24. Denver Broncos: Sheldon Richardson
The Broncos offensive line is a bit overrated and could use a boost, but team brass will probably focus on defense here. (Maybe wide receiver, if Justin Hunter falls to this point.) This pick is going to be whoever the best defensive tackle on the board is at the time, and we think it will be Sheldon Richardson.
25. New England Patriots: TBD
Again, I refuse to try to get into Bill Belichick’s head right now. It’s too early. Even he doesn’t know what he wants yet. (Obviously it will be a defensive player, but which one?) Come back closer to the draft, I’ll have my highly anticipated Patriots pick then.
26. Baltimore Ravens: Alex Okafor
Defensive youth. Defensive youth. Defensive youth. We know what this team is going to be looking for with this pick. Texas’ defense has been embarrassing in recent weeks, but Alex Okafor isn’t to blame for that. He’ll make for a good value pick here.
27. Green Bay Packers: Chance Warmack
They did a good job addressing the defense last year, now it’s time for the Packers to address another big concern: o-line. Chance Warmack has been an instrumental piece in AJ McCarron’s big season, and he could provide a lot of the same sort of protection for Aaron Rodgers.
28. Chicago Bears: Sharrif Floyd
Offensive line suddenly doesn’t seem like such a big deal anymore, right? It’s probably for the best, because there won’t be any good offensive line players available at this point anyway. Sharrif Floyd has been a huge part of Florida’s surprisingly impressive defense, and he’d be a great fit for a Bears team that will likely lose key players to free agency this summer.
29. San Francisco 49ers: Damontre Moore
DE, Texas A&M
Jim Harbough knows that defense is his bread and butter, and as much as he would love to take additional pressure off Alex Smith, there is no way he will pass on a player of Damontre Moore’s caliber. Total steal at this point.
30. Houston Texans: Terrance Williams
There is a reasonable case to be made that Terrance Williams is actually the second or third best wide receiving prospect available this year. That said, the image of being made great by RGIII is hard to shake. Great value pick for the Texans here.
31. New York Giants: D.J. Fluker
Alabama’s offense has been surprisingly good this year, and the offensive line is getting very little credit for that. The Giants will be looking for best player available here, and D.J. Fluker fits the bill.
32. Atlanta Falcons: Tyler Eifert
TE, Notre Dame
A defensive tackle at this point would be fantastic, but the Falcons won’t get much value at that position here. They may as well wait until the second round. With Tony Gonzalez retiring (supposedly), the Falcons need to look for their tight end of the future. Tyler Eifert makes for a great value pick here.