8. Buffalo Bills: Manti Te’o
LB, Notre Dame
Presuming he is done grieving over his girlfriend, a Manti Te’o selection here will give Buffalo brass the impression that they’ve bolstered their overhyped defense. The truth is that this kid is overrated and got exposed in the title game, but that likely won’t deter anyone even though it should.
9. New York Jets: Barkevious Mingo
The defense wasn’t bad this year, but it wasn’t too good to be improved upon either. Barkevious Mingo will be the best defensive player available at this point.
10. Tennessee Titans: Eric Reid
This kid doesn’t get nearly enough love from the national media. Eric Reid would instantly improve this woefully inadequate Titans defense, but I’m beginning to get the feeling that he won’t be around at this point. We’ll see how the Combine goes.
11. San Diego Chargers: Keenan Allen
The Chargers went out and got a coach who could -- in theory -- salvage Philip Rivers’ dying career; now it’s time to get him a go-to wide receiver, too. Keenan Allen is too good for San Diego to pass up at this point.
12. Miami Dolphins: Cordarrelle Patterson
This feels like it’s a problem for Miami every year, but this group still doesn’t have a quality receiver. Allen would have been really good here. Ryan Tannehill needs someone to throw to. Cordarrelle Patterson theoretically knows how to catch. It sort of makes sense. (I’m not a fan of his work.)
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dee Milliner
This team needs a cornerback in this draft more than any team has needed a cornerback in a draft in recent memory. Another pick that basically makes itself.
14. Carolina Panthers: Johnathan Hankins
DT, Ohio State
This team will select a tackle, at this point it’s just a matter of which one. I’m not especially partial to any Ohio State players ever, but Johnathan Hankins would be the best option available at this juncture.
15. New Orleans Saints: Dion Jordan
Defense. Defense. Defense. Some are projecting that the Saints will get a d-tackle, but that is hardly where there defense is at its weakest. Dion Jordan makes a lot of sense here.