Sep 7, 2013; Chapel Hill, NC, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels tight end Eric Ebron (85) dives into the endzone over Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders corner back Jared Singletary (24) on a 2-point conversion attempt at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Liz Condo-USA TODAY Sports
21. Green Bay Packers – TE Eric Ebron
Ebron isn’t a traditional tight end but processes the size and speed to be a threat from various formations and create mismatches against linebackers and safeties. The Packers have a big hole at tight end and somehow are running lower then usual on pass catchers.
22. Carolina (Trade with PHI) – WR Brandin Cooks
How about replacing Steve Smith with a player being compared to Steve Smith. Cooks was amazing at Oregon State catching over 1700 yards and contributing in the return game. If he’s here I think Carolina make the trade up to get him.
23. Kansas City – WR Odell Beckham Jr.
The Chiefs are another team that has to get a pass catcher and OBJ will fit right in to what Andy Ried does on offense. He runs great routes and has very reliable hands. He also can replace Dexter McCluster on returns if needed.
24. New England Patriots (trade with the CIN) – TE Jace Amaro
Why not, this wouldn’t be the first time the Bengals and Patriots have struck a deal. Amaro obviously fills a need for a Pats club that was once a tight end haven, but with Rob Gronkowski recovering from a knee injury and Hernandez in prison they need some help at the position.
25. San Diego – WR Marqise Lee
San Diego needs to capitalize what is left in Phillip Rivers career adding Lee would take some of the heat of last years draft steal Keenan Allen. There are mixed feelings about Lee because of his drop off in 2013 after a phenomenal 2012 season. My answer to that is Matt Barkley. In 2013 he was hurt and didn’t have consistent quarterback play. San Diego gets another steal at wide receiver for a second year in a row.
26. Arizona – LT Cyrus Kouandjio
The massive tackle out of Alabama has had a forgettable combine and pre draft process. However, from what I read teams like Kouandjio more then draft analyst. They are also less concerned about his knee then what is being said.
The Cardinals made a surprising turn around last year winning 10 games and just missing the playoffs adding a powerful tackle on the right side will help in both the run and pass game.
27. New Orleans – DE/LB Dee Ford
Rob Ryan would be excited to get Ford this late and would have fun sending him from various spots on defense. Ford dips and bends the edge as good as anyone in the draft. He might not be an every down player but the no reason to believe he couldn’t achieve 12+ sacks in the right system.
28. Philadelphia – DE Stephen Tuitt
Tuitt would be a great fit for the Eagles defense and would give them a legitimate presence on the line to go with Fletcher Cox. He also has the size to rush from the nose and adds an actual scheme fit player to Bill Davis’ 3-4 defense that still has left overs of the wide 9.
29. Cincinnati – G/T Xavier Su’a-Filo
This pick isn’t mocked probably anywhere else but when you look at the depth chart behind Clint Boling, currently recovering from a torn ACL, there isn’t much there. With all the first round tackles gone and the drafts top three corners gone, the Bengals grab the drafts best guard and plug him in for the next 5 years. One thing we know about Cincinnati is that they aren’t afraid to draft the best rated player.
30. San Francisco – CB Jason Verrett
The 49ers are said to really like Verrett and right now Chris Culliver and Eirc Wright are the starters. The former Horned Frog would contribute right away and can hold up inside or out.
31. Denver – CB Kyle Fuller
Broncos should be really happy if Fuller happens to get this far in the draft. He is one of my favorite players and I actually prefer him over Jason Gilbert on defense. The Virginia Tech produce is scheme diverse and could start very early.
32. Seattle – WR Davante Adams
I could see Seattle moving out of this slot so a team can draft Teddy Bridgewater. If they don’t I really like the fit of Davante Adams. He had incredible production at Fresno St. with 131 catches for over 1700 yards. He would fill the gap left by Golden Tate and could play a similar role. Percy Harvin isn’t exactly a durable player and if the Super Bowl champs have a hole it’s at receiver.