37. Cincinnati Bengals (from Raiders) – Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
Benjarvus Green-Ellis was great for the Bengals last season, but he lacks the ability to be a home run hitter. The Bengals decided to pass on a running back in the first round, and in return get more value for their pick here. UNC standout Giovani Bernard had a stellar career in college, displaying the burst and vision that is needed to be productive at the college level.
38. Arizona Cardinals – Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California
Carson Palmer is not the long term solution for Bruce Arians in Arizona, so I would look for Arians to draft his guy with his second round pick. Matt Barkley has had several question about his skill set since leaving USC, but he appears to have the ability to make all the necessary throws at the next level.
39. New York Jets – Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
Warford is another guy who benefited from his Senior Bowl performance, playing like a man possessed. Warford is good in pass protection as well as being a great run blocker. Playing him next to Mangold would improve a line that struggled in 2012.
40. Tennessee Titans –Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Titans were towards the bottom of the pack in terms of pass defense, and they will look to add to that unit. Jonathan Banks was considered a first round pick before the start of the college season, and his stock dropped after a disappointing season, but Banks certainly has the talent to make a career for himself.
41. Buffalo Bills – Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
This is another pick that is written in the stars. Ryan Nassib was a three year starter at Syracuse under new Bills coach Doug Marrone, and they’re has already been speculation that Nassib may be taken late in the first round by Bills due to a trade up. That might be the case, but I’m slotting Nassib here at 41.
42. Miami Dolphins – Matt Elam, S, Florida
The Dolphins improved their linebacker corps this offseason, adding Philip Wheeler and Danelle Ellerbee,but the Dolphins also need to improve their safety play. Florida product Matt Elam played well during his time in Gainesville, and has the skill set pro teams are looking for.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Mississippi
Collins was a workout warrior the past two months, impressing scouts and coaches across the league. The Buccaneers got great things out of rookie Lavonte David last season, but that doesn’t mean they won’t give him help. I see Collins going here at 43.
44. Carolina Panthers – DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
Cam Newton has been impressive during his first two seasons in the National Football League, and there is reason to believe he will continue that success. He’s gonna need some help, though. Some believe Hopkins will have the best career of all the receivers in this years draft class. He certainly has the size and talent to be the best, and if he lands in Charlotte, he’ll have a pretty good quarterback throwing to him.
45. San Diego Chargers – Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
Now that the Chargers have their new quarterback, they are going to need to protect him. The Chargers’ line was one of the worst last season, and Menelik Watson would be an instant upgrade at the right tackle position.
46. St. Louis Rams – Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Yes, I have the Rams taking two wide receivers with their first two picks in this year’s draft. But if the Rams are to go to the next level, they are going to have to score on two of the best, if not the best, defenses in the NFL. Hell, Arizona’s defense was pretty good last year as well. The Rams have to get Bradford help, especially with the departure of Danny Amendola.
47. Dallas Cowboys – John Jenkins, DT, Ohio State
The Cowboys need a new nose tackle, period. After Josh Brent’s off the field incident last season and Jay Ratliff’s injuries, Dallas should be in search of a new nose tackle. John Jenkins is a great run stopping defensive tackle that has been working on getting in better playing shape. Jenkins would help improve a Cowboys defensive line that needs to stop Alfred Morris and LeSean McCoy twice a year.
48. Pittsburgh Steelers –Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse
Big Ben has taken a beating over the past few seasons, and some of that is because of his offensive line. After Max Stark’s departure, the Steelers are in search of an offensive tackle. They drafted Mike Adams of Ohio State last season, and he will likely play right tackle. Syracuse’s Justin Pugh was a star at Syracuse, and with his size and strength, he will have a serviceable NFL career.
49. New York Giants – Kawaan Short, DT, Purdue
The Giants had the 24th ranked run defense last season. That is not good for a team that must go against Alfred Morris, LeSean McCoy, and Demarco Murray twice each next year. Kawaan Short was a year starter for Purdue, and has the size to be a dominant run stopping defensive tackle in the run heavy NFC East.
50. Chicago Bears – Kevin Minter, LB, Louisiana State
After Nick Roach and Brian Urlacher both left the Bears this offseason, the bears must look to the draft to try to replace the two of them. The Bears will look to Kevin Minter to fill the role Brian Urlacher played for the Bears for so long.
51. Washington Redskins – Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
The Redskins were a playoff team last year thanks to the outstanding play of rookies Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris. Washington’s two leading receivers COMBINED for 92 receptions last season for a little over 1,100 yards. If the Redskins are to continue to play the way they are, they are going to have to prevent teams from stacking the box and playing on the read option. Quinton Patton is a big target with good speed that can separate from defenders. The Redskins get a steal here at 51.
52. Minnesota Vikings – Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Antoine Winfield has had a great career during his time in the National Football League. However, he’s on the wrong side of 30, and the Vikings need to address replacing him if they do not end up bringing him back. Jordan Poyer is a cover corner with great ball skills that looks to improve the Viking secondary right away.