable with in this range and think he gives us an upgrade over Jerry Hughes.
25. Minnesota Vikings – Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
Tyrone McKenzie and Marvin Mitchell comprise the depth at ILB. Needless to say I will and should look at an ILB with the pick that was part of the Percy Harvin trade. Manti Te’o intrigues me a here but I value Kevin Minter a little higher so he’s my selection. I think Minter is vastly underrated and gives me a tackling machine in the middle of my defense.
26. Green Bay Packers – Johnathan Hankins, DT/DE, Ohio State
I, like Ted Thompson, will be looking to move down from this spot as I don’t love any of the players that fill my needs on the defensive line. Hankins is a guy that intrigues me a bit because he’s a big body that has surprising athleticism. He played a ton of snaps at OSU and seemed to wear down. I’m intrigued by his ability in limited snaps.
Andre Johnson will be 32 years old to start the 2013 season. That’s hard to believe but it leaves the Texans in a tough spot as they almost have to look at the top receiver at this spot. DeVier Posey will likely start the season on injured reserve and Lester Jean and Keshawn Martin remain the only other options. Stedman Bailey is a guy that we are really high on and believe he gives us a perfect complement to Andre Johnson heading into the future.
28. Denver Broncos – Cornellius Carradine, DE, Florida St.
I’m charged with replacing the production of Elvis Dumervil. That’s a near impossible task but having Tank Carradine slide into our laps makes me feel a little more confident.
29. New England Patriots – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
I have a wealth of receivers but not sure that anyone on my roster has the upside of being a number one threat. I have to pat myself on the back with the moves I’ve made in the offseason to fill needs. Those moves allow me to take a receiver which could be viewed as a bit of luxury with all the additions at the position.
30. Atlanta Falcons – D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
We cut Tyson Clabo leaving Lamar Holmes on his own on the right side. We are high on Holmes but we can’t pass on the opportunity to add Fluker. We have to protect Matt Ryan, who’s about to break our bank and Fluker gives us an NFL ready run blocker. The combination of pass protection and run blocking make him a very attractive option for us in the wake of Clabo dismissal.
31. San Francisco 49ers – Barkevious Mingo, OLB, LSU
The outside linebacker spot is the least of our worries but we want to capitalize on a talent that drops. We have a ton of picks and this is our sweet spot for Mingo. I’m not as high as many are on Mingo, as I see him as a situational pass rusher but he’s worth a shot at this point in the draft and gives us another guy to create havoc for opposing QB’s.
Many questioned my ability early in the offseason but aren’t doing so now. We went out and got Rolando McClain but aren’t 100% confident that he’s the answer inside. Manti Te’o is a guy that we feel comfortable with at this point in the draft.