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17. Carolina Panthers -- CB Xavier Rhodes, FSU (trade with Steelers)


The Panthers utilized a lot of off coverage in 2012. I think that can be blamed more on the lack of talent rather than scheme. Rhodes is a physical, in your face press corner who has a great frame to slow opposing receivers and ride in their hip downfield.


18. Dallas Cowboys -- G Jonathan Cooper, UNC


There has been some buzz noting that Cooper might be selected before Warmack. The UNC product failed during his attempt at center in college, but teams will love how agile he is in space. He lost weight in 2012, so I’m looking forward to seeing more strength when playing at a natural weight.


19. NY Giants -- DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri


Richardson could instantly bring more interior pass rushing to the Giants. He could absolutely be picked before this, and if that is the case I think the Giants might target UCLA’s Datone Jones.


20. Chicago Bears -- CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State


Some will be surprised, but Taylor is an absolute stud. He’s going in the first-round, it is just a matter of how high. The Bronco has displayed positive play in a variety of coverages, but is at his best when disrupting at the catch point.


21. Cincinnati Bengals -- S Johnathan Cyprien, FIU


One of my favorite prospects in this class, Cyprien spent a large amount of time near the line of scrimmage but has enough range to be an interchangeable piece. Like Taylor, I truly think Cyprien will be selected in the first-round, and I wouldn't be shocked if it was earlier than this.


22. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) -- WR Cordarrelle Patterson, Tennessee


There have been reports of Patterson struggling on the whiteboard. He certainly didn’t struggle on the green field in 2012, however. There are areas of improvement, but Patterson is dynamic with the ball in his hands.


23. Minnesota Vikings -- WR Keenan Allen, Cal


Allen will work through his own pro day this week, and teams are likely anticipating those results. He shows nice burst in and out of his routes while competing at the catch point. However, I wouldn't be shocked to see Allen last until the second-round.


24. Indianapolis Colts -- OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia


The Colts added young free agents to fill a lot of their immediate needs. However, I still think they need pass rushing help off the edge. Jones wins by anticipating the snap and using a great motor to chase. He might not have the length or athletic upside, but if Jones can maximize leverage he can improve his counter move.


25. Minnesota Vikings (from Seahawks) -- LB Manti Te’o, Notre Dame


The Vikings don’t shy away from Notre Dame prospects, but they must decide if Te’o is more than a two down linebacker, and if not, where does his value rest? He is a solid run defender and would be a good, not great, option in the middle.


26. Green Bay Packers -- DL Jesse Williams, Alabama


The Packers are one of the more difficult teams to predict. If they want more of a pass rusher along the front three, Datone Jones is possible. Williams offers good athleticism and brute strength. He might not penetrate the backfield on every play, but he can occupy blocks and allow others to run free.


27. Houston Texans -- WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson


Hopkins projects very similarly to Roddy White. He consistently high points passes and maneuvers his body in front of defenders with strong hands and underrated athleticism.


28. Denver Broncos -- LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State


The Broncos could use a pass rusher after losing Elvis Dumervil, but Brown is an instant upgrade at the inside linebacker spot. He’s excellent in coverage and offers a very physical style when attacking forward. Don’t get caught up in his size... I think he’ll remind John Fox of Jon Beason.


29. New England Patriots -- DL Datone Jones, UCLA


Jones can be a force on the edge while moving inside in pass rushing situations. He was caught hand fighting at the line of scrimmage too often at UCLA, but when asked to aggressively get upfield at the Senior Bowl, Jones was very difficult to stop.


30. Atlanta Falcons -- DE Bjoern Werner, FSU


Werner is a tough player to slot. Even though he went through outside linebacker drills at the Combine, I don’t see him projecting to that position other than a role of designated pass rusher. The Falcons like to incorporate multiple fronts, but Werner would improve a thin position.


31. Buffalo Bills -- QB Ryan Nassib, Syracuse (trade with 49ers)


Even if the Bills do not trade back this far from pick No. 8, I do think they could trade back into the first-round to nab Nassib. The other possibility is E.J. Manuel. I don’t rank either at this spot among quarterbacks, but certainly understand NFL teams might.


32. Baltimore Ravens -- S Matt Elam, Florida


Ozzie Newsome values the middle section of his defense, so after losing both starting safeties from 2012, Elam could be targeted. He’s a bit shorter than ideal for an in the box defender, and Elam can be inconsistent on a play to play basis, but his highlight reel and 2011 tape are great.





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Josh Norris is an NFL Draft Analyst for Rotoworld and contributed to the Rams scouting department during training camp of 2010 and the 2011 NFL Draft. He can be found on Twitter .
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