*Major contributions have been made to this article from Richard Moore. Richard is a draft nut with an extensive knowledge of this incoming class. Readers may have previously heard him on Bomani Jones' Radio show The Morning Jones.
Richard Moore's selections
17.The New England Patriots select Mark Ingram. RB. Alabama.
18.The San Diego Chargers select Anthony Castonzo. T. Boston College.
19.The New York Giants select Ryan Kerrigan. DE. Purdue.
The Giants have key players hitting free agency. Ahmad Bradshaw will need to be replaced, I expect the Giants to draft a RB in the second round.
With the loss of Keith bullock to free agency the giants should be looking to draft a OLB
Justin Houston and Ryan Kerrigan are the best available OLB’s. Justin Houston is the better pass rusher but Kerrigan is much better dropping back in coverage. He might also be moved to OLB due
to his size. But that would work out well for the Giants so I can’t see them passing on him.
20.The Tampa Bay Buccaneers select JJ Watt. DE. Wisconsin.
Mike Williams was outstanding for the Buccaneers last season but Freeman still needs better
options around him besides Sammie Stroughter and Michael Spurlock. It is still to early to draft
a WR, the amount of talent still available in the OL would be the best option for Tampa Bay offensively.
The Bucs would be smart to pick up a rushing defensive end to take advantage of their
strong defensive tackle play. The safety position could be taken here but I don’t believe
the risk is worth it. JJ Watt fits their system and is the most talented defensive end available.
21.The Kansas City Chiefs select Corey Liuget. DT. Illinois.
Like many teams the Chiefs also need a second pass rushing threat from their linebackers. Tamba Hali is one of the best in the league regularly facing double teams. Ray Edwards is a free agent and that seems to be the biggest concern for the chiefs.
22.The Indianapolis Colts select Danny Watkins. G. Baylor.
Peyton Manning was under way too much pressure during last season, Someone like Danny Watkins would be a solid fit for the Colts.
23.The Philadelphia Eagles select Gabe Carimi. T. Wisconsin.
The Eagles gave up 52 sacks last season highlighting their need for a new right tackle in place of Winston Justice. The Eagles are jumping at the chance to draft Gabe Carimi or Mike Pouncey here. Carimi is more NFL ready than Pouncey so I expect them to take him here.
24.The New Orleans Saints select Derek Sherrod. T. Mississippi State.
The Saints don't have many holes through their roster. They re-signed Pierre Thomas so I don't expect them to draft offensively at this spot.
The Saints have plenty of talent in the secondary but their solid linebacking corp and defensive line unit could be upgraded. Drafting a LB here would not be a great decision, they could get the same quality in round 2. And the DL’s have started to drop in quality. Stephen Paea is the best available but he is a coin flip due to his current injury.
25.The Seattle Seahawks select Jake Locker. QB. Washington.
passing was Matt Hasselbeck. The team needs a quality center, but I don’t think Mike Pouncey will do well in Seattle. Jake Locker is the next best option at QB and there won’t be any one here next round, so this is the best time to take the plunge.
26.The Baltimore Ravens select Mike Pouncey. C/G. Florida.
27.The Atlanta Falcons select Akeem Ayers. LB. UCLA.
running-back. A RB is needed to help lighten the load for Michael Turner. Drafting a RB that can
run outside will help the pass game and could be the missing piece to the offence.
Mike Peterson is 34 years of age and about to become a free agent, either way he needs to
be replaced. Coy Wire was a great signing, I expect him to start next season. The LB position does need to be filled; Akeem Ayers is the ideal LB for Atlanta’s system. He is quick and tough, and should be able to make an impact on the team by at least week 3.
28.The New England Patriots select Titus Young. WR. Boise State.
have another pick at #33 so they can take the chance on him. If Mike Pouncey does not get drafted by Baltimore the Patriots will take him over Young.
29.The Chicago Bears select Marcus Cannon. T. TCU.
working without any quality pieces which are essential in Mike Martz offense. Marcus Cannon
improved his stock at the combine this year. The big and powerful OT is the heaviest in this year’s draft.
30.The New York Jets select Stephen Paea. DT. Oregon State.
31.The Pittsburgh Steelers select Brandon Harris. CB. Miami.
32.The Green Bay Packers select Adrian Clayborn. DE. Iowa.
Johnny Jolly and Cullen Jenkins are scheduled to become free agents this offseason. The best
option left for the Packers is Adrian Clayborn. He is the last quality DE availaible other than
Cameron Heyward. Clayborn is better so I see the packer taking him.