25. Minnesota Vikings Robert Woods, WR, USC
The departure of Percy Harvin is going to hurt this team that already had a lackluster passing game with him in it. USC wide receiver Robert Woods will address this need. While his hands are somewhat inconsistent and injury concerns have haunted him, Woods is still a very talented receiver. He can run any route in the route tree and has the capabilities of being a solid No. 1 or No. 2 in any offense. In this case, he has big shoes to fill, but Woods has the size and balance in his game to give Christian Ponder a reliable target through the air.
26. Green Bay Packers Justin Pugh , OG/OT, Syracuse
Green Bay has needs on the defensive side of the ball, especially at the back end of the defense with the departure of defensive back Charles Woodson. D.J. Swearinger or Matt Elam may be options here. However, if Green Bay is looking to protect Aaron Rodgers and make sure that he isn’t sacked as much as he was last season, Justin Pugh is the smartest move to make. Pugh has the versatility to play either guard or tackle, meaning the Packers can plug him in virtually anywhere they want and watch him develop. Remember the “Fail Mary” game? So do the Packers. It has to dwell in their mind. As inconsistent as the Packers are on defense, they have a lot of problems up front. With the departure of Greg Jennings, Rodgers will have one less weapon to dump the ball off to. He will need more time to make decisions.
27. Houston Texans Keenan Allen, WR, California
California wide receiver Keenan Allen has the body to be a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. He has the ability to get in and out of his routes quickly and burst into the secondary of defenses. Playing for an offense that was somewhat vertically challenged didn’t allow him to truly grow as a player, but Houston would love to have him or Robert Woods at this pick. They have been fishing for compliments for Andre Johnson much like a diva in a fashion show. It would be shocking to see the Texans go anything but wide receiver at this pick.
28. Denver Broncos Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
There are not a lot of holes on the Denver Broncos, but “Faxgate” provided one. With Elvis Dumervil now in Baltimore, the Broncos may look to Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner at this pick. Von Miller is a stud, but it will not hurt to have a compliment like Werner. Werner’s ceiling roughly two months ago was the No. 2 pick in the draft. After his poor performance at the NFL Combine, scouts began questioning his athleticism and value in the first round. Put the tape on of Werner and your mind might be changed. He had a productive final year at Florida State and can make an impact as a pass rusher in the NFL.
29. New England Patriots Matt Elam, S, Florida
The New England Patriots have been struggling to find consistency in the back end of their defense for quite some time. Not since the days of Lawyer Milloy and Rodney Harrison have the Patriots had stability in the secondary. Bringing back Aqib Talib for another year is heartwarming and adding Adrian Wilson will help, but how much longer will they remain in Foxborough? Matt Elam is safety that doesn’t have the ideal size, but is a project that New England would love to work with. Hard-hitting, aggressive, plays around the ball and doesn’t give up on any play. Elam is a risk-taker, which put him in bad situations at times at Florida. However, a bruising safety like Elam is something the Patriots would welcome in the back end of their defense.
30. Atlanta Falcons Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
The Falcons can either look two ways with this pick. One, they could select Tyler Eifert, tight end out of Notre Dame. Tony Gonzalez will be in the league for another year so they could look to replace him with Eifert and have a dynamic two-tight end set for a season. Two, they could look to the cornerback position with Boise State’s Jamar Taylor. Losing Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes are unfortunate losses for this defense, so adding Taylor makes sense. Taylor has decent size, good speed and plays well with press coverage.
31. San Francisco 49ers Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
Losing safety Dashon Goldson to Tampa Bay will hurt this defense, but adding Florida International’s Jonathan Cyprien can help them rebuild the safety position. Cyprien has good size and ability and was a productive player at FIU. He is still a little raw and played in a weak football conference, but a little grooming in this stout defense could make him a bonafide player in this league for years to come.
32. Baltimore Ravens DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
The Ravens are going into this draft like they would any other. They will draft the best player available on their board. DeAndre Hopkins could be that guy at this slot in the draft. He not only addresses the need of a wide receiver with the departure of Anquan Boldin to San Francisco, but Hopkins has the skills to fit into this offense. He has the ability to run underneath, intermediate and deep routes down the field that could aid not only Joe Flacco, but Torrey Smith and the rest of Baltimore’s wide receivers. He isn’t an easy guy to bring down either and has a nose for the endzone. His character remains a question, but in that locker room in Baltimore, “Nuke” will learn how important football is and that it must always come first with head coach John Harbaugh.