Lomas Round 1 Continued

Luke Joeckel12. Pittsburgh – Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
The Steelers took a chance on Mike Adams last year and right now it looks like a bad choice. With Decastro out the lineup, the Pittsburgh offensive line has been underwhelming and Big Ben has had a lot of pressure in his face. Joeckel would solidify the Steelers line and give them a chance to protect their aging quarterback.

13. Denver – Kawann Short DT Purdue
Kevin Vickerson is great and all, but imagine if the Broncos could get some real interior pressure to match what Dumerville and Von Miller are doing on the outsides. Kawann Short is a penetrating defensive tackle that needs to work on his ability to anchor, but shows a ton of potential when rushing the QB.

14. Philadelphia – Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
The Eagles haven’t needed to focus on pass protection as much with Michael Vick in the backfield, but it is looking more and more like his days could be numbered. Lewan is a scrappy tackle with a huge frame, and can play either side of the line. Like Nate Solder and the Patriots two years ago, the need may not be great now, but when you have an offensive tackle on the board with huge upside it is best to grab him and find ways to use him later.

15. Green Bay – Chance Warmack OG Alabama
Much like David Decastro last year, it would be a shame if Warmack fell out of the top 16 because of his position value. The most dominant player at any position, Warmack has defeated many SEC interior defenders handily, and will probably have no issue translating that skill into NFL dominance.

16. St. Louis (via Washington) -Justin Hunter WR Tennessee
The Rams need receiver help and they are going to get it in a big way here. Justin Hunter has A.J. Green-like potential, but a combination of Cordarrelle Patterson’s breakout year and inconsistent quarterback play has left him with lackluster numbers and a disappointing highlight reel. With Bradford delivering him the ball, Hunter could be a ROY candidate, so the Rams should really thank the Redskins for this pick (although I think they are happy with RG3).

17. Cincinnati -Dee Milner CB Alabama
Déjà vu right? The Bengals will try there luck with another SEC first round pick, and their second Alabama corner in the last two drafts. Dee Milner is an outstanding talent and he is as aggressive in run defense as he is against the pass. Milner will be very helpful against Matt Barkley and Joe Flacco for years to come.

18. St. Louis – Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
Speaking of Déjà vu, the Rams pick near back-to-back Tennessee wide receivers, and with good reason. This tandem was deadly in college because they are perfect compliments to each other, Hunter is a lankier deep-threat, and Patterson is a deceptively quick and hard runner that sees blocks perfectly in the short passing game and as a kick returner. Patterson may be the biggest wide receiver sleeper of this draft class.

19. Buffalo – Alex Okafor DE Texas
Okafor is making waves right now, and with Jackson Jeffcoat out with a pec injury, all eyes will be on him in terms of pass rush. Okafor is a power rusher with some good disengaging techniques that could make him a great defensive end in the NFL, especially if he gets paired with a defensive line that merits extra attention elsewhere.

20. Miami – Jake Mathews OT Texas A&M
The Dolphins have been very strong on offense this year, considering they are dealing with new coaches and a rookie quarterback, but one thing that needs upgrading is the offensive tackle spot. With Jake Long possibly hitting free agency, the Dolphins may be looking for two offensive tackles this offseason. Even IF the Dolphins lose Jake Long, Mathews has the tools to be NFL ready at both RT and LT, so they could get a cheap upgrade and use that money to find a wide receiver in free agency.

21. New York Jets -Tyler Wilson QB Arkansas
If you have concerns about your quarterback and have the chance to grab and upgrade in the draft, in this day and age you have to take it. Tyler Wilson makes everyone around him better, and doesn’t have the luxury of elite receivers to help like Geno Smith and Matt Barkley do. Wilson is a tough player who can take the NY spotlight and can possibly bring this offense out of its run-first identit

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