33. Cincinnati Bengals- S TJ McDonald (USC)
This pick is from the Raiders in the Carson Palmer deal. The Bengals are trying out Taylor Mays at safety this year. He’s really inexperienced and considering the 49ers gave him up for next to nothing after just one year, he’s unlikely to pan out. McDonald can be a replacement.
34. Jacksonville Jaguars- G Chance Warmack (Alabama)
Teams that draft quarterbacks typically draft complimentary offensive players with their next pick. How about a guard for the Jaguars? They used a 3rd round pick on Will Rackley in 2011, but that didn’t work out. Rackley really struggled in 2011 and now will miss the whole 2012 season with injury. They’ve moved Eben Britton there, but he’s a natural guard and also a free agent this offseason. He has a history of injury problems too. If they decide to keep Rackley, he can be used at center, where Brad Meester will be a 36 year old free agent next offseason.
35. Arizona Cardinals- OT Oday Aboushi (Virginia)
Teams that draft quarterbacks typically draft complimentary offensive players with their next pick. The Cardinals have the quarterback. Now they have to protect him. Levi Brown has probably played his last snap with the Cardinals and even if 2012 4th round pick Bobby Massie pans out at right tackle, they’ll still need a new left tackle.
36. Cincinnati Bengals- DE Bjoern Warner (Florida State)
The Bengals love rotation on the defensive line, but lost Jonathan Fanene and Frostee Rucker in free agency last year, without really replacing either, and both Robert Geathers and Michael Johnson will be free agents in 2013. They need a new defensive end in the mix.
37. Miami Dolphins- CB Johnny Adams (Michigan State)
The Dolphins lost their cornerback depth when they traded Vontae Davis to the Colts. Now they have no depth behind Sean Smith and Richard Marshall and the former of those two is a free agent next offseason. Cornerback could be an early priority of their 2013 NFL Draft.
38. Seattle Seahawks- OT Jake Matthews (Texas A&M)
The Seahawks used a 1st round pick in 2011 on James Carpenter, but he’s been moved from tackle to guard. Breno Giacomini is alright, but he could be upgraded, so the Seahawks could use an early pick on an offensive tackle to play opposite Russell Okung.
39. Kansas City Chiefs- 3-4 DE Jesse Williams (Alabama)
Glenn Dorsey is a free agent, while Tyson Jackson’s 2013 salary is a ridiculous 14.72 million (because of his draft status as a the 3rd overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft). Jackson won’t be back at that salary and Dorsey might not be back at all. They need to draft a new 3-4 defensive end, even if they like 2011 3rd round pick Allen Bailey.
40. Minnesota Vikings- WR Terrance Williams (Baylor)
Jerome Simpson will provide a complimentary receiver to Percy Harvin when he returns from his suspension, but he was just signed to a one year deal. The Vikings though 2012 4th round pick Greg Childs could develop into a starter, but he tore both of his patellar tendons, after tearing one in college, so his future is in doubt. The Vikings take another receiver here.
41. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- DT Bennie Logan (LSU)
It’s strange that the Buccaneers still have problems at defensive tackle after using a 3rd round pick on Roy Miller in the 2009 NFL Draft and a 1st and 2nd round pick respectively on Gerald McCoy and Brian Price in the 2010 NFL Draft. Price was traded and eventually cut by the Bears. Miller hasn’t been great and McCoy, however talented, has been plagued by injuries. McCoy and Miller are starters right now, but Miller hasn’t been great and he’ll be a free agent next offseason. Taking another defensive tackle would allow top reserve Gary Gibson to remain a reserve.
42. Carolina Panthers- CB Desmond Trufant (Washington)
The Panthers are stuck with another year of Captain Munnerlyn. The Panthers expressed interest in replacing Munnerlyn in the starting lineup this offseason, and rightfully so after he struggled for the league’s worst pass defense in 2012, but were unable to replace him. Darius Butler, who struggled in a few starts last year, was cut, while 2011 4th round pick Brandon Hogan was placed on IR. Unless 2012 5th round pick Josh Norman can beat out Munnerlyn and prove to be a solid starter, they’ll be looking for cornerback help early in 2013.
43. Detroit Lions- C Khaled Holmes (USC)
Dominic Raiola is a declining player and is unlikely to see the non-guaranteed 4.05 million he’s owed in 2013. Holmes can be his replacement at center.
44. San Francisco 49ers- S Robert Lester (Alabama)
The 49ers were hesitant to give Dashon Goldson a long term contract this offseason and rightfully so. Goldson struggled in coverage last year, but made the Pro-Bowl on the strength of 6 interceptions. Interception totals can be very inconsistent on a year to year basis and if that number proves to be a fluke (Goldson had just 5 interceptions in his previous 4 seasons), Goldson won’t be worth nearly as much. The 49ers are smart so they may just opt to let him go elsewhere and replace him with a safety through the 2013 NFL Draft.
45. New York Jets- RB Montee Ball (Wisconsin)
The Jets are trying to run a run heavy offense. The problem is they just don’t have the running back depth. Shonn Greene is marginal, while Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight are unproven players who have struggled in limited action so far in their careers. Greene is a free agent next offseason anyway. Ball would be a perfect fit for their power running scheme.
46. Dallas Cowboys- G Jonathan Cooper (North Carolina)
The Cowboys brought in two new guards in the 2012 offseason, bringing in Nate Livings from Cincinnati and Mackenzy Bernadeau from Carolina. However, Livings was awful in 2011 with the Bengals and Bernadeau is a career backup and former 7th round pick so I have no idea why the Cowboys paid him starter’s money to start for them. Interior offensive line figures to be a problem for them all year and they could use an early draft pick on the interior in 2013.
47. Washington Redskins- OT Brennan Williams (North Carolina)
The Redskins need offensive line help in the worst way. Jammal Brown is still not recovered from the hip surgery he had in 2009 and might not play at all this year. At the very least, he won’t play for the first 6 weeks of the season as he’s been placed on the PUP after additional surgery. His 3.25 million dollar salary in 2013 is non-guaranteed so they might just cut their losses with him and find a new right tackle.
48. Baltimore Ravens- MLB Kevin Reddick (North Carolina)
Eventually Ray Lewis is going to decline…probably. Either that or he’ll just retire. Either way, they need to start looking at successors because Lewis will be 38 next offseason. Reddick is definitely a possibility early in the 2013 NFL Draft.
49. New York Giants- OT Alex Hurst (LSU)
The Giants won the Super Bowl in 2011 despite the league’s worst offensive line in pass blocking efficiency. Eli Manning, like his brother, is one of the best in the league in throwing under pressure and avoiding sacks, but they need to fix things upfront. James Brewer, a 2011 4th round pick, was unable to beat out the awful David Diehl at right tackle, while William Beatty, a free agent this offseason, can’t stay healthy on the left side.
50. Miami Dolphins- G Travis Frederick (Wisconsin)
John Jerry was supposed to be the solution at right guard for them, but, already a poor fit for their zone blocking scheme, Jerry showed up out of shape this offseason and lost his starting job to Artis Hicks, a 34 year old who struggled in limited action as a backup in Cleveland last season. Hicks is now on IR, meaning Jerry will start by default, but the Dolphins might sign Jake Scott, who is still unsigned this close to the start of the season, and he could end up starting for them. That’s how bad things are. With two 2nd round picks in 2013, they could easily use one on a right guard.
51. Denver Broncos- DT Sylvester Williams (North Carolina)
The Broncos used a 2nd round pick in 2012 on Derek Wolfe, but still have a major need at defensive tackle. Besides, they’ll be lining Wolfe up at left end in base packages. They still need a true defensive tackle, which is what Williams can be for them.
52. St. Louis Rams- S Matt Elam (Florida)
Darian Stewart was one of the worst safeties in the league in 2011, in his 1st year as a starter. They’re giving him another chance, but if he struggles again, he could get replaced.
53. San Diego Chargers- OT Dallas Thomas (Tennessee)
AJ Smith has only once used a pick higher than a 3rd rounder on an offensive lineman in his tenure in San Diego and it shows. They have major holes at left guard and right tackle and no insurance at left tackle for the oft injured Jared Gaither. Gaither will miss week 1 at least with back spasms and undrafted rookie Mike Harris will start in his absence. Thomas can provide insurance on the left side and would also be an upgrade over Jeromey Clary on the right side.
54. Buffalo Bills- S Kenny Vacarro (Texas)
The Bills were known to be interested in Mark Barron in the 2012 NFL Draft, but he wasn’t available when they picked at 10. It made sense though. Jairus Byrd is a free agent next offseason, while George Wilson is a marginal player who will be 32 by draft day 2013. The Bills could easily take a safety early in the 2013 NFL Draft.
55. Atlanta Falcons- TE Joseph Fauria (UCLA)
This will probably be Tony Gonzalez’ last year in the league. He’ll be a 37 year old free agent next offseason and he’s said on numerous occasions that this will be his last year. The Falcons will need to draft a replacement because they don’t seem to have one on the roster.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers- WR Cobi Hamilton (Arkansas)
The Steelers don’t appear to have the cap space needed to give Mike Wallace the kind of deal he wants. They were backed up against the cap this offseason and had to cut several players and restructure the contracts of several others just to get under the cap. Those restructurings will hurt them cap wise next offseason, as will Antonio Brown’s new extension. If they let him go, Emmanuel Sanders will probably step into the starting lineup for him, but they’ll need to replenish depth.
57. Tennessee Titans- G Larry Warford (Kentucky)
Steve Hutchinson is an upgrade on the interior of their offensive line, but he’ll be in his age 36 season in 2013. Meanwhile, the other guard LeRoy Harris is a mediocre run blocker and a free agent next offseason.
58. Chicago Bears- MLB Alec Ogletree (Georgia)
Like the Ravens with Ray Lewis, the Bears will eventually have to find a replacement for Brian Urlacher. Urlacher, who has had some recent injury problems, is a 35 year old free agent next offseason. If he’s retained, Ogletree can play outside for a couple of years.
59. Philadelphia Eagles- OLB CJ Mosley (Alabama)
The Eagles did a good job of adding two new starting linebackers this offseason, DeMeco Ryans and Mychal Kendricks. Here’s a 3rd.
60. New England Patriots- WR Ryan Swope (Texas A&M)
Brandon Lloyd and Wes Welker are both over 30 and the latter is a free agent next offseason. Unless they think Julian Edelman, Matt Slater, or Greg Salas are the future, they’ll want to spend an early pick on a receiver in the 2013 NFL Draft.
61. Houston Texans- NT Jonathan Jenkins (Georgia)
The Texans have a great defense, but the one thing they lack is a true nose tackle as two undersized players, Shaun Cody and Earl Mitchell, rotate there. Jenkins is a true nose tackle who can complement the other two well.
62. Green Bay Packers- RLB Corey Lemonier (Auburn)
This is just the Packers doing what they do best, taking the best available player regardless of need. The Packers have two rush linebackers in Clay Matthews and Nick Perry, but Lemonier can be a 3rd rotational player and insurance and I’ve been trying to fit the talented pass rusher somewhere for about 15-20 picks.