Oct 13, 2012; Columbia, MO, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive lineman Jesse Williams (54) warms up before the game against the Missouri Tigers at Farout Field. The Crimson Tide won 42-10. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-US PRESSWIRE
21. Miami Dolpins: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
The Miami defense has been rock solid this season due to some players along their d-line playing a little out of their minds. I am sure they want to add some talent to their receiving corp but I don’t really see anyone worth the spot here. They grab a behemoth NT who will help their already stellar rush defense and use their two 2nd rounders for offense.
22. Seattle Seahawks: Marcus Davis, WR, Virginia Tech
Pete Carroll likes his physical specimens and Marcus Davis is a freak. They know Russell Wilson is the future and that defense doesn’t really have many holes. Sidney Rice can’t stay healthy and the rest of their receivers are depth guys. Davis is raw but has #1 potential and offers the size that Carroll Likes at the position.
23. San Diego Chargers: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Jared Gaither looked like the guy to lock down the blind side for the Chargers, but he has struggled to stay healthy for a big portion of his career. Matthews is a stalwart right tackle who can play as a rookie and improve the Chargers running game. He isn’t a finesse blocker, but there are some who think he has the base to be a road-grading LT if necessary. Either way he helps out the Charges O-line which is the key to their offensive woes.
24. Minnesota Vikings: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
This was just too perfect. Vikings need a DT? Talented guy with the last name Williams? Easiest mock selection ever. In all seriousness, it’s been a few years since the vaunted “Williams-Wall” was going full-steam in Minnesota. Pat Williams is gone, Kevin Williams is aging but is still a very solid tackle. Jesse Williams has excellent potential as a guy who hasn’t played football very long but has all the tools. He is versatile, and can play either the nose or under tackle position in a 4-3 and has been successful under the legendary Nick Saban’s Alabama defense.
25. Denver Broncos: Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame
I am a fan of Te’o’s, but the fact of the matter is that inside linebackers aren’t coveted as much as they once were. Luke Kuechly was taken last year by a Panthers team starved for defensive talent with the idea that he could also fill in on the weak side. Te’o is really best suited for the middle of the defense and doesn’t have quite the range you would like in a top-20 Mike backer. However, he is an emotional leader and a big hitter in the middle of the defense and could give the Broncos a big improvement in defending the run.
26. San Fransisco 49ers: Ezekiel Ansah, OLB, BYU
It is only fitting that the guy I compared to Aldon Smith ends up on the same team. The 49ers style is well known: physical defense that makes life hell for opposing QB’s. Ahmad Brooks is a solid edge-setter on the strong side, but he isn’t having the success getting after the QB like he did last year. Ansah can be brought on much like Smith was: slowly, mostly being utilized on 3rd downs. His physical potential is immense and he really has the perfect body style for this 49ers defense.
27. New England Patriots: TJ McDonald, FS, USC
The Patriots have loved taking defensive backs early in the draft in recent years, but they still have yet to find a safety that they can say is locked in as “the guy”. TJ McDonald has been a leader of the USC defense and is an intelligent, versatile player. Bill loves that kind of versatility in his safeties and McDonald also fulfills the qualifier of being a little big for the position. McDonald is certainly better than any of their safety options on the roster and could solidify the back end of what many believe is the Patriots’ weakest unit.
28. New York Giants: Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
The Giants taking another defensive lineman? I say yes. Justin Tuck has disappointed this year and the rotation behind him has been merely solid. That d-line is successful because of their ends, but could be even more formidable with a big threat in the middle. Richardson is a very talented UT prospect with pass rushing potential in the middle of a 4-3. He will be pushed down because of the wealth of talent at the position in this draft class, but in recent years he could have been a top 20 pick.
29. Baltimore Ravens: Alex Okafor, DE/OLB, Texas
The Ravens defense has struggled this year due to an inordinate amount of injuries to key players. Ray Lewis’ might have played his last down (though I doubt it) and Suggs, despite his insanely quick recovery, may not be back to full speed after an Achilles injury. The secondary could use some help since Webb will be coming off an ACL tear and Reed is aging. However, I think they look to address the pass rush and finally get a threat opposite of Suggs. Okafor isn’t an elite pass rushing talent but he seems to fill the Ravens desire to have more complete outside linebackers that can also stop the run.
30. Chicago Bears: DJ Fluker, T/G, Alabama
The Bears’ offensive line woes have been well documented for years. I was a big fan when they added Gabe Carimi to the right side, but they still have former 7th rounder Jamarcus Webb manning the blind side. Fluker is an interesting prospect because he has been a right tackle for his career at Alabama, but some believe he has the athletic potential to play on the left side. He fits the Bears/Mike Tice mold of being a massive human being with athletic promise. The Bears love to shuffle their o-lineman, and bringing in Fluker would allow him and Carimi to compete for the right or left side (Carimi played LT in college).
31. Houston Texans: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
The Houston Texans have arguably the most complete team in the NFL. Their defense has been one of the best in the league since the additions of Wade Phillips and JJ Watt. Their offense has always been deadly, especially since the establishment of Arian Foster as one of the league’s top rushing attack. Andre Johnson has struggled to stay healthy and their receivers are very inconsistent outside of AJ. Terrance Williams has the size and speed to be a big time threat in the Texans’ offense. AJ is slowing down and the lack of a deep threat may allow defenses to key in on the running game (not that they will be able to stop it). Even if Williams takes a little time to develop a complete game, he can still stretch the field early on.
32. Atlanta Falcons: Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
I think Jordan would be best served as a 3-4 outside linebacker after putting on weight, but I think the Falcons could take him hoping he completes his pass rushing repertoire. John Abraham is still the teams only real pass rushing threat. Jordan also has the added dimension of being able to drop into coverage, but he will lose that if he must become a three down defensive end. The Falcons need playmakers on defense that match the playmakers they have on offense, though I was very tempted to give them Marcus Lattimore here..