If you saw the blog yesterday and were really excited to see who we'd be selecting today, wait no longer! Without any further ado, here are picks 9-16:
9. New York Jets- Barkevious Mingo (DE- LSU) Another fast, athletic, d-end hybrid off the board. It had to be done....the secondary has been solid in New York, but the pass rush has been sub-par. Mingo has a lot of upside, but is definitely a hit or miss selection. Rex Ryan is a defensive-minded coach and this is too early to select a young QB to replace Mark Sanchez, but fear not Jets fans, it will get done this year.
10. Tennessee- Chance Warmack (OL- Alabama) The Titans would have loved Milliner here after losing Finnegan to the Rams last year, but they pick up a very versatile interior lineman that can start immediately and for years to come.
11. San Diego- Tavon Austin (WR- West Virginia) Phillip Rivers acquires a much-needed pass-catching threat after the departure of Vincent Jackson. Austin is a very quick receiver, cut from the same cloth as Percy Harvin, hopefully without chronic migraines. This selection could help the Chargers passing game a lot.
12. Miami- Lane Johnson (OT- Oklahoma) Miami would be thrilled to get Johnson here without having to trade up for him. The 6'8, 300+ pound tackle is a former QB and tight end which should translate to better stamina and pocket awareness. This was a big need for the Dolphins who lost one of the NFL's top pass protectors to the Rams this past year.
13. New York Jets- Sharrif Floyd (DT- Florida) After the trade that sent Revis to the Bucs for this pick, I'm keeping the player selection the same. Floyd is the best D tackle in the draft and some people are very high on him as a type 5 pick. If he slid this far, there's no way the Jets pass on him. From a position standpoint, the Jets need a receiver for whoever their QB may be, but there are plenty of decent pass catching options remaining in the draft.
14. Carolina- Bjoern Werner (DE- Florida State) A true D-end and not a hybrid, Werner can bring size and athleticism to the Panthers defensive front. I think his game is raw, but he has the ability to be as disruptive as JJ Watt. Carolina would like to have him on the opposite side of Johnson to create a dominant pass rush off the edge.
15. New Orleans- Xavier Rhodes (CB- Florida State) That's right, two consecutive seminole picks. It just ended up that way. The Saints could use a solid corner in the pass-happy NFC South. Rhodes could anchor the cornerback position for years to come, much like Jammer in San Diego.
16. St. Louis- Kenny Vaccaro (S- Texas) I could see the Rams reaching for some much-needed help at wide receiver, but they're also in need of a safety and they get the top safety in the draft with this pick. Vaccaro isn't a ball hawk like Jairus Byrd, but he's well-built and is a good tackling safety with good anticipation and instincts.