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11. Tennessee Titans - Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert
Tennessee could go in a few directions, like offensive tackle or linebacker, but corner could be a huge need after free agency. Alterraun Verner is a free agent and more than likely will get one of the biggest contracts on the market, making it tough for the Titans to retain him. Gilbert was a shut-down corner all season for Oklahoma State, grabbing seven interceptions and matching up with the opposing team’s best receiver.
12. New York Giants - Michigan OT Taylor Lewan
Eli Manning was sacked 40 times last season and was hit 83 times. Starting left tackle Will Beatty is trying to return from a broken leg. Both factors add up to the Giants selecting Lewan, who was considered one of the top tackle prospects last season before returning to Ann Arbor.
13. St. Louis Rams - Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard
St. Louis’ pass defense was tenuous last season, and the Rams could use this pick on a safety. However, Cortland Finnegan is a likely cap casualty after an abysmal start to last season and Dennard would fit right into his spot. This would also allow St. Louis to move Janoris Jenkins to the slot with Trumaine Johnson starting opposite the Michigan State product.
14. Chicago Bears - Minnesota DT RaShede Hageman
The Bears were horrendous at stopping the run last season, ranking dead last in the NFL in run defense while surrendering 161 yards on the ground per game and 22 rushing touchdowns. After starter Henry Melton got hurt, the Bears’ defense was abysmal all-around, and Hageman would be a great fit. He’s a mountain of a man at 6-foot-6 and 318 pounds, and would be an asset to slow down division rushers like Eddie Lacy and Adrian Peterson.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Alabama Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
An era of enforcers in the Steelers’ defensive backfield is ending as both Ryan Clark and Troy Polamalu enter the twilight of their careers. Clinton-Dix is the best safety in the draft and can slot in beside Clark if Pittsburgh moves on from Polamalu, possessing the range to cover sideline-to-sideline and the attitude to be an enforcer at the line of scrimmage.
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