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Wednesday, March 16, 2016


17. Atlanta Falcons - Ohio State LB Darron Lee - The Falcons have to invest in linebacker, and the 2016 and 2017 classes both offer talent at the position. Yes, Lee missed some tackles this season, but I think his agility put him in plays others might not reach. Improvements to the interior of the defensive line would also help. He frequently played a hybrid safety/linebacker role. If Lee is not the pick early, I could see Deion Jones a round or two later.


18. Indianapolis Colts - Eastern Kentucky EDGE Noah Spence - The Colts have a history of giving players, who had some trouble in college, second chances in the NFL, but usually in the later rounds. Spence fills a significant need, however. He combines explosion with power and is not afraid to work through his opponent or around them. Spence tested like an average to above average athlete.


19. Buffalo Bills - Louisiana Tech DL Vernon Butler - I see so much Mo Wilkerson in Butler’s game. Butler can play either interior spot and even a 5 technique role in odd man fronts. He displays intent with his hands and is slippery when working around blockers. With Rex Ryan playing such a big role in Mo Wilkerson’s career with the Jets, why not give him a similar player?


20. New York Jets - Ohio State T Taylor Decker - The Jets offensive line could look very different after the 2016 season, and there was already talk of replacing both tackles this offseason. Decker is a true mauler who likes to play close to his body thanks to a strong grip and is always looking to finish plays.


21. Washington Redskins - Clemson CB Mackensie Alexander - I can see why a lot of people like Alexander. In fact, many love his game. Hate it or love it, corner is now a position of size and stature. It can be difficult to find sub 5’10” corner who successfully plays the ball in contested situations. Jason Verrett was one, and Alexander needs to follow that path. I am unaware if the Redskins use size thresholds for the position, and if so it would likely eliminate Alexander.


22. Houston Texans - Baylor WR Corey Coleman -  I think Coleman plays bigger than his size and obviously offers speed and yards after catch capabilities. It is interesting, because the WVU game shows an evaluator everything in terms of getting off the line versus press, while the Oklahoma State contest displays the opposite. The Texans have an outstanding receiver in DeAndre Hopkins, and Coleman’s skillset would complement Nuk’s very well.


23. Minnesota Vikings - TCU WR Josh Doctson - All Josh Doctson did was show up at the NFL Combine, go through an entire workout and test like the top athlete at the position. We all love his ability to make contested catches, floating in the air with outstanding body control. His routes are further ahead than given credit for. Teddy needs a receiver like Doctson.


24. Cincinnati Bengals - Baylor DL Andrew Billings - There will be a long discussion about Billings’ best alignment. He might not be a true 1 or 0 technique on base downs. He shows very good mobility for an interior lineman in a number of games, and I would not be surprised to see Billings moved around in the NFL. The Bengals need to move on from Domata Peko, and Billings would offer much more upfield disruption. Although the Bengals do like to bring a DE inside in subpackage sets. A receiver like Michael Thomas makes a lot of sense here, too.


25. Pittsburgh Steelers - Boise State EDGE Kamalei Correa - Despite taking an edge player in the first round last year, the Steelers still need to add talent at the position. James Harrison was arguably their best edge rusher last year. I don’t love Correa’s game, but he has his cheerleaders in the NFL.


26. Seattle Seahawks - Florida EDGE/DL Jonathan Bullard - Bullard, who wants to play defensive tackle, can be utilized in a similar way to Malik Jackson. The Florida defensive lineman surprised me with his athleticism (he’s a great athlete) and can help the Seahawks generate interior disruption.


27. Green Bay Packers - Alabama DL Jarran Reed - Who knows what the Packers are doing… They could go with an inside linebacker to allow Clay Matthews to move to the edge. Or they could continue to add bodies up front with a few impending free agents along the defensive interior. We know Reed holds up well against the run, and he has more upfield ability than his teammate A’Shawn Robinson.


28. Kansas City Chiefs - Alabama DL A’Shawn Robinson - The NFL already likes and will continue to like Robinson’s projection more than I do. I see a big, stout run defender who does not offer very much as an upfield disruptor or pass rusher. Maybe he can be Michael Brockers, but I see adequate to above average run defenders signed every year off the street.


29. Arizona Cardinals - Alabama C Ryan Kelly - This center class is loaded, but Kelly is the best of the bunch and a top 32 talent. The Cardinals gave up way too much pressure against Carolina and Carson Palmer is not getting more mobile. The team’s downfield routes can take time to develop. Kelly is a plug and play starter.


30. Carolina Panthers - Georgia EDGE Leonard Floyd - A bit of a surprise. Floyd stands 6-6/244 lbs and is at his best bending the edge and turning the corner when rushing the passer. He lacks strength, there is no denying that. Floyd can be used as a sub-package player his first year, hopefully continue to grow his frame and game and work into a starting role.


31. Denver Broncos - Memphis QB Paxton Lynch - Lynch needs time to learn in the NFL after coming out of a rock step and release or bail offense. Luckily, he would have that time with the Broncos. Very little of Lynch’s offense is translatable to the NFL, in my opinion, but he does have a strong arm and mobility. A rookie contract with a fifth year option seems to be a route that fits with the Broncos’ current quarterback mentality.


(The Patriots’ first-round pick is forfeited)



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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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