11. San Diego Chargers – Cordarrelle Patterson – WR – Tennessee (Previous Pick: Keenan Allen – WR – California)
As the explosive players have left San Diego, the play of Phillip Rivers has gotten worse and forced to take more chances. The Chargers need a go-to receiver and even with only one full season of D-1 college football under his belt, Patterson is a beast physically with the size and speed to help Rivers get back on track.
Other Possibilities: Johnathan Cooper – G – North Carolina, Sharrif Floyd – DT – Florida, Kenny Vaccaro – S – Texas
12. Miami Dolphins – Kenny Vaccaro – S - Texas
Miami was arguably the biggest player in free agency this offseason. Their defensive backs need help and either cornerback or safety will do. Vaccaro is the best on the board of both positions. He has the size to be a force in the run game and speed to cover receivers down the field.
Other Possibilities: Eric reid – S – LSU, Desmond Trufant – CB – Washington, Alec Ogletree – ILB – Georgia
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Desmond Trufant – CB – Washington (Previous Pick: Sheldon Richardson – DT – Missouri)
Tampa Bay seems to be the only players in the Darrelle Revis sweepstakes. If they cannot get him, they may look to the Draft to find a corner. Trufant is a 3 year starter with experience and talent to dominate right away.
Other Possibilities: Star Lotulelei – DT – Utah, Sharrif Floyd – DT – Florida, Alec Ogletree – ILB – Georgia
14. Carolina Panthers – Sharrif Floyd – DT – Florida
Carolina has neglected their interior defense for years. Now with a space eater like Floyd in the middle and Defensive Rookie of the Year Luke Kuechley, they will have a formidable tandem to build around.
Other Possibilities: Star Lotulelei – DT – Utah, Sylvester Williams – DT – North Carolina, Eric Reid – S – LSU
15. New Orleans Saints – Ezekial Ansah – DE/OLB – BYU (Barkevious Mingo – DE/OLB – LSU)
The Saints have their eye on Ansah as a “DeMarcus Ware type” player in Rob Ryan’s 3 -4 defense. if they feel the jets may take him, they could be a team that makes a move up ahead of them to insure they get their man.
Other Possibilities: Dion Jordan – DE/OLB – Oregon, Jarvis Jones – OLB – Alabama, Xavier Rhodes – CB – Florida State
16. St. Louis Rams – Johnathan Cooper – G – North Carolina (Previous Pick: Lane Johnson – OT - Oklahoma)
The Rams started the process of overhauling their failure of an offensive line with the free agent acquisition of tackle Jake Long. Now they continue the process with some interior help.
Other Possibilities: Eric Reid – S – LSU, Jarvis Jones – OLB – Alabama, Dion Jordan – DE/OLB – Oregon
17. Pittsburgh Steelers – Johnathan Hankins – DT – Ohio State
Pittsburgh had many cap casualties and none was bigger than Casey hampton, both literally and figuratively. Hankins may not be the best overall defenive tackle on the board, but he has versatility to play 3 – 4 DE and NT, which the Steelers and Hall of Fame defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau can find a way to utilize him in the Pittsburgh defense.
Other Possibilities: Sylvester Williams – DT – North Carolina, Star Lotulelei – DT – Utah, Jarvis Jones – OLB – Alabama