22. New York Giants (Trade via PHI) - T Taylor Lewan, Michigan
There is a ton of uncertainty along the Giants’ offensive line. Justin Pugh can play multiple spots along the offensive line and Will Beatty went down with an injury late in the year. Lewan is not in the Matthews/Robinson tier of tackles, however, expect many teams to believe he can start immediately.
23. Kansas City Chiefs - DL Ra’Shede Hageman, Minn
With Hageman, I see a player that can line up at any one of the spots in an odd man front. He has played a lot of one technique this season, and has contributed at three and five technique as well. His athleticism will be on display at the Combine. That great workout could mean his future is projected as an end in a three man line, but I prefer him close to the center. Finding consistency is the key.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Three of the Bengals top corners are over 30 years old. Gilbert still struggles to turn and run while mirroring receivers, specifically along the sideline, but there has been plenty of buzz about Gilbert. He has great ball skills as well.
25. San Diego Chargers - CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
Roby still has plenty of talent, even if it was not on display at all times this season. He is very aware at knowing when to peel off his route and attack underneath patterns and is not afraid to lower his shoulder for a big hit. The closing speed is there as well. Roby does need to stick to his man tighter when mirroring routes in man coverage.
26. Cleveland Browns (Trade via IND) - WR Marqise Lee, USC
I like Lee, but his game regressed in 2013, specifically due to a 12 percent drop rate. Lee mainly runs breaking routes, as 43 percent of his patterns were inside or outside breaks, many short, and 36 percent ended on movements back the quarterback. Only two catches in 2013 were caught deeper than 20 yards down the field.
27. New Orleans Saints - DL Kony Ealy, Missouri
I think the NFL likes Ealy more than I do. The Missouri defensive lineman can win on the inside or outside, but his hand use to gain a balance, momentum and leverage advantage leaves more to be desired. He also needs to display a more powerful leg drive. With that said, if an evaluator really likes Ealy’s upside, I could see a comparison to Greg Hardy.
28. Carolina Panthers - T Morgan Moses, Virginia
This is purely a need based projection, as finding a current and future tackle is the Panthers’ top need. Not receiver. I really hate Moses’ posture and am afraid it will lead to waist bending due to some questions about his functional strength. Many questioned if the same would happy to Cordy Glenn. I was a big fan due to Glenn’s ability to absorb and redirect thanks to his lower half athleticism. I do not see the same from Moses, but his hands are faster than his feet. I could buy some Marcus McNeil comparisons for Moses.
29. New England Patriots - DL Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
A few weeks ago I worried that Bill Belichick would not select Donald purely based on measurement minimums for the position. After discussing the idea with NESN’s Doug Kyed, I think Donald’s ability to cause disruption in the interior cannot be overlooked. Resetting the line of scrimmage and causing confusion in the backfield is king. He is a much, much better prospect than Chris Jones, Joe Vellano and whoever else the Patriots signed off the street last year.
30. Green Bay Packers (Trade via SF) - S Jimmie Ward, NIU
I am a huge fan of Ward. His versatility to line up as a safety that keeps everything in front or move into the slot to cover slot receivers or safeties is a big plus. He could fill a Kenny Vaccaro type role for many teams.
31. Denver Broncos - CB Bashaud Breeland, Clemson
Expect to hear Breeland’s name more and more throughout the process. His game grows on me with each game. Breeland does not panic when trailing receivers, patiently locating the football and attacking to disrupt at the catch point.
32. Seattle Seahawks - TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
The Seahawks do not have a receiver like Amaro on their roster at this time, so instead of replacing another player consider this move as an addition and new wrinkle. Amaro can fit almost any alignment. He is a very fluid mover to win underneath and at the intermediate levels. Don’t discount his willingness to block downfield, in space, or at the line. Marshawn will like that.