17. Atlanta Falcons – Darron Lee, LB, Ohio State
Dan Quinn has really changed the culture in Atlanta. Despite not having the most talent in the world on defense, their guys ran to the ball last season, and while I think Quinn would love to add another edge rusher to go along with Vic Beasley, the value isn’t great at this point. Darron Lee isn’t a bad consolation prize. He could be a centerpiece in that defense, the way he flies around the field.
18. Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Decker, OT, Ohio State
This might be the easiest pick of the first round. The Colts have a franchise quarterback who spent much of last season injured. In order to protect the investment, the Colts will draft the former Buckeye Taylor Decker who plugs in immediately at right tackle and starts. This is an athletic kid who is tough and exudes leadership and a winning attitude. I believe he will also be a positive force in the locker room as well. This is a no-brainer for the Colts.
19. Buffalo Bills – Jarran Reed, DL, Alabama
The Bills lost Mario Williams this off-season and Kyle Williams is quickly regressing. Reed can help fill that void. When Rex was with the Jets we saw him spend a ton of picks to build up his defensive line, so I could see the same happening now.
20. New York Jets – Reggie Ragland, LB, Alabama
I was really hoping that Paxton Lynch was going to fall here and it’s too early for Connor Cook so the Jets turn to the defensive side of the ball and bring in Ragland. What they get is a tough, smart football player who fits the mold of other Bama linebackers who know what they’re doing on the field. He’s durable as well rarely misses a tackle.
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