Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers defensive endDee Ford
(30) celebrates during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game against the Florida State Seminoles at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
11. Tennessee Titans
Dee Ford, OLB
With Ray Horton on board the Titans bring in a premier pass rusher. Ford will have to pass his physicals, and concerns were raised at the Combine, but could be a dynamic force his rookie season. The Titans may not be sold on Jake Locker but avoid Manziel here instead looking in the 2nd or 3rd round for a youngster to groom under Coach Whisenhunt
12. New York Giants
Darqueze Dennard, CB
The Giants think long and hard about a tackle here to boost their offensive line but Taylor Lewan doesn’t grade out as well. Dennard’s physical play will make him a perfect fit for Tom Coughlin. Gilbert and Dennard will fight for the top CB spot, with Bradley Roby giving chase. The Giants could also look at a number of WRs with Hakeem Nicks most likely leaving via free agency.
13. St. Louis Rams
Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, S
The Rams upgrade their offensive line with the #2 then pickup a centerfielder for their defense in Dix. If a bigger receiver, like Evans, falls here the Rams could be tempted to pass on Dix and hope that Calvin Pryor falls to the second round, not likely. For the Rams adding picks like Dix and Robinson continue their youth movement of high skilled athletes. With Manziel on the board Jeff Fisher has flashbacks of Vince Young and passes.
14. Chicago Bears
Aaron Donald, DT
Donald turned every head at the Senior Bowl and Combine. The Bears need to add to their defense in anyway they can. Dix could of been a fit as well but a powerful player like Donald opens up the rest of the defense. The Bears secured their QB with a long term contract and have talented skilled players on offense. Any defensive position, besides linebacker most likely, would be a good selection here.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
Taylor Lewan, OT
The Steelers could go in a number of directions here. Ike Taylor needs replaced in the secondary, but the top 2 CBs are off the board. Roby would be an option. Their defensive line needs some youth added as well, but the Steelers line has been a struggle and the team seems to really like Big Ten players, enter Lewan. Lewan was seen as a top 5 pick at the start of the season but fell due to Michigan’s season and his performance. The Steelers could get a steal here.