33. Houston Texans: Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame
If the Texans aren’t sold on any of the quarterbacks available, they could continue building one of the NFL’s most formidable defensive lines by adding Nix to be a much-needed anchor nose tackle in the middle of their three-man front.
34. Washington Redskins: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
Borland could fall because of his limited physical tools, but the instinctive run-stopper would be a strong choice at a position of need in Round 2.
35. Cleveland Browns: Joel Bitonio, OT/G, Nevada
Bitonio has some of the best foot skills among offensive linemen in this year’s draft class, and could provide a much-needed upgrade at either guard or tackle on the right side of Cleveland’s offensive line.
36. Oakland Raiders: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
The Raiders should be looking for another playmaker on their defensive line. Easley is a risky pick, having torn both of his ACLs within the past three years, but when healthy, he is an exceptionally quick penetrator who could end up being one of the best players in this year’s draft.
37. Atlanta Falcons: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
The Falcons need a replacement for Thomas DeCoud at free safety and Pryor would be considered a good value in Round 2.
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
With a deep class of wide receivers, the Buccaneers could afford to wait one more round before drafting one, and could benefit from adding another explosive pass-rusher like Lawrence off the edge.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
The Jaguars need to take a chance on a quarterback before too long in this year’s draft, and they’ve shown interest in Garoppolo. He’s a small-school project, but if developed properly, he could emerge as a starting-caliber quarterback.
40. New England Patriots (from Minnesota Vikings): Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
If the Patriots are going to continue to be an offensive powerhouse, they need to be able to utilize their two-tight end offense more effectively by drafting another receiving threat to pair with Rob Gronkowski. In Seferian-Jenkins, they could get the closest thing to Gronkowski in this year’s draft.
41. Buffalo Bills: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
The Bills should be looking for another receiving weapon, and specifically one with size, to bolster their passing offense. Reuniting Manuel with Benjamin, a former Florida State teammate who is one of the draft’s biggest wideouts, could be exactly what Buffalo needs.
42. Tennessee Titans: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
The Titans have an opening for a feature back after releasing Chris Johnson earlier this offseason, so they shouldn’t pass up Hyde, the best running back in the draft class.
43. New York Giants: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
The Giants need to upgrade at tight end and add another playmaker to an offense that is suddenly very short on playmakers. Amaro could be the receiving threat they need over the middle.
44. St. Louis Rams: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
A disruptive presence who can make plays from both outside and inside, Ealy could provide rotational depth across the entire St. Louis defensive line.
45. Detroit Lions: Lamarcus Joyner, CB/FS, Florida State
An instinctive defensive back who can play both slot cornerback and safety and has great ball skills, Joyner would add a much-needed playmaker to the Detroit secondary.
46. Pittsburgh Steelers: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
An ideal match of player, team and value, Tuitt is well suited to make the transition to 5-technique defensive end, where the Steelers need reinforcement on their three-man front.
47. Dallas Cowboys: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Projected by some to be a first-round pick, Jernigan is an active, athletic defensive tackle who could be an upgrade at the Cowboys’ biggest position of need.
48. Baltimore Ravens: Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State
Brooks would fill the Ravens’ biggest need and would, in tandem with Matt Elam, give Baltimore two young, athletic and interchangeable safeties.
49. New York Jets: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
It wouldn’t surprise me to see Roby fall this far due to discipline issues on and off the field, but his value would probably be too good for the Jets to pass up in the second half of Round 2. He has all the tools to be a shutdown cornerback and would give New York a promising young pairing in tandem with Dee Milliner at the position.
50. Miami Dolphins: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
The Dolphins should be in the market for a wide receiver, ideally a receiver with impressive size and strength like Matthews, who would be good value at the end of the top 50.
51. Chicago Bears: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
The Bears have a major need for safety help, and there is a significant drop-off in talent at the position after Bucannon, so this would seem an obvious choice if he is available.
52. Arizona Cardinals: Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
James is a big, strong right tackle prospect who could help the Cardinals solidify their offensive line.
53. Green Bay Packers: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
Another position at where there is a big drop-off outside the top group, Niklas is a big, athletic tight end who would address a need for the Packers.
54. Philadelphia Eagles: Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville
The Eagles are likely to target a pass-rushing outside linebacker in the early rounds of the draft, and Smith would be both good value at this spot and a natural fit for Philadelphia’s 3-4 defense.
55. Cincinnati Bengals: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
Mettenberger could an early second-round pick, but injuries and off-field concerns could also cause his draft stock to plummet. Cincinnati, a team who should be looking to develop a potential starting quarterback and has never been afraid to take character risks, seems like the logical landing spot for him in Round 2.
56. San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City Chiefs): Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
The 49ers would be smart to seek outside linebacker depth given the uncertainty of Aldon Smith’s future. Murphy, who started his Stanford career playing under 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, would be good value late in Round 2.
57. San Diego Chargers: Trai Turner, G, LSU
One of the most talented offensive linemen still available in this scenario, Turner would be a much-needed upgrade for San Diego’s interior offensive line.
58. New Orleans Saints: Marcus Martin, C, USC
Martin would be a reach of a first-round pick, where some have projected the Saints to select him, but he’d be a strong selection to fill the team’s need at center in Round 2.
59. Indianapolis Colts: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
Unless the Colts are ready to throw all their eggs into Khaled Holmes’ basket, they should be looking to draft another center this year, and Richburg is the top all-around prospect at the position in this year’s draft.
60. Carolina Panthers: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
The Panthers need an offensive tackle who can step in and take on an immediate starting role, and Moses has the experience and polish to do so.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
After addressing other need areas with their first two picks, the 49ers get the receiver they desire by adding a big, valuable target in Allen Robinson.
62. New England Patriots: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
A big defensive end with enticing physical tools, Martin is a high-upside player whose versatility makes him a good fit for New England’s multi-front defensive scheme.
63. Miami Dolphins (from Denver Broncos): Billy Turner, G/OT, North Dakota State
The Dolphins could continue reinforcing their offensive line with Turner, who was a dominant left tackle at the FCS level but could kick inside and contend for a starting guard spot in Miami.
64. Seattle Seahawks: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
The Seahawks have started a league trend toward taller cornerbacks, and they could add another to their roster with Desir, a 6’1” small-school standout with great ball skills.
See page 3 for Round 3 projections.