#25 Denver Broncos – DT Jerel Worthy (Michigan State)
Worthy is a load in the middle of the defense and can eat up double teams for the Broncos. He isn’t an explosive pass rusher, but he can do everything else and has great film against top offensive linemen in this draft class from the Big Ten. Peyton can handle the offense; they need to allow their defense to take the next step after finishing strong last season.
#26 Houston Texans – WR Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech)
Andre Johnson will continue to get double teamed until Houston has a player opposite him that command respect. Hill is raw, but has the height and speed to make an impact early as he develops into a more complete player. The Texans offense is good, but if they want to make a run, they need another receiving threat on the outside.
#27 New England Patriots – OLB Shea Mclellin (Boise State)
Mclellin is a perfect fit for the Patriots multiply scheme front. He fits best as a 3-4 OLB but will rest assured Bill Belichick will get the most out of this high energy player. The Patriots have few, if any needs on the offensive side of the ball, and manufacturing pressure will be vital, especially after losing Andre Carter and Mark Anderson.
#28 Green Bay Packers – DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus (Illinois)
The Packers would love to get Mclellin as he fits perfectly with what they do on defense. He’s not available so they take the next best edge player in the draft. Mercilus can play either OLB or DE in the 3-4 and will be moved around based on down and distance. The Packers need to find people to create pressure on opposing QB’s.
#29 Baltimore Ravens – C Peter Konz (Wisconsin)
Even if current Centre Matt Birk plays next year, it will be his last. Peter Konz isn’t as good as the Pouncey brothers, but he is a very smart player and has a lot of ability. It isn’t a flashy pick, but the Ravens need a new leader on the offensive line, Konz can play guard this year and then take over at centre next season.
#30 San Francisco 49ers – CB Janoris Jenkins (Northern Alabama)
Jenkins is the most talented corner in this year’s draft. He has all the tools to be an elite shutdown corner in the NFL. His problems are off the field as he was kicked off the team at Florida. Jenkins career will largely be dictated by his personal growth and the people he surrounds himself with. Something tells me Jim Harbaugh is the right guy to lead him.
The Patriots offense is Super Bowl ready. They need to focus on adding defensive talent and combining Perry with Mclellin will give Belichick a pair of talented pass rushers. In reality the Patriots will likely trade this pick to a team moving up for a QB like Brandon Weeden.
#32 New York Giants – OT/G Cordy Glenn (Georgia)
Everyone has the TE Fleener going to the Giants and he’s a valid option. I just don’t think he’s a first round talent and the Giants can add a capable TE in the 2nd or 3rd round. Glenn is versatile and exactly what the Giants need to ensure that they have depth upfront.
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